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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 11009 r4 SOWEST rilCROFUHLTSIIIMG 2627 E YOMDELL DR El PR TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG 104 18 pages in 2 sections April 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents j CISD seniors divided on bond issue Many students planning to vote in May 1 election BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A small number of Comal Independent School District patrons registered to vote in the May 1 bond election see the reality of the dis tricts campus needs every Seniors at Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools said better school facilities were a necessity and they planned to vote in the upcoming Early voting begins today for a 141 million bond package that has both students futures and tax dollars at Students were divided about which propo sitions they but all agreed improv ing conditions at the high school level were a SVHS senior Kelly Walker We walk through these halls body to and you barely move your feet when you Theres a definite need for new SVHS senior Gabe Sanford I think I would vote for Proposition 1 because it is real ly crowded in the schools Its better to expand and build bigger buildings than see them put up more Many Canyon High School students recog nized crowded conditions were far worse for SVHS but said the bond issue was needed to deal with overall student I think we should vote for the bond because we need these schools and we need more class rooms CHS senior Shannon Schmidt Both propositions are designed to address overcrowding at the high but Propo sition 1 would expand SVHS to stu dents and CHS to while Proposition 2 would build a new high school in More than students currently crowd the hallways at which was built for See ROBIN Canyon High School senior Shannon shares her opinion on the bond Many seniors plan to vote on May Taxpayers begin filing frenzy ROBIN Richard looks over the available income tax forms Tuesday at Dittiinger Memorial 373 Magazine as Susan and Duane Marcum search for special tax Thursday is the deadline to file tax returns without a late post office preparing for deadline BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Just as sure as death and tomorrow is April In case the significance of that date escapes tomorrow is the last day to mail your income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service without penalty for filing a late its the annual festival of hair pulling and teethgnashing performed by tax pre parers and Whether you waited to send in your return because you owe money or if it is an act of natural the day of reckoning is But some local tax preparers said benefits were hidden in the tomes of federal tax UP ALL NIGHT The Post 686 Seguin will cancel all mail addressed to the Internal Revenue Service with an April 15 postmark provided it is placed in the local mail drop inside the lobby before The returns this year seem to be a little bigger and the capital gains are larger because of the stock said Fred a certified public accountant and head of Matthews and Asso 145 Landa Matthews said people seemed to be coming in about the same pace as last Many of this years returns involved new complexities he attrib uted to new tax laws such as education tax AARP has offered free help with tax returns at various locations in Comal County since The program was available to lower income and elderly Kathleen AARP local taxaide said her 22 volunteer tax helpers would assist more than county residents this Volunteers at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center were Very busy with customers on Tuesday she Jaroszewski said most people waited until the last minute to It really hasnt been that busy until this See Businesses benefit by giving computers to school districts BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Area businesses are getting a break this tax season by helping address technological needs of local Federal legislation allows businesses to earn tax credit by donating computer hardware to Certified Public Accountant Harold Holtman said busi nesses can deduct only the fair market value of the computer hardware that is not the original purchase The best thing for people to do is to take their old comput er equipment to a local computer store and get it appraised to determine its current Holtman Jennifer director of technology for New Braunfels Independent School said businesses were encouraged to donate computer equipment if they were planning upgrades in the near Don public information officer for Comal Independent School said Smithson Valley High School had been the recipient of several donated New Braunfels High School recently opened its new with an upgraded data network system which will allow Inter net access in every office and library in the high Faulkner said although the networking project was progress some classrooms still had 9 There are many classrooms that will have the wiring in wall but either outdated or no hardware in the In othi er there are not enough computers in the building to mi the growing needs of our curriculum and she About 50 computers have been donated to NBISD in past two school Faulkner Several of the computers are being used hi administrative offices throughout district campuses and in high school class j Theres been a recent rush over the past four businesses wanting to donate before the tax she sajtt NBISD has established minimum standards for computer equipment donated by local For IBM compatibles Pentium 100 or better 500 MB hard 8 upgradable to at least 14inch SVGA better For Apple computers PowerMac or 500 MB hard drive or 8 RAM or 14inch VGA or SVGA monitor or better For printers Ink jet or laser printers only Commissioners court talking air quality BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Residents interested in air quality and the impact of possible federal sanctions if San Antonio fails to meet minimum air quality standards might want to attend Thursdays commissioners court The meeting will begin at in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of Comal County Courthouse 1 Seguin Shelley Whitworth of the Alamo Area Council of Governments will make a pre sentation to the court on what Bexar County and surrounding counties must do to attain clean air standards mandated by the Envi ronmental Protection The EPA includes Comal County in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Whitworth presented an air quality pro gram this past week to Central Texas including New Braunfels Mayor Jan Ken nady and Comal County Judge Danny Comal County faces a delay or loss of up to million in federal highway funds if the MSA is declared a nonattainment Con struction on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels could be stopped by the summer of 2000 if the new EPA standards were not INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 7A Crossword 5A Forum 6A Local 4A Movies 5A 3A Sports OA Today 2A Television 7A Key Code Clinton likely to order reserve troops to active duty in Balkans WASHINGTON AP Bringing the Kosovo conflict closer to mil itary reservists are likely to be ordered to active duty as part of a major new buildup of American air power in the officials said Several hundred Air National Guard members who already are participating as volunteers probably will not be enough to support the 306 additional planes expected to be sent to Europe in the days There will likely be a reserve Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon The details arent ready to be announced at this including how many would be how and for what Defense Secretary William Cohen and other officials in recent days hinted at the likelihood of a partial mobilization of the National Guard and and that was before Army Wesley the top NATO submitted his i
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