The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 18, 1966 · Page 1
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Gain Estimated Between $70,000 and $400,000- 'sr'f.'./••^'""" 1965 School Tax Board Claims Pickett Appraisal Hiked Revenue (EDITOK'S NOTE: Members of the school district's 1965 Board of y^naHTjvttfm Friday defended the work of the Tlv^mas Y. Picket* appraisal firm and disputed the correctness of Information contained in a story published by The Baytowa Sun Tuesday on the results up to now of Pickett's Appraisal. Here is the board's statement.) In the lead article of March 15 The Sun concluded that evaluation of industrial property in the school district by the Thomas Y. Pickett firm caused a substantial and unnecessary loss of strongly with this The thorough and conclusion, competent evaluation job done by the Pickett firm resulted in a net increase of 570.000. or more, in tax revenue over that which would have been received had assessor, who must be convinced] of the validity of their figures) before he will recommend them to the Board. The Board, in turn, must be convinced of their validity before they will accept them. Fig- assistance. Flithermore, values recom- tax revenue 1965. to the schools in As members of the 1965 Board ^45 mKniwrs o* u«r 4^u«j A^VK^* ^. -*-"iv. ~>,-. ,— w —„ of Tax Equalization for the j valuations for tax purposes. The school district we must disagree! Pickett firm works with the tax the tax department not had this ures not considered equitable are changed by the Board. Before any valuations were considered," the Equalization Board members and tax office personnel were briefed in detail on the types of data being collected and on the procedures used by Pickett to arrive at a fair market value for the property. With splendid cooperation from industry, the Pickett representatives studied the cost, replacement value, and deprecia- mended by Pickett are sounder and more equitable than could have been obtained without the assistance of highly skilled professional industrial evaluators. Industry acceptance of the fairness of this evaluation is indicated by the fact that only one firm. Humble, brought any objections before the Board of Equalization which sets the final tion of plant economics of equipment, the plant operation. cost of raw materials, and the market value of the products. Thes e data were then used to determine the value this property, in this location, would have for a prospective purchaser who would wish to operate it for its present purposes. The studies" were very thorough, covering every building, tank, pipeline, raw material and product. It was a more thorough and complete evaluation than industry would normally make for its own use. and each company's <iata should provide a sound basis for its own economic calculations. It would not be possible for the school tax office to make such a thorough eaviuation without additional specially trained personnel. Humble's tax position and!Humble tax representative made i^t_«_**^ ;n.Fl»An»A. An 1* in •?!•£*+ I*- mil* A *%lA;3r» trk tltA Rft?iFD <M Pickett's influence on it is just opposite to that stated by the Sun. Humble's tax valuation dropped in 1965 because some obsolete plant units were dismantled in 1964, without corresponding construction of new units. Another reduction is in order for 1966 because of additional dismantling in 1965. These reductions would be required for tax equalization, whether Pickett made the valuation or the school tax office made it, because there has been a real reduction in the total value of the Humble plants. Failure to make the reductions would place an unfair tax load on Humble. Instead of agreeing to accept such an unfair tax load, the it quite clear to the Board of Equalization that the Company will no longer "bargain" its taxes. It expects fair valuations which are in line with those of other industry, business, land, and homes, and plans to insist on this. This is certainly a reasonable attitude. The school tax office worked hard last year to bring land values in line with the other property values, and the Equalization Board thought that all property values are now on a sound and comparable basis. Comparisons supplied by Humble's tax representative supported this conclusion. Humble felt that its 19*5 ren- value