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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Da 11 County cut budget or raise taxes By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Comal Commissioners began trimming the fat from the proposed 1983 county budget but discovered as one com missioner noted there wasnt a lot of fat to Just when they thought theyd found a category in one county department which could possibly be a need for more funds cropped up in another Wednesdays budget was but the first in a Between now and whenever the court approves next years there will undoubtedly be many changes made in the proposed County Judge Max Wommack reminded the court Holding the line on expenses requested from the new budget is the goal of Commissioners Court in order to keep county taxes at a minimum while still allowing for a costof living salary increase for most county em As was allowed last most county employees are set to receive an 8 percent pay increase over last years salary in order to keep up with commissioners in Providing for this pay raise which in a few instances will be more than 8 as well as meeting all the demands made for the new budget would that the county would have to come up with approximately in additional The budget has either got to be cut by or you have to raise one commissioner Expenditure requests made by county departments in the 1983 budget exceed the countys expected revenue next year by ap proximately County Auditor Bate Bond told the Approximately in requests has been made for the 1983 he The court discussed the county tax rate but did not arrive at any final Bond said that a 17cent general tax rate would be needed just to generate the same revenue as last This 17cent did not include the taxes for the floodcontrol or farmto market lateral road which are all taxes collected by the And this figure would not bring in the extra revenue needed to meet the proposed salary increase for county Nor would it provide financial backing for the additional requests made for the 1983 A majority of these additional requests were due to the countys growing population and the services required to meet this As an example of this County Judge Max Wommack pointed out that the Sheriffs Department budget in 1983 will be more than the general and jury fund was 12 years According to the proposed 1983 approximately has been requested for the operation of the jail In 1975 the total Sheriff Department budget was and that included the Monroe Wetz AV New Braunfels Hvrald New Texas 219 THURSDAY November 25 cents 16 Pages USPS 377880 Brezhnev dead at 75 MOSCOW AP Leonid who ruled the Soviet Union for 18 pursued detente with the West and raised his country to nuclear parity with the United has died of an apparent heart He was Brezhnev died Wednesday at but the official announcement was withheld until 11 today 3 EST while maneuvering for a successor began behind the red walls of the Tass said doctors concluded Brezhnev suffered arteriosclerosis of the aorta with the development of aneurism of its abdominal part heart disease with heart rhythm trouble after he suffered in No new party chief or president was immediately named to fill Brezhnevs But Western experts believe the power vacuum may be filled in the short run by a collective leadership including former KGB chief Yuri Andropov and longtime Brezhnev associate Konstantin the two men most often touted as likely Andropov was named chairman of the highlevel committee responsible for funeral a move that put him immediately in the The official Tass news agency said Brezhnev will lie in state in the downtown House of Soviets for three days starting Friday and he will be buried Monday in Red In President Reagan awakened in the early hours with the news wrote a letter of con dolence to the Soviet leadership calling Brezhnev one of the worlds most important figures for nearly two White House spokesman Larry Speakes said a highlevel delegation would attend memorial ceremonies in but it was highly unlikely it would include Former Secretary of State Henry who dealt with the Soviets during the Nixon and Ford ad expects no fun damental change in EastWest He said in Paris that the Kremlin will be preoccupied for the next months and maybe years by leadership Other foreign governments and their leaders began sending con dolences and issuing many hailing Brezhnev as a man of Vatican sources said the pope prayed for his Pieter the Dutch president of the 10nation European Common Markets said despite fundamental Europe must acknowledge Brezhnev as a person devoted to peace who tried to achieve better understanding between the two Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of one of the Soviets leading Third World said The world has lost an outstanding statesman of our the Soviet Union a great architect and the people of India a valued In a spokesman for Polands hardpressed Communist termed Brezhnev a great friend of Poland who un derstood our During his 18 years in Brezhnev saw his doctrine of swiftly meeting threats to Sovietbloc governments challenged in Czechoslovakia and The Kremlin also has become embroiled in a Moslem rebellion in Afghanistan to support that nations Marxist The official Tass news agency said today that the president and party secretary general had died a sudden death at EST An official obituary came in a state news bulletin at 11 3 EST While no successor was im mediately Western experts believe the power vacuum will be filled in the short run by a collective leadership including former KGB chief Yuri Andropov and longtime Brezhnev Konstantin the two men most often touted as likely successors to Veterans Day Cadet Gunnery Howard Phelan bows his head in prayer as the Veterans Day ceremony opens on Main flags Stall phulii by John and speeches were the order of the as local citizens gathered to pay tribute to Americas war veterans Thursday Columbia in orbit Cargo delivery planned in shuttles fifth