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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels 251 New Texas 78130 USPS 377880 5126259144 Friday December 25 Two 26 Slate Comptroller Bob Bullock said that a tax expert from this agency will be in New Braunfels 5 to answer questions from tax payers about the new sales tax on some services We want to get accurate in formation to taxpayers on an in dividual basis as soon as Bullock said Crosby Howard will be at the Coma County Courthouse from 1 3u to 4 o p in that das He will bo available to let mer chants and businesses know whats taxable and what isnt as well as give common sense advice on how to cope with special needs caused by the states tax law Ser vices that are now taxable under state law include pest con trol garbage credit janitorial landscaping and debt collection taxable services are credit information and some types of insurance services Coma County taxpayers who cant stop by the courthouse can still get individual tax assistance by calling the comptroller toll number I c5j from anywhere in the state The new law authorizing the new tax on some services was passed by the legislature in some went into vffjvt in others will be tf ective in January The Hlackwuod Cjuartet a svll Known gospel music group that has provided Christian music or w years will pnstnt a concert at the on High School auditorium IMu Interstate K on Jan at ki p m A donation may v ac at the diwr The Roadrunner Writers Club is offering retworkshop on How to Write Your Autobiography Family History at the Action Center in Nat tier The class starts Jan 15 and will Mtevl the first and third Friday o each month Clarivva Saminis will conduct the workshop which is limited to persons Call Mrs Uvkhart or Mrs ierhardt at to enrol Susan M Hillingshy M A from New Braunlrls will present What is Your Natural Speaking Style to the ineinlHrs and guests of the Texas Professional Speakers Association on Jan K at the Wyiv dam Hotel San Antonio from 1 to i p m The meeting litwill m for members and for nonmembers Hillingsley is an experienced seminar leader and professional speaker She has combined her educational political and practical business experiences to establish a career as an authority on work styles and interpersonal relation ships She is an independent consul tant for Ierformax Systems Inter Inc and will be con ducting a workshop for STISA members and guests using the Per ormax Personal Profile Systems lirand winners in the Downtown Associations 12 Days of Christinas contest have been an nounced They are first Kllen Slkxi in gift cer second place Bonnie m gift and third Viola in gift certificates In 23 other entrants won gift certificates from individual merchants The wet stuff is supposed to continue today with a high near 18 and north winds at 15 mph Tonights low will drop to the mid30s as a cold front moves through the br inging with it clouds and wind for the weekend he Menu RELIGIOUS 1U ISA Hydro protect The nativity scene at 295 Kessiei has been a family tradition lor The late Harold Snyder Duilt the scene and gave it to his daughter Mary Ann Deluna and her Christmas day is also special for DeLuna because it is ner Photo by Deryl Clark City departments start budget process By SARAH DUKE Stall Writer New Brauntcis city department heads are getting jump on iww by starting work on the city budget two months ahead ol M hedule In anticipation of having a new city manager in February department managers have Ugun estimating revenue lor the Uw budget year vunormally do is send out Hie budget worksheets to depart men heads in the latter part o January February or the budget whuh will go into effect in July ifneiemafi of the city manager s otiice Hivause the city manager resignation tHcomes et Uvtive then we re going to star eat iy iHpurtrnent heads are Umg askeii to start estimating how much inonev Hoy hof Iw they will bring in during the next fiscal year Later in the budget making process those department managers will beasked to estimate expenditures tor the coming year We think this year with the change in city it would be best to get the revenue data as soon as possible When he or she the new city manager comes its all going to IKnew and this will give him some information fast he said City Manager Joe Michie said he not plan to get involved with preparing the budget Michie an nounced his resignation in November and it uili be effective Keb Michie said he wants to ac cumulate information to help the new city manager who has not been Ucome familiar with the ci ty s financial workings The city placed an advertisement in a trade publication of the Texas Municipal League seeking applicants for the city managers job City per sonnel said some applications already have been received Thieleman said the new city manager will be coming on board just in time to begin working on next years budget He added that the budgetmaking process really began with the conclusion of an audit of last years expenditures We have received from the auditing firm the adjustments and the journal entries that have been made on the citys books That is the first thing the staff does to start on next years budget Then we have a baseline that department heads can start the budget process with he said Thieleman said that once projections are city per sonnel can begin making some assumptions He said they will be able to determine roughly whether the anticipated revenue will meet current expenditures or whether the expenditures need