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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thursday September 1991 25 Cents 207 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Scott ninq t At One 12 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung wishes happy birthday today to John Melvin Lee Ronald Bolger and Bethany Michelle Belated birthday wishes to Judy Ramon Villarreal and John Wishes for a happy anniversary to Delbert and Marcellene David and Beulah Jen Gilbert and Darlene Carde nas Erlene and Nathan Klabun de and Harold and Dorothy Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Mens Garden Club The Mens Garden Club of New Braunfels will meet tonight at at the Comal County Extension Service office on Water Scott Ogden will present a prog ram on landscaping with native Visitors are Exercise classes New Braunfels Independent School District is offering exercise classes beginning 9 every Tuesday and Wednesday from Cost is per class Classes will consist of exercise with light isolation with rubber bands and light step Clas ses will be at the Academy Street For more information call homeless Donations and usable items are being accepted by Jack Ohlrich Better Homes Gardens for their Great American Yard Sale slated for 14 from 9 to 3 at the realty in Downtown New Pro ceeds from the Yard held across the will be shared by homeless families across America and also locally by the Senior Citizens All dona tions should be taken to Lafldtex Title 376 Landa Street by For more information call Fish fry The New Braunfels Elks Lodge will sponsor a fish fry and dance 6 at 7 at the 353 Seguin All Elks and their guests are Democratic Women Texas Democratic Women of Comal County will meet at 5 on the banks of the Guadalupe at Camp Hueco first crossing on River County Judge Carter Casteel will be guest ice plates and utensil will be provided members should bring lawn chairs and salad to serve six or For call Realtors convention The New Braunfels Board of Realtors has announced its annual miniconvention scheduled for 11 at the New Braunfels Holiday The convention will feature a number of speakers Wayne vice president of the Texas Association of Realtors Pam public affairs direc tor of San Antonio Board of Real tors and Gary Mahler of the Texas 2A Good Day A strong chance for showers and thunderstorms particu larly into the Highs near 90 and lows near 70 are expected to continued with that chance for rain for the next several In New Braunfels the high was 88 and the overnight low was For weather please see Page Inaidt a COMICS DEAR TV NBISD foreseeing tax increase By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Taxpayers in the New Braunfels Independent School District may be facing a school tax bill of per according to Lonnie NBISD assistant superinten dent for The figure is based on a cents per valuation rate for NBISD taxes and a cent per valua tion rate for the Comal County Educa tion District Figures provided by Curtis show that a business valued at to will actually see a percent increase in school taxes as new homestead exemptions shift more of the tax burden to The owner of a home will Indictments tied to new techniques By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Two recent indictments of Comal County men on firerelated charges resulted in part from advanced investigation and detection tech said Comal County District Attorney Bill The cases were fourand nine Were able to look closer at many cases Reimer Authorities now have the ability to more thoroughly investigate possible arson situations than was done in the he Reimer completed the Advanced Arson for Profit for Prosecutors in June of this The course is con ducted by the Department of the Treasurys Bureau of Tobac co and Firearms to educate prosecu tors on the latest fire investigation The course was held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Walter Richard of the 1300 block of Mesquite Avenue in New Braunfels was charged with arson relating to a July fire at the Hill Country Tire then located at 503 Seguin Larry Marlin of Canyon Lake was charged with mur der in connection with the April 1982 shooting death of his The body of Sandra Griffith was found burned beyond recognition in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed the Griffith home in An autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiners Office in Austin revealed that she had been shot twice in the upper part of her back before the fire was allegedly Both men are now free on Comal County Jail officials We found out that a lot of the pro secutors didnt know that much about anon for said Ed Arms coordinator of the ATP course in A lot of the prosecutors are a little bit fearful of arson cases because usually theyre circumstantial evidence Its very seldom that there is anybody around to be an Seeing the the ATP deve loped the school for prosecutors util izing prosecutors who were very experienced in arson cases as instruc ATF lab personnel also serve as The whole gist is basi cally to teach them how to do an arson Armstrong When they get they spend a whole week in class with lectures on everything from how to do the opening statements to the closing arguments and how to introduce the At the experts in the theor ies of fire explain how a fire evolves through a and explain the latest lab techniques like gas chroma tagraphy to the he Those who have had experience with arson cases tell the others about their he Arson for profit is probably one of the most challenging A lot of arson is for revenge but arson for profit deals with getting money from Insurance Armstrong A lot of think they burned it so good that theres no evidence but thats not the I understand that a couple more old cases are being investigated at this Reimer As our system for investigating arson improves there will be a greater deterrent against set ting see a percent increase while the owner of a house will see a percent Curtis The cents per valuation rate for the CED is based on a 90 per cent collection rate that will generate the levy as set by the state for a target amount of money to be This levy is based on a cents rate at 100 percent collection and covering