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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY1 Santa Glaus is coming to Childrens Museum Nov 30 10A COUNTDOWN 119 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennlal March New Braunfels 1 0 HeraldZeitu 50 CENTS 190 TX 9903 Inside Hobby Lobby Arts Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Andrew George Padilla 4 Ruben R Leal Lorine Startz Trene Scholz Raven Gomez Mark Lyon Stuart Browning Carolyn Ruppel Jocelyn Welsch Lisa Ruther ford Happy Anniversary to Bernard Helen Brucks Downtown Dollars to be given away again To thank the community for its business during the year the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away Downtown Dollars again this year Last year more than people registered from all over Texas and six other states The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating busi nesses each week Registration will begin Nov 18 during Down town Discovery Days and contin ues until the last drawing on Dec 20 Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza beginning Tuesday Nov 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and Winners will receive 50or 25 Downtown Dollars Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window Business counseling available on Tuesdays The Business counselor from UTSAs School of Business is in the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business Topics cover financing person nel business planning taxes expansion and many others The service is free and confidential Appointments may be made by calling 6252385 Childrens Museum to host Santa Claus Santa Claus will visit drens Museum in New Braunfels on Wednesday Nov 30 from 4 to 8 Visits will Santa are free pho tos with Santa are available for The museum is located in the Courtyard Shopping Center behind Arbys For more information call the Childrens Museum at 6200939 Business government closings for turkey day All city and county government offices as well as local banks Post Office New Braunfels Utilities the HeraldZeitung will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday United Way k Thank you to the employees and corporation J of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop Under the leadership of Lorene Rigdpn was donated to the 1995 United Way campaign This represents an average employee gift of Dump truck takes a rest HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A dump truck travelling north on FM 32 In Fischer yesterday was toppled over on Its side after Its driver felled to negotiate a tight turn near the Fischer Cemetery Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant John Llndley Inves tigated the accident No Injuries were reported Thanksgiving activities scheduled for area churches senior center By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer While most people seek solace during thefHblidays with their families in their homes several area churches are offering Thanksgiving eve services for those wanti ng to worship One local church will also feed some of those who do not have enough to be thankful for St Johns Episcopal church will hold a dinner for the communi ty helping out those less fortunate Thanksgiving Happenings First Presbyterian Church and the First Methodist a joint service at 7 Wednesdayaf the Presbyterian Church 272 S Krueger all are invited First Protestant Church will conduct a Thanksgiving eve service at 7 on Wednesday at 172 W Coll St Pauls Lutheran will hold a 7 Thanksgiving eve service and a pie social after the meeting The Church is located at 181 Santa Clara St Johns Episcopal Church will hold a community Thanksgiving dinner for the needy at the church from 1 to St Peter and Paul Catholic Church will conduct a Thanksgiving eve service Wednesday at 7 at 386 N Castell The church will also hold a Thanksgiving morn ing service at 8 The Comal Seniors Center will deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the res idents it takes meals to Growth is key factor in NBISD plan By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Monday began the earlyvoting period for residents of the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District as they determine the fate of a million bond package There are two propositions on the ballot Proposition 1 includes the actual approval for the bond package Proposition 2 includes the authority under which the district can restructure its debt Officials say both must pass for the bond to work School officials say they are planning to restructure the payment of debt service in order to keep a tax increase at 05 cents To do this they need voter approval under Chapter 20 of the Texas Education Code to restructure payment on bonds before 1992 Were one of five districts in the state that cant operate above a said Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis Combining maintenance and operations budget with debt service the district cannot rise above the ceiling per eval uation By operating under Chapter 20 Cur tis said the district would pay off the old debt As the old debt is paid off which he estimates will take three to four years all future debt will fall under the cap again This gives us more room under the to finanace the said Curtis Curtis said the fivecent increase would drop over the next three to four years as growth in the district increases the tax base a key element in the plan The fivecent initial increase is with a zerogrowth sce nario This is why the new HEB the company moving to the Islin Plant and new Target are