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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYl Cougars Rangers renew Bowl rivalry See Sports Page 64 The Landa Park Gazebo New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS A 18 Pages in two sections Friday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of CHRIS MILLER Vol 143 No 240 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Chris Miller Judy Myers Jack Ralph Brian Hubertus Jeremy Harborth Kristen Low man and Jonathan Rodriguez Happy anniversary to Roger and Dorothy Brinkkoeter River and aquifer information Comal River 266 cubicfeetper same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 01 Guadalupe River 104 Antique Show and sale The 45th semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braun fels 380 S Seguin St Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale The show and sale will be open three days Friday Sat urday and Sunday Oct 1315 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 625 or 6204934 Lake Dunlap VFD event Saturday Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annu al barbecueauctionraffle at the River Bend Clubhouse starting at 3 Saturday Oct 14 Adult childs plate Anyone with items to donate for auc tion or raffle call Tammy at 6091204 or Betty at 629 0115 Community Chorale fall concert The New Braunfels Community Chorale will pre sent its fall concert Sunday Oct 15 at 4 at the First United Methodist Church The concert will consist of many arrangements from different wellknown composers There will be something for every ones musical taste Tickets may be purchased from any choir member They will also be sold at the door China n Things and at Johnson Furniture Adult tickets are and tickets are Benefit for Friends tomorrow Clothes kitchen items knick knacks and more will abound at the second annual Benefit for Friends yard sale on the grounds of Hospice New Braunfels Saturday Sponsored by the HIVAIDS Support Group sale hours are 9 to 4 Hospice is located at 613 N Walnut Donations for the sale will be accepted util today and bake sale items can be dropped off at the Hospice Rock House today and tomor row Music boosters meet Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday Oct 17 at in the Canyon High School Band Hall This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Close vote expected in million bond election By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District voters will decide in a tax bond election Saturday if they want the district to spend million to build a new school and renovate and expand exist ing campuses As election day nears both sides predicted the bond issues fate would not be decided until the final minutes of theelection Unfortunately 1 think its going to be said Trustee John Clay The voters should know we need Clay said the Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake areas will decide if the bond passes or fails Theyre the ones to benefit most out of all the he said Association of Citizens for Educa tion members Friday morning distrib uted materials containing reasons vot ers should defeat the bond issue People arent even aware of this bond said Joy Williamson an ACE member Early voting for the election was more than 50 percent lower than last years tax bond election in which the voters approved million to build three new intermediate schools Almost people voted early last year while 543 voted in the early voting period which ended Tuesday If everybody would get out and vote the percentage would run 7525 percent in favor of the bond issue said Board President Jim Middleton The voters are going to let a small percentage of the district decide the According to the final estimate of the Facility Development plan the bond will fund a new 800student middle school on land already owned by the district on the west side of the county costing million more than million in district wide safety code Americans with Dis abilities Act renovations and electri cal and mechanical improvements library expansion six additional classrooms physical education gym addition more land and road improve ments at Canyon Middle School Total cost is million cafeteria expansion eightclass room renovation in the transportation building to replace those lost in the cafeteria expansion and a physical edu cation gym at Smithson Valley Middle School costing million library expansion 10 additional classrooms a new cafeteria stage and kitchen to replace those lost to the 10 classrooms a sidewalk and canopy to the cafeteria and more land at Canyon High School Total cost is million and library expansion 10 addi tional classrooms a locker room facil ity and more land costing mil lion But Williamson said even if the bond issue fails Saturday the idea of tax bonds to pay for district expansion is not going to die If we defeat this one then the school board will just bring it up again in she said If the bond issue fails students may have to go to class yearround in split day schedules or in more portable buildings according to a threeoption contingency plan approved by the board on Sept 27 Williamson called the contingency plan a threat Thats not going to solve our prob she said But Clay said the thought of using the plan needed by law as a scare tac tic was nonsense I can guarantee I am going to do everything I can to not make a contin gency plan available to the public so we dont get it thrown back in our he said Middleton said if the district were forced into yearround or multitrack systems it would cost more than what you have to pay with financing a bond He added that the contingency plan would only solve problems for one to two years after which another bond election would be needed Smith aide sees need for action on immigration By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Taste of the Town Kim Wilkey of the Gristmill puts the finishing touch on her dish during last nights Taste of the Town at the old Chevrolet Building on San Antonio Street The annual event raises money for the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels The number of illegal aliens entering the is at a cri sis point according to Representative Lamar Smith Thats why hes pushing for new immigration legislation to make it through Congress and become law said OLene Stone district director for Smith Immigration is not a right granted by the Constitution to people of the Stone said as she addressed a group