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, 1 .. . Hogg & Sons Book Bindery , ~:". ! i 8prlnsport, Mich. ;4928" I By ANN ROUNSAVALL to appraise properties for all taxing Dec. 31, 1980. toring" approach to appraisal ofexpressed the opinion that for the can withhold a tax roll, and prevent the 3-2 split vote by Malakoff city coun- agencies within a county. Counties Although most taxing agencies within properties, one method that,has been amount of money operation of the new collection of city tax monies. len Monday night defeated a motion were given the option to join the district the county have expressed opposition to discussed by members of the appraisal appraisal district is to cost each district "Mr. Lott, when they come over here to the Henderson Coun- or to remain a separate taxing agency, the new method of property appraisal, district board. If the factoring ap- that taxpayers should have a new ap- wanting their money maybe we canget District. Henderson County is not a member, the city of Malakoff is the first county proach is used, 'the new appraisers will praisal for each piece of property. They our meeting then," councilman Tanner C.L. Nichols and Earnest According to Senate Bill 621, the bill agency to refuse payment for itstake existing tax records and raise or requested a meeting with the board to said. voted topay the amount, whilethat outlines the appraisal district, operation, lower each appraisal according to a determine what plans have been made If the council continues to refuse Dennis Cannon, Tommy each taxingagencywithinthecountyis Malakoff councilmen have scale, for appraisal of their district,payment to the district and if the and Ernest Wilson voted again- to pay a share of the cost of operation repeatedly asked for a representatiw~ Malakoff councilmen have stated district should withhold the tax roll, the motion, for the new agency. Malakoff's share, of the board to meet with them, to ex- that they feel the factoring method is an City Manager John'Lott explained to city could lose over $80,000 in tax Appraisal District was formedaccording to a letter from A.K. Moore plain the method of taxation that the unacceptable method, and will only councilmen that if the city does not pay revenue. the guidelines of the Texas of the HCAD, will be $6,673.45. The first new district plans to use. Councilmen complicate any problems that local tax its apportioned share of the cost of "We may just have to cut our arm one central district quarter amount of $1,668.37 was due have expressed dislike for the "fac- rolls now have. in addition, they have operation ofthedistrictthat the district budget,"Cannonsaid. TEXAS PRESS! ASSOCIATION 1980 cents "The Heartbeat Of This Progressive Territory" single copy EAR, NUMBER 5 Box 509, Malakoff, Texas 75148 489-0531 THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1981 i By ANN ROUNSAVALL |alakoff city councilmen approved a ~1 budget report given by Eleanor vertson of Robertson Bookkeeping I ~ice during a regular meeting Mow night. The budget approved was for q~!~l ihscal year ending September, 1980. J~A~ u! ~ccording to the report of the ~eral, water and sewer funds the city ~l ~spent its combined budgets by [261.86. Mrs. Robertson explained ~a portion of that amount will be ~bursed to the city through Revenue wmg funds when they arrive. The overage in expenditures was $55,807.07 and $48,481.03 of that was collected amount $28,572.95. sewer lines, thecity, using iron purifiers to take iron content spent for new fire protection for the Expenses in the general fund also Councilmen had earlier agreed that from the waterofwells in the area. north side of town. The council ap- closed over the budgeted amount by Both City Manager John Lott and the city needs an additional water well, Mayor Howard Julian appointed a proved the expenditure to provide six $1,443.79. Mrs. Robertson said most of Mrs. Robertson told the council that but previous attempts to drill an accep- committee consisting of Lott, coun- inch water lines and fire hydrants for the overage in expenditures was due to most of the overages in the budget table well have proven costly and to no cilmen Dennis Cannon and Tommy that area of the city. salary increases that were given after should be added to capital ira- avail. Tanner to review several engineering The city collected $37,997.30 more in the budget was approved. The street provements, but wanted the budget to firms, to make a recommendation at revenues from the general fund than department was also over its budget reflect the expenditures so that the Weaks told councilmen that test holes the next council meeting. Councilmen was budgeted. The largest increase due to the purchase of a new loader, and council could see where the money for a new well could be expected to cost agreed that the next step would be to came from collection of city sales tax increased costs in oil and dirt for street came from and was spent during the about $10,000 per hole, and that a good hire a firm to help determine which which recorded a $22,184.17 overage, repairs. 