to be mereaspij m Also he personnel will he ahle to project ways ol making revenue meet expenditures such as throimh tax or iee 01 services City expenditures totaled just less than 2K percent of citys budgeted ex as of let Municipal sales tax revenue for the first tour months ol the fiscal year was appiox imately less than the amount collected during the same tiiu period in running on time arnixi Dam rif sitf ire making good pi Ireg Rot Cuadalupe r Kivcr Authority chief engineer Th enginessaid that although is lightly schedule he is satisfied with the cm rent construction about two weeks behind their original which is pret ty good all thing he theyre gaining on their schedule Theyve been working 2 hours a seven clays a week since Nov 15 Thfr piant is expected to be com plete by next fall It will tap water flowing out of Darn to generate an estimated 25 million killowatt hours of electricity annual ly Klectncily will be used by New Braunfels rtilities reliev ing city s reliance on the Lower Colorado Hiver Ttie hydroelectric plant is expected to generate percent of power Cui s at the construc tion site are pouring a foundation lor the excavating portions of he discharge channel and lining the existing conduit with Nineteen sections of sleol Si feet fiinches in diameter and 5o feet are being installed inside the existing conduit and then secured and welded together The sections are installed by use of a massive crane which slides the steel pipe into the conduit beneath the dam Rothe told GBIIA s board of direc tors last week that half of the steel liners have been installed into the conduit He added that because the lirst liners were the most difficult to about 7 to HIJ percent of the lining process is complete water from the lake is being discharged into the Cuadalupe River through a pipe over the dam fiBKA officials anticipate that by the irst of all work within the conduit will be complete and powerhouse foundation and other areas allected by flows will be com pete meaning the river authority will te able to again release water i row below the dam Getting Involved School pilot program aims at encouraging parents By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Parents make a difference in then childrens educations and a pilot pro gram in the New Braunfels school district is aimed at encouraging more parents to get involved Irene coordinator of the said she hopes the program will reach parents throughout the community to remind them that they have a major influence in the way their children feel about themselves and about education The grant program is aimed at getting parents who havent been in volved in schools to be involved in Petrisky She added that she hopes to help parents understand that their involvement with their childrens educations can make a big difference to the children Sometimes parents eel they dont luue enough to offer 1 think sometimes they dont understand how important their interest is Petrisky said when asked why more parents arent invoked in then childrens education It means something to the kids That interest does make a difference 1 that what we need to gel across She added that Hispanic parents often want to get involved with educational activities hut jus don t know she said language barriers can be hard to ovei come The education system can he on fusing and even intimidating to parents who arent highly educated said Anita uho will be assisting Petrisky with tluparent program Parents too oiun think education system and teachers have sole responsibility nr a childs education My mam goal is to make these patents comlo table enough with the school system that they will be will ing to conn out and n or get involved in i 1 think a lot oi parents dont understand they they can question the education system they have a piohiem or cor en Sanchez add ed Also the program assistant said sometimes feel a little trusti ated with the education system They need to understand that there are numeious programs available tor no matter what the particular need slu And parent sometimes dont understand that their children will iavc a chance to go to no poor a family if they See Page 2A Election path starts in Civic Center Two of the mailmen making their rounds yesterday put a little ex ra mto their job by dressing as Santa Bill Musser and Wayne Sparks also handed out candy canes to youngsters they encountered during the Photo by Deryl The road to becoming sheriff of Comal County at least for at New Braunfels Civic It has been the site for cam paign kickoffs for Jack Bremer and Bob and Precinct 2 Con stable Danny Scheel has planned a reception to be held there on Jan 2 to announce his political intentions Scheels intentions are rumored to be he will the Republican nomination for sheriff of Comal Scheel is nearing the end ol his third year as constable alter defeating Hermit Vetter in 1984 general elections Elected officials holding olfice are not allowed to officially campaign lor another public office with more than a year remaining on their present term without first resigning that position To date Richardson anc former deputy Ed all have formally an nounced plans to campaign for sheriff to replace the retiring Walter who has been the countys lop officer for 35 year Mullins and Richardson are the only two wuo have filed with their party chairmen Primary elec tions will be held on Super Tues March B Those victorious will campaign ior Novembers general elections
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