he said We get revenue off the houses as well as the On a property the intial five cent increase would be approximately NBISD residents did not feel the average eightpercent increase on property values on the NBISD tax rolls this year because of the districts earlier collection times They will however feel that increase next year Interest rates are always a factor and have been rising steadily this year five times thus far Duane Westerman of Southwest Securi ties said rising interest rates are not good for entities such as school districts that are sell ing bonds If it goes up it hurts the said Westerman whose company is handling sales for the recentlyapproved Comal Inde pendent School District bonds Curtis said the law allows school dis tricts the opportunity to refund the bonds should interest rates decrease in order to save money If the interest rise continue to rise after bonds are sold it does not affect the bonds Anytime you can prove you can save taxpayers money If you can do that you can refund it with the Attorney Generals said Curtis What exactly will happen next year with those interest rates is a matter of opinion professional and otherwise Who knows said Westerman United Wbu This newspaper is printed on recypled newsprint NB Interact delivers Members of the New Braunfels Rotary Interact Club at New Braunfels High School took time yesterday to load up turkeys and food baskets for needy families as a result of their successful food drive held on Halloween From left are Ponalisa Alvarado Christ Barlow and Clarissa Terry HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Water panel hears local concerns at meeting Business civic leaders pitcK local cases on aquifer use By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The regions version of the water power brokers gathered in New Braunfels Tuesday to discuss the future of water specifi cally the Edwards Aquifer A ninemember panel convened by a federallyappointed water monitor listened to reports and testimony from various local waterrelated business representatives and residents The which includes representatives from entities such as the San Anto nio River Authority Edwards Underground Water Nueces River Authority is touring the region meeting each week a different location We are preparing a plan to reduce demand on the said Joe G Moore the water monitor Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton appointed Moore in the ongoing suit Sierra Club et al vs Bruce Babbitt et over endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs there is significant recharge between now and Feb 1 we may have a far more critical situation in 1995 than in X Moore said the panel was formed to pre pare Incidental guidelines under the Endangered Species Act although there must be a habi tat conservation plan and per haps a surface water supply as part and an emergency plan in case of drought A plan may not be ready until HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL the late spring of Water monitor Joe Moore 1995 said Moore who added that a plan must be and that some version of Senate Bill 1477 would have to be confirmed by the State Legislature for that to be enforceable Mayor Paul Eraser said more than million of direct money is received from tourism each year All of this is because we have the said Fraser Doug Miller water negotiator for the county and New Braun fels Utilities said water was important to all persons living over the aquifer in this county He said million worth of property outside the city could be damaged by loss of water million in property directly along the Comal River in the city We are strong property rights advocates but object when one property owner is allowed to devastate a neighbors he said do not want to ruin San Antonios economy We have a direct relationship to their Preston Kennedy works for NBU but spoke to the panel as a landowner near Cibolo Creek in the area of Natural Bridge Caverns He said he had to extend his well 100 feet several years ago but has only extended pipe 20 feet out of that 100 thus far He said he wanted the panel to know there were many people out side the large water powers the little guy that were con cerned One of these days when he cant get water its going to be a said Kennedy who added in this case he was not opposed to government property regulations think I have a right to have water too I appreciate having the right to protect my Gary Henry one ofthe owners of Schlitterbahn Water Park which employs several thousand during the summer saidthe effect of tourism multiplies info more than million for the community and county The park uses water from the Comal River plus city water although it redistributes water from the Comal A seriouslydiminished springflow would have a devastating effect on the he said 1 know it would my busi cost of operating maintenance advertising would not make it After the 1984 drought NBU built an million surface water treatment plant and negotiated to purchase water from Canyon Lake NBU still pumps from 10 to 20 percent tram the aquifer during the summer months Moore said tiuiens may have to further conserve in times of drought I appreciate what the people of New Braunfels have some degree getting off the said Moore will the people of New Braunfels sit still for their grass turning brown or lawns drying up may be the critical question for every city of the For sofoseripfion news or advertising information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   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