New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 26, 1985, Page 14

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung February 26, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas ★ Inflation^. ★Roomtax Paul Harst receives his award DERYLCLARK/HERALD ZEI J UNO ★ Harst. Continued from Page Ii ago, I arrested an intoxicated 16-year-old. He had no idea where he was at, where he’d been or what he was saying. I called his parents, and they were made at me — not him. “That’s when I decided if parents don’t care enough to educate their kids about alcohol, I do.’’ At this morning’s breakfast meeting, Lion’s Club member Duke Abbott said he could remember Harst as a rookie. “He’s definitely grown into a qualified expert in his field. I don’t think we recognize police officers enough in the right way. That’s why I always appreciate this time of year. ’’ Harst said this morning when he started the program, "it was Just to educate the area...not to get awards like I have been lately. But the awards make all the effort worthwhile.” On Feb. 17, Harst received the Law Enforcement Medal presented by the New Braunfels chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Harst’s wife, Linda, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Harst, were at the presentation, along with Sheriff Walter Fellers, Police Chief Burney Boeck and Department of Public Safety trooper Jon Lindley. Fellers said this morning Harst is “a deserving young man doing a good job.” The Officer of the Year plaque wasn’t the only tribute Harst received from the Lion’s Club, though. Its members asked him to come back on May 14 and present his award-winning DWI program. Harst just smiled and said, “That will be fine.” Continued from Page I 0.9 percent increase. Detailing January’s price activity, the department reported these seasonally adjusted changes: —The 3.2 percent increase in fresh fruit and vegetables prices was offset by a 13.6 percent drop in egg prices. Beef and veal prices also were off. Prices for pork, poultry and fish rose for a second straight month, however. The costs of meals eaten outside the home and of alcoholic beverages were unchanged. Overall, the 0.2 percent food price gain was half the 0.4 percent gain in December. —Housing costs rose 0.1 percent, following a 0.2 percent gain in December. Prices rose 0.2 percent for homeowners and 0.4 percent for renters last month. —Energy prices overall declined for the second month running, down 0.3 percent. Fuel oil prices fell 2.9 percent and were 15.4 percent under their peak of April 1981. Prices for natural gas and electricity, however, rose 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. —Overall transportation costs rose 0.3 percent. New cars prices rose 0.3 percent while used car prices rose 1.8 percent. Continued from Page I plans to establish a separate group within the chamber dedicated to the attraction of tourism. “We’re the people that are out there working to get it (the room tax money),” he said. “We do have a committee within the Chamber of Commerce” which gives input into the operation and advertising budget for attracting tourists. “The majority is not in favor of pulling it (the convention and tourist committee) out of the Chamber of Commerce,” Brandt said. “It’s a working program. It’s good.” Chamber vice-president John Chunn told Council that if “you spend that much money going after convention business, you will be greatly wasting the taxpayers’ money.” Rodeway Inn manager Ed Henkel said the lack of large convention factilities here doesn’t make it cost effective to spend a lot of money attracting conventions. “Hotel accomodations we do have, but we do not have the facilities for those people to meet,” Henkel told the crowd. “We’re not just talking about one meeting room...you’re dealing with meeting space, eating space, drinking space. You cannot have them all in (Hie room.” Other hotel-motel people opposed the tax increase and establishing another tourist bureau. One reason for their reluctance to change is the recovery period they are facing this summer following last year’s drought. “Last year we suffered probably the worst experience this town has suffered, with the exception of 1972 (the year of a devastating flood), in the way of tourist business,” said Jeff Henry, co-owner of Lands Resort andSchlitterbahn. “We had a bad year. This is not the year to penalize the tourist industry.” At 4 cents on the dollar, Uie local portion of the room tax brought in $200,000 last year. Based on that figure, the 2-cent addition, which represents a 50 percent increase in the local tax, would bring in 50 percent of $200,000, or an additional $100,000 in new funds. All of that would go to the Chamber’s tourist fund. Applying the new percentages to last years 4-cent pie, the Chamber's 55 percent translates to $110,000. The city’s 20 percent share comes to $40,000, which Good-bread said could be used to “clean up some of the problems caused by tourists — the natural by-product” of tourism. The Arts and Cultural Commission will get 20 percent (or also $40,000, based on last year’s collections), while the museum fund, for the Sophienburg Museum and Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, will be alloted 5 percent ($10,000). The Arts and Cultural Commission originally had asked for 15 percent of the fund, and tentatively proposed giving each of the two museums 2 percent of that amount. The room tax division is under a two-year contract. “It’s ridiculous to go through a gunfight at the OK Corral every year,” Goodbread said. ★ County Continued from Page I million in certificates of obligation) were under terms of the old contract. They could not take the $5 million without pledging securities to back it up under either contract, so I don’t see where any losses are incurred,” Clark said. Commissioner Bill George pointed out though that if the securities were bought with the assumption that the contract was going to be signed, that the bank could have left itself open to a loss. County auditor Bate Bond had negotiated before the bid opening with the president of New Braunfels National Bank to purchase treasury bills with the $5 million for the county so that no securites would have to be bought by the bank. This strategy would have allowed the bank not to tie up money in securing the $5 million since no one knew who would get the depository contract. T-bills earn a little over 8 percent currently. However, the day the bids were being awarded, Bond called Keith Daniels of New Braunfels National and worked out a better rate: the $5 million would be invested in certificates of deposit for 45 days at 9.381 percent. The securities to back this money are for a longer period of time and expose the bank to some loss. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: February 26, 1985

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