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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Council okays tarrate at cents ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer The 198384 tax rate for City of New Braunfels residents will be cents per Council approved the rate by unanimous vote Monday The million budget was approved after some but with no The budget will go Into effect on July first day of the next fiscal Approximately 15 percent of the budget will come from ad valorem svhlch will also be due on July Notices should be going out within the next few With a Increase In the appraised value of properties on this years the average property osvner should be paying approximately the same amount of tax he did under the current 38 cent said City Manager Fiftysix percent means a house valued at last year would have been revalued at Taxes on such a home under the old value and rate would have been With the new values and the new that same property owner will be paying The question Is whether there Is such a thing as an average property In other taxing last years re appraisal caused residential property values to double In many Commercial and Industrial properties didnt rise so because they had been closer to fair market value For this Coun cllmember Barbara Tleken wanted to consider granting the optional 40 percent exemption on made possible by a 1981 amendment to the Texas Delashmutt said It was too late to be bringing that up that If council had wanted to grant this It should have been discussed six months If the exemption were to go the overall tax rate would have to go and this would have to be duly advertised through the media and public Delashmutt didnt figure the rate with the he because he had no idea the council would even want to consider giving I brought this up to him after the Texas Municipal League conference some months said Tleken Tuesday She said she had also brought It up In a council executive but the rest of the council didnt seem Apparently Delshmutt could see no need for It figuring an extra rate because he knew It was not going to be she Tleken also took exception to the amount of money Delashmutt expects to have left over this fiscal to be applied to next years After checking with various she found that a 10percent carryover Is about New she seems to be carrying over almost 20 percent of Its budget each which might indicate Its collecting more money than It Sen IlVRO 12 New Braunfels TUESDAY May 25 cents New Texas 92 12 Pages USPS 377880 Four killed in plane crash ByJACQUELINESMITH Staff writer The Identities of four passengers killed In a plane crash Monday night near Schwab Road were still unknown at presstime but investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the The registered owner of the singleengine Cessna 182 that crashed south of town shortly before midnight was a San Antonio said Department of Public Safety John He the plane owner was known to be In San Marcos Monday and It Is believed he was planning to fly from San Marcos to San Narramore But no flight plan was the DPS official Because the four bodies were burned beyond officials have been unable to Identify any of the passengers or said Comal County Justice of the Peace Doc who was called to the scene after 1 According to the private plane clipped a highvoltage power line shortly after caught fire and crashed into a wheat field approximately 500 yards from Interstate 35 near Schwab Narramore At that time there was a heavy fog In the area and It was but officials do not yet know If the weather had anything to do with the Narramore it lit up the DPS Trooper Lynn Manforcl told who first thought the crash was lightning bolt but later learned through CB reports that thered been a plane was unavallble for comment to the HaraldZeitung because he was Investigating the Reagan no security WASHINGTON AP President lobbying for approval of the MX says rejection of the weapon by Congress would deal a blow to our national security that no foreign power would ever have been able to Speaking at a memorial dinner for the late John Ashbrook In the president called on Congress to support the MX program and In to com bine It with vigorous arms Reagan stopped In Ashland for several hours Monday night after a long weekend at his ranch near Santa then returned to the White He planned to continue his lobbying effort today in a meeting with members of Congress from both Prior to that Reagan was to meet with the National Security Council to consider revising a proposed treaty with the Soviet Union on reducing strategic bombers and Larry the deputy White House See Iago 12 Rec Center stays alive Council votes 61 to keep it open loft area closed Stuff phnta by Jotm Snntni The wreckage of a singleenginer Cessna sits in a Comal County field after Mondays crash Differences of opinion still exist on just how bad the Landa Recreation Center looked two weeks and who was to But the City Council voted Monday to keep the center provided the rear loft area Is barrod from The rear restrooms and showers will be closed ponding a favorable report from the plumbing but may bi reopened after City Manager DeUishmutt Delashmutt reported a great Improvement In overall cleanliness since city officials made their first Inspection Mayor Stratemann publicly apologized for some statements he made on the radio last decrying the prior management of the center under the Landa Recreation And the council voted i1 In favor of keeping the center open with the qualifications mentioned Mayor Pro Tern Gerald Sclmefcr cast the dissenting He said after the meeting that he would have preferred to shut down the Councllmembers Lavcrne Kberhard und Joe Rogers seemed to share a little of Schaefers though they were In favor of keeping It Rogers looked through the building before the Recreation