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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas On the rise State aid, school property taxes help fund reforms Deaths AUSTIN (AP) — Local school trustees in Texas levied the largest school property tax hike in history, while state aid to schools increased by $1 billion last year, the Texas Research League reports. The privately funded research organization said trustees in the 1,068 local school districts levied a $519 million property tax increase for a total tax bill of $4.1 billion. The statewide average increase was 14.3 percent, the league said Monday. School property taxes in 1984-85 averaged 62.2 cents per $100 of market value, the researchers reported. During a special legislative session in the summer of 1984, lawmakers enacted sweeping reforms for public schools in Texas — including higher teacher salaries and tougher standards for students and teachers. To help fund those changes and highway improvements, the Legislature also enacted the largest tax increase in state history — a three-year $4.8 billion boost, primarily in the sales tax and motor fuel taxes. The additional $1 billion in state aid pushed the total state financial assistance to schools to $4.6 billion, the research group said. The research league, in its annual report on education in Texas, said school budgets adopted last year called for spending of $3,103 per student for current operations. Eighty percent of that money was spent for salaries, the league said. Statewide, payroll expense averaged $2,487 per student. According to the report, the average salary for classroom teachers among all school districts in Texas was $20,117. The report also said there was an average of one teacher for every 16.2 pupils statewide, although small classes at the high school level and abbreviated teaching schedules meant that many classes had more than the average number of students, the league said. The new reform law calls for no more than 22 students in kindergarten, first and second grade classes next year. In looking ahead, the research league said that compared to the $1 billion increase in state aid last year, only $129 million more in state funds will be distributed to schools next year.' “Only 492 districts will get more; the other 576 districts will receive less,” the report said. It said that strategy to equalize aid to the various districts “presupposes that local property taxes will remain about the same.” However, it said, “the large property tax increase last year ... substantially negated the equalization improvement that the Legislature tried to achieve.” New Medicare tax on its way to full committee WASHINGTON (AP) - A House subcommittee, while rejecting an administration proposal for an across-the-board increase in Medicare health insurance premiums, has approved a new Medicare tax to be paid by elderly recipients with incomes above $20,000. The House Ways and Means subcommittee on health approved the tax Monday as part of a package of Medicare changes that could go to the full Ways and Means committee next week. It would affect individuals with incomes above $20,000 and couples with incomes above $40,000 who participate in Medicare, the government’s health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., the subcommittee’s chairman, said the proposal was drafted as an alternative to the Reagan administration’s plan to raise premiums for Medicare Part B coverage, which pays doctor bills. The administration proposal would have raised the monthly fee for everyone by the same amount. Stark did not call it a tax. instead referring to the measure as “an income-related premium collected by the Internal Revenue Service.” In his 1986 budget proposal, President Reagan said individuals are paying too little of the cost of their Medicare Part B coverage. When the coverage was established, he said. individuals paid 50 percent of the cost. But the premium increase has been sharply restricted, he said, and the current premium of $15.50 a month pays less than a quarter of the program’s costs. Reagan’s proposed solution would have boosted the premium to $16.80 in 1986, and continued boosting it by-two percentage points a year for the next four years. By that time, he said, premiums would pay 35 percent of the costs. Stark’s subcommittee agreed to increase the income from premiums by about $400 million over three years, so the premiums would pay 25 percent of program costs. Under the panel’s bill, the general premium would be frozen at somewhere $15 and $16 a month. Overall, Stark said, the bill approved by the subcommittee will save $10 billion. Stocks Market responds to Reagan's health NEW YORK i AP) — Stock prices showed a small gam today as the market responded calmly to the latest news on President Reagan s health. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials rose 3.25 to 1.338.71 rn the first hour. Gainers held a 5-4 lead over losers among New York Stock Exchange-listed issues. Just after the market closed on Monday, doctors reported that a polyp they had removed from the President’s colon was cancerous But they also said they found no evidence that the malignancy had spread They estimated the chances of no recurrence of the cancer to be better than 50 percent. NEW YORK (AP • Morning stocks AMR Corp Amer Can Amentech AMI Inc Am Motors AmSland Amer TI»T Amoco Armcolnc AtlRichfld BancTexas Be UA dan BellSouth Beth Steel Borden s CaterpTr Cantel ChesebgP Chevron Chrysler Coasts ICps CocaCola Coleman ComlMetl Delta Airt DiamShm Dow Chem Dressrlnd duPont EastKodak s Enserch F rites I ne Exxon EedlCo Firestone FtBcpTex Flowered s FordMot GAF Corp GTE Corp GnDynam Gentle*.- Gen Food Gen Motors GnMolr E a Goodrich Goodyear GlAtlPac Gulf StaUt Ha ll burtn HoUdayCorp Houstlnd HughesTl Interfst IBM Intl Harv Int Paper JohnaJn K mart KrogerCo LTV Corp Litton Ind LoneSta Ind Lowes MCorp May DSI s Medtronic MobU Monsanto Motorola NabiscoBrd NYNEX Ow ens IU PacifTel Penney JC Phelps Dod phUipPts Polaroid ProctGamb PubS NwMx BCA SwstBell CUJ-S. 874 864 Sperry Cp SIS 504 51 StdOUOh 45 Va 454 454 Sun Comp 47*a 474 474 TNP Ent 214 214 214 Tandy 304 304 304 Tenneco 414 414 414 Texaco Inc 354 354 354 TexAmBnch 324 324 324 TexComBn 314 314 314 TexEastn 33 324 33 Texas Inst 964 96 964 TexasOGas 154 154 154 Tex Util 314 31 314 Textron 574 574 574 Tyler s 154 154 154 Un Carbide 46 474 474 UnPacCp 504 50 504 US Steel 274 264 264 USW est 834 824 824 UmTel 234 234 234 Unocal 264 264 264 WalMart 504 50 504 WesttfhEl 354 35 35 Xerox Cp 544 544 544 ZenithE 174 174 174 Rusty Brandt’s Problem: Heavy-traffic carpet to clean... IN 350 ROOMS! (Mr Brandt manages the well-known CAMP WARNECKE RESORTS.) His Solution; “I'm glad I called the professiona!--Terry Streuer. His regular carpet cleaning and care keep Camp Warnecke’s carpets much fresher...prettier. We need his protection of our Pig carpet investment’ CALL TERRY FOR FREE ESTIMATE 629-1322 1630 Highway 81 West fUpBankCp Sabine Safeway SFeSouPac SeartRoeb Singer Co Southern Co Southland Hi«h Lo » last 504 494 494 594 594 594 954 954 954 274 274 274 34 34 34 314 314 314 224 214 214 624 61T* 624 9 84 84 564 564 564 24 24 24 954 954 954 44 * 44 444 174 174 174 404 404 404 364 354 364 434 43 43 344 334 34 364 364 364 344 344 344 334 334 334 734 724 73 32 314 314 164 164 164 524 514 52 18 174 174 364 354 364 224 224 224 584 564 584 454 454 454 244 244 244 204 204 204 524 514 524 39 39 39 214 214 214 124 124 124 194 184 ie7a 43 424 424 354 354 354 414 414 414 794 79 794 614 614 614 834 63 83 684 674 68 404 40 404 304 304 304 214 284 284 164 164 164 164 164 164 28 274 274 54 534 534 29 284 284 124 124 124 114 ll 114 1264 1254 1264 64 84 84 504 504 504 464 464 484 364 354 364 444 444 464 74 74 74 824 824 824 264 26 284 274 274 274 224 224 224 524 514 524 344 344 364 294 294 294 494 494 694 334 334 334 83 824 83 92 914 914 414 684 684 114 61 614 49 684 614 204 194 20 114 114 114 33 324 33 574 57 574 214 284 284 47 684 664 324 32 Va 32 Va 104 154 154 324 324 324 344 36 364 364 38 384 394 394 394 234 23 23 364 384 384 THE NATURAL GAS DIFFERENCE. DEPENDABLE COOLING. What a difference it makes when you cool your home with reliable natural gas. Prestigious gas air conditioning units are built to last at least twice as long as electric. And because they use no compressor, they require less maintenance and lose no efficiency over the years. Natural gas dives so many things better, because its a more efficient energy source. The dependable way to make a difference in your family’s summer comfort. And remember: when you use natural gas wisely, you’re conserving our natural resources. LIMITED IO YEAR WARRANTY Natural gas air conditioners carry a 10-year limited warranty. INIIX Because you know the difference. Ruth B. Gray Funeral services for Ruth B. Gray of 549 Sycamore St. will be at 2 p.m. today at Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Zirkel officiating. Burial will follow at Comal Cemetery. Gray, 66, died July 15 at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a one-week stay. The daughter of Iona (nee Landers) and W.C. Wilson was bom Feb. 6. 1919, in Springer, Okla. She had lived in New Braunfels for 30 years and managed Comal Bowl until she retired. Survivors include a daughter, Georgia Erickson of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sons, John Gray and William Gray, both of New Braunfels; a sister, Mary Powell of Ardmore, Okla.; a brother, Bill Wilson of Checotah, Okla.; and five grandchildren. T.R. 