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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY City people wont be able to watch the Spurs game tonight Page 8 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park train k 16 Pages in two sections Frida Her a IdZ Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of AGN Vol 143 No 120 Inside Church 2B Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Charles Reviea Julian and Cindy Gomez Agnes Hubertus 92 and Carmen Torres St Judes Ranch for Children hosts yard sale Saturday St Judes Ranch for Children will host its second annual yard sale this Saturday April 29 from 9 to 5 at the corner of Union and Common streets in New Braunfels Rain date is May 6 Proceeds from the event will help to provide a summer trip for the residents New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary meets Monday The New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its regular business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 Monday May 1 Garage sale at WalMart The seventh annual Childrens Miracle Network garage sale will be held at the New Braunfels WalMart store April 29 from to 4 Free bag of soil with every purchase of or more limit one free or 50 cents a bag while supply lasts Barbecue bake sale and sno cups will be for sale also Twen tyfive cent shoes clothing belts and more American Legion hosts barbecue American Legion Post and Unit 35 fundraiser for 1995 will be a barbecue served from 11 to 4 Saturday April 29 Auction at 2 Rep Edmund Kuempel auctioneer Raffle drawing at 4 At the National Guard Armory Order of the Eastern Star to meet The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 will have its regular stated meeting May 1 at at the Masonic Hall 1157 W San Antonio St Betty Friend will give the Memorial Services Project carnival The second annual Project carnival will be held af Mountain Valley Elementary School Saturday May 6 from 10 to 6 Eat at the Plaza Diner help ACS The Plaza Diner is helping the American Cancer Society this nweek The promotion ends tomorrow If you order dessert at the Plaza Diner today or tomorrow the resaurant will donate the price of the dessert to the Can cer Society Mission Valley Community Center to hold annual meeting The Mission Valley Commu nity Center will hold its annua meeting Tuesday May 2 at 7 at the Mission Valley Com munity Center All members are invited Tribute to Annette Hanley In Memory Of Annette M Hanley Educator Ecologist Friend April 1937 I 995 HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARN ALL Students and faculty at Smithson Valley High School dedicated a plaque to the memory of Annette Hanley yesterday as part of the schools Earth Week celebra tion Hanley was a biology teacher at the school and was heavily involved in ecolo gy She was killed in a car accident March 10 Yesterday was her birthday At left the Shotwel sisters sing Amazing Grace at the ceremony At top the plaque Above Hanleys daughters at the ceremo ny Sales tax hike seen shifting burden off home owners onto tourists J By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer No one likes to pay taxes But New Braunfels has to pay for needed city services somehow and with city services like most commodities we get what we pay for So what is the fairest way to fund the projects many think New Braunfels needs Many think the half cent sales tax up for approval on the May 6 ballot is the best answer The sales tax is going to affect any large ticket items I dont think we need a tax Rennie Lux Lux Appliances The sales tax could work particularly well for New Braunfels because such a large portion of our business is tourism People come to New Braunfels to spend money They also use our services parks roads police protection etc Its a winwin for almost City Manager Mike Shands said It makes so much sense for New Braunfels because some of the costs can be taken from the homeowners and spread to the The idea of a local sales tax with property tax relief attached is not a new one This is not something the city has made cham ber of commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meeksaid Theyve been study ing this there are 200 cities that have passed New Braunfels total sales tax now stands at percent The increase would bring it up to percent That compares with in San Antonio in San Marcos in Seguin and in Austin A few local business owners fear the higher sales tax will drive some of their business to San Antonio with its lower tax rate The sales tax is going to affect any large ticket Rennie Lux of Lux Appliances said I dont think we need a tax he said Well make do with what we have just like I do in my The San Antonio VIA tax did drive some appliance shoppers to New Braunfels Lux said A ticket item would cost more with the sales tax increase Rhoads Interiors sells interior design jobs for prices as high as owner Dennis Rhoads said With percent sales tax thats less that someone has to spend elsewhere than in New Rhoads Tax revenue would be split for streets facilities economic development and property tax reduction The proposed half cent sales tax looks complicated at first glance Creaking it down into sections can help understand the numbers The tax is broken into two propositions Each of the two will be voted on separately on the ballot Proposition 1 cent for property tax reduction cent for economic development Proposition 2 cent for streets and drainage cent for city facilities and equipment The city estimates that each oneeighth cent will produce a year in rev enue A home currently valued at is taxed Under the proposed tax the same home would be taxed at Thats a savings of The economic development portion would be used for 1 attracting new businesses 2 assisting expanding businesses and 3 creating job opportunities Under Proposition 2 a projected a year would be added to improve streets and drainage Possible uses of the per year for city facilities and equipment would be libraries parks public safety municipal