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

Proposed Property Tax Rates for FY 2018-19

The City of Overton is currently reviewing the Proposed Property Tax Rates and the Proposed Budget for FY 2018-19.  To see a copy of the Proposed Property Tax Rate, please click here.  To see a copy of the Proposed Cemetery Property Tax Rate, please click here.

Proposed Budget for FY 2018-19

The City of Overton is currently reviewing the Proposed Budget for FY 2018-19.  To see a copy of the proposed budget, please click here.

2018 TxCDBG – Invitation for Bids

The City of Overton, Texas will receive bids for 2018 Street Improvements, TxCDBG #7217341 until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that stated time and date at City Hall located at 1200 S. Commerce, Overton, TX  75684.  For the full bid notice, please click here.

Notice of Open Spaces – General Election – November 6, 2018

Posted 6/21/18 10:20pm

Revised 8/17/18 9:05am


Notice is hereby given that the following places on the Overton City Council will be open for the General Election

Place 1 – Trampas Freeman
Place 3 – Jerry Clark
Place 5 – Michael Paul Williams

Place 4 – David Stone (Unexpired term of one year)

City of Overton Citizens, who may be interested in filing as a Candidate for a place on the Overton City Council General Election ballot, may do so between the following dates:

Saturday, July 21, 2018 to Monday, August 20, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here for General Election Candidate Application Packet

Rescind Boil Water Notice – City of Overton Public Water System

Boil Water Rescind Notice – City of Overton Public Water System

Date of Issue: 5/31/2018                    Time Issued: 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required our public water system, City of Overton, TX (PWS ID: TX2010002) to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the possible presence of contaminants or an interruption in service which resulted in a loss of pressure in the water distribution system, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of Thursday, May 31, 2018.

If you have questions, contact:  Dillon Roach, Public Works Supervisor, 903-834-3171

If a customer wishes to reach TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691.

Boil Water Rescind Aviso – Sistema de agua pública de la ciudad de Overton

Fecha de emisión: 5/31/2018                         Hora expedida: 10:30 a.m.

El miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas (TCEQ) solicitó a nuestro sistema público de agua, City of Overton, TX (PWS ID: TX2010002) emitir un Boil Water Notice (BWN) para informar a nuestros clientes que debido a la posible presencia de contaminantes o una interrupción en el servicio que dio lugar a una pérdida de presión en el sistema de distribución de agua, el agua de nuestro sistema debe hervirse antes de su consumo.

Nuestro sistema ha tomado las medidas correctivas necesarias para restaurar la presión adecuada, los niveles de desinfectante y / o la calidad bacteriológica y ha proporcionado a TCEQ resultados de pruebas que indican que el agua ya no requiere ebullición a partir del jueves 31 de mayo de 2018.

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con:  Dillon Roach, Supervisor de Obras Públicas, 903-834-3171

Si un cliente desea comunicarse con TCEQ, puede llamar al 512-239-4691.


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.