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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung July 2, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A recent proposal to ask voters to abolish New Braunfels’ economic development sales tax surprised the head of the board that oversees those funds. Lupe Castaneda, chairman of the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation board of directors, has called a meeting for 5 p.m. Monday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building to discuss the proposal. “I just want to make sure that all the members (of the board of directors) are aware of the proposal that’s going before the city council,” Castaneda said. Castaneda said he would not be able to attend council’s July IO meeting, during which council will consider putting the proposal before voters to eliminate the economic development sales tax. “I wanted to basically tell everybody (on the board) that if they w anted to be there, they could be at the meeting and give their opinions or their response,” he said. In 1905, New Braunfels voters approved a half-percent sales tax, which brought the total sales tax to 1.5 percent. One-eighth of I percent went to reduce the city's property tax rate. The revenues of one-fourth of I percent of the tax were divided evenly between streets and drainage projects and other infrastructure improvement projects. The final one-eighth of one percent of the money was devoted to economic develop- ■ Councilwoman Debbie Flume explains her proposal./6A ■ H-Z Editor/Publisher Doug Toney responds to idea, analyzes how it was handled./6A What’s Up ■ WHAT: New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation board of directors ■ WHEN: 5 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, Conference Room A/B, 424 S. Casten Ave. ment. On Monday, councilwoman Debbie Flume proposed letting voters consider two possible changes to the way the city uses its sales tax revenues. First, she asked council to call a November election so voters could decide whether to expand the uses of the tax money for infrastructure improvement projects, including sports venues. The council approved her suggestion and later w ill consider a resolution officially setting the election. I lowever, council delayed a vote on a second proposition Flume introduced late into the group’s almost five-hour meeting. She proposed placing an See SALES TAX/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels councilman Robert Kendrick (top), his wife, Betty, and dog, Lacy, float down the Guadalupe River Saturday. City attorney Floyd Akers, bottom, joins them. Kendrick and councilwoman Debbie Flume were the only two council members to participate in the float intended to acquaint council with behavior on the river. The rest of council had prior plans.Vol. 149, No. 162    42    pages    in    4    sections    July    2,    2000    ^CFV*n^    ^*oma*    County    since    1852    $1.00Inside► July Fourth Alcohol ban?Find out where to go and what to do. /BelowLocal officials sound off on the idea of a ‘dry’ river By Heather ToddStaff Writer It’s been two years since public officials considered banning alcohol on local rivers and some residents are still pushing the idea as a solution to rowdy behavior on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. But, Mayor Stoney Williams said most residents did not support a ban on alcohol and any proposal to do so would probably not pass at city council. Williams, Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, former County Judge Carter Casteel and resident John Landry discussed restricting alcohol on the river during a live talk show on KGNB 1420 AM Saturday morning. River outfitter and Water-Oriented Recreation District member Zero Rivers and Stace Vercher with Midtex Oil also joined in the discussion. Midtex Oil owns many of the local Pit Stop Food Marts. The proposal to ban alcohol resurfaced this past week at a New Braunfels City Council meeting when several residents complained about rowdy behavior on local rivers. Some residents suggested banning alcoholic beverages as a way to decrease the amount of See ALCOHOL/8A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungCoolers of beer floating in tubes are typical sights on the Guadalupe River — but some think it shouldn’t be so. ► Movie review Sales tax board set to meet — for last time? The Perfect Storm,’ starring George Clooney, could stir memories of the 1998 flood here./6C ► Looking back Final part of a series: Former H-Z editor remembers old New Braunfels and reflects on the changes./8A ► Lifestyle lf you didn’t know it was there, you might drive past it. But Dry Comal Creek Vineyards is worth a stop — and a drink./1C Index Abby...................... ......................2C Business.............. ..................5-6B Classified.............. .................MOD Crossword............. .......................2C Forum.................... .......................6A Local/Metro............ .......................4A Movies................... .......................2C Obituaries............ .....................3A Sports.................. ..................1-4B Today..................... .......................2A Television............... ............TV Week www.herald-zeitung.com Key code 77 Not just politics as usual Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-8925Herald  UNG f s' a. Community gears up for holiday From Staff Reports There’ll be barbecue, parties, parades and of course fireworks! Tuesday is America’s holiday: the day we celebrate who we are and how we got here. It’s the Fourth of July, and New Braunfels and the communities around it have a number of celebrations in store. Some of them have already started. In New Braunfels, besides the annual holiday weekend party in the parks and on the rivers, the festivities Tuesday begin about 9:30 a.m. with the annual old time parade put on by the Sophienburg Museum and Archive. Executive Director Michelle Oatman says the parade is open to anybody who Wallis to participate just show up in the Sophienburg Archive parking lot along Bridge Street by 8:45 a.m. and line up, she said. Participants will include city and county officials and vehicles in the parade with floats, decorated or antique cars, bikes, wagons, “everything,” Oatman said. At 9 a.m., patriotic music provided by the C omal Community Band will begin on the Main Plaza. “We put the parade on every year to keep the holiday tradition alive,” Oatman said. “It grows every year. We line up on Bridge Street. Last year, it took the entire block around the corner.” The parade will start at 9:30 a ni. and runs See FOURTH/5 A Residents enjoy this past year’s July Fourth parade. This year’s parade is 9:30 am. Tuesday downtown. File photo f ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: July 2, 2000

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