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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Scfuwffer Kovafcik win STPGA titles Page fB 50 CENTS New Braunfels Zeiti IVM III 24 pages in three sections Friday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Megan Williams Vol 145 No 192 Pollen counts Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cfs same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wefll r feet above sea level up 01 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge 746 cfs Canyon Lake inflow available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities ptmjping tnilliorrgafc Ions of surface water Thursday and million gallons of well water were Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraltfZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dwain Clifford Sharron Hicks Judy Sanchez Maria Gonzales Elton Lieke Megan Williams Ashley Stange 11 Sandy Bogue Matthew Schima 11 Mary Isabel Barbosa 19 Michael Luna 6 Patrick King 12 Ciqdy Mitchell Lourdes LoLo Gonzales Mike Trinidad Lt David G Ott 39 years and Ashley DeStefano 15 years Happy anniversary wishes go to BUI and Penelope Bfggadike To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Chance of rain remains in forecast Tonight mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thuncterstoams Low in the mid70s South wind 5 to 10 mph Saturday partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms High in the lower 90s South wind near 10 mph Sunday through Tues day mostly fair nights and partly cloudy afternoons Lows in the mid 70s Highs in the rjnid to upper 90s Highs and lows The high Thursday reached 96 the low dipped to 68 The area received 28 inch of rainfall overnight Production error leads to classifieds foulup Because of a production error the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung inadvertently omitted a page of classified advertising and duplicated another page in Thursdays edition We regret any inconve nience this might have caused to our Editor and Publisher Doug Toney said Mistakes will happen but we are making every effort to pre vent something like this from happening SVHS extends new student registration Smithson Valley High School has extended the registration times for new students Coun selors will be available an additional two days to help families moving into the SVHS attendance area The days and times are Monday 14 Tuesday 811 Students who attended Smithson Valley High School last year or incoming fresh man from Smithson Valley Middle School do not have to Budget at a Glance Bottom Line 1997 1997 Tax Rate 1997 tax cents 1998 effective tax cents 1998 proposed tax cents Tax bill on a home valued at 1997 tax 1998 tax an increase of Pay Raises percent cost of living and 4 percent merit Department percent Elected percent County judge cuts staffing requests Sheriff will get five not 10 more patrol officers By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Office will get five instead of 10 additional patrol officers and the criminal district attorneys office will not get to replace the county attorney position That is if county commissioners approve the budget County Judge Carter Casteel pro posed Casteel filed the million budget with the county clerks office Thursday In that budget two offices in particular did not get the Budget available at Copies of the budget are available at Bulverde Public Library Tye Preston Library Dittlinger Library Municipal Building First Floor cdurthouse annex When to comment Commissioners will conduct hear ings on Aug 21 personnel increases they requested Sheriff Bob Holder said he had 114 employees at the sheriffs office However he said only 25 of those were patrol officers They patrol the entire county 24 hours a day Comal Countys population has grown to Holders office requested money to add 10 officers The proposed budget only allows for five We requested 10 because we needed he said Its not where we wanted to be but we know commissioners court will do everything it can to help Holder said adding 20 officers would cre ate a ratio of one officer to every resi dents still below the national recommendation of to every Casteel said Holder could ask for the oth Tum to County Page 2A Texans vote on increasing exemptions Approval could cause hardship on districts By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Texans will go to the polls Sat urday ostensibly to say yes or no to raising the standard homestead exemption But that vote will also direct effect pn teacher rates local school officials said Thurs In todays paper Polling sites in Saturdays elections Page 3A New Braunfels ISO candidates file cam paign finance reports Page 1A Chart detailing cam paign finance reports Page9A Voters statewide will decide on proposed constitu tional amendment to increase the standard homestead exemption for residential school property tax payers from to School officials in New Braun fels and elsewhere have said the states formula for determining minimum teacher salaries would force them to increase local prop erty tax rates if the proposal passed Gov George W Bush who addressed crowds in Lubbock Midland El Paso and Amarillo on Wednesday as part of his statewide tour promoting the amendment doesnt buy the argu ment If districts feel like they have to rafse teacher pay thats up to the folks at the local he said Just dont blame the state for that My attitude is you cant pay teachers As a stipulation of the legisla tion creating the amendment min imum teacher pay is tied to the amount of money the state pro vides local districts The state had planned to supplement minimum teacher salaries with the approxi mately 1 billion districts will lose by passage of the amendment New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Super intendent for finance Lonnie Cur tis said if the amendment passed the individual school districts would be forced to make up the 1 billion in lost revenue or face seri ous consequences If you do not pay the state min imum teacher which are tied to the amendment the school district will get no state money and possibly lose Curtis said Curtis said that while approval of the amendment would cause hardship on the school district he could appreciate the views of the amendments supporters I realize a increase