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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                iPage 4A HERALDZEITUNO Tbesday February COUNTY LOCAL STATE FROM THE DISPATCH A 51 yearold New Braunfels man was arrest ed for his second driving while intoxicated offense Monday by Comal County Sheriffs deputies He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond A 30yearold New Braunfels woman was arrested Sunday by New Braunfels Police Department officers for public intoxication He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond Assault A 28yearold New Braunfels man was arrest ed Friday by New Braunfels Police Department officers for assaulting someone and causing them bodily injury He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond A 44yearold Canyon Lake area man was arrest ed for his third driving while intoxicated offense Saturday by Comal County Sheriffs deputies He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond UPCOMING MEETINGS CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION today New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS SAFE CITY COMMISSION 7 Thursday New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center municipal courtroom 1488 S Seguin BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION Feb 7 citys munici pal building 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL Feb 14 municipal building 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFELS DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE Feb 15 citys municipal building 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL Feb 28 municipal building 424 S Castell Ave Cheering champs Photo submitted Canyon Middle School cheerleaders along with their sponsorcoach Shana Nowlin are headed to Florida on Thursday to compete in the National Cheerleading Championships They took first place and the UCA Texas State championships UCA Southwest Texas Regionals and American Cheer Power Sales tax revenue up BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Christmasrelated spending boosted New Braunfels sales tax revenue 26 percent this month compared to last year at this time People had a lot of dispos able the citys director of finance Chet Lewis said The sales tax rebates given to the city in January include local sales taxes collected in November and reported to the comptroller in December New Braunfels was given this month in sales tax rebates versus last year at this time The city of New Braunfels receives percent of the percent local sales tax and Comal County receives 5 per cent The state receives percent The citys portion is divvied up between the general fund and surplus the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation 4A board and the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation 4B The general fund receives percent of the tax The 4A board which recommends economic development projects to the city receives percent of the tax The 4B board which recommends infrastructure streets and drainage projects to the city receives percent of the tax The citys general fund received this month about more than budgeted The extra money goes into the citys surplus fund typically reserved for emergency spend ing Yeartodate the city has earned 26 percent more in sales tax rebates than last year at this time instead of When looking at the fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 the city is up nearly 14 percent so far this year Were above budget 31 per Lewis said The city has received million in sales tax rebates since July 1 but only expected about million Were in a strong economic increase in our Lewis said And its lasted a long The city of Garden Ridge which levies a 1 percent sales tax received nearly 40 percent more this month compared to last year at this time collecting instead of Yeartodate the city is up nearly 40 percent collecting instead of the collected last year by this time Texas comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander delivered a total of million in sales tax rebates to cities and 119 counties Cities received mil lion percent higher than last January This months sales tax rebates are a good start to what could be another good year for the Texas Rylander said Austin Phoenix judged as bestrun cities WASHINGTON AP Austin Texas and Phoenix lead the list of Americas best run cities propelled to the top by strong finances and well trained municipal employees a Syracuse University survey found The study released Sunday rated the governments of the nations 35 largest cities in terms of revenues assigning grades from A to F on five management criteria finances human resources capital information technology and results Phoenix was alone in win ning an A or Ain all five cate gories Austin finished with an Aaverage because of a B grade on its use of information technology Indianapolis Minneapolis and Virginia Beach aver aged New York Philadelphia Honolulu Milwaukee San Diego San Antonio Seattle and Long Beach all had Bs A common factor in cities that scored well was strong leadership said Patricia W Ingraham director of the Government Performance Project at Syracuses Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs The project was financed by the Pew Charitable Trusts Where there is a strong mayor there is a wellrun city which attracts residents and Ingraham said Contrary to what many of us think the days of mediocre city management are coming to an She said the most improved cities are those that were in the worst shape five to eight years ago Detroit Philadelphia New York and Washington Detroit for example has earned nine upgrades from bond rating agencies Washington has eliminated its debt and Philadelphia is track ing its revenues and expendi tures better after both cities BEST CITIES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS How the municipal gov ernments of the nations 35 largest cities in terms of rev enues were graded in an analysis by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University Cities were judged on five management criteria finances human resources capital informa tion technology and results The grade is the average for all five criteria A Phoenix A Austin Texas Indianapolis Minneapolis and Virginia Beach Va B New York Philadelphia Honolulu Milwaukee San Diego San Antonio Seattle and Long Beach Calif B Chicago Detroit Boston Baltimore Jacksonville Denver San Jose and Kansas City Mo Washington San Francisco Memphis Nashville Houston Dallas Atlanta and Richmond Va C Los Angeles Anchorage Alaska Cleveland and Columbus Ohio C New Orleans and Buffalo flirted with bankruptcy the report said New York the first major city to use technology for orga nizing crimefighting efforts was praised for establishing a Web site that allows it citizens to apply for licenses and per mits through the Internet Puttin on the Ritz to raise funds for NBAL elevator Editors Note The following story inadvertently was cut off in Sundays HeraldZeitung and is being run in its entirety We apologize for any inconve BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer New Braunfels Art League members will be Putting on the Ritz Saturday evening at an art auction gala to raise money for the installation of an elevator at the NBAL gallery 239 W San Antonio St League publicity chair Pat Deltz said festivities begin at 7 with a preview of work by some of the areas finest artists The resale value of the art to be auctioned ranges from less than to a painting Deltz said State Representative Edmund Kuempel who is from the New Braunfels area and a member of the honor chair committee will be the auctioneer The 30member honor chair committee includes members of the New Braunfels City Council Comal County Commissioners Court and city staff members The gala will include silent and live auctions entertain ment food and a tour of the second floor which has been extensively renovated over the past year and a half Deltz said And residents should not for get their appetites A food court of delicious edibles will be provided compliments of Krauses Cafe Clear Springs Catering Faust Hotel Restaurant Johnny Carinos Country Italian Restaurant New Braunfels Coffee Shop Carriage Haus Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant and wine from Dry Comal Creek The Scooter Store is a corporate sponsor of the event and Albertsons and HEB also helped out with donations Deltz said Another highlight of the event will be the Great Gallery For you get a playing card with its identical twin going in the bowl for the draw gala cochair Carrie Lee Allbritton said If your card is drawn you get your choice of any of the auction paintings You could get a paint ing for The gala will spotlight the Ella May Breckenridge A Retrospective of Her Life exhibit chairperson Jo Ann Wells said The exhibit will feature Breckenridges paintings sculptures and some of the medical books she illustrated she said has had a most interesting life first as a medical illustrator working for Dr Michael DeBakey in Houston and as an Wells said She has been very instrumental in getting funds for our building Renovations on the twostory historical building in down town began about 10 years ago when celebrating its 35th chased the dilapidated structure they hoped to turn into a lovely gallery When we bought the build ing in 1990 it was trashed with pigeons bats and occa sionally had rats and rat tlesnakes inhabiting Deltz said The roof leaked like a sieve and there were a number of broken windows It was a Elaine Felder president of the nonprofit organization said NBAL had a vision to turn the building from beast to beauty We believe we rescued this building as it was in deplorable Felder said The community helped us buy the building and we hope they will attend the gala find a wonderful work of art they cant live with out and have a good time The new elevator the last phase in the renovation will allow access by the aged or disabled to the renovated sec ond floor which will be used for art classes Felder said Admission price to the gala is a donation of 10 or more at the door Donations also can be sent to the NBAL PO Box 310325 New Braunfels Texas 781310325 LUXURY MATTRESS SETS Have ministorage unit full of brand new furniture and mattress sets 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