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The occupants of a home severely damaged by a fire in the 300 block of Major Drive on June 1 escaped the blaze without injury, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue.

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May 31 is the deadline to protest home valuations in Jefferson County, where many residents are already decrying sharp increases in home values.

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In 2015, JCAD raised appraisals across the board on one-and-a-half story homes.

A lawsuit against the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD) is gaining traction – and plaintiffs – as more residents are claiming that they too were unfairly and unjustly targeted with inflated home appraisals as part of JCAD’s 2015 administrative decision to raise appraisals across the board on homes classified as one-and-a-half stor

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At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire at 3150 Cleveland. According to Captain Brad Penisson of the Beaumont Fire Department, when firefighters arrived, they found the rear portion of the home engulfed in flames. The occupants of the residence were able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived.

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One-and-a-half-story home are valued at the same rate as a two-story.

A change in the formula used to determine home values in Jefferson County will cause more than 7,000 homeowners to see an increase in their estimated tax bills for the coming year, with some seeing a spike in their home’s value of 5 percent or more. The added value of the residences comes when one-and-a-half-story homes are valued at the same rate as two-story homes.

Jefferson County Appraisal District officials say the results of the change are negligible, but some homeowners disagree.

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Starting Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Events Centre at 700 Crockett St. in Beaumont, the City of Beaumont and Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. - Chapter 292 are honoring Vietnam veterans.  All proceeds benefit Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument.

Friday, Sep. 21, 6-8 p.m. - Veterans’ Reception & POW MIA Ceremony, Beaumont Event Centre

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