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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Volleyball squads hit playoff trail Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraWZek MOO9 1 2 pages in one section Tuesday November 4 1 997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 1 45 years Home of Frank A Hueter Vol 145 No 249 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Matt Walters Bob Ander son Liz Carley Gayle Korbell Mary Jo Laney Rose Korpi 50 Frank A Hueter 93 Tara Edwards Daniel Balmos Chelsea Cornelius Anthony Edward Campos 4 years belat Herbert Ormond 83 years Regy Ormond 16 years Lalita Patel Indira Patel la Patel belated and Ashok Patel belated To a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Grass 8 Ragweed 42 Cedar trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 317 cubic feet per sec ond up 9 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet abovesea level down 03 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water P Clear moderate weather expected Tonight Mostly cloudy Lows in the upper 50s upper 40s Partly cloudy Highs in the mid 70s Wednesday night clear Lows near 50 near 40 Thursday and Friday Fair skies Highs in the 60s 70s Lows in the 40s to near 50 Saturday Partly cloudy Lows in the 40s to near 50 Highs in the 60s and 70s Voting takes place today Polls are open today until 7 for the state constitution al amendment election and the Bulverde incorporation election Today is also the last day of early voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election The CISD election will be held Satur day Heritage Exhibit spreads the news This years Heritage Exhibit theme is Spreading the depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braun fels The exhibit will be open 10 to at the New Braunfels Civic Center daily during Wurstfest Watch out for road work Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible In addition to routine repairs county road crews will be paving Rittiman Road but the road will be pass able Stream of lights HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Fran Dagata of Brandano Displays puts together a lighting display that will be part of the Holiday River of Lights exhibit starting Nov 14 City plugging Holiday River of Lights By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels first ever Holiday Riv er of Lights is taking shape in Cypress Bend Park Lifesize light displays a 50foot Christmas tree and leaping reindeer are among components that have recently arrived for assembly in CypressBend Park the site for the festival which wiT begin Nov 13 with an opening ceremony and continue through Jan 4 The idea for the river of lights display was researched by local officials Anna Lee Hicks committee chair of the citys Lighting Display Advisory Committee and Mayor Jan Kennady over a period of three years City officials talked to resi dents to see if the idea would fly found a sponsor for the event and secured a grant of approximately from the Low v to This Holiday River will encourage our community as well as neighboring communities to visit New said Kennady It will tie in with what we already have with Fest City officials are expecting between and vehicles to pass through the park during the event Traffic will be routed down Common Street and onto Peace Avenue Signs will direct onlookers and New Braunfels police wjll to keep traffic flowing carrying up to eight people Turn to Lights Page 2 New tax figures for bond issue released From staff reports The Comal Independent School Dis trict office of public information released recently a new summary of what residents will pay in taxes if all four bond propositions pass The summary was released after questions arose concerning a previous press release stating the impact the bonds would have on the tax rate The CISD business office released figures last month showing the tax rate would increase cents over a sevenyear period increasing taxes by for a home over the same peri od However district officials are now trying to give voters a clearer picture of what the actual tax bill would reflect I think the information we put out early on was accurate but taxes paid is the second part of said CISD superintendent Jerry Major The real question is how much will you pay Turn to Tax figures Page 3 At the end of her rope Amanda Lewis leans back for a return Monday afternoon while playing tetherball at Carl Schurz Elementary School HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Judge tells defendant to get attorney By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer District Judge Charles Ramsay advised a Republic of Texas member Monday that she should hire an attorney to represent her con sidering the penalty she could face Republic of Texas official Carolyn1 Car ney of Bulverde appeared in district court Monday for a pretrial hearing on a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant The charge stemmed from an incident in June when law enforcement officials went to Car neys home with an arrest warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing Carney alleged ly pointed a handgun at one of the police officers executing the warrant at her home Carney faces a first degree felony which car Turn to Judge Page 3 Man takes bond views to the skies By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer An aviation company owner has tak en his views on the Comal Independent School District bond election to the air Phillip Leach