The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 15, 1966 · Page 1
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- -• Th« Son Invite* MR. OR MRS. KERBY XORKISS 522 W. Republic to the Branson Theater. This coupoi Good Through March 22 for two tickets when presented mt the Brunson box office. The movie now showing is "MADAME X" Texas aptoton \~* YOUR HOME NEWSPAPER BAY-TEX—The Golden Circle of Southeast Texas VOL. 43. NO. 175 8AYTOWN. TEXAS. 77521 Tuesday. March 15. 1966 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 582-8302 T«n C*nfs Pw Copy Loss In Values Results — ^Expert' Tax Advice Costs Baytown Schools Over $200,000 (EDITOR'S NOTE: The ,Refining Co. because of an !ed to pay the Pickett firm 566.-jdustrial and manufacturing S175.6S3.330, which Humble Baytown Sun has reviewed the analysis of industrial tax assess- 000 to make the valuation sur-l properties and facilities in the jments by a tearn of outside ex- school district appraisal work , of the Thomas " Y. Pickett i'P erts firm of Daihis, hired by a previous school board to conduct an appraisal of oil, mineral. | a previous school board to Study the school system's industri- The Thomas Y. Pickett firm of Dallas had been retained by utility, industrial and manufacturing properties and facilities in the district. Pickett's contract will expire Oct. St. 1966. Here are the results of The Sun's review.) Baytown schools, including the Lee College District, received 513-5,474.03 less in 1965-jsessment decrease. ai, oil, mineral and manufacturing tax values. The study resulted in Humble's assessment dropping by $7,640.570, even though Humble tax people had lold school of-j school district. The total assessed value agreed to leav e at that figure pending completion of Pickett's of j survey. vey over a three-year period. Thus it cost the district that amount to lose 5134,474.03 in taxes from Humble. ties at the end of the 1964 tax j in Humble's valuation of 57,- Tne tax loss to the school!year was 5202,534,180. This was1640.570. Based on the school dis- system would have been great- j the figure arrived at by the trict tax rate of 51.76 per 5100 er had not the appraisers picked up an additional 52 million in assessments during the 1965-66 lax year. However, an examination of Pickett's report shows a large portion of the new assessments against Huberible's valuation — there has beeni The Picket! firm was hired,Karl Opryshek, L. D. Victory. Corp.. Houston Lighting and I a loss of about 55 million in|by the school board on Sept.i' A - K - Stark and Ben Shirey vot- Power and General Telephone industrial valuations since 1964.i™ -. Q (v> „_,> j, _ _ _ _ ,.__t'ed for the motion. -. .... ri __ . , ,, [oil J.JTXJ, GHQ is C? K d H WUiZVt because of addmonal capital in- The Pickett firm s assessmentisi, ortly thereafter The motion! In 3S61. Humble's rendition all these properties and facili-j Pickett's figures show a drop j vestments by these companies, of Humble's properties, includ-! to j^ lhe ^'mp^y stipulated' ;w as S143.2S6.610. The company Gulf Oil's new expansion at ilsjing minerals and production fa-j,^ it woal(J con duct a three-''Paid taxes on an assessment by Cedar Bayou plant also in- cilities, was about 522 million j year revaluation of o a § miner, j the school tax office of 5175.- of -al, utility, industrial and manu-;2W.540. ficials informally that the com-'valuations would have been add- pany would not push for an as- !«d to the tax rolls in any case. sessment decrease. I The firm placed a value of 66 taxes from Humble Oil andj The school district contract- J $196,882.770 on oil, mineral, in- school district tax office prior to completion of 1964 revaluation figures by the Pickett firm. oi valuation. Humble paid $134.474.03 less in taxes. However, valuations of other The difference in the 1964 and j oil, mineral, utility, industrial 1365 figures is 55.6 million. ! and manufacturing properties The valuation of the largest land facilities in the school dis- taxpayer in the district — Hum-1 trict were increased by ble — was placed at 5168.042.