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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas t Itch New Braunfels 190 Zejtuno FRIDAY September 25 cents 20 Pages 2 Sections USPS 377880 City sued again on voting plan By DYANNE FRY Staff writnr The City of New Braunfels joined the New Braunfels ISO on the federal court rolls Friday when the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Texas Rural Legal Aid filed a lawsuit challenging the citys new elec tion MALDEF and Legal Aid filed the New Braunfels suit at 10 in San Antonios federal district along with a suit against the Seguin Independent School Both actions are in protest of the at largebyplace method of electing which MALDEF contends discriminates against minority candidates and In New we are challenging most particularly the maintenance of the three atlarge said MALDEF attorney Judith Sanders Inside Todays Weather Coma County forecast calls for sunny mostly clear and sunny and warm Winds will be northeasterly at 510 mph light and easterly and southeasterly near 10 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at Cup Showdown Australia II and Liberty meet Saturday in the deciding race of the Americas Cup yachting with the longest winning streak in sporting history on the Page Rangerettes Roll Smithson Valley got a complete team effort to defeat Southside in both teams District 263A opener Thursday night at Smithson Page STOCKS TV Last New Braunfels changed its City Council election system from seven atlarge places to four singlemember districts and three atlarge In one of the singlemember districts elected the first Mexican American councilman since In this new MALDEF is asking the city to implement a constitutional singlemember district SandersCastro The suit against the Seguin ISD is similar to the one MALDEF filed against the New Braunfels ISD last Both boards now have seven all elected at large by majority The NBISD suit is now in the discovery and wont come to court for several months The district is now taking steps to revise its system without court It has scheduled a public hearing to discuss conversion to a district election Peace plan rumored in Mideast Lebanon AP The USS New the worlds only active steamed toward Beirut today as the Lebanese government leaked a report that a new peace plan had been drafted to halt the bloody civil Beirut radio stations and newspapers said and Saudi mediators had worked out a com prehensive plan to halt the fighting and convene a MoslemChristian national reconciliation con ference in Saudi The officially leaked reports said President Amin Gemayels proAmerican administration and the Sovietbacked Syrian government were due to make a final decision on the new plan by Syria has been supporting Druse militiamen and Palestinian guerrillas in fighting against the Lebanese army over the past 19 If the peace plan is a ceasefire policed by 600 observers would be convened and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia would invitate Gemayel and leaders of warring Lebanese factions to begin reconciliation talks either in the Saudi capital of Riyadh or the Red Sea port of the radios and newspapers News of the peace proposal came after eight hours of talks which presidential envoy Robert McFarlane and Saudi mediator Rafik Hariri held Thursday in Beirut with Foreign Minister See Page 12A Pets on parade Children and their pets opened the county fair parade this and as usiia1 there some interesting costumes on both Top i e 1 1 Adam Trollmge and his goat clown around before the pirdde starts Top righi Erin Mot s u 6 d i v pressed by c O run her Lower n yood sued cow dog d A a r b j black Chihuahua in Wuests parking lot Fair more inside County wont back Edwards tax rate resolution By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor Comal County Commissioners refused to take action Thursday on a resolution Thursday to support the Edwards Underground Water District tax While the commissioners told Edwards board member Oliver Haas they supported his efforts as an in there were too many questions that had to be answered in order to support a Haas asked the commissioners to support the per valuation property tax He said Bexar County would be the only county paying substantially higher taxes if the rate goes into The Bexar County Appraisal District reappraised all properties at fair market Comal County did that work last and is already paying the The Edwards board lowered the tax rate from 2 cents to cents last year in partial compensation for the property Now that property values have been reset in Bexar the districts most populous the EUWD could set the tax rate at cents per valuation and still have enough money for operating Haas told the When asked by Commissioner Precinct 1 Jumbo Evans what would be used with the remaining cents of the tax said he wanted to see the district use the surplus funds to develop surface All people along the underground stretch would gain from surf act water Haas It doesnt take a water expert to see that were heading toward a he We would have to come up with a source of water that we could use in conjuction with wards Haas could not give the com missioners a specific answer as to how the district cam about the cent I couldnt tell you about the specifics because I dont know i yet i what they he Commissioner Precinct 2 Monroe Wetz voiced the most criticism about the taxing process anil Bexar is my beef they Bexar County i should have dene something a long time Wetz Were only a few paying the San Antonio is the biggest user i of water I dont disagree with getting surface but people who are using it should pay for Haas told Wetz that the taxing or iee problem has been a sore The district tried and failed to pass legislation which would require permits to transport water or for users to pay a fee Haas said the district still hopes to pass some sort of legislation along those Wetz said he fell Hexar County would benefit more from the tax rate than the other counties Medina and Lvalde would 1 dont feel like paying moiv and mon taxes and they Bexar ounty wont do anything about the he said I dont want to pay more money without knowing what the budiiet is We cant do that to the county told Haas he would not offer his support for the tax rate Today 1 iant back you because youre asking for a blank he said If the entire district would benefit fl the hiwould support said walei is to go to who needs it most and thai is San An he said San Antonio is looking for Hays and Comal to pay the Kvaris said he haa a different concern about the lax rate The concern on my mind is the arbitrary he I dont know how we can endorse a Lax if we dont know what the figure is based on Although Wetz said he supported Haass efforts as an he repealed his complaints about the 1 dont think a small portion should be playing Santa he A greater portion of people art using this than are paying tor it t f A uWmKjpHI Money matters Funds shortage softened by odd tax year Lonme business manager for the New Uraunfels has come up with one more reason for leaving the districts odd tax collection schedule just the way it is Curtis got word Thursday that NBlSDs September allotment of state available funds will be considerably short of the mark This taken from various state are handed out to public school districts at a monthly rate of per student Based on its average daily New Braunfels should be gelling this But oil and gas revenues are down this and Slate Comptroller Bob Bullock has declared the funds not available Until further Curtis off ice will get only 1 guess they knew what they were doing when they called it state available Curtis said Thats not just our school Its affecting every school district in he added Thats his point Curtis thinks other districts will be much harder hit than New which has already collected most of its taxes for Most othei school including the Comal wont start collecting until October And school has already been in session for almost a month Im not saying we dont have a need for the state funds But were not going to have to go borrow any the NB1SL executive said The state available fund is just oae of three sources of state money for public school districts The other two are not affected by drops in Curtis said Its always been understood that the third payment might not come through but in the payments have been very regular until this he added We do come to depend on them Although he wasnt officially notified until Curtis said hed already had wind of the cutback on Monday when representatives of the different taxing entities in Comal County me I to Utlk about putting all their billing and col lee lions in one office Officials of NB1SI and the City of New which use the same Ux 21 e willing lo consider it if they dont have See TAX Plfe UA
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