The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 5, 1971 · Page 10
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Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, December 5, 1971
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IIM |Maosi>ont FACT*, KrwpoM, ttxtt, Sunday, December 5, il?l,8«<UM I, Page it ^ - '*'^--^ • y- [ - I'-IIMI i. -*. - - - L -j -j . - w'-.?-... L^?-.... J. j ,"v. . ... . f . • .„,' , ' '"" < ' > J i * tMfct, ^dfetetmtfiUi,' property ', valuations, It, "I ^rwpve'tf has not been' found, .)".'•/•'. V.ifThfe rnip depicts land In the area of the '„-* ;ptalntlfPs ,. homes and ranches, They are <JQ Perry McNelll, J. P. and Betty, Bryan, and ' ' • . . ^ Action in the case started about three weeks '•V'agb when the four 1 taxpayers obtained 'a < ^temporary restraining order' preventing Commissioners Court from adopting a 1172 budget, new valuations, or a 'new lax rate. Two days later, at the conclusion of the public budget hearing, Commissioners Court adopted the budget and new tax values, but not a new tax rate. A new rate of $1.05 per 1100 valuation, a drop of 30 cents, is proposed in t - trie' budget 'document, however. i;' Plaintiffs are. asking that all (our com, mlssioncrs be held in contempt of court. , County Judge Alton C. Arnold is not named apparently because ho voted against the , adoption of the budget and recorded no vote ,, on adoption of the valuations. A hearing llial asked i-nch commissioner to show cause why, he shouldn't be held In contempt of.couH was set Friday but Judge Cornpton said he would postpone hearing on that matter until the end of the current trial. , When Kee requested the use of Prllchard and Abbott worksheets showing each properly owner's description of land and Us new values, he told Truett Pritchard that he wanted only those .that reflected changes made during consultations between his firm and land owners, or during the hearings before the Board of Equalisation. At first Pritchard, said those documents were intermingled with all of the other worksheets and could not easily be separated. Testimony revealed that one worksheet was prepared for each Braioria County's 100,000 parcels of land. : Pritchard produced Friday, however, a cardboard box which he Indicated donlalned all worksheets that had been changed. He told (he court thai he had first thought all records were Intermingled. Kee challenged Prilchard's opinion that all the chanced records were In that box. During 11 it on iicm THE OPENING OF OUR ALL NEW MEAT MARKET . MEDFORD SMITH, With 12 Yeare EXPERIENCE, Says, "He will cut the Beei to Please the People. 1 ? ALL MEAT IS U.S1D.A. GOOD OPEN tf HAYS A WEEK 4 DAY SPECIAL! SI1U.OIN & KOl'M) SPECIAL GOOD SUN-MON-TUKS. STEAK 99' LB. ALSO FRESH CUT MEAT AVAILABLE 24 hrs. OPENING THURSDAY, DEC. 2nd G & G DRIVE INN 265-8914 the time Kcc had been questioning Prll'. chard, Davis had been looking In the box. Davis toM the court that he could not find the records of Brtocoe t>roductlon Co., a client of his firm. Earlier In the proceedings, testimony showed that Briscoe Production Co. had a high percentage of changes. Kee and Davis are contending that most of the landowners that appeared before Pr1t< chard and Abbott or the Hoard of Equalisation had their property revalued downward during the course of the consultations. The attorneys are contending that U a high percentage of land was valued downward, virtually all of the land In Braioria County was valued too high In the Initial appraisal. Commissioners Court Is contending, however, that an appraisal Is an opinion and that two differing appraisals can be essentially correct. McElya told the court that he Is willing to stipulate that all the worksheets have been changed if Kee desires. Tax Assessor-Collector II. A. Thomas was called to the witness stand again Friday. He had testified Thursday thai be did not send out property inventory rendition sheets to all taxpayers, only those that consistently mall them back to him. Kee's questioning Indicated to the court thai lax officials are required to send renditions to every taxpayer. Friday Thomas said these similar ren< dittoes pertaining to the mineral or royalty tax rolls were not mailed either, although royalty values were generally rabwd by the appnlMt by Prltchard and Abbott, Thomas also said taxes are not assessed on many different types of personal property such at most vehicles used (or private use, certain bank and stock properties and other classes of personal holdings. Kee apparently Is attempting" to show that taxes are not applied equally to all property In Braioria County. Thomas explained that In most cases, he could not possibly determine the worth of most types of personal property that should be taxed. Included In this category are watches, clocks, office and home furnishings, gold and silver plate, diamonds and Jewelry, money on hand and on deposit and slocks and bonds, McElya countered Kee's questioning that Indicated some requirements for rendering this property are the responsibility of the property owner. He Introduced three articles of Texas Uw that Indicated a property holder ls supposed to render all of his property including items at personal property. The list of holdings, such as watches, etc,. U to be sworn, McElya contends. Kee showed that J. |*. Bryan's property Inventory rendition had not been mailed to him and McRlya showed that he had v* rendered certain personal property. 