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TEXAS PRESS" ASSOCIATION 1975 e, i YEAR - Number 19 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS Single Copy L THURSDAY- May 13, 1976 City OKs Angl.e Parking Despite State Objections RIDE-- Lisa job seriously Sunday and out of the chute before second afterthisshotshehit Malakoff High tried her hand at steer- parting company with the the turf. [Staff Photo by took her riding. She made it a few feet four-legged varmit. A split Tom Herline] koff FFA Wins Own Rodeo was the over- team victor in the Rodeo held last local FFA netted from the show, One day by a deluge, $944 in ex- Total receipts were $993.55 receipts, $250 in and $35 from the wss the ' All-Around for his show- competition. team won the with 58 points. was far behind Mattingly, coor- the show, thanked Malakoff area put on the rodeo who attended. the winners: broncs-- Ken- Maiakoff; second, Race-- Wee Holt Perry, first, Mala- Butch and Dave her, second, England and third, Eus- Steer riding-- Lin- first; Ricky and Debbie All three are barrel racing-- of Eustace, Martines, Mala- and Kenny third. Scott Estes, first; Mark Williams, and Greg Sullivan of second; and Dwayne Holt, Malakoff. second: and Chris third; all from Malakoff. England, Bart Bohannon Wild steer saddling-- and Danny Hipp, of Eus- Ricky Mason, Jack Bell, and race, third. Mark Morman, Malakoff, Chute Dogging-- Bill first; Key Hayes, Wee Holt McClintock, Malakoff, first; Tim Nichols of Malakoff, second: and Chuck Schults. third. Cayuga. Bull riding- Freck For- rester, first. LaPoyner. Rounsavall Testifies In Austin Bobby Rounsavall, presi- dent of the Henderson Coun- ty Association of Elected School Officials, appeared Friday before the Legislative Committee on School Fi- nance, and The Texas Ad- visory Commission on Inter- governmental Affairs, at a hearing in Austin. Rounsavall presented to the committee a resolution passed last Tuesday night at a meeting of the Association requesting relief from the ad valorem taxation for fi- nancing education. The resolution suggested in liew of raised ad valorem taxation that the committee consider the designation of and possible expansion of the state sales tax as a form of revenue for educational purpose. Rounsavall, under ques- tioning by members of the committee chaired by Dr. Dane Williams. further ex- plained that members of the Association had suggested the inclusion of services to the sales tax for added revenue, and stated that the Association had voiced op- position to a state income tax as a form of revenue. "Our area is primarily farm and ranch land. with small businessmen and homeowners. We feel that they are carrying as heavy a tax burden as is possible, and request relief," Rounsa- fall said. "We hope to do this and still provide the best possible education for our children," he continued. Henderson County Area School Board Association members voted in a meeting last week in Trinidad to make legislatures aware of their concern for school finance by forming a resolu- tion to be presented in Austin. The resolution, presented to the group by David See SCHOOLS, Page 3 RICHARD BENNETT, di- night in Trinidad. Bennett rector of state funding for spoke to the group on House the Texas Education Agency Bill 1126. With Bennett is in Austin, was guest speaker Bobby Rounsavali of Trini- at a meeting of the Hender- dad, president of the Asso- son County Area School ciation. Board Association Tuesday By Tom Herline Malakoff City Council voted to surface an area torn up on North Terry Street during construction of The Appliance Center and The Carpet House, and to stripe the area for angle parking despite threats from the State Highway Department to discontinue maintenance of the street which is FM 90 through the city. The controversial parking decision comes in the wake of discussions with Jack and Lloyd Arthus and Lee Combs, who say former city manager Ron Turner and former city councilman I.W. Brown told them the city would approve angle parking in front of the building if it was set back three feet further from the street. Combs told the council he had been assured by Mayor :,A.M. Thompson that the angle parking would be approved, but Thompson told Combs he did not recall having done so. i "I don't remember it," ompson said, "I'm not  I didn t say it, I just B0n't remember it. I didn't ,en know about the Combs said Turner told he had cleared the the State Highway Depart- men t. However the State High- way Department claims an agreement was signed be- tween the city and the highway department in which the city agreed to prohibit angle parking on Highway 90 if the state would maintain the highway through the city limits. However, Mayor Thomp- son and other council mem- bers indicated that little, if any maintenance, other than striping of the center fine, had been done on the highway through town. Despite a commitment to maintain the highway through town, the state has refused to provide materials to top the area in front of the Arthus firms because, they said, the area they agreed to maintain was the old boun- dary of the street. And the Arthus firms are set back three feet. The state will provide a roller to help the job. Thompson said. Thompson said he had discussed the problem with Don Hughes of the Texas Highway Department, and that they had toured the city's downtown thorough- fare. He said Hughes pro- raised to repair some holes in the street "as soon as funds are available." But, he said that the Highway Department would not go along with angle parking. Thompson said he asked what would happen if angle parking was allowed any- way. He said Hughes indi- cated all the Highway De- partment can do is "go to the state." Thompson said the reference was not ex- plained. In 1958, according to Malakoff News accounts, the city passed an ordinance one week permitting angle park. ing on Terry Street, but under pressure from the state did an about-face a week later and prohibited angle parking in an ordi- nance. The city has been unable to unearth a copy of the ordinance. By the same token, the State highway Department says it cannot find a copy of the agreement in which the city exchanged angle parking for main- tenance, discussions that the Following the discussion, 60-degree angle