- j Pickett firm by about 52 creased industrial valuations. iibove Humble's A reduction was noted in the 5146.340.310. Pickett's Ashland Oil properties, and val-jment was 5168,044,780. uations were raised on produc-j j< o change was made rendition assess-, facturijlg properties in thej In 1962, Humble's rendition school district, and would be;was 5175,256.250. It paid taxes bv tion facilities of other smaller jpi ckett ^ Humble's $1.779,090 companies _ operating in the j valuation of its minerals and paid a total of $66.000. The [on an assessment of $175,626,company has been paid at the j 120. rate of 522.000 a year through! In 1963, Humble's rendition school district. i production facilities, although i 1963, and the final payment will j was S175.3S5.050. It paid taxes the According to Pickett's figures i S i m ji ar facilities of other oil be made at the end of 1956. jon an assessment of $175,393,mil including the $2 million gain companies operating in thej Trustees W. H. Bridges and!770. 760 by Pickett. This compares i lion. Some of the increased Jin industrial assessments and school district were raised injKnox Beavers voted against rhej In 1964, Humble's rendition with a 1964 taxable valuation of'values were gained by higher'the 57.6 million drop in Hum- 1965. 'motion to hire Pickett. Trustees i i See ADVICE, Page 2) SPOTS ' - it,*, c i in y PTA Meeting LAMAR Elementary Parent Teacher Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school auditorium. John Adams, assistant principal of Robert E. Lee and Charles Cowan, of the Baytown Police Department, will speak on juvenile problems in the schools. Carver PTA CARVER PARENT-Teacher Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carver school. Dinner Meeting BARRY NETTLES, president of men's organization at the First Presbyterian Church, will preside at a dinner meeting of the group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lenten Supper THIRD IN A series of Lenten Hospital Bids Due BIDS FOR construction of the new San Jacinto Methodit Hospital Professional Building, a new power plant and added supper is set for 6:30 p.m. on \Vednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church with Walter Mabe as chairman assisted by members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. D. C. Walsh Jr. will read the Litany and the Rev. P. Walter Henckell, rector, will continue his talks on the Prayer Book. All members and friends of Trinity are invited. 4-H Club ! E-AYTOWN 4-H club will meet a! 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bay- Corporation Court building. * * * Weather And Tides CLEAR TO PARTLY clouay. Temperature range expected, 48-72 degrees. High Monday •was "0 degrees, with a 47-de- gre e low. Temperature at the Sun weather station at 8 a-ir>. Tuesday was 52 degrees. WEDNESDAY Galveston tides •will be low at 6:30 turn, and high at 3:12 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. space for X-Ray and laboratory facilities are due in late Tuesday, Administrator Dan Brown has announced. The bids will be tabulated by Architect James A. Davis and presented to the board's executive committee for action later in the week. San Jacinto PTA SAN JACINTO Parent-Teacher Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school cafeteria. Main speaker will the Rev. Harold O. Bomhoff. whose topic will be "Working with Youth Protection Agencies.'' The public is invited, Film Scheduled BAYTOWN AREA residents are invited to see an anti-Communist film called "While Brave Men Die" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center auditorium in Texas City. Further information may be obtained by phoning 5S2-2515. Folk Song Program BAYTOWN MUSIC Study Club will hear a program on American folk songs and singing games by Mrs. Chester Rogers when they meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church. SCHOOLS CET 'EXECUTIVE TEAM' David Sherron Gets The Job-Schools Hire Purchasing Agent Appointment of David Sher- ror. as school district purchasing agent was given unanimous approval at Monday night's trustee meeting. Sherron, a resident of Baytown seven years, is manager ol Beall Brothers' Department Store. His employment was recommended by Supt. George H. Gentry at a salary of SSQO per month The motion was made by Trustee Boyd N. Hill. DAVID SHERRON Irby Resigns School Job; Will Go To Brazosport SUSAN BUSCH. