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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas The Plaza bandstand Inside Sports S tarn nit is ch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zejtung extends the following Birthday wishes to Meta Schmidt 85 Pedro Par tlda Coreen Schmidt Joyce Elchmann Jan Harrison Jack Harrison Hapy Amanda Corona Coreen Schmidt and Susl H Bayton Happy anniversary to Rafael and Eliz abeth Martinez Historic marker to be dedicated The Coma County Historical Commission will dedicate a his toric markerfor the Comal County Courthouse at 10 Tuesday May 9 Hermann Sons lodge to meet Members of the Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge are reminded of the meeting and social on Friday May 5 at 7 Members are asked to bring a salad for the meal Fire Department Auxiliary meets tomorrow New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its regular business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 Monday May 1 Season swim passes on sale The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is now selling season swim passes Resident swim pass es which include pools and prince Solms Tube Chute are for children ages 517 for adults ages 1859 and for senior citizens ages 60 plus Resident family passes are Nonresident passes are for children ages 517 for adults and for senior citizens v Nonresident family passes Nonresident passes include the swimming pools only For information call 608 2160 or visit the parks office in Landa Park Correction An article on Page 1 of the Thursday April 27 Herald Zeitung contained incomplete information in the listing of floats in the Sesqui centennial parade Third place in Division 1 of the Local Organization cate gory of the Sesquicentennial Parade went to the Four Sea sons Comal and GuadaCo ma Garden Clubs Also in Division I under Local Organizations second place was won by the Christ ian Hanz Family The winning numbers Lotto Texas 33 22 Est million jackpot TEXBS LOTTERV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Mariachi band keeps traditional sound alive Sea Page 12A Regional track meet results Page 9A New Braunfels HeraWZeit SUNDAY 44 Pages in four sections Sunday April Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of META SCHMIDT Vol 113 No 121 New Braunfels becomes a billion city Appraisal district figures show city property values jumped By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Spurred by million in new construc tion the taxable value of property in New Braun fels surged past the billion mark for the first time this year according to preliminary figures from the Comal County Appraisal District Besides the new construction the value of existing property jumped in the past year as well marking the third straight year of strong gains in property values said Lynn Rodgers chief appraiser at the CCAD Property values in the city jumped percent from million to billion Last year New Braunfels property values increased percent and there was million in new construction Growth is evident all over the county Rodgers said Property values countywide are up 13 per cent from billion to billion The county saw million in new construction compared to million last year This is the biggest year in new construction I have seeft since I got here in There is no doubt we are still in an increasing Rogers said Single family residences saw the biggest jumps But we are also seeing increases in retail and industrial properties subdivision lots and acreage The growth was pretty even districtwide Garden Ridge is a hot pocket but it is because there is more construction there What is already built increased about the same as in other parts of the Rogers said The figures are preliminary and will likely drop slightly before they are finalized because property owners have the right to protest their appraisals see accompanying Property Values in New Braunfels Notes Figures for 1994 are final figures from the Comal County Appraisal District Figures for 1995 are preliminary figures from the appraisal district Figures were arrived at by averaging the values of five homes on each street noted HataiaZeitung graphic by ROGER CROTEAU Onkwoocl Dlvd 1994 1995 1995 Increase T X y wif Casllewood Dr 1994 1995 1995 Increase 10 1994 1995 1995 Increase MSX Oak Run Pkwy 1994 1995 1995 Increase Kentucky Blvd 1994 1995 1995 Increase Royal Crest 1995 1995 Increase iV fcl J xVHlSEi 1994 1995 1 1995 Increase tf v i iriurudse r 1995 sl As 1994SiqidR V X V 0 I 995 Increase 1995 S68174 w A 1994 Vl 1995 v 1995 Increase KBSJ333BI 1994 1995 1995 Increase Dunlap Loop 16 1994 1995 1995 Increase 8 Vo VfrK V r x J X r 1 1994 1995 1995 Increase Honeysuckle 1994 1995 1995 Increase 0 Mobile homes 1994 1995 1995 Increase 1994 1995 1995 Increase Protesting property appraisals can result in savings at tax time By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Many property owners in Comal County will find that the appraised value of their homes jumped five to 15 percent this year when they open their mailxtomorrow The Comal Couuty Appraisal Dis trict was almost ready to mail out notices of appraised value Fri day afternoon Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said some people could have received their notices yesterday and they should all be delivered by Wednesday Appraisals do not determine your property taxes Taxes are determined by taxing entities But appraisals are used by taxing entities like the city and school district to determine your tax bill For example last year a home in the city of New Braunfels and in the New Braunfels Independent School District with a taxable value of would have paid in property taxes The lower the appraisal on your property the lower your tax bill will be If you think the appraisal on your prop erty is too high you have the right to protest with the appraisal district A homeowner in New Braunfels and in the NBISD would have saved for every he convinced the appraisal district to knock off his appraisal last year If you think your appraisal is too high the first step is to meet with a deputy appraiser at the district office and try to work it out informally Call the appraisal district at 6258597 If that doesnt work request a formal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board There is a onepage form avail able at the office 178 E Mill to request a hearing The ARB is made up of five people appointed by the Appraisal District Board of Directors Protests must be filed by May 31 or 30 days after the notice is postmarked whichever is later If you are still not satisfied the next and final step available is to file suit in district court Before meeting with the appraiser be prepared to make specific argu ments about why your property is worth less than the appraisal people went in for informal hearings 622 filed formal protests and 272 people actually showed up for their hearing at the ARB Survey shows whats hot whats not with local downtown shoppers By CRAIG HAMMETT StaffWriter Tourists visit New Braunfels for various reasons water activities quiet vacations smalltown charm etc But city officials and businesses downtown want ed to know what locals think of the downtown area So they enlisted the help of the Small Business Insti tute at Southwest Texas State University to conduct a market study Surveys were distributed to local people only Out of questionnaires distributed mainly through several downtown businesses 300 were returned more than expected They received about a percent response said Main Street Director Karen Crandall The last survey 1989 they got back about People said the major strengths of the downtown area were its charm and convenience its history and its cleanliness while the top weaknesses were lack of selection lack of parking and too many antique shops The report stated The residents feel they need a variety of stores to shop in such as a department store like Penny a variety of shoe stores and fewer antique stores the res idents also want more entertainment similar to Restau type establishments the residents want old buildings renovated and filled with retail merchants and and lastly the residents want more events going on in New Braunfels such as out door festivals and community activities The resi dents feel like there is not much going on in New Braunfels at this Favorite shopping locations for respondents were San Antonio and the outlet malls followed by the downtown area Favorite types of restaurants were Mexican fast foods and Crandall said they plan to enlist another survey from tourists and combine the two to see what the total opinions are of people who come to downtown New Braunfels HeraldZeitung pholo by MICHAEL DARNALL She wont be crying for long It stings for a minute but in return for getting vaccinated fouryearold Heidi Herrmann got a free pass to Schlitterbahn Her father Donald is behind her and Shel McWilliams gives the shot Schlitterbahn gave free passes to all children who got their shots yesterday opening day for the park Check out the Mom Me special section See Pages 6B 7B and 8B
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