for its property based an its own study. Pickett represen-! tatives calculated that a value \ oT $168.044.790 was a more real-] li&tic value which was in line with ether values in the district, and the tax assessor and Equalization Board agreed. Humble accepted this value, reluctantly, after an extended discussion, with the plea that similar careful proc«"dures be used in the future to assure that the valuations remain realistic and in line with other property. The $21.7 million increase in Humble's 1965 valuation, which was recommended by Pickett, increased the school's tax income by 5370,840. The additional 52 million increase in other in- dition of 5146.340,310 was a fair dustrial values provided another 535,200, rr taking a total increase of 5406.0*3. The Suia is correct, however, in assumi ng that most of the $2; million w ould have been added to the tax: rolls without Pickert's help, and it is probable that a substantiz tl increase would have been mat le over Humble's rendition. It is not likely that the total 523.7 million increase would have beer i realized, however, because the detailed and complete Pickett {tata would not have been ava:ilable to the tax office and Eoai-d. Futherrnore. it is likely that considera We time would have been spent in haggling over values because nobody would have had as sound, complete, impartial, and understandable data. It seem s reasonable to assume. then, feat the Pickett study produced an increase in the 1965 tax revenues, as fairly and reasonably as is humanly possible, by somewhere between $70.000 and $400.000. Combined with a comparable high level of valuation in 1966, which could maintain the highest fair level of revenue, it seems that the Pickett firm has earned its $66,000 fee. The big job of making the first evaluation is now finished. It will be easier and less expeH- sive to maintain the records in the future, provided the same high quality- of effort is employed. N. F. Chamberlain £. A. MUton R. R. Zerlein Members 3965 Board of Equalization Tbe Sun Invite* MK. OB MRS. E. E- KIRKHAM 1307 E. Fayle to the Branson Theater. This coupon Good Through March 25 for two tickets when presented at the Branson box office. The movie now showing If "THE UGLY DACHSHUND" aptoton YOUR HOME NEWSPAPER Serving BAY-TEX—The Gokfea Circle of Southeast Texas VOL 43. NO. 178 BAYTOWN. TEXAS, 77521 Friday. March 18. 1966 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 582-B302 T«E C*nts P«r Copy Sun Spots Oyster Supper AN OYSTER supper for members (and their wives) of the San Council of Knights Beauries Needed CONTESTANTS are needed for the March 28 Miss Baytown San Council of Knights VFW beauty contest. There are] of Columbus will be held at 6:30' several available sponsors who p.m Friday at the KG Hall on have no entries. Deadline for West Main. Attends Course ALVIN MILES, assistant dean entry is March 21. Those interested may contact C. W. Hastings, 209" E. Humble; W. C. Moravits, 500 Parkway; Bob , ^-VA-V j_ii i»u^*~*i_*,s, ckadMi.«"i %*•-««.* .WlQraVlLS, *3W -t d-Ln.w ay v j_nj»j at Lee College, this week attend- Mulvihill, phone 583-1514 or ed a short course in handling j Sharon Johnson, 400 Midway, college records through the use ol data processing machines sponsored by International Business Machines in San Jose, Calif. Dean Miles will return to his desk net week. Elks Dinner ' BAYTOWN ELKS and their ; guests will have a wine tasting, ii spaghetti dinner and talent show ;z at 7 p.m. Saturday at the kxige. Program THE REV. RAMON Vasquez, Baytown Hawks BAYTOWN HAWKS Softball team will play a game at 7 p.m. Friday at Houston Settegast Park against Los Panchos. They will pay a double-header at 1 p.m. Sunday at Roseland Park- Credit Union League BAYTONIANS serving on a REL Relays Slated Here This Weekend ticket and registration committee for the Texas Credit Union THE K*.v. KAMU« vasquez, Vf 3 ^ meeting next week in • pastor of First Mexico Baptist! Houston include Mrs^ ^.