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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 HeraldZeitung Tuesday April Homestead exemption lowers tax bills Homeowners can reduce their prop erty tax bills in 1995 by taking advan tage of exemptions Application forms are available at the Comal Appraisal District office Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgcrs informs homeowners that Texas law allows them to file a onetime appli cation for home exemptions These exemptions reduce the appraised value of the home Property owners who have never received exemptions on their homes in which they were living on Jan 1 1995 and those who became 65 or disabled during 1994 must apply this year to receive exemptions for 1995 Home owners must file signed completed applications at the appraisal office by May 1 A homeowners principal residence and yard are considered the residence homestead It can include up to 20 acres of land and improvements build such as a swimming pool green house or other structure as long as the owner uses them for residential pur poses Rodgers said that a property must Stammtisch meet four tests set by law to qualify for the residence homestead exemption The person or persons claiming the exemption must own the property on Jan I property must be designed or adapted for human residence the owner must use the property as a res idence and the property must be the principal residence of an owner who qualifies for the exemption A mobile home even on leased land can qualify for the exemption if it meets the four tests A property owner can still qualify for the homestead exemption if part of the residence is rented out or used for other purposes such as a home Rodgcrs said And the home will not lose its exemption if the owner moves away temporarily so long as he or she intends to return and doesnt claim another homestead exemption Texas law provides several types of exemptions for homeowners For school tax purposes there is a general homestead exemption for all homeowners and an additional exemption for those 65 or older or dis abled The school tax exemption for those 65 or older provides a special proper ty tax ceiling for school taxes While the market value of an elderly per sons home may fluctuate with the market the school taxes cannot increase above the tax amount in the first year that person qualified for the exemption The ceiling can increase however if the owner adds an improvement oth er than normal maintenance or repair When that happens the new improve ment is taxed at its current market val ue and the current tax rates The new taxes are added to the previous tax ceiling to create a new ceiling If an elderly homeowner dies the surviving spouse may apply to keep the tax ceiling if the spouse was at least 55 years of age when the older spouse died The ceiling does not apply to taxes levied by the county city or other tax ing units An elderly homeowner who has not previously received the over65 exemption must apply for it before May Rodgers said To qualify the homeowner must be 65 or older on Jan 1 Counties must offer a general homestead exemption on the portion of the county tax levied for farmtomar ket roads or flood control Any taxing units governing body may grant an additional optional exemption on the homesteads of dis abled or elderly residents or both Taxing units may also offer a local option homestead exemption based on a percentage of a homes appraised value In 1994 any taxing unit can exempt up to 20 percent of the value of each qualified homestead No matter what percentage the taxing unit adopts the dollar amount for any homestead exemption must be at least Percentage homestead exemptions are granted by Comal Independent School District at 20 percent Comal County at 20 percent and the City of New Braunfels at 20 percent For more information homeown ers may contact the Comal Appraisal District at 178 E Mill Ste 101 New Braunfels TX 78130 210625 8597 Parade entry Michael Krause greatgreatgrandson of Johann Adam Wuest Inspects the cart he will use In the Comal County Genealogy Society parade entry as his real life wife Connie Publications secretary of the soci ety looks on Michael Is hoping that some fellow Wuest descendants will join him by representing Philippine Emma August Gustav and Herman The society parade entry will depict the First Founders of New Braunfels and all descendants are encouraged to participate Please contact the Comal County Genealogical Society at the Sophienburg Archives located at 200 N Seguln or call 6291900 to pick up a form so you can represent your ancestor Postal cancellation available A special handcancellation com memorating the Sesquicentennial cel ebration will be available starting Good Friday April 14 in the lobby of the New Braunfels Post Office The can cellation will be available during the hours 10 to 4 Monday through Friday The final day for the cancellation will be Monday April 24 You must have a stamped envelope to receive the Postmark or you may elect to buy the special souvenir envelope for This envelope may also be placed in the Time Capsule at no additional charge Big barbecue If you plan to attend the Sesquicen tennial Barbecue on April 22 you must obtain tickets now None will be sold on the day of the barbecue Many orga nizations are selling them or they may be picked up at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office Serving will be at the Wurstfest grounds To Go plates may be picked up at the Knights of Columbus Mall Weed alert Clean up day for Historic Down town New Braunfels will be April 5 To make sure that the Downtown area puts on its best face for the Scsqui centcnnial all merchants and property owners arc invited to take part in Weed Alert which will take place all clay April 5 For information call Main Street