Friday, April 3, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Exercise your right to vote for three atlargecity council mem New Braunfels Ndw Texas Stammtisch Two 24 Pages Zeituno 65 Friday April 25 Cents Industrial tax appraisals inadequate Comal County chief appraiser says property values are lack documentation Walnut Square merchants sure stick A wouldbe purse snalchers attempt was foiled Wednesday morning in front of the World of Fabrics store in Walnut Square Shopping As a customer attempted to open the shop a young woman in her 20s tried to grab the womans The victims screams at tracted local who gave chase when the purse snatcher started running toward a parked car with a driver waiting on the ex pressway side of the centers park ing Running in hot pursuit of the young woman was Jim Sluder of Discount Preston Chap man of and Jow Schriewer of World of The pair got but not before the license plate number wat obtain A svoman who had seen the incident give police a description of the criminal and police questioned the victim who was visibly but who still had her Good It may be but il is nice to know there are still people who The Project Graduation Volleyball tournament that had been scheduled for tonight has been reset for Mon day at at Canyon High Students and faculty from the areas three high schoola Kill participate in the event which will raise money lor the substancefree Project Graduation celebrations at the schools It ought to be a fun time trying to figure out who has the best volley Judy Landry of Parents Without Partners said her group turned out en masse last night to see Circle Arts Theatres new production of Brighton Beach Memoirs Judy The play is very good and added that it would be worth anyones while to go sec it The play opened last night for a fourweekend run and a benefit per formance lor Hospice New Braunfels will be held April 9 Tickets and reservations for all shows are available at Krause 6250251 your right to vote Satur but when you do so in the city please make sure you vote or three persons Nine candidates are competing for THKKK at large seals and you will cheat yourself and screw up the results if you only vote for one person Polls open at 7 a m and will close at 7 p m Along with the city council Comal County is holding a halfcent sales tax vote and an elec lion on the creation of a Spring Branch Fire District New Braunfels 1SU has three persons running for District 5 and one per son running in Comal 1SD has two persons runn ing for two at large seals on that school board Polling places and a county precinct map are again in cluded on Page 5A of todays Herald ByJIMWEBRE Staff Writer Ad valorem tax values for Comal Central Ap praisal Districts largest dustrial accounts are inadequate to ensure ac curacy and defensibllity in the tax appraisal Based on review of more than 35 highvalue commercial and industrial appraisal numerous entries for properties and businesses with appraised values are justified only by en tries reading simply appurtenances and drops and reflect values in some exceed tens of millions of Drops in these cases appear to refer to utility connec tions and lines attached tb buildings for which there is no indication of appraisal of contents or other Comal CAD directors have asked Chief Ap praiser Richard Rhodes to investigate the records gap and made such a top priority for the chief Comal CAD since 1981 has relied on Thomas Pickett consulting engineers and appraisers for ad valorem valuations on these in sites at a cost of more than Comal officials did not have the expertise or means to ap praise these Rhodes in his proposed 1988 budget totaling has cut the allocation for appraisal ser vices to which he said would be needed for contract services only so far as necessary when CAD staff get up to speed with industrial appraisals which I intend to do Within two to three years we should be able to do all the real property appraisals the leg and rely on contract services for consultation on complex Rhodes CAD board chairman David has ex pressed concern for some time over industrial values and whether their validity could be defended if appeals of appraisals were For some of Rhodes gesturing at several stacks of files representing the ap praisal histories of some 40 dustrial There is nothing other than the tax roll that shows the value or how that value was arrived Im not saying these values are but I dont know if theyre There is insufficient documentation to prove he Some documentation and latest values date back to November A spokeswoman for Thomas Pickett said the firms manager for the Comal Bill was not available early Thursday She said Goad or the firms presi dent would but neither returned telephone calls Thursday They Picketts appraisers did what they were asked to They delivered a value by the deadline Its amazing they produce all this at Rhodes He added that recent con tact with Pickett representatives has resulted in better and more documentation