Tuesday, February 21, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Canyon and New Braunfels face stiff playoff tests Page 10 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 28 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Tuesday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of NELROSE KOEPP Vol 143 No 72 Inside Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Nelrose Koepp Erin Hand Happy Raymond Abel and Chrystal Varela Happy Lake Dunlap yard sale scheduled for Saturday Feb 25 The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association will hold a yard sale on Saturday Feb 25 from to 4 at the Southbank Club House Funds raised from the sale will used to treat the hydrilla in the lake in the spring Users of the lake and property owners are asked to contribute items for the sale Items can be dropped off at the Southbank Club House on Thursday Feb 23 from 4 to 8 and on Friday Feb 24 from 9 to 4 Anyone having large items to donate can call Jack Burkett at 8293237 to arrange for a pick up The Southbank Club House is located ofTFM 725 in the South bank subdivision on Southbank Boulevard Black Heritage Society reception The Black Heritage Society will host a reception honirong the winners of the Black Her itage Art Contest at the Texas Commerce Bank Friday Feb 24 from 4 to 6 Historical Masquerade Dance set for Feb 24 The GermanAmerican Soci ety will sponsor a dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Feb 24 starting at 8 The Seven Dutchmen will play and Prince Solms knights princesses the court jester and settlers dressed in beautiful regional costumes from the Old World invite everyone to come join the festivities Costumes are not required but prizes will be awarded to the best five costumes Tickets are and can be bought at Centex Office Center chamber of commerce Henne Hardware Old Town Inn and Lepp Juwelier Tickets at the door will be Business After Hours scheduled Feb 23 The monthly Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Business After Hours membership mixer will be held at Kraft Mobiletel 679 S Seguin St on Thursday Feb 23 from 5 to 7 The mixer is an opportunity for chamber members to make new contacts and exchange ideas with other members of the busi ness community ACS to meet Dr David A Rinaldi will be guest speaker at the American Cancer Society meeting at 7 in Hierholzer Hall at First United Methodist Church Feb 21 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint hike sales tax By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The message to New Braunfels taxpayers is Come on down folks lets from Mayor Paul Fraser and the city council Consideration of a half cent sales tax will be on the agenda for next weeks city council meeting as the city coun cil appeals for input from citizens at next Monday nights meeting Council members decided at last nights work shop to put discussion of voting on the tax on the agenda The sample ballot on next weeks agen da will be a starting point from which the city council and concerned citizens can work to decide if they want the sales tax increase on the May 6 ballot The consensus among council members was that the tax is a very good thing for New Braun fels Its a winwin for almost said City Manager Mike Shands It makes so much sense for New Braunfels because some of the costs can be taken from the homeowners and spread to the The added half percent tax might be divided into four parts One eighth of the revenue could go Council to discuss adding item to May 6 ballot at Monday meeting toward property tax reduction New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day projects that an owner of a home who currently pays in property taxes would pay approximately if the property tax is enacted a savings of The next might go toward economic devel opment The May 1990 sales tax increase desig nated for only economic development failed said Charter Review Committee Chair David Wal lace because it was not accompanied by a reduc tion in property taxes The way Texas law works these first two eighths would have to be linked on the May 6 bal lot under 4A and voted on as one The next two eighths of the tax would also be linked on the ballot under the heading of The first could be designated solely for street and drainage repairs New Braunfels most crying need according to most of Ihe council members I dont think theres one citizen in this town that doesnt realize we need street said Council Member Mary Serold The last could be used for a number of projects as needed including centers parks public safety etc Council Mem ber Brenda Freeman voiced concerns that the city council not overextend itself committing to projects with costs extending on in years Weve got needs cropping up all over the she said I dont think its fair to bind the hands of those who come after Shands cautioned that passage of the 4A part alone would not necessarily be good Property tax es would be raised back sooner or later to cover the lack of sales tax funds And property taxes tar get only property owners while sales taxes share the burden with tourists One controversial use of some of the tax rev enues could be a leverage fund This is essentially a loan to get the cash revenues before they would otherwise become available much like a loan to get tax refund money early The only catch is like any other loan you pay interest If you talk about more ways to borrow more money this thing will go down like a lead said Council Member Tim Walker The leverage fund idea definitely needs to have public said Freeman Use of the revenues for library expansion could also