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                                                                                                                                              NEW BUILDING — A groundbreaking ceremony was
                                                                                                                                              held Feb. 17 for the new Kleberg County Maintenance
                                                                                                                                              and Transportation building to be located on East Santa
                                                                                                                                              Gertrudis Street. The building is being built through
                                                                                                                                              funding from the Texas Department of Transportation.
                                                                                                                                              Pictured, from left, are Kleberg County Human Services
                                                                                                                                              Office Manager Becky Greif, Justice of the Peace Pct. 4
                                                                                                                                              Cheque De La Paz, Steven Ndima with TxDOT, Pct. 1
                                                                                                                                              County Commissioner David Rosse, County Judge Pete
                                                                                                                                              De La Garza, Kleberg County Human Services Executive
                                                                                                                                              Director Margie Del Bosque, Pct. 4 County Commissioner
                                                                                                                                              Romeo Lomas, Kleberg County Human Services
                                                                                                                                              Operation’s Manager David Garcia, Pct. 3 County
                                                                                                                                              Commissioner Roy Cantu, and Kleberg Co. Maintenance
                                                                                                                                              Director Mando Salazar. (Photo by Erika Hernandez)




         Midweek Edition                                                                   IT IS TIME FOR PETE DE LA GARZA TO GO
                Wednesday • Thursday • Friday                                                                Elect
 Vol 104 • Issue 68 • Feb. 24, 2010   Kingsville • Texas • 78363   50¢   Page 8A           JUAN ESCOBAR for KLEBERG COUNTY JUDGE

 Grants could ease tax
 burden on bond issue
  to build high school
                     By Erika Hernandez
   Kingsville ISD has released more information for the public
regarding the upcoming $40 million dollar bond election,
which would fund a new high school.
   Kingsville ISD will pursue state assistance with the
Texas Education Agency through IFA (Instructional Facility
Allotment) and EDA (Existing Debt Allotment) funding.
   With state assistance, approximately 43 percent of the $40
million bond would be paid by the state and 57 percent would
be paid by local tax effort.
   What this means is for taxpayers over the age of 65, there
will be no impact. Values are frozen on homestead as provided
by law.
   For taxpayers under the age of 65, there will be a net tax
increase of approximately $0.17 per $100 of taxable assessed
valuation.
   Estimated tax implication for $50,000 home valuation, with
a $15,000 homestead exemption, would be around $59.60
annually or $4.96 a month.
   Estimated tax implication for $100,000 home valuation,
with a $15,000 homestead exemption, would be around
$144.50 annually or $12.04 a month.                                                    •    DE LA GARZA CONTINUES TO MISINFORM AND MILEAD THE PEOPLE OF
   This process to obtain a new high school began in 2007                                   KLEBERG COUNTY THROUGH HIS POLITICAL ADS AND ACTIONS.
when the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)                             • FACT is that he failed to contact the Historical Commission in a timely fashion about
was commissioned to conduct an educational facilities study                                 restoration of the Kleberg County court house. He failed to answer calls from Historical
for KISD.                                                                                   Commission officials who had to take the initiative to place the restoration item on the
   Dr. Paul Trautman, with TASA, reported numerous
                                                                                            commissioner court’s agenda because he as county judge refused to. Because of his
deficiencies with H.M. King High School including safety
concerns with campus-wide handicap accessibility, situations                                inactivity, the people of Kleberg County lost the advantage of matching funds from the
in which doors could prevent or restrict evacuation during                                  Historical Commission to restore the Courthouse. To cover his mistake, De La Garza pushed
a building emergency, air quality, and congestion during                                    on the taxpayer $6,000,000.00 in certificates of obligation.
passing periods as students rotate among classrooms, which                             • FACT. De la Garza claims that the commissioner’s court voted unanimously for the
could also restrict emergency evacuation.                                                   $6,000,000.00 certificates of obligation. Yet one commissioner initially opposed the
   Dr. Trautman found that there are interior finishes and                                  certificates and one commissioner actually voted against the certificates This court is by no
fixtures which are in need of replacing such as floors, ceilings,
windows, doors, hardware, casework, and boards.
                                                                                            means unanimously in favor of the certificates of obligations and there is opposition among
   It was reported that 95 percent of classrooms are 67 percent                             FACT: De La Garza's bumbling La Garza’s insistence has resulted Does anyone in
                                                                                       • the commissioners contrary to De in budget managementthat all agree.in the perception of
smaller than the current state minimum standards. The high                                  county government really know exactly what we will get for our $6,000,000.00.