from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Conferee Wednesday Smith was largely responsible for the creation of the Immigration in the National Interest bill now before the Full Judicial Committee Stone said The House will probably vote on the bill in January or February she said is truly considered to be Capitol Hills top expert on immigration she said The immigration bill would seek to control illegal aliens entry by adding Border Patrol agents over five years cracking down on those who produce and sell false documents to illegal aliens increasing sentences and fines for alien smugglers and making them subject to prosecution under racke teering laws cracking down on visa overstays by legal aliens Please continue on this route we need change in immigration chamber member Roxolin Krueger said Current immigration law works on a firstcome first serve basis Stone said Smiths bill would give first legal immigration priority to spouses and children of American citizens doubling the number of nuclear fam ily members admitted during the next five years she said The bill would also eliminate family status for extend ed family members wanting to immigrate to the Throughout the years immigrant law has said that Throughout the years immi grant law has said that immi grants would not become pub lic charges but it hasnt been Olene Stone aide to Congressman Lamar Smith immigrants would not become public charges but it hasnt been Stone said Smiths bill would seek to discourage people from entering the country to become welfare recipients by requiring legal immigrants to prove that they have a job waiting for them in the or that they have a financial sponsor to support them making those sponsorship agreements legally bind ing strengthening and supporting existing prohibitions on illegal aliens receiving public benefits Who could oppose a bill which has such sensible policies said a chamber member The new bill does not change current rules granting 7 children of illegal aliens access to public education Nor does it deny emergency medical treatment or non cash emergency relief like food and blankets according to a brief published by Smith The United States is the most generous nation in the Stone said Stone cited a Center for Immigration Studies report in 1992 the admitted immigrants Canada admitted and Australia admitted Congressman Smith has been criticized from the right and the left for this bill so he figures he must be close to the Stone said Look for a local Democratic response to Smiths immigration bill in Sundays Garden Ridge recycling called a success story By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Since its inception a year and a half ago Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Mil likin said the citys curbside recycling program is getting good participation from its citizens I do not know of any other com munity jn the area that supports curb side recycling more than the citizens of Garden Ridge MiHikin said The curbside recycling program which began in April 1994 is pre dicted to have 7580 percent partici pation MiHikin said Garden Ridge collects 100 percent of the revenues collected from recyclable products Alamo Waste Inc of Schertz goes out with two trucks on first and third Tues day of each month and collects the recyclable products MiHikin said he sees several advan tages to curbside recycling First we keep unnecessary trash out of our MiHikin said Second we get our residents involved in a small progressive environmental project and we have very active par ticipation in the The curbside recycling program is figured into the cost of the regular trash pickup by Alamo Waste Inc It costs a household per month for both recycling and trash pickup When the recycling program was ini tiated a tax was added on to the trash pickup costs The tax is part of the bill for Garden Ridge res idents Alamo Waste Inc receives per month out of the tax for labor equipment and trucks Residents in Garden Ridge can recy cle glass aluminum cans steel tin food cans plastic milk and water jugs newspapers brown paper bags and magazines Fourteen homes to be auctioned for nonpayment of city and CISD taxes Plaque dedication A plaque was dedicated at the New Braunfels WalMart yesterday noting the introduction of missing childrens poster dis plays at the store Pictured are Marvin Cotton president of the Heidi Search Center Betty Williams grandmother of Chance Lee Wackerhagen who was abducted by his father in Lockhart in 1993 Gaye Williams Chances mother and Rosie Rojas WalMart Risk Control officer By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Fourteen property owners who have not paid their taxes will have their properties put up for sale at the Comal County Sheriffs Sale on November 7 at 10 at the Comal County Courthouse The notice of the sale for the delin quent properties was issued on Tues day according to a press release issued by the law firm of Heard Gog gan Blair Williams of San Anto nio The law firm collects delinquent property taxes for both the City of New Braunfels and the New Braun fels Independent School District The delinquent property owners owe approximately in taxes penalty and interest to both the city and the school district Heard Goggan Blair Williams has been collecting delinquent taxes in New Braunfels since 1987 For fiscal year 199394 the law firm col lected 240 in taxes penalties and interest City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Independent School District Deputy Tax Collector Betsy Caldwell said Carleton Donop Tax Collector for the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Independent School District said his office tries to assist taxpayers with their payments before putting property up for sale Taxpayer assistance continues to be our number one Donop said By helping citizens resolve their taxrelated problems we can reach our goal of maximizing col lection performance Listing proper ties for sale is a last resort and is not implemented until every taxpayer has been notified numerous times of impending action if they do not take steps to correct their tax delinquen Oliver S Heard partner at Heard Goggan Blair Williams said his firm also tries to assist delin quent taxpayers in settling their prop erty taxes While our program is designed to be aggressive with nonpaying tax payers the firm is also committed to working with all taxpayers who make the effort to pay their 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