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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY More changes coming for Park Golf Course See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels ISO The LandaPark gazebo 14 Pages in one section Wednesday June HeraldZeituiiH Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of KRISTIE GRACE Vol 143 No 148 Inside Arts Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Watson Kristie Grace 21 Susan Leifeste 16 Keri Leifeste Pablo Tre jo Annie Valverde Robie Gar cia Markie Guerrero Janie S Moreno Jean Holder Travis Ploch and Lillian Gonzalez 18 Happy belated birthday to Johnny William James Pierce 18 and Robert Garcia Sr Happy 20th anniver sary to Jeff and Denise Nund River information Comal River 304 cubic feet per second up 10 cfs Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet same as yesterday Guadalupe River 581 cfs District 1 Town Meeting today County Commissioner Cristi na Zamora and City Council man Juan Luis Martinez invite the public to a District 1 Town Meeting at 7 June 7 at the council chambers in the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Topics to be discussed include streets and drainage public health San Antonio Col lege veteran affairs and more Concert in the Park The annual Concert in the Park series continues Thurs day June 8 at at the Landa Park Shell Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available Individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs coolers picnic baskets children and friends to Landa Park This weeks performer is country and rock band Grapes of Wrath No glass containers are allowed in the park Rainedout concerts may not be resched uled Lioness Club installs officers The New Braunfels Lioness Club will install its new officers at a banquet at the Holiday Inn banquet room June 12 at 6 Rummage sale donations needed First Protestant Church Seguin and Coll streets will hold a rummage sale Satur day June 10 from 9 to 3 in the Family Life Center All donations of sale items accepted Deliver to FPC Seele Parish or call 6097729 ext 26 to schedule pickup of large items American Gl Forum group meets New Braunfels Forum 1014 F of American Gl Forum meets every second Thursday at at American Legion Home 410 W Coll Elec tions Thursday June 8 Public invited Garage and bake sale Saturday The George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 Ladies Auxiliary is having a garage and bake sale on Saturday June 10 at Perfection Automotive 324 Paradise Alley from 8 to By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer board eyes million budget hike New Braunfels Independent School District has formed a preliminary bud get and the NBISD Board of Trustees must now decide what to do with the extra revenue they expect for the 1995 96 school year Lonnie Curtis Assistant Superin tendent of Finance said there is a problem with the budget for the upcoming year He said the revenue is larger than the expenditures We now have a choice to make We need to decide whether to redis tribute that money or to lower the tax said Curtis The excess revenue is expected despite sizable increases in expenditures since last year The district is considering a pro posed million budget up from about million this year Curtis said the biggest spending increase in the propsed budget would be about Proposed budget would keep tax rale about the same despite more spending for teachers and bond payments to pay for a four percent across the board pay increase for teach ers About will be needed for bond payments for the building program approved in the December 1994 bond election The third area of increased spending would be hiring additional teachers to deal with growth in the district Curtis said the school district will probably keep very close to the current tax rate He said the rate for maintenance and operations will like ly drop a little but the debt service tax will increase The owner of a home with a taxable value of paid in NBISD taxes this year Curtis said the district will have to get information about the effective tax rate from the Comal County Appraisal District before he knows what tax rate would be needed to fund the proposed budget You can almost reduce everything as low as possible and still be in a said Curtis Curtis said the board has several options on what to do with the in unbudgeted revenue He said one option is to go back and add some of the purchase requests that were taken out of the budget during planning stages He said another option is to designate the money fora special savings which can then be used at the end of the year to pay for unexpected expenses He said that if there is still money left over it can then be redistributed Cur tis said a final option is to lower the tax rate However Charles Bradbcrry Super intendent for NBISD said the amount of federal funds received could actual ly be less than is currently expected due to low attendance He said the per manent school fund distributes money to the schools based on their average daily attendance He said if a bad virus gets into the school and lasts several weeks attendance could drop drasti cally taking with it federal revenue Curtis also said the amount of federal money received is also based on local effort He said this means lowering the taxes could also reduce the amount of federal funds received Bettc Spain Board Trustee said she felt it would be wiser to leave the bud get alone and make adjustments toward the end of the year if they are needed That way were protected from a shortfall and if we have money left well figure out how to distribute it she said Bradberry said another option is to use the money to purchase computers an3 improve the technology in the schools However he said he did not like the idea of spending tax money to buy computers He said he would like the board to consider developing a technological development plan that would allow employees to invest sav ings up to to pay for advanced technology think it would be a wonderful way for us to move forward technolo gy wise in our district without having to ask for more said Bradbcrry However he said that before such a program could be implemented an extensive plan would need to be devel oped and approved by the board Curtis said a hearing will be held to discuss the tax rate After this a budget meeting will be held and a final budget will be approved near the last week in June Crowd sparse at county judge forum By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Comal County Judge Carter Casteel gave a party last night at Lone Star Elementary and nobody came She scheduled the public forum in response to charges that county government had been unresponsive to the needs of the Hispanic community Four people attend ed the forum and they came from other parts of the city Casteel will try another public forum at Lone Star school in a couple of weeks she said Shell try sched uling the next forum on another night of the week 1 will try to make