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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas exas U ex Tvic tt MUCK foojc New Braunfels Ntw Texas HeraldZcitung 19 14 Pages THURSDAY January 25 cents 19 USPS 377880 Reagan raps corporate tax WASHINGTON AP Surprised White House aides say theyre not seriously considering President Reagans suggestion that corporate income taxes be describing it as just something he threw in a meeting with businessmen in Boston remarked offthecuff that the cor porate tax is unfair to American business and there really isnt any justification for His aides seemed taken Were not seriously considering said David the presidents assistant for com Theres no theres no Its just something he threw said Larry the deputy press It was nothing that had ever been discussed at the White Reagan told reporters he did not plan to submit legislation to abolish the but added I said it was something to study and look Speakes said none of the White House staff who accompanied Reagan to Boston heard him make the suggestion during a public meeting with the Massachusetts High Tech a group of high technology Reagans comments came at the end of a fourhour trip that began with stops at a minority job training computer factory and an Irish where he took one sip of Reagan wound up at the Millipbre in for a meeting with the High Tech He dropped his surprise suggestion at the end of the long session in a crowded room with an inadequate sound Seated at a table with about 15 the president said I realize that there will be a great stirring and Ill probably kick myself for having said but when are we all going to have the courage to point out that in our tax structure the corporate tax is very hard to justify its existence he corporate profits should be distributed to stockholders in the form of The stockholders then would pay tax on the Some business leaders have raised that suggestion in the con tending the current system of levying a 46 percent tax on corporate profits and taxing dividends as well amounts to double taxation of The Office of Management and Budget last July that corporate income taxes would yield billion in the current fiscal ending and will account for 9 percent of all federal tax PaulBear Bryant19131983 Story in Page 6 Stall phutu by John Senter Sledge release due in February r1 honnon until thn narnip hnnU on a wfih snim sinpfi By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Former Utilities manager Richard Sledge has less than two weeks to call the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville John executive director of the Texas Parole said Thursday that Sledges parole cer tificate was issued We make runs to TDC on Thursdays and Tuesdays with but this one was too late for So TDC will receive his parole certificate on Byrd and within a Sledge will be out of An exact release date from TDC has not been Byrd said that doesnt happen until the parole certificate is delivered to the prison Parole decisions are made by nine parole com missioners and three Board of Pardons and Paroles For sentences of less than 45 the magic formula is two out of favorable votes out of two parole commissioners and one board for a parole request to make to the desk of the Sledge received three favorable and his file has been on the governors desk ever a release is not been set until the parole certificate is delivered in hand to the prison Byrd said Sledges release from TDC will virtually close the book on a tangled web spun since That was the year the former Utilities manager pleaded guilty to stealing in Utilities funds in He was sentenced to five years in prison on but spent the rest of that year out of fighting his conviction on On his request for a rehearing was denied by the appellate and his tenure at TDC began on Behind bars only four months and two Sledge was erroneously released on parole to Hidalgo County on May He returned voluntarily to TDC in and on Utilities attorney Tom Burrus received a check for reimbursement plus His parole process began in Taking a bite put of Grime Burglary dropped in police records show ByOVANNEFRY Staff writer Theft is Burglary is The number of robberies increased by Arrests were up a But traffic traffic accidents and driving while intoxicatedarrests decreased over past New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Boeck has taken stock of On the its been a good year for his Burglary going down two years in a row is a little Thats a good he Police investigated 405 buglaries in 1980 378 in 1981 and 348 in The decrease last year was seven Our DWI arrest has Boeck Police made 452 arrests in and 377 in But thats stm very good for a community this Only 248 drunk drivers were arrested in In Boecks a high number of DWI arrests shows that patrolmen are doing their Despite a raised public consciousness on the problem drinking and he figures there are still plenty of drunks on the Our officers are seeing Theyre getting them off the he Look at our accident See Page 14 White PUC members elected Being a dog isnt too bad a as this pooch sleeping on a car roof in the parking lot at Krauses Cafe If you Staff photo by Cindy Richardson have a warm vinyl roof to sleep it can be downright AUSTIN AP Mark White today told lawmakers that the ap pointed Public Utility Commission has become a handmaiden of utility monopolies and should be scrapped in favor of an elected He also called for an emergency pay raise for schoolteachers of 24 percent over the next two The who delivered his legislative package to lawmakers in his state of the state said his proposals should not require new Our state government finances are in very good and dont let