mission CAPE AP The shuttle an American space truck carrying four men and two communications rocketed flawlessly through deep blue skies today en route to its first cargo 184 miles above the Columbia now in space for the fifth said Mission The astronauts were in moving at miles an hour on a mission that is to inaugurate an era of space The initial test was set for late this afternoon when the astronauts are to deploy the first Columbias Veterans Day launch began in a blinding burst of flame and spreading billow of smoke as Columbias three main engines and two solid fuel rockets flashed to life at Liftoff climaxed a nearperfect It was Columbias second straight ontime something NASA needs to achieve routinely to show paying customers that the shuttle can meet a Because of the need to haw Columbia in the right place at the right time to eject the launch team had only a 33minute period in which to it the delivery truck off the ground Cheers and shouts of encouragement erupted from several hundred thousand people who crowded viewing sites for Columbias blazing The roar of the engines sent a thunderclap rolling across the shaking the ground and vibrating buildings at Kennedy Space Center offices several miles from launch pad It was the shuttles fifth perfect liftoff in as many tries the shuttles April 1981 flight was the first of four test Vance who returned unconscious from the ApolloSoyuz mission in is commanding the Others making largest crew ever assigned to one spaceship are pilot Robert Over and two members of ii new breed of astronauts named mission specialists scientists William and Joseph Overmyer and Lenoir rode in the Allen rode in a seat installed in a middeck area beneath the main They wore NASA blue cotton coveralls that replaced the awkward brown pressure suits required on Americas 35 previous maninspace After about 50 the space moving ever more swiftly on its towering pillar of pierced through the most dangerous point in the ascent an area where the craft is buffeted by maximum aerodynamic The ship rose into a clear sky and was still in sight when it shed its two 149foot solid boostc two Page 16 County officials facing 55 percent insurance hike Inside Due to an increased loss county employee health insurance rates will be going up ap proximately 55 percent in During a speciallycalled meeting Wednesday a distressed Commissioners Court learned of this increase from representatives of Schriewer and This local agency handles the national insurance company which carries the countys insurance Currently there are 143 county employees insured under GICs County Auditor Bate Bond Every time I meet with Im the bearer of bad said Alan in explaining the reasoning behind the But this increase is From May to October of this year GIC has received approximately in premiums from the Schriewer During that same time the company has paid out ap proximately in Thats a 136 percent loss he told the In the last 12 the countys lossratio is was not quite that but the insurance company is still paying out more in claims than it is he During the last GIC has paid out ap proximately in but has only received approximately in Schriewer Thats about a 125 percent loss he Upon hearing these the court reluctantly accepted GICs cost increase We almost have to go ahead with it and go along here until our contract expires in May of dont we Charles Tart Mund quizzed his we dont have to but itd probably be The court did not accept GICs however without asking GIC Chairman of the Board Mike Keough what his firm would do if the countys loss ratio If you have a reversal of claims versus do you lower your premiums Jumbo Evans Usually we come back in and negotiate for higher Keough Its seldom done that rates come back GIC has never done it in the six years that weve been in he Had they not accepted GICs price County See Page 16 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy and humid this cloudy then partly cloudy and turning a little cooler by Winds will be from at 1015 mph shifting to the south at 10 mph Probability of showers is 50 percent this af and 30 percent Sunset will be at and sunrise Friday will be at AllDistrict Smithson Valleys Tonya Hartman and Dawn Davis have been named to the all district volleyball squad for District Hartman and Davis were the only two Rangerettes on the first but five other SVHS players made second team or honorable See Page 15 5 2 7 SPORTS TV Planning panel approves plat proposals ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer A proposed zoning change in the 1100 block of Gruene Road took up some 45 minutes of the Planning and Zoning Commissions time Tuesday a bare majority recommended that City Council grant the resubdivision and plat proposals submitted by other con cerns were approved with comparatively little The list included another Gruene area zone change championed by William the same man who wants to build a 12unit con dominium complex at 1100 Gruene Ori the condo Gallagher was representing Bayside Petroleum For his second he represented Pierce who owns the Gruene Mansion property at 1275 Gruene That property is zoned which allows for rental of the mansion to weekend groups and the McGrath wants to renovate five or six buildings on the two acres behind the big house and make individual hotel cottages of Some will have kitchen which will require C3 Were trying to stay with the feeling of whats going on out with the three restaurants and the dance Gallagher Some driveways and parking space will be The property doesnt go down to the Guadalupe but McGrath has a foottraffic easement from the owner of the bank directly behind he The cornrnisson voted in favor of that as well as one creating 3 zoning at 10G4 Texas 46 The present zoning is and no one but applicant Caddell had anything to say for or against that A member said the taddells wanted to put ministorage units behind an existing plant See Page 16
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