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September 2022 Monthly Newsletter

Distributed at the beginning of each month, this newsletter provides updates on events and relevant City & community activity.
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City Council, Board, & Commission Meetings
  • City Offices Closed - Labor Day
  • Monday, September 5
  • Jacksonville Public Library Board
  • Tuesday, September 6, 12:15pm - Jacksonville Public Library
  • City Council Agenda Workshop
  • Thursday, September 8, 12pm - City Hall
  • Regular City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 13, 6pm - City Hall
  • Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation
  • Thursday, September 15,12pm - JEDCO

  • Vanishing Texana Museum Board
  • Monday, September 19, 5:15pm - Vanishing Texana Museum
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Board
  • Tuesday, September 20, 8:30am - City Hall
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Tuesday, September 20,12pm - City Hall
  • Special City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 27, 6pm - City Hall


Finance Department Receives Investment Certificate of Distinction

The Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) has awarded the Certificate of Distinction to the City of Jacksonville for its Investment Policy. 

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Lake Lot Auction

Seven lake lots are up for auction. The auction will end the evening of September 6th. You must provide a 10,000 deposit to bid on a lot. The date has been extended to allow for bidding after the Holiday.

View Lots/Bid

The burn ban for Cherokee County has been lifted. Outdoor burning is still banned in Jacksonville City Limits without a permit. You can obtain a permit by calling the Fire Marshall at 903.339.3362.

Pool Closure

The Buckner Park Pool has officially closed for the season. The splash pad at Nichols Green will remain open until October 1.

City Calls for November Election

At the August 9th meeting, the Jacksonville City Council called for an election to be held on November 8th to include 22 amendments to the City Charter and to add an additional 2% Venue Tax to the Hotel Occupancy Tax paid by travelers to Jacksonville Hotels.

Read the Proposed Amendments

Annexation Update (City and JEDCO Property)

Annexation is the process by which property is added to the City. At the August meeting, the City Council introduced an ordinance to add new properties to the City of Jacksonville. Additionally, they set a public hearing for September 13, 2022. This action sets in motion a series of required notices. You may see notices in the newspaper, on the website or even social media. The properties being considered for annexation include the golf course, the event center at the golf course, the landfill, and a tract of land owned by JEDCO for future development located on the southeast corner of Loop 456 and Highway 69. Annexing these tracts of land may result in additional tax revenue to the City and will protect future development. 

Notice on Tax Rate

The City Council has proposed a new tax rate of 0.68162. The City will hold a public hearing on the tax rate changes on September 13, 2022 at 6pm. The hearing will be held at City Hall, 315 S Ragsdale St., Jacksonville, Texas 75766.

Library Events:

The library is showing Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron on Thursday, September 15th at 5:30pm. They are serving Chicken Spaghetti for dinner! Come on out and bring the whole family!

There is a special Story Time event this month. Fire Chief Keith Fortner will be reading on Wednesday, September 28th at 10:30am. Bring your little ones!

Discover Your Community

Mark Your Calendars!!! On September 12th, from 10-2 for adults and from 5:30-6:30 for kids, the library will be hosting a special event showcasing some awesome new things that the library received through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. New tech, new games, and new crafts for teens, children and your families. We have group and family activities. Lunch and snacks provided.

Public Safety Events:
Join our Police Officers for some coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just engaging with the community and our officers. Free coffee and a light breakfast!
SAVE THE DATE! National Night Out will be held on October 4th! This year will be even bigger than last year if you can believe it. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to Amanda Bragg at 903.339.3356.
Sesquicentennial Events:

Mark your calendars for October 22nd! The Street Festival downtown celebrating Jacksonville's 150 birthday will be a fun-filled day for current and former residents. Kids will find rides, attractions, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, face painting, immersive exhibits, and so many other exciting activities to keep them entertained. We have five awesome local bands and a spectacular surprise Grand Finale in store. Plan to shop and eat downtown and spend the entire day with your family, friends, and neighbors! A patriotic children’s parade, Artisan’s Market, Farmer’s Market, Jacksonville Memorabilia Show, Reminisce Room, Vanishing Texana Museum exhibits, demonstrations, shops, restaurants, and music will keep everyone entertained all day long. Festivities will begin at 10:00am on the steps of the Tomato Bowl and will continue until 8:00pm!

Decorate the Town!

It's time to think about decorations for the big Birthday Celebration in October. Here's an easy way to get some gorgeous buntings for a commercial building (HEY, downtown businesses!) and homes. Company's coming....we're asking that everyone decorate to greet our visitors by Labor Day and then leave them up until the Sesquicentennial Celebration on Saturday, October 22nd.

Purchase Buntings Here

A Walk Through History

If you love history, join us Sunday afternoon October 16, 2 to 4 pm at the Old Jacksonville City Cemetery located on Kickapoo Street. Twelve historic figures dressed in period costume will present a program to be held under a huge tent in the middle of the cemetery, with chairs provided. You will hear stories of early pioneers, a Republic of Texas soldier, a Hispanic who worked on the railroad and an African American educator and church leader—just to name a few. Special music will be provided. The program will be approximately an hour which will leave time for those who want to walk or drive the cemetery to look at gravestones of historic figures. Master of ceremonies will be former Mayor, M.L. Earle, (born in 1856 and died in 1932). He served as Mayor in the early 1900s. Portraying Earle will be current Jacksonville Mayor Randy Gorham. “They” extend a special invitation to everyone! For details contact Deborah Burkett, 903-752-7850 or [email protected].


This City Council meeting was live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook and is available to watch at the links below.

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