County sales tax exceeds expectations

first_imgLocal News Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Twittercenter_img Ector County Sales Tax logo.jpg The Ector County Assistance District’s sales tax check from the state surpassed county projections, totaling more than $1.7 million for April collections. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts began sending checks to the county on a monthly basis this year, similar to the City of Odessa, but the assistance district sales tax did not go into effect officially until April 1. The June check is the first to showcase the full amount generated by businesses within the district. Ector County Judge Debi Hays said the $1.7 million in sales tax was more than the county expected to receive. She said the amount could be a reflection of the continued growth that has transpired in both the county and city since the assistance district was created. In November, county residents approved a proposition to levy a sales tax of 1.25 cents per dollar and create an assistance district in all of Ector County outside the city limits of Odessa and Goldsmith. Ector County Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons said the amount the county received this month could be on the higher end of original estimates due to the strong economy of the Permian Basin. County commissioners told voters during the election cycle that checks could add $12-$15 million annually to the county’s budget. Hays said a more conservative ballpark figure would equate to about $3 million each quarter, but the county’s June check puts them on track to bring in even more revenue. “I think the key is to try and budget it conservatively that way if and when things drop off we’re not putting ourselves in a bind of not having the same income we thought,” Simmons said. “I’d rather budget more conservatively based on $10-$12 million, maybe $15 million at the most, and if things come in better than that then we have additional funds we can deploy later.” He said the sales tax check gives officials a better picture of how to budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Hays said she does not anticipate the growth of the county slowing down during the next budget cycle. She said the Commissioners’ Court will use the next few checks to gauge what the county might collect during a full year and incorporate those funds into the county budget. The local government code for county assistance districts states revenue generated can only be used within the boundaries it is collected in. The tax can only go toward funding certain items like those focused on during the public forums, which included adding law enforcement, repairing deteriorating roads and combating illegal dumping. “It really excites me just because the people that are in West Odessa, south Odessa and Gardendale are in such need of infrastructural improvements,” Hays said. “It just pleases my heart that they recognized that his was a way in which the county could address their needs.” By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 County sales tax exceeds expectations Facebook TAGS  Previous articleAmid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the USNext articleBacklogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Juvenile morphology of the large Antarctic canopy-forming brown alga, Desmarestia menziesii J. Agardh

first_imgFor many types of seaweeds in Polar Regions, open questions remain about how their life cycle contributes to their overall adaptation to the extreme abiotic environment. This applies in particular to the major canopy-forming brown algae in much of the Antarctic Peninsula of the genus Desmarestia, which was investigated here. Diving surveys around Rothera Research Station (Adelaide Island, Antarctica) during December 2017–February 2018 revealed the widespread presence of a hitherto-unknown life form of Desmarestia sp. of a tender, feather-like morphology. Further studies explored whether this could be (1) a new, hitherto undescribed Desmarestia species (2) a new record for the region of a known Desmarestia species previously recorded elsewhere or (3) a so-far unknown life form of a species recorded for the region. Collections enabled the extraction of PCR-friendly DNA and sequencing of ITS1, which unambiguously showed that the samples belonged to Desmarestia menziesii, the only Desmarestia species presently recorded for the Adelaide Island/Marguerite Bay region. The presence of the juvenile morphology was subsequently confirmed throughout much of the natural range of D. menziesii during cruise-based diving surveys along the Western Antarctic Peninsula in 2019 and from collections at Anvers Island in 1989. Our collections thus constitute its juvenile morphology, which is not previously documented in the literature. The wider significance for the Polar seaweeds is discussed in the context of Taxonomy and Ecology.last_img read more

M&S announces proposed change to UK HQ

first_imgSupermarket giant Marks & Spencer has announced that it will be discussing proposals with its employees to make significant changes to its UK head office structure.The proposals have been developed by M&S following a detailed review of the organisation and an analysis of its processes.The proposals are centred on plans to reshape and redefine the organisation by reducing the number of head office roles by a net reduction of 525 and also cut the number of roles permanently based in central London by 400 across IT and logistics.Steve Rowe, M&S CEO, said: “M&S has to become a simpler and more effective organisation if we are to deliver our plans to recover and grow our business.“It is never easy to propose changes that impact on our people, but I believe that the proposals outlined today are absolutely necessary and will help us build a different type of M&S – one that can take bolder, pacier decisions, be more profitable and ultimately better serve our customers.”Should the proposals go ahead, they would deliver significant cost savings, the company has stated and it will be entering into a collective consultation with its employees imminently.Earlier this month, MPs petitioned Marks & Spencer over the planned changes to pay that could leave thousands of workers worse off.last_img read more

Basketball: NBBF applauds FG’s intervention for injured D’Tigress star

first_imgRelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return The Nigeria Basketball Federationhas applauded the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare’s fatherly intervention toward sourcing  funds for injured D’Tigress player, Nkem Akaraiwe. NBBF President, Musa Kida in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday, described the 15,000 dollars intervention by the ministry Christmas gift which was well appreciated by the players, her fans and the federation. This was in addition to the 10,000 dollars earlier received from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta which was facilitated by the minister. Akaraiwe who was a member of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup team tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament at the Beach Games in Cape Verde and had found it difficult raising funds for the needed surgery. Kida said the gesture was a timely intervention and an indication that the Federal Government was responsive to the plight of its athletes. “This will continue to encourage more Nigerians to strive for glory while representing the nation. “We cannot thank the minister enough for coming through for one of our top basketball players who got injured on national duty. “We are really grateful and elated that finally Akaraiwe can go for the surgery, recover on time and get back to the court. “With enough funds raised, the First Bank Women Basketball Club’s player is expected to go for surgery in Dubai,” he said.Tags: BasketballChristmasD’TigressMusa KidaNBBFNkem Akaraiwelast_img read more