al 6082100 Tree seminar The Comal County Horticulture Committee is sponsoring a Fruit and Nut Tree Grafting Workshop on Wednesday April 5 beginning at 1 at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room on 132 South Water lane Dr Larry Stein extension horti culturist will present the workshop There will be pecan peach and pear sign wood free for those attending the workshop Art After School Art After School returns to the Chil drens Museum in New Braunfels Charlotte Lyon artist for Take Yourself Back the museums Sesquicentennial activity book for children teaches in a variety of media Classes meet every Tuesday in April 4 to 5 Cost is 1 for members and for non members Charlotte is back by popular demand for the class so dont miss this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed fun experience with an excellent artist and teacher Talent show Bill Brown lilementary School Tal ent Show will be held April 4 Public invited The school is right off 281 N and Highway 46 For informa tion call Mrs Glick at 4383045 Elderhostel entertainment Members of the Coma Community Band will give a special concert for Elderhostel participants Thursday April 6 beginning at 7 on the Main Plaza in New Braunfels The performance is fiee and open to the public Plaza Nites The Plaza will come alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday night in April beginning April 6 with the Community Band The concerts run from 7 to 8 Bring lawn chairs and picnics Other concerts set for the Plaza Nites series are Clay Blaker April 13 Rosie y los Muchachos April 20 and Tern Hcndnx April 27 Fashion show Fashion show and luncheon pre sented by Comal County Senior Citi zens Center April 6 at Cost is per person Tickets are available at the center 655 Landa St Barbecue supper The Order of the Eastern Star Chap ter 771 will have its annual barbecue supper and country store April 7 at the Eagles Hall from 5 to 8 Tickets are for adults and for children under 12 Tickets can be pur chased at the door or from any mem ber Classes for Realtors The New Lake Area Association of Realtors will be offering 6 hours of mandatory contin uing education on April 7 1995 The classes offered will be Fair Housing 03030960463 and Contracts 03 Classes are offered through the San Antonio Board of Realtors Classes will be held at Vic toria Bank Trust NORTH building from 9 Call 6256954 to register for 6 hours 18 per class Easter egg hunt Grab your Easter baskets and head to Landa Park for the Annual Landa Park Easter Egg Hunt The hunt will begin at 11 Saturday April 8 at the Lan da Lake Gazebo The Easter bunny will make a special appearance in the park to begin the hunt and pose for pictures The hunt is cosponsored by the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club Wuests of New Braunfels and the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department For informa tion call the Landa Recreation Center at 6082167 Attention rose lovers Members of the San Antonio Rose Society will be at Schulz Nursery in Marion on Saturday and Sunday April 8 9 from 10 until 4 They will be available to answer questions and share their rose growing secrets with you Admission is free and the public is invited to attend Paver Project Lions Club BBQ The Marion Lions Club will be sell ing delicious barbecue on Saturday April 15 from 11 until 4 in downtown Marion across from 1 IcJp ing Hand Hardware Please support this worthwhile fundraiser and help the Marion Lions better serve the needs of the community Hummingbird seminar Schulz Nursery in Marion will be featuring a hummingbird seminar at 10 on Saturday April 15 James Middleton from the San Antonio Audubon Society will be the guest speaker The door prize is free regis tration for two at the celebration in Rockport Admission is free and the public is invited to attend Garden Ridge candidates presentation Meet the sponsored by the Garden Ridge Area Republi can Women will be held Monday April 17 at Paul Davis Park Prior to a presentation of candidates for Garden Ridge Mayor two Alder man positions and Comal ISO Board Trustee at 7 an optional dinner of barbecue or comdog and fries will be offered Food service will begin at 6 Please purchase dinner tickets in advance from GRARW members or at Forest Waters Club 21320 Water Wood Drive Mon dayFriday 9 Call 651 9739 or 6519679 for more informa tion Barbecue tickets The New Braunfels Fire Department Left to Right Susan Heidrich Assistant Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank presented the banks check for the New Braunfels Coat of Arms granite marker to Joyce Hendricks Main Street Paver Program Chair flanked by Rita Kaufmann Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank holding a copy of the design 50 percent of actual size Rita Kaufmann Vice President and Susan Heidrich Assistant Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank presented a check for to Joyce Hendricks Main Street Paver Program Chair A marker of Hill Country granite engraved to reflect the original New Braunfels Coat of Arms will be set on the Main Plaza above the Honors 3foot wide band of personalized pavers inside the existing sidewalk Doing its part in Preserving our Past Paving out Future Texas Commerce Banks purchase will be placed in the SW quadrant of the Main Plaza Personalized paver coupons are available in the downtown stores and the City desk Watch for a coupon in the HeraldZeitung Be on the Honors List in the Prince Carl of zuSolmsBraunfels Court of Honor Deadline for paver purchases is April Auxiliary is one of the organizations chosen to sell barbecue tickets for the Sesquicentennial Barbecue on April 22 No tickets will be sold the day of the barbecue sales will close April 17 If you would like to purchase your tickets from the Auxiliary they will be at Fire Station 