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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Little League playoffs in full swing Page 8 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in one section Thursday June EL Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Joan Reeves Vol 145 No 146 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Joan Reeves Madison and Morgan Gonzales 1 year Carolyn Shoemake Mary Sny der Gaila Wheeler Wendy Castleberry Dennia Kymes Ruhmann 17 years Annie Valverde 15 years Kenneth Roy Seidel Jr and Jason Morales and belated birthday wishes to Julian Morales Devin Gonzales and Matt Cruz To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available River Information Comal River 278 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 961 Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation See Heads Up for more on the weekend release levels New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used P Thunderstorms may creep into local skies A slim chance for rain or thundershowers exists today and Friday The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms The high will be near 90 degrees with winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thundershowers The low will be near 70 Friday will be a little bit cool er with a high in the upper 80s It will be paitly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thundershowers with the low in the 70s Reduce your driving on ozone action day Today is another ozone action day for the San Antonio area including Comal Coun ty During ozone action days people are encouraged to reduce driving by taking advantage of carpools avoid ing refueling of vehicles until after 6 and not use small engines such as lawn mow ers and edgers until after 6 Other tips to rnake the air cleaner include taking public transportation or mass transit to work or school taking lunch to work or school com bining errands on one trip avoiding drivethrough lanes and not topping off gas tanks Canyon release will be cut to 700 cfs Releases from Canyon Dam were decreased at midday Wednesday from cubic feet per second to cfs Inflow into Canyon Lake was cfs and the elevation of the lake was feet A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said the discharge level will be reduced at 5 Friday to 700 cfs for weekend recre ational activities on the river Taxing entities Property tax bill could raise tax rates By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A bill sitting on the governors desk waiting for his signature could lower tax bills create inequity among home owners and increase tax rates all in one stroke according to officials in the various taxing entities The legislation would cap property appraisal increases on residential home steads at 10 percent per year In addi tion homeowners would be able to defer the increases at 5 percent each Inside NBISD eyes budget Page 2 year which means a homeowner could opt to pay half of a 10 percent increase and defer the remaining portion to the following year The people of Texas work very hard to purchase a Rep Paul J Hilbert RSpring said in a prepared statement I feel we need to give homeowners as many options as pos Lynn Rodgers chief appraiser with Comal County Appraisal District said he had not seen the bill However he said it sounded like it could create inequity among homeowners For example a resident could build a house this year With an appraisal cap market value could increase at a rate higher than the appraised value Rodgers said this means someone else could build the exact same home three years later and pay more in taxes because it would go on the tax roll at the true market val Turn to Property tax Page 2 Property Taxpayers Bill A 10 percent annual cap on appraisal increases on residential homesteads A 5 percent optional cap oh appraisal increased Senior citizens who receive a schotfltex freeze on would take the freeze With them if they Increased penaltiesfor fraudulent property tax exemptions F Simplification of the appeals process m Standardization of mass r Appraisal board accountability Public hearings on any tax levy increase Laying down the line ftf f I i 6 ltt v HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Virginia Holden lays down the lines before Wednesday nights softball games at Comal Park The lines have to be laid down nearly every day during the week Library name change draws opposition By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Local students perform well on TAAS Comal NBISD schools track state results TAAS results By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Local scores on the exit level Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test tracked student performance statewide showing noticeable improvements Comal Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Carol Hall said districtwide scores went up 2 percent in reading 8 percent in writing and 10 percent in math She said the gains were impres sive In addition every senior passed the TAAS test which is required for gradua tion school officials said Any time we can get in the 90 percent passing thats what were trying Hall said Weve made great strides over In the New Braunfels Independent School District scores increased for a NBHS CHS Reading 88 90 Math 74 77 Writing 88 92 SVHS State 93 86 77 72 90 88 Figures represent percentage pass ing rates on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test Sources New Braunfels ISO and Comal ISO fourth year keeping local scores above the state benchmark said NBISD Executive Director of Education Services Karen Simpson She said the district is very pleased with the steady However more impressive than the gains was the number of students earning academic recognition she said To be recognized the students must answer 95 percent of the questions cor rectly and receive a score of 4 on the writ ing portion Simpson said the number of students