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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY 4O chance of rain today tonight See Weather P 2 ISO CENTS COUNTDOWN 467 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquteentennial March March New Braunfels 10 Pages in one section Aug Serving Comal County Home of ANNETTE HINMAN No 202 INSIDE 3 STAMMTISCH lirthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Kay Power Alfredo Resales Tyler Handrick Symphony Guild plans first luncheon The New Braunfels chapter of the MidTexas Symphony Guild will hold the first of its regular brownbag luncheon meetings on Monday Sept 13 from to 1 at the Victoria Bank meeting room 1000 N Walnut Ave Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month Members participate in a variety of activities which support the MidTexas Symphony For membership information call Arlene Buhl at 6256411 NBISD HOSTS seek volunteers New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS is look ing for volunteers to help chil dren with reading skills Call 6207533 for informa tion Registration for GeriGames started Anyone 62 years old or more is eligible to participate in Geri Games to be held Sept and 11 Added to the spelling bee trivia and assorted physical games enjoyed in past years is an arts and crafts competition which will be judged by members of the New Braunfels Art League Registrations are due by Sept 1 and my be obtained at the seniors center or from any nurs ing or retirement center For more information call Ida Sing at 6254642 Retired Teachers Assn meeting The New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association will meet Sept 1 in the NBISD Education CenterBoard Room Business and program begins at 10 Yearkbooks on sale at NBHS The New Braunfels High School Yearbook staff has mem ories yearbooks from as far back as 1957 for sale for each For more information call Stephanie Ferguson at 6256271 Habitat for Humanity meeting set Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at on Thursday Sept 2 at the Dit tlinger Memorial Library Anyone interested in helping to eliminate poverty housing in Comal County is welcome to attend Call 6257005 for more information For those unable to attend the meeting donations for our first home may be sent to CCHFH Box 310487 New Braunfels Texas 781310487 Stanuntisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with CISD trustees propose 8 tax increase By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer An eightpercent increase in the Comal Independent School District tax rate has been proposed by the CISD board who voted for a SI 71 rate at last nights school board meeting The rate is just below the SI 73 rate which would automatically call for a rollback electioa Board treasurer Nor man Gerlich had cautioned the board prior to their vote to consider the increase in order to generate funds in case the bond issue being considered to provide funds for additional space fails in an election The answer is to spend less per said Douglas Kirk board mem ber The choices are what do we want to Vice President of the board Tom Potter said that in order to make the kinds of substantial savings required to provide for the growth the district is experiencing extracurricular activities and transportation cuts would have to be considered Superintendent Jerry Major said that although he could make a list of items that would result in significant savings in the district he could not recommend such cuts because the quality of edu cation would suffer President Jim Middleton questioned whether even such drastic cuts would generate enough money to build schools Board members questioned whether patrons care about the schools since there is such a low attendance at school board meetings and hearings Gerlich responded that patrons did care and had elected school board members they trusted to represent their best interests They elected me to represent said Kirk who with board member Thomas Bruce voted against the increase We have to stop paying for something While you have the votes on the board set the highest tax rate you can I cant support it There will be a final showdown a blood The actual tax rate will be set at a future meeting after a public hearing is held specifically for that purpose State law requires that a taxing units governing board vote to place a proposal to adopt a tax rate on the agenda of a future meeting as an action said Abel Campos CISD Finan cial Director There will then be a public hearing and the tax rate will actually be set after the public hear On Sept 13 a public hearing will be held at Smithson Valley High School to discuss the districts current growth situation and what the district can do to accommodate those facility requirements In other business the CISD board approved Moving one voting poll from Smithson Valley Middle School to Bill Fountain removed for repairs Brown Elementary and moving the CISD Early Voting Poll to the Comal County Courthouse in order to con solidate polling places with the county and city When CISD is the only enti ty voting early voting will be held at the Central Administration building Guidelines for the use of school facilities which include rules and reg ulations usage fees and a consistent policy for securing permission to use facilities The renewal of the current Nar Paraphernalia Detec tion Service Agreement with the City of New Braunfels Police Department Murder charge expected after Browns death Shooting victim died in San Antonio hospital Monday from head injuries By JENNIFER ROMPEL AND ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writers