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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Should Concjress repeal the cents fss lax7 Your to sound off iqe 4 A County Inside Sports 2B SUimmtisch Birthday from the The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Brandon Kuwwltor Clndl Korpl Roland Isplnoza Johnson Justin Wat son Erica Martlnox bolat od four years Oralla Martinez 22 years Mon Roglna Mills and Michael Young Happy 12th anniversary to Mlchaal and Lucy Qodl and happy anniversary to Doborah and Bruco Comavln Leadership New Braunfels class to graduate Tickets are still available for the Leadership New Braunfels class of 96 graduation dinner and ceremony on Thursday May 16 The event which begins with a social at 6 will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall Dr Newberry from Southwest Texas State Uni versity will be the featured speaker at the brief ceremo ny Leadership New Braunfels is a program of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and has been in existence for the past four Applications for the class bf Life happening Monday All high school students are invited to attend a Young Life happening at Tree Tops Mon day at Project Graduation meeting Tuesday The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation Committee will be held on Tuesday May 14 at 7 in the Commons area of CHS Plans will be finalized for the celebration to be held after graduation May 23 For infor mation call Luanne Schuetze at 6519505 I Need A Vacation The public is invited to the spring musical presented by Bill Brown Elementary School music and theater depart ments under the direction of Sherry Smith and Denise Stout The Need A Vaca tion1 will be performed at 7 May 14 Admission is free La Leehe League to meet La Leche League of New Braunfels meets Wednesday May 15 at 10 in the meet ing room of NBNB Center North 1000 N Walnut For more information call Dana at 6251240 or Mary 2889 Aggie Moms to hold picnic Comal County Aggie Moms will hold their annual picnic to honor all students planning to attend Texas in the fall The picnic will be at Thursday May 16 at Landa Park Pavilion Bring a covered dish Meat and drinks furnished For tion call This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint No slfpi of In Rorida jetliner crash to W turnin aftwnd t hoard shortly after taking off from Miami the Admin The DC9 was headed to Atlanta and was about 30 miles outside the airport when it experienced problems in the cockpit FAA spokesman Anthony Wiliett said Reports indicate that it was smoke Wiliett said The believe tfot the aifctaft is down somewhere In the vicinity of tht Florida Evef he said He said the Mddcht occurred about miles West of Opa Loclca Fk Investigators from the National Trans portation Safety Bowd were en route to the site Between 90 and 112 people were oh board Flight 592 See Sports Page 2B New Braiinfels Herald M016 179 SSWEST 2627 E YftMDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 46 in three sections Sunday May SUNDAY Serving Comal County for more than 144 years Home of UMANDON KIIINSTLM Vol 144 No 130 New council property tax By ABE LEVY Staff Writer peraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL StdtQ C The New Braunfels Unicorns girls track team celebrates after winning the Class 4A state track meet at Memorial Stadium In Austin Friday For the most complete coverage of local athletes at the state meet see Page 1B ITS BETTER To GIVE Story of Dallas man moves students to help By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The students at OakRun School were so moved by the story oifa man raising his nieces and nephews they decided to take steps to help weejc they will mail the man a check from funds they raised during their lunch periods OakRun art teacher Jamie Dodson brought in a newspaper clipping of a 26 yearold pharmaceutical student The stu dents mothejr had beeri his jive nieces and nephews and when she died he quit school and moved home to twobedroom apartment to carb for the yourigsterst I thought the guy was an incredible role model for the Jamie Dodson her six fine arts classes to show them how fortunate they are and that they should be thankful She said she also felt the man was a good example for the students I thought the guy was an incredible role mbdel for the kids In todays age you just dont see that kind of heroism often she said Dodsoni He the only family the kids had Dodson said she shared the article with Dodson asked the students if they thought there was anything they could do for the family The students voted to have a bake sata Dodson said all the students in the school got involved and even when there was no more food left students continued to donate money Dodson said contributions were also collected She said the students got this money by skipping soda or dessert at lunch and by asking their parents to con tribute Some of the students even donated items such as hair bows 1 think they saw how fortunate they she said It just became something they were really excited and proud of They felt accomplished to be able to The students will send the family a check for the they were able to raise as well as the items they collected Enclosed with the check will be drawings cards and letters from the students s These kids are great If they can help someone all you have to do is ask and theyll do it I think they Jearneci a lot from said Dodson Reshuffled