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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas                                Texas September 1963 Lucas case burdens town MONTAGUE AP Henry Lucas may have achieved nationwide noteriety with his claims to have murdered 190 but to residents of this North Teias town where he sits in his presence means a possible tax The coats of bringing the Virginiabom drifter to trial are adding up to 1 percent of this rural county They ought to Just kill him without a After he confessed to all those one woman told the Fort Worth Star Were already taxed too much in this County Judge Tom Brown acknowledges that he has heard similar A lot of people dont understand the he They dont understand if somebody confessed in public to all these were here spending all the taxpayers money to defend We have some people who have had a hard time adding all that Brown and the county commissioners must decide within the next few weeks whether to raise county taxes to pay for Lucas defense and other costs expected from his murder trial in the slaying of 80 yearold Kate Rich of nearby The case is one of six Texas slayings in which Lucas has been The commissioners had set aside in their 1963 budget to pay legal fees of all indigent defen But in the first two months after Lucas was the county paid about in fees and expenses to Donald the Wichita Falls attorney appointed to represent Com anticipating another bill from last week amended the county budget by Those dont include the hotel gasoline and other costs the county will have to pick up when the trial is moved out of Montague on a venue State District Judge Frank Douthitt has said he probably will move it to Amarillo or his own base of Brown said theres no doubt as to where Montague County will raise the There aint but one place to get and thats the he But while Lucass presence has changed this it is the hordes of reporters he draws that residents notice more than the man The little store on the corner runs out of cheese and bologna and the helicopters stir up the dust on peoples clothes out on the Brown Were tired of it said Becky who with her husband owns the general I think its a shame for something like that to be what brings publicity Rollbacks help residents limit tax SAN ANTONIO AP newly armed with the power to battle hikes imposed by school have been forcing tax rollback elections that create bigger wounds than any other education related one superintendent A bill passed by the Legislature in 1982 gives taxpayers the power to petition a tax or tax election if school boards suggest tax hikes higher than 8 This 24 rollback elections have been held and 11 have been said Roger superin tendent of the Victoria Independent School It can split he It can tend to split the teachers and Teachers can feel very strongly that the community doesnt Howard superintendent of the Magnolia Independent School said the rollbacks are not in the best interests of our children and their Tax rollbacks create bigger wounds than any other educationrelated issues that I have ever he Tax rollbacks do not blend well with quality The superintendents participated in a Monday panel discussion on tax limitation elections at the joint annual convention of the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Gee said the rollback elections are prompted Strake Mattox a laughingstock DALLAS AP Texas Attorney General Jim Mattoxs indictment on a commercial bribery charge has made him the laughingstock of America right state Republican Party Chairman George Strake Strake also said Monday that GOP lawyers are looking into additional allegations against including the possibility that Mattox may have violated federal mail statutes in connection with in personal loans made to his We want to be in position to call for a federal grand jury if this charge falls Strake Etna a spokeswoman for said of Strakes comments Its not to be taken with too much I think the voters told Strake what they thought of him last Strake was defeated in his 1982 attempt to unseat William Mattox was indicted last week on the bribery charge that accuses him of threatening to use the power of his office to damage a Houston law firm Mattox denies any Strake said the GOP investigation centers on the loans Mattox made to his campaign a week after his brother and sister borrowed an equal amount from a Seattle But Strake declined to be more The Travis County grand jury that indicted Mattox has also reportedly investigated those Maores Greater Shows Showing At Comal County Fair September 2125 The Largest Carnival In Texas The Whole Over 45 Thrilling Rides 5O Concessions Shows For Your Entertainment Special Wrist Band Night 6 To 1O All Rides Continuously For Only Per Person Special Kids Day 22nd 1 To 5 Ride All Rides Continuously For Only Per Person Its Fnn For All All For Fnn At The Comal County Fair Septsaiker 21 To 25th when people have a very sincere desire to limit A limitation election was called this year in Vic toria when the school board decided on a 10 percent tax but the rollback attempt garnered only 45 percent of the he Raymond superintendent of the Weatherford Independent School saw firsthand what the new referendum power can do when his school board proposed a 20 percent tax A rollback election was successful and he had to chop out of his budget to accommodate the local tax including staff PUBLIC NOTICE BRIEF EXPLANATORY STATEMENTS OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS SPECIAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 1983 PROPOSITION 1 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 91 proposes a constitution al amendment which re quires a county with a pop ulation of or more to be divided into not less than four nor more than eight justice of the peace A county with a population of or more but less than than shall he divided into not less than two nor more than five justice of the peace A county with a population of less than shall be des ignated as a single justice of the peace