Wednesday, September 28, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas IP New Braunfels 193 Zcituno o A WEDNESDAY September 25 cents 30 Pages Sections USPS 377880 Edwards board compromises on sixth vote V JU M Standing room only By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Directors of the Edwards Un derground Water District couldnt agree on either of the tax rates that came up in the budget But after six votes and much they came up with a compromise Property taxes for 1984 will be assessed at cents per Directors approved the rate Tuesday by a 105 only just achieving the twothirds majority required for EUWD board The new rate is fourtenths of a cent lower than the present tax rate of cents per But with all Bexar County properties just recently re valued by the Bexar County Appraisal the rate will actually bring in some more revenue than the EUWD collected this In we voted six different said Oliver one of three Comal County directors who attended Tuesdays meeting in San It was a stormy At a special meeting two weeks Haas had proposed leaving the tax rate at EUWD manager Tom Fox reported that the district could cover its 1984 budget with a tax rate of cents per The rate would have generated an extra Haas wanted to channel this money into the districts surface water development which he feels is crucial to the future of the Edwards A majority of the directors present voted with and a taxincrease hearing was held in Bexar Property taxes in Uvalde and Medina counties wouldnt have been drastically since values in those counties were brought up to date in When all IS of the directors got back together at the Institute of Texan Cultures on only nine of them voted in favor of the Ten votes were needed for a two thirds The tax rate with eight votes for and seven Haas and the other Comal County board Carroll Hoffmann and Craig held out for the higher as did one of the three Bexar County With two unsuccessful votes on Haas split the difference and proposed a rate of cents per Once the group voted 9 to 6 in but that wasnt good See Page 12A Fans line up for tickets outside New Braunfels High School this morning Long lines Tickets didnt last very long at New Braunfels High School By DAVID KING Sports Editor Neither fog nor rain nor gloom of Nor the thought of having to sit on milk crates or crowd in with your neighbor or stand up for four hours deterred approximately 200 fans who lined up for tickets for the New BraunfelsCanyon football game early Wednesday New Braunfels share of the Cougar Stadium reserved seats 286 tickets was gone in 20 and to 500 general admission seats were sold soon But Charlie Smith didnt have to worry about getting a seat he showed up on the New Braunfels High School front steps at 4 But no one else showed up till so I could have slept another Smith said after getting his The lines were long by 7 and the fans passed the time by grumbling about the lack of space at Cougar Theyre going to have to stack milk crates for people to sit noted police Felix who was in Canyons share of the tickets sold out in 15 minutes Tuesday and standing room only crowds are expected for the Fivecent tax hike needed for new exemption If the City of New BraunjFeis decides to grant an extra 46 percent homestead exemption in it would have to rate the tax rate ap proximately five cents to make up the City Council members now must sort through the heap of figures they received at Tuesdays and decide whether the taxpayers would come out far enough ahead to make a The three experts there agreed on one City tax assessor Glyn Goff admitted that the 1982 reappraisals created something of a tax with residential property values taking a bigger jump than com mercial and industrial But Chief Appraiser Glenn Bracks and Comal ISO business manager Hugo Nowotny said the shift in the city rolls was not nearly as disproportionate as it was on CISD and Comal County So the effect of the 40percent designed to lessen the shock to homeowners when their residences were brought up to market would be less dramatic in the City Manager Delashmutt used a home an average value calculated from the 1983 tax rolls as an At the present tax rate of cents per the owner of this hypothetical home is paying in If the city chose to take 40 percent off the value of this and kept the same tax the owner would pay in But to keep its revenue City Council would need to raise the rate to said In that the exempted homeowner would pay The difference amounts to a little over a Owners of higher valued of would see a bigger drop in their But Councilmember Joe Rogers figured it wouldnt amount to much more than or per Rogers admits taxes are too high in Having my own business Rogers Music and paying myself the salary I can afford to pay I have to work one month to pay my three taxes school and he But he didnt think knocking per month off the city tax on his house would help Especially when his business would be making up part of the Last when New Braunfels prepared its first budget using the central appraisal districts new tax Goff noted that singlefamily residential property values in the New Braunfels ISO had gone up as opposed to percent on commercial and industrial proper Goff didnt have figures for the City of New but the two governments cover a lot of the same That figure included values on new which means the average increase on existing properties probably wasnt quite that Goff Mayor Stratemenn brought up another Not all those single family homes would be eligible for homestead exemptions There are a lot of people in New Braunfels that have built their retirement income