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Busch Jr., is recovering from an appendectomy at the Baytown Hospital. She is in Room 211. Susan is a sophomore at REL. Mrs. Bessie Brown is off to The school board Monday- night accepted the resignation of Ken Irby, deputy tax assessor collector since 1960. Irby has accepted a position as tax assessor collector in the Brazosport Independent -School District. He and his family will continue to live here until school is out. A Certified Texas Assessor, Irby received his bachelor of business administration degree in I960 from the University of Houston where he majored in accounting. He attended public schools in Louisiana and graduated from Lee College in 1958. Irby is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers and affiliated with the state and Gulf Coast Chapter of that organization. Active in the Baytown Kiwanis Club, he served as its West Texas to visit relatives in j treasurer Abilene, Trent, Big Spring and currently for two years, is ti-easurer of He the Thrift Exchange of the East Harris - Baytown . . . Melva Johnson agrees to assist with a program after checking her calendar . . . Mrs. Earl Milton checks on a reminder . . . Joann Rodgers fills in an application. QUARTERLY SAVINGS DIVIDEND PAID MARCH 1. 1966 CITIZENS NATIONAL Member F.D.I.C. Community in Odessa. She says she will be near the bis annual r"ttlesnake j hunt if anyone wants her iO[ Chest and has held offices bring a rattlesnake back . . Jack Nesselrode celebrates his birthday early on Sunday and then wants to celebrate it again on Tuesday. Flora Wi'.hite and Martha Hodges make an early morning trip to The Sun office . . . Mrs. W. T. Jones Sr. shares a chili recipe from Flagler, Colo. . . . Mary Galphin tries to clean a cat with the vacuum cleaner . . . Cheryl Stoerner and Mary Sue Hester add Rainbow visitation to their crowded list of activities Youth May Need Regies Series; Dog Is Sought A 10-year-old Baytown boy wui have to take the series of rabies vaccinations onJeas a dog that bit him is found. W. C. Stanaland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chawood Stanaland, 501 Forrest, w»s bitten by a dog early Friday in the vicinity of Lamar Elementary School. The do; wag described as & short, long . haired animal that limped on one of the front legs. The dog U black with white feet and white under the neck. Anyone who has Inform* - tion about the dog is asked to phone 5*2-8709, the Methodist Men and church school of Grace Methodist Church. He also is a member of the Elks Lodge and Masonic Lodge No. 1192. A Baytown resident for 24 years, he worked for J. M. Huber Corp. prior to being employed by the school district. His wife, a lifelong Baytonian, is the former Sarah Ann Bradbury. They have three daughters. Sandra, 14; Melinda, 12, and Kendra, eight. The Braaosport school district covers an area of 193 square miles, Irby said. He said he is looking forward to his new job as a challenge but that he and his family will hate to leave Baytown and all their friends here. The Irbys will likely buy a; home in Lake Jackson which is in the Brazosport district. They! have some relatives in Lake Hill said he is convinced Sher-1 arrangements with his present ron will make an excellent purchasing agent and he is satisfied with the reasons given by Sherron for seeking the ap - pointment. Employment of a purchasing agent had previously been recommended by the consulting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, which made a study last year of school district opera - tions, including purchasing practices. Sherron will begin his new duties as soon as he can make employers, Gentry said. Prior to moving to Baytown. Sherron was employed by the J. C. Penney Co. at Paris, Texas City and Beaumont. Sherron is a native of Paris. Mr. ajid Mrs. Sherron live at 1805 E. Fayle. with their children, Dara Susan, 10, and Mark, 5. They are members of St. John's Methodist Church. Sherron has been active in community affairs and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a director of the Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Baytown Welfare League and Bayshore Rod, Reel and Gun Club- He is assistant director of Baytown Civil Defense, chief of the deputy constable reserve unit, precinct 3. and a member of the Baytown Citizens Traffic Council, the chamber of commerce clean - up committee, Baytown Shrine Club, and will be chairman of the annual Crippled Children's Shrine parade next Saturdav Extension Could Come .Soon-City Pushing Garth Project By BELL KARTMAN Baytown City Council hopes to begin work soon on the Garth Road extension, which will connect Park