precinct upon a finding of neces sity by the commissioners shall be divided into more than one justice of the peace precinct hut not more than The amendment provides fur that in any precinct in which there is a city with a population of or two justices of the peace shall be The amendment allows a justice of the con stable or commissioner to continue in office until the expiration of his al though a change in pre cinct boundaries results in the officer no longer being a resident of the precinct for which he was elected or appointed and allows a justice of the peace or con stable to continue in office until the expiration of his term even though a change in precinct boundaries re sults in the abolishment of the precinct or more than one justice of the peace or constable serviig the pre Vacancies in the of fice of justice of the peace or constable that result from a precinct boundary change shall be filled by the commissioners court until the next general elec The amendment would take effect on January and counties with populations of less than and with more than four justice of the peace and constable precincts would until January to comply with the The proposed amend ment will appear on the ballot as follows The const it ut onal amend ment authorizing fewer justice of the peace and constable precincts in counties with a popula tion of less than and providing for con tinuous service by jug tices of the eon and county commissioners when pre cinct boundaries are changed PROPOSITION 2 ON THE BALLOT Houtr Joint 105 proposes a constilu onal amendment which would limit a homestead in a town or village to lot or lots amounting to not more than one acre of together Wikth any improvements on the land Tht constitutional require ment at the time of an urban homestead not exceed ten thousand dollars in value without reference to the value of any improvements on the land would Vie elim The proposed amend ment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amend ment replacing the limi tation on the value of an urban homestead with a limitation based on PROPOSITION 3 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 1 proposes a constitutional amendment that authorizes the legislature to enact legislation that permits representative associations of agricultural producers to collect refundable as sessments on their product sales to be used solely to finance programs of re search and education relat ing to those It that adoption of the proposed constitutional amendment bring into effect Sen ate Rill Acts of the nNth Regular with rejec ti m of the amendment re sulting in Senate Rill fifl having no The proposed constitu tional amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitu tional amendment pro viding for the advance ment of food and fiber product ion and market ing in this state through aid promotion financed by the producers of agii cultural PROPOSITION 4 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 30 proposes a constitution al amendment which au thorizes the Legislature to enact laws to provide for the succession of inemlters of the Legislature in the event of enemy attack and allows the suspension of procedural rules imposed by the Constitution in the event or immediate threat enemy The amendment empowers the after con sultation with the Speak er of the House and the Lieutenant to suspend the constitutional requirement that the Leg islature hold its sessions in Austin and allows the suspension of proceduial rules by the Governor issu ing a proclamation in which the House of Rep resentatives and Senate concur by resolution ap proved by a majority of the members present Sus pension of the constitu tional rulei may not exceed a period of two years under a single proc lamation the Governor may renew the suspension by issuing a new proclamation con curred in by the House of Representatives and the Senate through a retolu tion approved by a major Customs No plans exist to close shops WASHINGTON AP The Customs Service says it has no immediate plans to close dutyfree shops patronized by international travelers and that Texas Uoyd Bentsens office has raised a false alarm over the In a statement issued Bentsens office cited a Customs Service decision to close the shops and released a letter from Bentsen to Customs Commissioner William von Raab urging that the move be Thats a false alarm said Chris a Customs saying closure of all the shops is only one of four options being considered by the Customs Whether or not the shops will be closed remains a completely open The privately operated dutyfree shops operate along the border and at international air The Customs Service allows them to offer merchandise for travelers leaving the country that is free of duties and other Most of the merchandise is I find that the Customs Service has issued advance notice of a proposed rule to eliminate dutyfree including the 33 along the Mexico Bentsen said in his Bentsen said the 33 such shops along that border employ about 500 There are another 43 such stores along the Canadian border and 49 more at international air he such stores do about million in business said a He said he had received numerous letters from residents of Southwest border communities who fear that your proposed new policy will further damage the economies of their Bentsen urged Customs to reconsider the proposed saying it makes no sense to cut the Customs Service when the result only damages the American ity of the members pres The amendment will ap pear on the ballot as follows The constitu tional amendment autho rizing statutory provi sions for succession of public office during dis asters caused by enemy and authorizing the suspension of cer tain constitutional rules relating to legislative procedure during those disasters or during im mediate threat of enemy PROPOSITION 5 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 12 proposes a constitution al amendment that autho rizes the legislature to enact legislation providing for the use of the perma nent school fund and in come