on rental he A taxpayer can get a homestead exemption on just one piece of property his principal place of If the 40 percent exemption was and the tax rate hiked five cents to a landlord would pay less tax on his own house and more on the rental In he would probably raise the Stratemann putting a See Page 12A Community Council votes to hold quarterly meetings By DEBBIE DvLOACH Staff writer For the first time since a quorum showed up for a Community Council of South Central Texas The Tuesday night meeting was at the Wilson County Courthouse in where we seem to have the most luck in getting a Wilson County Judge William Cox That could explain why the CCSCT Central Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to change the by laws to hold all meetings in Before the the annual election meeting was always in New Braunfels in The 1963 election meeting in March was the last time CCSCT could muster a quorum before Tuesday The group tried in May in and in July in To combat that apparent lack of the directors voted Tuesday night to meet instead of every other But some audience members felt less frequent meetings might destroy what enthusiasm there and others were worried about becoming less When the vote quarterly The fourth Tuesday meeting date remained the but the directors voted to change the time from 7 to 7 On a more local CCSCT Executive Director Rowcroft said Comal County Judge Fred dark had asked to be removed from his seat on the Central Board of City Councilman Jose VaMemar Espinoia was nominated to replace In her directors Rowcroft said she had purchased liability insurance for Central Board of Director in effect until June She also aaid the computer purchased earlier this year by was well on its way in im She also reported the Medical Transportation which has been renewed by contract ttreugh August continues to provide an average of oneway trips per month for Redrawn 21 st District adds GOP votes to Loeff ler I I i i i i i voHv r Loeff lers 21st than some states By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor Tom Loeffler apparently strengthened his hold on his 21st Congressional District in the wake of Tuesdays redistricting ruling by the Justice And that district will continue to include Comal a spokesman for Washington office said Loeffler whose district stretches from Comal County on the east to within 50 miles of the New Mexico border on the picked up ap proximately residents of mostly Republican north Bexar County and lost a similar number when mostly Democratic Val Verde County was shifted out of his district The shifts also will help 23rd District Rep Abraham Chick i who picked up Val Verde County and lost the portion of Bexar Continental walkout eyed HOUSTON AP Union leaders for the pilots of Continental the Houston based carrier now flying under protection of federal bankruptcy are meeting today to discuss a work stoppage action against the Guy an administrative aide to the Continental Master Executive the leadership group of the airlines union said the group was decide today whether or not to walk out on the stuggling The primary issue is whether we will withdraw our services from said The action came the day after Con tinental ananagement asked a federal Judge to void four union contracts which the company attorneys claim could kill the The airline said in papers filed Tuesday the pacts are not merely they are Continental resumed business at 51 hours after it grounded its planes and asked a federal bankruptcy court in Houston to protect it from creditors while the airline reorganized Passengers were scarce on the new airlines early flights but business picked up through the spokesman Bruce Hicks Continental is offering 149 oneway fares to any of the 2S cities it now The offer is good until when ticket prices will jump to That fare will hold until Company officials have announced no plans for prices beyond that date Continentals first flight from Houston left a fogshrouded Intercontinental Airport at CDT for Iwifayette and Baton U The with a person had sii people aboard A similar flight to Denver left 20 minutes later with 18 passengers But Hicks said more than 60 percent of the seats were filled un some later flights Union responded angrily to Continentals effort to shed its contracts John B Clarke Jr a lawyer for In ternational Association of said that union will join with the Union of Flight Attendants to file papers saying the Continental petition is simpl to abrogate union contracts County that Loeffler The plan approved Tuesdav replaces a plan drawn by a federal pane in Austin for the 1982 The court drew its own boundaries after the Justice Department threw out the plan adopted b the Texas legislature in 1981 Comal Counts was included in Loefflers district in both the 1982 plan and the remap proposal passed by the before the legislature adopted its it considered alternates which would have moved Comal out of district The latest ruling apparently completes the changes in Ioefflers district since the 1980 census Ixjeffler lost all of Run nels and Concho counties under the 1982 and also lost the portions of Jeff Davis and Reeves counties which had been in his district In he picked up Midland and Presidio See Page 12A Inside Todays Wither Comal County skies will become partly doudy and warm this with a V percent chance of showers and ttiundershowers Fair skies early becoming cloudy late tonight and Thursday and partly cloudy Thursday Winds will be from the southeast at lft15 miles per hour becoming light Sunset today will be at and sunrise Thursday at CROSSWORD fC DEAR KALEIDOSCOPE 1 LlTf SPORTS 1C