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Tuesday, Sept. 8 has seen a slew of witnesses who have testified that Danny Hill, was abusive and had many run-ins with friends, relatives, and customers over the years.

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3UGAR,ANDPOLICEARREST ONLINECHILDPREDATORS Sugar Land police recently concluded an online sex predator sting with the arrests of Mathiyalagan Gopal, 26, of Plano; Paul Mahan, 37, of Friendswood; Wesley Bitner, 46, of Cypress; and Sergio Herrera, 42, of Spring. The arrests were the result of a summerlong investigation targeting child predators who engaged in sexually -ATHIYALAGAN'OPAL explicit and illegal conduct with children in Internet chat rooms. In each incident, the men participated in illegal sexually-oriented 7ESLEY"ITNER activity with a person they believed was a 13year-old female. • Gopal traveled to the Sugar Land area after soliciting sex. • Paul Mahan sent a sexually explicit photo of himself. • Bitner sent sexually explicit

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(UNGJURYDECLAREDIN0ECAN 'ROVEWOMANSMURDERTRIAL By B.K. Carter Tears and shocked expressions were the order of the day at the Fort Bend County courthouse as jurors were reported hung about the conviction of a Pecan Grove woman who shot and killed her husband three years ago, claiming he was abusive for many years and she shot him in self-defense. After the judge met individually with the dead-locked jury, jurors continued deliberations until almost 4 pm, Tuesday afternoon when they reported they were hopelessly deadlocked. The jury first began deliberations Monday after lunch. The trial, which has been ongoing since

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material of himself. • Herrera sent sexually explicit messages. All were arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony with bond amounts ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. SLPD will continue to take a proactive approach on the Internet to keep local children safe. 0AUL-AHAN Police should consider the following safety tips: • Investigate safeguarding programs or options online service providers offer. These 3ERGIO(ERRERA may include monitoring or filtering capabilities. • Web sites for children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent’s permission. See PREDATORS, page 5

staying at home to wait for the oven repair man because Danny Hill had pulled off the oven door in a fit of rage because something wasn’t cooking properly. After lunch, when she joined him at the office they shared, he became enraged and knocked her out of her chair so hard she fell over backwards and the chair broke. She said she got home about 4 p.m. and started dinner. She said her brother-in-law, Craig Hill, who had bought the storage business from them, called and told her that Danny was mad and had a list of people he was threatening to kill, including her son Jeremy. He told her to leave. She said Danny Hill arrived home before she could leave and parked behind her in the driveway. She said she could tell by his body language that he was angry. When he came in, he started talking about how mad he was at his mother, his manager, his manager’s wife and his brother, pacing on his side of the bed. Meanwhile she was folding laundry and trying to calm him down. She said in trying to calm him, she became the focus of his rage. His eyes started changing when he became aggressive toward someone. She said she thought she was trapped even though he was on the other side of the bed from her. She said she reached into the night stand and put the gun that was there on the bed to try to warn him. She told him to stop and not come any closer and he said he was going to kill her. According to her, he laughed and said, “You want to have a shoot-out, we’ll have a shoot out.� She said she picked up the gun when he started coming around the bed saying, “You are a dead bitch!� She said she was closer to the door but believed she was in danger. “My husband is a lethal weapon without a gun,� she declared. Several members of what looked like the Aryan Brotherhood (shaved heads, many tattoos) See JURY, page 5

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officials allegedly threatened to do so at a recent meeting of the homeowner’s association. The residents of Royal Lakes, an upscale subdivision near Booth, were confused and fearful they would find themselves without a way to get in or out of their community following a meeting of the Royal Lakes Homeowner’s Association several weeks ago. Morrison said representatives of the railway company apparently

3TRINGOFCOMMERCIALBURGLARIES UNDERINVESTIGATIONIN3UGAR,AND Sugar Land Police are investigating several commercial burglaries The most recent occurred at All Tech Communications, 16126 Southwest Freeway, on Sept. 11, at 2:15 a.m. Surveillance video from the business shows a man pry open the front door, forcibly remove a wall-mounted television and leave in a black pick-up truck. The same business had been burglarized two months earlier. The suspect appears to be an Hispanic male with light facial hair, wearing a sleeveless black shirt, a black hat with a white symbol in the front, blue jean shorts, black shoes and white socks.

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Police are investigating whether similar crimes may be related. Anyone with information should call SLPD at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

The “Star� was notified last week that Fort Bend judges have incorpo- #2)-).!, rated in their /&4(%7%%+ docket preamble the catch phrase “Attorney of the Day�. For those of you not currently represented by counsel, you may discuss a plea arrangement with our “Attorney of the Day�. Interestingly, with all the commotion over day laborers in this country, now Fort Bend County appears to be trying to turn attorneys into just that, day laborers. Story goes that “the courts have decided to hire lawyers with flexible schedules as “Attorney of the Day�. See DUMB, page 9

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By Cheryl Skinner Lloyd Haynes was the talk of the town before anyone even knew his name. That’s because the mystery winner of a $1 million Texas lottery scratch off ticket bought at Rudy’s Stop and Shop in Rosenberg and the news spread like a California wild fire. Last Friday a “regular� at the popular convenience store purchased several tickets and one of

those tickets was a winner. The customer turned out to be Lloyd Haynes of Richmond. Haynes said he and his wife stopped by the store on their way home from the local football game. He purchased the array of scratch off tickets and went home. Later in the evening, he scratched the tickets and found he had won the big prize on the “Blockbuster� game card. See WINNING, page 9

 



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SEPTEMBER 23 Sugar Land AARP Chapter meeting This meeting will be their covered dish luncheon at the Sugar Land Community Center. Bring your favorite dish to add to a table. L.G. Wilkinson will be the guest offering entertainment on the piano. Call Jerri Helms at 281-208-2070 for the time & more information. SEPTEMBER 25 Concert in the Plaza Sugar Land Town Square, in the Plaza, will hold a concert Friday, September 25, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring the dynamic duo Adam and Lena with their fun mixture of Folk & mellow rock-n-roll. High School Musical 2 Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N. Main, Stafford, will hold their production of Disney’s “High School Musical 2� Sept. 25 thru Oct. 25, Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m. &

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Committee, at their business luncheon Friday, Sept. 15, noon, Fort Bend Country Club. Advanced reservations required. Contact Kristy at 281-342-5464 x 201. SEPTEMBER 26 Cadillac Car Show Sugar Land Town Square will have the David Taylor Cadillac Car Show Saturday, September 26, noon - 5 p.m. Calling all car lovers! David Taylor Cadillac invites you to come & enjoy both new & classic cars on display in the Plaza. Intro computer class Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, will present a free intro to “Computers 101� Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. in the Tech Center. Free & open to the public. Reservations required. Call 281-277-8934. Last Saturday Poetry reading Fort Bend Poets Group will this poetry reading Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m., Fill Your Cup, 1410 East Hwy. 90A, Richmond. Featured poet will be Sandi Stromberg. Poets should bring 3 poems, no longer than 1 page. Email fortbendpoets@ymail.com for info.

