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

City Hall Closed – Monday, January 11, 2021

Due to the weather and icy roads, City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 11, 2021. City Hall plans to reopen on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. For non-emergency issues, please call dispatch at 903-834-3145. Please stay home if possible. If you do have to venture out, please take your time and be safe!

Notice of Possible Quorum – 12-23-2020

NOTICE OF POSSIBLE QUORUM OF THE OVERTON CITY COUNCIL 

Notice is hereby given that there will be an employee Christmas Luncheon at the Overton Community Building located at 505 Meadowbrook Drive, Overton, Texas on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

A quorum of the Overton City Council may be in attendance.

This is not a regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council but this notice is being posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. No City business may be discussed nor any action can be taken by the City Council or any of these Boards listed above during this public event.

I certify that this Potential Quorum Notice was posted on the outside bulletin board at City Hall of the City of Overton, at 1200 S. Commerce St., Overton, TX 75684 convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times and on the City of Overton’s website at www.cityofoverton.com

Posted on       December 23, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.

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Sherry Roberts, TRMC, City Secretary

Chief of Police Position Open

 

 

CHIEF OF POLICE POSITION OPEN

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Plans, coordinates, manages, and directs the operations and activities of the City’s Police Department; provides oversight for the Department’s field and administrative support functions; oversees the City’s public safety communications function; develops, administers, and coordinates the delivery of law enforcement programming; responds to law enforcement inquiries and complaints; serves as a member of the City’s management team; and supervises assigned personnel.

**APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THRU JANUARY 17, 2021 AT 5:00 P.M.**

Please see the TML Career Center post for full details.

 

Public Works/UB Tech Position Open

 

The City of Overton is hiring for a Public Works/UB Tech position. To see the ad on the TML Career Center website, click https://tml.careerwebsite.com/…/public…/55439686/. This position starts at $14/hour with a great benefit package, including PTO, holidays, participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System, health, vision, dental, and life insurances. Click here for a full job description and employment application. Please return a signed copy of both to info@cityofoverton.com or in person at Overton City Hall, 1200 S. Commerce St., Overton, TX 75684.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Recreational Trails Grant Support Letter

The City is applying for a Texas Parks & Wildlife (TP&W) Recreational Trails Grant that, if approved, the trail will be constructed on the west-side of the lake (see map link below). This is a collaborative effort between TP&W, the City of Overton, the Overton Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), and the Overton Municipal Development District (OMDD). This grant is an 80/20 matching grant. This means that TP&W will reimburse project expenses at 80% up to $200,000 and the OEDC and OMDD will share the 20% match. The grant application is due February 1, 2021. We would like to have as many letters of support from citizens, social clubs, school districts, etc. as possible to include with our grant application by January 25, 2021. The link to the editable Word template is below. Please make sure to remove the highlighting and red directions that is added to it before submitting. Submission instructions are in the letter. Thank you!

TPWD Letter of Support for Rec Trails

Overton Lake-Proposed Trail Exhibit (Revised)

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

THE CITY OF OVERTON ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE; and

THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5% AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $15.91

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

“DE MINIMIS RATE ADDENDUM: 

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

CITY OF OVERTON

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

ANNUAL BUDGET

 

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

 

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.