buildings the Civic Center and more streets and drainage Sales tax in New Braunfels is currently percent A lawn mower at the cur rent rate has added in sales tax a total cost of The proposed sales tax would bring the sales tax rate to percent That same lawn mower would have in sales tax making the total cost The sales tax increase makes the lawmower cost increase Sales tax is NOT collected on vehicles gasoline most groceries prescriptions med ical and legal fees Its a winwin situation for almost City Manager Mike Shands said The government should be limited to police fire roads and health and the rest is he said Having to choose between a sales tax and a property tax I would definitely pick the sales Rhoads said It is the more fair tax because those who have more to spend are taxed Other local entrepreneurs favor the tax Letting visitors share the cost of the city ser vices they use is a good idea said Marian Benson owner of Collections on Land mark Square Sales tax has always been known to be the most equitable tax there she said People pay on the level they can afford to New Braunfels definitely has needs and the sales tax is a good way to approach paying for those needs Benson said Some critics could say that a sales tax is regressive that it puts a greater burden on those with lower incomes Property tax is more regressive than sales tax argues Shands because if you own property you have no control you must pay property tax At least on the sales tax if you dont want to pay the tax you can adjust the money you spend on taxable discretionary Shands said Most necessities arent subject to city sales tax Shands said If you pay your rent buy your car buy gasoline go to the grocery go to the doctor you wont pay city sales tax on those he said The only people who might present an argument against the sales tax Shands said are renters If youre a renter the owner of your property has probably put the property tax into the amount of the Meek said If New Braunfels has a bad year for tourism due to drought or some other cause the sales tax would still work Shands said If we could just get every four out of five years good years it would be well worth putting all your eggs in the sales tax he said A key to the sales taxs success is New Braunfels tourism industry that 60 to 65 percent of the sales tax revenues could come from visitors Meek said 1 think an educated voter will give the nod on he said NBU endorses plan to send Lake Dunlap water to S A By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities joined what NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo called a positive effort to form an area plan for bringing surface water to San Antonio NBU joins the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority San Antonio Water System San Antonio River Authority Bexar Metropolitan Water District and the Canyon Regional Water Authority in devel oping a plan to reduce pumping reliance on the Edwards Aquifer particularly south toward San Antonio This is a very small step toward a plan that will lead to some type of said GBRA General Manager Bill West it is a giant step from a perception The first step calls for transfer of water from Lake Dunlap to the suburbs of the northern San Antonio metropolitan area via the Canyon Lake Regional Water Authority Federal Water Monitor Joe G Moore Jr told the NBU board relieving the demand of military bases was one consideration especially since the baseclosure commission considers future watersource availability Longrange plans call for as much as acrefeet of water to be delivered to the region through basin transfers and conser vation The purpose of the immediate plan is to supply not only the needs of San Antonio but also intervening include any entities with the capability of providing treated Moore said Local and area residents will have a chance to review details of the plan and ask questions next Tuesday May 2 in a 6 meet ing at the New Braunfels Civic Center NBU Board Member Robert Orr voiced concern that NBU might be limited from expanding its water treatment facility not necessary for regional transfer purposes but to provide service for closer neighbors NBU built a surface water system and treatment planf several years ago the only city on the aquifer thus far with such a system Our citizens are paying the price for a much more expensive water supply than our he said Moore was quick to praise the citys efforts Ive held the city up as a good example of what cities on the aquifer ought to he said West said he hoped NBU and the Canyon Regional Water Authority would expand and that the city of San Marcos would develop a surface treatment facility But he and Moore cautioned that everything depends on the State Legislatures actions We are praying that the Legislature will provide some type of entity for regulation of the West said A federal judge in Midland appointed Moore as water monitor in an ongoing fouryear case in which New Braunfels is involved The case involves protecting endangered species in Comal and San Marcos springs which ultimately means protecting the spring flow Unless there is a resolution in the Legislature this year the case will not go Moore told the NBU board Local water negotiator Doug Miffer said several bills have been flowing through the halls of the Capitol with one in particular HB 3189 sponsored by Reps Ron Lewis and Robert Puente gaining much attention That bill would call for an elected not appointed board to govern the aquifer and is likely to be debated within the next two weeks Miller said adding many legislators wanted to see some kind of solution quickly HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Plaque unveiled Barren Schlameus does the honors at the unveiling of a his torical marker dedicated by members of the Comal Springs Chapter of Colonial Dames of XVII Century yesterday at the Sophlenburg Museum Surgeon General nominee takes a pounding from the right See Page 4
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