College Softball Classic Sugar Land Girl’s Softball Association announces 2009 College Softball Tournament, Saturday, September 26, 1 p.m., & September 27, 9:30 a.m., Imperial Park/SLGSA Fields, Hwy. 90, Sugar Land. For more info www.slgsa.org. Hispanic Heritage month observed Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway to host Mexican dance & music, sample tasty treats at this celebration Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m. to p.m., in the Meeting Room. Free & open to the public. Call 281-499-4100 for more information. Babysitter training offered American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training class geared for ages 11-15 will be held Saturday, September 26 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, 2610 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg. Preregistration is required at www.houstonredcross.org or call Monica at 281342-9480. SEPTEMBER 28 Basic accounting for beginners Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles

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"ENElTCONCERTTHIS&RIDAY TOHELP3UGAR,ANDFAMILY By Cheryl Skinner A free benefit concert is scheduled this Friday, September 25, to help the children of a Sugar Land woman killed in a tragic car accident on August 5. The teens are recovering from devastating injuries they received in the crash. The concert will be held at 7:30PM for the children of Elena Tsongos Badger at Grand Parkway Baptist Church, 12000 FM 1464, in Richmond. Elena Badger was a well known Sugar Land resident, sponsors say. She was fatally injured in the accident near Pearland and her teenage daughters, Melina and Alexia Sitaras, popular choir singers and exceptional students at Dulles High School. They received severe

injuries in the accident and continue to be hospitalized. Badger is also survived by her husband James and six year old son, Niko Badger, who attends Highland Elementary in Sugar Land. The concert, featuring the musical talents of 200 area teens, is being held to raise funds in an effort to ensure that resources are available for the monumental medical and rehabilitation expenses, encountered by the children, friends say. A trust fund has been set up for the surviving family members and donations are being accepted. To donate to this fund please send your donation to: Elena Tsongos Badger Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust, P.O. Box 79650, Houston, Texas 77297.

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3UGAR,ANDCREATESCITYPOLICEFORCEDURINGTHES An important step after the City of Sugar Land incorporated on Dec. 29, 1959, was the creation of a City police force during the 1960s. Sugar Land hired Joe Burke to the newly created position of city marshal. By 1973, the Sugar Land Police Department had grown to six officers. The Fort Bend County Major Crimes Task Force was created during the early 1970s. Taylor, an SLPD captain, was the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commander for nine years, during which time the group conducted regional undercover and surveillance operations that resulted in major arrests. The Task Force acquired a military L21B recon plane in 1979. Federal funding covered the cost of the $5,000 plane, which was based at Hull Field in the Sugar Land area. Dr. John Donald

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Hull helped Taylor restore the plane to flying condition. The plane was flown by Taylor to conduct numerous surveillance operations throughout the county. The aircraft held the distinction as the first plane operated by the county. Fendley served Sugar Land from his appointment as the first police chief until his retirement in 1982. Ross, assistant police chief at the time, was promoted to replace Fendley. Taylor advanced from patrol officer to detective to captain of the Fort Bend Major Crimes Task Force and finally police chief in 1992. He retired in 2002. SLPD has since grown to more than 176 employees who are dedicated to improving the life of the citizens of the City of Sugar Land by reducing crime and making

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well prepared, playing with energy and sensitivity. The 45 minute program finished with a delightful performance of Clebanoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Millionareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hoedown and the program received a standing ovation. Following the performance, Victor was greeted by educators whom offered their congratulations. It was for this recorded performance that the Sartartia Middle School Symphony Orchestra was recognized as national winners in the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors project. Rick Yancey, director of the National Orchestra Honors Project, noted that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sartartia Orchestra is a fine example for orchestras everywhere. It is a credit to [Ms. Victorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] teaching and leadership, as well as the school district.â&#x20AC;?

*%&ENDLEY FARRIGHT WASLATERHIREDAS3UGAR,ANDSlRSTPOLICECHIEF 0ICTUREDWITHTHECHIEF, 2 DURINGHISBIRTHDAYINARE/FlCERS %RNEST4AYLOR %BER3TEWART !NIMAL#ONTROL/FlCER4ILMAN,EWISAND /FlCER,ARRY2OSS4AYLOR 3TEWARTAND2OSSWERETHElRSTOFlCERSHIRED BY&ENDLEY Sugar Land one the safest place to live in the United States. The Sugar Land Police Department places an emphasis on quality law enforcement, crime prevention and community policing. The overall goal of the organization is to develop partnerships and joint problem-solving techniques with the community that will increase the quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Sugar Land. Citizens will have an opportunity to further enhance an already

effective partnership with their police officers during National Night Out on Oct. 6, from 6-9 p.m. Neighborhoods, blocks or streets in Sugar Land are able to register their parties each year, and police officers, firefighters, the Mayor, City Council members and other City officials visit as many parties as possible. For more about National Night Out, contact Crime Prevention Officer Harris Johnston with the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2580.

3,&$OPENHOUSETOSHOWCASE NEWLYOPENED&IRE3TATION The 3rd Annual Sugar Land Fire Department Open House is expected to attract hundreds on Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way. The annual event provides an opportunity to learn about Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first responders and the many fire and life safety programs available for citizens. The event, sponsored by SLFDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association (CFAAA) is intended to raise public awareness of SLFDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many educational programs and raise money for future CFA classes, restoration of the SLFDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage fire truck and the newly created Hearts and Hoses program. This event is held on the last day of Fire Prevention Week each year. For 85 years, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the

-ORETHAN EXPECTEDIN3UGAR ,ANDFOR$RAGON"OAT2ACES Professional and amateur athletes, including some representing Fortune 500 companies, will soon arrive in Sugar Land to compete in one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest growing team water sports - dragon boating. Sugar Land is joining Fluor Corporation, Planned Community Developers and First Colony Community Association to host the Texas Dragon Boat Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30

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foot Mount Baldy and the Tooth of Time ridge. During the trek the scouts stopped at staffed camps to participate in activities such as rock climbing, horse back riding, black powder rifle and shotgun shooting. Troop 38 meets every Monday evening at Parkway United Methodist Church in New Territory, under the guidance of scoutmaster Long Pham.

longest running public health and safety observance on record. In addition to live fire safety demonstrations, information is provided on a number of volunteer opportunities, including the CFA and Citizens Emergency Response Teams. There will be demonstrations such as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jaws of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? in action, tours of the newly opened Fire Station #1 and hands-on opportunities to learn about fire equipment and vehicles, including the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4HESE(IGH!DVENTURESCOUTCOMPLETESTREK state-of-the-art hazmat truck. The public will have the opportunity to purchase $2, $5 and $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win themed gift baskets. Free popcorn, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games and $5 dinner plates cooked by firefighters are also planned. For more information, call the SLFDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative offices at (281)491-0852.

