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Friday, September 29, 2000

Commissioners approve budget, worker pay hikes

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 29, 2000 - Valuations are down Reeves County, but other sources of income will not only mean no property tax increase for local residents, but good news for county employees who will be receiving a raise, county commissioners decided on Thursday.

Commissioners held a Public Hearing on Thursday morning for the county's 2001 proposed budget, and County Judge Jimmy Galindo said the new budget is based on tax rate of 54.869 cents per $100 value.

Commissioners then adopted the new budget and set the tax rate at a meeting held this morning on the third floor of the courthouse.

Most local governments get their income from property taxes, but Galindo said since 1995, there has been a drop in valuations from $401 million to $358 million in Reeves County.

"We're witnessing a continuing reduction in tax values," he said. "Over a five year period there has been a significant drop in actual cash that is collected in taxes, but we have been able to lower taxes three cents in the past five years and been able to keep it even though valuations have dropped."

State law requires every tax-assessor collector calculate the tax rate that would raise the same amount of money that was in the budget the previous year, according to Galindo.

"The effective tax rate would have amounted to .6563 cents, which means we collect less on taxes," he said, which would have been two cents higher than the effective tax rate for the 1999-2000 county budget.

"As you know most governments in the region use the effective tax rate, we have chosen to not do so and not raise the taxes in the county," said Galindo.

Income the county has received through the Reeves County Detention Center has helped offset the loss in property valuations, and the amount the county gets from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons will rise over the next few months, as the new 1,000-bed addition is opened. The new section will double the RCDC's capacity to 2,000 inmates.

"There was an outcry in the community that we needed jobs and we have been very fortunate to have been able to create 300 more jobs," said Galindo.

He said the BOP was a very important client that helped with the creation of these positions and through continued effort and work they could keep that relationship solid to be able to keep those positions.

The new inmate transportation bus will also be providing much needed revenue to the county, with the bus transporting inmates not only to the RCDC here in Pecos, but also in New Mexico where a new 1,000 bed prison is being constructed, according to Galindo.

"These are positions that will be here for many years to come," he said.

Galindo stated that even though the county has not raised taxes in the past few years, other entities have chosen to do so.

"If there is a company that is interested in coming to Pecos they will look at the taxes collectively," said Galindo. "And they will see an increase, even though Reeves County haw not raised taxes."

"We have not added to the tax burden," said Galindo.

Galindo outlined the financial situation of the past few years and stated that this was the first year in a long time that all employees would be able to receive a raise.

"These are very needed raises for this dedicated group of people," said Galindo.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Herman Tarin told the group about the many things the county has been able to accomplish and that the county has funded in the past few years.

Tarin mentioned the refurbishing the old Pecos High School gym for a sports and recreation department, helping the city out with their water system, water provided at the cemetery in Saragosa, two sets of lights for the parks and numerous other projects.

Galindo's budget proposed a salary raise for all the commissioners; however, those individuals chose not to take the raise.

"I don't want to sound presumptuous," said Galindo. "In my budget proposal, I didn't give myself a raise."

County Auditor Lynn Owens stated that Commissioner Precinct 1 Felipe Arredondo, wanted to propose a pay raise for the county judge that would come to 54 percent, and bring Galindo's salary up to the same level of Sheriff Andy Gomez. "I told him that before he proposed it, he had to make it public and we printed up a public notice that came out in the newspaper."

"I did make that proposal and that idea came from me," said Arredondo. "I feel the judge has been working very hard and he has accomplished many things."

Commissioner Precinct 2 David Castillo reiterated what Arredondo had stated and added, "If we had hired a grant administrator to do all the things he has done it would have cost the county a lot of money."

"He has put in a lot of hard work and there are a lot of people employed thanks to his hard work and dedication," said Castillo.

Galindo's salary would be raised from $32,558 to $50,190, which would make it the same as the sheriff's new salary. Both would also have a travel allowance of $9,600.

Staff Writer Leia Holland contributed to this story.

Pair arrested after morning drug raid

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 29, 2000 - Local law enforcement officials arrested two people this morning on heroin possession charges, following a raid on their Mesquite Street home.

"We had a lot of complaints about drug activity in this area, so we were doing some surveillance," said Pecos Police Department Investigator Paul Deishler, after police officers, along with Reeves County sheriff's deputies and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at about 9:10 a.m., today at 510 S. Mesquite Street.

Once the warrant was executed and the occupants of the home, Rosie Rodriguez and Manuel Rivera were secured, officers proceeded to do a search of the resident.

During the search a substance believed to be heroin was found inside the residence. Also found during the search was material commonly used in concealing and transporting drugs, police said.

Syringes usually used for the injection of heroin were also found during the search, according to Deishler.

