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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                Microfilm Inc Box 15136 Da 13 LU New Texas 39 20 May 144 Pages 25 Cents USPS 377880 40cent tax rate adopted iget By Robert Johnson After setting the tax rate at 40 cents per of assessed City Council Monday voted to hold a public hearing on the fiscal 198081 budget at its May 26 The hearing will begin in council chambers at The 40cent of the lowest in the state for a city of our City Manager Delashmutt an 11cent reduction from last years 51 cent The rate was adjusted downward to compensate for a change in state H Delashmutt Under provisions of Senate Bill 621 passed by I the 66th Legislature in all t property must be assessed at fair f market value for tax the city had been assessing property at 80 percent of that fair market If the adjusted tax rate increases the citys revenue from last fiscal year by three percent or SB 621 requires the city to hold a special taxpayers meeting to discuss the increase and set a date to vote on the Proper public notice must be given for the subsequent at which the tax rate will be voted Forty cents is the highest rate the city can adopt without falling under these Delashmutt ex The new rate will generate 19 percent of the estimated in revenue expected for fiscal Sales tax increases in sanitation charges and funds from New Braunfels Utilities and unexpended funds from previous fiscal years make up 61 percent of that The proposed budget includes in increase of over fiscal The increase is primarily due to Delashmutt had indicated Delashmutt said additional em ployees are needed in almost all city but cannot be provided due to funding Only one additional employee will be he That employee will help the finance department meet state and federal laws concerning personnel records and reporting which have increased Delashmutt As the new budget also includes a seven percent salary in crease for city employees effective July and an additional five percent hike effective Both increases are contingent upon approval from an employees depart ment The largest chunk of the anticipated go to public Of that will go to to fire for ambulance services and for animal control and The second largest total is public which will receive under the proposed A total of will go toward street repair and while has been allocated for sanitation Parks and recreation will require including for park operation and to operate the citys swimming to operate and maintain Landa Park golf course and to maintain city A total of has been allocated to replace wornout and obsolete equipment and while has been earmarked for A 3LMJLA 1 6 7 8 9 V 1314151617 20 21 22 23 24 27 8 29 30 S M 6 7 8 910 11 M 13141516171819 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 3456 7 8 1011 12131415 17 18 192021 22 23 I 2 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 28 31 City must stretch budget He didnt say it in so many but the message City Manager Delashmutt brought to City Council Monday was clearif you think next years budget is waitll you see the one after That budget will pose a unique to cover 15 months of operating expenses with 12 monthsof Delashmutt And to make matters if revenue and ex penditures go as outlined the city will have a carryover balance of zero from previous fiscal years to take into that extended which will run from July until Reason As the proposed 198081 budget will use all left over from previous budgetary Delashmutt The situation is somewhat but it has its roots in Senate Bill 621 passed by the 66th Legislature in Under that taxing entities throughout the state are required to change their tax year to a calendar year and their fiscal year to coincide with the federal fiscal year 1 to Right the city is looking at what may be its last budget under its present fiscal The 1980fll budget covers a period running from July to June Taxes to help fund operating expenses for this year will be collected this June and SB 621 would change all To make the tran sition from the current fiscal year to one beginning in the city will have to tack three months onto the 198182 As a the year would end in stead of June The 198283 year would begin as SB 621 guidelines stipulate The problem is readily apparent with a quick look at tax When the fiscal year the tax collection period will change from May to July to October through Delashmutt As a the current collection period will be citys last until through Since most taxes traditionally are paid in the last month of the collection the result is an 18 month gap in tax revenues instead of the usual Not Delashmutt said the three months tacked onto the 198182 fiscal year which he and City See Page Gifted pupils Need for additional personnel questioned Nearly two and a half inches of rain fell Tuesday tKSffV Sttff photos by John to end a dry but even that did not keep New Braunfels residents indoors Gifted and talented students in New Braunfels Independent School District schools will get some special attention next Exactly what that attention will be has not been decided Assistant Oscar Smith told NBISD trustees that even though the schools conduct enrichment programs there is still no program for the upper three to five percent of the districts That group is those children with special gifts and talents in certain subject whether it is art or Plans which the administration has made to implement a gifted and talented students program include hiring a teacher to direct the program and an aide to assist the director in implementing the Smith Instructional materials will be Set aside in the budget is he Of approximately will be used for the directors salary with the remainder for the aides field trips and Funds mandated by the state legislature are available for use in establishing and implementing gifted and talented he The district must apply by June 1 for any state assistance and may receive for each identified student up to five percent of the He added that there is no guarantee on the amount of if that NBISD will Smith said he wants to hire a teacher with a masters degree and about eight years but that teacher will not be an The program office will be housed in one of the elementary and the teacher will work with students in each I dont feel that the present teachers could handle the extra load of a gifted and talented he Margy said he had visited with Ann Texas Education Agency director of gifted and talented and received some advice from She said dont try to do too much See Page ISA annexation link d New Braunfels is going to grow no matter and annexation is the best way to control That was the thread which ran through statements made to Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday by Tom Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Jack a former commission and county The occasion was a special meeting called by the commission to consider annexation of several tracts suggested by commission members and the No matter what we were gonna Grist Lets move out and quit worrying about The commissions job is to plan not worry about the costs Ohlrich Referring to concern about the cost of extending utilities to some areas being Ohlrich said this was the first he has heard negative comments on utilities when annexation was being Both Purdum and Grist emphasized the limited powers a city has in its extraterritorial jurisdiction arent enough to ensure orderly growth and zoning Purdum urged the city to annex developing areas before they This controls would be built in rather than added on after development has Annexing these areas would put the city on more solid footing with industrial he Regardless of when it a city runs the risk of appearing greedy if it annexes an existing Purdum If potential industrial property is already in the companies know this from the when the ideal site is outside the companies often want some protection from This problem came up when The Coleman was looking for a The firm chose a site on FM 306 east of Hunter the city The site is earmarked for an nexation from 197984 on the city master No guarantees were made that Coleman wouldnt be but Purdum indicated Coleman representatives were told the citys proposed annexation program is five years behind The plant opened last and now a portion of the Coleman property is in a tract See   

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