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THE STAR !!

SUGAR LAND... 50 YEARS YOUNG! 1959-2009

Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roots

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The Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston purchased 26 acres of land on Sienna Ranch Road. Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo decided to establish a Catholic parish under the patronage of St. Angela Merici. This parish is to minister to the needs of those families in this part of Missouri City. In July, 2007, Cardinal DiNardo named Father John Rooney as founding pastor of St. Angela Merici. After 8 months, a facility, the PLEX, was leased in Stafford, where Mass is currently celebrated at 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 and 11:00 am on Sunday. The PLEX allows us to gather and celebrate Mass.

In addition, religious formation sessions for children, youth and adults are conducted. On Sunday, September 20, Archbishop Emeritus, Joseph Fiorenza celebrated the 11:00 am Mass. Then the parishioners of St. Angela Merici gathered at the parish property for a prayer of blessing and a turning of the shovel as we broke ground for the first building on the parish property. Future plans for the parish include a place for worship, gathering space and a parochial school to serve K-8th grade. The property is located at 9009 Sienna Ranch Road across from Baines 3HOWNL R ATTHERECENTGROUNDBREAKINGARE&ATHER*OHN2OONEYAND !RCHBISHOP%MERITUS*OSEPH&IORENZA Middle School.

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Chambers added that in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy with local, state, and nation-wide school districts having to cut services, raise taxes, and adopt deficit budgets, he is extremely proud that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the SMSD 2009-10 budget reduces the tax rate for the second straight year, does not cut any student or staff services, and projects a posi-

tive revenue budget for 2009-10 while students continue to demonstrate academic and extra-curricular improvements in every area of our district. Educators in SMSD as well as the SMSD Board of Trustees and Stafford City Council deserve credit for a very sound, healthy and productive budget.â&#x20AC;?

-ISSOURI#ITYSTUDENTRECEIVESSCHOLARSHIP Missouri City resident, Janet Schellberg, receives a $1,000 scholarship to help further her education in the medical field during the 2009 Houston West Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Luncheon. Schellberg is going to col-

lege for the first time along with three of her own children while continuing to work full-time. She is pursuing her education to become a nurse and wants to become a hospice nurse and help patients deal with death and dying.

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JURY ...................................................................................from page 1 were in the courtroom, and when Charlene Hill looked at them about that time, she started sobbing. Court stopped for a minute for her to regain her composure. She said he had both arms in motion and was coming toward her. She said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many shots she fired, but after she fired and he finally stopped, she crawled to the bedside table to call 911. She said the 911 operator told her to put something on his arm wound, but she was afraid he would grab her. When the prosecution asked her what she was afraid of as he had three bullets in him, she replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;That wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop my husband.â&#x20AC;? After the shooting, police found eight guns in her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pickup that night. Under intense questioning by Prosecutor Jill Stotts, Charlene Hill tried to detail every move she and Danny Hill made in the bedroom. She was asked over and over about her testimony. She denied many of the accusations that her family members, all of whom are suing her for wrongful death, had previously made. She denied telling sons Jeremy and Joby that he really was not coming after her. She said almost immediately after she gave them $1 million, they had a dinner where both boys were drinking. She said they threw pictures of Danny on the table and told her what a wonderful man he was and started grilling her about what happened that night. The eldest son had earlier admitted that the boys had hatched a plan to kill their father when they were younger. When asked why she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave him when the children were young, she said she took them to California for three months and he followed her there and promised he had quit drinking. She said she filed for divorce one time in 2003 and during that time some people (Aryan Brotherhood) broke into the house and threatened her that she could disappear. She said she non-suited him the next day and signed everything over to him. Attorney George Parnham next put on several witnesses, all of whom testified about Danny Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temper. These included elderly witnesses Roy and Dorothy Kelly, who had lived next door to

the Hills for several years. Mr. Kelly testified that he had a runin with Danny over a sprinkler system and Danny was like a rattlesnake ready to strike. Colin Green, a pastor who now lives in Canada and came from there to testify, said he counseled the couple for their marital discord. He said he also performed the funeral service for Danny Hill. He testified that the children told him that Danny became more violent after the accident, which contradicted earlier testimony by their son and sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife. The pastor said the family dynamics were that everyone had to make Danny happy; the children were codependents; and Charlene was the enabler. He said he visited Charlene in jail and she told him it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;him or me.â&#x20AC;? The next witness was Jennifer Hinch, a friend of Charleneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for 19 years. Ms. Hinch testified that she rented a house from the Hills and noticed two or three round holes in the door of the master bedroom. When she asked Danny what they were, he said they were where he missed--shot and missed---then he laughed. Susan Watts, who operated an electrical contracting business with her husband in the warehouse owned by the Hills, testified about the day she saw Hill toss Charlene across the room. Watts hid Charlene behind some file cabinets in her office until Danny left. Other witnesses, mostly family members, have testified that Danny Hill was a changed man after a motorcycle accident in 2003, and had quit his abusive ways. The next witness was JoAnne West, an older woman who managed the Hillsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; storage business for five years, quitting three years ago. She testified that she worked for and had daily contact with the Hills both before and after they were injured in a motorcycle accident. West said before the motorcycle accident, she saw suspicious bruises on Charlene who always had an excuse for the injuries. West said Charlene was so good to Danny and would never make the comments about him that she was accused of making by the children. West said Charlene protected him way too much, was

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.INEDIFFERENTHUNTINGRImES OFFERED2AFmETOBEHELDBY 6OLUNTEER3ERVICES#OUNCIL The Volunteer Services Council (VSC) of the Richmond State Supported Living Center, formerly known as the Richmond State School, is having a raffle giving the purchaser the chance to win 9 different hunting rifles. According to a VCS sponsor,â&#x20AC;?This raffle features nine opportunities to win rifles just in time for the upcoming hunting season.â&#x20AC;? The cost of each ticket is $20 or a book of six tickets for $100. Participants will vie for: Weatherby Vanguard 270 cal. b/a rifle; Browning Auto 30-06 cal.

