Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 3, 2002 Page: 1 of 6
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October 3, 2002
89th YEAR No. 40
IIOAG HOOK BINDERY
127 RAM, ROAD
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A Newspaper Serving the People of South Texas
2002-2003 county budget
RGC High Cheerleaders prepare for great year
Go Big Red! The 2002-2003 Rio Grande City High School Cheerleaders are ready for a great year They have
been working very hard during the summer to show off new cheers and stunts. They have added eight males to
the squad, making them more powerful and solid. So stop by every Friday and watch them strut their stuff
The 2002-2003 RGC High cheerleaders are pictured above. Mascot- Julissa Garza: First row l-r - Cindy Prado.
Nallely Olivarez, Pamela Alani/, Dennis Martinez. Loralee Guerra, Alvssa Garza, Alexis Bazan. Kimberly
Alanis, Lorena Cantu; Second row l-r - Samantha Garcia, Maribel Villarreal, Jessica Zamora, Roxanne Garza.
Flor Mancha, Betsy Chapa, Audrey Ramey, Amanda Vela, Elizabeth Solis: Third row l-r Angie Cantu.
Prissy Diaz, Joanna Solis, April Acevedo, Cristina Martinez, Angie Cortez. Aleyda Rosas, Alvssa Garza.
Michelle Garcia, Analisa Rios; Fourth row l-r - Rey Solis, Ruben Montalvo. Juan Alanis, Roel Garza, Adan
Ontiveros, Ramiro Diaz. Marcos Ontiveros. Jorge Lopez. Not pictured is sponsor Hermelinda \yala.
At their special meeting on
Monday, Sept. 23, the County
Commissioners approved the 2002-
2003 budget as recommended, with
the new budget projected to total
slightly less ihan SI 3.3 million.
County Judge Floy Vera later
indicated that the 2002-2003
General Fund is projected to total
$10,078,985. The predicted amount
for the 2002-2003 R> ad and Bridge
Fund is $3,191,990.
Vera stated that the original
projected total for the 2001-2002
General Fund was $9,821,865. The
original 2001-2002 projection for
the Road and Bridge Fund was
Vera declared that the following
revenue sources, involving both the
General and Road and Bridge Funds,
are projected for 2002-2003.
Current Taxes, $6,391,250;
Delinquent Taxes, $1,210,000;
Detention Center. $2,200,000;
International Bridge (after transfers
to Citv of Roma), $1,200,000;
Fees of Office, $900,000; Motor
Vehicle Licenses, $480,000.
The judge indicated that a
collcction rate of 80 percent is
projected for both the General Fund
and Road and Bridge Fund.
Vera noted. "Last year, we
projected $1.4 million iri delinquent
Also on Sept 23, the
approved the proposed 2002 tax rate
of .5857 per $100 valuation This
is an increase of 0182 from the
2001 tax rate of .5675.
Vera indicated at the Aug. 26
public hearing, "The average
homeowner (in Starr County)
would pay an additional $14 per
Vera commented at the Sept. 23
meeting, "The county tax rale went
up about one and one-hall pennies,
but the hospital went down three
cents. STCC went up because of
the bond election."
Precinct Four Commissioner
Abel N. Gonzalez, Ji moved and
Precinct Three Commissioner Eloy
Garza seconded that the 2002-2003
budget be approved. The motion
was approved by a unanimous 4-0
vote. The 2002 tax rate was also
okayed by a unanimous 4 0 vote
In other action. the
commissioners approved three loans
amounting to just over $4900 from
the General Fund for three project
719799, 719013, and Los oimos
The largest amount was $4168.60
for a concrete foundation to Project
Coordinator F.lisa Beas explained.
"We have been paying back our
loans to the General Fund. We have
been paying oil the loans 1 don't
see us needing to come back to pay
any more loans " Some loans from
the General Fund to some projects
have been necessary due to the delay
in completing the 2000-2001
3 Starr cities show increases in
Rio Motor Co. displays photos September 2002 sales tax rebates
from new Valley Land Fund book
The Rio Motor Co. Chevrolet
dealership in Rio Grande City is
currently displaying 30 pictures of
Valley wildlife that will be
prominently featured in a new book
that is in the process of being
produced by the Valley Land Fund.