'Both aspects were revealed in the queatkmiftg ot Thomas, Thomas sakl vehicle* were one* a«*«**ed but the list of unpaid vehicles owners became so large that time and expense could not justify collecting delinquent laxe» or Uklng other actions. Hearings on fire, train wreck end HOUSTON (AP) - the Nation*! Transportation Safely Hoard wound up (our days of hearing* Friday Into the Oct. 19 train wreck nix) subsequent explosion which killed one fireman and Injured 46 other persons. One of the but witnesses to testify. M. K, Sutherland of Union Carbide Co, who Mid Houston firemen should have not attempted to put out the (Ire but Instead should have let II burn. He wld the burning lank can couki not have been extinguished because there was not enough water pressure to the remote area. "I think Houston Fire Department procedure* were proper but II U retrwpeet there was Insufficient walw," Sutherland Mid. HouMoe Fire Chief C. K, Cook, the final wilnew, Mki there was no way to determine whether sufficient water existed until firemen tried The Mfcty (ward will review the evidence for several month* before handing down an opinion on the probable cause of the accident, a spokesman said ] • • AM mTB~ Hy I'lllb PASTOR BT Our bank book is all trimmed for the holiday*-" In red Ink. OPEN Til 8:00 P.M. WACKER'S TtJB COUKTHOOM SCKNE where Commissioners Court is being sued over its property appraisals and Its refusal to comply with a restraining order to drawn in pen and ink by one ot the Interested Stti* Hep N^ From left (aright art Jimmy IfiUtip* Sr . Cleveland Davta. Jlromjr I'tuWpt J r „ and Wat Ally. Otfden B*». Flower Gardens films to be shown at BC Films and slide* of the colorful underwater world ol (he Flower Gardens Coral Reefs will be presented in Drazosport College Auditorium Friday, Dec. to at 7:30. Braxosport College and the Marine Biomedical Institute of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Calveslon are co-sponsoring the program. The Gaikria D«l Mar o< Freejwct i» tatt for the event. Dennis W. Bowman, MB! diving operations officers, and J. Robert Aldcrdkv, deputy director for programs of the Flower Gardens Ocean Heaearch Center, will narrate the proKram and answer in Braioria County BRAZOSPORT FINE ARTS COUNCIL TUES., DEC. 7 8:15 P.M. ...present* Uie lloaslon .Symphony Orchntm In its fourth Rraioiport concrrt. Dr. A. tlydr Koller. conductor. I'rogrum frslarrt Dvorik'i -From the Nrw World" symphony; *|to UlUdi'. Uveriure to "Husslan and Dudmllla;" Vittgban Williams 1 arrangement from "Urrrntlrtvri;" Tchalkonky'i "Capricclo llallcn. Op. li;" sefectioaifrom "The Music Man," by VYllteon. Hraiosport High School Auditorium. Freeport. Pre-concert Uckelt it Freeporl. tlute, Lake Jackson and Angleton butlnni houses, or symphony bcu office it 2«V4iai daytime, »S-5«7I evenings. Adults |?.U; students fl. BRAZOSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPT. BRAZOSPORT COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION ...prfseult ihf Giwrnerii String Quartet (Guameri after *nel«U» century Ualwfl »iutow»kw), miupMrd of ArnoW Stetohardl, yyja- Mm Ualtey, vkOio: Uavid 6»)tr. wtoi: Mirba«| Tre*. vk»l*. A* ct»imedb> Time wugaMnf as ""»wW'» u»a»|ifr of chamber BBsk," «ii-k repertory i* (radiiioual Mad* d*but ta IW5 aud have performed (be Mnited State* and Kurope, Braiwpcrt Iligb , Krwport. U) meuiumiip card only. SVN..DEC.5 2:30PM " •- r '• .presents the "Messiah." by George F i - lcfc«lrt«rwi voices, and orchestra players. tWol.u are pre* Oavies, tarlton* tenor; LM j<, 0 es. bass; Luclnda Venn, »|u,; Cathy ^HTiiUey, sopra-u. Kelly Martbw conducts orchestra; Mrs. J. Let ««rk« Is organist; Kim Cook, pUnlst. flri«wwo«d High School Audliorlum. Clu»e, Free to the puWJc. LAKE JACKSON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MOJV. Dec. fi ...presents In* Like Jwlwoo A C»ptU» chslrs in »nouil concert, *Uh Bob Hobertson directing. Prpgram includes Handel's "llalleluitb CbflTBi," W hb Klio ft*, iter»er their OJewber, accorop»ol»t. Audience toftted te J(4a thglr. In irsdiUowl Ctrislffl,! wr«l». Brtwi wood HJgb School time. Frre U, about the red The fitnu wer« Uk«n on * series of drvc mtuioo* to the West Ftowtr Cardww fUvd during the (uat year According to Bo*man, "The films are unique They reveal a world «hkh very fr* people have ttxn " The Flower Gardens Hni is the northern-moil living coral known to ealat in the Gulf of Mexico It b located tin mile* southeast at Freeport. The event U (re* and In* puMic U invited Tho Efoooomatf <c Oody Fft Sfrtrt acCt»<J»lfXl to ItWf !«*<}in«;»« txxfy way of <J««*sjng CKi« 5O mi GIFT WRAPPING OPEN UTE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS V) 1 I HkMff *f Imrrer TlMl It MM MW "M*" HkKt Ittm »W (*Mri, Irxtl M>M U«tM»f Hf»«< *M» •»*« a»H Iwlt** (iril tft m ItMMW u««r *» kvlt*a> tii titt K milt* «* MI nun »4Mi T*mrt4 1* M ftr t*f> P»««i> ptlrtllw W* fti Stun tt Ma f .\ftr- Unit C«f«i CluO Mt IMm I* |<«| llr.»u»t Hllo. ,m»»«K« Mi IM n» (<M ATMl Tc,«,ul» t«r Iki oltfi.MtH., ll tita, wt Clyde's Utl'i nMtiNn (Mtir

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