Heights chamber plans events Friday

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce plans a business workshop on social media from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Harker Heights Community Center.

A women in business event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the community center.

For more information, call the chamber at (254) 699-4999 or go to www.hhchamber.net.

Comptroller offers tool for taxpayers

AUSTIN — Thousands of cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit authorities in Texas levy property or sales tax, and taxpayers may not be aware of the various tax entities they are paying. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that for the first time Texans can get a more complete picture of local taxes levied in every county through a newly developed Web tool.

“Taxpayers deserve to know who’s in their wallets,” Combs said. “Texans should know who is taxing them on the local level, how they are being taxed and where their tax dollars are being spent. Our new Web tool helps them to become more engaged in government and make more informed decisions to hold their elected officials accountable.”

This new resource, available at www.TexasTransparency.org, includes interactive maps that provide a close-up view of the local entities that assess property tax and sales tax in each of Texas’ 254 counties.

Combs also released a report entitled Your Money and the Taxing Facts that provides context for the Web tool, including trends in local taxation.

The report also proposes several recommendations to increase transparency for local taxation and offers tips to help residents exercise their rights as taxpayers.

“More transparency is critical to individual Texans as they consider tax burdens,” Combs said.

Read the report at www.TexasItsYourMoney.org.

Wi$eUp women’s conference Sept. 8

Texas AgriLife Extension Service educators from Williamson, Falls and Bell counties will present the Wi$eUp Women’s Conference from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander in Belton.

The conference is open to the general public, but topics are designed to address the financial needs and interests of women, said Nancy Granovsky, AgriLife Extension family economics specialist at Texas A&M University in College Station and a conference presenter.

“These days, everyone thinks and worries about money,” Granovsky said. “The recession has been difficult for many families and households, and there’s increasing interest in learning how to stretch dollars and plan for the future.”

She said becoming “financially capable” is vital and especially important for Generation X and Y women.

To register, send a check for $10 made out to “Williamson Demonstration Fund” by Sept. 5 to: Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Madelena Johnson, 3151 S.E. Inner Loop, Suite A, Georgetown, TX 78626-6343 or call (512) 943-3300.

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