New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 2, 1987, Page 5

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August 02, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas N B business draws trade practice suit by state AG New Texas August Page 5A Guest Column By SARAH DUKE Sfaff Writer The Texas Attorney Generals Of fice Is taking action against a local businessman for deceptive trade representatives from that office said Raul an attorney with the state attorney generals San Antonio said Ledenham of Spa Factory Outlet in New Braunfels has taken hefty down payments from customers and then failed to produce the promised Spa Factory at 1993 In terstate 35 was closed Friday after noon and Saturday Apparently all merchandise had been removed from the business and the gates of the chained link fence were Ledenham could not be reached for comment Reportedly the business had been open at the location for four Noriega said the lawsuit is the result of complaints that had been fil ed against Ledenham since He was basically taking money for down payments and not leaving the consumer out anywhere rum to The bottom line was the consumers did not get what they paid the attorney Ron a spokesperson rom Ihe attorney generals Austin said the lawsuit alleges a variety of deceptive practices We allege he takes down payments from customers and promises o deliver In some instances he fails lo deliver spas at all at other he delivers used spas The lawsuit which had not reached the Comal Countys district clerks office Friday re quests that Letlenham be fined for each offense and return money to Dusek said He added that the lawsuit also requests that be ordered not lo accept any down payments for goodsbefore he has completed installation of spas to the customers satisfaction DuseK the attorney generals petition is requesting that the businessman be ordered to give writ ten notice to customers staling that he cannot accept down payments by order uf the court Dusek said five complainants are in the suit didnt list all tie iikels that more come in after iht put I ic said he experts the lawsuit petition will reach the district clerk s ue Monday He added that eight complaints 1 against Ledenham Some complaints have been lie said In other s Mill without their mer 01 faults merchan Has the Great Tax Revolt failed Spa Factory 1993 IH35 in New Photo by Deryl Clark adding that it is complaints will lawsuit is made The attoine saiii he talked with m in ami Ihe him that he would loruvi tincustomers com plaints wiitun lew month Noriega said Ledenham told him that pro blems with manufactures had caus ed him to he late in delivering goods Noriega said lie granted Ledenham extensions and lias been patirn hup mg the man would cornxl the rom Noriega said apparently not nuking orts to enrrect the complaints has HIS kind oi washed hi harms the said He aikleti Iha the atlorwy general s nHuc has bent over backwards and the bottom line is foe Ledenham has till go the and he hasnt pant th pie ll s line o come thrtiuiJIi with it Julian who runs and Iatio renter at uiu N IH sail he was surprised it took this loni1 jor the attorney genera to take action against business whose tustness has seen open since said he has seen the pa Outlet shut down three times Perez said he used to work lor Ledenham but quit because among other things the had him deliver spas that weie dilterenl from what ihe customer had bought iVnv added that tie woukln I be surprised H two or three week from now Ledenham is opened up again He knows how in sell Hell sell ou anything and youll like said He added although lie is in the same he in no way associated with Ledenham Walt of Hawg Wild In dustries which operates a spa store on HI south of New said he has worked with Ledenham and still does on occasion He added that he has never had any problems with the businessman Comal County Fair Parade Entry Form To register an entry in the 97th Annual Comal County Fair Parade to be held 25 fih out the registration form to the cut it out arid send it to Coma County Fair Association of Parade Committee P 0 223 New Texas 78131 Entry iee is and must De paid before the day of the ByGRACIELAtfeSfAORtiZ and BONNIE OHRI Chamber of Commerce For not yet there is a popular presumption that the Great Tax Revolt has largely suc ceeded and that the tax burden has been dramatically To be marginal federal income tax rates have declined substantially since 1978 when the first rumblings of the Great Tax Revolt were felt throughout this Vet contrary to the bipartisan the tax burden on the average American has not Although individual federal income tax payments have fallen from their 1981 peak of almost 12 percent of personal the many tax increases enacted since then have raised the tax burden back to its 1978 As the chart the federal income tax burden to day is not much lower than what it was when Proposi tion swept through California in 1978 and captured the imagination of a beleaguered projections for 1988 show that even with the full im plementation of tax tax