1980 fiscal year. producing well would cost in the neigh- method of supplying additional water The budgeted amount was $55,998 and The council also met with engineer borhood of $35,000 to $40,000. would be the best. the collected amount was $78,182.17. An overage in the water and server Wayne Weaks of the Velvin and Weaks Councilmen discussed the possibility Corporation Court fines also brought in department of $14,113.48 was con- Engineering firm out of Athens. Weaks of other means of securing good water In other business the council ap- more than was anticipated, with total tributed to a new pickup for use by era- came to the meeting at the request of for an addition to the city supply, in- proved payment of December bills and collection budgeted to be $22,500 and the ployees and $13,000 for new water and Lott, to discuss future water needs for cluding the possibility of lake water and minutes of the previous meetings. By PAT liARRIMAN one of the most important issues facing Judge Winston Reagan told the state legislature this session, as commissioners at Monday's court well as a major issue for counties all that redrawing the precinct across thestate, Reagan said. lines is the most important Several counties in the state, in- facing inlgfll, cluding Freestone, Anderson and said that other issues the Navarro Counties, have been sued in has to deal with in '81 are county federal court for violating the voters renovation of the rights act. on the northwest "These (precinct boundary) lines of tile square and the county's have tO be drawn according to ment to the central appraisalpopulation," Reagan told the corn- in 1982. missioners. "The only thing the federal are the major issues we're courts will accept is based on in," Reagan said, "and most population." y." According to the voters' rights act, district boundary lines is the population in the four precincts should vary by only 2 percent. Hen- derson County's precincts vary widely in population under the present boun- daries. The county tax assessor- collector's Nov. 4, 1980 report of the total voter registration shows precinct l's population to be 6,292, precinct 2's to be 8,067, precinct 3's to be 5,251 and precinct 4's to be 4,140. idi~r By PAT HARRIMAN Chief Jailer Bill Clark said, "A lot of misdemeanor cells and the holding tank e 500 people that attended the open people made good comments. Nobody are on the bottom floor and the e for the renovated and new son County jail and juvenile thought they d wasted their money." women's and felony cells are on the top !L ues Sunday were given a complete Sheriff CharUe Fields said that he floor. and his staff would like to thank every The jail can hold 58 prisoners, which All of the jail personnel were on individual that attended the open house includes 44 bunks and room for 14 to lead the tours and answer Sunday. See JAIL, page8 The jail has two floors. The think it should be done professionally," building would go to the county,be prepared for it," Reagan said. "We Reagan said. "If we redraw the lines Reagan said that changes in Senate have to enter and we're going to have to ourselves, we can still be taken to court Bill 621, which created the central ap- pay our share which could run into a if they are not done right." praisal district, would be another issue heck of a pile of money." Reagan said that getting professional that the state legislature would ad- Reagan said that he felt the help in redrawing the lines would cost dress, but that the county was going to legislature would make some changes money, but it would be less expensive have to pay its prorata share to join the in the bill, but that it would still be a than being taken to court and having a district in 1982. "real expensive item in our budget next federal judge redraw the lines. "I think we'd better look at this and year." g~agan appointed Precinct 1 Corn- The present precinct boundaries also' mis~/[oner Jim Blakeney and Frecinct 4 split the black population in the county. Commissioner Leland Tarrant to help This is another violation of the voters' him find a solution to the parking rights act, which says that minority problem around the courthouse. groups cannot be divided. "County employees parking around "Redrawing boundary lines is the square leave little space for people something everybody's got to do and I to park when they come to the cour- thouse to pay their taxes and take care of business," Reagan said. "When a jury is called there is no place to park." Reagan, Blakeney and Tarrant plan to meet with city officials to work out an arrangement for county employees to use the parking lot in front of the jail on what is called the old farmer's market square. "We need to remodel the old Spence building so that we can lease it and get some income," Reagan said. And money made from leasing the sons Texas Masons are offering seniors of The fund will remain available for a 1981 an opportunity to compete for period of five years and will be three scholarship awards, ranging in deposited to the student's credit upon amounts from $3,000 to $1,000. his enrollment in the college or univer- Contest entries will be due from Feb. sity of his choice. 