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Designated Lone Star City
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City Surplus Auction

Post Date: 09/27/2017 - 11:00 AM

The City of Overton is holding an online auction to dispose of surplus property and vehicles offered by the City of Overton.  The auction will be held through Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Auction site allows for online bidding and payment of the items. 

Types of items will be offered:

Decommissioned Police Cruiser (2010 Dodge Charger), Decommissioned Social Services Van (2008 Chrysler Town & Country), Swivel swing loader, pile of scrap metal equipment, Vintage Swim Baskets, Decommissioned Fire Hoses.

Auction items may be found online at www.renebates.co then search for City of Overton to view all the current items.  Remember to check the site frequently as bids may increase from competing bidders.

Items can be inspected by calling City Secretary Rachél Gafford at 903-834-3171 ext. 235 or by email at .us  and arranging a time to view them.




JUVENILE CURFEW ORDINANCE 

REENACTMENT

The City of Overton City Council adopted Ordinance 2017-09-07A re-enacting the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance for the City of Overton

BUDGET & TAX RATE NOTICES
Posted 8/14/2017

Public Notice of Overton City Council to hold Public Hearing for the 
City of Overton FY 2017-2018 Proposed Budget at 7 pm on 
 Thursday, 
September 7, 2017 at Overton City Hall, Council Chambers located at 1200 S. Commerce Street, Overton, Texas 75684.

Click Here to view a Power Point Presentation of the City of Overton Proposed Annual Budget FY2017-18 and Proposed Property Tax Rate(s).


POSTED 08/21/2017: 

Notice of 2017 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate (FY 2017-2018) for the City of Overton and Public Hearings scheduled on the Proposed Tax Rate at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 and Thursday, September 7, 2017 at City Hall, City Council Chambers located at 1200 S. Commerce Street, Overton, Texas 75684.

Notice of 2017 Tax Year Proposed Cemetery Property Tax Rate (FY 2017-2018) for the City of Overton and Public Hearings scheduled on the Proposed Tax Rate at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 and Thursday, September 7, 2017 at City Hall, City Council Chambers located at 1200 S. Commerce Street, Overton, Texas 75684.




ELECTION NOTICES

POSTED 08/21/2017:

Notice for Drawing for a Place on the General Election Ballot to be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 if needed. 


POSTED 06/22/2017: 

Notice of Open Spaces on the City Council for the Overton General Election to be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017.



 

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.







 
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