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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Audit raises questions at Canyon Lake 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 442 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March New Braunfels HeraldZeil 16 Pages in one section Sept Serving Comal County Home of MICKEY NEGRON Vol 141 No 223 INSIDE 2 3 Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Mickey Negron Kirsten Oelkers Ian Schlicht ing Drew Snider Happy Anniversary to Patty Gary Baker Lionel Sarah Lopez CCGS GAS set joint meeting Oct 5 Comal County Genealogy Society will meet with the Ger man American Society for the Oct 5 meeting to be held at the American Legion Hall located at 410 Coll St at 7 The program will be an exchange of ideas goals and activities of each organizations Friends of the Library sale to be held Oct 68 The Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library are making final plans for their annualbook sale which will be held Oct 68 at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter 380 S Seguin St The Oct 6 sale will be for members of the Friends of the Library and the next two days will be open to the public The sale will be open to the public Oct 7 from 9 and Oct 8 from 9 to Habitat for Humanity meeting set for Oct 7 Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at Thursday Oct 7 at the DitUinger Memorial Library Those interested in participat ing in the Comal County affiliate may join a committee at this meeting 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 Masonic Lodge sets called meeting New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No 1109 will have a called meeting today at to honor the widows of deceased Master Masons All Masonic widows are invited to attend Rev Bro Daryl C Higgins Senior Minister of the First Protestant Church of New Braun fels will deliver an inspiring mes sage Certificates and a small gift will be presented to each widow Members are visitors are wel come to attend Art on display in local businesses The following artists will be displaying work in local busi nesses through October Erma Moss Texas Commerce Bank Florence Brownfield Victoria Bank and Trust committee room Pat Deltz Kettle Restaurant Wanda McNeill Dr Mercers office Vivian Curry Dr Barrs office Marie Rawls Wuests Landa Pat Smith Boyer and Friescnhahn Grant Lame Library Georgie Bush Mayo Investments Jack Price Mike Mullins CPA office Stammtisch The New Braunfels llerald Zeilung invites its readers to submit items to Slammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Slammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Theres total sa By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board mem ber Tom Potter expressed frustration common among CISD board members at Tuesday nights tax hearing after seeing only 11 members of an audience ten of those worked for the district Tonight is a good said Tom Potter CISD board member Theres total apathy We dont care how you do it dont tax us anymore and dont borrow any money We dont care about the school district We dont care what effect it has on the school Thats what Im hear ing That really concerns me We need million and we need it now Its pie in the sky to say cut the budget million I challenge any board member here to tell me how were going to do that right now The general consensus of the board was that the best course of action would be to hold the tax rate at the present rate if possible and work to pass a bond issue for additional facilities I think the longrange outlook is the best way to go and that is we need facilities from all the evi dence that was presented at the said Norman Gerlich board member I think the average taxpayer represented at those meetings Taxes will rise regardless of rate set According to Abel Campos Finance Direc tor if the Comal Independent School District tax rate remains at the current taxes on an average home of will increase by about 525 a year because their value has increased to If the board increases the rate to the tax impact will be and at the rollback rate the impact in and the result would be an additional million for the district At the district will be short of the bud get by At the district would have a surplus of Either or would probably result in a fund balance since the budget is usually under spent each year Campos said that fully funding the budget would provide additional money that could be used to avoid borrowing money in the fall to start school understood what we are trying to do and what our problems are They begrudgingly said they would be very happy to pay whatever was necessary to fund a bond issue For the most part nobody wanted any more taxes levied than was absolute ly necessary My personal opinion is that we ought to keep the tax rate as low as possible because we did have somewhat an optimistic outlook from the patrons that were represented at the meetings after they understood the problem and after they understood the fact that we were going to study the thing and come out with a very firm plan for where we need these facilities based on the Not everyone on the board agreed board mem ber Thomas Bruce was hesitant to borrow mon ey If we pass a bond issue that means that mon ey has to be paid back at some point in said Bruce That means that later there may have to be tax increases to meet that obligation If we can avoid doing that I think we Board President Jim Middleton said Whatever were going to do for the coming year has to be some kind of a temporary fix because even if we started today the schools would not be ready by next fall We have a trustworthy logical story to tell It will help the credibility of the district to hold the tax rate I think we ought to do He said passing a bond issue would take an intensive effort and the district would have to go to the voters and the community may have to be actively involved in evaluating the schools in their communities so they could see for them selves Our raising the tax rate three cents this year isnt going to make a damn bit of difference on what we do next said Middleton Its not going to help that problem If the answer is a bond issue and it doesnt pass and the public wants us to continue these temporary fixes the money is there to con tinue that You dont have raise taxes to do According to Campos at todays rates a bond issue for up to million would cost about 3 or 4 cents on the tax rate Superintendent Jerry Major said the adminis tration was looking at every possibility to cut costs 48 areas recommended by another district the 101 suggestions board member Douglas Kirk had presented and 40 other areas