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Thursday, March 28, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Texas taxpayers get more bang for their buck

WASHINGTON (WalletHub) – Texas taxpayers have the seventh-best return on investment (ROI) for their tax dollars, according to a national ranking. To determine which states yield the best and worst ROI for taxpayers, WalletHub compared the quality of government services received by residents to the total state and local taxes they pay in each of the 50 states.

The Lone Star State ranks fifth in lowest total taxes paid per capita. Its overall government services ranking is 38th.

In individual government service categories, Texas ranks 34th in education; 31st in health; 39th in safety; 18th in economy; and 49th in infrastructure and pollution. It has the fifth-worst roads and bridges in the nation.

New Hampshire has the best taxpayer ROI rank. Hawaii ranks last.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Killeen-Temple home prices up 4.1 percent YOY

KILLEEN-TEMPLE (Killeen Daily Herald) – Area home prices grew 4.1 percent year over year in fourth quarter 2018, according to a Real Estate Center report.

The average home price in the Killeen-Temple area was $160,000, up from $154,000 the year before.

There were 506 homes sold in the area in December 2018, while the housing inventory stood at 2.9 months. The Center considers a six- to 6.5-month inventory a balanced market.

Homes spent an average of 75 days on the market.

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Friday, February 8, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Now that's refreshing! $90M pours into Temple

TEMPLE (Temple Economic Development Corp.)

Niagara Bottling LLC will invest $90 million in a new bottling facility on 50 acres in the Temple Industrial Park.

The project will be divided into two phases. Phase one will include a $70 million capital investment and create 49 jobs.

The second phase will be a $20 million capital investment and add 21 jobs. Niagara will start construction on the 450,000-sf facility in March and will begin operations in fourth quarter 2019.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Texas U-Haul's top growth state again

PHOENIX, Ariz. (U-Haul) – Texas continued its reign as America's top-growth state during 2018, according to U-Haul data.

Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals rose 5 percent while departures climbed 6 percent from Texas' 2017 numbers.

Despite a larger increase in departures, arriving trucks still accounted for 50.2 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in the Lone Star State.

This is the third year in a row that Texas secured the top spot on the list. Florida, South Carolina, Utah, and Idaho rounded out the top five. Illinois ranked 50th for the third time in four years.

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Friday, November 30, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

Battery producer recharges operations with $106M facility

TEMPLE (Temple Daily Telegram) – Battery producer East Penn Manufacturing Co. will expand its operations with a $106 million distribution facility.

The new center will be built in a 305-acre industrial park near the intersection of I-35 and Loop 363.

Construction is expected to start in third quarter 2019. It is expected to create 266 jobs.

The company currently has a facility at 2526 Charter Oak Drive where it employs about 80 people.

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