Tuesday, May 25, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 20332 MO 09 SOWEST 2627 E Y RIM DELL W W EL TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG 133 12 pages in 1 section May 1999 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Golf fees modified Surcharge policy amended under Kotylo proposal ROBIN David Cook reads from prepared remarks telling the city council that he was not in favor of the proposed golf surcharge Many residents attended the city council meeting to add their voices in favor or against the proposed surcharge for Landa Park golf mayor decry tactics of some golfers opposed to initial plan BY PERI STONE I I a course of action on one single BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Monday night was only a partial victory for those annual fee golfers who opposed a proposed fee structure with They wont be charged the per round sur charge for weekdays that was approved by New Braunfels City Council on two different But they will be charged a per round sur charge on weekends and And annual fee golfers who play more than 100 rounds a year will have to pay Council voted Monday to impose a per round surcharge for each round played after the 100th Councilwoman Jan Kotylo proposed the new structure after council voted down an amendment to completely eliminate Kotylo was amending councilman Randy Vansto rys which had been approved by council on two previous readings although with much Several annual fee golfers have spoken adamant ly against the even conducting a meet ing to find out how to recall Mayor Stoney Williams said Monday he was embarrassed that citizens were considering recall as WILLIAMS a course of action on one single N This is he This is morally Kotylo also defended Vansto telling audience members that he wasnt a liar or power There is no one trying to run the locals she Every one on this council I know respects and appreciates the seniors in our community especially myself as I am get ting to be Kotylo said Vanstorys plan might not have addressed the needs of those annual fee golfers who play only twice a Vanstorys plan suggested increasing fees from a year to a year for seniors and for other golfers with a surcharge that would be added for every round played by an annual fee player per round for weekdays and per round for weekends and See KOTYLO GOLF FEE AMENDMENTS The following amendments to the golf fee ordinance approved by New Braunfels City Monday night were Senior annual golf fee will cost n Regular resident annu al fee will cost These annual fees are available only to residents and extraterritorial jurisdiction No surcharge will be assessed during the A surcharge will be assessed after 100 rounds and a surcharge will be assessed on weekends and holidays except after twilight Passbook fees will cost for 30 rounds for any This option is best for winter visitors and those who play on weekends SB 1772 but not hopes for river funds Council sets aside for cleanup BY PERI STONE Staff Writer A bill allowing New Braunfels to use local bed tax money to fund river cleanup died in com mittee this even after a last ditch effort to revive it Mon But New Braunfels City Council took a vote Monday night to assure funds for river cleanup any Council vot ed unanimous ly to designate toward river Councilman Larry Alexander made the and council woman Juliet Watson seconded Councils chance to use local room tax money pretty much slipped away Saturday at mid which was the absolute lat est the Ways and Means Com mittee could have voted on There was considerable testi mony against said committee clerk Committee chair Rene said of the feedback he had 99 percent had been ALEXANDER But two senators made an attempt Monday to revive the bill using state bed tax money Senators Judith D and Jeff R San coauthors of SB approached another senator Monday to see if their bill could be amended and added on to his according to an aide in Zaf firinis Senator Eddie D said he wasnt accepting any amendments to HB which proposes to use a portion of the state tax in South Padre Island to fund beach cleanup SB 1772 originally proposed to use state bed tax money until Wentworth amended it on the Senate floor in early Instead of using percent of the states 6 percent tax in New Wentworth amended the bill to use an undes ignated percentage of the citys portion of the bed There was a number of sena tors concerned about local river cleanup costs coming out of state Wentworth I want ed to diminish the Senators apparently had no with using state bed tax money to fund beach cleanup in South Padre HB 1014 passed through the Senate Aides in Lucios office were unsure if the bill would go through a conference committee or when it would be sent to George Council approves tax hike BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Taking the advice of two citi zens New Braunfels City Council voted to raise the tax The new per will cost the average homeowner about more in taxes a The current tax rate is per A homeowner with an house paid the city in property taxes this past With the new the tax bill increas es to The only way were going to move forward is to pay for former Comal County judge Carter Casteel Be positive and be Most councilmembers No one likes the sound of a higher tax councilman Randy Vanstory I always say you get what you pay Councilman Larry Alexander said the city needed to develop funds for emergency purposes or such as the and needed a higher tax rate to do Juliet the only member of council to vote against the argued that property val uations had meaning citizens were going to have to pay more taxes Resident Earl who spoke out at a previous meeting against the tax reempha sized his point Thomas said the property val uation on his 30yearold home had increased 12 percent this This increase is not INSIDE Abby 5 Classifieds Comics 7 Crossword 5 Forum 6 4 Movies 5 Obituaries 3 Sports Today 2 Television 7 Key code ONeal lead NBHS graduates BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer You could say New Braunfels High School student Michael Friesenhahn has great expecta The New Braunfels bornand bred high school senior will graduate valedictorian of his class of 350 students on Friday at Unicorn Commencement ceremonies are scheduled to begin 8 at the football 2551 Loop The next time Friesen hahn sets foot on school grounds it will be at Yale University this fall as an undergraduate Friesenhahn plans to enroll as a humanities major to pursue studies in his favorite English and New Braunfels High School graduation will take place at 8 Friday at Unicorn 2551 Loop FRIESENHAHN But he doesnt plan to stop After hell hit grad uate Id like to but I probably wont be able the aspiring author Friesenhahn said he might pursue a career in He also applied to Southern Methodist University and Of the things Im most proud Id have to say how 1 devel oped my writing skills and skills in English are my greatest Its what 1 most he Friesenhahn said his love of reading inspired his writing abil See ROBIN Kathryn ONeal is 1999 saluta torian for New Braunfels 313