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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS SOWFST illCROFIJfii 2627 E DP IX HERALDZEITUNG 141 20 pages in 2 sections June 1999 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents BUSH Bush signs million tax cut bill HOUSTON AP George Bush used a Houston department store as the site Thurs day to sign a million tax relief bill that includes a threeday moratorium each August on state sales taxes for some clothing and shoe The 40page approved four days ago by the Legisla is a key part of an over all billion tax break Bush likely will tout when he leaves Texas next week for exploratory visits to Iowa and New The trip is viewed as a prelude to an antici pated bid for the 2000 Republican nomination for president in a race where polls show Bush already is the This package of tax cuts will save Texans money at the cash reg ister and encourage new business and job growth all over Bush said while surrounded by displays of Back to School clbthiiig in ihe young depart ment at the downtown Houston Foleys I believe in good economic the state ought to meet the basic needs of we ought to fund our priorities and return money back to the hands of those who pay the Foleys was among the Texas businesses from around the state whose representatives had regis tered at Senate hearings in favor of the bill authored by Rodney The passed Sunday as the Legislature was wrapping up this years came after two days of closeddoor negotiations and included the sales tax holiday for buying clothing and franchise tax breaks for small Consumers are expected to see about million worth of tax cuts under the with about another million in reductions for Among other tax breaks is elim ination of sales taxes on overthe counter medicines starting next April and on the sales taxes on the first of monthly Internet access fees beginning in Consumers for three days each beginning with the first Friday of the wont have to pay the percent state sales tax on some clothing and The timing this year its 68 is meant to coincide with the advent of the new school MARGARET New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas introduces Jeff Edmund Kuempel and Gonzalo Barrientos during the Communities in Schools luncheon Thursday at Canyon Middle Celebrating success State lawmakers join NB in congratulating Communities in Schools BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Communities in Schools of Comal County provided an open door of opportuni ties during the past school said Maggie a New Braunfels High School McDade was not Ninetynine percent of Communities in Schools stu dents in Comal County stayed in school this while 100 percent of eligible CIS students graduated from high My first year with CIS was I had the opportunity to Interact with young children through the Helping Hands program at the Head Start McDade And through my Lunch Bunch I learned to communicate bet ter with and my State local edu and community mem bers gathered at Canyon Middle School Thursday for the fourth annual CIS lun cheon to applaud the efforts of CIS staff for another suc cessful year educating Comal County ABOUT IT Communities in Schools started in three schools serving 300 CIS now serves more than on 19 CIS recently received a Kronkosky Foundation grant to expand ser vices to two more cam MARGARET Maggie a Communities in Schools student from New Braunfels High gets some words of advice from Gonzalo Barrientos We started six years ago in three schools with 300 said Ray president of CIS board of we serve more than students in 19 Communities hi the nations largest stayin school network for atrisk served stu dents at 19 program sites during the 199899 school year and students received ongoing caseman aged The organization recently was awarded a grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation to expand its services to two more school Chris director of Communities in Schools of Comal said the goal of CIS was to make sure every child in Comal County had an adult to trust and talk to about their By making a commitment to work we can make a difference in Comal Douglas Ado lescents need someone to lis ten to them and talk to them during a time of Every one would like to think what happened in couldnt happen theres a possibility it could happen Edmund Kuempel R Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio and Gonzalo Barrientos D Austin spoke about the role of CIS in the community and highlighted the results of the 76th State Legislative Theres no doubt in my mind that education was at the forefront of this past ses Kuempel Seven tyfive percent of the budget is going into The legislature approved a billion school funding Senate Bill this past See COUNCIL MEETING New Braunfels City Council will meet at Monday at the municipal 424 Castell City gets no bids for library BY PERI STONE Staff Writer The fate of Dittlinger Memorial Library remains The City of New Braunfels received no bids by Tuesdays deadline for the purchase or lease of the building at 373 Magazine which is scheduled to be replaced by a new facility at 700 Common in late Work on the exterior of the new New Braun fels Public Library is near and the focus of the project will turn to the librarys library director Vickie Hocker the city must decide what do with the old Dittlinger Memorial At a city council meeting in sev eral people expressed interest in using the build although none came through with a Well have to check with council and see if they want to extend the deadline for city manager Mike Shands Or if they want to find another way the city can use Shands suggested the building could be used as a recreational or educational facility for We dont want it to sit he Council could decide to actively seek out We havent tried to market the library per he The fair market value of the property has been established at Shands The structure sits on slightly more than one acre in a mostly residential neigh The Sophienburg Museum is a nextdoor neighbor to the library they even share a parking The museums board expressed some prior interest in the building but did not submit a We were interested in it but we dont know at this time if we can raise that much money in such a short director Michelle Oatman Scott president general of the Sons of the Republic of Texas told councilmembers in April that his group was interested in finding a facility to archive documents and store them in a place where scholars could study New Braunfels resident Tom Green told coun cil the New Braunfels Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas would like to bring the nation al headquarters to New Bnuuifels and house it in the old The headquarters would serve as a meeting place as well as a place to store the collection of old currently in box es at the University of Texas at San Green Neither Dunbar nor Green could not be reached for comment on Gramm Y2K wont affect banks CHRIS Gramm greets county commis sioner Jay Millikin at a reception at the Bank of America in New Braunfels Thursday after BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Senator Phil Gramm stopped in New Braunfels Thursday afternoon long enough to tell local residents the Y2K bug should have no effect their banking the senior senator from told a crowd of about 50 people gathered at the local Bank of America mat there was no need to be concerned about cred it cards businesses accepting personal checks or a total break down of the financial and banking systems that You can worry about a lot of things but dont worry about your money in the Phil Gramm senator some had predicted for the approaching You can worry about a lot of things but dont worry about your money in the Gramm Gramm led a team of state and feder al banking officials making stops throughout the state to brief the public on the status of the banking industry and the problems facing computer users when the calendar changes from 1999 to chairman of the Senate Bank ing referred back to his days as an economics professor at Texas in the mid 1960s to explain the source of the Y2K Gramm said the supercomputers of the day that filled a large room had less memory space than todays desktop per See INSIDE 6B Key code 76
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