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even overprotective. She said he remained abusive after the accident. The last defense witness was Jeff Douglas, who related his 17 years friendship with Danny Hill. Douglas is in the real estate management business and said he first came to know Danny because he did landscape work for him in various communities. He said he liked Danny who had a great work ethic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was the hardest worker I know,â&#x20AC;? he said. He testified that he and his wife also socialized with the Hills. He related one incident at a bachelor party when Danny got into an argument with a man and Danny lost control and tossed the 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;9â&#x20AC;? man from wall to wall. West said Danny Hill himself brought up the tattoos on his arm. He told West that the tattoo â&#x20AC;&#x153;1% erâ&#x20AC;? had to be earned, and it meant you have to take someone out. West testified that he took it to mean that you had to have killed someone, but he, West, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to talk about it. He also related how Hill had told him about fighting with Charlene, then sneaking up behind her in the shower, pushing her down and throwing her on the bed where he raped her. West said that Danny Hill would become visibly upset and you could tell it because of his body language, and his eye would become fixed and glazed. West related the time a Fed Ex driver clipped one of Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trucks whereupon Danny beat the driver to the point of putting him in the hospital. He related one incident when

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several couples were having a cookout and Danny became enraged because Charlene had bought the steaks only 1 1/2 inches thick instead of the 2 inch steaks he had ordered. West said they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand there and let Danny beat her up, nor did they want to shoot him. He said they hid the women under the porch and he and another man took chairs to fend Danny off. West said he never saw or heard Charlene belittle Danny after the accident. When asked if he was surprised after hearing about Charlene shooting Danny, West said he was only surprised because he expected it to be the other way around. After the defense rested, the prosecution called two rebuttal witnesses. The first was Lt. Lester Phelps, currently employed by the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department in the community services division. Phelps testified about the crime scene and the sequence of bullets. It was established that a sequence of the four bullets could not be known. And the last rebuttal witness was Danny Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Craig, who bought the storage business from Danny and Charlene. His testimony elicited contentious exchanges by defense attorney George Parnham as his testimony has changed since the affidavit he gave soon after the shooting. On Monday, both the prosecution and defense gave closing arguments where they summed up the testimony of the trial. The jury started deliberations shortly after lunch and continued up until 9:30 p.m.

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FACTS FOOT BY$R%RIC4EPPER "/!2$#%24)&)%$0/$)!42)34 !##003 A PAIN IN THE TOE Some people experience numbness in the big toe. It may be accompanied by swelling on the underside where the toe bends. They may feel a â&#x20AC;&#x153;zingingâ&#x20AC;? sensation when walking. Those uncomfortable symptoms may be an indication of a compressed nerve. This is compounded when a shoe hits the toe area or if long hours are spent standing. There could be the presence of an inflamed extra bone on the bottom of the toe, known as a sesamoid. There may be arthritis in the joint or a chipped flake of bone in the joint that is causing the pain. Should you experience such discomfort in your big toe area, consult with your podiatrist. When your feet hurt, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to find out why. Following diagnosis, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to formulate a treatment plan that may consist of orthotics, medication, surgery, exercise, or even a change in footwear. If your toes are giving you trouble, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart to communicate with your doctor. Now is a good time to schedule an appointment for footcare for the family at 3143 Hwy. 6 South, where we practice conservative podiatry as the frontline defense against feet that cause you to suffer pain. PH: 281-980-3668. HINT: Wear wide supportive shoes if you experience big toe discomfort.

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complex lawsuit that names half of Fort Bend County. He is representing Constable Rob Cook because he has been named as one of the defendants due to the constable sale of the property in question. Just a week or so ago Bev Carter, alias â&#x20AC;&#x153;the boss,â&#x20AC;? was predicting that one of these days the county will be sued by a vendor or citizen because of how they pick and choose the newspapers that become â&#x20AC;&#x153;the official county newspaper.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mentioned several times that the commissioners seem to choose newspapers that do not go anywhere or are not well read in the community. The newspaper mentioned in the lawsuit is not the current official newspaper. Right now, the India Herald is printing the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal notices. Snippy A couple of weeks ago I inadvertently and mistakenly

Investments Build Money (IBM), a local investment club will host Charles Fahy, senior vice president and financial advisor with James E. Bashaw & Co. at their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Fahy has created the Diversified Assets Portfolio (ticker symbol FTADSX), which is structured as a unit investment trust with a 15-month maturity. It contains a selection of all major asset classes, industry sectors, world geography and market capitalizations. Fahy will discuss the creation of this new investment vehicle, the importance of diversification, the allocation of this particular portfolio and the benchmarking that it represents. The club business meeting will follow Fahyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation so that visitors get a sense of what a typical monthly meeting is like. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a reservation for the upcoming meeting, call Membership Chair Jacqueline Blankenship at 281 615-5946. The IBM club was formed

in January 2001 by a group of seven local investors for the purpose of education in sound

The Friends of the Arts It is free to the public. Committee, First United Further details, call 281-499Methodist Church, Missouri City 3502 or e mail fumcmc@flash. is pleased to present in concert, net. illusionist, Jared Hall in its seasonal concert series. Jared Hall will entertain his audience with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illusion and Comedyâ&#x20AC;?, which he uses to illustrate lessons of the gospel in relevant engaging ways. The FOA committee promises the audience will be kept on the edge of their seats as Jared performs a straight jacket escape, make audience members float, or finds your chosen card. His performance will appeal to all ages, so bring your kids, your grand kids, your friends and neighbors for an entertaining evening. The concert will be held on Sunday, October 11 at 6:00 pm in the church sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. *ARED(ALL

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The FORT BEND CO. M.U.D. #47 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Oct. 21, 2009 @ 12:15PM at 1001 McKinney, Suite 1000 Houston, Texas 77002. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: Jerome Cogan, Glenn Murray, Steven Brad Vanderford, Warren P. Maas

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changed the name of one of the Fort Bend Independent School District board members. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to say I had a good excuse, but I just flubbed up. When I wrote down the name in my notes, Board member Daniel Menendez turned into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Davidâ&#x20AC;? Menendez. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry for the mistake, it was unintentional. It was brought to my attention by the FBISD Director of Communications Mary Ann Simpson. Normally, I appreciate any name, date, or number mistake that I have made being immediately brought to my attention. And, proudly I can say that the number of times I have been contacted about errors have been rare over the past 30 plus years. But back to the e-mail from Mary Ann. I did not appreciate it. In my humble opinion it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;snippy.â&#x20AC;? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like snippy.

