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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Fiye Comal County athletes commit to Sul Ross Page 6A CENTS COUNTDOWN 281 DAYS NewBraunlels Sesqulcentennlal March March New Braiinfels Herald pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of GEORGE PADIDLA JR Vol 142 No 154 Inside Arts 2B Club River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following Birthday wishes tor George Padidla Jr and happy 31st anniversary to Raymond and Sofia Camareno MexicanAmerican Class of 1974 The New Braunfels Mexican American graduating class of 1974 is planning a 20year reunion The reunion will be held Labor Day weekend For informa tion call Johnnie Rodriguez at 6254920 or 6292646 Womens Center to conduct training The Comal County Womens Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday June 20 at 6 The Womens Center staffs a 24hour crisis hotline for women who have been battered abused or sexually assaulted This hotline is forwarded to your home Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 6207520 Fathers Day dance set A Fathers Day dance will be Held Saturday June 18 from 8 to midnight at the Holy Fam ily Church Hall featuring Ruben Ramos Tickets are Call 609 5320 or 6207678 for information Republican women to hold picnic The New Braunfels Republican Women invite the public to their annual picnic Monday June 20 at at Pavilions 4 and 5 at Landa Park Guest speaker is Ralph Wall Meal costs for a single for a couple and for children Business After Hours at Schlitterbahn The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours membership mixer an informal gathering of chamber members sponsored by Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark v To be held from 5 to 7 Thursday June 16 at the Sur fenburg entrance to Schlitterbahn on Union St Introduce yourself to the Mys tery Member and you may win a cash prize Car Wash to be held at HEB The St Paul Lutheran High School seniors will hold a car wash at the HEB parking lot from 10 to 5 Saturday June Slanimtisch Tin New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and short the days happenings We invite you to short with This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Bun Voyage Bob About 75 friends and supporters turned out for a Bon Voyage party for New Braunfels resident Bob Krueger who will leave the United States Monday to take his post as Ambassador to Burundi The party was held last night at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza Above Krueger Is pictured sharing a laugh with Leonard Meyer Right his wife Kathleen Krueger says goodbye to Rosemary Allen Krueger said the situation Is not con sidered stable enough for his wife and chil dren to join him Immediately but he expects them to be able to head to the Central African nation soon He said he looks forward to helping Burundi create stable democratic Institutions and will try to return to New Braunfels as often as Is feasible although oneway air fare to Burundi s by JOHN HUSETH NBISD passes percent budget hike By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday approved the million budget for 199495 presented by the NBISD last week The budget represents a little over a SI million increase from the 199394 budget The average home value in the dis trict as appraised by the county appraisal district and from which the NBISD bases its tax assessments is up some from last year With a statemandated exemption the average taxable value is Figuring the tax rate set by the district the same rate as last year the average person will pay to the NBISD on their taxes usually the largest portion of the tax bill School officials said bills will be sent out as soon as the end of the week Taxes shall become deliquent on Aug 1 NBISD officials have stressed that taxes for 199495 are based on appraisals from the previous year not the current appraisals This will not include the average eight percent rise in appraisal value across the county seen this year Board President Dick Robinett said the budget process included weeks of committee meetings on the part of the board and NBISD officials added that much of the budget work came from the school personnel themselves Board ViccPresident Leo Chafin said he wanted to make sure the public did not think the district or the board was denying students any programs I just want it known that this board has provided for the students of this district that they are not said Chafin We have riot cut one thing that Im aware of without going back and ask ing what you said Superinten dent Charles Bradberry Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said the district has to look at dif ferent areas where savings might occur For example he said the district would not purchase two additional buses a savings of over I dont think well ever be able to supply what every person school per sonnel wants but were going to sup ply what they he said The budget includes a four percent raise for NBISD personnel Personnel payroll costs it was pointed out account for the majority just over 70 of district expenditures There is no tax increase were giv ing raises and there is a cost increase mainly in the instructional area and that is where it should Bradberry said last week when presenting the budget AN APPEALING PROCESS Protesting property appraisals at review board hearing is easy and can get results By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Papers are shuffled fingers fly across calculators computers spit out numbers by the truckload All of this and more occur this time of the year in a fairly small room in the Comal County courthouse this small room where the Comal Appraisal Review Board meets County property owners come here to appeal rises in their property appraisals which many times mean ris es in the property taxes They bring their cases before the fivemember board in hopes the board will adjust the appraisal People like Jim Walker a home owner in Northcliffe who went before the board He had never appealed an appraisal before but then again a 66 percent rise on his appraisal will give a person the incentive You just present your side of the story why you feel the appraisal was he said I just felt like I could come and tell what Walker said he wasnt as nervous once he got started The board mem bers are regular people he said and he thought they were fair especially since they agreed to send an appraiser out to his property to look at it once again Were here until we hear them Curtis Koehler deputy chief appraiser Curtis Koehler is the deputy chief appraiser for the Comal Appraisal Dis trict He Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers and members of the staff are present at the appraisal reviews to give reasons why they made their appraisals Were here until we hear them said Koehler About three days a week through You just present your side of the story why you feel the appraisal was unfair I just felt like I could come and tell what Jim Walker Northcliffe home owner whose appraisal jumped 66 percent this year Koehler said a person first comes by the Appraisal Office to protest the appraisal If this issue is not resolved in that initial office visit which the major ity are they can go before the board Many of them are resolved because maybe there was something about the inside of the house we didnt know said Koehler He said about of the appraisal values were protested a good average esivcially considering average values rose about eight percent The APR board includes five resi dents who are not associated with the Appraisal Office Their job is to hear both sides and make a judgement a process that usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes The Appraisal Office doesnt deal with taxes only appraisals While the process is formal Koehler said they do not want to discourage people from coming in Thats where the board comes he said They tried to make the people feel comfortable They listen and try to help them HeraldZeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL Lt Felix Rogue Lt John Wommack Officer Jeffrey Jamison Sgt Roger Allen and Chief Dick Headen havo earned master peace officer certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education Officers achieve Master5 status By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Five officers at the New Braunllio Police Department have achieved the highest level of proficiency attainable by a police officer Lt Felix Roque Lt John Wommack Officer Jeffrey Jamison Sgt Roger Allen and Chief Dick Headen have all earned master peace officer certifications from the Texas Commission on Law and Education There are various levels of proficiency mandated by law to achieve basic certification comes as a result of attending a certified police academy and serv ing one year There are certain levels of proficiency that can be achieved They are intermediate advanced and masters Each level has its own said Headen The certifications combine points which are given for attending classes as well as education and experience Twenty hours of classroom experience or one semester hour of a college class is required to receive one point To achieve masters certification officers must have qual ified for an advanced peace officer certificate and meet one of the following scenarios have an associates degree and 20 years experience or 60 points and 20 years experience have a bachelors degree and 15 years experience or 120 points and 15 years experience have a masters degree and 12 years experience or 165 points and 12 years expe rience or have a doctoral degree and 10 years experience or 200 points and 10 years experience Combined the five officers have 109 years of law enforce ment experience with the majority of those years served in New Braunfels All of us have seen a lot of changes over the years from the way it was when we first said Headen The most remarkable point is seeing the changes This cer tification represents that all of these officers have kept up with the complexity of law This is a real plus for this department not only because five people have qualified but because we have a lot of offi cers who are close to it This department has a high level of tenure and we have a heavy emphasis on he said A Tejano Tornado whips through Texas See Arts Entertainment Page 1B
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