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Page 10 JURY Richardson." Proper auditing would have prevented such a large shortage, the report said. The report called on the Henderson County Com- missioners Court to retain a capable auditing firm to perform a "complete audit" of every county office. The report said that each county commissioner and t he county judge had gone on record before the jury supporting its request for an outside audit. The report asked that the audit be performed quickly so the grand jury could rely on the most correct informa- tion in order to "conclude all questions regarding any official misconduct which may have occurred/" "The responsibility for the current condition which "undentified" balance of $10, in the tax assessor- collector's bank account betwen 1971 and 1975, and the failure to maintain written reconciliations, regular deposits and proper identification of receipts on deposits. "In attempting to deter- mine whether or not a shortage exists in this office, this grand jury had discovered that thousands of dollars in insufficient fund checks were carried on the ledgers of the tax office without proper disposition," the report read. "Many of these checks were checks which had been returned for license plates, taxes, and most serious of all, personal checks written and cashed by the former county tax assessor himself, Mr. Billy TRINIDAD from page one rates--a fiat rate of $3 for the first 1,000 cubic feet of gas, and $2.19 for each subse- quent 1,000 cubic feet. wnoer the present six step rate the school is paying as low as .534 cents for some of its gas. The new rates would make a drastic increase in their monthly bill. Lone Star representatives indicated that a separate deal would be made with the school. Ann Rounsavall, city secretary, questioned Parnell about the value set on the gas company's original in- vestment. Lone Star's in- vestment in 1957 was $43,453, which the company claims would cost $144,342 to replace at today's prices. Their request for a rate increase is based on 8 percent of $87,381--the a- mount their equipment has appreciated since 1957. Ms. Rounsavall pointed out that when Lone Star paid taxes to the city on its original investment, its in- vestment was valued at the original price of $43,453 from which it deducted 62% per- cent for depreciation. There seemed to be a discrepancy, she said. Parnell said he was not a tax man. Concluding his defense of the rate request Parnell said he hoped "the 67 years we've been in business will enable you to have confidence in us...We're just not in the business to do harm to the people who have been so good to us over all these years..." It was no pleasure for him to have to ask the council for the rate increase, he said, but he hoped they would uphold their 4-1 decision made the week before. The council did not Hens today lay up to four times more eggs than hens a century ago. its investment in Trinidad. Even though it became apparent the city's figures were inaccurate and the rate increase was not actually as high as the 66 percent calculated by some of the city officials, the majority of the city council were con- cerned enough to defer the matter to the Railroad Com- mission for adjudication. Figures submitted to the council in Lone Star's origin- al petition cited an increase from $14.83 to $18.37 for 8,000 cubic feet gas {or that used by an average family of four people). The $14.83 was based on the price of gas in March, 1975, and included the gas cost adjustment price of that date. The $18.37 figure included the cost adjustment price for 1976. Actually, based on today's figures, the consumer who uses 8,000 cubic feet of gas paid a bill of $16.11 accord- ing to prices of Jan. 20. Under the new rate that customer would pay $20.13 for the same amount of gas. Questions about the eli- mination of the step rate was dus by etty Sandal tax asSessor-col- letter for the Trinidad School District. Based on information furnished the school by the Athens office, the school would realize an increase of 305 percent using the new rate. The school's bill for Jan- uary was $463.01 under the present rate. Applying the figures for the new rate the school came up with a total of $1,432.47 if the new rate had been in effect for this period. Parnell said the school had been on a residential rate and now could apply for a special school rate which would be quite different from the rate information given to the council. Of greatest concern to the school was the indication that large users of gas would be penalized. Information given to the council said there would be only two 24 Hour Wrecker Service Tires and Tubes Auto Repair Service Open All Day Saturday Tanner Motor 110 E. Mitcham P_ 489-1292 B EXXON exists in this courthouse must I)e laid squarely upon the shoulders of the present county auditor and his predecessor, for it is beyond our understanding as to why current policies and bookkeeping practices exist. Tile report indicated the Grand Jury would reconvene fidlowing completion of an outside audi District Attorney Bill Green, questioned about the grand jury's plans, said they hoped to reconvene on tile matter in April. In its report on the Everett case, the grand jury said that though it did not condone nor recommend the practice of overextending one's budget, evidence points out that tile road oil was applied within Precinct 3 and that the remaining bills for soap and other items had been accounted for. "There has been no evidence presented nor any allegations made that Mr. Everett converted any of these items to his own personal use or business," the report said. It went on to recommend payment of the remaining hills still unpaid following a commissioners court discussion of the over- expenditure earlier this month. _ _ _ 489-0287 105 N. Terry The report> were signed Wallace. by Marvin Ilolcomb, grand District Attorney Bill jury foreman and the other Green said the grand jury ll jurors, including, Dee was in session from 8:30 Sikes, Bill Neiman Jr., a.m. last Tuesday until Omega Dunnington, Frank Friday night at 6:30 p.m., Scott, Bill Yelvington, H.C. "one of the longer grand jury Walker, Larry Rice, Robbie sessions on record." Pierson, Mary Parker, Jean The grand jury also issued Chambers and Belinda a "no true bill" against CATALOG SALE AGENCY Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 till 5:30 417 South Palestine 675-5664 Satisfaction Guaranteed bondsman Alton Allen in a matter involving the burglarY of a house. A number of were also passed the grand jurors. 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