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Monday, October 5 Sugar Land Community Center 226 Matlage Way Represented by Councilmember Don Smithers

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By Cheryl Skinner Lawsuit alleges countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal notice in paper didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to the right spot I can hear it now. Bev Carter is going to be saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told you soâ&#x20AC;? all over the place. A lawsuit filed in federal court by relatives of a Fulshear man is all about egress, and land access, and foreclosures, and mental instability, and more. It is also all about the allegation that the county put the legal notices that allegedly led to the taking of this manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. The plaintiffs say, according to Assistant County Attorney Randy Morse, by posting the legal notice in the Fort Bend Sun, the county failed to place the notice in a newspaper that is distributed in the Fulshear area. Randy thinks the newspaper issue is something the commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will have to look at and from his perspective it is just a tiny mention in a very large and

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ABSENT: Michael L. Jones The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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$ .00000/$100

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$ 157,339

$ 154,647

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$

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$ 157,339

$ 154,647

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$ 1,636.32

$ 1,608.32

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MAINTENANCE TAX RATE TO THE ROLLBACK TAX RATE UNDER 3ECTION  D 7ATER#ODE

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code.

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... of the liberal news media harassing Joe Wilson. You know how you can tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving. The president got up in front of Congress and lied repeatedly to them and the American people. Maybe Joe Wilson should not have hollered out like that, but he was just saying on national TV what I was saying in my living room. Give me a break! Obama repeatedly lied during that campaign speech before Wilson shouted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you lie.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He called citizens liars and said health care

reform opponents were telling lies and spreading falsehoods. He also said opponents (Republicans) want to do nothing. Liar, liar pants on fire. Republicans have proposed reforms that Democrats have dismissed including tort reform, portability, tax reform, and pre-existing condition reform. Republicans have submitted amendments that specifically stated recipients must prove they are legal US citizens to get â&#x20AC;&#x153;free health careâ&#x20AC;? but Democrats would not allow that in the bill. Do you

3UGAR,AND#OUNCILAPPROVES RATEHIKEFORWATERANDSEWER By Cheryl Skinner Sugar Land city council members approved a rate increase last week for water, wastewater, and solid waste as recommended by R.W. Beck, Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost of service and rate study. New water, wastewater, and surface water rates are effective for bills generated after October 1, Sugar Land officials said. The increase amount will be $3.63 per month for most residential customers. The rate increase was originally scheduled to occur last year, but city council delayed the planned increase to provide relief to citizens affected by the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic downturn. Residential customers are billed monthly service charges plus a volumetric charge per 1,000 gallons for wastewater; the volumetric charge is set in April based on the average of each customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water volume billed in February and March. This winter average sets the volume for wastewater bills for April through the following March.

As a result, customers may see a change in the amount billed for wastewater on their April bill. By controlling water usage during this time period, customers can manage the amount they are billed for wastewater through the rest of the year. The city water and wastewater system is self-supporting and all expenses are paid through the fees charged to customers each month. No property tax or sales tax dollars support the utility system. As the city prepares to meet the mandated 30 percent reduction of groundwater usage by 2013, it is essential that the rates are adjusted each year to reflect the increasing cost of providing water to customers, city officials have said. Residential solid waste rates will increase by 88 cents per month beginning March 1 based on planned increases in a contract with Allied Waste that began March 1, 2008. The contract runs for five years and provides for annual increases beginning March 2010.

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think for one minute that even if that amendment was included that it would do what it was intended to do? Not a chance. Democrats and the ACLU would have that thrown out on discrimination grounds such as... we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grant citizens something that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grant any one else that penetrates our borders. What is funny is when his lips were moving about it not adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;one dime to the deficit now or in the future,â&#x20AC;? even liberal Democrats must have burst out laughing. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see... Obamacare will add health care coverage for 47 million uninsured â&#x20AC;&#x153;residentsâ&#x20AC;? and it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost anything. And the pinheads in the media rail on Joe Wilson for calling President Obama a liar? Five years ago the media would have spent hours and hours of airtime and pounds and pounds of ink spelling out every penny and the huge costs of any proposition that President Bush had said wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add a penny to the deficit. That is all they would have been doing since that campaign speech before Congress. Then John Conyers and Barney Frank would be asking rhetorically if they should be writing up impeachment proceedings. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said it before; we must be in the Twilight Zone. One thing I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand is how perfectly intelligent

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 !

people can conclude that we pay the most in the world for health care but somehow the health care we receive is inferior to Canada, or France, or some 34 other countries with socialized medicine that pay less for health care? Maybe we should have gone socialized medicine a long time ago. It costs less and we get more, there are no lines and every single resident within our borders will get to see a doctor whenever they want. Finally, it will cost less than what we pay today and will not be rationed. Now, sign up to get your free Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;botomy. Remember to call your congressman or senator today and give them a friendly reminder that we do not need comprehensive health care reform or any compromise with the Democrat written HB 3200. What we need is tort reform, tax reform, Medicaid reform, and insurance reform, and then after five or 10 years we can evaluate the impact on health care costs. This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@FortBendStar. com.

&ORT"END)3$POSTPONESPUBLICHEARINGS FOR(IGH3CHOOLAND%LEMENTARY The Board of Trustees held a workshop September 14 to review proposed recommendations for attendance zones for High School #11 and Elementary School #45. After reviewing the recommendations, the Board asked the Administration to develop additional zoning plans for consideration. Therefore, the public hearings to review proposed attendance zones for High School #11 and Elementary School #45 which were scheduled for September 29, at Hightower High School and September 30, at Schiff Elementary have been postponed to provide the Board with time to review other possible recommendations. The date of the next Board Zoning Workshop and the

public hearings will be publicized once dates have been confirmed. Please stay tuned to the district website at www. fortbendisd.com for the latest information.

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The Ft. Bend County Municipal Utility District #42 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Monday, October 12, 2009, 12:00 p.m., at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, TX 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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$0.42000 /$100 Adopted

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$0.42000 /$100 Proposed $0.0000

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$229,095

$226,868

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$226,868

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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THE STAR

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District # 24 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate or the tax year 2009 on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, 3200 Southwest Freeway, STE 2600, Houston, Texas 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: Robert Atkinson, Kelly Buettner, Robby McGinnis, Barbara Rozelle, Cherie Howell AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Tax rate

Last Year

This Year

$1.29000/$100 Adopted

$1.29000/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The FORT BEND CO. M.U.D. #49 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Tues, 10/13/09 at 12 noon at 602 Sawyer, Suite 205, Houston, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: Terry Sparks, Donna Kottwitz, Dennis Hurta & Bill Quinn AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: Beverly Boyle The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

$0.00000

Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-) Average appraised value

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$.95000 /$100 Adopted

$.95000/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

0.00%

$137,865

$139,801

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$139,801

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$1,778.46

$1,803.43

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$ 170,120

$ 169,798

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$ 1,616.14

$ 1,613.08

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code.

Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

Bob Leared, Tax Assessor-Collector 713-932-9011

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #7 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Thursday, October 1, 2009, 5:00 p.m. at the offices of Southwest Water Company, 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Palmer Plantation Municipal Utility District #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Paul A. Philbin & Associates, 6363 Woodway, Suite 725, Houston, Texas 77057. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: Epifanio Salazar, Jr., James Hicks, Karen Mawyer AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Tax rate

Last Year

This Year

$0.21500 /$100 Adopted

$0.21500 /$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) Average taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Tax rate

$0.00000

Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-) Average appraised value

FOR the proposal: James Wagner, Elizabeth Layman, Benita Migues, Jim Gasper, Billy R. Siems AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None

Last Year

This Year

$0.49000 /$100 Adopted

$0.49800 /$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

0.00%

$245,455

$251,046

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$245,455

$251,046

$527.73

$539.75

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$12.02 2.28%

$0.00800

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code.

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code.

Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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MARRISON .................................................................from page 1 the condemnation proceedings to acquire some pieces of land for widening a road that connected FM 2759 and a county road across the existing railroad crossing that is owned by Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF). The purpose of the condemnation was to construct the entry road to provide access to the Royal Lakes subdivision. BNSF filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to stop the condemnation proceedings. The federal court dismissed the suit, without prejudice, because no property had yet been condemned. The county later did go forth with condemnation and the action resulted in a jury trial in the court of County Court-atLaw Judge Susan Lowery. The court assessed a compensation

fee of a little over $90,000 plus interest that Fort Bend County would pay the railroad for condemnation, after the jury found in favor of the county. The county appealed the assessment and the result was the June 21, 2007 opinion by 14th Court of Appeals Justices J. Harvey Hudson, Leslie Brock, and John S. Anderson. The appeals panel vacated the local trial courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgment thus dismissing the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal. Officials said the court found that the federal courts had jurisdiction in the case. Morrison said a number of county representatives attended the latest meeting, including County Attorney Roy Cordes and the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside counsel, who represents the county in this case, and they explained to the residents that at this point

WINNING ......................................................................from page 1 Haynes admits to living frugally. He spent 22 years in the U.S. Army, so the couple, married 46 years, has had the unique experience of traveling throughout the world. He then went on to work as an ROTC instructor at the High School for Law Enforcement in Houston. After 21 years there, he retired to enjoy all of the fruits of his labors, a fully paid for home,

a car and a truck, both paid for, and recent improvements to his home, including brand new carpeting. Therefore, he says, they really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any desire for anything major or extravagant. They do plan on helping their nine grandchildren pay for college when the time comes. Haynes says he often buys scratch off tickets for relax-

DUMB.................................................................................from page 1 Imagine ... a judge has a lengthy docket so they send their bailiff over to the corner where all the suits and briefcases are milling around waiting for a work - flexible as they are, you know. As the bailiff rolls in the lot, he shouts to the crowd, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need five defense lawyers for the day.â&#x20AC;? And the race is on, scrambling into the back of the county truck for their ride over to the courthouse to see

the accused. Silly as this sounds, this is happening with your tax dollars and the accused could be you or your child. These people are accused, not convicted. Many are in the system for the first time. And the lawyer of the day has no access to pertinent information or the nuances of the case, only what they are handed by the prosecution at that moment.

in the lawsuit there were no winners or losers so no action could be taken by the railroad. Morrison said the county will be monitoring the crossing because of reports that the trains are blocking the entrance for as long as 40 minutes and under law this is a violation. He also noted that lawyers felt the judge in the current active lawsuit would take a dim view of anyone putting pressure on the Royal Lakes residents. In the meantime, Morrison is pushing for a new turn lane into the subdivision. He says when the railroad blocks the entrance as many as 30 cars at a time are often blocking the highway waiting to turn into their subdivision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a major accident waiting to happen. If there was a turn lane into the subdivision at least that would provide some safety,â&#x20AC;? he said. ation, fun, and the challenge of â&#x20AC;&#x153;maybe somedayâ&#x20AC;? beating the odds and becoming a big winner. This is the first large prize he has ever won, but he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to stop playing now that he has met that big challenge. In the meantime, he and his family have become local celebrities. And while he admits to enjoying the attention somewhat, he says he will probably quit granting interviews. This is all about pushing plea deals and getâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n the numbers on down the line. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tempted to say, oh, what the heck, remember what separates America from the rest of the world is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocent Until Proven Guiltyâ&#x20AC;?. Not only is this a miscarriage of justice, we taxpayers are gonnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; foot the bill when â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attorney of the Dayâ&#x20AC;? is ruled ineffective counsel when the appellate courts get a hold of this! Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dummy now?

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase The City of Sugar Land will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 3.11 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax rate calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code). Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. The first public hearing will be held on October 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM at Sugar Land City Hall. The second public hearing will be held on October 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM at Sugar Land City Hall. The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows: FOR: James A. Thompson

Thomas Abraham

Jacqueline Baly Chaumette

Donald L. Smithers

Donald G. Olson

Russell Jones

Michael Schiff AGAINST: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT: The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Sugar Land last year was $243,710. Based on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax rate of $0.30000 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $731.13. The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Sugar Land this year is $255,557. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.29096 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $743.57 If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.30000 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $766.67. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Palmer Plantation Municipal Utility District #1 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 11:30 a.m. at the offices of Paul A. Philbin & Associates, 6363 Woodway, Suite 725, Houston, Texas 77057. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District # 67 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, 3200 Southwest Freeway STE 2600, Houston, Texas 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: Tara Wagner, Mike Ware, Terri Ellis, Lynn Macko, Larry Eaton AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None

FOR the proposal: Michael Albrecht, Allen Viktorin, Leanne Pfister, Marcel Theriot, Glen Farber AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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$0.69000 /$100 Proposed

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Tax rate

Last Year

This Year

$0.47500/$100 Adopted

$0.47500/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value

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$249,715

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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$240,110

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.


