Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible, across the Brazos Valley, this afternoon and evening. Winds in excess of 40-60mph are the main concern, within the strongest activity. An isolated, brief tornado threat cannot be ruled out. Heavy rainfall between 1" and 3" has the potential to cause localized flash flooding in a few locations.
One down, two to go for public hearings on Blinn College's new tax rate.
The 7.98 percent increase was discussed Monday evening at the administration building in Brenham, with September 4 and 11 meetings still to come. It's at the September 11 meeting that the board is expected to adopt the new rate.
That number is just below what would force a rollback election. Fifty-five percent of voters in Washington County cast ballots to roll back the rate in February.
Blinn officials say the new rate would bring the same revenue as last year's rate because of increased property valuations.
Blinn's taxes are only collected in Washington County, where the college is based.
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