Welcome to Overton, TX!

Designated Lone Star City
City Hall (903) 834-3171 – Fax (903) 834-3174
Police Department (903) 834-3145 – Fax (903) 834-3216

Now Hiring – Full Time PW Maintenance/UB Tech

The City of Overton is now accepting applications for the following position:

Full Time Public Works Maintenance/UB Tech

Interested candidates may apply in person at the City of Overton, City Hall, 1200 South Commerce Street, Overton, TX 75684. To download a printable version of the City of Overton employment application, please click here. Application deadline May 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.


Performs work necessary to ensure that Utility Billing has all information needed to bill for services. Work will include meter readings, initiating/discontinuing service, and processing Work Orders received from Utility Billing.  Performs work necessary for building and grounds maintenance of the City.  Work will include janitorial and basic maintenance of City buildings, ensuring Community Center is stocked and clean, and mowing/weed-eating.  Will also provide maintenance, service and repair for small engine equipment of the city. This position coordinates with the City Comptroller and UB Clerk daily.

To download a complete Job Description please click here.

Notice of Special Election



To the registered voters of the City of Overton, Rusk and Smith County, Texas:

(A los votantes registrados de la ciudad de Overton, Rusk y Smith County, Texas:)

Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed in the Notice of Special Election  will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for voting in a special election to approve:

(Por la presente se da aviso de que los lugares de votación enumerados en el enlace Aviso de elección especial a continuación estarán abiertos de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m., el sábado 5 de mayo de 2018, para votar en una elección especial para aprobar)


“Shall the City of Overton, Texas, be authorized to abolish (repeal) the existing Section 4A sales and use tax for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprises of the rate of one-half of one percent, and concurrently adopt (recapture) a Section 4B economic development sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent to undertake projects as described in Section 4B of the Development Corporation Act, as amended from time to time, including but not limited to projects for public parks, park facilities, museums, sports facilities, affordable housing, open space improvements, landscape of public facilities, and projects related to recreational or community facilities, and projects to promote new or expanded business enterprises that create or retain jobs, and streets and roads, drainage, and related improvements, demolition of existing structures, or land, buildings, equipment facilities that are related to any of the above projects and any other projects that the board determines will promote new or expanded business enterprises that create or retain jobs, and the maintenance and operations expenses for any of the above described projects.”



“Se autorizará a la Ciudad de Overton, Texas, a abolir (derogar) el impuesto de ventas y uso de la Sección 4A existente para la promoción y el desarrollo de empresas comerciales nuevas y expandidas de la mitad del uno por ciento, y simultáneamente adoptar ( recapturar) un impuesto a la venta y uso de desarrollo económico de la Sección 4B a la mitad del uno por ciento para emprender proyectos como se describe en la Sección 4B de la Ley de Corporación de Desarrollo, enmendada ocasionalmente, incluidos, entre otros, proyectos para parques público, instalaciones de parques, museos, instalaciones deportivas, viviendas asequibles, mejoras de espacios abiertos, paisaje de instalaciones públicas y proyectos relacionados con instalaciones recreativas o comunitarias, y proyectos para promover empresas comerciales nuevas o ampliadas que crean o conservan empleos, y calles y carreteras , drenaje y mejoras relacionadas, demolición de estructuras existentes, o terrenos, edificios, instalaciones de equipos que están relacionados con cualquiera de los proyectos anteriores y cualquier otro proyecto s que la junta determine promoverá empresas comerciales nuevas o ampliadas que creen o conserven trabajos, y los gastos de mantenimiento y operaciones para cualquiera de los proyectos descritos anteriormente “.

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Click on the following link for a complete Notice of Special Election.

Notice of Special Election – May 5, 2018

History of Overton

The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties.  Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.

The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.

Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.

The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.

Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner’s success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town’s once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.

Overton’s population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half – reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County’s “second city” with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.