Rio Motor Co. owner Billy
Canales noted, "Valley Chevy
dealers, General Motors, and
GMAC (the General Motors
financial institution) have donated
some money to the Valley Land
Fund. The Wildlife Photo Contest
is a program of the Valley Land
Fund. They (the Valley Land Fund)
work together with landowners to
preserve wildlife habitat. If the
photographer wins a prize, they
split half of it with landowners "
"Pictures of wildlife are on
display at Chevrolet dealerships
throughout the Valley," stated
Canales on Friday, Sept 27.
"Hundreds are on display at Valley
dealerships. Right now we have 30
pictures on display at Rio Motor
Co. The photos should be on
display at Rio Motor Co. till about
Oct. 20 The pictures have already
Senate nominee Kirk
makes RGC appearance
U.S. Senate Democratic nominee
Ron Kirk made a brief visit to Rio
Grande City Saturday in an effort to
ignite support and enthusiasm from
Starr County voters for his effort to
win the seat being vacated by
retiring Republican Senator Phil
Kirk appeared at a brief brunch at
the La Borde House in Rio Grande
City shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday.
County Judge Eloy Vera later
commented. "I thought Mr. Kirk's
visit went very well. I think it
showed he was very interested in
our situation and problems. I
thought he made a very good
impression on everyone."
The former Dallas mayor and
former Texas secretary of state
carried out campaign visits to
Brownsville, Harlingen and
Edcouch-Elsa on Friday. He made
stops in Edinburg and Rio Grande
City on Saturday before continuing
on to Laredo and then concluding
his two-day Winnebago tour in
Cotulla and San Antonio.
Vera stated, "I'd say there were 60
to 70 people in attendance (at the
Kirk was accompanied on his
South Texas tour by famed Tejano
singer "Little Joe" Hernandez.
During his brief remarks. Kirk
(See KIRK, Page 4)
RGC aldermen to
meet Thursday night
The Rio Grande City Board ol
Aldermen will hold their regular
monthly meeting on Thursday. Oct.
3 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, located
at 101 South Washington Street.
An update on the implementation
ol solid waste collection service in
the city is scheduled to be given.
Discussion on drainage projects in
the city is also scheduled. A report
will be given on the Rio Grande
Valley Empowerment Zone
C irporation Levee Project.
Ihe aldermen will consider and
prssibly take action on authorizing
the city engineer to begin plans for
expanding wvier and wastewater
sci \ icc in Las Lomas Colonia.
Consideration and possible action
are scheduled on designating new
street light locations
The aldermen will discuss and
possibly take action on a resolution
to present to taxing entities
concerning tax abatements for
historical preservation purposes.
The aldermen will also discuss and
possibly act upon reappointing the
been on display for about two
The Valley Land Fund indicates
that this particular organization "is
dedicated to preserving she
remaining three to live percent of
the natural habitat ol the Lower Rio
Grande Valley of Texas and to
protecting the native plants and
wildlife as a heritage for future
The VLF added, "Today, the VLF
is working to preserve natural
habitats and wildlife through the
protection of land by purchase or
gilt and by rewarding the private
landowner for responsible
stewardship. In addition, the VLF is
dedicated to educating people to be
environmentally aware and
responsible. Programs include the
Wildlife Photo Contest, the Fourth
Grade Nature Photo Contest,
exhibitions, educational materials
and color photo books such as this
A Valley Land Fund official told
Ihe Rio Grande Herald Tuesday
morning, "A lot of work remains to
be done on the book, but things arc
progressing very well." I he Herald
was told by another Valley Land
Fund member, "All kinds and
v arieties of wildlife from the Valley
will be featured in the book. The
book has not been published yet.
They're in the beginning stages of
putting together the book. The title
of the book has not been
Canales emphasized. 'People
from all over the world come to the
Valley to take these photos. These
photographs are of wildlife in
Zapata County and the lour Vallc>
counties. 1 think it includes Brooks
(See DISPLAYS. Page 4)
On Friday, Sept 13, State
Comptroller Carole Keeton
Rylander delivered monthly sales
tax rebates to 1117 Texas cities and
121 counties, with all three Starr
County cities recording solid
increases from the September 2001
sales tax rebates.