anyone tell you theyre he I see no reason for increasing the taxes paid by the people of White called for three elected utility chosen The people have lost faith in the ability and purpose of the Public Utility A regulatory bodys primary function is to serve as a watchdog over not to serve as a captive handmaiden of those same he White will follow up his speech in the coming weeks with television ads asking Texans to support his Under the governors the three commissioners would be elected to staggered sixyear The current threemember established in is appointed by the The Public Utility Commission has given no indication of its willingness or desire to regulate in a manner which will assure Texans that the utility rates they are paying are fairly set and impartially he During his campaign last White said an elected commission might fall prey to utility companies campaign In his proposal White called for a ban on campaign contributions by utility Earlier this White acknowledged there could be legal obstacles to such a White also called for a ban on the automatic passthrough of increased fuel He wants the state to set up an office of general counsel to advocate the views of the consuming The general counsel would be appointed by the governor and face Senate Whites first speech to the See Page 14 A matter of money County unsure of revenue for 1983 Inside By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Comal Commissioners are holding expenses to the bare minimum until they know exactly how much tax money the county has to work And U looks like theyll continue doing so until at least which is the soonest County Tax AssessorCollector Gloria Clennan estimates shell have an estimated figure on total 1982 county tax Ill them a figure they Commissioners Court can be comfortable with by Clennan said 31 is the last day to pay county taxes without County Auditor Bate Bond said Most people will pay them by we collect a good percentage say 90 percent by Once the tax bills have been the work is just beginning for Clennans which then begins processing tax receipts to provide the county with an estimated tax collection Ciennan reports that her office is bogged down with complaints from taxpayers concerning their tax A lot of these complaints routed from homestead exemptions which were inadvertently left off the county tax roll prepared by the Comal County Central Appraisal Correcting these mistakes takes which is why Bond said he does not know how much money the county has to work I dont know how much the tax collections will be for January because of the mistakes made on the tax bills that have to be changed when people pay he said in a telephone Until she Clennan gets them tax bills processed which amount to close to parcels we wont know how short we added referring to the county When Commissioners Court adopted this years budget in Bond said the court braced itself for the worst by setting aside approximately in a contingency The court knew that since the tax bills went out late this year due to the Central Appraisal not being able to get the county its property tax roll on time they would be losing money in Bond Weve never had our tax statements go out later than which is when we usually collect a he Interest is drawn on those bills paid he This year I estimate well probably lose about in he But thats also built into the and lower interest The countys budget is not in serious financial See Page 14 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for clear and mild clear and not as cold and patchy early morning fog becoming generally fair and a little Winds will be from the northeast at 510 mph and variable at less than 10 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Friday will be at No Boring Super Bowl He admits to having been a bit conservative in past Super of designing a game plan to not rather than to But in Sundays Super Bowl Miami coach Don Shula promises aggressive football the kind of play that got the Dolphins to the championship See Page DEAR TV Task force seeking tighter county controls When it conies to subdivision plat variances by Com missioners Court seem to have become the rule rather than the ex ception on matters extremely vital to the health and welfare of the citizens of this This is according to the Citizens Task Force on a group con cerned about the quality and quantity of the countys water specifically in Canyon Lake and other areas located over the Glen RoseTrinity Betty head of the task has presented the court with her groups general recommendations on county subdivision rules and which are currently being Acknowledging that subdivision rules and regulations werent always stringently Com missioners Court in 1981 appointed a committee to study This committee which consisted of former County Sanitarian Ed Grist now County Engineer Bill Commissioner Jumbo Evans and Court Ad ministrator Tim Darilek completed its task last The courts response to its recommendations were turned back to individual members of the com who are now working on their second Darilek said He expects the second draft to be ready for review in the next couple of Learning that the county was reviewing its subdivision rules and regulations is what prompted Bakers task force to work on its own We have found in going over the rules and regulations that not near as many things need to be changed or added as there seems to be a need for tightening up of adherence to and enforcing of the existing Baker told the court In a telephone Darilek agreed with Bakers saying a lot of the issues they bring up are why were in the process of See Page 14
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