Street to Decker Drive, just south of the Carpenter's Hail. This project, for which S15S,- Ramsey and the councilmen also discussed a "first - class" approach from the Decker-Park intersection to Thomas Circle. Ramsey said he has asked twice that it become a state project and said he will be happy to go with city and the chamoer of Other items discussed by Ramsey and the councilmen included: • Wooden bridge on the West Texas Avenue extension. • Walkway on West Main 000 was voted in last March's' commerce representatives to capital improvement bond elec-j stat e officials to present a pro- tion, was discussed by council j members at a Tuesday break-j fast meeting, A delegation from the city will meet this week with land owners to negotiate for rights - of- way. If agreement is reached, City Manager Fritz Lanham said construction could begin very soon. The extension will include two 33-foot roadways with a 14-foot divider. It will be about 2,630 :eet long. All of the councilmen agreed on the immediate need for this project, and all are hopeful that <ir. agreement on right-of-way can be reached. County Commissioner V. V. Red) Ramsey attended the meeting to discuss city - county projects. Garth Road was again a prime topic. Councilmen pointed out that the projected work on North this year would double the traffic load on Garth. Ramsey assured them he would give the road the best maintenance possible. The North Main project in - Street bridge over Goose Creek. • Repair of the intersection at Decker and Park. • Repair of the bridge in front of Robert E. Lee High School.] • Methods of fighting water and air pollution. The city will hold another morning meeting Thursday to discuss sewer planning with representatives of the Turner, Collie and Braden engineering firm. A 5 p.m. hearing has been called Friday on additional annexation on Interstate 10 and Tri - City Beach Road. —AND OUT THE OTHER Our World Today FROM AP WIRES « President Johnson signs a bill authorizing S*-8 billion more to support the war in Trustees Select 3-Man Board Of Equalization A three-member school dis-, first meeting as a trustee. trict board of equalization was [ passed. named Monday night over the protest of Trustee Boyd Hill, *'ho said the new panel is "industry oriented." Traditionally, the school district has had a five - member board, but Bruce Ramsey, the district's attorney, said a recent -ourt decision held that five- member boards of equalization ire illegal. The new board will be com- ; x>sed of Wilton Roper, Ollie Clevenger and Gerald Hanson. i"wo alternates were named. They are Nugent Chamberlain and E. A. Milton. Jackson, Irby said. eludes two 24-foot roadways with a 14-foot divider, complete { Hill urged the appointment of with curb and gutter, from Ced- Milton and Chamberlain to the ar Bayou Road to Baker Road, bocrd, instead of being named; >,. !wuy „,„«««.-,, ^ a ^ ia Appraisals on right of - way i alternates, but he was outvoted! tion was given to the new ap- ar e now being conducted by the i — by Trustees Ben Shirey Paul pointments county. Last March $253,000 Parkinson and Seth Mitchell, i Hill also accused Gentrv and The equalization board matter was brought up by Hill, who delivered a 90-minute criticism of Supt. George Gentry, Board President Knox Beavers and other board members on a variety of subjects. Hill said he had talked earlier with Ramsey about the legality of the board of equalization and claimed he had been told the information would be presented Monday night. Hill said he did not find the matter on the agenda and indicated he believed it would not be brought up after i-l. "The meeting is not over yet," Beavers interrupted. Shortly thereafter, considera- Gentry, 3 Others To Work On Problems By PRESTON PEXDERGRASS, Direct supervision of the busi- iwas voted for this project. Tillman O'Brien, attending his ] (See TRUSTEES. Page 2) Viet Xam, • The Senate Commerce Committee meets today in closed session to consider legislation for tighter control of labeling and packaging of foods and other household products. • The National Farmers Union calls on the Johnson administration to take immedi ate steps to expand govern - nient price support and payment programs to boost farm income. • After eight years of consideration. Congress has extended mandatory federal safety rules to small coal niines. It applies to about 6.500 