identified by the administration TNRCC to tighten waste burning rules By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said Monday they will explore the possibility of tightening rules on the practice of burning hazardous waste as fuel at cement pi ants A hearing on See editorial the topic was p IM ayc Community marriage program begins conducted in Arlington Seven hours of testimony was heard during the hearing According to a report from the Dal las Morning News the TNRCC will investigate policies that tighten rules on smokestack emissions and dispos al of left over dust from the Members of the TNRCC asked staff members to develop policies to put cement plants under the same rules that commercial hazardous waste incinerators must meet the report stat ed The commissioners also requested that more control be exercised over cement kiln dust according to the report New Braunfels City Councilman Paul Fraser served on the Cement Kiln Task Force for the TNRCC The task force was made up of rep resentatives from Washington Cana da Chicago Texas etc This was the first time both indus try and environmentalists had a chance to talk to the issue of burning waste in cement he said Fraser sent his comments on the subject to TNRCC hearing I am opposed to the burning of hazwas hazardous waste as a fuel source in the production of cement the statement reads Cement plants produce a product used in thou sands of ways There is no substantive evidence to disprove that cement clink er produced utilizing hazwas as a fuel will not itself contain the same According to Fraser three points should be made including the follow ing Before permitting the continued or expanding use of hazwas as a fuel source in the production of cement the conservative approach should be taken rather than making irreversible decisions at the expense of our ecosys It should be a requirement that the cement industry disprove the people by independent scientific analyses The answer to the hazwas prob lem is source minimization and new technologies that may be in the imme diate future for reducing hazardous waste to safe byproducts Fraser called the decision of the TNRCC a victory for those who are opposed to hazardous waste burning HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Dennis Gallaher of Freedom Fellowship Church leads the first class of a new community marriage program designed to strengthen and help heal marriages through stronger friendships The class will continue for 10 weeks on each Tuesday at the NBISD Education Building 430 Mill St at 7 Local industrial growth facing strong challenges By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher New Braunfels and Comal County face strong challenges as they seek industrial growth those attending the annual meeting of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation were told Tues day New officers elected by the Foun dations board of directors at the con clusion of the annual meeting include Walker president Bob Smith first vice president Jack Knieger sec ond vice president and Maurice Fis cher secretarytreasurer The annual meeting also saw the election of Bennic Bock II Herb Schneider David J Lynn Davis and Randall Haugh to directors terms expiring in 1996 and the appointment of Randy Kuntz and Mer ritt Schumann to one year directors terms Davis was named to replace longtime director Elliott Knox who declined renomination and Haugh to replace Joe Siebold who has left New Braunfels Following the unanimous adoption of a resolution recognizing Knoxs ser vice to the Foundation he said he will be an octogenarian in January and though he wishes to step down from his directorship still will support and work with the Foundation Knox has been active with the Foun dation since its inception in the 1960s Other directors include Bill Cone Craig Hollmig Jack Krueger and Bill Morton whose terms expire in 1994 Maurice Fischer Bob Smith and Walker whose terms expire in 1995 Im not going to sugar coat Chamber Vice President Michael Meek told the 50 or so who attended the luncheon meeting at Krauses Restaurant Weve got some real chal lenges out Meek said 103 Texas cities have adopted the halfcent sales tax for eco nomic development and that those 103 cities are now seeing million a year in revenue from that levy That New Braunfels is not one of those cities he said places it at a significant disadvantage Area communities that compete directly with New Braunfels for indus try he said include Seguin Schertz San Marcos Round Rock and George town Meek said those communities are offering industries inducements that include free land and interest free loans while New Braunfels does not have the resources to counter such induce ments Similarly he said New Braunfels has recently been granted entitlement status by the Department of Housing and Urban Development That status normally is reserved for cities with population of or more or for counties with populations of or greater The status qual ifies the city for steady amounts of money in the public he said but make New Braunfels ineligible for economic development financing from the state Chance of a lifetime Special Hummel figurine Land in Sight set to be raffled away to lucky ticket holder From staff reports To celebrate the 500th anniversaiy of Columbus trip to the Americas an M I Hummel figurine Land in was created in 1992 A limited number of these figurines was made and as part of the Hummel Museums Grand Opening celebration one of these will be the prize for a drawing to be held on Sunday Oct 3 after the Casual Mass in front of the museum Land in Sight began as an original painting by Sister M I Hummel and the sculpter was executed by Gerhard Skrobek The figurine is the only Hummel with a boat or ship and only one other figurine incorporates more figures into a single motif Full of unique aspects Land in Sight also has the largest and most unusual element in the boat and requires more than two dozen molds to be assembled fired and decorated in a production process that involves over 325 steps Add to that the limited edition des ignation that means the molds have been broken for the piece and you have a very valuable collectors item Tickets for the drawing may be pur chased for or six for at the Hum at Oct 3 grand opening mel Museum or at the following busi nesses through Sept 30 Centex Office Center China and Things Citizens Bank Coif fures de Ville Felger Friends Heidelberg Lodges Henne Hard ware Holiday Inn LaFarge Mill Store Plaza Office Ncwks Tennis Ranch Opas Haus Per fect TBarM Tennis Ranch For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144   

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