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    P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

    VOL 4 No. 38

    Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor

    10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Staff ord, TX 77477Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487


    Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487.

    Offi cial newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land

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    Sugar Land Councilman Tom Abraham on Monday announced his candidacy for the Texas House of Represen-tatives in District 26 in the Re-publican Party primary.

    As a fi scally and socially conservative candidate, my job in offi ce will be to listen to the people of this diverse district and to represent them with excellence ensuring this region reaches its full poten-tial, Abraham said.

    We all share common goals, including quality jobs, great public schools and eco-nomic opportunities that will make our community a better place in which we live, work and raise a family, he said.

    Currently serving his eighth year on the Sugar Land City Council, as an at large council member as well as mayor pro-tem, he is sharing his know-how and get things done mentality with a community that has earned national ac-claim from its many accom-plishments.

    As president of the Sugar Land Development Corpora-tion, I have been instrumental in bringing quality business headquarters to this area, in-cluding the onsite U.S. Cus-toms offi ce to the Sugar Land Regional Airport. These de-velopment projects have in-creased our tax base which benefi ts all of our residents, Abraham said.

    Another economic win for local citizens included Coca-Colas move of its Houston-area Minute Maid Business Unit to Sugar Land Town

    Seven can be a lucky num-ber, so you can bet that the seventh Annual Stars Cuties Calendar Contest at Clements High School will be one for the books.

    This CHS fall tradition will be held Friday Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

    The 2011 participants will consist of two lucky young men from each club, or orga-nization voted by the senior class. That evening these 24 contestants will show off their skills in the talent, question, and modeling portions of the

    program. The audience will then

    cast their ballots to determine who will be the lucky twelve Cuties featured in the 2012 calendar.

    The package of one admis-sion ticket with one calendar is $15. Calendars alone are $12 each, and individual tickets are $5 each.

    Purchase your ticket from any CHS Stars Dance Team member beginning Oct. 1, or during lunch the week of the event in the Commons.

    Tickets will be $8 at the

    door. All proceeds go toward the Stars Dance Teams com-petition season expenses in-cluding the performance at Disneyland next spring.

    Come cheer and support you favorite calendar cutie. For further information on this event, please contact Michelle Barth at [email protected], or call 281-634-2204. Pictured above are Kelsey Key, Morgan Davis, Brea Moffett, Claire Perry, Katherine Saunders, Nasim Heydari, and Lauren Casti-glioni.

    Clements Stars Cuties Calendar Contest

    Rick Miller, former Chair-man of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County, an-nounced Monday that he is a candidate for Texas House District 26 in the March 2012 primary election.

    Miller, a 30-year Naval top-level executive and carri-er-based aviator, is currently President of Trevaniangroup a Sugar Land-based leader-ship development company.

    Miller recently stepped down as Chairman of the Re-publican Party of Fort Bend County, having served nearly 4 years in the critical leader-ship position.

    As Representative for Texas HD 26, Miller said he would continue to work to strengthen and grow the Conservative

    Square bringing more than 250 jobs and several million dollars in new capital investments to the city.

    Abraham said he will look for better ways to position Fort Bend County for even stronger growth and a healthier econo-my down the line.

    We are experiencing tough times in our country, but we are blessed in Fort Bend as we fi nd ourselves better off than many

    By SESHADRI KUMARFort Bend Countys pro-

    posed 2012 budget is $251.86 million, compared to the 2011 budget of $239.62 million, marking a 5.11 percent in-crease in spending.

    The countys total revenue in 2012 will be $234.49 mil-lion, marking an increase of 1.75 percent.

    The gap between the in-come and expenditure will be met by taking money from the general fund balance and the county will not increase the tax rate this year, according to Budget Offi cer Pameal Gub-bels.

    The total county tax rate will remain at 49.976 cents per $100 valuation.

    The countys total tax base is close to $40 billion and a penny increase in the tax rate would result in a tax revenue of $3.86 million.

    A little more than 58 per-

    cent of the countys budget goes toward salaries and per-sonnel cost which rose from $139.86 million in 2011 to $147.25 million in 2012.

    The operating and training costs increased by 38 percent or about $4 million, from $91.7 million to $95.2 million.

    The countys total fl eet will increase from 731 to 736 ve-hicles. The proposed budget allocates funds for fi ve new vehicles and replacement of 56 old vehicles.

    The number of county em-ployees will increase from 2,105 in 2011 to 2,134 in 2012.

    The county will pay $28 million to service its debt, nearly the same as in 2011.

    After the proposed budget is adopted, the county will have a fund balance of $44.68 million, which is 17.7 percent of the 2012 budget.

    The largest outlay in the county budget is for the sher-

    iffs jail and patrol divisions.The sheriffs jail operation

    will get $26.74 million, nearly same as the 2010 expenditure. Sheriffs enforcement or patrol division will get $28.9 million for 2012 against $27.85 mil-lion allotted in 2011.

    The juvenile probation op-erating expenditure in 2012 will be $7.88 million.

    The countys ambulance services in 2012 is estimated to cost $8.6 million.

    The county libraries op-erating budget goes up from $11.26 million in 2010 to $13 million in 2012, with a new library on the pipeline at the University of Houston-Sugar Land campus, following the recent opening of the HCC-Sienna library. Following the two public hearings this week, the commissioners court was expected to adopt the budget at press time on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

    County budgets $252 million for 2012

    Texas House Dist. 26 race draws two more candidates

    The race to succeed State Rep. Charlie Howard who represents Dist. 26 in the Texas House of Rep-presentatives has four candidates as of now, with one more mulling the option. This week Sugar Land Councilman Tom Abraham and former Fort Bend County GOP chair Rick Miller announced their intention to run for the seat in the Republican Party Primary. Earlier, Fort Bend ISD Trustee Sonal Bhuchar and Sugar Land Councilwoman Jacquie Chaumette launched their campaigns for the same seat. Former Sugar Land Councilman Russell Jones is also exploring the possibility of running for this seat.


    of our neighboring regions. A pro-life advocate, Abra-

    ham added, I believe in the Republican values of limited government, low taxes, and preserving life, the things that have kept our local community growing strong and I will take those values to Austin.

    A small business owner for over 29 years, Abraham knows what it takes to balance a bud-get and meet payroll noting that, we should expect noth-ing less of those representing us in public offi ce.

    And Abraham backs that up with experience. During his tenure in offi ce, he has helped balance the citys budget, while rejecting tax increases.

    Abraham serves as the Re-gional Director for the Texas Municipal League (TML), rep-resenting an estimated 150 cit-ies as they promote the inter-ests of their local communities.

    Abraham also serves on the board of the Houston-Galves-

    cause while providing full rep-resentation of this district in the Texas Legislature. We need a strong voice in the Legislature and someone who is dedicat-

    ed to stand-up, show-up and speak-up for the citizens of District 26. I intend to make this position my full-time re-sponsibility in furthering the greatness of Fort Bend County and its people, businesses, ed-ucation and healthcare areas.

    Miller has been actively in-volved in the Republican Party of Fort Bend County since moving to the area in 1999 as State Convention Delegate, member of Senatorial District Resolutions Committee, the Mighty Texas Strike Force, the State Platform Committee and Chairman of Nominations Committee at the 2010 State Convention.

    A graduate of the U.S. Na-See MILLER, Page 8


    See ABRAHAM, Page 8


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