KELLER -- School trustees agreed Thursday night to get the ball rolling on an election to raise taxes by having a special meeting Monday.
At that meeting, officials plan to propose a higher tax rate -- the maximum $1.17 per $100 in assessed value -- and call for a May 16 public hearing and board vote on the increase. The total tax rate would be $1.67 per $100 -- $1.17 for maintenance and operations, and 50 cents for bond debt. Adopting the higher rate would trigger a June 18 tax ratification election because state law prohibits school districts from exceeding $1.04 in their tax rate for daily operations without voter approval. The additional 13 cents on the tax rate would generate $16 million.
The district faces a deficit that may be as high as $38 million for fiscal 2011-12. Officials have already planned $16 million in first-round cuts and intend to use about $6 million from savings.
-- Sandra Engelland
Stephenville man dies rom wreck injuries
FORT WORTH -- A Stephenville man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a wreck in Stephenville on April 19 in which the sport utility vehicle he was driving was hit by a van and slammed into the wall of a restaurant.
George Reynolds, 66, was driving a 1988 GMC Suburban when he turned in front of a 2011 Toyota Sienna in the 300 block of East Washington Street and was hit, police reported. -- Chance Welch
Police seek woman who robbed bank
LEWISVILLE -- Police are asking for the public's help in arresting a woman who held up a bank in southeast Lewisville on Tuesday afternoon.
Security camera photos show a woman wearing white headphones walking into the JPMorgan Chase Bank on Hebron Parkway about 12:45 p.m. and showing the teller a note demanding money, a police news release says.
The woman is a little over 5 feet tall and weighs about 120 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 972-219-8477 or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-8477.
-- Chance Welch
Three firefighters hurt while helping motorist
FOREST HILL -- Three Forest Hill firefighters were treated for minor injuries Wednesday after their firetruck was broadsided by a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 20, Fire Chief Ed Henderson said.
The firefighters were assisting a motorist whose car had broken down on I-20 between Anglin Street and Forest Hill Drive. They called for a wrecker and positioned the fire engine between the stalled vehicle and oncoming traffic, Henderson said in an e-mail. A lieutenant was sitting in the cab, and two firefighters were standing outside when the SUV broadsided the fire engine. The SUV was then struck by a tractor-trailer, Henderson said.
-- Elizabeth Campbell
Plane with student pilot crash-lands
FORT WORTH -- A flight instructor and a student pilot were slightly injured Thursday after their single-engine Cessna 172 crash-landed at Spinks Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
The student was practicing touch-and-go landings about 4:15 p.m. when the plane rolled to the left just after takeoff and struck the ground.
-- Marty Sabota