Friday, April 29, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Region IV 4A track meet gets underway today in San 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 328 DAYS NewBraunfels Sesqufcentenntel March March NewBraunfels Herald 18 Pages in two sections Friday April Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of BEVERLY POOLE Vol 142 No 121 Inside Texas Church Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Joyce Eich mann Beverly Poote Pedro Partida Hilda Kraukau Jack Rhodes Joe Lisk Mete Schmidt Satur Lindell C Rose Sr Sat Loelleta Carpenter Hil da Krackau Joseph Lisk Nor ma Riddle Carl Smith The Lighter Side The publisher of a newspaper in Nevada took exception to a phone company ad recently The Nevada Bell ad printed in the Carson City Nevada Appeal was printed in yellow ink and carried the slogan If its not yellow its not read The ads copy said This ad would cost less if it was in the Smart Yellow It claimed that an ad in the yellow pages would reach 94 percent of all Carson City households and 92 percent of northern Nevada residents and Responding the newspapers pub Usher placed his own ad The newspapers ad was printed in bright red ink and pointed out that The Smart Yellow Pages chose the Nevada Appeal to deliver their mes The newspaper ad went on Although the Nevada Bell Smart Yellow Pages claims to reach 94 per cent of all Carson City households its a book that spends more than 95 percent of its time closed They claim your ad is visible at the optimum time when your cus tomers are ready to buy Your ad is also visibly surrounded by your com petitors ads Advertising in the Nevada Appeal provides topofthemind the newspaper ad con cluded This ad isnt yellow but its Dont you just love a good scrap Pickers Paradise set for Folkfest Antiques collectables vintage linens and other items will be available at Pickers Paradise at Folkfest to be held at Conserva tion Plaza Saturday and Sunday The event will be held from 10 to 6 Saturday and from to 6 pjn Sunday Several select antiques will be available through a silent auction Admission to the grounds is Harmonye a mixed chorus group under the direction of William Kretzmeier will be singing German songs at Folkfest on stage 2 at Sunday Railroad crossing reconstruction set West San Antonio Street will be totally impassible to road vehi cle traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Sunday May 1 from 7 until 6 Detour route from Academy Avenue to Castell Avenue will be via West Mill Street Union cross ing similar to the one existing on West Mill Street at the Union Pacific Railroad Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays of this work StAnuntiscfa utvitttiit nadtrt to wMi iumt u Stommtuck According Stamnluck rtpnunu a totlur jtow dtyt Wi invitt Property values surge by 8 Increase in value spurred by million in new construction By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Spurred by million in new construction the value of taxable property in Comal County surged almost eight percent since last year according to preliminary figures from the Comal County Appraisal District The figures show the taxable value of all prop erty in the county jumped from 1 35 billion to billion a million increase in just one year We will have the largest value increase this year that we have had since I came here in said Lynn Rodgers chief appraiser at the CCAD We had a lot of new construction and the value of existing properties also Rodgers said the recovery of the real estate market appears to be gaining steam after the crash of the mid80s Last year property values rose about four percent and in 1992 values were stagnant he said Rodgers said he expects next year growth in taxable value to be even higher than 1994 He pointed out that the 1994 numbers are still preliminary and several million dollars will be knocked off the tax rolls when property owners start protesting their new appraisals but he was confident the increase will still be the biggest in Singlefamily homes are showing the strongest gains Rodgers said but commercial properties and even raw land are also starting to increase in value A survey of singlefamily home in a dozen neighborhoods in New Braunfels showed increasing home values in every neighborhood See accompanying Property Values in New Braunfels Notes Figures for 1992 and 1993 are final from the Comal County Appraisal District Figures for 1994 are preliminary figures from the appraisal district Figures were arrived at by averaging the values of five homes on each street noted Mulberry Ave 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 1992 1994 1994 Increase I 1992 1993 1994 tichen Road 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 1992 1994 1994 Increase Dollar Drive 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase X 1992 1994 1994 Increase 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 7 1992 1993 1994 1994 Increase 8 1992 1993 1994 Increase by ROGER CROTEAU will in home values By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Most Comal County residents will find out that their homes are worth more than last year when they open their mail tomorrow or Mon day The Comal County Appraisal District is mail ing out thousands of Notices of Appraised Value today Lynn Rodgers chief appraiser at CCAD said the appraisal on average singlefamily home in the county will go up about eight percent from last year Most singlefamily homes will go up between four percent and 10 percent this he said With the increase in property values it is like ly the number of protests will also increase Home owners will have until May 31 to file a formal protest with the appraisal district Since the amount of property taxes home own ers must pay depends on the value