Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 30, 1992 Page: 2 of 28
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- fine tooth comb at a meeting sched-
2’ uled for 5 p.m. today (Thursday) at
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"Everyone who attends is urged to
bring a list of items to be discussed so
we can make the 1992 event better,"
a spokesperson said.
Also to be discussed will be future
Market Trail Day events.
"Please bring a guest" the spokes-
Sears Catalog Store
1701 Ave. K
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
99* per person
FOR CREATIVE COLOR RORTRAITS
The following political announce-
ments have been purchased by candi-
dates who will be listed on the ballot for
the Democratic or Republican Primary
elections to be held March 10, 1992.
This column will run weekly until the
winner In each contest is determined.
Advertising rates are: State and District
offices, $35; County offices, $25; City
SUBJECT TO THE
COMMISSIONER, PCT. 1
Jim E. Jenkins
CONSTABLE, PCT. 2
Mike G. Perales
SUBJECT TO THE
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DICT. 43
Pedro G. Nieto
Tracy O. King
CO. TAX ASSESSOR COLLECTOR
MEDINA COUNTY SHERIFF
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 1
CONSTABLE, PCT. 2
Robt. "Ratzy" Burell
CONSTABLE, PCT 4
Bob J. Brown
Officials at the Texas Depart-
ment of Health (TDH) are advis-
ing the public to ignore a recently-
released list of403 nursing homes
which were characterized as hav-
ing a history of non-compliance
with quality of care standards.
"The list has been referred to as
a Trig list' or a list of 'bad homes.
This is just not true," Janice
Caldwell, chief of TDH's Bsreau
of Long Term Care, said. "It was
the first stab at compiling a list to
be used for TDH review and
evaluation, but the list had not
been reviewed for accuracy at the
time of its release," she said.
"As a result, the list included
many reputable nursing facilities.
Some of the facilities on this list
had relatively small problems —
long since corrected - and some
actually had no problems at all,"
The public may call 1-800-252-
9106 to find out about any recent
regulatory actions against a nurs-
ing home or to register a com-
plaint about a nursing home.
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Governor’s nursing home list gave false impressions
On Dec. 11, Governor Ann
Richards held a press conference on
nursing home care in which she refer-
enced a list of 403 nursing facilities
which supposedly had a history W
repeated non-compliance with stan-
dards for quality care. Assuming this
list was credible, many local newspa-
pers and radio and television stations
publicized the names of the local
facilities on the list.
The truth is that the list is grossly
inaccurate, said the Texas Health
When the Governor and Texas
Department of Health (TDH) offi-
cials failed to notify the media and the
public of this, the Texas Health Care
Association was forced to file suit in
an effort to bring to public light the
fact that many outstanding and repu-
table nursing homes across the state
were being falsely branded as provid-
ing poor care for their residents. In the
face of adverse court action, the
Texas Department of Health issued a
press release and letter from TDH-'
Acting Commissioner Dr. Robeit
MacLean apologizing for and repu<
ating the list Unfortunately, tl^e
damage has been done and falsi
impressions have been created. ,
"We would all like to believe that
documents and statements from gov-
ernment entities are credible. Unfor-
tunately, this was not the case with
this list." said Texas Health Care
Association Director Sara Speights.
"As a result, many fine nursing
homes in Texas have been unfairly
maligned in their communities. Nurs-
ing home residents and their families
mfered needless fear that their facili-
ties might be closed, or that there
could possibly be something bad
going on in these facilities that they
were unaware of. Others reacted with
anger and outrage as they saw how
demoralizing these events were to
those who daily care for the very sick
and frail in our nursing homes."
Texas Health Care Association, a
non-profit trade association of li-
censed nursing homes and other
long-term health care facilities, re-
mains committed to the best possible
quality of care for Texans in need of
these services, she added. Residents
and staff of nursing homes need the
support of their communities.
"We encourage this support and an
appreciation for the vital and caring
service provided by nursing homes,"
CONTINUED FROM PAGE I
This is available to you even if you
are not in business now, but see that
as a possibility for your future.
Any small business owner or any-
one interested in starting a business is
eligible for management and techni-
cal assistance from the UTS A Small
Business Development Center
(SBDC). A Business Development
Specialist makes an assessment of
the client's needs and then recom-
mends options available to meet their
needs. , ■
Counseling is available for
management, pre-venture feasibil-
ity, loan packaging, market identifi-
cation, international trade, cash flow
analysis and production and inven-
Deborah Schueneman is in Hondo
the first Tuesday of each month. The
next scheduled visit is Feburary 4. To
arrange for a one-on-one counseling
session or a workshop/counseling
session at your place of business on
the topic of your choice call the
Chamber/MEDF office at 426-3037.
