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Midland Reporter-Telegram (Newspaper) - March 25, 1977, Midland, Texas HOME EDITION THE BEST INVESTMENT FOR YOUR ADVERTISING DOLLAR DIAL Box TEXAS No Daily Sunday MARCH 58 4SECTIONS School election still despite sui By LINDA SCHAFFRINA Midland school officials plan to go ahead with the April 2 school board election unless ordered not to by a federal school superintendent James Mailey The Justice Department Thursday filed a suit seeking to block the April 2 election and force a change in the method by which school board members are The suit requests formation of a threejudge federal panel as as possible and that the panel requires the school district to comply with an objection the department filed 6 under the Voting Rights the Justice Department said Prior to filing the objection in Justice Department representatives talked to quite a number of persons hi Midland who objected to the present At the request of those the Justice Department refused to reveal their names to The Reporter Rebecca research said hi September many of the in dividuals appeared to be acting as a If the Justice Department suit is the school district will have to revert to the pre1973 system of electing board members atlarge with a plurality vote instead of using numbered places with a majority vote John Wilson of the Justice Department public in formation office School district attorney Charles Tighe said the suit borders on irresponsbility by the Justice Tighe said Justice Department attorneys had promised to notify the school district before any action was filed and they failed to do He said he had not received official notification by Thursday The suit was filed in San Attorney John Clarks office said Thursday the suit will be forwarded to the district clerks clerks office in The suit will be handled by District Judge Carolyn Judge Suttles docket clerk in San said Friday it will be up to Judge Suttle to decide whether or not to recommend a threejudge panel as requested by the Justice If Judge Suttle decides the issues should be heard by a threejudge he willwfiteto John AAC deny tax hike plans By JIM STEINBERG Charges that a assessment valuation of property in Midland has paved the way for hefty tax increases were leveled Thursday by a group calling itself the Committee for the Enlightenment of Midland City officials promptly denied the Linking the not yet released 1977 property appraisal which ups assessed valuation of some properties 75 per cent or more committee spokesman Rusty Gifford linked this increased tax base and the citys million bond election implying there might be a plan to saddle taxpayers with a whopping tax This type oHactic just preys on peoples lack of confidence in The property assessment was a routine done every five Adjustments will be made in the tax rate so that the city gets no increased tax income from Mayor Ernest Angelo listens to city tax assessor Virgil Jones explain a portion of the new assessment valuation at todays press conference LATE NEWS WASHINGTON AP Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland is getting standing ovations from a congressional but un fortunately for the Carter ad ministration that probably wont translate into votes for its farm package WEATHER Considerable cloudiness and chance of showers or thundershowers tonight or Low tonight upper High Saturday near Complete details on Page INDEX Bob Risen captures AGT event at Hogan Page Stephenson five up on Rankin in Crosby Page Environmentalists continue to battle proposed East Coast Page 4B 6A 2C 7A Oil and gas 1C SB Womens IB Brennand oil dies DALLAS Robert Simpson Bob Brennand prominent in dependent oil operator and longtime resident of died Thursday afternoon in a hospital following heart surgery performed about 10 days Funeral services will be held at 3 Sunday in the First United Methodist Church of Colorado with the Kiker Funeral Home of that city in charge of Brennand was born March at Colorado the son of Brennand a pioneer family of the Colorado City He was reared at Colorado was graduated from public schools there and attended Texas He later joined Standard Oil of Texas as a scout in the Colorado City He later became a landman and was transferred to the firms offices at Midland where he represented Standard Oil for some time in that He resigned to become an independent oil operator and was eminently successful in this en He also and operated a cattle ranch in Mitchell during his long Midland was one of the original founders of the Midland Petroleum chief judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of to recommend formation of the Wright If Judge Brown he will name another district judge and a judge from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to join Judge Suttle on the she Tighe said two federal court rulings have held that school districts are not covered under the Voting Rights I wonder how many times they have to be told theyre wrong before they quit wasting taxpayers money this School board president Joe the To link this and the bond issues together is They are completely Mayor Ernest Angelo said Thursday after allegations made by the group both expressed and implied were brought to his at tention by concerned Pushing top city administrators hard for figures not scheduled to be ready for Angelo said estimates indicated the new assessed valuation of the City of Midland was compared to a 70 per cent To generate the same revenue for city coffers Angelo said the city tax rate would drop to an cents per of assessed valuation from the present per of People are just hopping mad when they