Friday, May 7, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20337 HOG SOWFRT SUING 68 IX 7 13903 HERALDZEITUNG 121 24 pages in 2 sections May 1999 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents We havent been able to use the money in this capacity Its just great for New New Braunfels City Councilwoman Juliet Watson To risk the tourism dollars would be especially when the real engine of the sales tax is visitors spending Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek Room tax war Changes to Senate bill open local tourism dollars for river cleanup BY PERI STONE Staff Writer AUSTIN New Braunfels attempt to get a share of the state motel room tax revenue for river cleanup has turned into a political tugofwar over how local room tax money should be A state Senate bill originally call ing for 2 percent of state tax funds to clean rivers in New Braunfels was modified so the mon ey will come out of the local bed tax revenues The bill also doesnt say how much or how little the city should use for river The Senate approved the amend ed bill sending it on to the House for Since the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce receives the bulk of the citys tax revenue to promote the change eventually could reduce the amount of funds available for tourism Lobbyists with the state tax association argue the bill could set a dangerous prece eroding funding for promotion of tourism dollars But supporters of Senate Bill including city council mem ber Juliet who spearheaded the drive for the say its only fair some of the money be used to maintain the rivers since they attract so many of the tourists to the Judith introduced the SB proposing that 2 percent of the state tax or be used for river cleanup in New In the intergovernmental relations committee approved the bill with of 1 or about of the state tax revenue to come back to New Braunfels for river On Jeff Went RSan who co authored the amended it even Tax HOW MUCH New Braunfels generates about million a year in HOW 13 percent tax on the cost of a room ROBIN Two visitors from Midland relax in the pool Thursday at the Super 8 510 Highway 46 A debate is raging over Senate Bill which could change the way local tax money is proposing an undesignated percentage of the citys portion of tax revenue be used for river cleanup instead of state bed tax The states tax rev enue is funded through a 6 percent Through New Braunfels generated about million in fiscal year which was all giv en back to the The citys tax revenue is funded through a 7 percent New New Braunfels local bed tax generated about million in fiscal year which was divvied up between the chamber arts and heritage organiza tions and upkeep of the New Braunfels Civic Center Wentworth There was a number of senators concerned about local river cleanup costs coming out of state I wanted to diminish the Watson said she told aides in Wentworths and Zaffirinis offices to do what they could to prevent the bill from State Tax HOW MUCH New Braunfels generates about million in state HOW 6 percent tax on the cost of a room WHERE IT GOES of 1 percent goes toward advertising for the Texas Department of Commerce tourism division 2 percent goes to Galveston for beach cleanup percent goes into general revenue fund City Tax HOW MUCH New Braunfels generates about million in city HOW 7 percent tax on the cost of a room WHERE IT GOES percent goes to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce percent goes to the Arts and Heritage organizations percent goes to upkeep of the New Braunfels Civic Center The Senate approved the amend ed bill Watson I was happy that they kept it It would have been killed if it were taken out of the states I think it was a step in the right direction for our Theyve made so much mon ey for New so now we will be able to put some money back into our rivers that have been so generous to Watson said she would like to see money spent on park whose duties would include remind ing people not to litter and pollute Minimum lot sizes increased to five acres BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer If you are looking to buy land in Comal County in the the cost will be higher than it was County commissioners voted Thurs day tp increase the minimum lot size for housing The new regulations went into effect immediately and designated one acre as the minimum lot size for lots supplied by a public water system and five acres for lots with private The previous rules allowed for one half acre lots with a public water supply and three acres for lots with a private County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the county had the authority to regu late lot size based on a clause in state law allowing counties to make rules pertaining to water There is not enough water in the Edwards Aquifer if the entire county is laid out in onehalf acre Hornseth Commissioner Jack Dawson said new rules were necessary to manage water resources and regulate Weve got to protect our current res idents to make sure they dont run out of water and have good roads to drive Dawson Commissioner Jay Millikin was the only member to vote against the new His opposition was based on the lack of public Based on provisions in Senate Bill a public hearing was not necessary before changing the rules on lot This certainly affects peoples prop erty Im just not sure its the right thing to Millikin See INSIDE Key coda 76 ROBIN Three two of which are accused of shoot ing at teachers are led into a sheriffs deputys car after their court appearance Teen shooting suspects face felony charges BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Two New Braunfels teenagers accused of firing gun shots at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teach ers headed back to a Colorado County juvenile detention facility after a hearing at the Comal County Courthouse on Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said a Comal County grand jury determined Wednesday the boys be charged with deadly a third degree If they could be sentenced for up to 10 years in a Texas Youth Commission The two would be eligible for parole in one said Carol the countys director of juvenile The families and attorneys of the two 14yearolds pleaded for the boys to be released to the custody of their but County Judge Danny Scheel ordered them returned to the juvenile near Robison said some of the pretrial work could be com pleted in time for the next detention set for May hi addition to the two counts of deadly the pair also faces charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defacing property at the teachers shooting five plate glass windows at New Braunfels High defacing property at OakRun School and one count of unlawful Police said most of the offenses occurred on April 20 during an earlymorning just hours before two Colorado teens terrorized a school and killed 13 people before taking their own The Canyon Middle School students were taken to the juvenile detention facility after they were taken into cus tody April Canyon Middle School principal Nancy Cobb and sev eral teachers from the school attended Thursdays At the request of the the hearing was closed to the media and others attending not directly related to the ROBIN Teachers who were targets of the along with enter the Comal County Courthouse Thursday CISD board OKs new dress code BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Beginning next it wont matter whether its Marilyn Manson or Mickey Mouse across the front of a Tshirt for a student to be in violation of school dress code Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved broad dress code policy changes for middle and high school students in a 61 vote Thursday The board also unanimously approved Sandra Han an assistant principal at Smithson Valley High as the new principal for Spring Branch Middle See