9 through March 6, and all high school seniors in public schools are eligible to enter. There will be two divisions, male and female. Contestants will be judg.~t on ~says of 300 words but not more tff~h 50~ wor- ds. Judging of the papers will be done under the direction of the Masonic District Chairman with final judging done by the Public Education Commit- tee of the Grand Lodge of Texas. The best two papers in each division from each district will be entered in the final judging, and awards will be made in each division with a first prize award of a $3,000 scholarship; second prize $2,000; and third prize $1,000. Additiq0iii awards to the sponsoring teacher ot t~6'~vMr~ers in each division will be made as follows: Sponsor of first prize winner $200; second prize'win- ner$100; and third prize winner $50. Expenses of winners and sponsors to attend the awards presentation in Waco will be paid by the Grand Lodge of Texas where the first prize winners will present their papers orally. Winners in the contest will be an- nounced by May 20, 1981. Local students interested in com- peting in the scholarship contest should contact their local school ad- ministrator. Calendar of events !los ul : :n8 i FREEZING WEATHER the delicate narcissus are In bloom In the miring his' reflection In a pool. The narcissus indicates egotism, which It is The white, fragrant flower, sometimes called "Paper-Whlte," traditionally probably due considering the nerve it must take to bloom in freezing weather. in January and February. The narcissus is reportedly named from Greek (Staff photo by Lori Callaway) a beautiful Greek who was so in love with himself that he drowned ad- MEETINGS The Malakoff Lions Club will hold its regular meeting at the Lions Den January 15, 1980 at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. There will also be a Board of Directors meeting. The Cedar Creek Riding Clubwill meet Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Olin Dukes at 5,23 E. Tidmore in Malakoff. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Log Cabin Swingers scheduled dances are at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturday nights of each month in the Big Red Barn, Log Cabin Estates. The Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department will have a training session Monday, Jan. 19, at the fire station. The Malakoff Masonic Lodge No. 759 study club will be held Monday, Jan. 19, at the lodge hall in Malakoff. Malakoff Rotarians will meet at noon Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Harbor House Restaurant for their weekly luncheon. Malakoff Dad's Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the club's facilities. The I. O. O. F. will meet Tuestlay, Jan. 20, at the lodge hall in Malakoff. Malakoff I.S.D, trustees will meet Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m at the ad- ministration room in the old elementary school. The Malakoff Art Society will meet at the city hall conference room at 7:30 p.m Thursday, Jan. 15th. Joe Hollingsworth of the Carriage House in Athens will bring the program. STUDENT HOLIDAY Malakoff School students will have a holiday Monday. Jan. 19, for a teacher work-day. The date marks the end of the first semester of school. Classes will resume on Tuesday at the regular time. RAINFALL REPORT Rainfall for the Malakoff area during December was 1.90 inches, according to Bro. E. P. Allen. The 1.90 inches of rainfall came on the 8th day of the month, and made the total for 1980 29.83 inches. ~, In comparison, rainfall for 1979 was 51.97 inches, for a difference of 22.14 inches for the two years. Rainfall for the first six months of the past two years is as follows: Jan. 1979- 3.76, 1980-3.37; Feb. 1979-3.52, 1980-2.15; March 1979.5.36, 1980-2.65; April 1979. 5.68, 1980-3.73; May 1979.7.80, May 1960-4.67; June 1979.1.68, 19602.70. OFFICE HOURS The Malakoff News office is open on a regular basis from 9 a.m, until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For your convenience, please contact the office during those hours to assure that your news in included, COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT~ To makesure people are aware of yotlr organization's activit|~, contact the Malakoff News at 489-o531. For an item to appear in the News o0 its Thursday publication it must be received at the News office by 4 p.m. on the preceeding Monday. DEADLINE INFORMATION Deadline for news items, eiaNifted ads and display advertising fgr the Thursday publication date of the Malakoff News is 4 pan. the preceeding Monday, For further information contac( the News office at 489-0631.