Wednesday, April 5, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY A sneak preview of Retama Park See Sports Day Page 10 50 CENTS The Plaza bandstand New Braunfels Her 16 pages in one section Wednesday April Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of DONNA ALLEN Vol 143 No 103 Inside Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mary Elaine Feltner Donna Allen Angel Diane Ortega Adolfo Ortega Steven Qomei Ginger Resales Michelle Qon zales Beatrice Gomez and Daniel V Lagunas Good afternoon Todays weather Thunderstorms likely high 68 low 54 McNeill still critical after car accident Robert Ryan McNeill of New Braunfels was still in critical condition at Brooke Army Med ical Center in San Antonio as of press time He was critically injured in last Thursday nights wreck that left three others dead McNeill was a passenger in a car driven by Kory Hudgins when it crossed the median of IH35 near Ruekle Road arid struck a car driven by Gracie Villarreal The Villarreal car was then struck by an 18wheel tractor trailer Hudgins Villarreal and Mar garita Espinoza a passenger in the Villarreal car were all killed All are of New Braunfels Memorials to Gracie Villar real wife of New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant John Villarreal may be given to Eden Home Memorials to Margarita be given to Hos pice New Braunfels Lenten community lunch The guest speaker for the final Lenten community lunch at First United Methodist Church will be Rev Charles DeHaven of St Paul Lutheran Church on Friday April 7 from to This is an ecumenical ser vice sponsored by First Unit ed Methodist Church and will be held in Wesley Hall located on the Mill Street side of the church Soloist will be sopra no Cathy Talcott Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch and beverages will be provided by the church For information call 6254513 Adobe Cafe to help ACS Adobe Cafe has added its name to the list of sponsors for the 1995 American Cancer Society Starlight Gala and will donate a portion of all sales this weekend April 79 Clarification The last three words of an article about the condition of victims in a Friday night acci dent in Clear Springs were inadvertently omitted from a Page 1 story in yesterdays HeraldZeitung The story should have ended Williams was taken by AirLife to Brooke Army Medical Center He died Saturday at about Alfred Boeck was unin This newspaper is print ed on fecycled newsprint ax By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Less will buy more in the coming city budget We dropped about a pen ny this year in property City Manager Mike Shands said Thats about a penny per hundred dollars val uation of a home On a home valued at a New Braunfels resident would have paid in taxes in In the pro posed budget a New Braunfels home owner would pay on a home appraised at This decrease is partly due to growth in the city That translates to new addi tions to the tax rolls more houses and businesses in the city to share the same sized property tax pie Shands said And the decrease is partly due to increased home valuations So some home owners may actually pay more in city property tax if the appraised val ue of their home was increased The city could have taken the option to put a 03 percent raise in the property taxes just by putting it in the budget and having a public hearing Shands said But city officials decided to hold the line on taxes instead We wanted to turn it all back to the he said In fact city officials have managed to hold down the tax rate since Plan would increase spending almost but increased property values will allow a lower tax rate The rate that year was cents for each of home valuation This year the rate is cents The high est rate since then has been 41 cents per valuation Here are the raw numbers The city plans to spend a total of in the proposed budget Thats up from a percent spending increase What will residents get for that increase The biggest changes from last year are the area of equipment and Shands said Most of the equipment and facili ties in the budget are an ambulance upgrading electricity in the police sta tion and the library upgrading elec tricity and the kitchen in the Civic Cen ter repairing the pool bath house a right of way tractor mower an asphalt patching truck two pickup trucks and a dump truck and more dumpsters for trash pickup Shands said Equipment is a onetime purchase and it lasts for Shands said The main items on the personnel shopping list Shands said are three more fire fighters another equipment operator one building inspector and a percent salary increase for city employees The news is also good about New Braunfels reserve fund balance or sav ings The fund balance is going to increase about Shands said It will be at Thats money the city can spend if an emergency need comes up he said How can all this be done with a decrease in property taxes The short answer is that the New Braunfels econ omy is healthy We collected a little more in sales tax than Shands said Other sources of revenues add up too he said like the agreement with WalMart which gives the city a certain amount of revenue each year We just got really serious about watching the budget very closely as we should he said I think that theres been an incred ibly good cooperation between the staff and the city Mayor Paul Fras er said He credits Finance Director Sharon Day with producing a budget that was thorough and easy for the city council to use If the proposed halfcent sales tax increase is approved next month the citys spending and tax plans will change The budget assumes that we dont have the half cent sales