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   The Facts (Newspaper) - December 29, 1996, Clute, Texas                                AWAKENED Cowboys turn wildcard game into rout 4015 Sports Page IB SUNDAY Voi 83 No 294 Copyright 1996 HOLIDAY BASKETBALL Bay City Kaiy beat Bwood girls Sweeny Sports Page IB BRAZOSPORT e I RESOLVE TO New Years goals doable If set smartly Brazos Living Page 1C DECEMBER Clute Texas 77531 The evolution of a troubled golf course By Peggy OHare The Brazosport Facts In six years the Lake Jackson golf course has evolved from a project that would require no tax dollars to a million venture that could poten tially increase the citys tax rate And after all this time construction of the golf course is no closer to getting start ed than it was in 1990 Because of a pend ing lawsuit it could be another three to five years before the first shovel of dirt is turned at the site But come Jan 18 Lake Jackson resi dents will decide if this project is worth financial support in a special election for a million bond issue Early voting begins Monday at city hall Regardless of the delays golf course supporters say they have the votes to swing the election The proposed bond issue would finance building an 18hole golf course to be named The The site is 400 acres of marshy forested city property west of Lake Jackson next to Wilderness Park sandwiched by Highway 332 and the Brazos River City officials intend for the bonds to be repaid with golf revenue To break even without supplemental income the golf course will eventually have to attract approximately rounds a year If the golf course fails to produce the projected earnings Lake Jackson will have to turn to city tax revenues for funding help And even if the golf course brings in the expected number of players user fees still may not be enough to pay the heavy frontend interest costs of the bonds in the first few years So the golf course could still end up affecting the citys tax rate City officials have high hopes of avoiding a tax hike however The proposed million bond issue does not include approximately already spent on the golf course costs of land environmental studies and tree sur veys and architectural services Step ones Buying f h land Facts photo Baker In May 1990 Lake Jackson City Lake Jackson officials have found the effort to build a golf course rough Council approved taking out a going but a Jan 18 election to finance the project is in sight in those days City Manager Mac MEETING TIME MacLean and Mayor Doris Williams said the golf course would not cost taxpayers any money Instead they said private funds would be used to build the course In a press release dated June 6 1990 Williams said the money spent by the city to purchase the land would be returned when a pri vate management company leased developed Almost immediately some residents were skeptical questioning the citys plans Wouldnt it be interesting to know who and where are the private funds that are going to actually build the course asked Lake Jacksons Carol Parkinson in a letter to The Facts Or to See GOLF Page 9A Public meetings on the golf course will be Thursday at Jasmine Hall Jan 9 at Lake Jackson City Hall Angleton debating tax vote Residents not in favor critics say By Rivka Gewirtz The Brazosport Facts ANGLETON Opponents of the proposed halfcent sales tax up for election in January say the dramatic defeat of a similar refer endum in 1994 is still representa tive of the citys overall attitude In that election residents rejected the additional sales tax by a 71 margin in a 752177 vote Though current supporters of the tax blame its past failure on poor voter turnout and bad weath er on electionday opponents cling to their continuing objec tions demanding no new levies until city officials more effective ly spend current revenue Opponents also call for limits and safeguards to be placed on all expenditures of tax revenue I really want to see more responsibility on the part of the elected officials as to where they are putting money now instead of voting to give them more said resident Jo Garcia Aside from individual protests no organized opposition has emerged even in light of a survey last summer indicating 504 of 795 respondents said they would sup port the tax while 189 said they would not Garcia said she fears citizens appointed by the city council to allocate the new sales tax revenue will not fairly represent the needs of the general public even though city leaders say residents can lobby to get tax board members replaced Other opponents say the 4B sales tax law is too loose allow ing the city to spend money on frivolous projects Angleton resident Hank Fulbright said Something has to be done to make it tied to the essentials and necessities like sewer and See OPPONENTS Page iOA Proponents tout shifted tax burden By Rivka Gewirtz The Brazosport Facts ANGLETON Supporters of the halfcent sales tax urge voters to support the levy stressing it as a chance to complete muchneed ed projects without placing the burden on property owners Every time anybody goes to Lake Jackson to shop they are paying that halfcent sales tax so they are really supporting Lake Jacksons quality of said Dottle Duby director of the Angleton Chamber of Commerce See SUPPORTERS Page IOA VOTING DATA Angleton voters will con sider adding a haif cent to the city sales tax in a spe cial election Jan IS Early voting starts Monday City Council voted unani mously in the fall to put the tax on the ballot if the proposition is approved Angleton shoppers would pay cents in safes tax instead of the current cents for each dollar spent The city expects the extra halfcent to generate about in addition al revenue above the approx imately million it current ly The new revenue would be administered by a City Councilappointed board which wouid recommend projects and funding to be approved by council The city of Lake Jackson received about million in its first year with the same tax which was approved by a 63 percent majority in a vote in 1995 flfneity Early morning fog 30 percent chance of rain ai day sntatssfty Large and sma air carriers are at odds over restructuring the way the FAA is funded Page 5A Schoci fight A near brawl between a reporter and schooi officials doesnt hurt the charter school movement supporters say 5A Pear Afcby 7C IjESfitcrJals Jftirrfagas 6A 5B At Ease s Gofng On Schedule set for annual MLK observances Special to The Facts The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Brazoria County Inc has announced plans for the events comprising the 1997 Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Brazoria County The weeklong MLK celebration will begin with Gospel Fest on Jan 11 and wraps up with the 1997 MLK parade and rally at noon Jan 20 in downtown Freeport For the first time since the federal government declared it a national holiday Martin Luther King Day also will be officially observed by Brazoria County Commissioners Court added the MLK holiday to the list of holidays and ordered county offices to be closed Jan 20 in recog nition The theme for the llth annual cel ebration is When there is no We Perish We felt it was important to emphasize the importance of all peo ple having a dream or goal to strive Qospei Fest 7 Jan 11 Brazoswood High Schooi Community worship service 7 Jan 15 First Missionary Baptist Church in Angleton Annual banquet 7 Jan 18 Angleton High Schooi Raily and parade noon Jan 20 Parade is in Freeport rally is in Freeport Municipal Park toward to improve their lives and make them more said Dennis Edwards committee chair man If Dr Kings dream isnt one they have we are trying to stress the need for some dreams to provide hope and encouragement a person needs that direction that The MLK Celebration Committee is composed of business and profes sional people ministers and others interested in perpetuating Kings lifes work and legacy The commit tee begins its second decade of exis tence with the 1997 celebration Two of its original founders Theresa Jackson of Brazoria and Terry Gordon of Angleton are still active members Gospel Fest 97 the gospel con cert that traditionally opens every MLK Celebration in Brazoria County begins at 7 Jan 11 in the Brazoswood High School Auditorium Both traditional and contemporary gospel music will be offered by sev eral county choirs and vocal groups The MLK Youth and Adult choirs will also offer selections Tickets are for adults and for children K available at the door Coordinators for Gospel Fest 97 are Margaret Gaines Sam Williams and Dail Ballard As we have in the past were trying to include our youth in all of our MLK Celebration Ballard noted Were trying to keep Dr Kings dream alive for them through music and other See MLK Page IOA MLK DAY Dennis Edwards Martin Luther King Celebration Committee chairman and Dorothy Thomas the committees vicechair have announced final plans for this years celebration of the slain civil rights leaders lifetime goals   

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