Sunday, March 17, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Millikin upbeat about latest sales tax rebates By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The State Comptrollers office has issued the latest sales tax rebates and the Mayor of Garden Ridge said the numbers are encouraging despite the fact that they are still below last years figures State Comptroller John Sharp deliv ered a total of million in March sales tax rebates to Texas cities and 115 counties The payments were for taxes collected in January and reported by monthly filings in Febru ary Garden Ridge received a rebate of which was percent below last years rebate of Despite the decrease in the size of the payment there has been improvement Last months rebate was per cent below the payment for the same period last year and previous pay ments have been even lower Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Mil likin said the decrease remains a result of two business that left town some time back However he said the city is starting to see an improvement Two new businesses have replaced the pre vious ones and one is already starting to show up on the sale tax rebates The city of New Braunfels contin ued to see an increase in the size of its sales tax return The city received a rebate of for this period which is percent higher than last years rebate of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said if the sales tax increase in October is accounted for there is still an increase of 19 percent Its still a very healthy said Meek Meek said the increase in the sales tax being spent for economic devel opment will prove to be a big factor in future rebates He said the extra mon ey will be spent on attracting new businesses to the city which will ben efit the sale tax rebates DRUMMOFMD HeraldZeitung O Sunday March O 3 A By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer target Guadalupt Conn A district judge has asked that a childrens advocacy group expand its services into Guadalupe County CASA Executive Director Cindy StaufFer said at a news conference held on Thursday afternoon District Judge Bill Bender approached us in providing our Services in Guadalupe Stauffer said It is not cost effective for counties to get programs of their own for these services because they would have to go through the process of get ting state and federal CASA which stands for CourtAppointed Special Advocates is a nonprofit organization which serves 153 children in three counties Comal Hays and Caldwell CASA has its offices in the Comal County Courthouse and has 58 trained advocates serving the needs of the chil dren Stauffer said a lot of details need to be worked out before CASA can provide services into CAS A hoping to bring services i Quadalupe County We are m the process of gettifig names from judge Bender of people who witt oti our Advocates work quickly to get the cases resolved quickly With an advo cate a case can be resolved in 12 to 14 months Without an advo cate a child can be in the system up to three Stauffer CASA executive director advisory board in Guadalupe Stauf fer said Those people on that board will be able serve on oar board of directors Expansion of servi more child advocates Wider area ces woulH mean training to serve the needs of the children The child advocates undergo 40 hours of inten sive training before they are assigned to a case and swom in by a judge The duties of a CASA advocate are talking to children parents family members social workers school officials health care providers and others who have knowledge about the childs welfare Advocates searchjfor the childrens school and medical records and caseworker reports before making a recommendation to a court on whether or not a patent should retain parental rights of their children Advocates Stauffer pointed out are very important for getting child welfare cases resolved Advocates work quickly to get the cases resolved StkufFer said With an advo cate a case can be rekolved in 12 to 14 months Without an advocate a child can be in the system up to three Stauffer also announced that CASA was going to have its fundraiser iti April The ftmdratsmg campaign Casas for CASAS will kickoff at the Chamber of Commerce Honors Hall on April 11 Three home Golden of Gold en Homes and brothers Greg Chafin of Live Oak Homes and Jeff Chafin of Mission Homes Will build three square feet play hous es that will be displayed at the Honors Hall before being hauled off to HEB where they will be raffled off from April Tickets will be sold at the April I1 reception at the Honors Hall and at HEB for each or three tickets for The reception will be a thank you to builders fordoing fundraising event chairman Lar ry Kunkel Said I think this is a really good CASA plans to raise from the event The proceeds raised from the raffle will fund all CASA services in all three counties Community Council funding transit project From staff reports Recently the Community Council of South Central Texas Inc of Seguin signed a oneyear contract with the City of New Braunfels for the NBUS public transportation service for New Braunfels According to Cristina Zamora Comal County Commissioner and chairman of the Community Council Central Board of Directors the agency will fund the experimental project to determine the need and cost effective ness of a public transportation system in New Braunfels The NBUS project was a joint effort Community Council Executive Director Louis R Ramirez Sr said between the city Community Council Transportation Program Director James Garcia the Alamo Area Coun cil of Governments Al Notzon exec utive the Texas Department of Transportation Carolyn Goodall transportation and former Community Council board members Lorenzo Yankee Camarillo and Hortensia B Hernandez Zamora said she was pleased about the relationship formed between the Community Council and the City of New Braunfels noting that the begin ning of the transportation service is a historic moment for the city The Community Council a 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