1f2 4120 Loop 337 on Saturday April 1 from 11 and 4 Please come to the back parking Texas Reservations can be made by calling 6200704 Reservation deadline is Tuesday April 18 Cost including dinner is for adults and for children age 11 and under Model Railroad Jamboree Dont miss one of Texas biggest and best railroad shows Saturday April at the Civic Center Model Railroad Jam boree will come to New Braunfels The Jamboree will feature a Depot Open House flea market 150 vendor train layouts raffle prizes door prizes refreshments movies a Union Pacific locomotive and special dis plays Admission is for adults for children under 18 under 5 free Tennis anyone The City of New Braunfels Parks Recreation Department is offering tennis lessons for youths and adults PeeWee Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are offered for chil dren ages 815 Adults may register for Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes Classes begin during the week of April 24 1995 and meet one day per week for 5 weeks The fee for this class is Registration will be accepted at the Landa Recreation Cen ter through April 21 Private and semi private lessons are also available For information regarding class dates and times please call the Landa Recre ation Center at 6082167 Barber Shoppers Show New Braunfels Barber Shoppers are having their annual show on Saturday April 29 in Jackson Auditorium in Seguin at 7 Tickets are available at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Comal Flower Shop and from members Tax Aid AARP Tax Aid began Feb 1 and continue through April 15 except for Feb 20 Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to Thursday from 10 to 1 and Saturday 10 to 1 Senior Cit izens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Saturday from 9 to 1 and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from 1 to 4 and Saturday from 9 am to Bring your 1993 return and 1994 infor mation Learn line dancing Free line dance classes are available Mondays from to at the Senior Citizens Center Apartments available The Housing Authority is accepting applications from lowerincome lies who qualify as renters for two and three bedroom apartments To qualify for an apartment your gross annual income for a threeperson family must be more than but less than for a fourperson family more than but less than O for a fiveperson family more thai but less than Twobedroom apartments will be and threebedroom apartments1 Apply at 300 Laurel Lane Books sought The Friends of Dittlinger Library are eagerly seeking books r zles video and audio cassettes and oth er appropriate items for their fall book sale Please take the items to the library or call 6292359 to arrange for pick up Get in shape Its never too late to start an exercise program Get into shape and enjoy all the benefits of being fit Come on to the Senior Center any Monday and Friday from Youll love this lowimpact class Snowbirds are welcome Send Stammtisch items to HeraldZeitung Stammtsich 707 Land St New Braunfels TX 78130 Or fax to 6251224 X Evening of German Entertainment Civic Center April 20 7 Admission at the Sponsored by the GermanAmerican Society 210 6256330 The program will begin with a concert by the Stadtkapelle from Braunfels Germany Horst Schoen bcck from Essen Germany will play 2 solos on the piano The Folk dancers will perform authentic dances and the local singing group Harmonie Gemischter Chor will sing A sing along and reception after the perfor mance will end the musical evening Aggie Muster The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Friday April 21 at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall Fellow ship will begin at with dinner starting at The guest speak er for Muster will be Donald Powell 56 director of business services for Texas University and coauthor of The Fightin Texas Aggie Band a comprehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1894 to the present Aggie Muster is open all former students and their families parents of students and students and friends of CITY OF NEW BUAUNFELS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The federal government has established a requirement that each slate and local government receiving federal housing and community development funds must prepare a strategy for addressing housing within the community This new strategy called the Consolidated Plan and Strategy will be submitted to the Federal Department ol Housing and Urban Development I IUD on or about May 10 1995 The City of New Braunfels views this new requirement as an opportunity to reassess the Citys housing needs and the particular priorities programs and resources which will best meet the challenges of the community for the next five years The Consolidated Plan and Strategy CPS is comprised of three main components The Community Profile the Five Year Strategy and the One Year Action Plan and was developed in consultation with community agencies It is available for viewing at Dittlinger Memorial Library New Braunfels I Itilitics Senior Center the Public Housing Authority and the Municipal Building A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday April to provide New Braunfels citizens community organizations and other interested and knowledgeable parties with an additional opportunity to offer comment on the draft CPS before its submission to HUD This hearing will commence at PM at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Questions about the document and the assessment process arc welcome and can be directed to the Community Development Department Municipal Building 424 S Castcll New Braunfels Formal written comments may be made to the same address All comments should be received by the Community Development by PM on Wednesday April 26 mmmmmm
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