The City of Overton is now accepting applications for the Finance Director position.
The Finance Director is an integral member of the management team and reports to the City Manager/City Council. The Finance Director is responsible for the management, oversight and safekeeping of the City’s financial resources. Directs the Finance, Utility Billing, Municipal Court and Information Technology (IT) Departments through effective staff management and resource allocation, performs professional work of technical difficulty, provides technical expertise on financial issues and directs the City’s financial programs with integrity, prudence and sounds financial practices. Assists the City Manager in effectively administering the financial affairs of the City/Component Units are in accordance with City Council/Board policies and state and Federal laws. Assists the City Secretary with the management of City administrative duties as needed.
To download a Summary Job Description, please click here.
To download a complete Job Description, please click here.
Interested candidates may apply in person at the City of Overton, City Hall, 1200 South Commerce Street, Overton, TX 75684. To download a printable version of the City of Overton employment application, please click here. Position will be open until filled.
Since the City of Overton is located in both Rusk and Smith County, in order to determine the number of total votes for a candidate you must look at the Elections Results (Unofficial) for both Rusk County and Smith County and add the totals from each County to determine the total votes that candidate received. Election results are not official until Canvassed by the City’s Canvassing Board. The official Canvass will show the combined total votes from each County for each candidate. The official Canvass is scheduled to be done on 11/14/19.
City of Overton General Election Results (Unofficial)*
* Election results will be posted on the following two websites on Election Day (11/5/19) as the polling precincts turn in their tabulated results to each County Elections Office after the polls close. Typically, the last precincts will be reporting between 9 to 10 p.m. Election Results are not official until they have been officially Canvassed by the City’s Canvassing Board.
Rusk County Elections Website Link:
- This link will take you directly to the results for the City of Overton Election.
Smith County Elections Website Link:
- On this page click on the “Joint Constitutional Amendment” hyperlink and scroll to page 4 to see the results for City of Overton.
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE CITY OF OVERTON, TEXAS
(ADVISO DE UNA ELECCIÓN GENERAL DE LA CIUDAD DE OVERTON, TEJAS)
To the registered voters of the City of Overton, Rusk County and Smith County, Texas: (A los votantes registrados de la Ciudad de Overton, el condado de Rusk y el condado de Smith, Tejas)
Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for voting in a General Election to elect: (Se da aviso de que los lugares de votación que se enumeran a continuación estarán abiertos de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m., el martes 5 de noviembre de 2019, para votar en una Elección General para elegir:)
- Mayor (Alcalde)
- City Council Member Place #2 (Miembro del Concejo Municipal # 2)
- City Council Member Place #4 (Miembro del Concejo Municipal # 4)
To see the full Notice of General Election, please click here.
The FY2019-2020 Budget was adopted by Council on 9/12/19. The Council also approved some changes to the fee schedule, mainly an approximate 5% increase in water and sewer rates, which is partially offset by a decrease in residential trash rates, and a decrease of some building permits fees.
To see the FY2019-20 Adopted budget, please click here.
To see the FY2019-20 Fee Schedule, please click here.
Below is a summary of the impact of the utility rate changes:
To see the full utility rate comparison, please click here.
OEDC and OMDD Board Applications Accepted
The Overton City Council is now accepting applications for qualified interested citizens willing to be appointed to and serve on the Overton Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) Board or on the Overton Municipal Development District (OMDD) Board to fill vacancies (current and future):
Qualifications include proof of residency in the City of Overton, current voter registration and the ability to attend a minimum of one evening meeting per month. Individuals interested in applying may obtain an application here or at City Hall. Completed applications are to be submitted to the office of the City Secretary located at the Overton City Hall, 1200 S. Commerce, Overton, TX 75684. Applications will be reviewed by City Council who will appoint chosen applicant to the position.
Please click blue link to go directly to the 2018 Consumer Confidence Report: 2018 CCR Report
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.