tax Shands said If the half cent sales tax fails this budget stands on its The May 6 ballot will include two propsosals each of which would raise the city sales tax onequarter of one percent If both propositions of the sales tax pass Shands said the city council can spend even more money on street repairs drainage facilities and eco nomic development And you would see the property tax rate drop another Shands said Shands cautions that if the sales tax increase passes the money wont actu ally be there to spend until December or January There are a few big ticket items New Braunfels will have to plan for in the coming years The two issues we ought to address some time in the near future are the police station and the Shands said We need a larger police he said There is hardly any space you can interview a victim That building The two issues we ought to address some time in the near future are the police staton and the City Manager Mike Shands was built a long lirnc ago when we were a much smaller A new library is another major expense many in New Braunfels think the city needs to take on For both of them it would come to about mil Shands said City employees and city council members have been working on the budget since early February Residents will have a chance to have their say on the budget May 8 when the city coun cil holds a public hearing New Braunfels owes a debt of grat itude to the city staff for keeping taxes low and the quality of city services high Fraser said He quoted Shands Id like to take them up to New York City and see what they could do to fix things up there for a Concert for kids At right violinist Heather Zimmerman came back to play with the MidTexas Symphony for nearly children yesterday at the Civic Center Zlmmrman played with the symphony when she was 12 years old She now attends the University of Michigan where she studies music Below guest conductor Yoichl Udagawa conducts the symphony County looks into need for a Housing Authority By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Photos by Marie Offerman Above seated Row Wohlbier and Kay Seated Row Pisar Betty Plsar Frances Allwardt Martin Allwardt Elaine Lane and Gertrude Campbell Standing Peg Ball Gene Bauer Ruth Bauer Richard McFarland Ramona McFarland Elizabeth Elkins Zora Rice and Betty Swindell Above right Row Shroads Theresa Partow Mollie Whitlock Seated Row Schmidt John Pattow and Ed Reidling Standing Gloria Boger Sam Boger Marie Schnurr Opal Brown Marie Reidling and Shirley Schmidt Right seated John Laughlin Margaret Laughlin Lois Booth and Barbara Kelller Standing Mary Anne Hollmig Program Bob Booth Jeanne Sloan Jeanne Collins Betty Haselwood Scott Haselwood and Clyde Blackman Program vijwv IWMICIIII i uuicaiwi j Elderhostelers enjoy the good life in New Braunfels By Marie Offerman sored by the Historic Museums Asso includes visits to all the museums and New Braunfels Heritage and Cultu OD6ClcU 10 lU6 tUnO riutJon no nnA itrkif tUinlr By Marie Offerman Special to the HealdZeitung Visitors from all over the United States are enjoying the Elderhostel Program this week which is spon sored by the Historic Museums Asso ciation Mary Anne Hollmig and Clyde Blackman are coordinators for the program The group is staying at the Faust Hotel The program schedule includes visits to all the museums and many historic places of interest as well as a sampling of German foods and music Local volunteers have proudly assisted in showing the visitors our New Braunfels Heritage and Culture and why we think In Neu Braunfels ist Das Leben Yesterday the visitors enjoyed lunch at me Forke Store in Conservation Plaza Does Comal County need a housing authority Thats what Commissioners Court is scheduled to discuss in its weekly meeting Thursday among several agenda items Nadine Mardock Executive Director of the Housing Authority for the City of New Braunfels thinks there is a need Currently she said 400 families are on the waiting list for financial assistance in housing With the New Braunfels city limits located in a rather confined area she said many are looking at county areas And with the increased growth of the countys population available living quar ters are hard to find be it in New Braun fels or the county Were getting a lot more requests for this area as far as housing she said a lot what is happening people are going into the county The housing authority has merely a political agreement with the city The funding comes through the federal Hous ing and Urban Development Most people recognize the program in the city through apartments such as the high rise Laurel Apts on Landa St Since1969 the city has had a housing authority Just last month about was paid out to 300 units The government pays owners of rental units all or part of the rent for those on assistance While many may think most of these people are homeless or on welfare that happens in under a third of the cases Rather most people who qualify are either elderly or have jobs Mardock said a family of four can qual ify if its income is about a year for two Assistance is available in various forms Some may have to pay a substantial part of their rent based on their income Also a family with large medical bills may qualify even if its income is higher than the guidelines as an example There are probably many people out there who qualify and dont know she said Mardock said this area has to compete with San Antonio for federal dollars Having a separate entity such as the county involved the chances for obtaining grants and additional funds doubles she said Call 6259144 for information about subscriptions to the HeraldZeitung