owner of Petra Avia tion in Seguin has put a banner on one of his planes which reads Vote No on Btynd Now or Choke on Tax Bill CISD voters will head to the polls Saturday to decide a million bond issue Leach who lives in New Brauhfels and resides in CISD said he was against the bond issue because he or anybody else who did not utilize the public schools should not have to pay for them hi my opinion if they need the new schools they should let the people who use them pay for he said This school tax is a membership you cant get rid Leach who home schools his chil dren ages and 4 said he should not be forced to pay for somebody elses education Why should my grandmother pay for everybody elses kids going to school1 Leach said CISD superintendent Jerry Major said education was the responsibility of all people regardless of whether or not they had kids attending school 1 think it is in everyones best inter ests that as many students as possible receive a good Major said The public schools are set up to serve all children I think education is every bodys responsibility It is in every bodys best The suggestion that everyone should pay for somebodys education is both communistic and socialistic Leach said If that is true you are a subscriber to the Communist Manifesto the gov ernment should control the schools and Local officials expect good voter turnout Amendments on the ballot AUSTIN AP Here at a glance are the 14 proposed constitutional amendments on todays ballot 1 Allowing a person to hold the position of municipal judge in more than one municipality 2 Permitting the Legislature to limit the maximum average annual increase in homestead appraisal valuations to 10 percent or more for each year since the most recent tax appraisal Also would permit school dis tricts to retroactively apply the 65andover property tax freeze to a persons new home stead 3 Allowing counties cities towns and other local taxing entities the power to grant exemptions or other property tax relief on property where approved water conser vation initiatives Have been implemented 4 To update the Texas Constitution to reflect amendments to federal law delete obsolete pro visions and renumber provisions with duplicate numbers 5 Allowing the Texas Supreme Court to hold sessions at any location in the state 6 Repealing prohibition on Texas Growth Fund investment in compa nies that fail to disclose investment in South Africa or Namibia 7 Allowing the Texas Turn to Ballot Page 2 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Fewer than 10 percent of the states registered voters are expected to vote in todays con stitutional amendment elections County Clerk Joy Streater said The state is predicting 7 to 10 Streater said I am going to say 10 to 15 percent in Comal We have an active voter Streater said of the countys registered vot ers had cast their ballots during the early voting period which ended on Friday Polls for todays election will be open until 7 Voters statewide will be vot ing on 14 amendments to the states constitution One amend ment proposition 8 would allow homeowners the choice of borrowing money against their home equity Although interest in the con stitutional amendment election is lagging the incorporation election in Bulverde is attracting high a high turnout Streater said Streater said 300 people had voted early on the issue at the Justice of the Peace building on Bulverde Road A estimated to people are expected to vote in the ihcof poration election today That is about 17 percent of the Streater said They are having a pretty good Three areas in Bulverde will be voting on whether they will incorporate into three separate cities Those areas are Bulverde North Bulverde Bul verde South Bulverde Hills and Bulverde East Oak Village Polls for the incorporation elections will be conducted until 7 at three polling places Bulverde North Emer gency Services Building 281 at Texas 46 Spring Branch Bulverde South Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Office Bulverde Road Bulverde East Fire Sta tion No 3 Oak Village 695 Circle Oak Drive Bul verde Polling places What Texas Constitutional Amendment Election When 7 to 7 today Where Each precinct has a designated polling place Precinct 1 2 3 9 Braunfels Presbyterian Church Hall Precinct City Fire Station Precinct Cafe Precinct 6 Services Building Precinct 26 28 29 Lutheran Church Hall Precinct Star School Precinct Community Center Precinct Ridge Municipal Complex Precinct 16 20 22 Elementary School HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Phillip Leach owner of Petra Aviation showed his opinion of the Comal ISDs bond issue that will be voted on Saturday the masses should pay for he said Leach said the way the school prop erty tax is levied by the district is unfair as well I think it is unfair they would use an evaluation of property instead of how many kids from the home go to their Leach said Even though he disagrees with Leachs views on the bond issue Major said he respected his opinions I think anything that generates more interest and awareness about the bond election is Major said The more people ask questions and get involved in the process it will be bet ter for the Comal Board trustee Dora Gonzales said Leachs concerns about the bond issue were just one of many she has heard over the past few days especially after CISD released conflicting information on how much the bonds would affect tax bills Wursifest schedule 5
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