of in appraisals for the upcom ing tax In one an industrial firm refused to allow Pickett or Comal CAD appraisers onto the business site or into the physical plant at saying the company was a private business and inspection would only be allowed if sought by the Internal Revenue Service and shareholders in the The firm has since changed ownership and updated records of real property and inventory reportedly will be made available for fiscal CAD records Renditions of pro perty by owners are not a matter of public although virtually all other records of the appraisal district A formal appraisal of the company has never been made either by Pickett or CAD since records Picketts contract with Comal CAD states the contractor will appraise real property for 31 personal pro See PageZA By SARAH DUKE Writer The message about dope in to school district officials voweii Thursday thai which drew more than TOO people the New Braunfels Civic Center Thursday be of a to stop and yent drug among local Eight all with ex perience in dealing with drug I gave the crowd of parents and children 4t the seminar with a glimpse at the horrors of drug The Speakers brought home the fact New Braunfels is no Cerent from any other place in that this town has its share of drug abusers from speed ad dicts to the office workers and bousewifes who abuse common principal of nyoo Middle said local parents must join together in their effort to protect their and their families frpm suffering the pains of drug pon a parent who lost a tgft the agony of said hopes no other f am ly has to suffer the paUi he and his family ex nothing 4o reayce the de Dave Quilter Drug Enforcement Agency said he never thought drugs could affect his family until he discovered his son was involved with marijuana After struggling for years to help his child recover from drug and alcohol West said his son commit ted County Attorney Bill Relmer told parents they have to face the reality of the Comal County drug Here in Comal County there has kind of been a con spiracy of We all wanted to think of this place a pristine But New Brgynfels is no different we hive a he MyAny drug you can find in in New in San you find in New Reimer He parents who look the other way when they hear of juveniles drinkjng and said parents have to realize that Candidates anticipate hard tough decisions after voters decideatlarge seats EDITORS NOTE Eight of the nine candidates seeking three atlarge seats on New Braunfels City Council in Saturdays municipal election gathered Thursday for an informal discussion of issues and philosophy concerning city Incumbent James inter vtewedjearlier irj the was unable to attend the meetingwith HeraldZeitung representatives because of a commitment to attend a crucially important public meeting on drug His comments cannot be con Sidered in context of those of his fellow citizens running to represent not a single district but all New Braunfelsers ByJIMWEBRE and DAVID MAY Staff Writers All eight candidates running alongside incumbent James Goodbread and for the two other allarge seats on New Braunfels City Council vacated by Barbara Tieken and Max Winkler believe City Manager Joe Michie should be able to step on political toes if it means a more costeffective and equitable New Goodbread stands on his record as a twoyear council member and shouldnt be a bad He has voted for the most recent sign control or dinance and says he votes in tandem with no one His political opponents in the race speak objectively about him and agree his record and experience are the key things for voters to remember The challengers are investment banker Dennis amusement park owner and accountant Gary plant store owner Bob interior fur nishings store owner Dennis retired minister and businessman Bob former police officer and insurance agency coowner Doug hosiery distributor and former candidate for state representative and San Antonio mayor George and auditor and accountant Lupe Castillo The eight nonincumbent candidates agree a city manager should be able to tell the public and city council that the city needs a sizable increase m property taxes to break evenand deliver firstclass city services and not be in fear of his job All but Miller said they question whether the city manager should have a binding contract for a specific Miller said a contract at a future date might be necessary to ensure reasonable job security for him and all city employees under his Since the city charter disallows the city manager working under con Miller pointed out that such a change would require a charter amendment to be voted on by the citizenry at Pacharzina said the mayors seat on the council is ceremonial and the eight nonincumbents agreed with Henrys statement that the mayor should not have a desk in the city managers Bigley and Arnold agreed that a contract is only as good as the people behind One commonality is all eight acknowledge that the next few at will mean open debate inherently emotional