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Maverick County Appraisal District sees increase in Taxable Values

The Maverick County Appraisal District(MCAD) has set its 2019/2020 appraisal rolls which comes with a 5.169% increase in Net Taxable Values as compared to the previous year.

In accordance to the newly calculated numbers presented during last weeks Maverick County Commissioners Court meeting, the 2019/ 2020 Net Taxable Value (NTV) is at $ 2,873,969,151 an increase from last year’s NTV, of approximately $ 24, 858,733,146. This does not reflect pre or post adjustments.

Last year’s Net Taxable Value was at $2,732,702,297.

The newly certified Maverick County appraisal rolls have an increase in overall values of properties throughout Maverick County.

Certain properties may get a higher evaluation than others and some might even stay at the same rate as the previous year or even see a decrease.

Up to now, there are certain properties values that are under protest.

A review of the MCAD Certified Totals Reports from 2007 to 2017 shows that the Appraised Net Taxable value on all properties has gone up every year.

This year’s Net Taxable Value comes in at a 5.169 % increase as compared to 2018.

During 2018 the MCAD reported a total property count of 34,210 with the Net Taxable

value at $ 2,732,702,297 an increase of 3.6 % as compared to 2017 which came in at $2,637,207,424 (NTV).

During 2018 there were 262 properties added on the MCAD Roll as compared to the previous year.

These totals do not reflect any adjustments or other figures but only Net Taxable Value set by the MCAD.

Each county appraisal district determines the value of all taxable property within the county boundaries. Tax Code Section 25.18 requires appraisal districts to reappraise all property in its jurisdiction at least once every three years. Tax Code Section 23.01 requires that appraisal districts comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice if a mass appraisal is used and that the same appraisal methods and techniques be used in appraising the same or similar kinds of property. Individual characteristics that affect the property’s market value must be evaluated in determining the property’s market value.

The County must now work with the new appraisal roll and figure in a tax rate that will be, suffice to provide the necessary funds for operations but meet all standards and practices set in place by law.

Eagle Pass Sees a Decrease of 10% in Sales Tax Allocated Revenues for month of July

A decrease in Sales Tax Allocated revenues for the City of Eagle Pass for the month of July can be attributed to the end of summer vacations and preparations to go back to school in the month of August for thousands of local families.

During the month of July, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported that the City of Eagle Pass will receive $394,770.15 net payment for this period. This is a – 10 % decrease as compared to the month of June which reported $ 438,236 in earnings for the city.

The summer setback is an issue that is experienced each year around this time. But it’s expected to change by next week as sales for the new school year begin. The yearly sales tax holiday to take place from August 9-11 is usually the beginning of strong sales numbers which should bring allocation totals back where they average at.

For now, many local stores and retailers continue pushing to sell their products and look forward to the final quarter of the year.

Eagle Pass Police Association hosting interviews for Explorer Program

The Eagle Pass Police Association will be hosting interviews for the upcoming 2019-2020 Police Explorer program. If you are between the ages of 14-19 and are interested please join us Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the VFW for a short interview.

Dress to impress! For more information contact any EPPA member.

The event will be held at the VFW Post located at 2424 E. Main St. from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

US Representative Will Hurd announces he will retire from Congress

In a tweet and press release to his constituents Representative Will Hurd (Tx-23) announced on Thursday, August 1, 2019, that he will not seek re-election in 2020.

“After reflecting on how best to help our country address these challenges, I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security,” stated Hurd.

Maverick County resident perishes in collision

A 80 year-old Maverick County resident, Juan Treviño, tragically lost his life as he was out walking on Mikulinski Road in the Balcones Heights Sector of the community.

The tragic accident occurred at approximately 10:30pm on Wednesday, July 31 when a motor vehicle struck the elderly man.

The accident occurred as Treviño was out walking in an area near Henry B. Gonzalez. A vehicle conducted by a young individual was passing by the area when he struck the victim.

Maverick County Sheriff deputies arrived at the scene and a determination was made that the man had died of his injuries.

The deputies notified Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Tere Hernandez who shortly arrived to issue a pronouncement of death.

Memorial Funeral Chapel was summoned to the scene to remove the body and transport it to the funeral home.

The tragic incident has been classified an accident but an inquiry is taking place

Update: 23 year-old Martin Amado Medellin was arrested and is being investigated for leaving the scene of the accident

THREE CHARGED IN DEL RIO WITH TRAFFICKING A BOY RECOVERED IN SAN ANTONIO

In Del Rio this morning, federal authorities filed two criminal complaints charging three individuals for their roles in a human trafficking scheme involving a male child, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden.

Elida Kassandra Moreno, a 26-year-old American citizen residing in Piedras Negras, Mexico, is charge by
complaint with bringing an Undocumented immigrant into the U.S. for profit and false statement to a federal agent. Moreno,
Victor Manuel Monsivais, age 65 of San Antonio, and Nery Uriostegui Dominguez, a 26-year-old resident of
Mexico, are charged in a separate complaint with conspiracy to transport an Undocumented immigrant.

According to the complaints, Zavala County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on law enforcement information they
received and a request for assistance, executed a traffic stop yesterday in Batesville, TX, on a vehicle occupied
by Moreno. Moreno was taken to the HSI office in Eagle Pass for questioning. While being questioned, Moreno told investigators she was approached by a friend’s neighbor in Piedras Negras to transport a boy to his family in San Antonio while using her own son’s birth certificate in exchange for $1,700.

Moreno and the child crossed into the U.S. through Eagle Pass, rented a hotel room in Eagle Pass, then took a shuttle van the next day to San Antonio.

While in San Antonio, Moreno claims the friend’s neighbor told her to meet Uriostegui at Santa Rosa Park, collect $2,500 from him and deliver the child.

Subsequently, Moreno said her friend’s neighbor told her not to hand over the child and a struggle between Moreno and Uriostegui ensued. SAPD officers arrived at the scene and took Uriostegui into custody. Moreno subsequently, at her friend’s neighbor’s bidding, met her father, Monsivais, at a truck stop on I-35 South in San Antonio and delivered the child to him.

The complaint states that last night, Esquivel, under HSI supervision, contacted Monsivais and offered to pick
up the child from him. They mutually decided to meet at a location near Military Dr. and Goliad in San
Antonio. When Monsivais arrived, HSI agents arrested him and took custody of the child.

Upon conviction, the defendants face up to ten years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine on the
conspiracy charge. Moreno also faces up to ten years in federal prison for bringing an Undocumented immigrant into the U.S. for profit and up to five years in federal prison for making a false statement to a federal official upon conviction.

This continuing investigation is being conducted by HSI together with the San Antonio Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Banister is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

It is important to note that a complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of
guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Seventeen year old arrested for multiple charges including murder

A 17 year- old Maverick County resident identified as Felipe Miranda was arrested by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department under an arrest warrant out of Kinney County for multiple charges including murder. The subjects arrest stems from a high speed chase through Kinney County in the month of June which resulted in the death of an undocumented immigrant and injuries to others.

Miranda’s bond is set at around $350,000 for several charges which includes a $100,000 bond for murder, evading arrest $5,000, smuggling of persons child under 18 years of age one charge bond $50,000, engaging in organized criminal activity $100,000 bond, smuggling of persons resulting in death of smuggled individual bond $100,000.

Miranda allegedly was involved in a smuggling incident that resulted in a high speed chase which ended tragically after the vehicle The subjects were in crashed.

Kinney County officials were able to detain six individuals on charges related to the pursuit and accident which occurred on June 21, 2019.

All subjects involved are reported to be under the age of 18