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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Countys sales tax option will lower property taxes ByCOMALCOUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT On April registered voters in including those living within the city limits of New Braunfels and Garden Ridge will be able to vote on the adoption of a half of 1 cent sales and use Revenue generated by this tax would be used to reduce the amount of county taxes collected through ad valorem personal and real proper ly lax The adoption of this sales tax would essentially shift a portion of the tax burden from the properly owner to the If the estimated reduction In county ad valorem taxes would be between 16 and 18 If the proposition the sales tax would be effective Guest Column Texas Farm Bureau opposes Changes toFood Security Act By BILL HOOVER Texas Farm Bureau Texas Congressmen have been asked to support the Food Security Act of 1985 There are several current pro posals to change the Act In a letter to all members of the Texas delegation in the Texas Farm Bureau president True recently said that although agriculture is experiencing serious economic there are signs that the bill is work ing He pointed to improvements in cotton and rice Proposals by the Administration to reduce income protection through further cuts in target prices or through lower payment limitations would be very damaging to agricultures economic True said the mandatory production control pro grams proposed in the HarkmGephardt bill would also be damaging especially to the poultry and dairy sectors through substantially higher feed he said We believe net income to program crop producers would also be rather than due to the severe reductions in production which would be required under Harkm the farm leader said True told the Congressmen that the 1985 Farm Bill is not a perfect farm but that in view of the poten tial or worse legislation being Farm Bureau believes that the 1985 Act should be given an opportunity to unction without major change There is substantial discretionary authority provided to the Secretary of Agriculture in the and we will work aggressively to improve implementation through administrative True said The TFB president said that in the event major changes are Farm Bureau s primary objec tives will be to obtain changes in the conservation com pllance provision to make them more workable or Texas producers Other major objectives include 1 All deficiency payment rates deUrmmed by using the first five months of the marketing year 1 No payment limitations under thicommodity loan acreage reduction and disaster If a limitation must apply to cash deficiency we favor no limit lower than the present Producers eligible to receive payment in excess of should receive Commodity Credit Corp generic certificates not subject to 3 Farmers should be permitted to prove their Farm yields should be updated based on the most recent fiveyear history Homeowners would lose under homeequity law Texas consumers and homeowners would be the even tual losers and outofstate banks could be big winners if a homeequity loan law is passed by the Texas according to True Farmers and ranchers know all too well the pain of losing their property to bank foreclosures and this pro posed law could worsen the predicament of rural and ur ban homeowners in tough economic he Members of the states largest arm organization have repeatedly voted approval of the restrictions on home equity loans in Texas State law prohibits lending institu tions from using a homeowners equity as collateral ex cept for a home improvement loan Now that outofstate banks can do business in our a Texan could be foreclosed on by a New Jersey bank holding his home as True said The in terstate banking community sees Texas homesteads as an untapped source of capital The are concerned about losing this homestead protection law because fear becoming prey to unscrupulous lenders or even to a family member anting True said One provision of the bill limits the amount a homeowner could borrow to 8u percent o his homes ap praised yet in a foreclosure he could lose UK per cent of his the farm leader said The Texas Farm Bureau feels that the homestead protection against second mortgages has served Texans well and we are opposed to changing True said Guest Column Capsule reflects heritage By JAN HARDIN Greater New Braunleii Chamber of Commerce On Founders Salurdas ilu Sesquicenlenmal Time Capsule will be sealed at the Founders Oak Tree in Landa Park The entire community is un said general chairman Dr Fred Willard The brief will begin at lu a in The Greater New Hrauntels Chamber of Commerce initiated the planning or the SesquReiiteniual celebration in and agreed to facilitate the projects and special events involved with Texas birthday celebration in New Braunfels Designated the cils agent the City Council and later Count Commissioners Court to be their of ficial the Chamber Sesquicentenmal committees organized and facilitated numerous