but hopefully respectfully Castillo joked that he was going to buy a bulletproof but all said they expected and would understand heated controversy over many of the most important issues facing the All promise accessibility to their broad and all said they would stress public contact with a broad base of citizens if they are Bigley flatly opposes any but a sales tax increase through expanded markets to generate city revenue and says he would support a sales tax on commercial ser An increase in ad valorem property taxes is the save for said None commit to any specific percentage and some question the citys math in estimating revenues The question of a property tax hike may be politically save for the remaining non incumbents and Goodbread all say the public needs to look at the reasons for such an without which the city will face financial hardship The greatest divergence among the nine total can didates is over comprehensive land use controls Good bread is in favor of the cits maintaining a zoning or dinance Rhoads said he believes the city council has pro ffered too many waivers and special use while Miller and Castillo indicated they believe flexibility in planning Page2A Marion candidate indicted Airplane defendants have charges dropped JQHNKASTNES Correspondent Almost 60 people who were among those arrested in a raid of an illegal gambling game in Marion in January will the charges ac cording to Guadalupe County At torney Elizabeth The defendants were arrested following an undercover operation at a party in which prospects were allegedly being lined up to play the Airplane an endless chain scheme prohibited by slate law 4ceprdjng to onjy of pleaded gujlty to the Class B misdemeanor receiving a fine and being assessed court costs The individual also was place4 on sis months proba tion are still pen ding against two other UidividujaJs who were arrested during the Jandt indicated she would like to target the organizers of the scheme Those are the ones that Id like to get out of there she said Two other individuals were if rested in the raid face punishment of njonjtfes in COUftty By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent in what is termed a political move by county 39yearold Sammy who is seeking a spot on the Marion City Council has been indicled by a Guadalupe County Grand Jury for felony theft Pfannstiel is accused of steaiing a GMS pickup truck from Arthur Perez of San Antonio The indictment charg ing Pfannstiel with the theft was returned late Thursday afternoon after Guadalupe County District Attorney Bud Kirkendall called a Seguin man to with immunity from before District Judge Gus Strauss in open The man refused to testify When contacted after the Grand Jury Pfann stiel Its All it is a political deal They dont have any real proof that anything was he The truck was confiscated from me last January and it is real consequential that this would come just two before the the son of a former Pfannstiel has locked horns with local court officials before In he reached an settlement with Guadalupe County and the city of Marion yj a civil rights case Pfannstiel is suing the city of the Texas McQAplie Beverage Commission and Southern Pacific Railroad for a civil rights violation Thj truck Wp seized by GusdaXupe County Sheriffs Pepgty kajry MflraweijU and Department of Public Sole ly Henry Brune on J an 27 The truck wajs stolen on J UAe In a civil suit filed in Uj District Court in Seguin to Brune alleged the truck owned by Pfannstiel bore the same vehicle registration number as the truck Perez reported stolen During grand testimony Thursday Steven of Seguin was called into upen court before Judge Strauss to testify about the alleged the Carter pleaded the Fiflh Amendment against self mcriminalion vshen Kirkendalt asked him if he had an knowledge about the truck owned or about changing the registration number Strauss has taken under advisement a contemptofcourt order on Carter Pfannstiel is a rodeo producer in Marion He said the indictment is a political vendetta against him by lawmen and county offficials who dont want him elected to city office Pfannstiel also mentioned thai past charges against him stem from court victories against county in Pfannstiel was awarded m a settlement with the the city ol Marion the former district at Guadalupe County Attorney Elizabeth Jandt and Sheriff Pete Kallies The city of Marion has been pounded by major political moves in the last two months Late w former Marion mayor Bill Little resigned after taking heat from residents and council concerning his decision not to hire a city manager Short ly after current Mayor Stanley Jackson advised council he had no plans to seek another term Just last former police chief Mike Earl was suspended aAd later regisned following an alleged ordeal with a 32year old Marion man after a traffic accident where the man was allegedly beaten and kicked by Earl City officials have refused to comment on the latest in cident