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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas MTCROPLIEX MITCH BOX 4543 A TX 75245 CISD needs funds for career ladder Inside By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISO trustees left the door open to supplement state funds and pay all teachers who qualified for career ladder But it could easily slam shut in if theres not enough carryover to start school next The 90 folks we have to do that by the end of Superintendent Bill Brown told trustees at Tuesday nights special Right we cant find the money to do But we can leave it take a look at it in and the options still there if the money CISD will receive state career ladder funds for between 8490 but the district has 176 teachers who qualified for the Level II supplement of To fund all 176 the district would need another to add to the in state CISD Business Manager Abel Campos said the moneys not there right now to fund all 176 I estimate a fund balance of at the end of our fiscal year Campos But we need start of dollars for the 198586 school because we get no state money until the last week of Sep In the Brown said the district has had to borrow money to meet its first payroll in He added he would not recommend borrowing money to fund all teachers who qualified for career because youre borrowing money one year to pay for something that happened last Campos said utilities and payroll always make startup dollars a big question We really need to see where we are in August before we make any Board President Leroy Goodson said the board would leave it open then determine in August if the district can pick up the difference locally between the teachers funded by the state and the rest who qualified for career ladder In other action Tuesday the board authorized Floyd the districts financial to prepare documents necessary to sell See Page 16A A Comal River Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Watch 50 samel 774 down 60 614 down 361 Baseball Playoffs Cougars 10 Unicorns rained out New Braunfels Herald New Texas 101 Wednesday May 25 Cents 36 Pages Cutting wheat DERYL CLARK HERALD ZEITUNG Dennis Luehlfing cuts wheat under the threat of rain Tuesday afternoon on Noland Koepps Farm between Cypress Rapids subdivision and FM Wet weather has prevented farmers from cutting their wheat earlier this Body found in lake Game Warden Neil Etheredge recovered the body of a 26 yearold drowning victim Tuesday at Canyon Wesley Douglas of 8215 Shallow Creek in San was pronounced dead by Peace Justice Howard Curly Smith at ap proximately I was standing on the shore talking to diver Randy Tomasini and I was looking right at the spot when the body Etheredge He and the diver were on the scene to begin their third days search for Bartee when he was Bartee was declared missing about 4 Sunday after he disappeared while swimming in Canyon Friends reported that he and a companion planned to swim across the but Bartee got about half way and turned He got just outside the marked swim area on the north beach when he went the game warden told by witnesses that d up and down about five times and then disappeared from The body was transported to Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels where arrangements are LCRA may get million BySANDRA JACKSON Staff writer The Lower Colorado River Authority should get little more than onethird of the million rate increase it a Public Utilities Commission hearings examiner recommended The examiners 79page report Monday recommended a million rate hike for which supplies power for Pedernales Electric Cooperative and New Braunfels PEC officials are calling the recommendation a big victory for their The lowered rate coupled with other stipulations in the should result in a negligible increase in power bills for PEC Bennie general manager of said theres a chance that customers could even see a slight reduction in their electric PEC provides electric service to the Canyon Lake area of Comal The LCRA filed in November for a twostep increase in electric rates to become effective in 1985 and The authority had proposed an initial rate increase of and a second increase of million approximately 18 months Hearings examiner Henry Card said in his In purely monetary the examiners recommendation is closest to that of the The cooperative had recommended to the PUC that the rate increase be held to Card also disallowed LCRAs plan to impose a winterpeaking rate design upon its wholesale It would have penalized only PEC See Page 16A case not a big victory New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said he wouldnt call the hearing examiners recommendation in the Lower Colorado River Authority rate case Monday a big victory for the Pedernales Electric It simply shows that logical minds have Sohn said Sohn testified in the rate representing the Wholesale PEC does not belong to the wholesale customer LCRAs request was for and that was supported by the Wholesale But various circumstances brought that recommendation down to Sohn The recom mendation from the Public Utility Commission staff got it down to Now the hearing examiners recommendation is but that doesnt include offsales systems If those figures are that brings it back up to almost he ad See Page 16A Rollback Joe Michie lights a pipe in thought Michie looks back at first year Proposed tax increases could make way for election By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer New Braunfels JSD could face a rollback election this year because the tax rate increase proposed in Tuesdays board meeting exceeds 8 Last years tax rate of cents per valuation will increase to if the board of trustees does what it announced in Tuesdays A public hearing on the required by law when the proposed tax rate is more than 3 percent over the previous was set for June and a special board meeting to ap prove the budget was set for June All board members present ap proved the intent to raise the 198566 tax rate by a roll call with only trustee Margie Waldrip What this means is that you can not decide to set the tax rate higher than the announced but you can set it Superintendent Charles Bradberry Though cents was the ap proved tax rate for last the effective tax rate of cents per valuation is the rate that the truth in taxation law requires that the percent increase be figured Lonnie assistant superin tendent of finance With that tax rate as the the percent increase would be well over the 8 percent limit that allows taxpayers to ask for a rollback But property owners would ac tually find a percent increase in their tax statements next time over last years because they bad paid cents per House Bill 72 makes up a large portion of the increases in the the superintendent Some of the items that increased caused partly by 72 were in creased number of teachers needed to meet the lower teacherstudent ratios in the primary Added personnel including those needed to open the new elementary and to keep up with the growth in the district costs more than last The career ladder will cost the district an additional and the districts part of retirement on the salary the local district pays above the state teacher salary will cost the district also another By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer New Braunfels is going through a traumatic and Joe Michie is the man in the middle of Michie celebrates his first an niversary as city manager of New Braunfels this He was hired to replace 10year veteran Delashmutt last It has been a challenging and the citys growth was a major part of that I do feel that the city of New Braunfels is going through a rather traumatic change in having to cope with the growth and with having to cope with the differences in political style and sai4 as he puffed on his everpresent We he said experiencing with certain groups of people in New with the idea of with and what it Michie said newcomers to the city have different feelings about the They have different ex pectations of what the school and county services should he Michie said the city is having its own growing because it hasnt kept up with most of its That is evidenced by the fact that its been 16 years since a bond election was he Among the issues the city should address Michie are the relationship of New Braunfels to other cities on the IH 35 See Page 16A
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