mines employing 14 men or leas. • The Vatican has declined permission for Sister Marie Bernadette to appear in a campus theater production. She was to appear as Beatrice in the University of Detroit Theater production of "A Servant of Two Masters." • Jakarta radio reports that mor« than a million persons massed in Indonesia's capital in a demonstration of support for 3Lt. Gen. Suharto's anti Communist campaign. • Ken Curtis, who plays Festug on "Gunsmoke,"' married Mrs. Torrie Connelly last weekend in Ijas Vegas, Nev. • Senate and House mem- j office directly under Supt. Gen- bers may have set a record for overseas travel last year. The trend indicates that totals will top the $157,575 spent bv senators and $239,300 representatives during 1964. The school board voted 4-1 at a regular meeting Monday night for a change in the district's administrative organization that will combine the "knowledge and talents" of a four-man executive team. Composing the team will be Supt. George H. Gentry, Deputy Supts. W. D. (Bill) Hinson and John M. Stuart, and Finance Director Robert Sauls. Board Secretary Ben Shirey said one of the reasons for proposing the change is to obtain better communications throughout the administrative system and more efficient planning by combining the "knowledge and talents" of four, top administrative people. Under the new arrangement, Deputy Supt. Hinson, who is in charge of personnel and services; Deputy Supt. Stuart, who is in charge of instruction and guidance, and the finance director will report directly to Supt. Sentry and will work as an executive team with the superintendent on administrative problems and planning. Previously, Hinson was also in charge of the business office and the finance director was supposed to report to him. Stuart has been reporting directly to the superintendent, along with Hinson. A board-appointed committee has been studying the organizational change for some time. Chairman Shirey told the board that other department heads in he administrative system would be expected to recommend changes below the executive level that might be desirable to improve the efficiency: oi the organization and provide! 1966 president of: the Texas Tiore time for long-ranjre plan-jP^eal i-state Association, will be principal speaker at a meeting Shirey said members of the - - executive team concurred the organizational change!Realtors at the Houston Yacht ind agreed with its aims and j Club Friday night. purposes. Ervin W. Luedtke of Austin, Voting for -he change werr i executive vice president of the Trustees Shirey. who made the 110,000 - member Texas Realtor notion: Sam Alford. Seth Mitch j.organization, will be at the ?!I and Paul Parkinson. VoCmc meeting witb. Bahnman and dis- ness office was shifted by the board last year after a study of procedures and methods, conducted by an outside firm specializing in that field. A finance director was hired at that time on the firm's recommejidation- Shirey and Beavers told Win Uiat Sauls would continue, as he had since he was hired as finance director to run his business office, "not Supt. Gentry." Hill said he could not agree that this would be the case. He told the board the business office was not (at the time the study was authorized) meeting minimum state standards in bookkeeping and other phases of the operation. Shirey told Hill that a Texas Education Agency representative had" told the board It would be reminded over a thcee-year period by "form letters", noting that recommended changes in the business office had not been made — "if they were not made, which they have been." "The violations were not serious enough to warrant any drastic action by TEA," Shirey told Hill. Trustee Parkinson asked Hill if he could be sure the proposed change in the administrative system would not work. Hill (See TEAM, Page 2) TREA President To Be Bay Area Realtors' Speaker H. \V. Bahnman of Karlingen, of the Bay Area Board of Realtors and the Pasadena Board of •gainsi the motion was Trustee Boyd Hill. New Trustee TiHmar O'Brien, who had just beer sworn in. passed. Board Presi cuss TREA services and oroj- ects. Since entering the real estate business in 1552, Bahnman has dent Kno.x Beavers did not vote, j served as TREA regional vice Hill objected to the adminis- president two terms, as treasur- rative change, which he said er in 1962, secretary in 1S63 and A-ould again piace the business- vice president in 1S64 and *1365 try's supervision. He charged .hat Supt. Gentry "took !he bus- He was chairman of TREA's Hducation Committee in 1963 and 196-i. As a Certiiied Master from Sauls.' Weather Forecast Favors Launch-G-8 Launch Wednesday Gets Tentative 'Go' Sign iness office supervision awaj j Broker graduated TREA's by from Hinson. and I'm not S' | Rea j Eslate Instju , te with desig _ y i«™ cL,""?"' 