the CED budget said Abel business manager for the Comal ISD which serves as admini strator for the State law requires notices pub lished in the newspaper to show only the minimum required CED tax rate of cents per 100 Last years NBISD rate was per In figur ing the new cents which is considered the effective CED tax rate is deducted from the yielding a cents effective NBISD tax rate for Curtis The tax base for 199091 in NBISD was compared to a 199192 tax base of as determined by the Comal Appraisal Because of the loss in proper ty value it will take cents per of value to generate the same amount of money that did last Curtis The cents rate is the maxi mum tax rate the district can enact without publishing notices and hold ing a tax rate Curtis By no hearing is necessary if the rate increase is less than three The cents rate will generate per student in state and loc al Last years figure was per student and per stu dent would be the income this year at the same according to the Texas Education Even though the actual CED rate is the state only requires the school district to deduct the per cent when figuring the effective tax The additional cents increase is considered pan of the CED This allows the school district to avoid a tax hearing for their portion of the rate even though the overall tax Road work Back to basics is the order of the day at Landa Street and Fredericksburg Road as workers dig into the base of ihe The interchange is undergoing Photo by Annettes Schllckenrlecter rate increase will be Thats the states fudge Curtis Three percent above the effective tax rate the CAD gives us is from which we subtract the cents to get our cents NBISD The 5339 added to the actual cents CED rate brings the total rate to per Curtis This is an percent rate increase in the effective tax The NBISD Board of Trustees has scheduled a meeting to adopt the new tax rate at The meeting will be at the Educa tion 430 Mill in New Officer facing action in arrest ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer Garden Ridge Police Chief Parus Dudley said a twoweek investigation has confirmed that a Canyon Lake area resident was improperly arrested by a city police officer July 15 on speeding Dudley said he will recommend to the City in a 32page packet of disciplinary action be taken against Officer Larry a fulltime officer since 1988 and a reserve officer since in connection with the Caroll Wayne Compton was arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of driving while intoxi cated and Compton says he intends sue the the sheriff and the Dudley Money that Compton paid as bond to secure release from jail on the speeding charge was refunded by the city and the DWI charge has not been Dudley My conclusions were that the man was booked for which is a violation of state Dudley There were also some Garden Ridge police department procedures and policies that were not No disciplinary action has been taken against Swain in the speeding arrest but the chief said he plans to recommend some disciplin ary action to the City Council next After an unrelated Swain was suspended without pay for three 30 and 2 and The suspension followed an 22 attempt by at the request of a council to secure a tape Sheriffs Department tape recording of dispatch telephone Dudley He was not authorized to conduct any investigation against the police department or the chief of Conversations on the tape are related to a complaint by Council Member Patti White against Dudley that have resulted in a planned eviden tiary hearing on the chiefs Garden Ridge approves supplemental well ByMARKWAHNKEN Staff Writer The Garden Ridge City Council agreed to allow the Forest Waters sub division sports club and homeowners association to drill a replacement water well to occasionally supply the two small lakes at the center of the Water in the two fed mostly by rainfall runoff and small occasionally is lupplemented during the dry months of late summer by a water well near Schoenthal Road on the edge of the But leakage and easement prob lems with the plastic water pipe run ning from the well to the upper lake prompted the groups to seek council approval to drill a shallow replace ment well at the edge of the Council members voted 41 to approve the In voting con ducted by Mayor Linda Coun cil Members John John Paul White and Jay Millikin voted in favor of the while Council Member Reed Switzer voted saying that if the lakes really needed supplemental it should be purchased through the city water Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Charles Ella recommended the council approve the replacement well particularly because the lakes could provide an 8 million gal lon water reserve for the Bracken Vol unteer Fire Department in the remote possibility that electrical failure pre vented access to about gal lons of water in city storage tanks needed to fight a serious about two or three months a only in case enough rain doesnt fall to keep the level of the lake Forest Waters Sports Club representative David Bradshaw Forest Waters residents would pay for drilling the 35gaUonperminutc which wouldnt draw from the Edwards Aquifer but instead a transitional zone Bradshaw The original located on prop erty owned by the development part would have to capped even tually by the property accord ing to new state Bradshaw A total of gallons of water raise the level of the upper lake one By Bradshaw said used gallons last month watering his The replacement well will be used Were not talking about tin exces sive amount of Were talking about what the average homeowner out here uses to irrigate in a Bradshaw This is a replacement and well only use it when we cant collect enough from the natural Proper lake height is one factor in keeping the surface water circulating to prevent health such as and odor and other prob lems from algae Bradshaw Water in the lower lake also is constantly circulated by pump back above a small dam to the upper lake he The supplemental well will benefit the entire Bradshaw because more than twice the number of Garden Ridge residents outside the subdivision belong to the sports club than homeowners   

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