Week in Review: 09.15.2019

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Week in Review: 09.15.2019

Commissioners absent to avoid tax hike; Harris County DA fined for delaying trial; VisitDallas gifts hidden by Casey Thomas; La Vernia superintendent under investigation.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Monday, September 16, 2019

Lubbock commissioners refuse to attend meeting, to prevent tax rate vote – Two Lubbock County commissioners are refusing to attend meetings in order to prevent the commission from passing a property tax rate they say will pay for adding $1.8 million to the budget and cost the owner of an average property an additional $12.25 a year.

Harris DA’s office hit with rare fine for delay in releasing evidence – Judge Andrew Wright levied the Harris County District Attorney’s Office with a rare $500 fine for dragging its heels in turning over evidence about the arresting officer in a 2018 drunken driving case, the Houston Chronicle reported.

VisitDallas gifts draw ethics complaint against Dallas council member – A Dallas activist has filed an ethics complaint against Dallas City Council member Casey Thomas over Thomas’ failure to disclose tickets to several events he was given by VisitDallas, as first reported in July by The Texas Monitor.

La Vernia school board to await police investigation of superintendent – The La Vernia school board will wait on the police to complete an investigation into alleged inappropriate touching of a student by Superintendent Trent Lovette before taking action on his employment contract, KENS-TV reported.

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