Officers completed the search and both Rodriguez and Rivera were transported to Reeves County Jail where they were charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and drug paraphernalia.

Nine indicted by district court grand jury

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 29, 2000 - Reeves County Grand Jurors handed down indictments to nine people during their session held on Thursday in the 143rd District Courtroom at the Reeves County Courthouse, seven of those indictments on drug-related charges.

Vincent Daniel Calderon, 21, was indicted on a charge of knowingly delivering a controlled substance, marijuana, of five pounds or less but more than one-fourth ounces. Calderon was arrested on May 9, 2000 and had a bond set at $15,000.

Bobby Ray Holman, 24, was indicted on two counts, one for possession of a controlled substance in the amount of 400 grams or more, and a second county of illegal investment in a controlled substance. Holman was arrested on August 9, 2000 and bonds were set at $15,000 and $10,000 on the two charges.

Timothy Rodriguez, 27, was also indicted on the same two counts, possession of a controlled substance in the amount of 400 grams or more and illegal investment in a controlled substance. His arrest also took place on August 9, 2000 and he was given $15,000 and $10,000 bonds.

Felix David Hernandez, 42, was indicted on a charge for possession of a controlled substance in the amount of less than one gram. Hernandez was arrested on June 22, 2000 and had a bond set at $10,000.

Ramon Natividad, 54, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in the amount of less than one gram. Natividad was arrested on August 23, 2000 and was given a $10,000 bond. Arrested on the same day and indicted on the same charge were Francisco Garcia Rico, 58, and Michael Varela, 27. Bonds of $10,000 were also set on Natividad and Varela.

In the two non-drug related indictments returned Thursday, Dante Lujan Cernao, 21, was indicted on a charge of intentionally or knowingly possessing an illegal knife (switchblade) and carrying on school premises. Cernao was arrested on August 28, 2000 and bond was set at $5,000.

Lenard Carson, Sr., 52, was indicted on a charge of indecency with a child younger than 17 years old. Carson was arrested on July 26, 2000 and had his bond for release set at $5,000 with conditions.

"Hollow Man" highlighted by special effects

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 29, 2000 - What would you do if you were invisible?

Columbia Tri-Star's 'Hollow Man' shows audiences of one man's dream of invisibility.

'Hollow Man' stars Kevin Bacon ('Footloose') and Elizabeth Shue ('The Saint'), who both play scientists on the verge of a scientific breakthrough of not only making animals invisible but also turning them back to normal.

The only step left is testing the procedures on humans.

Co-starring with Bacon and Shue is Josh Brolin as the handsome scientist, Matt Kensington.

People in there early to mid-twenties might remember Brolin as the cute older brother of Sean Astin in the semi-cult classic 'The Goonies'.

But in this movie, Brolin is a slightly better actor who has gotten more handsome with age.

Shue, who plays the doctor in the middle of a love triangle, Linda McCay, gives a good performance and once again is surrounded by some of the best looking leading men in Hollywood.

Bacon, playing Dr. Sebastian Caine, has got to be the best performance even though half the time his voice is the only thing doing the acting.

Bacon knew how to be the bad guy in his first movie 'National Lampoon's Animal House' and has gotten even better at it as his career progressed.

'Hollow Man' also started Kim Dickens ('Mercury Rising'), Joey Slotnick ('Twister'), Mary Randle ('Bad Behavior'), Greg Grunberg ('Senseless') and the veteran actor William Devane ('Knot's Landing').

Director Paul Verhoeven ('Basic Instinct') did an excellent job of directing the actors, who had to act toward something invisible most of the time.

The best part about this movie is the special effects.

The special effects people were able to make Bacon's face take shape in smoke and water and whatever else you could think of.

The awesome effects almost take away from the plot of the movie but it doesn't matter.

Even the beginning credits were well done and original. Sometimes it's more fun to watch a movie's credits to see what new and creative way the director, producer and editor come up with to tie the credits in with the plot.

So, if you have a strong stomach, go see this movie. If you have a week stomach…go see this movie…just don't eat before hand.

'Hollow Man' is rated R.

Extension Service's annual Field Day set Tuesday

PECOS, September 29, 2000 - The Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station west of Pecos will host their annual Field Day, Tuesday, Oct. 3, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Trans-Pecos Cotton Association, and Cotton Incorporated sponsor the event.

Highlights of this year's tour will include studies including a sulfurous acid generator, mobile drip system, variable furrow irrigation spacings, hybrid Bermuda grass, and cotton improvement program. The Extension Service's farm is located seven miles west of Pecos on Interstate 20.


PECOS, September 29, 2000 - High Thursday 86. Low this morning 49. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 60-65. South wind 10-20 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 90s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low around 60. Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy, and cooler. High 75-80.

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