Association called for a and agreed with the first in spection team that some parts of it were Mike president of the said the first Inspection was made at noon probably not the best since the building Is usually cleaned In late But Sco rage 12 Final arguments due in Ortiz murder trial By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer With both sides resting this the trial of Juan Ramon Ortiz has recessed until 1 The charge will be prepared this and bo ruarl Wednesday followed by closing Presiding Judge Reagan Clark said the jury will begin Us deliberations on the guilt or Innocence of Ortiz after Ortiz is charged with the slaying of Ramon one of four El Salvadorans who were bound and shot at close range along the Brazos River bank last The slayings occurred on July but the bodies werent discovered until July The states key Gerardo Origel returned briefly to the stand Monday after an allday stint A threat between Perez and Ortiz was made part of the courts record Friday with defense attorney Charles Cate asking for a Judge Clark denied the Perez had testified earlier he and his girlfriend had crossed the Rio Grande on July 2 in an in flatable and were driven to the same apartment complex in Houston where other Illegal including the four deceased El were robbed and Perez was taken back to the Creekview Apartments over the and confirmed the size of the bedroom that ho had walked off In court where he and others were hold captive back In In crossexamination Gates asked Perez if his mother Inlaw Is a and If she had put a curse on the at If she did It was only In Perez replied through the court You are not to Insult my mother inlaw She Is very to Judge Clark warned Gates on being abusive toward the states I realize hes Perez is a hostile but youre becoming more hostile than he the judge Jose maintenance man at the Creekview also testified Monday that Ortiz and other members of the smuggling gang stayed from time to tlmu at the They and and fired shots In the causing a large number of Mejla said through the He added that Juans main job was to deliver the aliens to their Mejia said members of the Los gang of referred to themselves as the Mafia of and were always ar He testified he saw people tied up being lead from apart ment to apartment Were you alarmed by all this Defense Attorney Paul Cedillo Mejia aaid Todays Weather It will be mostly cloudy today and becoming partly cloudy Winds will be from the east to southeast at 1015 mph today and and southeast near 10 mph Probability of rain Is percent 30 percent and 20 percent Sunset will be at and sunrise Wednesday will be at Part 11 SAN ANTONIO Back at it again Inmate begins second hunger strike The Spurs and the Lakers go at It again tonight in the and once again the spotlight will be on the men In the Kareem AbdulJabbar for Los Angeles Artis Gilmore for San Kareem won the first battle scoring 30 points In the Lakers 110107 victory Sunday In the aeries Gasoline Squad Last Houstons bullpen didnt squelch ralliesit made them This things have begun to The New York Mets found that out Page COMICS SPORTS TV It may not come 11 big but Comal County Jail Inmate Juan Lopez Is refusing to eiit turned away his noon and overling meals and breakfast Jailor Walt Sumner The hunger strike Lopez participated In lasted l full and ended on May Reports have Indicated that Lopez would not drink liquids this But Sumnor Tuesday there was no way to verify that We take a coffee pot up there In the cups of orange and a pitcher of tea at noon and at He Lopez doesnt sign statements about the so theres really no way to know If hes drinking or Lopez refusal to eat Is confirmed with each meal by his signature on a medical releasing the Sheriffs Office from any health related Surnner There are five other persons on the floor with and we take five of food up So he have access to his fellow Inmates The original hunger strike began on April to protest a 10year probated sentence given to a Fort Ham Houston private for killing Ruben Sauceda Saucedas pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed by the military mans inmates Richard Margarita Maldonadoand Gilbert Gonzales refused but drunk plenty of One by the Inmates were either released from jail on bond or or transferred to a jail In another so that Lopez was the only one left In the Comal County Lopez broke the April IB strike on May ft with an evening meal of tueos and fruit He Is In pending prosecution on an April 20 Grand Jury indictment hero for passing a forged Lopez has boon to the penitentiary twice for various murder DEBBIE DoLOACH Commissioners ink jail paperwork Just how slow was the day for voting precinct judges during Saturdays jail bond election You could have read War und Peace at the polls that thats how slow It was In the opinion of County Judge Fred Clarks remarks which referred to low voter turnout in the countys million bond election Saturday were made Monday during Commissioners Courts canvassing of the election Compared to previous Saturdays was a slow A total of of the ap proximate registered voters In the county made It to the polls that Of that voted for the countys single proposition ballot and 310 voted against It must have been a long day working at those Commissioner Jumbo Evans noted as the court viewed each of the countys 23 voting precinct As was expected no surprises arose out the vote The figures mulched those totals posted Saturday following the closing of the The proposition carried the majority in all of the 23 county voting precincts and In the 100 absentee votes Finding all to be In the court officially certified Saturdays election in which voters overwhelmingly approved the countys issuing million in bonds to pay for the con struction of a new county Jail and to purchase See Iage 12
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