by singlemember districting and a mayor elected at large the New Braunfels City Council will consider next years budget and the use of hotel occupancy tax money at tomorrows regular meeting Jan Kennady will take the helm as mayor with Cathy Talcott representing the council seat for District 5 and Juliet Watson for District The 199697 city budget which has been reviewed since Feb ruary at numerous public workshops will be considered for the first of three readings that are needed for final approval The proposed budget calls for total expenditures of mil lion and million of total revenue The difference would be taken out of the fund balance One fourth of the revenue from the halfcent sales tax increase implemented Oct 1 1995 went into the general fund to help offset the tax burdeji for property owners The proposed budget callsjor about more in spending than the amended budget for this fiscal year The increases are larg ley due to purchase requests for new golf carts a garbage truck a fire truck and Decembers pay increase for all city employees Council member Brenda Freeman said she is concerned the property tax rate which in the proposed budget is at 28 cents is too low to maintain enough reserve for emergency situations Money is a lot tighter than it has been in the past The proposed rate is going to put a big hit on what we retain for Free man said As a property owner Id like to see it as low as possi ble but I dont want to see us put in jeopardy I dont want us to cut too much too Freeman added that the halfcent sales tax hike helped offset the property tax burden but dropping from a 35centrate last year to 28 cents may be moving too quickly Council will also discuss the wording of a request for proposals seeking contracts with tourism agencies The contracts would be funded from a portion of the hotel tax revenue At issue is whether the council will decide to contract with more than one agency to promote tourism The move marks the first time the council has considered contracting with more than one tourism agency besides the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Mayorelect Jan Kennady said that although the chamber has done a good job she is open to looking at all proposals if the coun cil decides to issue them It is my opinion that the chamber is doing a very good job But thats not to say I wont look at every proposal Its an open Kennady said Officials from both the chamber and the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County have indicated they would bid for hotel tax contracts if a proposal were issued 3ty wotrt tighten water rules just yet By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer As the aquifer and spring flow levels continue to drop the city of San Anto nio is looking to enforce the next stage in its water management How the city of New Braunfels does not plan to tighten its restrictions at this time ofMay 8 spring flow at the We Stage IU tj Water District Demand Plan which calls for 20 mandatory reductions will go v mto effect when the Comal Springs Jo On aquifer level at J17 was feet just two Were sticking with what we have right now arid were urging residents to conservation said Assistant to the City Manager mi measures for the city thecity of yearround water restrictions it is cur rently under said tnergity is receiving numerous calls complaining about water wasters He said the city is going put and warning these users However he said if the conditions continue enforc could become stricter He isajd violators will then be cited rather warned Under the city ordinance each days activity would constitute a rate misdemeanor violation punish Current water use rules listed on Page 3A able by a fine of to If the situation continues without much rain we can look to stricter said Ferguson The qiry will enact the next stage of water conservation when the average daily usage exceeds 8 million gallons per day and the J17 well drops to 630 fef t The city manager and maybrwijl determine what additional watersavirig sjeps will be implemented at that time Ferguson said the area s in djreJneetl of rain and if is a depiM sion on what to do to be made in a few weeks rather than He also added that the city is encour aging residents to adhere to the ordi nance arid limit water waste and the city jn connection with NBU will continue careful monitoring of the sit uation Photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Running of the toddlers Lock reaches for her brother Jacob at the finish line of the 1996 McKenna Memorial Hospital Toddler Run For more pictures see Page 6A Cut cable blamed for phone outage A severed fiberoptic cable near Schertz caused New Braunfels resi dents to go without longdistance ser vice from to Friday A backhoe from a construction crew south of Busseys Flea Market 18738 Interstate 35 cut the line which was fixed by a crew from the San Antonio office of Southwestern Bell said John Albracht installa supervisor for the New Braunfels Bell office Albracht said residents overloaded the lines in New Braunfels when they discovered their longdistance ser vice was cut The overload caused a delayed dial tone for local service Emergency 911 service for New Braunfels was rerouted around the severed line County and city offi cials used cellular communications to quickly restore the 911 service For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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