would pro- the city voted to do the vide ample clearance along paving job, and to utilize a the street. roller to be provided by the The city also discussed state, and to stripe the area problems with unauthorized for 60-degree angle parking, angle parking in several action was taken. In other action, the city voted to dispose of a 1964 GMC half.ton pickup truck and a 1965 Chevrolet half- ton pickup and a 1970 Chevrolet two-ton long- The council indicated in areas around _t0wn, but no see PAVING, Page 6 City Is Holding Its Own On Budget At Mid Year By Tom Herline Heavier revenues than ex- pected put the City of Malakoff's budget i good shape at the six-month point of the fiscal year. Despite upcoming bond payments of $32,856 and $13,000, the city appears to be on its way to ending the year in the black but large surpluses in its general fund and Water & Sewer Fund do not appear likely. Some individual budget items and department have exceeded the budget, but in general, surpluses over the budget exist, Mayor A.M. Thompson indicated in re- viewing the second quarterly statement of city finances keeper, Eleanor Robertson. The general fund already has revenues of $96,214.49 for the year. The budget expectations for the entire year were $136,719.94. Ex- penditures are running a little behind the budget at $48,203.47 for six months. The city budgeted $103,863.94 expenditures for the year for expenses plus $32,856 in bond payments. The city had a cash balance of $48,011.02 in the fund at the end of March, but a $32,856 bond payment will become due this summer. Although the city took in a total of $96,214.49 in the first half, its second-half revenues should be consider- ably less, since $39,273.06 of this was current tax col- lections. Only $11,727.22 re- mained to be collected in current taxes. Although de- linquent taxes are being collected at a faster rate than ever before, only some $6,000 remains outstanding in delinquent taxes from the entire tax roll from prior years. Also some $15,000 in half the $134,854.81 budget- one-time revenues for utility ed for the entire year. franchises have already been Water and sewer service collected, revenues were almost exact- The city's water and sewer ly on the budget at revenues for the first half $51,114.53. Summer water were $75,257.07, well over See BUDGET, Page 6 County, Athens Plan Tax Value Meeting By Tom Herline t  Henderson Coun y Com- missioners made plans to deal with county taxes on two fronts Monday. They agreed to meet joint- basis, but much of the property in the county has not been reviewed, question- ing of Billie Richardson, tax assessor-collector indicates. In organizing the Board of the commis- explore joining them in interviewing prospective appraisal com- panies, and also organized as the county Board of Equali- zation. "The Athens City Council voted to enter into s tax reevaluation program for the City of Athens," a letter from Athens mayor Tommy G. Smith read. "We plan to get started within the next few months in order to have the new valuations ready for , the 1977 tax roll and budget. Our plan is to have a reappraisal made on land, building, personal property and utilities." Judge Winston Reagan told the commissioners that Athens had also sent similar letters to the school district and Henderson County Junior College. The county has been under pressure from utility, mineral and industrial firms to revalue property for sev- eral years. A program within the tax assessor-collector's office was undertaken four years ago on a "continuing" "I will any taxable property to stand assessed on the tax rolls...at any sum less than its true market value, or if it has no market value, then its real value;...I will move to have each item of taxable property which I believe to be assessed for said year at less than its true market value, or real value, raised on the "tax rolls to what I believe to be its true market value...and...I will faithfully endeavor to have the assess. ed valuation of all property subject to taxation within said county stand upon the tax rolls at its true cash market value." The oath was signed by Judge Reagan and all four commissioners. Henderson County bases its assessments at a figure 20 percent of what the tax assessor lists as "true mar- ket value" but many pieces of property have not been revalued for many years. Most open land in the county is listed on tax books See APPRAISALS, Page 6 From This Corner By Tom Herline Malakoff has been desig- nated as a Bicentennial City. But who could tell? While all around us, Bi- centennial Events are coming off the assembly line bringing entertainment, patriotism, and visitors to area cities and communities. our Bicentennial celebration, organized a year ago, is foundering. A couple of events, in- cluding a chili supper and a picnic in the park last year, were moderately successful. Then nothing. The year 1975 zipped past, and the climactic day of this nation's 200th birthday is less than two months away. Still nothing. I don't mean to sound self-righteous. This news- paper should be taking a leading role in such an endeavor. It hasn't. And it's mighty easy to point a finger here and there and say, "Why didn't YOU do some- thing?" Corsicana's having a big gala this weekend. Kemp, Mabank, Eustace and Kerens have things going for them with Bicentennial themes. What have we got? Unless we designate Mala- koff High's graduation exer- cises later this month as a Bicentennial Event, we have zilch-- nothing. I thoroughly enjoyed last year's picnic in the park, in the old community Fourth- of-July-Celebration style. Those who attended had a grand time. Why not have another? It could be a grand get- together, and could serve as a community-wide "family reunion." Complete with a patriotic speech or two, friendly contests, plenty of lemonade and hot dogs, it could, even on a modest budget, be a lavish saluth to this nation's 200th b/rthday. And a parade! A real old-fashioned patriotic pa- rade, with lots of bunting, flags flying, bands playing Souza marches, and pretty majorettes. The celebration couldn't be complete without a parade, Well. I've made my speech. So I'll get down off my soap box. So now I'm ready to join you in making it a reality-- not just another tirade from an editor with heartburn,