                                                                                            impropriety and corruption by the Kleberg County Appraisal District Board, which by raising
school campus was built in 1963.                                                   •        FACT: De La in Kleberg County, budget management has resulted the perception Who
                                                                                       • FACT: Devalues Garza's bumbling in was able to erase a has resulted in in the perception of
                                                                                            property La Garza's bumbling in budget management deficit in the county budget. of
   Dr. Trautman also found evidence of foundation movement,                                 impropriety and the Appraisal District Board who pushed for higherBoard, which bybyThe
                                                                                            was the head corruption by the Kleberg County Appraisal District property values? raising
                                                                                         impropriety andof corruption by the Kleberg County Appraisal District Board, which raising
shifting, and cracking and also said the auditorium needs                                   property values Kleberg who happens able to erase a deficit in wife! It took a petition from
                                                                                            Tax Assessor Collector, County, was to be the erase a deficit the county budget. Who
                                                                                         property values in in Kleberg County, was able to county judge's in the county budget. Who a
major refurbishing.
   Many support service areas, such as the clinic and counseling
                                                                                            was the head of the Appraisal District Board who pushed for higher propertyGarza touts his
                                                                                         was the head of the from Riviera to correct this travesty. Yet higherads, De La values? The
                                                                                            group of citizens Appraisal District Board who pushed for in his property values? The
centers, were found to be too small and inadequate for use,
                                                                                            Tax Assessor Collector, who happens be the county judge's wife! It It took a petition from
                                                                                         Tax Assessor Collector, who happens to to be the county judge's wife! took a petition from a a
                                                                                            budget management ability.
and the building has been labeled functionally obsolete as a                                FACT: De La Garza has accepted over $9,000.00 political ads, De La Garza uranium
                                                                                       • group of citizens from Riviera to correct this travesty.inYet in hiscontributions fromtouts his
whole.                                                                                      interests, including contributions from the local URI while claiming to have the best interest
                                                                                         budget management ability.
   In order to maintain the new high school, structured                            •        of the De La of Kleberg County over $9,000.00 in he be working for if from uranium
                                                                                         FACT: people Garza has accepted at heart. Who willpolitical contributionselected? Does De
energy savings, a preventative and routine maintenance                                      La Garza really care enough about protecting our while claiming to source to say no? Does
                                                                                         interests, including contributions from the local URIunderground water have the best interest
plan, improved custodial support, curb appeal plan and
                                                                                             the people of Kleberg County at heart. of the citizens of Kleberg County? Perhaps he
                                                                                         of he really care about the health concerns Who will he be working for if elected? Does De
maintenance, and implantation of a recycling program are
listed among commitments KISD has pledged to keep if the                                      Garza really that money about protecting our underground
                                                                                         Lashould donatecare enough to the American Cancer Society. water source to say no? Does
bond issue is approved by voters.                                                            really Under De La Garza's watch, of the citizens of Kleberg County? Perhaps he
                                                                                       • heFACT:care about the health concerns Kleberg County lost $300,000.00 that to date has not
   Early voting for the May 8 election takes place Monday,                                  been recovered. He is paying American Cancer Society.
                                                                                         should donate that money to the an attorney to recover money lost from a county bank account.
April 26, to Tuesday May 4, at the KISD administration                             •        Obviously, his expertise as watch, Kleberg County lost county get that to date has not
                                                                                         FACT: Under De La Garza'san attorney is not helping the$300,000.00their money back if we
building, located on 207 N. Third Street.                                                   had to hire an He is paying an attorney to recover money lost from a county bank account.
                                                                                         been recovered. outsider. How does his claim of being a qualified, experienced attorney help
   Mobile early voting sites will be set up at KISD schools on                              Kleberg his expertise case to have is not judge? the don’t get their money back to be
                                                                                         Obviously,County in thisas an attorneyhim as helping Youcounty have to be an attorneyif we a
each of the designated early voting days.
                                                                                            County an outsider. How does his claim of being a qualified, experienced attorney help
                                                                                         had to hireJudge!
