Paxton: Winter 2010 Appliance Rebate program

Winter 2010 Appliance Rebate program
By State Rep. Ken Paxton, Capitol Steps
Texas Comptroller of Public Account Susan Combs announced that Texas will offer a new appliance rebate program starting in the Winter of 2010 using unclaimed rebate funds. There are approximately $10 million of unclaimed rebates from earlier this year and Texas residents with a valid Texas residential address qualify for a rebate if they follow all program rules.
Eligible appliance categories will include ENERGY STAR refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, washing machines (but not dryers), dishwashers, central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps and water heaters. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR label, an appliance must meet rigorous energy efficiency and water efficiency standards set by the federal government. These appliance use less energy and less water than regular appliances and thus help consumers save money each month of their utility bills. To view a list of ENERGY STAR qualifying models, go to
Appliance rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through a purchase and mail-in rebate program; not a phone or on-line reservation system. The rebate amounts for this program have not yet been determined but will be released when the program launches.
The goal of the appliance rebate program is to stimulate the Texas economy and provide savings to Texas residents. To learn more about this program or to sign up for email alerts, please visit

Police warn restaurants of possible fraud

FRISCO, TX – Recently, several Frisco restaurants have received phone calls from an unknown person who states that they are with the City of Frisco Health Department and that they are going to be coming to the restaurant to perform an inspection.

The caller states that they will need access to the kitchen and also requests that the restaurant pay a fee in advance for the inspection. During the reported incidents to police, no one has actually shown up to perform the inspection or collect money.
The City of Frisco Health and Food Safety Division does conduct unannounced inspections, but the only fees that would be charged are permit fees and re-inspection fees, when necessary.
Frisco police are concerned that unsuspecting restaurants may become a victim of fraud. If you believe that you or your business has recently become a victim of this or a similar scheme, please contact the Frisco Police Department at 972.292.6010 to file a police report.

For questions regarding the validity of an inspection, contact the City of Frisco Health and Food Safety Division at 972.292.5304.

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