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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS i 1 i i i I I so wi n HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 98 18 pages in 2 sections April 5 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Sew into work Anne Hair doesnt have time for a break from the sweal shop run by the Brauntex The theater group has several local residents who receive poor pay and officials joked to work long hours sewing seat covers for the Brauntex opening night Gala April 29 Those inter ested ing the crew can call the Brauntex office at 627 0808 Photo submitted Brauntex gears up for fundraising drive gala to further renovation plans SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG The Brauntex Performing Arts The atre Association launched a plan to raise money to fund a firstclass live theater in New Braunfels The money is needed to continue the remodeling efforts under way at the historic theater Fundraising plans include a founders fund drive as well as a gala arid performance by the San Antonio Symphony While the theater is in fairly good condition officials say there are several things that must be done before live performances can be offered there The stage was recently enlarged to accommodate the San Antonio Sym phony performance April 29 and the old upstairs enclosure was removed to open up the balcony area to the main stage But organizers look to accomplish more They say the acoustics must be improved with a sound system There are no dressing rooms or storage rooms available for performers Also there is no lighting system In addition some seats were removed during former renovations and must be replaced Bill and Connie Cone are heading up the fund drive known as the Founders Fund Several levels of giv ing have been established and may be paid at once or over three years The levels are Investor Founder Sponsor for two chairs and for each additional chair Chairs will be permanently marked with the donors name Recognition will be given for all amounts pledged during the Founders Fund drive which will continue into the summer Season ticket holders and major donors names will be displayed in the lobby of the theater Bill Cone said sponsoring a chair does not confer the right to sit in that chair for future performances It is an excellent way to show support for the community and the efforts to restore the Brauntex he said Gifts in excess of will receive a permanent listing in all future official programs produced by the Per forming Arts Association Photo submitted Brauntex volunteer Rachael Struthoff tears cloth for new seat covers for the Brauntex Its a hard she said WHATS UP What San Antonio Symphony performs at the grand opening GALA at the Brauntex When April 29 symphony performs at 8 GALA to follow Where Brauntex Theater 209 W San Antonio St Cost for concert GALA celebration tickets are each and include a champagne reception with symphony members For Information or tickets Contact the Brauntex office at 6270808 or purchase tickets at the Brauntex office The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce or ChinaN Things in New Braunfels INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds 58B Comics 2B 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A 3A MQA Today 2A Television 20 Key Code 76 Commission considers aesthetics guidelines BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The Planning Commission shouldnt be afraid to set guidelines for a his toric preservation district to preserve the towns character several residents said Tuesday But how strict those guidelines should be is still unknown We can afford to require more than the Luke Speckman said echoing the sentiments of several oth er residents including commissioner John Lovett People are he said And we can tell them what to But deciding what to tell them isnt so easy commissioners agreed tak ing for more public input to help define guidelines We want to reach some commission chairman John Dierksen said The commission has been meeting for several months to come up with an aesthetics ordinance making city council the arbiter of good taste by preventing unsightly businesses ou structures from compromising we character of communitys highly visible areas Overlay districts would outline cer tain building restrictions within defined boundaries Council asked for the ordinance in response to public concerns of metal buildings in older historic neighbor hoods The commission has decided to focus its efforts on the core of down town although it hasnt agreed on boundaries yet I think we need to start Pierkaen said SeeQUIOeilNESGA Yes or no Panelists debate bed tax referendums on May 6 ballot BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Building a convention center in New Braunfels could really benefit downtown as well as various arts heritage groups Then again spending money directly on downtown and those arts and heritage groups instead of a convention cen ter also could be beneficial A group of four panelists made these and other points for and against two referendums going before voters on the May 6 ballot during a public forum sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Association Tuesday If approved one referendum would prohibit the city from using its portion of bed tax revenue for a convention center The other would prohibit the city from spending its 20 per cent of the tax for two years while a task force studies the issue More than 50 people filled the New Braunfels Utilities boardroom to hear the debate moderated by former mayor Jan Kennady Panelists included former Comal County Judge Carter Casteel District 6 New Braunfels City Council member Juliet Watson New Braunfels resident Betty Dunkin and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc board president Dennis Heitkamp Watson said now was not the time to spend more money on attracting additional people here I think the chamber has done a great job of getting peo ple Watson said But the people are already Instead the city needs to invest in what it already has she said Its possible for downtown to be a focal she said VBut it takes money and it takes time What better way to spend tax than on downtown Heitkamp argued money spent on a convention center would benefit downtown by bringing people to the community Homestead letter misleading some residents say BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Homeowners beware a recent letter mailed to many Comal County addresses might mislead residents to pay for a homestead exemption application that is available for free More than 50 area resi dents senior cit izens contacted the County Tax Assessor Collectors Office with complaints and questions about an officiallooking letter they got from a Dal lasbased business called County Tax Reduction The letter informed homeowners they might be entitled to additional tax savings by applying for a homestead exemp tion county tax asses Gloria Clen nansaid In the letter the com pany said it would send a complete homestead exemption application form to the homeowner for What the letter did not FREE APPLICATION The deadline is May 31 for residents to turn in completed homestead exemption applications to the Comal Appraisal District office 178 E Mill Street Applications can be picked at no charge from 8 to 5 at the Comal Appraisal District or can be sent through the mail upon request Residents with questions about homestead exemptions or who would like to receive an application by mail can contact the cation form is available dWricl office at free of charge to all coun ty residents from 8 am to 5 at the Comal Appraisal District office 178 E Mill St Lance Dowd president of County Tax Reduction said he was not trying to mislead alerting owners that they are eligible for the exemption i SeeLETTEFVSA
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