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2%-!8&INE0ROPERTIES3ENDS #AREAND-ORETO3OLDIERS!BROAD RE/MAX Fine Properties is known for their community work. As a designated Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle Network Miracle Office, the company and its 65 licensed agents donate a percentage of their commissions to CMN, the nationwide nonprofit alliance of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitals. But in recent years, there has been even more happening on the community level at RE/MAX Fine Properties. Since 2007, RE/MAX Associates Sandra DeLuca and Gwen 3ANDRA$E,UCA Dahlin have been organizing monthly shipments of care packages to soldiers serving in Iraq, naming their program â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Adopt a Heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It began very small,â&#x20AC;? says Sandra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

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as the new unit consists of 42 soldiers, including several women. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an honor to support our new unit, the 215thBrigade Support Battalion which is headquartered out of Fort Hood, Texasâ&#x20AC;?. Packages are sent out in monthly waves with RE/MAX agents donating money, goods and time. RE/MAX Fine Properties pays for all the shipping costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are currently working on sending them something for Halloween and thinking about Christmas too,â&#x20AC;? Sandra says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year we made it special by baking homemade Christmas cookies with each soldier receiving their own package, and we sent a Christmas tree decorated with candy canes to give them a touch of homeâ&#x20AC;?. For their efforts, the office

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receives frequent correspondence from their adopted soldiers, who send emails and hand-written notes of gratitude. Recently their original unit gifted the office with a replica of their unit Gideon flag and a framed photo, which has since hung in the lobby as a reminder of the soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sacrifice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get so much satisfaction from doing this,â&#x20AC;? Sandra concludes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people have expressed a desire to help support and contribute to our troops but never knew how to go about it doing itâ&#x20AC;?. If you would like to be a part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopt a Heroâ&#x20AC;? please contact Sandra DeLuca or Gwen Dahlin by calling 281-265-5533 or emailing info@fortbendhomesonline.com to get a list of current care packages we are putting together.

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-AKEADIFFERENCEINTHELIFEOFASTUDENT You can have a positive influence in helping a student succeed in school and in adult life. The 2009 Mentoring Conference sponsored by ACHIEVE Fort Bend County will be held Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon on the University of Houston/ Wharton County Junior College Sugar Land campus. Whether you are currently mentoring a student in Fort Bend County and would like to expand your skills or if you would like to learn more about what mentoring involves, this conference is for you. Anyone interested in mentoring in a community organization, a school district, or a faith-based group is welcome to attend. The keynote speaker is a successful businessman who was mentored as a young person and now serves on the board of the organization that changed his life. Educational leaders will share

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$8,872,069,029 0.25860 /$100 0.27928 /$100 0.14000 /$100 0.41928 /$100 0.11091 /$100 0.30837 /$100

Statement of Increase/Decrease If City of Sugar Land adopts a 2009 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.29096 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2008 taxes by $217,723. Schedule A - Unencumbered Fund Balances The following estimated balances will be left in the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation. Type of Property Tax Fund

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Description of Debt

Principal or Interest to be Contract Payment Paid from to be Paid from Property Property Taxes Taxes

2003A General Obligation 2004 General Obligation 2004A General Obligation 2005 General Obligation 2005B Certificates of Obligation 2006 General Obligation 2006 Certificates of Obligation 2008 Certificates of Obligation 2008 General Obligation 2000 FBC MUD 113 2001 FBC MUD 113 2009 Certificates of Obligation 2010 Certificates of Obligation 1996A General Obligation 1998 General Obligation 2001 General Obligation 2002 Certificates of Obligation 2003 General Obligation 2003 Certificates of Obligation

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$147,113 $155,188 $53,525 $217,416 $79,990 $1,425,425 $41,691 $192,394 $298,381 $57,600 $10,750 $555,170 $462,480 $103,525 $173,825 $340,843 $409,608 $192,040 $404,360

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Total Required for 2009 Debt Service - Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in Schedule A - Amount (if any) paid from other resources - Excess collections last year = Total to be paid from taxes in 2009 + Amount added in anticipation that the unit will collect only 100.00% of its taxes in 2009 $0 = Total Debt Levy

Total Payment $822,113 $430,188 $573,525 $1,207,416 $164,990 $3,375,425 $76,691 $337,394 $523,381 $117,600 $225,750 $1,115,170 $762,480 $413,525 $1,563,825 $1,440,843 $729,608 $1,412,040 $1,379,360 $16,671,324 $0 $3,954,293 $0 $12,717,031

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Schedule C - Expected Revenue from Additional Sales Tax In calculating its effective and rollback tax rates, the unit estimated that it will receive $10,073,781 in additional sales and use tax revenues. This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax ratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; calculations. You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at 2700 Town Center Blvd N., Sugar Land, TX 77479. Name of person preparing this notice: Donna Svatek Title: Treasury Manager Date Prepared: September 8, 2009

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Sealed submittals in quintuplicate (one original and four copies), addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2009 for: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2009-35 UTILITY DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2009-35 UTILITY DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the City Secretary’s Office, on or before 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2009, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Missouri City, Texas (the “City”) will meet at its regular meeting place in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. on the 19th day of October, 2009, which is the time and place tentatively set for the passage of an ordinance and such other action as may be deemed necessary to authorize the issuance of the City’s certificates of obligation, payable from ad valorem taxation and a limited (in an amount not to exceed $10,000) subordinate pledge of certain revenues of the waterworks and sewer system of the City, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $5,500,000, bearing interest at any rate or rates, not to exceed the maximum interest rate now or hereafter authorized by law, as shall be determined within the discretion of the City Council at the time of issuance and maturing over a period of years not to exceed forty (40) years from the date thereof, for the purpose of evidencing the indebtedness of the City to pay all or any part of the contractual obligations to be incurred for the construction of public works and the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, machinery, buildings, land and rights-of-way for authorized needs and purposes and for the payment of contractual obligations for professional services, to wit (i) the purchase of water, sewer, utilities, drainage and street improvements for Lake Shore Harbour Section One; (ii) the purchase of water, sewer, utilities, drainage, and street improvements for Lake Shore Harbour Section Two, (iii) the purchase of water, sewer, utilities, drainage, and street improvements for Lake Shore Harbour Section 3; and (iv) professional services rendered in connection with the above listed projects. /s/ Patrice Fogarty, TRMC City Secretary

Specifications and required documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land Texas, 77479.

CITY OF SUGAR LAND NOTICE TO BIDDERS

For questions regarding this request for qualification, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or via email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov.