from the permanent school fund to guarantee bonds issued by school The amendment that the Legislature may appropri ate part of the available school fund for adminis tration of the permanent school fund or of a bond guarantee program lished pursuant to the The constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment authorizing use of the permanent school fund to guaran tee bonds issued by school PROPOSITION 6 ON THE BALLOT House joint 1 proposes a amendment which would the Leg sla Lire to provide for the garnish ment of uages to enforce iMurlurdered sup port The gar nishment remedy would be available for other The proposed amend ment will appear on the ballot 1 he const itulioiial amend ment allu ng 1 he lat lire 1o pi ule fur additional remedies to enforce court child support pay m e n I PROPOSITION 7 ON Illi BALLOT Senile Joint Kesolution 14 proposes a constitution al amendment that autho rizes the Veterans Land Hoard to provide and sell general obligation bonds of the State of Texas in an amount not to exceed million to pro vide financing to veterans of the state The amend ment requires that three hundred million dollars of the state bonds be dedi cated to the Veterans Land Fund The Fund is to be used to purchase land to be bold to under such rulei and regulations us ma be authorized by law The amendment the Veterans Housing Assis tance Fund and lequires that million of the state bonds authorized by the amendment be dedi cated to the The Veterans Housing Assis tance Fund will be utilized by the Veterans Ijtnd Board for the purpose of making home mortgage loans to veterans for nous ing within the state and for adiiii costs of administering the fund and issuing the The amendment that if there is not money in either the Veterans Land Fund or the Veterans Housing As sistance Fund available for payment of principal and interest on the general ob ligation bonds issued pur suant to the then money coming into the Treasury in each fiscal year is appropriated in an amount sufficient for pay ment of principal and in terest due m fiscal The proposed cons itu tional amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The const itu t ma amendment for fi nancial assistance to veterans and to the million tate to erans and the isuance of in of the finance the Vet Land Program Veteavs ing Assistance Pro PROPOSITION 8 ON THE Senate Joint KcMilution 1 a consti amendment that authorizes subdiv i ins to ex empt veterans tions from ad valorem tax ation on The requires that the veterans organi zations be chartired by the Tinted States be composed of or furmer f lie Jriited StaNs Armed Forceand be f pa ri ic and pul lie SeVice purp The amendni it fur that tical Mihd may t f i a ternal rgamzat ons al valorem on their The amend merit requires ilia fraternal hi organized to pei f i in and be pnmarii y in charitable or In n nt functions The would be t en act laws that prescribe el g bit ity fraternal to benefit from the oemp tion and to pasligila Inuring the typeor amount of pr pert wn d by a friili rral irgar ii tion which may be i ed from ad valorem ion 1 he c nt 111 t ional nt ill appeal on the as The tiona amendment to au thorize taxing unitt exempt from taxation properly of certain vet eran an1 fraternal or ganizations PROPOSITION 9 ON THK BALLOT House joint 70 proposes a constitution al amendment to authorize the Legislature to by local or general a method by which judges of statutory courts with probate jurisdiction may be assigned to any other statutory court with pro bate jurisdiction and to any constitutional county court in any county in the The proposed amend ment will appeal on the ballot as follows The constitutional amend ment providing for as signment of judges of statutory pobule courts to othei statutory coun ty courts with p jurisdiction and to coun ty PROPOSITION 10 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 17 proposes a constitution al amendment that autho rizes the Legislature to enact laws which would allow a city or town to ex pend public funds to relo cate or replace sanitation sewage laterals on private property if done in con junction with the replace ment or relocation of sani tation sewer mains serving the The amend ment requires that the law authorize the city or town to affix a hen on the pri vate with the consent of the to cover the costs of the re placement or lelocation of the sewer lateials on the The may not be enforced until five cars have expired since date the was af The amendment that the law require that the costs of the replacement 01 re ii of the sewt lat erals on the private prop er y be assessed against the property with repay ment to be amortized over a period not to exceed five years and at an interest provided by The proposed amend ment will appear on the ballt as ws The const i nal amend to perm t a city or town t expend public fiiH and ievy assess mentfor the relocation or replacement of sani laterals on PROPOSITION 1 1 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 13 proposei censtitu lon al amendment that would the Hoaid of 1ar and Iaroles from a ootist itu luiuil up nry to 10 1 V inn mau the Gev power to revoke w u ui to the Hoard of and 1aiolcarid to require it to maintain of itactions and the ieasoh for its I he ami ndinent would em power the Legislature to emut parole Ionsti ional language specify ing the qualifications and ot office for mem bers of tbi Hoaid of Par 1aioles is elimi The constitutional language governing the Composition of the Board of 1aidons and Iaroles aiui the manner of filling vacancies on the Hoard is el imniated The proposed amend ment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amend ment to change the Hoard of 1ardons and Iaroles from a constitu tional agency to a statu tory agency and to give the board power to rt voke tltus sun lui t sobre t n rmfuiluji propuestat a a const itucton yue upart crrart tn ia bulela ll did A dt nuciembre Si usteti no ha rtcibido Una cojou dt lat jjvdra obttntr 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