The City ol Rio Grande City's
September 2002 rebate check of
$167,347.98 is 3.35 percent higher
than the September 2001 rebate
check of $161,914.40. For the first
nine months of 2002, Rio Grande
City has received $1,752,502.03 in
rebate checks, an increase of 10.99
percent from the $1,578,854.07
received during the same reporting
period of 2001.
The City of Roma's September
2002 rebate check of $64,5 I 1.57 is
57.42 percent higher than the
September 2001 rebate check of
$40,980.36. Thus far in 2002.
Roma has received $688,512.26 in
rebate checks, an increase of 12.16
percent from the $613.818.74
received during the same reporting
period of 2001
The City of Grulla received a
September 2002 rebate check of
$686.74. an increase of 124,46
percent from the September 2001
rebate check of $305.94. For 2002
Rio Grande City High School
invites all parents i participate in
Report Card Night at the high
school on Tuesday. Oct 8 from
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
All parents are encouraged to
attend Report Card Night \nyone
seeking more information should
to date, Grulla has received
$6014.29 in rebate checks, an
increase of 23.26 percent from the
$4879.33 received during the same
reporting period of 2001.
On Sept 13, 12, Comptroller
Rylander delivered $221.3 million
in monthly sales tax payment- to
1117 Texas cities and 121 counties,
a 0 3 percent increase compared to
the $221 2 million allocated in
September sales tax rebates
include local sales taxes collected in
July and reported to the
Comptroller in August.
The sales tax rebates included
$203.9 million to Texas cities.
0.12 percent higher than the
September 2001 payments of
$203.6 million. For 2002 to dale,
citv sales tax rebates are down 1.1
percent compared to the same period
Texas counties received
September 2002 sales tax rebates of
$17.4 million a decrease of 1.4
percent compared to the September
2001 figure of $17 6 million.
Counties' year-to-date rebates arc up
2 1 percent compared to 20'* I.
Another $8.2 million went to 73
special purpose taxing districts
around the state, a 10.4 percent
increase compared to September
2001 The 73 special purpose
districts have shown a 9 2 percent
increase tor the first nine months . '
2002 compared to the same
reporting period of 2001 Texas six
Metropolitan Transit Authorities
and two City Transit Departments
received a total of $73.6 million in
sales tax rebates, dow n 2.4 percent
compared to September 2001
Transit sales tax collections are
down 3.4 percent so far this year
compared to 2001.
The state's share ol sales ia\
collected during this period was
On Sept 13. a total of $303.1
million was delivered in monthly
sales tax rebates to Texas cities
counties, transit departments and
special purpose taxing districts
The September 2002 sales tax
rebates for Starr C> tinty citii •
amounted to $232 346.29 an
(See REBATES, Page 4)
La Union youth achieves
national athletic recognition
I exas Crimes!'
The aid .. i will consider and
possibly make a decision on
entering into an interlocal
agreement with Starr County
regarding brush collection.
Discussion and possible action will
take place t mcerning a proposed
unci local agreement with the Rio
Grande City CISD regarding
improvements to San Benito Street
at a cos! not to exceed $30,000.
Alejandro Lee Garza, a third grade
student at La Union Elemental>
School, received athletic
recognition in the 2002 Summer
AAU Track and Field event
\lejandro placed fourth in the
shotput event in the San Antonio,
Texas AAU Track Meet, which
qualified him f. i the national
competition held in Knoxvillc.
Tennessee In the national
competition, he placed third in the
His ambition and determination
to excel, with the support of lus
outstanding coach. Ran Pratt,
allowed him to triumph.
Alejandro Lee Garza. Jr. is the
son ol Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro
Gar/a ol La Puerta Ranch. His
grandparents include Mi and Mrs.
Julian Garza ol La Santa Cruz and
Mr and Mrs Gabriel Salinas of La
Alejandro would like to give a
special thanks to all the people who
helped in a monetary wav to
sponsor his trip to Knoxvillc.
Third grader excels in V VI1 track
Alejandro Lee Gcr/.a, a third grade student at La Union Elenu ntais
School, excelled in Summer AAU track and field events recently H.
qualified for the National meet in Knoxvilh lentu - e b\ placing I uith
in the shotput at the San Antonio meet \t National competition in
Knoxvillc, he finished third in the shotput
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Roberts, Kenneth. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 3, 2002, newspaper, October 3, 2002; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth196184/m1/1/: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.