Sealed bids in triplicate, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009, for:

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

CITY OF SUGAR LAND NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids in triplicate, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 2009, for: INVITATION TO BID NO. 2009-025 TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATION STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT WILLIAMS TRACE BOULEVARD STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT SETTLERS WAY BOULEVARD STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT FROST PASS Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: INVITATION TO BID NO. 2009-025 TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATION STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT WILLIAMS TRACE BOULEVARD STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT SETTLERS WAY BOULEVARD STATE HIGHWAY 6 AT FROST PASS The location of the work is in the CITY OF SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77479. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 2009, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of bids. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 24, 2009, City of Sugar Land Public Works Facility, 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, Texas, 77478. All bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond from a Surety Company in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute Performance and Payment Bond within five (5) days after award by City Council. Bids without Bid Bond will not be considered. Successful bidder must furnish Performance and Payment Bonds upon approved standard form in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price from an approved Surety Company licensed by the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of bids. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder. Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be secured from the office of Traffic Engineers, Incorporated, 8323 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, Houston, Texas, 77074, Telephone (713) 270-8145, Fax (713) 270-8148), with a non-refundable deposit of $100.00. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

INVITATION TO BID NO. 2009-022 THREE-TIER WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORK Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: INVITATION TO BID NO. 2009-022 THREE-TIER WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORK The location of the work is in the CITY OF SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77478. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of bids. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2009, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Cane Room 161, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid from a Surety Company as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute Performance and Payment Bond within five (5) days after award by City Council. Bids without Bid Bond will not be considered. Successful bidder must furnish Performance and Payment Bonds upon approved standard form in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price from an approved Surety Company licensed by the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of bids. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #111 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Southwest Water Company 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: Jennifer Wienecke, Louis Manuel II, Matthew Shepard, Rosemary Ruths AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: Brian Durbin The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #68 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Thursday, October 8, 2009, 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Schwartz, Page & Harding, 1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77056. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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of the current economic climate, with zero growth in sales tax anticipated and property tax revenues based on the certified tax roll, said Bogard. However, he also noted there is a possibility there will be positive changes in the future economy that will benefit the city. But that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be counted on, so the focus for 2010 is to maintain current service levels within available resources and serve an estimated population of 83,819 as of January 2010, which includes the annexation of 3,600 River Park residents, effective Dec. 1, 2009. Therefore, the budget maintains the existing tax rate of 30 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation. The tax rate will be officially adopted in October after the required notices are published and public hearings are held.

Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) was pleased to present a $2,000 Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant to ARTreach to fund its unique art-related mentoring programs within FBISD schools. ARTreach will pilot a 5-week â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within My Reachâ&#x20AC;? vocational and entrepreneurial program at the high school level with a portion of these funds. ARTreach programs target at-risk students and seek to build selfesteem, introduce positive role models and offer a positive outlet for stresses. FBJSL accepts CAF applications throughout the year for grant funding up to $5,000 per year. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations serving Fort Bend County with requests to fund a critical need, pilot program and/or expand a sig-

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7OODSONGRADUATESFROM4HE/CEAN#ORPORATION The Ocean Corporation of Houston is pleased to announce that James Kyle Woodson of Sugar Land, graduated recently with an Nondestructive testing/ Inspection certification. The Ocean Corporation, located in Houston is the premier commercial diving train-

ing organization in the United States and has been training commercial divers since 1969. Graduates are trained for what most people would consider a very unique career. With job placement assistance provided, graduates will go to work for professional

dive companies performing underwater welding and cutting, underwater construction, search and salvage, inspections and repairs and various other tasks below the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface. James is the son of Jim Woodson and Kim Woodson.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #148 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Friday, October 2, 2009 8:30 a.m. at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, 3825 Highway 36 S, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Tax rate

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ed that no changes be made to the homestead exemption for tax year 2009. City council agreed with Bogard and therefore the homestead exemption will remain at 7% for tax year 2009. The preliminary tax roll showed an overall increase of 9.9% in taxable value, with average residential revaluation of about 4%. Much of the new growth is occurring in MUDs within the city where the city has agreed to rebate 50% of the property taxes collected from within the districts to assist the MUDs with lowering their tax rates to encourage development within the city. The budget will raise $1.4 million or 5.4 percent more in total property taxes than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. This budget is based on conservative revenue estimates in light

AGAINST the proposal: None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Difference in rates per $100 of value

By Cheryl SKinner Sugar Land City Council approved on September 15 a $220.3 million budget for fiscal year 2009-10, which begins October 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am recommending no change to the total tax rate for 2009; the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $0.3000 tax rate continues to be one of the lowest in the state, and second lowest for cities over 25,000 in population. There is a need to reallocate within the total tax rate between the debt service and operations to support the increasing costs of operations from completion of capital projects. The reallocation can be done within the existing tax rate and allow the city to remain below the rollback provisions of the tax code,â&#x20AC;? said Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard. In May Bogard recommend-

FOR the proposal: Scott Pleus, Fernando De La Rosa, Ryan Newton, Kenneth Kucherka, Edward Streich

FOR the proposal: Christian Landry, Thomas Hopkins, Gregary Jones, Jordan Mack AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: Harold Barber

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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Difference in rates per $100 of value

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.


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School gyms. Check in time is 8:15 am and â&#x20AC;&#x153;show-offsâ&#x20AC;? will be at 1:00 pm. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the Wild Things Danceâ&#x20AC;? and safari snapshots will be available for an extra fee of $5. The cost of the clinic is $30 if students pre-

register and $35 at the door. Included in the cost is a dance clinic t-shirt, a pizza lunch and a free voucher to the 2010 Dulles Dolls Spring Show. Please contact Debi Sokoloff at 281-455-7263 to register or email dollmom@mail.com.

"ESTSELLINGAUTHOR0HILIPPA'REGORY COMINGTO&ORT"END#OUNTY Philippa Gregory is coming to Fort Bend County! Gregory, well known for her novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a 2008 movie starring Natalie Portman, is an established historian well versed in the Tudor era. Philippa will appear at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land (US 59 and University Blvd.) in Brazos Hall on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. Her latest novel, The White Queen, introduces the Plantagenet period, 0HILIPPA 'REGORY AUTHOR OF4HE and will be the focus of her 7HITE1UEEN TOSPEAKAT5OF( 3UGAR,AND presentation.

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This event will benefit literacy efforts in Fort Bend County, the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and the scholarship efforts of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Bookworms, a special interest group of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors. Tickets are $30 per attendee for the event only, or $50 which includes attendance, a copy of the book and the author signing at the event. For tickets and additional information please call the Blue Willow Book Shop directly at 281-497-8675.


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