-"Par- Church, will be heard at 12:45J«*- manager of the Texas East- p.m. Saturday on a radio pro- «? <*** "•««« *«• TO " a l CITY HALL, CIVIC CENTER SITE CLEARING OF THE site for the Baytown City ; Hall and Civic Center, to be tmilt "-»n a tract off West Slain near Peoples State Bank and the Knights of Columbus Hall, is under- way. The site preparation is being done by the" city ? stre«t department It includes removal of several large trees. Lowell Lammers is architect for the project. Rally In Highlands — Trustee Candidates Put On The Griddle By WANDA ORTON 'something about them, such as gram over station KLVL. Baptist Revival THE REV. W. PAUL Knous, pastor of the Pvayborn Drive Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. will be visiting evangelist for A week of special services beginning Sunday at Baptist Tempie. * * * Weather And Tides PARTLY CLOUDY with scattered thundershowers. cooling Friday night and Saturday. Temperature range expected, 55-~;3 degrees. The high Thursday was 74 degrees, with a 5S- degre e low. Temperature at the Sun weather station at 8 a-m. Friday was 61 degrees. SATURDAY Galveston tides will be low at 8:45 a.m. and high at 1:18 a.m. and 4:S4 p.m. Oliver, manager of the Baytown City Employes Credit Union, and Mrs. Joan Griffin, employe at the Baytown Teachers Credit Union. Piano Program MRS. RAY L. Spear presented a piano program of Chopin's music for the Houston Piano Teachers Forum. Towek Taken MAGNOLIA Armstrong, 1U2 1 ,* Riggs. told police that two bath towels and two face cloths, valued at S4, were taken from her home between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. Patrolman Donald Baker investigated the burglary and misdemeanor theft. KATIE WfflTENER worries about getting to Mont Belvieu in time to register to vote. She made it after Registrar Don McLeod decided to keep his office open until midnight Thursday. Dave Sherron begins making preparations for a job change . . . Mrs. Lynn Hodges takes on another project . .. Mayor Seaborn Cravey doesn't smoke but gets burned by a dropped cig- aret anyway. Mrs. Lawrence Cummings makes plans on a project to help the people of Viet Nam Her husband, Maj. Cummings. is serving in Viet Nam . . . Glenn Eastman attends a meeting in Houston . . Buddy Milner sports a bright red University of Houston Cougar jacket . . . Tom Barron attends a formal dance in Houston . - . Bob Van Deventer plans to add a new line of merchandise. Capt. and Mrs. Clifford Brown and their two children are here visiting Mrs. Brown's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bartgis of 6427 Bayway. She is the former Miss Donna Brooks . - - Steveanna Murphy celebrates her 16th birthday today. ^^^^ QUARTERLY SAVINGS DIVIDEND PAID MARCH 1. 1966 CITIZENS NATIONAL Member F.D.I.C, THE BIG BUST Our World Today FROM AP WIRES • Pope Psui VI today lifted the excommunication of Roman Catholics married outside their church, retroactively for couples already married, and abolished the mixed marriage pledge by non-Catholics to raise children In the church. • U.S. Force* in South Viet Nam push deeper into Communist - dominated jungfes north and south of Saigon, meeting almost no resistance. • Indonesian President Su- karno bow s to army leaders and orders First Deputy Premier Subandrio and 14 other pro-Communist Cabinet ministers put in protective custody. • Lynda Johnson arrives in LOR Angeles to »pend her 22nd birthday in Hollywood ag the guest of actor Georg e Hamilton, her most frequent escort lately, '• Public officials gather in Bonham today for presentation of a gold medal struck by the U.S. Treasury honoring the late House Speaker Sam Rayburn, Bonham'ft most famous Houston Man \Chemicals To Lead- Curriculum, principals with kindergartens, foreign Ian physical education degrees, in- guages in elementary schools, tegration and whether or not school nurses, central libraries. The Baytown Sun gives unbias- 1 remedial reading for t elemen- ed news coverage of' school tary -schools?" "It's true we study a lot of programs," Shirey responded. board meetings were among topics discussed at a school board candidates' rally Thursday night at Highlands Elementary School. "You don't run your business on snap judgments. Yes, I think we'll have orderly growth. They It was a three - way conver-. (the points in the question) are Heads Board On Air Pollution AUSTIN (AP) — Dr. Herbert McKee of Houston has been elected chairman of Texas' new Air Pollution Control Board. The Board held its organizational meeting Thursday. Other new officers ar e Harry W. Clark of Austin, vice chairman, and two State Health Department employes, Charies R. Barden and