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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                IN SPORTS DAY New Braunfels awarded Sportsmanship Award COUNTDOWN 242 DAYS New Braunfelft Sesquicentennial March March Inside Letters to Success Sports The River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs elscubic hat per second S m mti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Oskar Langit er Gloria Jung Danny Resales Garrett Motocha Cindy Fruete Mildred Brock Jean Cooney Satur Darlene Gray George Lewis Mabel Murgatroyd Evelyn Roesler Karen Kay Ryden Ruby Stuart Vir ginia Brown Gil Deaton Robert Dingeldein Walter Fernandez Donald Hensz Oscar Kues Key Fennel LaMarr Petersen Porter Natalie Rowe Roland Gonzales Benjamin Shefman George Thomas Virgil Butler Robert Vondran Happy Anniversary to Jimmy Diana Maxwell 30 Robert Betty Brissenden George Diana Padilla Sr Downtown Association to hold s Downtown Association will meet on Tuesday Aug 2 at 7 atKrauses Cafe Nathan Rheinlander Comal County Attorney will be the guest speak er and will talk about hot checks The public is invited For more information call Downtown Association President Connie Worley at 6294419 Randolph retirees to sponsor briefing The Randolph Air Force Base Activities Office will sponsor an informal threehour information update briefing on Aug 10 for military retirees and spouses The meeting will be held in the Randolph AFB Theatre and begins at 0900 9 For further information call 6526880 4H benefit dance set for Aug 12 The Comal County 4H clubs are having their benefit dance on Friday Aug 12 at the Comal County Fairgrounds from 8 to 12 Tickets are available at the county extension office 132 Water Lane Stammtisch The 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 communi ty to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with The winning numbers Lotto Texas 120 2737 4749 Est million jackpot TEXBSr LOTTERV This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint Success Stories The Frame Shop celebrates 20 years of service to the Nqw Braunfels area See Page 6A 410 H016 188 SOWEST MICROPUBLIBMINO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 Your turn HeraldZeitung readers sound off on San Antonios proposed Applewhite Reservoir project See 5 A New Braunfels Herald 40 Pages in three sections Sunday July Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of DANNY ROSALES SUNDAY 75 CENTS I Vol 142 No 187 Comkl County ranks high in four positions By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Several Comal County officials are among the highest paid at their posts for any county of similar size in Texas according to a survey conducted by the HeraldZeitung Compared to the nine Texas coun ties closest in population to Comal County plus Hays and Guadalupe counties which are larger four Comal County officials are the highest paid while two more are the second highest paid among the group according to figures published by the Texas Asso ciation of Counties See accompany ing And each of those officials will get a three percent pay raise next year if the 1995 county budget is adopted as proposed by County Judge Carter Cas teel The county had a salary freeze in elected officials and county employees rials rank among highest paid Salary comparisons of elected county officials Tax Assessor 3 8 San Source 1994 Salary Survey conducted by the Texas Association of Counties Note Highest numbers are In italic boldface Counties selected are the nine Texas counties closest in population to graphic by ROGER CROTEAU plus Hays and Guadalupe The comparison of the 12 counties shows County Sheriff Jack Bremer County Clerk Joy Streater County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander and County Tax AssessorCollector Gloria Clennan are the highest paid among the groupi In fact Bremer is paid more than any sheriff in any Texas county with less than residents Comal County has close to res idents Also County Judge Carter Casteel and District Clerk Margaret Herbrich are the second highest paid in the group of 12 counties compared On the low end were the Comal County commissioners who are the second lowest paid in the group and County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew who makes more than four of the 12 County Judge Carter Casteel said Comal County officials may be respon sible for providing services to more people than officials in counties with similar populations since Comal Coun ty has large densely populated areas that are not incorporated cities She also pointed out that the large number of tourists Visiting demands for service In terms of delivery of services and responsibility to the citizens I think we are right at the Casteel said We are a very most and near the bottom with con stables commissioners and the trea surer Casteel said she is proposing a 1995 cost of living raise of three percent for all elected officials and larger raises of six percent for the treasurer and com mission ers sne i s We all have to keep beans on county has a table If everyone else is history of getting a raise I deserve one LSghtfu3 tooJt js P to commissioners planning for COUIt I the We have Comal County Sheriff JackBremerato and only con propos ing a larger raise for the con stables from miles unpaved That is almost unheard Casteel said she has compared Comal County