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Hays Free Press August 26, 2015 Page 5A US WO: undreds, probably thousands, of peo- .pie have been able to gain a college degree by taking advantage of the Houston job market and attending the Uni- versity of Houston in pur- suit of that diploma. Two of those sheepskins have a permanent place of honor in my household -- Life Mate's and mine. Of course, what I write here is based on my ex- periences and knowledge in nearly eight decades of living. Some of the jobs I worked had drawbacks that included teasing, but I wasn't going to be deterred. That trip toward a diploma was extremely important. My particular journey actually began at anoth- er school -- what was then Sam Houston State Teachers College, a 1955 enrollment of 1900, give or take a couple of dozen. I had a meager scholar- ship and landed a first se- mester job as an evening cook at the Club Caf6 across the street from the campus. My luck soared at the beginning of the second semester when I got a job as Sam Houston's sports publicity director. It was a time-consuming job but was in line with my journalism major and my interests. Anyway it got me out of the kitchen. I managed, with just a little help from my par- ents, to get in two years there before running out of money, so I took a job as news editor of my hometown paper. After a year there, I managed to save a little and buy a five-year-old car, which I Webb's Wisdom by Willis Webb left with my mother since they'd stumbled upon some hard times. I went off to the University of Houston, where I gained two $500 scholarships (one for each semester of my junior year). I knew I'd still have to work so I landed ~/job as sec- retary-receptionist in the UH Journalism and Graphic Arts Depart- ment. In 1958, that drew snickers from some peo- ple, including a dean of the school who failed to identify himself when I answered his phone call: "Ho, ho, ho! I didn't know they had a male secretary!," which drew a slammed down phone. Fortunately, I didn't lose my $1-an-hour job, my $5 a week spot as copy editor of the weekly stu- dent newspaper or the scholarship. The second semester brought a better job, that as general manager of a small weekly newspaper in suburban Galena Park. Mom and Dad helped me get a rusted-out 1952 Chevrolet coupe which carried me back and forth between my room at my aunt and uncle's house, work and the UH campus, where I'd be- come a full night-time student. Oh, and it final- ly got me off those dang city buses. Heck, I got to where I was feeling flush and I went to a good Galena Park auto dealer adver- tiser and traded my rusty Chevy for a brand spank- ing new 1960 Morris Minor two-door coupe. I was introduced to the great American way of financing and monthly payments. That British Motor Corp. vehicle, their answer to the German Volkswagen "bug," got me through college and beyond. Three months before graduation, I landed a magazine associate edi- tor's job at Texas Industry, the official publication of what was then the Texas Manufacturers Associ- ation, a lobby group for business. And, that little Mor- ris put in considerable mileage with traveling around the state to do issues of the magazine on Texas cities and their in- dustries. Plus, it enabled me to finish UH, listen to a droning graduation speech from Oveta Culp Hobby, then publisher of the Houston Post daily newspaper, and the first U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. I love both Sam Hous- ton and the University of Houston and it gives me the distinction of rooting for two colleges earnestly. However, UH finished imbuing in me what my parents had started -- an appreciation for a college education and for the op- portunities to work and support myself while I was attending school. Willis Webb is a retired community newspaper editor-publisher of more than 50 years experience. wwebb@att.net I It t e r nOitmir mission Chair David Capital D-Houston, on Aug. 18 Porter on Aug. 19, announced an interim spoke against Americas Highlighl5 study on Texas jail stan- Clean Power Plan, a reg- dards. ulatory framework rolled by Ed Sterling This comes in the wake out by the White House of the death of Sandra on Aug. 3. Texas is one Bland, a woman who in of at least a dozen states attributed to power plant July was found dead in lining up in opposition, emissions by nearly 90aWaller County jail cell Porter called the plan percent in 2030 compared three days after she was "another blatant attack to 2005 and decrease arrested and jailed fol- on the oil and gas in- pollutants that contribute lowing a traffic stop. The dustry that will further to soot and smog and can death was ruled a suicide impede America's energy lead to more asthma at- but questions remain. security, kill jobs and put tacks in kids by more than "Our criminal justice even more stress on our 70 percent, Obama said. system assumes a great national and state econo- The plan also would spur responsibility for the mies." Porter was elected the creation of tens of people in our custody. In chair of the three-mem- thousands of jobs while many instances, individu- ber commission that ensuring grid-reliability, als have unresolved issues oversees the energy the president added, in their lives, particularly industry regulating state On Aug. 3, Gov. Greg a mental illness, which agency in June 2014. Abbott reacted to the has resulted in their President Obama president's announce- arrest. It is our responsi- called the final version of ment, saying: "Texas will bility to make certain we the plan to reduce meth- lead the fight againsthave the necessary tools ane emissions from the an overreaching federal and resources to meet the energy and agriculture government that seems health, welfare and safety industries "the biggest hell-bent on threatening needs of every individual step we've ever taken to the free-market principles in our custody," Whitmire combat climate change." this country was founded said. Obama said the plan"sets on." the first-ever carbon pol- Ed Sterling works for lution standards for pow- JAil. STUDY the Texas PressAssoci- er plants while providing T0 BE U~UNCHFD ation and follows the states and utilities with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Legislature for the organi- the flexibility they need to who presides over the zation. meet those standards." state Senate, and Senate The plan is designed to Criminal Justice Commit- edsterling@texaspress. reduce premature deaths corn on Tax Increase The Hays County ESD #5 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 9.53 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax 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 September 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Kyle Fire Department Station No. 1,210 W. Moore St., Kyle, TX 78640. The second public hearing will be held on September 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Kyle Fire Department Station No. 1,210 W. Moore St., Kyle, TX 78640. The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows: FOR: Beth Smith Eric Holen Susan Meckel AGAINST: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT: Paul Terry John Rodriguez, Jr. The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Hays County ESD #5 last year was $121,802. Based on last year's tax rate of $0.1000 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $121.80. The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Hays County ESD #5 this year is $140282. ffthe governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.0913 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $128.08. If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.1000 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $140.28. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views. 2015 Property Tax Rates #5 This notice concems the 2015 property tax rates for Hays County ESD #5. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate is the actual tax rate the taxing unit used to determine property taxes last year. This year's effec- tive tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you compare prop- erties taxed in both years. This year's rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate the taxing unit can set before taxpayers start rollback procedures. In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base (the total value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value. Last year's tax rate: Last year's operating taxes $2,104,454 Last year's debt taxes $0 Last year's total taxes $2,104,454 Last year's tax base $2,104,454,000 Last year's total tax rate $0.1000/$100 This year's effective tax rate: Last year's adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property) + This year's adjusted tax base (after subtracting value of new property) =This year's effective tax rate (Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) $2,103A74 $2,303,360,723 $0.0913/$100 This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes $2,103,064 (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice mandate, and/or enhanced indigent healthcare expenditures) + This year's adjusted tax base $2,303,360,723 =This year's effective operating rate $0.0913/$100 x 1.08=this year's maximum operating rate $0.0986/$100 + This year's debt rate $0/$100 = This year's total rollback rate $0.0986/$100 Statement of Increase/Decrease If Hays County ESD #5 adopts a 2015 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.0913 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2014 taxes by $113,043. Schedule A - Unencumbered Fund Balance The following estimated balances will be left in the unit's property at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by ing debt obligation. Type of Property Tax Fund Balance General Fund 692,000 tax accounts a correspond- This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback lations. You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at 712 S. San Marcos, TX 78666. Name of person preparing this notice: Luanne Caraway Title: Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date Prepared: 08/20/2015 tax rates' calcu- Stagecoach Trail, +