Petitionable to place the charter amendment on
our petition to be
                                                                                            FACT: As a in this case to have I worked hard to pass bills that benefited Kleberg be a
                                                                                       • Kleberg County state representative, him as judge? You don’t have to be an attorney toCounty
                                                                                            but was blocked at every turn by De La Garza and his cronies. That included Kleberg
                                                                                         County Judge!
the next city elections ballot,” Blackstock said in a guest                        •        County bills for representative, I worked hard to La Garza wanted URI Kleberg County
                                                                                         FACT: As a state a under groundwater district (De pass bills that benefitedexempted), District
commentary on Page 2A in today’s edition of the Kingsville                                  Court, District Attorney for Kleberg Garza and counties, and even the Pharmacy School at
                                                                                         but was blocked at every turn by De Laand Kenedyhis cronies. That included Kleberg
Record and Bishop News.                                                                     A&M Kingsville (De groundwater district (De La Garza Craddick). exempted), failed
                                                                                         County bills for a under La Garza personally met with Tom wanted URI De La GarzaDistrictto
   The present city commission members run at large every                                   testify before committee Kleberg these bills. Why? He credits the Pharmacy School
                                                                                         Court, District Attorney forfor any ofand Kenedy counties, and even Senator Lucío for our at
two years and the top four who receive the most votes are                                   District Attorney bill yet the personally met with Tom Craddick). De
                                                                                         A&M Kingsville (De La Garzabill was introduced by Sen. Wentworth. La Garza failed to
elected.
                                                                                            FACT: De La Garza for any of these bills. Why? about my Senator "Killer D" by
                                                                                       • testify before committeeagain tries to mislead in his ad He credits role as a Lucío for our
   They mayor is also chosen by the voters. However, the mayor
pro-tem is chosen by the city commission, and traditionally                                 suggesting that I alone left for Oklahoma to avoid a vote on redistricting on the House floor.
                                                                                         District Attorney bill yet the bill was introduced by Sen. Wentworth.
the highest polling city commissioner is designated as mayor                       •        I was De La Garza again tries to mislead in Democrats my left as "Killer Ardmore,
                                                                                         FACT: not alone. There were 50 other House his ad aboutwho role theastate for D" by
pro-tem.                                                                                    Oklahoma in 2003. left for Oklahoma by a group of 11 Democratic senators called floor.
                                                                                         suggesting that I alone We were followed to avoid a vote on redistricting on the House the
   The four city commissioners and mayor each have one                                      Texas alone. There were state for the same redistricting left the Among them was
                                                                                         I was notEleven who fled the50 other House Democrats whoreasons. state for Ardmore, our
vote on the city commission, and like the proposed charter                                  very own Senator Eddie Lucío. That's history now, and in the end our collective the
                                                                                         Oklahoma in 2003. We were followed by a group of 11 Democratic senators calledaction was
amendment, the four commissioners and mayor must vote on                                    vindicated. It was a the state for the same redistricting reasons. Among them was our
                                                                                         Texas Eleven who fledDemocratic Party strategic action which I strongly supported. But I
all issues unless there is a state conflicted of interest.
   An any charter amendment changing the way voters choose
                                                                                            guess party loyalty is Lucío. of your legacy, Pete!
                                                                                         very own Senator Eddienot part That's history now, and in the end our collective action was
their city representatives would have to comply with state and                           vindicated. It was a hand for a change in Kleberg County government. A vote for But
                                                                                       Citizens the time is at Democratic Party strategic action which I strongly supported. JuanIM.
federal laws.                                                                            guess party loyalty is not part of your legacy, Pete!
                                                                                       Escobar, a leader that tells the truth, will not exploit taxpayers’ money will not raise taxes under
   “Who better to know the needs of your district or
                                                                                     the veil of appraisal district a change in Kleberg County government. A vote for Juan M.
                                                                                   Citizens the time is at hand forproperty tax increases.
neighborhood than one of your neighbors?” Blackstock asks
in today’s guest commentary.                                                                       VOTE FOR Juan M. Escobar FOR KLEBERG COUNTY raise taxes
                                                                                   Escobar, a leader that tells the truth, will not exploit taxpayers’ money will notJUDGE under
    “This would ensure that all of Kingsville is fairly and                                    FOR Juan M. election of Juan Escobar KLEBERG COUNTY JUDGE
                                                                                    VOTEpaid announcement for the Escobar FOR for Kleberg County Judge, Rosie Escobar treasurer.
                                                                                   the veil of appraisal district property tax increases.
                                                                                     Political
responsibly represented,” she said.
                                                                                                  VOTE FOR Juan M. Escobar FOR KLEBERG COUNTY JUDGE
   “As community members we know that each neighborhood
has its own concerns and needs. They may not be the same as                        Political paid announcement for the election of Juan Escobar for Kleberg County Judge, Rosie Escobar treasurer.
the next neighborhood’s concerns and needs.”

								
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