sure that its well she said Casteel outlined a new plan to beef up security in the county offices without squelching public access beepers Workers in the courthouse and county offices keep in touch with building security via pagers If an emergency arises a worker pages the security officers and they know from the beeper code exactly where in the building they need to go Casteel said At the end of last year the county had about still unspent she Thats good management by department she said Your county is really Casteel quoted a financial advisor as saying You are in as good of shape as any county in the state of New Braunfels is growing Comal County is grow Casteel said 1 imagine were about in Comal County by Explosive growth in the coun ty is still of major concern to commissioners court she said Were giving two septic permits a Casteel said That means two homes completed a Delivering utilities and other services to outlying portions of the county will challenge county government in the near future she said A lower effective tax rate is one probable benefit of growth The tax rate for next year wont be firm until the budget is finished but the effective tax rate should go down Casteel said The effective tax rate is the amount that will give the county the same total amount as it had last year barring a tax she said If the same amount is split between more homes and businesses that means a lower effective tax rate for each home owner Cities and counties can cooperate and its in the best interest of the taxpayers that they Casteel said Cooperative projects are another high pri ority she said The Faust Street Bridge is one area where city and county can work together she said The county bud geted money last year to match a grant to fix up the bridge The actual foundation sits on city property Casteel said so some sort of cooperation will likely be needed to make the project a reality she said Sesquicentennial souvenir sales benefit 4H By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Sesquicentennial souvenir hunters add another prize catch to your quarry One hundred forty num bered miniature ceramic replicas of the Ferdinand Lindheimer house are back on sale Every bit of the pro ceeds benefits the 4H scholarship fund The Comal County Homemak ers formerly the 4H Extension came up with the idea for the little statues in 1987 Treasurer Sarah Pierson said The process from start to finish took about two years Orig inal artwork was done by a San Antonio artist Nationally certified artisan Marie Burk oversaw production from start to finish When the last figure was finished in 1989 they broke the mold and had a party Pierson said Replica of the Lindheimer house The Homemakers chose to repro duce the Lindheimer house for sev eral reasons Pierson said Lind heimer himself made many and var ied contributions to the community from his work as a naturalist to founding the New Braun fels Zeitung The house was a home to Lindheimer descendants into the 1950s and is restored to almost its original form she said Each figure is individually numbered Buyers may request a par ticular number that has personal significance if they like Pierson said except for number 200 That statue will be raffled off on Lindheimers 200th birthday in the year 2001 Each statue can be had for 100 percent of which is a donation to the 4H scholarship fund For information or to purchase a statue call 6203440 Lazy days HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Cindy Lunsford uses her tube for a nap instead of for floating down the Comal River yesterday at Hinman Island Park Fire museum opens Saturday with parade The New Braunfels Fire Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday with a parade at 10 The parade will begin at the corner of Gilbert and San Antonio streets and will end at the museum Following the parade will be the dedi cation and opening of the museum at local ed on the bottom floor of Fire Station No 1 at 169 S Hill Activities will conclude with the bar becue sausage dinner at the Central Fire Station Plates will be served between 11 and 2 Its off to the races this Saturday armadillo races that is By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Racing will be in New Braunfels Saturday However instead of the jockeys being on top of a horse they will be behind an armadillo blowing on its tail Put on Your Armor Foundation a national nonprofit organization aimed at fighting drug use is having its annual armadillo race er on June 10 at Conservation Plaza to help raise money for the drug prevention program We want to emphasize that people can come watch the races for free You dont have to spend money to have said Jim Schmidt also known as Armadillo Jim who is president of the foundation Schmidt said the armadillos are then given a name and raced from 2 to 8 He said admis sion to watch the races is free and concessions will be available to purchase He said there will be music several clowns armadillo rangers and plenty of armadillos Schmidt said this is a chance for the foundation to give something back to the community He said few people have even actually seen an armadillo and this gives them an opportunity to see them touch them and race them He said between races for sponsors the children will race and the winners will get gold armadillo pins He said the foundation is able to show the kids they can have fun without Schmidt said a bigger benefit is that there will between five and ten individuals fulfilling com munity service requirements by volunteering at the derby He said many of these young people have gotten into trouble with the law due to drugs alcohol or violence Schmidt said they will be able to send the foundations message to them as well Theyll see what we do We will sort of min ister to them and we think it will make an impres sion on Schmidt said Schmidt said the races will begin at 2 and finals will be at He said trophies will be given to the first second and third place winners as well as to the sponsor with the most creative name for the armadillo Its all planting seeds to let kids know real cowboys dont do drugs and to show them how to have fun without the other he said Schmidt said individuals business and various groups can make a donation of which spon sors an armadillo and purchases two tickets to the fajita dinner The sponsor has the option of being the jockey or having a child be the jockey The donation is tax deductible Tickets for the fajita dinner are and can be purchased at llenne Hardware Kwik Kopy Landa Pharmacy and Librados Individuals or businesses wanting to make a donation or sponsor an armadillo can call 210 6294980 for more information Schmidt said regardless if people can make a donation he would like to see them at the races It doesnt cost anything to have fun Just come watch and show these kids you dont need drugs Thats what were trying to he said For subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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