Ted Wimberly, executiv e secretary and assistant evocative secretary respectively. Growth Is Goal At HORC Plants Here sation, involving Incumbent Ben Shirey and his opponent, M r s. Carole Opryshek, and Robert By JOE BEYER Sun Telegraph Editor Continued growth and modernization, to the tune of S12 to 5151 Club. session which preceded a tour of the Baytown facilities and dinner at Goose Creek Country million a year, was projected for Humble Oil and Refining Co.'s Baytown plants by management during a press briefing Thursday. Representatives of news media and trade publications were given this goal by Chemical Plant ' Manager J. J. Coates during a Panel On Better Schools Outlines Achievements The Citizens Committee for|school integration to proceed Better Schools, which is work- j smoothly without complicating ing for the re - election of Trus- i incidents. tees Knox Beavers and Ben Shirey, Friday explained why its members are supporting the incumbents and the program 7. The board has a cooperative relationship with City ot Bayto%vn and Harris County officials that has produced roads. they are working to carry out. streets and sewer services at The school board has furnished the leadership that has restored the confidence of pat- an economic savings to taxpayers. This effort to plan and work together is fruitful for all con- obvious. They've got to come. Time? That's something else." Shirey wondered how to put Wanrmund, who opposes in - priority on the various things cumbent Knox Beavers^ in the,tf, question. He said to the mother of a pre - schooler, kindergarten was most important. To the mother of a child with reading problems, remedial April 2 trustee race. Beavers, who sent word he had other commitments, was not present. Curriculum was the favorite subject of Wahrrnund, who contended that the school district "cannot afford to have a program lagging behind or slowing up in academic improve - ment." He suggested that the district "take a good, hard look at other top - notch school districts" in comparing systems and said that this district has a long way to go. Since returning to Baytown after three years in New Jersey, Italy and France on special assignment for Humble Oil and Much of that growth can be expected in chemical manufacturing operations. Coates said, as demand for petrochemicals grows. Coates predicted chemical manufacturing operations will grow at a rate perhaps twice that of refining products. Demand for polypropylene is expected to continue a sharp upward trend during the next decade, following by about five years the growth curve of polyethylene. Coates said 1966 demand for polvpropylene is pro- *»>——& —, •-- —-- --.— jected at 36 per cent over that I has been attending school board reading was most important, he said. "When we get out of committee studies, we'll be on. the road to one of them..Which one, I don't know," Shirey commented. When questioned about principals with physical education degrees, Shirey said, "We don't have any principal or assistant principals with only a physical education degree." Mrs. Opryshek and Wanrmund both voiced the opinion that a close look should be taken at all school personnel and their qualifications in choosing ad - ministrators. "again, this p.e. degree if not the whole story," Wanrmund (Se e RALLY, Page 14) Old 'Wounds 1 Reopened In Questions About College By BOBBY SUTPHW |principles?" Dave Tracht's an- The old "wound" of appointing the Lee College regents was reopened at a candidates' rally in Highlands. The ashes of another Lee College question were also stirred swer was that, "Any time people are given the power to tax, they should be elected." Sam Hastings' answer was presented quietly. He said, "When I got a call asking if I sa n failure of the -u rons in their school district and i cerned. The sewer system and has created an atmosphere con-:streets that will serve Sterling duciv e to the furtherance of a High School is a good example better educational program. of what can be achieved through 2. Planning for the opening of cooperation of political entities, the new Ross Sterling High School has gone forward and continues. Staffing of the school working relationship with the is partially complete and the county, it has not always had such a relationship with the city. This has come about recently