burdens will remain at the present high Yet the conventional wisdom persists that the new tax law reduced the tax burden for all This is clearly not the In over 40 percent of American taxpayers will face marginal rates either equal to or higher than those they would have faced under prior Although the majority of taxpayers get marginal rate only 11 per cent 01 all taxpayers will enjoy significant reductions of 10 percent or more In Americans have been bombarded by a host of new taxes over most of this Since the average taxpayer has endured five increases in the Social Security tax adding a cumulative to the average Americans tax Projections in dicate more of the Some estimates anticipate that if current trends payroll tax rates will double by the year increases in all sorts of excise in cluding those on will cost American taxpayers billions of the increase in the gasoline tax which was enacted in will end up costing I consumers 2H billion by the end of the Kxcise taxes like these are particularly unfair because they are regressive and thus penalize lower income Americans For the gasoline tax amounted to an average increase of cents a Assuming that the average American drives miles a year and his car gives him 22 miles to the the gasoline tax hike will cost him close to a That may not seem like but for the lower income or the person who needs to drive long distances to get to the burden is certainly higher than for In what Con gress has done since 1981 is nickel and dime the average American particularly the working The numbers show there has been no improvement in the personal income tax burden as levied by the Federal But there is more to it than that over the same period there has been a huge increase in the state and local tax from percent of personal income in 1978 to percent in When one starts adding up these various the picture that emerges is enough to start another Boston Tea Despite the personal income tax cuts of 1981 and the total tax burden n the average American has increased from percent in 1978 to percent in and is expected to rise to nearly 20 percent by Expressed Tax Freedom Day the time it takes from January 1 for the average American to earn enough to pay state and local assuming all income goes for taxes was on May 6 in It fell to April 28 in but now it is back to May The debate among presidential candidates currently centers on issues such as trade and the federal Yet the deficit problem is not being addressed by reducing and even the trade bill contains in creases in federal including provisions which would increase by over 400 the number of government bureaucrats and cost between billion and S5 Congress has enacted an urgent sup plemental spending bill that provides funds to establish such programs as a National Weed Center and a nation wide advertising campaign to urge Americans to eat more fish at an estimated cost of nearly S9 Where will all this folly Probably in higher if the past is any indication of the In the House Ways and Means Committee has just issued a report listing 200 ways in which your taxes can be in The report is intended to guide Congress in its search for S19 billion in new taxes to comply with the requirements of the fiscal 1988 It includes pro posals such as the following imposing a 5 percent sur tax on individual and corporate income reducing the credit for child and dependent care expenses limiting the interest expense deduction on home equity loans increasing the minimum tax on individuals and cor Also included in that nefarious list are fur ther increases in excise taxes on tobacco and as well as the imposition of new excise It couldnt be any clearer the fact that no one is talk ing about lowering your taxes implies that your tax burden will continue to Has the Great Tax Revolt failed The authors arc members of the Economic Policy Divi sion of the Chamber oi Commerce TestaOrtiz as director of the Forecasting Section Ohri as an economist Ida for President We will Will noi have an entrv in he COMAL COUNTY FAIR PARADE Typo of Entry N of Riders Organization Al Her name Was and despite her the wuiii tis hei liieuiis pii she was running an iresi dent Hi the t mht Mates Ii was said the Capitol policeman a hot sleaim and tourists b the Uuiusaiuis were streaming thiough the metal delertors o a seiuills riuiscious Capltui bulilllig In see the Senate and House in lew the n the famous and the Im got ten in sbep tor awhile in part of the liistoi ul the nation Aim sudiieiih the policeman that one giuup oi people walking through his door was just little litlerent rum the rest oi hem weie elderh All ul them wore politic alstyle but tons Ml Ihe butOILS read 11M MW IKKMUKM Not one ot those people Wus less than old and thes were hav ing themselves a the PDiceman so 1 who is Ida1 And they they told me that Ida was a yo yearold woman who lor years had made a special trip with her friends And every year her granddaughter did something to make that trip memorable This tinsumine ut Hie congressional 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