of their prop erty the higher the appraisal the higher the prop erty tax bills that will follow Property owners who disagree with the value established by the appraisal district may protest to the Appraisal Review Board The ARE is made up of five members who hear protests from taxpayers Many taxpayers are able to resolve their case through an informal meeting with an appraiser at the district office without going to a formal hear ing with the ARB Property owners must have a good reason to have their appraisal lowered such as the condition of the property or another factor that would make its market value lower than the appraised value A onepage form is available at the Comal Appraisal District office at the county courthouse to file a protest Kirk Bruce address illegal meetings BY CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Coroal Independent School board members Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce came Hinder fire from board members woo wanted to address the issue of illegal at last nights regular meeting The reason I brought this up was that I wanted to get this out in the said board member Don Craighead who believed the boaid had violated no done everything we could not to put ourselves in jeopardy of that Kirk said the board bad on several occasions violated pro visions of the Texas Open Meetings Act dealing with dis cussions in executive session that were not listed on the executivesession agenda He also said a consensus had sometimes been reached Without a public vote and that certified agendas were not being properly prepared I think it Is up to us to police said Kirk Oth erwise the standards we hold up to our students are going to a mockery Potter addressed the issue of his retirement and mum wWchbasoccurredoverthe last year asking ifthis was the cause of arguement and stating since he was never replaced that he was at all times a legal member of the board 1 didnt want this to be yet another said Ppt ter of his initial decision to resign Kfcksaidmls was missing thepoH that njs allegations had to dp with the open Meetings Act Other members said these arguements were hurting the boards ability to woric together and find solutions We specialize in surprises here at this said Craig head Im getting tired of hearing complaints but not solu tions Many people in the packed auditorium came to hear the issue of the homestead exemption The issue was placed on the agenda because a May 1 deadline exists should tie district want to change the optional exemption which it did not recommend The board voted 70 to keep the 20 percent exemption on homestead values The CISD is one of the few districts in the area to have the exemption which does not apply to busj nesses The board voted to accept a master plan contingent upon final draft presented by Barnes Architects in conjuction with the LongRange Facilities Study Committee The plan calls for several permanent new buildings by the year 2000 and proposes a million in bond issues to cover costs The question of new buildings and how to fund them will be addressed in a meeting May 9 after board members con tinue to reacl the draft plan First of all we have to decide Do we have a said board member Tom Potter Then we have to decide how we solve it and if we agree how to pay for The board approved 24 new teachera for next year 2 in elementary grades and two additional foreign language teach ers in the secondary level at a total cost of Dr Car dine Wemli of the CISD said projections indicate an increase Of 443 students next year The district increased by 544 students from August 1993 to August 1994 Board member Douglas Kirk said funding issues must come under scrutiny even for must needs such as teaches The issue is What are we going tohaw topusjn and shove to fund the one thing we must said NBU approves plan to allow increased contribution to city By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A new plan approved by the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will allow the city of New Braunfels to receive an increased amount of funds in the next budget year The new plan calls for the city to receive 10 percent of the gross revenues of the utilities The 10 percent will be subtracted from the revenues after the water and electric costs are covered The plan will allow the city to receive million in the next budget year This is more than it would have received under the current transfer plan NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the new plan may work better because the current system does not include funds from the water and sew er departments The water and sewer departments currently arc losing mon ey and the costs are covaed refunds from the dectric system tern will make the city and the utilities more equal according to Sohn We will take the gross service revenue from water electric and sewer and subtract the cost of electric The number mat is left will be mul tiplied by the percentage When we realize the percentage that is the amount of money the utilities will transfer to the said Sohn We will also have a checkpoint to ensure that our operations are not in he said The checkpoint will occur when the utilities arrives at the gross service revenue The costs of debt service and other obligations of the utilities must be paid before the city receives a transfer Mayor Rudy Seidel said he would like to see a higher percentage given to the city He said if a person bought stock that person would expect a return on their money The point to be understood is that we have an obligation for bonded indebtedness and that comes said Trustee Stratetaann I think the proposal being made is a good one because we will share in the responsibility For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846