for 1965. The product is used in making synthetic fibers and packaging materials. Chemical functions, which last July were transferred to Enjay Chemical Company, are being given greater emphasis. The climate of change in the refining and petrochemical industry, now in evidence with the extensive rebuilding under way at the Baytown plants, can be expected to continue and the pace to quicken, J. R. Barsalou. operations manager, said. Current projects include a 210,000 barrel-a-day pipe still ex- While it is true that the school pected to be completed in 1967 board has always had a good j a 13,500 barrel-a-day hydrocrack- building is complete. about 90 per cent 3. Planning is in progress for through the efforts of officials the change from a 6-3-3 organi-jon the school board and the ration to a 5-3-4 system for the 1966-67 school year. 4. The board has implemented changes in business procedures recommended by systems consultants. Robert E. Sauls has been employed as finance director, and David Sherron will soon begin work as purchasing agent for the school district. 5. The board has strengthened the school district's academic effort by adding supervisors of English, mathematics, science, foreign 'languages and social studies. 6. The board has adopted and implemented a plan for full compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has permitted city council. 8. The school board is concerned with problems of the en- PANEL, Page 14) er which should go on stream in October, and a new catalytic cracker, with 120,000 barrels a day capacity. The "cat" crack- sr will be completed in late 1967 or early 1968, Barsalou said. Other related projects are a control center for operation of both the catalytic cvacker and I (See GROWTH, Page 14) meetings here. "To my dismay, there has been no mention of curriculum . . . Things have been settled on personality issues rather than the merit of the issues." Wahrmund said his travels hav e given him an opportunity to evaluate other school sys terns and to realize there are things this system does not have. His travels overseas also have given him a more patriotic feeling, Wahrmund continued. "I feel strongly about the electorate.'' And being away from Baytown. Wahrmund said he missed the "uproar" last year. Shirey read a list of studies in curriculum that have been made in the district during past several year s and pointed up progress in several areas. A direct question to S h ir e y was: "When will the school district ever stop making studies of the following areas and do school district several years ago I the board of regents. : to expand the boundaries of the i would prefer to present myself. - - - Wallis Hunt, whose answer was "no," added that he hoped the Lee College regents would shop very carefully for compe- college to take in the area now contained in the San Jacinto College District. These were two of the questions asked candidates for col- HARRIS COUNTY FEDERAL Sarinf* Md LOMI AM*. Assets Over $ Midget Sub Finds if— Navy Begins Recovery Of Lost H-Bomb PALOMARES BEACH, Spain ; the bomb so the powerful crane (AP) — U.S. Navy experts at,aboard the LSD Fort Snelling dawn today began the delicate job of raising the lost American H-bomb from the Mediterranean floor after a midget sub- could lift it slowly to the surface. Officials said it might take as much as three days for Rear marine's pictures indicated it: Adm William Guest's Task Force 65 to bring the deadly sub Alvin on Wednesday photographed what official sources said was "undoubtedly" the bomb five miles off the southern coast of Spain and 2,500 feet below the surface. Using the sub's mechanical arms, the Alvin's crew was ex- I pected to try to attach cables to SAVE IN THE /ROUND CITIZENS OF TEXAS - - advi ent » seven of the nine candidates gave introductory talks. Two candidates, incumbent Jim Black and Travis Porter did not attend- In answer to the round robin question of "Do you think appointment of the board of reg- a state law that says a publ:< office can't be filled by an election, then we should work to change the law." Two of the incumbents. Miss Alma McNulty and 518 Entered In Coastal Track Event By JOE WHITTINGTQZT Sun Sports Editor The largest track meet in the speed-minded Gulf Coast area and one of the most heralded throughout the state