10 THE CUERO RECORD Wednesday, January 13, 2021 CONSTRUCTION ADVERTISEMENT AND INVITATION FOR BIDS e City of Yorktown will receive bids for the West 6 th St. Drainage Project , GLO CDBG-DR 20-065-074-C201, until 2:00 PM on January 28, 2021 at City Hall located at 102 W. Main St., Yorktown, Texas 78164. e bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the same date and time. Bids are invited for the City of Yorktown - West 6th St. Drainage Project to include the following items and quantities of work: 1. Approximately 2,425 LF of Storm Sewer, Various Sizes 2. 14 Inlets, Junction Boxes and Manholes 3. 1,326 Tons of Limestone Base 4. 9,366 SY of 10” Compacted Base with Prime 5. 8,867 SY of 2-Course Chip Seal 6. 2,505 LF Clean and Regrade Ditch 7. Other appurtenant items A Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 2:00 PM on January 21, 2021 at City Hall located 102 W. Main St., Yorktown, Texas 78164. Bid/Contract Documents, Specifications and Drawings are on file and may be examined without charge at the office of John D. Mercer & Associates (Engineer), 118 E. Main St., Edna, TX 77957. Copies may be procured from John D. Mercer & Associates at the above address for a $100 non-refundable fee per set, or $35.00 via email. A bid bond in the amount of 5% of the bid issued by an acceptable surety shall be submitted with each bid. A certified check or bank dra payable to the City or negotiable U.S. Government Bonds (as par value) may be submitted in lieu of the Bid Bond. e project to be constructed will be financed with assistance from the General Land Office (GLO) under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program and is subject to all applicable Federal and State laws and regulations. Attention is called to the fact that not less than, the federally determined prevailing Davis-Bacon and Related Acts wage rate, as issued by the Department of Labor and contained in the contract documents, must be paid on this project. In addition, the successful bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Adherence to the City’s Section 3 Policy is required for contracts and subcontracts in excess of $100,000.00. All contractors and subcontractors must be cleared (not suspended or debarred) prior to any formal action authorizing the award of a contract to the contractor. Minority Business Enterprises, Small Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Section 3 Businesses, and labor surplus area firms are encouraged to submit bids. e City reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding. Bids may be held by the City for a period not to exceed 60 days from the date of the bid opening for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the bidder’s qualifications prior to the contract award. City of Yorktown Bill Baker, Mayor DeWitt County Marketplace e Classified Pages that serve all of DeWitt County, including Cuero, Yorktown, Meyersville, Nordheim & Westhoff. In Cuero call (361) 275-3464 119 E. Main St. • Cuero, TX 77954 In Yorktown call (361) 564-2242 126 E. Main St. • Yorktown, TX 78164 Mastercard, Visa & Discover Accepted. Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. D : M 10:00 . . Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for TexasTaxpayers DeWitt County —New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by DeWitt County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. is property tax informa- tion is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons age 65 or older. “Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran or taxpayer, it’s important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws.” said Denise Moore, Chief Appraiser of the DeWitt County Appraisal District. “You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date available information to assist you.” is includes information about the following programs. • Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans - e law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by disabled veterans or surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. Another partial exemption is for homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost or not more than 50 percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to the disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. e exemption amount is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability. e law also provides a 100 percent homestead exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their surviving spouses and surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed in action. • Property Tax Exemptions – Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to their county appraisal district by a specific date. Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units; ship inventory out of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption; store certain goods in transit in warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct, install or acquire pollution control property; own and operate energy storage systems; convert landfill-generated gas; or store o ffshore drilling equipment while not in use may also be eligible for statutory exemptions. • Rendering Taxable Property - If a business owns tangible personal property that is used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local county appraisal district by a specified date. Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming. • Appraisal Notices – Normally, taxpayers receive a notice of appraised value from the appro- priate local county appraisal district. e city, county, school districts and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set property taxes for the coming year. • Property Taxpayer Remedies – is Comptroller publication explains in detail how to pro- test a property appraisal, what issues the county appraisal review board (ARB) can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. e publication also discusses the options of taking a taxpayer’s case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitra- tion if the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB hearing. • Homestead Exemptions – A homestead is generally defined as the home and land used as the owner’s principal residence on Jan. 1 of the tax year. A homestead exemption reduces the appraised value of the home and, as a result, lowers property taxes. Applications are submitted to the appropriate local county appraisal district. • Productivity Appraisal – Property owners who use land for timberland production, agricul- tural purposes or wildlife management can be granted property tax relief on their land. ey may apply to their local county appraisal district for an agricultural appraisal which may result in a lower appraisal of the land based on production, versus market value. • Residence Homestead Tax Deferral - Texas homeowners may postpone paying the current- ly delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by filing a tax deferral affidavit at their local county appraisal district. is tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead. e remaining taxes are postponed, but not cancelled, with interest accruing at 8 percent per year. • Property Tax Deferral for Persons Age 65 or Older or Disabled or Disabled Veteran Homeowner s – Texans who are age 65 or older or disabled, as defined by law, or who qualify for a disabled veteran exemption may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit. Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred, but not cancelled, as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home. Interest contin- ues to accrue at 5 percent per year on the unpaid taxes. You may obtain a deferral affidavit at the appraisal district. • Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication – In appraisal districts located in counties with a population of more than 200,000 or that have authorized electronic communi- cations, and that have implemented a system that allows such communications, chief appraisers and ARBs may communicate electronically through email or other media with property own- ers or their designated representatives. Written agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically instead of mailing. • Protesting Property Appraisal Values – Property owners who disagree with the appraisal district’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects themmay protest their property value to the appraisal district’s ARB. For more information about these programs, contact the DeWitt County Appraisal District at 361-275-5753, 103 E. Bailey St., Cuero, TX 77954. More information is also available from the State Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Divi- sion website at ANNOUNCEMENTS Legals Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of John Charles Carruthers Hamilton, deceased, were issued to Cyn‑ thia S. Hamilton, In‑ dependent Executor, on January 4, 2021, in Docket Num‑ ber PR2020‑12098 pending in the Coun‑ ty Court, DeWitt County, Texas. All persons having claims against the Es‑ tate which is currently being administered should present their claims in the manner and within the time prescribed by law to: Odom Law Of ce, PLLC, c/o Kenneth M. Odom, attorney for Cynthia S. Ham‑ ilton, Independent Executor, P.O. Box 249, Cuero, Texas 77954, phone (361) 243‑8232. Public Notices PUBLIC NOTICE To satisfy a contrac‑ tual Landlords Lien on delinquent rental units, contents of the units listed below will be sold to the high‑ est bidder on the 23rd day of January, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Jewel Box Stor‑ age, located at 1025 US Hwy 183 North, Unit 104 Nicole Da‑ vis, Unit 115 Shawn Sepck, Unit 126 Jen‑ nie Lopez, Unit 129 Matthew Friedrichs. Immediately follow‑ ing units will be sold located at the corner of Park and McLeod Streets, Cuero, TX. Unit 22 Lorren Duck‑ ett. General Con‑ tents: Household items, furniture and appliances. Contents may be reclaimed by paying entire amount due prior to the time of sale. Each unit bid on will have a reserve (minimum bid). Seller reserves the right