projects and special events We are blessed with a wealth ol talent and dedication to our heritage in New said water festival chairman Carroll Holt mann Chere chair man for the schools and time cap sule project and her committee has accomplished one of the most im portant tasks of the Sesquicenlen They have gathered data from the numerous activities A list of all the items in the time capsule will be distributed to those present at the ceremony on Satur Hoffmann said John chamber president during the enrich ed owl1 conajmujiity in many ways Working together on these events JrottgbJ us closer as a com aid Mtig results of the pro Jssgfcs wttl he enjoyed long afler the is Fest at Conservation Plaza and the o Texas Handmade Fur niture and the Mexican American Fiesta that resulted from the Ses quicenlenmal activities Me also noted the comprehensive landscap ing that was accomplished in Landa Hark to make the giant oak tree a living memorial to the founders of New Braunfels THE New Braunfels Utilities Parking Lot Saturday 10 5 Mareh 2i HUm BLOOD PRESSURE Individuals between the ages of 21 with mild to moderate high blood pressure are needed for a clinical study on a new Partieipnti will be paid U please call referred to ttae sigated events that be mmlti as the TO Until and the ad valorem tax rate would be reduced for that Absentee voting on this issue is tn progress at the Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 through March For more call County Judge Fred or commissioners Evans Neil Craigmile Lorenzo Camarillo 31 or Clyde Jacobs All can be reached at Texas getting for job retraining programs WASHINGTON AF Relief is in sight for several hundred unemployed Texas gas and steel thanks to a Labor Department grant for job restraining Labor Secretary William Brock announced Thursday that dtscretfdnary funds would be made available to the HoustonGalveston and the Permian Basin regions of Jack said the in Job Partnership Training Act funds designated for the HoustonGalveston area would go to the North San Jacinto Junior College to bolster its retraining and job placement An additional was designated for a pro gram operated by the Permian Basin Regional Area Council in Every little bit said Willie who directs the worker retraining program Permian Basin We were anticipating It was going to be We were a little bit shocked that those were the Layoffs have hit at drilling rigs and in dustries that provide services and products to the oil industry as well as at steel such as the Steel mill in Bay Town and the Armco Steel operation near Were going to try to zero in on the unemployed oil said Ed president of North San Jacinto Junior This thing has been going on so long that weve got some people who are hard Were going to have to do some remedial Lehr said the program will consist of three parts identifying the unemployed and whatever skills they classroom and dnthejdb training of Up to 18 months and a placement service that will span the Were going to try to stretch it to include as many people as we but with the limited amount of money we got i expect well only be able to retrain somewhere around 200 Another or people are in the 16coUnty area served by the regional council that could use the most of whom are from oilrelated industries or the steel he Lehr said the program would also be able to pro vide quick help to about 800 unemployed who might only need to be pointed in the direction where skills they possess are Displaced workers will be trained in a variety of including medical truck computer programmers and court Although the Permian Basin and Houston Galvestion areas are hurting from the economic downturn in the Rio Grande Valley posted the highest unemployment for the most recent figures available from the Texas Employment Com Starr County recorded an unemployment rate of percent for its work or Next was Loving County in the Permian Basin which recorded a 38 percent unemployment Texas prisons remain closed Texas AP Texas prisons remain closed today to new inmates after the number of prisoners in the 26unit system top ped a statemandated 95 percent The Texas Department of Correc tions is not expected to open its doors until next repeating an openandshut cycle that leaves the system open only two days a prison spokesman David Nunnelee For the eighth time this prisons closed their doors to new in mates at the end of the day Wednes day after more than 700 inmates were admitted during a twoday Nunnelee As of midnight there were or percent of capacity 175 inmates over the Nunnelee Only 113 in mates were released on parole he On the first day prisons reopened after a fiveday 480 new inmates while only 131 inmates were Nunnelee said This weeks closing is the seventh time in as many weeks for the Texas prison the nations third largest H Level 306 Commercial 1550 square Masonry Building United National Real Estate 9354515 The recent tax changes are the most sweeping in This year put Block on your R1 Henry Block Blocks 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