1 takc " awa -I nation number 1. h e has attended each course since the school's inception. Bahnman has served in all elective otiices of the Harlingen Board of P.ea'.tors. anj as sec- jretary and chairman of the Harj linger) Multiple Listing Service. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —After wrestling through the night with a batch of mechanical problems, space agency offi- cals today gave the Gemini S ;stronauts a tentative green light to blast off Wednesday on the start of a busy three days in space. A "go-no go" decision to launch astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scon 3..vly Wednesday was to be The Bay Area Board of Real\ tors and the Pasadena Board of ! Realtors include all of east KABBIS COUNTY FEDERAL Assets Or»r $ made this morning, the National j equipment on the 66-foot-tall Project officials said the Atlas''suit, supplies drinking water during their busy space vn—re i Harri s County. The Annual Tex- Aeronautics and Space Adminis-jAtlas rocket which is scheduled problems were "under control,",and sets rid of urine. 1 The 4tla« i« sVh^nloH to hT a cH a s Real Estate Association Pres- The Atlas is scheduled to blast ] ,, tration said. The busy three^ay to hoist the astronauts' un-!.and time needed to check out! The Gemini 9 spacecraft was : off" at "lO 7.m. ^EST^and hoist! ideiu ' s Visit is thc outstanding -. nussion is aimed at the f irst! manned Agena space target into the new spacecraft hookup of two satellites in space orbit 101 minutes before Arm- environmen- delivered to Kennedy the Agena into a 185-mile-highi social eve " t oi !he >" ear and a 2%-hour "stroll in space" by Scott. Encouraged by a satisfactory weather forecast for Wednes- strong and Scott blast off. NASA said a valve and regulator were replaced in the Atlas * - | vititv cicu uj v-^i^c xA.criiiic.-u> — •*_ - >.£»•<_ iiu M A nj <j. jLo^iimtr-nitiii • tal control system was the pac-| March 2 and was undergoing orbit around the earth. Liftoff] Frank Boyje Jr. oi Boyle ing item. The environmental pone is P residenl rea day, technicians hustled into the. after a fuel tank was filled be- the astronauts It: pumps oxygen for breathing «f T - — •— 4 . I kJUIl 14J.3 \JJ\Jf ttll 1UI Ul CdH 1111C) GUAVA I early hours of the morning to-j^nd capac.ty and propellant j gfits rid Qf carbon djoxide ex .j day installing and checking out sloshed into a pressure line and a life-supporting environmental control system borrowed from the Gemini 9 spacecraft. An oxygen leak was discovered in a space circuit in Gemini 8's en| vironmental control system. j Meanwhile, 6,000 feet away •from the Gemini-Titan 2 launch | pad, workmen replaced some onto the valve and regulator, SAVE IN THE ROUND CITIZENS OF TEXAS ""^-SAVINGS haled by the spacemen. It also cools.the spacesuits — as well as the inside of the Gemini 8 spacecraft — and keeps the atmospheric pressure at the proper level. The system consists of water and oxygen supplies; provides for removing small solids, odors and excess moisture from the briefing today, relax to save the energy needed, checks for a May launching. time for Gemini 8 will be ll:41) Rcalt >" ln control n the new s - ystem can be;«-£ jtTJ^ace, a commercial «« '« time and no oth-!^e|^h^^fore launch l M . ltor Q£ ^^ ^ __„._ 'velop, Armstrong ..,. , ' . . 'dent of the Pasadena Board, attend their final ~ 2 b" t 'k ° -?HI "h^ rl *~ a Porte real estate maa nal countdown on the s raft ar ' *"" Springer is state direo- .getting under way six hours' be-' tor from lhe Bay Area Board - ifore launch and the terminal (countdown on the Titan 2 rocket i beginning four hours before lift- 'off. At the Atlas-Agena pad, the countdown will begin about sev-j en hours before the Atlas rock-j els into space. I NEW BODY SHOP Used & New Cars 2401 Hwy. 146 THAD FELTON SINCE Peoples State Bank Member P.O.I.e. "BEST BANKING IN TOWN"

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