find out how much their assessment has gone former Midland mayor and retired tax Gifford said the tax base of his own for was in 1976 but will be after the 1977 Gifford said he and William Ross were cochairman of the new organization and that the group had strong financial backing from people who wished to remain The city says they arent going to raise the tax rates but in effect they already have by increasing the Gifford What about the school district and Midland College Are they going to cut their tax rates And where is the money for these bonds going to come from If a tax increase were not in the why was the property valuation increased so much Responding to the committees implication that increased taxes were on the way from the Midland College Trustee Reagan Legg The Board at Midland College has not even considered a tax increase at this point and we dont anticipate Midland College will not reap any Continued on Page 2A Domincy said he advocates going ahead with the election unless a federal court orders the district riot Dominey said he Is disturbed that the suit comes so close to the Its typical of the kind of timing the Justice Department has followed all through this I would characterize it as he Tighe said he wMl advise the school board to go ahead with the election until and unless somebody stops David one of the Justice Continued on Page 2A of which he later served as He was one of the original stockholders and a former director of American Founders Life Insurance He was serving as a director of the City National Bank at Colorado City at the time of his He was an honorary steward in Colorado Citys First United Methodist Brennand was wellknown and had many friends throughout the Permian Basin Empire of West Texas and Southeast New Survivors include a Harold Brennand of New a Orr of and two Dawson George III of Houston Robert Watson Of San Pallbearers at the funeral service will be Douglas Tom Morrison and Tom all of Midland Sam Majors of and Henry Wayne Shawn and Loyd all of Color ado Honorary pallbearers include Jack John Reese Paul Davis Walter Marion Fred Ray Stallter and Lloyd all of and William Waddell Strain and Charles all of Colorado SHEDDING TEARS OF unidentified members of the Soares family exhibit their grief after a jury convicts Edward Soares and two others of firstdegree murder in the stabbing death of Harvard football player Andrew Puopolo during a Combat Zone fray in Tower downplays hope for NATO use of Webb By ROBERT WASHINGTON AP John says I wouldnt hold out false hopes that the establish ment of a NATO pilot train ing base in the United States might save Webb Air Force The in Big is one of two which has been marked for closing by the Air Force during the past Big Spring and its Washington representatives have been looking for a way to keep it Lloyd made public a letter this week which he wrote to Secretary of the Air Force designate John Bent sen urged Stetson to consider the Brennand ROUSTIN ABOUT with EdTodd EDITORS NOTE Ed Todd is on assignment in His Rousthr About column will resume following his return next possible NATO project before taking a position on staff members for both Bentsen and Tower said Thursday that the current Air Force studies on the NATO base indicate that it could be accommodated without the need for an extra pilot training Bentsen aide Ed Knight said he was not impressed with tlie Air Forces Weve gotten cynical about their Weve seen them too often commission a study to justify a decision theyve already Next year they might come up with entirely Knight Tower said he was not ready to judge whether a successful case could Property insurance rates cut AP The State In surance Board today ordered a per cent statewide average decrease in rates for property effec tive July The effect of the order signed by all three board members will be to reduce by million the premiums The insurance companies had re quested a per cent or The using the same statistics as the applied a different formula for projecting losses and cut the amount of premium that it allows for payment of company in cluding taxes and agentsr commis Not all Texans would receive a reduction from the because of differences in the likelihood of such things as hailstorms and hurricanes in different parts of the For a typical homeowners policy would cost per cent more in Fort El San Antonio and But it would cost per cent less in San Angelo and Wichita The same policy would cost per cent more in Corpus Christ and be made for keeping an extra base open in case the NATO train ing center is established in the United I wouldnt hold out false hopes that it would result in keeping open an additional should they institute that program without keeping open a base thats earmarked for I think it would completely wipe out any surge capability they Surge capability is the ability to quickly Increase the number of pilots in Towers refusal to be optimistic was echoed from another George chairman of the House Appropriations Commit CulpOKed Austin Bureau AUSTIN The Senate Thurs day confirmed Dolph Briscoes appointment of Vann Culp of Midland as judge of the newly created 238th District That along with 22 others across the was created by the recently passed Omlnibus Courts Gulps appointment becomes effective April The Senate also confirmed Briscoes nomination of Judge Perry Pickett of Midland as judge of the 7th Ad ministrative Judicial appointments confirmed by senators include William Blakemore H of as a member of the Public Safety and John Ben Shep perd of as a member of the Texas Commission on the Arts and
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