The trustees of the Reagan Hospital District are raising the district’s property tax rate.
The rate proposed by the board, 22.8123 cents per $100 valuation, will bring approximately $1.4 million more into the district than last year’s, and is also above the district’s rollback rate – allowing for the potential of a rollback election.
“We are increasing our tax rate for several reasons,” Pam Clark, CEO of the district said. “The biggest one is that we are expanding the number of services that we provide. We will be adding ultrasound to our imaging department, taking on a rural health clinic, adding new providers and bringing in a cardiologist twice a month.”
The district’s proposed rate is well above the effective rate of 19.8408 cents per $100 valuation, and two and a half cents higher than the rollback rate.



Summer break is over for RCISD students and teachers, as bells will ring Monday morning and classes will be in session!
Enrollment is expected to be up this year with Big Lake’s continued increase in population. There will also be several new faces in personnel in the district.
The Lady Owls Volleyball has had several games prior to school and all athletes are excited for the new season.
Students will have their first holiday on September 1 for Labor Day. Thanksgiving holiday will be November 27-28; Christmas break will follow on December 22, 2014 - January 1, 2015. Spring Break this year is March 9 - 13.
There will be 89 instructional days in the first semester; 88 in the second semester.



The Big Lake city council approved the addition of five streets to their November paving project Monday night with four of them being south of the railroad tracks.
The council approved a $3.9 million bid in July for their paving project that included Plaza Avenue, Main Street, Wolters Street, Sengelman Street and Russek Street on the south side of town.
The project also included the paving of streets in the Industrial Park with the Delhi Partners footing the tab for streets extending north out of the city limits in the Industrial Park.
“The city had $4 million available for the project, and we are spending $3 million now,” John Voller, engineer with Enprotec Hibbs/Todd, said. “I worked up, at the council’s request, how much it would cost to add streets to the project. I think a lot of it is very possible.”



Reagan County’s Tania Salas and Daisy Tavarez both lunge for the ball Friday during the Lady Owls convincing win over Paint Rock. The Owls took the victory (25-15, 25-12, 25-13) to bump their season standing to 3-0. The team played well across the board in the match. Cilette Sweeney was serving during the Lady Owls first big run of the day - nine unanswered during Game 1. Yovanie Balderas was at the serve in Game 2 and 3 when the Lady Owls took two more big runs - seven in Game 2 and six in Game 3. The Lady Owls also received a boost at the net from the strong play of Haley Sanchez. Their next game is Tuesday as they play host to McCamey starting at 6 p.m.