will be reeled o£E in Baytown Saturday when the gate .swings open for 36,, teams and 518 individual trackmen, signaling the start of the 25th annual Robert E. Lee Relays. When the 1 p.m. preliminary shot sounds, the Robert E. Lee Ganders will be gunning for their 12th victory in the 25-year old event, drawing the stiffest competition from 1965 winner Spring Branch Memorial. The Ganders will be trying to break a two-year drouth, their last win coming back in 1964. After the smoke had cleared in the '65 gathering the Ganders found themselves in the number two position, just seven points behind favored Memorial. Those slated for action are St. Thomas, Spring Woods, Port Neches - Groves, Brazosport, Jesse Jones, Stephen F. Austin, Texas City, Ball High, Reagan . Madison, Pasadena. Memorial, Smiley, Houston Lamar, Houston Milfay, La Marque, Aldine, Houston Westbury, Houston Sterling, Santa Fe, Houston Bellaire, George Waltrip, Houston San Jacinto, Port Arthur and REL. The La mar Redskins are bringing the biggest force to the meet with 34 entrants, led by a 440-yard relay team that has clocked for a -43.1. Memorial has 28 entrants listed, while the Ganders will field the third largest group with 27 entries. The smallest group will come from Orange, with the H- 4A team sending only eight to the meet. The failure of Northshore and Houston Sam Houston filing will Warren ! (3e P rive the m °et of two great individual performers. North- P * ° there is spot." Miss McNulty said "It took a great deal of courage to ents after the separation was irJa c c e p t" under the circum keeping with the democratic i (See WOUNDS, Page 14) Second Application For Baytown Bank Is Filed AUSTIN (Sp) — A second ap-iMrs. L, D. Wilburn and is aj plication for a Baytown state-'graduate of Robert E. Lee High [shores 14-9 pole vaulter Dickie Phillips and Sam Houston's 1:55.4 half-miner John Carey. But a host of other outstanding individuals will appear before track fans, as well as six of the top seven team finishers (See RELAY, Page 14) device up from the depths. Reliable sources said the bomb lay on the slope of a 70- foot hillock, exposed to strong currents which some feared could sweep it into a new location. The nuclear weapon, missing since the crash of a B52 bomber on the Spanish coast two months ago, was reported apparently intact — indicating no lethal i radioactive leakage in the' water. The Alvin's underwater camera photographed an object (See BOMB, Page 14) chartered bank was filed here Friday with the State Banking Board. The petitioners were W. H. Baugh, who will be president, and Lewis A. Wilburn, Baytown and Southeast Texas builder and developer. Baugh, who has been interested in Harris County banks since 1340. has been president of the- First National Bank at La Porte School. The new bank, if chartered, would be named the Bank of Baytown. Other directors named in the application include W. Bruce Ramsey, a member of the law firm of Reid, Strickland, Gillette and Ramsey; Buck Turner, owner of Buck Turner Chevrolet; Fred Hartman, editor and publisher of The Baytown Sun; ana was omrui u« «•*"»"«» ve loper and land owner, of the Clear Creek at Seabrook -p.*? .,„, „,„,„»„«. „, five years ago. Wilbum, a lifelong resident The capital structure revealed in the application showed S400.- capital stock, $400,000 re- , , , Baytown, is a son of Mr. and| serves and $200.000 in surplus. Late last week Perry W. Britton and four associates filed an application with the state board for a bank charter. His colleagues were Eldon Berry, i Robert Matheme, Homer Wilson and Jeff Fleming of Pasadena. NEW BODY SHOP Used & Mew Cars 2401 Hwy. 146 THAD FELTON MNCt ItM Mrs. A'berf Thomas T« Visit Friends Here Mrs. Albert Thomas, who is a candidate in the March 26 election to complete the unex- pired term of her late husband, will be in Baytown briefly Monday to visit old friends of the Thomas family Mrs. Thomas is one of two candidates in the special election called several weeks ago by Gov. John Connally. The late Albert Thomas, who represented Harris County in the House of Representatives for nearly 30 years, died Feb. 15. Mrs. Thomas' visit here will not be in connection with her campaign. Peoples State Bank Member F.O.I.C. "BEST BANKING IN TOWN"

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