Welcome to Overton, TX!

Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834-3171 – Fax (903) 834-3174
Police Department (903) 834-3145 – Fax (903) 834-3216
Email us: info@cityofoverton.com

2020 Christmas Parade Form

It’s that of year already! Sign up for the 2020 Overton Christmas Parade with this form. Be sure to send it to the email address on the form as the Overton-New London Area Chamber of Commerce is the host, not the City. Happy Holidays! Christmas Parade Form 2020

Tax Rate Notification



Public Hearing Notice Property Tax Rate 9/3/20 @ 7:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

The City of Overton is proposing to increase the tax rate for the 2020 tax year. A public hearing will be held on September 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the Overton Community Building, 505 Meadowbrook, Overton, Texas.

The proposed tax rate is greater than the voter-approval tax rate but not greater than the de minimis rate, and as such, a petition by the voters would be required to hold an election to accept or reject the proposal.

See the links below for more information and the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021:

50-873 Notice of Public Hearing-Tax Rate FY 20-21

Proposed Budget FY 2021 8.13.20


The voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate that the City of Overton may adopt without holding an election to seek voter approval of the rate, unless the de minimis rate for the City of Overton exceeds the voter-approval tax rate for the City of Overton. 

The City of Overton proposes a tax rate that exceeds the voter-approval tax rate. Therefore, Section 26.06 of the Tax Code requires the City of Overton to publish the above notice of a public hearing. However, for the City of Overton, the de minimis rate exceeds the voter-approval tax rate. Therefore, the below additional notice information applies to the City of Overton: 

DE MINIMIS RATE $ 1.311785 per $100 

The de minimis rate is the rate equal to the sum of the no-new-revenue maintenance and operations rate for the City of Overton, the rate that will raise $500,000, and the current debt rate for the City of Overton. 

The proposed tax rate is greater than the voter-approval tax rate but not greater than the de minimis rate. The proposed tax rate does exceed the rate that allows voters to petition for an election under Section 26.075, Tax Code. Therefore, if the City of Overton adopts the proposed tax rate, the City of Overton is not required to hold an election for voters to accept or reject the proposed tax rate.”



FY 20/21 Budget Hearing Notice





The City of Overton, Texas will hold a public hearing on the proposed annual budget for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2020 and ending September 30, 2021.  The public hearing will be held on September 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Overton Community Center, 505 Meadowbrook, Overton, Texas 75684.  Citizens are urged to attend and express their views at this public hearing.


The City Council of the City of Overton will vote on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget and the proposed Tax Rates for 2020 at 7:00 PM, September 10, 2020 during their regularly scheduled City Council meeting in the Overton Community Building, located at Overton Community Center, 505 Meadowbrook, Overton, Texas 75684.


This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $101,238 which is a 16.792% increase.   The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $1,067.30.

Rachél Gafford     

Rachél Gafford, CITY SECRETARY


Area Agency on Aging Receives Funding to Expand Services for East Texas Seniors

East Texas, August 5, 2020 – ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) program has received a total of $2,695,330 in COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Funds. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites and have left many family caregivers unable to assist their older loved ones. A total of $628,039 has been received for the East Texas AAA senior nutrition program and will be expended through our home-delivered and congregate meal programs. The congregate meal program has transitioned to “grab and go” at all meal sites for safety purposes. A total of $2,067,291 was received for other AAA service delivery programs. For more information, please see ETCOG’s full news release at https://www.etcog.org/area-agency-on-aging-receives-funding-to-expand-services-for-east-texas-seniors-through-covid-19-pandemic

No Court Until August 19, 2020

There will be no court proceedings until the week of August 19, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. There are no payments being accepted in person at this time. If you need to make a payment, please use the drop box in front of City hall or use the City’s online payment system at https://cityofoverton.com/online-payments/. For questions, please call dispatch at (903) 834-3171 or email info@cityofoverton.com. Thank you.



City Hall Closure

A city employee has tested positive for COVID-19; therefore, City Hall will be closed for two (2) weeks beginning Friday, July 31, 2020 and will reopen on Friday, August 14, 2020 as long as no other employees test positive. During this time, City staff will be doing a deep cleaning of City Hall and employees are suggested to get tested. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your patience while we all muddle through these trying times. We will revert to utility payments being paid online, by phone, or by drop box. If you choose to pay by cash via the drop box, please either use correct change or know that the difference will be applied to your account. There is now an intercom system at the front door that customers can use to speak to City employees. If you have any questions or need to speak to a city employee, please call City Hall at (903) 834-3171 or email us at info@cityofoverton.com.


2020 Candidate Election Application Packet

The City Council General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  There are three (3) Councilmembers terms that are up for the City Council General Election:

Council Place # Current Incumbents
Seat #1 Trampas Freeman
Seat #3 Jerry Clark
Seat #5 Michael Paul Williams

Filing for a place on the General Election Ballot begins on Saturday, July 18, 2020 and ends on August 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Application packets may be filed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday) with City Secretary Rachél Gafford at City Hall (1200 S. Commerce St., Overton, TX).  In order to be eligible to file for a place on the ballot the applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have resided in Texas for at least 1 year, and have been a resident of the City of Overton for at lease 6 months prior to the filing deadline of August 17, 2020.

Click here for a complete 2020 Candidate Election Application Packet0001

History of Overton

The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties.  Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.

The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.

Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.

The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.

Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner’s success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town’s once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.

Overton’s population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half – reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County’s “second city” with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.