will cause the district to lose mon ey but were all homeowners Curtis said Comal Independent School Dis trict Superintendent Jerry Major said passage of the amendment alone would not force his district raise taxes He said the state had promised to make up for any financial shortfall caused by adop tion of the amendment Major said growth might cause tax rates in his district to go up He cited an influx of about 700 new students into the district the open ing of three new schools last year and one more in January and adding between 85 to 90 new peo ple to the districts professional staff as reasons the district was considering increasing its tax rate First and 10 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Area high school football teams started twoaday practices Wednesday morning in preparation for the upcoming season which starts next month Here the Smithson Valley varsity squad runs offensive drills during Thursday morning practices Candidates file finance reports By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The latest campaign finance reports in the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict trustee election show Yolanda Longo ria raised the smallest amount for her campaign for an atlarge seat while Bette Spain also running in the atlarge race is on the top of the list for contributions with II There was also a great disparity between candidates spending Deanna Villarreal spent only in the race for District 4 compared to in Don Bedfords bid for an atlarge seat Stacie Rickel Bedford Frank Panebian co Spain and Longoria are in the race for the two atlarge seats Henry Garza is chal lenging incumbent Sylvia Sanchez for the District 1 seat and Bill Biggadike and Vil larreal are running for the remaining term on the District 4 seat which became vacant when thenboard president Jaime Padilla resigned this year Candidates were required to file reports showing contributions and expenditures They have filed the last reports required before the election Itemized reports show almost all spending went to signs and advertising Contributions came from residents in and out of NBISD Several candidates received monetary donations from two Laredo resi dents Several candidates including Bedford Biggadike Garza Spain Rickel and Sanchez raised more than in contri butions that were not itemized because can didates are not required to itemize contri butions of less than Candidates also borrowed money from themselves or used personal funds to pay political expenses Tubers return to Guadalupe By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer If you dont mind the company of clouds and a good chance of a visit from showers or thunder storms this will be the best weekend in a long while to play on the Guadalupe River According to the Army Corps of Engi neers the agency responsible for determining the water discharge rate from Canyon Lake the flow rate on the river will be about 700 cubic feet per second throughout the weekend Local river out fitters have said 700 cfs is ideal for tubing The flow rate on the river has been more than cfs since late June when heavy spring rains raised the level of Canyon Lake to near the top of the spillway UnfortujMiity tor local outfitters the first week end at reduced flow rates may be held hostage by the threat of rain According to the National NBISD budget leaves room for lower taxes By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer File photo Tubers have not been on the Guadalupe since June when floodwatara filled Canyon Lake and forced the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from Canyon Lake Weather Service New Braunfels received 28 inch of rain overnight Thursday A 40 percent chance of rain will linger through Sunday Total rainfall is expected to be about 50 inch though as much as 3 inches is possible Since the river has gone down this week we have been said Julie Reneau office manager for Jerrys Tube Rentals on River Road I dont think the weather will be a big factor people will still come Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District should see a decrease in their taxes if a referendum calling for higher homestead exemptions passes Saturday despite a budget approved Thursday that calls for increased spending and an increase in the tax rate The board of trustees approved the 19971998 budget with expenditures totaling up The budget would be supported by a tax rate of The dis trict would have to take about out of the tund bal ance or the districts savings account to pay for all the bud get items I feel like by the time everyone does their were going to be a lot closer to the real said NBISD assistant superintendent for finance Lonnie Curtis The average home in NBISD was valued at in 1995 With a homestead exemption and a 19961997 tax rate of the homeowner would have paid Turn to NBISD Page 2A Indoor pool could require bond election By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Residents in the county would definitely benefit from an indoor swimming facility according to a recent committee study Community leaders now are faced with the logistics of making that desire a effort that could result in a bond election County Engineer Tom Hornseth who headed the indoor swimming pool committee presented the com mittees feasibility study to com missioners court Thursday Accord ing to the report the Olympicsized springted and wading pools were the only true public swimming pools in the county He said all oth ers were private facilities in subdi visions or clubs Hornseth said the committee found everyone in the county could use an indoor pool yearround Local schools could expand extracurricular activities and offer swimming courses he explained The facility could be used for instruction swim teams and fitness activities for all age groups It would provide a great outlet for yearround swimming that is currently not he said The committee recommended building a facility to fill those needs A location for the pool was not specified It should also include spectator space so swimming meets could be held to generate money during the winter months The price tag would be about million Turn to Pool Page 2A reunites in New Braunfels Page 84 school supply lists Pages 1112A   

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