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Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXVI • No. 8 Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Former Stafford Firefighter Classic Boogie M*A*S*H Bash Missouri City City Council Anne Sullivan Memorial approves tax fundraiser set for October 19 rate increase On Saturday, October 19, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Simply Fit at 2444 South Main, Stafford, will host a Zumba-thon for all ages and genders as a fundraiser for The Anne Sullivan Firefighter Memorial Fund. It’s because of Anne’s dedication to serve our community that Simply Fit has joined with Anne’s mother, Mary Sullivan, in support of this effort to raise funds for Anne’s scholarship foundation. The scholarship is listed on The Greater Houston Community Foundation website, www.ghcf. org. The scholarship fund focuses on assisting women who want to be first responders. The Anne Sullivan Firefighter Memorial Fund is a very fitting tribute for the energetic young woman who lost her life while trying to protect the citizens by searching for any people they thought may have been trapped in the blazing hotel fire that occurred on the Southwest Freeway in Houston last May. They are asking you to join them in supporting this foundation set up by her family to honor Anne and continue her legacy. The cost is $10 to participate and children under 10 is $5 in the 2-hour Zumba-thon. All money raised will go Anne Sullivan, a former Stafford directly to the Anne Sullivan firefighter, was employed with the Firefighter Memorial Fund. Houston Fire Department at the Please contact Victoria at 281time of her death. 948-9613 for more information. "Living Within Their Means" City of Stafford passes new budget By Karen Daniels According to Mayor Leonard Scarcella, this is the reason for the success of the City of Stafford. The new 2013/2014 budget, which passed unanimously on September 30, is set at $26 million, an increase of $1 million from last year. When you add up the predicted total revenue, there is a $3.2 million shortfall. The Mayor assured that through continued budget meetings the City will continue to address and resolve this imbalance. "Just because it's in the budget doesn't mean we have to spend it." During this fiscal year, Stafford will eliminate their general obligation debt, making them one of the few cities in Texas (and probably the only one with no property tax) to be debt free. According to the Mayor, Stafford's economy is four times the National economy and revenue is up 8% from last year. The biggest portion of Stafford's budget - $11 million - pays for salaries. The bulk of that money goes to emergency services. This year the City Council decided, against the suggestion of the Mayor, to do something different with the distribution of the cost-of-living raises. Mayor Scarcella had wanted an across the board 3% raise for employees, but Council realized this created a wider gap between those at the top and those at the BUDGET, continued on page 5 4th Annual Fulshear Scarecrow Festival October 19 The 4th Annual Fulshear Scarecrow Festival, with its collection of creative, full-size scarecrows, kid-friendly games, live music, an adult Grape Stomp and more, will return on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cross Creek Ranch located just minutes west of the Grand Parkway off FM 1093. The highlight of the festival is the collection of scarecrows created by local teams, each of which are judged for creativity and originality by those in attendance with the winning team earning a $1,000 cash prize.  Second and third-place finishers will receive $500 and $250 respectively. Kids also will enjoy face painting, a costume parade and pumpkin decorating.   Parents can get in on the fun with the festival’s Grape Stomp competition which pits eight teams of five adults against each other in three rounds of competition.  The team with the fastest feet will earn $500. Proceeds from the sale of food and other items at the festival will benefit the Fulshear Arts Council.  Admission is free. By Betsy Dolan A standing room only crowd filled the community center on the Missouri City Hall complex Monday night for a public hearing and city council vote on a proposed tax rate increase. The Missouri City Council voted 5-2 in favor of the rate increase. Council members Robin Elackatt and Yolanda Ford voted against. The proposal will raise the tax rate from 54.48 cents per $100 in valuation to 57.37 cents. The $1.7 million revenue increase will pay for an additional firefighter, a fivemember police motorcycle unit and pay adjustments for city employees including police and fire. Some in the crowd held Title Sponsor, Don Kerstetter, with other Boogie 2014 Sponsors, get signs that said “Say No to the ready for the Classic Boogie M*A*S*H Bash! Shown are l-r are: Cassie Proposed Tax Increase”. Oppman, Himesh Ghandi, Lizzie Dragon, Dorine Craig, and Title But the majority of the Sponsor, Don Kerstetter, Classic Chevrolet. See related article on page 2. speakers, most of them retirees, spoke out in favor of the increase. “I am a tea party conservative and I hate anything that looks like big government or excessive Point Lane in the Mission Oaks taxation but I support this tax By LeaAnne Klentzman subdivision off FM 1464 near increase,” said resident Fred Fort Bend County Crime the Westpark Toll Way.  Haenel Grates. Stoppers has issued a Special said responding officers arrived “There has been a lot of Crime Alert after a north Fort to find the 18-year-old resident in Bend County teen shot and good condition after he said two TAX RATE, continued on page 5 killed a man who, along with men broke into the house and he an accomplice, had invaded his shot and killed one of them.  The home after banging on the door.   other suspect fled the scene in a Sheriff’s spokesman Bob dark blue Nissan Sentra.  In the "Star" issue of October Haenel said on Friday afternoon, The teen is the son of 2 the article Meadows Place October 4 about 3:15 p.m., a Houston police officer. wows audience at 28th annual Sheriff’s deputies responded The family has lived in the Water Symposium had an error to a shooting call at a home in pertaining to the amount on the 17000 block of Manchester INTRUDER, continued on page 5 sinkage that Meadows Place  had experienced. The correct amount is 15 feet since 1901. Teen shoots intruder at his home in Mission Oaks CORRECTION Possible Felony Lane Gang activity in Fort Bend By LeaAnne Klentzman Crime Stoppers is seeking public help in identifying and charging three women who are believed to be involved in Felony Lane Gang activity. In late September, sheriff deputies responded to a motor vehicle burglary on Crabb River Road. The victim told the deputy that between 6:15 and 6:35 in the parking lot of the Kids R Kids day care in the 1200 block of Crabb River Road someone broke out the driver’s side window of her car and stole a purse from inside the Suspect # 1 vehicle. She By LeaAnne Klentzman Suspect # 2 Gold & Silver Refinery (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) 2 8 1 . 3 1 3 . 9 9 9 9 • w w w. k k b g o l d r e f i n e r y. c o m Suspect # 3 was able to describe the stolen purse, wallet and contents for the deputy. 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