Friday, April 18, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung o Friday April fif fA appraisal saves formers ranchers tax money Farmers and ranchers may be ieligible for property tax relief on Itheir land according to Lynn jRodgers chief appraiser of the jjComal Appraisal District They may apply for a special lower appraisal of their land based on what the land I will produce rather than what it would sell for in the open he said The Texas Constitution provides for two typesof special Rodgers said Article 8 Sec 1dl addresses what is often known as openspace land appraisal Article 8 Sec 1d addresses agricultural use or aguse appraisal Land owners must file for special appraisal at the appraisal district office by April 30 Those who must file this year include owners of land under 1d appraisal and land owners whose property did not previously receive 1dl appraisal The appraisal district must accept latefiled 1dl appraisal applications until the day before the appraisal review board approves the 1997 appraisal records but late applications will draw a penalty The requirements for applying and qualifying both the land and the owner are different for the two types of Rodgers said Most property owners apply for 1 d1 appraisal To qualify the owner must use the land for agriculture growing timber or as an ecological laboratory This form of appraisal does not restrict ownership to individuals and does not require agriculture to be the owners primary business This special appraisal requires that the lands use in a qualifying agricultural or timber purpose meets the degree of intensity generally accepted in the area And the owners must show that they devoted the lands use principally to a qualifying use for at least five of the preceding seven years Under 1d the owner must file a Rising stars Photo submitted Three downtown businesses were the subject of the Womens Chamber Rising Star Business Celebrations All are located above Henne Hardware Stacey Goodbreads Law Offfice Hervol Hinders and Walkers the office of Art Clonts American National Insurance Co and Henne Haus Bed Breakfast owned by James Goodbread Pictured from left are Sharon Crocker Jan Booth Kathleen Rhodes James Goodbread Art Clonts Stacey Goodbread City Councilman Paul Fraser Joyce Hendricks Linda Boessling Bart Bartholomew Susan Phillips Ann Bartholomew and Tina Fraser Emergency Food Assistance Program available to area residents Lowincome families unemployed workers and other needy persons can receive food that has been donated by the United States Department of The food will be 8 to 5 Tuesday at 487 Rothe Loop in New Braunfels The Community Council of South Texas Inc has been contracted by the Texas Department of Human Services to administer the Emergency Food Assistance Program Income guidelines must be met by all applicants The Office of Management and Budget has determined the income criteria Applicants of younger than 60 years must be at 130 percent of the poverty level Applicants 60 years of age or older must be at or below 185 percent of the poverty level published by the Office of Management and Budget Applicants who have been certified for assistance such as Aid for Dependent Children Supplemental Security Income or noninstitutional Medicaid benefits may also be eligible Proof of residency income and personal identification must be provided at the application call 6256268 Other inquiries may be made to CCSCT Executive Director Louis R Ramirez 205A East Court Seguin Texas 78155 Submitted by the Community Council of South Central Texas Saturday April 19 ALIBY Tuesday April 22 Foosball Tournament 8 FM 306 FM 2673 8643992 OLLBREGHTS PHARMACy Full Service Pharmacy J 6253211 339 Main Plaza STOMP out childhood disease up your heels at Schlitterbahn FREE Immunization ClinicSaturday April 2610 Schlitterbahn Waterparks Rapids PavilionNew Braunfels FREE SCHLITTERBAHN ADMISSION TICKET for each child age 3 to 17 immunized during the clinic or FREE admission ticket for adult who brings a child age 2 or under for immunization PLUS CERTIFICATE FOR A FREE JR SUNDAE AT DENNYS for each child immunized Free admission certificates good through June Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian should eat before being immunized Bring immunization record JTlO Vv The Texas Department of Health and sponsoring public health offices will provide registered nurses to administer needed vaccinations to children through age 17 Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian and an immunization record must be presented Children should eat breakfast before coming for an immunization Each child who is immunized during the clinic will receive free admission to the waterpark that day or a certificate good for a free admission any time until June 30 1997 Since infants are admitted free at Schlitterbahn the adult who brings a child age two or under for a shot will receive a free admission certificate to the park Each child immunized will also receive a certificate good for a free Jr Sundae at area Dennys restaurants The Free Immunization Clinic is sponsored in part by Schlitterbahn Dennys and the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung WANT TO KNOW MORE Additional information and application forms are available from the local appraisal district office The staff will help land owners determine if their property qualifies for special appraisal Call 6258597 form each year The owner must be an individual not a corporation partnership agency or organization The land must have had an agricultural use for at least three years And the owners primary job and source of income must be agriculture Chamber membership drive a success The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce recently ended its twoday membership drive Chamber Blue Coats were successful in recruiting more than 90 new members and totaling nearly in new dues income Blue Coats Chairman O A Skip Stratemann Jr said Our membership drive went very well The Blue Coats and prospective Blue Coats who worked the drive reported a very favorable response to their contacts We are confident that our predrive goals will be exceeded after followup calls are completed during the next several According to Stratemann Paula DiFonzo general manager of New Braunfels Utilities Rita Kaufmann vice president of First Commercial Bank John Lovett owner of River City Builders and Lester Stockhorst owner of PRINTIT earned membership in the Chambers Blue Coat organization by recruiting more than 15 membership units Lovett also earned his individual life membership in the Chamber by selling a total of 30 membership units There were 54 volunteers who worked over the twoday period make this drive a certainly demonstrates the strength of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber which is much larger than other Chambers in cities of similar Submitted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce In addition land owners should Rodgers said that the law provides specific penalties for taking qualified land out of agricultural or timber production Each taxing unit assesses a roll back tax against the land owner who has the 1d appraisal if sells the land or changes its use The rollback extends back for the three tax years before the year in which the change or sale occurs Under 1dl an owner triggers a rollback by changing the lands use to a nonagricultural use The roll back taxes are based on the five tax years preceding the year of the change The rollback tax is the difference between taxes paid under productivity appraisal and the taxes that would have been paid if the land had been put on the tax roll at market Rodgers said The law also requires that the rollback tax include interest charges Land owners must apply for productivity appraisal with each appraisal district in which they have land Failure to do so could result in land owners paying taxes on the lands full market value Submitted by the Comal Appraisal District Centex offlee four best value Let us ship 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