being recognized nearly doubled both in the individual categories and over all Not only do we have more kids meeting the level of passing we have more meeting the level for she said Although math scores are the lowest both Simpson and Hall said it was not rea son for alarm Hall said CISD math scores had increased by more than 20 percent in four years and that was encouraging Simpson said that although she would like to see math scores higher the scores were not a surprise It would concern me a lot if it werent she said Its something the entire state is However she added that results in low er grades show marked improvement on the math portion of the test and that success will be transferred to the high school level over time The actual scores have not yet been released by the district Statewide public school children in grades three through eight and 10 improved Turn to TAAS Page 2 An informal recommendation by the Library Advisory Board to name the the citys new library New Braunfels Public Library has drawn criticism from a local group that wants it to retain the title of Dittlinger Memorial Library The city is in the process of building a new library on Com mon Street across from Comal County Fair Grounds The pro ject is estimated at million funded by revenue from a half cent sales tax Some private donations are expected to be used for the pro ject but city officials said they did not know how much at this time Library board members said the new facility should reflect its location and its largest bene factor tax payers But Tom Purdum former president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce and a current member of the citys Economic Develop ment Corporation has compiled an informal petition of 176 sig natures in support of keeping the old name Purdum said the new name would sterilize the communi ty and discourage initiatives to honor community benefactors When they start taking away things that reflect the traditions of this community I think thats a he said Theres a broad crosssection of the com munity in the I dont think the library board is reflect ing the community on behalf of Dittlinger Memorial Library The board is perhaps a little out of touch with the rest of the Cityowned parks such as Eikel Park and Prince Solms Park were purchased with public tax money but still retained titles that reflected local heritage he said Why cant we let the charac ter of this community continue to be unique and interesting Pur dum wrote in a letter to City On the books New Braunfels has had two facilities used as libraries and one planned for completion in about a year and a half The Emmie Seele Faust building A foot building that cost to construct and was paid for by Emmie Seele Faust in 1938 The Dittlinger Memorial Library The current library building that cost a total of The Bruno and Franziska Liebscher fami lies donated the city a total of and the federal government through a matching grant from the Texas State Library The new library on Common Street The cost is estimated at mil lion mostly paid for through revenue from the halfcent sales tax Council Why cant we honor those who wish to share their wealth with the entire commu nity and not strip away their recognition because we have added to their gift But library board members said New Braunfels citizens would be paying for the new library for the next 20 years through sales taxes and deserve their own title It isnt that we want to push back everyone from the said board member Ann Muschalek This library is being funded by the tax payers of New Braunfels I dont see why this needs to be a contro Board members also said once Dittlinger Memorial Library building was completed in 1969 it was not assigned the name of the former library the Emmie Seele Faust Library which was paid for entirely by a Turn to Library Page 2 Campbell helps former Seguin star raise funds By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall National Football League greats Earl Campbell and Lawrence Sampleton talk to the area press Wednesday afternoon about a July 4th event at Saengerhalle that will raise money for scholarships In an effort to give back to the com munity from which he came former NFL tightend and star athlete at Seguin High School Lawrence Sam pleton announced plans to raise mon ey for his own scholarship foundation Wednesday Sampleton who played for five years in the pros with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins announced his plans at a press confer ence at the Watering Hole He was joined by longtime friend Earl Camp bell NFL Hall of Famer from Tyler This is one way I want to start to give back to the community I grew up Sampleton said I grew up in the Seguin area and grew up a certain way economically and socially and I can relate to a lot of the kids that are going through some of the things Ive been The foundation will benefit children who have excelled athletically and aca demically in the local area but the details of how that money will be administered have not been determined yet he said The money could be used for schol arships youth leagues and camps park improvements and other youthrelated activities he said Right now the focus is on raising money through corporate sponsorships and other donations and through a July Fourth festival at Saengerhalle 187 B Saengerhalle Road off Texas 46 The event will include live music an Earl Campbell sausage cookoff and a celebrity volleyball tournament with appearances by Johnny Moore a for mer San Antonio Spur and UT Long horn and Ovie Dotson a former Harlem Globetrotter Campbell gave words of wisdom to Sampleton during the announcement I think hes going to be surprised about the number of people that are going to show Campbell said Sampleton is a real good man and he wants to do whats right I think if he tries to be consistent with it 1 think Turn to Campbell Page 2
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