'Ralph' Botts Funeral services for T.R. “Ralph” Botts of 588 Casten were Monday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Thrift officiating. Burial was in Oddfellow Cemetery in Gonzales. Botts, 77, died July 13 at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a 10-day stay. The son of Ada Eugenia (nee Thames) and Thomas Jefferson Botts, he was bom Sept. 15, 1907, in Gonzales. He married Eula Mae Shanklin Feb. 2, 1929, in Gonzales. Botts worked as a railroad express agent until he retired. He was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eula Mae Botts; a daughter, Nell Clark of Caldwell; four sisters, Alma Hale, Lola Corder and Robbie Dickey, all of Iowa Park, and Jewel Kelso Anderson of Gonzales; a brother, Bennie B. Botts of Gonzales; and one grandchild. Memorials may be sent to the McKenna Memorial Hospital. Anita B. Gerth Funeral services for Anita B. Gerth of 631 Lakeview are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home. Gerth, 85, died July 16 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. CHURCH’S TODAY’S THOUGHTS! WITH BOB DIETZ WHAT IS A HUSBAND? A husband is the only labor-saving device you can cuddle! A husband is the person who changes “I" into "we”, "me" into "us”. and living into loving A husband is the person who does not know where the cups are kept atter 22 years of marriage. A husband is the man to whom you gave the best years of your life, because he made them the best years of your life His standing joke, "The best thing you ever did was marry me." is nearer to the truth than he will ever know CHERISH YOUR LOVE Tenderly, tenderly, cherish your love, Share it in joy and in sorrow Love is the essence, the answer, the all -Gift of each glowing tomorrow ★- When Your Thoughts Turn To Eating Out Think Of... Church’s Fried Chicken 824 W. San Antonio New Braunfels 625-0491 Let’s Reformation about your changing telephone service from Doyle Bebee Manager-Community Relations Spotlight on Thus Texas has become the envy of many other states And It s not just because of our mouth-watering chili and mesquite-smoked barbecue Our state is now attracting more and more businesses to headquarter or locate a major operation here. Corpus Christi was just chosen as the new U.S. Navy base for the battleship Wisconsin And supjxirt warships will be stationed in the Houston-Galveston area The annual economic impact is expected to top S250 million No longer is our state a land of only oil and agriculture. While those industries still play major roles, they are now part of a varied big picture, which includes the banking, defense, computer, tourism and telecommunications industries, to name a tew Regardless of their locations within Texas, the influx of new businesses is a boon to the whole state. New- businesses increase the state s tax base and create new jobs for all TVxans. Attracting new businesses helping to draw new businesses to Tfcxas are the state s abundant resources, good climate, excellent transportation and hard-working residents For example, good transportation was a dominating reason for Southwestern Bell Telephone s recent decision to locate a major distribution w arehouse in Lancaster, south of Dallas The new 490.000 square foot complex will serve all five of our company's states In addition to transportation, telecommunications facilities are also important in many business relocation decisions Southwestern Bell Telephone is proud to offer top-notch telecommunications in the 450 towns it serves in Tlrxas For the eighth year in a row. we are investing more than SI billion in new construction to meet Ttxas growth and to continue adding state-of-the art communications facilities. Reasonable phone rates Also. T?xas residential telephone rates are among the lowest in the nation. In fact, a recent study conducted by an investment brokerage firm — Smith Barney — found Texans had the lowest average monthly residence bill among the 18 states surveyed. From 1975 to 1984. the average residential phone service for most Texans increased only 44 percent. During that time, the Consumer Price Index rose 93 percent, gasoline went up 117 percent, medical costs increased 184 percent, while natural gas prices rose 239 percent. In fact, statistics show it actually takes a smaller percentage of earned income to pay for telephone service today than It did 25 years ago. Even at our current proposed increases. Texans will continue to enjoy quality communications at affordable rates. What makes TFxas grow? It s a lot of factors, from its highways to its telecommunications services to Its state government that actively works to promote economic development. It s also good people. Including Southwestern Bell Telephone's 35,000 Texas employees. We're proud of our traditions of sendee In the state since the late 1800s And we’re confident of our abilities to continue meeting the needs of our growing state. @ Southwestern Bel Telephone Tanana providing iMcommumcMioni tor a growing aula Doyle Bebee SW Bell Telephone 403 South River Seguin. TX 78155 ;