elected officials salaries to all Texas counties with pop ulation between and Comal County has the second lowest population in that group of 22 counties When I looked at that I was pleased We pretty well fell in the middle on stables in Comal County make less than 18 of the 22 counties with popu lation between and Jus tices of the Peace in Comal County make less than just four of those 22 counties We stack up pretty well when com pared to counties of our Casteel said And we are all Asked for a reaction to being told he was the highest paid sheriff in any county with less than people Brerrief Said They lotoW ruality wheri they see He said he would welcome a raise next year We all have to keep beans on the table If everyone else is getting a raise I deserve one too It is up to the commissioners court I will take what they give By comparison New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen is paid per year plus a car and bene fits Bremer makes and also has a vehicle provided and benefits Bremer oversees a staff of 108 employees and is responsible for oper ating the county jail The jail brings in by boarding inmates from other jurisdictions That does not hap pen by chance You have to manage your jail and make those things hap he said I dont believe any police officers get paid enough for what they he said County Clerk Joy Streater pointed out that she does not receive a car or travel allowance When you take those into consideration Im right in she said When those arc taken into consider ation Sweaters salary drops one to second highest of the12countfes studied She said she thinks a three percent raise for elected officials would be fair and added that she feels strongly that her employees need a raise Tax AssessorCollector Gloria Clen nan pointed out that she has more responsibilities than some other coun ty tax assessorcollectors since she is in charge of voter registration and col lects taxes for eight other taxing enti ties including the Comal Independent School District I did not ask for a raise in my bud get request because I would rather have my staff people get a she said I will leave it up to the commissioners Rheinlander was out of town and unavailable for comment In addition to raises for elected offi cials Casteel said she is proposing a six percent raise for all county employ ees and reclassifying some employees which would raise their salaries more In all Casteel is proposing about in raises as part of the million 1995 county budget Raid results in three arrests By CHRISTINE MARTIN Staff Writer CAD comparisons indicate taxable value totals on rise By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Three Canyon Lake boys remained in Comal County Jail this weekend on bail apiece on charges of possession of stolen property valued between and More chaiges will be said Comal County Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz Joe McCready 17 Chris Bubba Bowers 19 and Kevin Bowers 17 are possibly responsible for more than 20 burglaries in Comal County Investigators believe they are also connected to more than 30 burglaries in Hays County and were researching up there Friday The thirddegree felony carries a possible punishment of two to ten years imprisonment and a fine They were arrested at approximately Thurs day at their Canyon Lake homes Detectives Ed Whitaon Jimmy Limmer and Rick Cardenas of the Comal County Sherrif s Department conducted the raid along with Deputies Wayne Ellington and Tim Nowell The investigation has continued the past four months Hoherz said The actual raids took place at approximately 5 Thursday in the 300 blockof Steamboat Drive Canyon Lake and the 400 block of Tom Creek Lane Canyon Comal County CourtatLaw Judge Fred Clark issued the Chkf Deputy Elwood Hoherz displays some of the recovered search warrant earlier that day stolen property discovered during a recent raid The Comal Appraisal District released comparisons of certified tax able value totals for the taxing entities of the county from 1993 to 1994 Comal County showed the highest value total for 1994 at about billion up percent from 1993 The Comal Road and Flood District had a billion total value up Total values for the city of New Braunfels rose only one of the lowest among the taxing districts with nearly million in total value The largest increases overall were seen in singlefamily resi said Curtis Koehler deputy chief appraiser The city of New Braunfels has mostly commercial property The city of Garden Ridge the only other incorporated city in the county posted an increase in total taxable values from around million to million The Comal Independent School District posted a billion value total up from 1993 and thirdlargest total in the coun ty The New Braunfels Independent School District totaled mil lion in taxable values up Largest percentage increases came in the rural fire districts and Municipal Utility Districts 1 and 2 Comal Rural Fire District and 3 increased over 10 as did the MUDs Koehler said the MUDs increased due to readjustments after the neighborhoods dropped in value several years ago The Edwards Underground Water District did not charge taxes last year but will for 1994 The total taxable value of the EUWD in Comal County was around billion For news advertising or subscription information call tMetro 6060846   

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