Your appointment and counseling
session will be held in strict confi-
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The IRS introduced electronic filing of individual tax returns in 1985. During the
initial test, taxpayers filed approximately 25,000 returns in three IRS districts.
Taxpayers filed 7.5 million electronic returns in 1991. The IRS anticipates electronic
filing volume to increase to 12 million in 1992 and up to 20 million by 1994, making it
the fastest growing segment of the tax preparation industry. In fact, the IRS expects that
electronic filing will eventually eclipse conventional paper-form filing.
It's not hard to see why. Each year, about 80 million taxpayers receive refunds
averaging more than $900, according to current IRS statistics. Electronic filing puts
refunds in taxpayers' hands about five weeks sooner than traditional filing methods.
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THESE HONDO BOYS... appear to be fascinated with an aviation story being told by a colonel stationed
at Hondo Army Air Field.. Some of the young men have been identified, but not all. If you can identify these
young people, please call 426-3346 or stop by the Anvil Herald office. The photo is one local author Robert
Thompson hopes to use in his soon-to-be-published book, We'll Find the Way. (See ad in this issue.)
Besides expedited refund, taxpayers enjoy the security of knowing that the IRS has
received and accepted their return.
Taxpayers can choose to have their refund disbursed as a check or they can have it
electronically deposited directly into an existing savings or checking account.
Most electronic filers will receive their refund checks within 14 to 21 days after
notification that their tax return has been accepted by the IRS. Additionally, the refund
will arrive up to four days sooner if it is deposited directly into the taxpayer's checking
or savings account.
For further Information on electronic filing, call LAURA WENTZ, at
The Hondo National Bank
111218th Street Hondo 426-3355
Annual audit report given
The totals of City of Hondo's an-
nual audit may not look as though the
city is as financially healthy as last
year, but Auditor Fred Timmons feels
confident this year's expenses will be
more than justified as soon as revenue
from the prison begins coming in.
That was what Timmons told City
This year's deficits and smaller
balances reflect cost overruns on the
15th Street drainage and Front Street
projects as well as the expenditures
the city made to build die prison.
Some of these have already been re-
imbursed by grants and the remainder
areyixpected to be recouped Mien die
prison begins using apd paying for
The figures Timmons recited show
the combined balance in the general
fund with $20,287 cash last year as
compared to the previous year’s
$59,287. Total assets are $193,000
and liabilities $99,068, leaving a bal-
ance of $93,000.
The city's Statement of Revenue
(etc.) shows gross receipts of
$2,600,000 and expenditures of
$2,700,000 for a deficit of $100,000.
Transfer proceeds from notes and
other sources was $141,000, includ-
ing $19,958 in donations to the
Community Center fund. This leaves
an excess of $133,505.
Timmons said the General Fuhjd is
in better shape than the previous year
by $23,000. y.
The electric, water and sewer sys-
tems and airfield properties show a
net loss of $485,000 for the year. The
losses are mosdy attributable to ex-
penses for upgrading the sewer and
drainage systems, which will be re-
inbursed by grant monies, and loss of
the lease on die city's new hanger,
which is expected to be leased again
soon. Allowing for these factors, the
basic loss is $60,993, according to
Timmons, as compared to the previ-
ous year's $36,877 operating loss.
"The city has been budgeting ex-
penditures out of the electric system
to the General Fund because the City
has had reserves in the electric system
to do that," said Timmons.
"Basically, you have spent money
to get improvements and to get the.
prison. You will have to watch expen-
ditures until revenue begins to come
in, butl think in the long run it will be1
well worth it," he said. "If you didn't ;
havefthe reserves, you wouldn't have
been able to get this work done."
Having the reserves to fall back on
made it less cosdy for the city to do
these projects by not having to bor-
row money, according to City Man-
ager Mike Rhea. He also said bonds
for setting upthe prison infrastructure
had not yet been reinbursed to the city
by the end of last fiscal year.
"We'll have to watch our cash flow ■
until our reserves build up again,"
said Rhea. "There are a lot of tilings
we wouldn't have gotten around here,
if we hadn't had the reserves."
Timmons noted he had made minor
comments in his management letter,
but that the city had no major areas
that needed revamping.
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 30, 1992, newspaper, January 30, 1992; Hondo, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth818410/m1/2/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.