stir up some controversy Lucille Douma of the Dittlinger Library defended the importance of education and a library to the viability of a city I1 hate hearing the library referred to as if it were she said Building a whole new library is an expensive proposition expenses that would stretch the future If you commit to the library youre committing ten years with a million said Shands Where funds would come from for future operating and maintenance costs is also up in the air Should it come from the tax revenues None of these issues are yet resolved or carved in stone Concerned citizens in favor of the tax and against it need to participate in the process now while they can have a hand in shaping pol icy Monday Feb at the Municipal Building Senate passes aquifer measure By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Debutantes shine at Symphony Ball Saturday night 18 youngt women made their debuts as MidTexas Symphony Debutantes Above Anna Elisabeth Jones takes her debutante bow Jones stands next to her escort William Trevor Bird and her father Richard Jones At the right debutantes share a dance with their fathers HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL County working toward recycling program By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels just started a recycling program late last year and is now in the process of working out the kinks in its early stages For the county talks could heat up this spring as county officials look at different options for a county recy cling program Commissioner Moe Schwab and Fire Marshal Milton Willmann have been researching the various ways a program could be set up As of yet there are still many questions to be answered Schwab however feels the time has come Once people realize how impor tant it said Schwab Commissioner Schwab researching the issue need to save that space in the land The options are many currently four or five and maybe even six The county will have to decide if they want a recycling program whether to do it all themselves let a vendor handle most of the work or have a combination of the two Preliminary estimates would have dropoff stations placed in Bulverde Spring Branch Sattler Hunter and Fire Station No 3 near FM 306 The county would also have a cen tral station If the county chooses to buy equipment for processing the recy cled products it will of course cost money The county would also have to negotiate selling those products to outside buyers If a vendor handles most of the chores the county would have to pay a fee which could increase at any point A combination might include the county transporting products to dumpsters at the landfill When the huge dumpsters are full a company would empty them and sell die products What is the county going to get of those said Schwab What is the countys cut The county is looking into a grant for equipment and supplies available from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission The county would have to match that amount if the grant were approved Also a Central Texas Recycling Association CTRA has been orga nized by the Lower Colorado River Authority through a state grant The CTRA will help members in the LCRAs 58county area market and transport recycled products Through the volume of combined products the CTRA could theoretically get a better price for these goods The counties however would need to have a recycling system in place and provide a steady volume of recycled products As expected the State Senate passed a bill yes terday designed to put the Edwards Aquifer Authority into action The Senate passed Senate Bill 418 273 day in Austin Sen Ken Armbrister DVicto ria said several weeks ago he believes changes in this bill will allow SB 1477 passed in the last Leg islature to go into affect SB 1477 and the Edwards Aquifer Authority was held up by the Justice Department due to concerns over voting rights The Authority would have had an appointed board and elimi nated the Edwards Underground Water District which has an elected one SB 418 allows both boards to exist Although the measure passed the Senate easi ly yesterday proponents of the bill think the real fight will come when the issue moves over the House of Representatives Becker Motors expanding lot Bv ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Becker Motors is moving to solve its problem of being cramped for space by expanding onto a nearby lot Coowner Arno Becker said the Seguin Street dealership has purchased a lot adjacent to Jack Borchers Law Office on Seguin Street to be used as new car display space Becker said the lot is now being used for employee parking and new car storage We are also in the process of building a new body and paint Becker said We are going to get that out of the way first so it will be sever al months before we finish with the new lot Right now I am more proud of the modernization of the paint and body shop It will really be state of the art The walls went up today It will take a cou ple of more weeks to finish Becker said he does not have a target date or cost estimate for completing the new car lot He said he has agreed with the city to add a curb and sidewalk in front of the lot It should improve the look of Seguin Street in that he said The lot also needs lighting and needs to be paved Becker said he never considered moving his dealership to Interstate 35 instead of expanding downtown I just kind of think of us as a home town dealer so I dont see any reason to move out to the he said White House promises to veto bills opposed by AFLCIO Page 8

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