New Braunfels resident Linda Brown 50 died Monday morning at Brooke Army Medical Center after a shooting Saturday morning that occurred at the Das Port Haus town houses located at 1641 Kuehler Ave New Braunfels police will file mur der charges against New Braunfels resident Steve Wayne Mangum 49 in relation to the incident According to reports the shooting occurred at Both Brown and Mangum had been living in the townhouse where the shooting took place Reports show Brown had been shot in the back of the head by a bold action rifle According to police officials Mangum had claimed to be cleaning his rifle After the shooting Brown was tak en by AirLife to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio She was listed in critical condition through the weekend and died at Monday According to officials at the hospital the exact cause of death will be deter mined by the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office Mangum was arrested at the scene and taken to the Comal County jail His bond has been set at He was originally charged with assault with intent to murder The incident was first reported to the Guadalupe County Emergency Medical Service and then transferred to Brown is the widow of former Comal Independent School District Superintendent Bill Brown HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Harry Slyhoff of Robinson Iron In Alexander City Alabama works to remove the statue portion of the Plaza Fountain early this morning as the longawaited restoration of the community land mark will soon begin The restoration process will take approximately three months to complete officials say Commissioners give okay to new budget Survey shows readers dont want NAFTA By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners formally approved the 1994 county budget at million The only dissenting vote was Commissioner Neil Craigmiles I voiced an objection that a 5 percent general increase plus an average of 3 percent merit raises was said Craigmile This is an average of just under 4 percent over the last three year period of time and I dont know of any pri vate sector employer that has given that kind of salary increases over the last three The budget is an increase of more than million over last years budget however the county ended the year with a surplus and the 1994 budget indicates an anticipated surplus of about million The county tax rate will be set to support the budget at Thursdays session of Commissioners Court The new bud get does not call for a tax increase Local veterans speak out on relocation of Iraqis ByJOHNTACKETT News Editor The local commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars says his heart goes out to veterans in Dallas who have con demned the relocation of Iraqi soldiers in this country The veterans meeting at their national convention in Dal las see the settlement of Iraqi soldiers who surrendered as the enemy who literally shot at troops during the Per sian Gulf war About of Iraqi troops surrendered and qualified for refugee status They are being assisted by a nonprofit agency through a contract with the State Department in getting housing food and work Ski Haneiwich commander of VFW Post 7110 here said I agree with our veterans up there in Dallas Those Iraqis fought against our own people and now they are treated better than ours Of course we are used to that kind of thing from our politicians County Commissioners are going to spend only for a parttime veterans officer yet they say they have a sur plus of million I guess if a guys got a problem hes supposed to sched ule a visit I helped two veterans over last a man and one a He said the government should be spending all the mon ey it could to help the Mississippi flood victims From staff reports The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Reader Survey question of Sunday Aug 22 Should the North Ameri can Free Trade Agreement be ended with 25 people vot ing against the proposal and 10 voting for it Of the responses against NAFTA were I oppose NAFTA because of job losses and also because Mexico has no environmental standards for air Only the big fat cat industries will benefit through cheaper labor in Mexico The Americans will lose thou sands of jobs as a result Its just plain stupid Im opposed because of strong possible job losses and a tendency to one world government or New World The people of the United States do not need more job losses This agreement would only benefit com panies wanting the cheap labor pro vided by workers would lose jobs and receive lower wages It would be a boom for workers in Mexico only Big business only will benefit not workers Lets concentrate on raising standards in America for Americans and not other countries Save jobs in and our people will pay taxes instead of collecting from ft is a loselose proposition in my opinioa We would be better off seek ing better trade relations in a differrent way We shouldnt give up so much to get so little Also who is to say what Mexico will tolerate environmental ly That bothers Of the responses for NAFTA were Yes but with strict regulations and enforcement of environmental protection on both sides of the Rio Grande We need free trade but we also need to NOT destroy our possi bility of living a safe healthy life here and in Mexico Canada Please investigate and publish the answer to why the House of Representatives is involved Under the constitution only the advice and con sent of the Senate is necessary to approve For news advertising or subscription call 6259144   

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