(Orange, Texas)

September 12, 2013

Plans underway for Holiday in the Park

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

WEST ORANGE — Holiday in the Park is fast approaching and booths are still available for rent.

Twenty-four of the forty-eight booths are rented to vendors for the annual event held the first Saturday in November. The annual event showcases local artistry and talent while the community celebrates the upcoming holidays.

“We are encouraging food booths,” Mayor Roy McDonald said during the Monday evening city council meeting.

One booth is rented to a food vendor.

Councilman Mike Trahan will also be at the festival with his first two books.

The council adopted the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and for levying the tax rate of $0.425 per $100 assessed value for the municipal expenses of the City of West Orange. The tax will raise more taxes than last year’s tax rate.

“It is a deceiving statement,” McDonald said. “But we are required to word it that way by the State.”

The increase in tax to be collected is due to new businesses in the area.

The council discussed the possibility of changing the scheduled times of the council meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“It increases the chance of my being late due to court,” City Attorney Joe Alford said. “I would of course do everything in my poser to not be late.”

“Of course we do not want to deprive the citizens the opportunity to attend after work,” Trahan said.

The council voted to leave the meeting time at 5:30 p.m.

Councilman Dale Dardeau was absent from the meeting.

The next council meeting is Monday, Sept. 23 at the West Orange Community Center located at 2700 Western Ave.