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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD7 Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 5 can water today before 9 and after 7 Welrusers with addresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today between mlqnlg and 10 and from 8 to mldni TNG Ife Vol 149 No 182 18 pages in 2 sections July 26 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents McKenna Memorial plans economic survival BRIERTY BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It is an uncertain time to be in the health care business anywhere in the Unit ed States but more uncertain still in the current climate is the future of small urban hospitals More than 100 small town hospitals are expected to close this year in Texas alone and McKenna Memorial Hospital LAST IN A SERIES McKENNA 2000 hope must plan carefully to make sure it is a survivor and not a statistic Tim Brierty CEO of the McKenna Health Care System said the hospital is doing just that Our three goals are high quality care service excellence and financial Brierty said Tuesday My personal opinion is that if we accomplish the first two the third takes care of When Brierty arrived here McKenna was a million business Now it is a million business annually about million of which goes into payroll For the financial security piece we have to make sure as a team that were efficient and we spend our revenues conservatively and Brierty said The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 took a precarious situation and made it worse Now Brierty said he hopes the federal gov ernment has realized it has made a mis take and will correct it quickly See Feeling right at home Hematology Oncology Associates spares patients long drives to Austin Blood work Right Deborah Naumann watches Physi cians Assistant Michael Mc Grath prepare her finger for testing Monday after noon at Hema tology Oncology Associates of South Texas Lower right Medical Dosimetrist Rebecca Mclnturf studies a new patients records Mclnturf is the radiation therapy supervisor K JESSIE HERALDZEITUNG BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor A new stateoftheart cancer treatment and care facility in J Braunfels means much more than a new building to cancer patients in this area The Cancer Care Institute of South Texas a member of the Hematology Oncology Associates of South Texas offers patients the care they need with out the drive to San Antonio or Houston The center at 1448 E Common provides medical oncology and stateof theart 3D imaging radiation oncology services for Comal Guadalupe and Gonzales counties We basically offer a variety of ser vices in hematology and said Dr Alexander Zweibach who came to the facility shortly after it opened in October 1998 Zweibach earned his medical degree and in hematology from 1st Pavlov Leningrad Medical Institute The American Cancer Societys Starlight Gala 20001s Friday August 4 and will include dinner dancing casinostyle gam ing silent and live auctions For ticket information call 6095030 Leningrad Russia where he became chief of the Department of Hematology He is board certified in internal medi cine hematology and medical oncology and has more than 20 years of practice and research experience Dr Allan W Cass radiation oncolo gist at the institute said this was the first time radiation therapy was offered in See Allornothing proposition goes to voters BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council has for weeks debated the citys sales tax allocation and uses The issue resolved itself Mon day night in a split vote that could lead to the demise of the citys economic development corporation Council narrowly agreed to ask voters in November to abol ish the economic development corporation and the oneeighth of 1 percent sales tax that sup ports the corporations work The tax and corporation are referred to as the 4A tax and 4A corporation In the same proposition vot ers will be asked to reallocate the economic development sales tax to what is known as the 4B corporation also named after its enabling law City Attorney Floyd Akers said the measures approved for the November election will appear as one item on the bal lot Voters will not be able to vote against eliminating the EDC but for opening the 4B tax to all legal uses The 4B corporation current ly oversees a total onequarter of 1 percent of the citys sales tax Half of that is devoted to streets and drainage projects and half goes to other capital improvement projects The ballot proposition would eliminate the separate pools of money and make the total sales tax going to the 4B corpora tion threeeighths of 1 percent Then the ballot proposition would open up the uses of the money to everything allowed by state law which includes economic development Councilman Larry Alexan der presented a proposal Mon day that left the economic development sales tax un touched but asked voters to expand the uses of the money to the 4B corporation to include ON THE BALLOT Voters will consider the following items in one ballot proposition in November the eco nomic development cor poration also called the 4A corporation Abolishing the one eighth of 1 percent sales tax collected by the 4A corporation Adopting a one eighth of one percent sales tax to be collected by the 4B corporation Removing the cur rent oneeighth of 1 per cent cap on streets and drainage projects and the oneeighth of 1 per cent cap on capital improvements on the use of the sales tax rev enues collected by the 4B corporation and Authorizing the entire threeeighths of 1 percent sales tax that would then be collected by the 4B corporation to be available for all per missible uses under state law every legal use When voters approved the 4B tax in 1995 several of the possible uses for that money were excluded However Councilman Robert Kendrick amended Alexanders proposal to abol ish the 4A corporation and real locate that tax to the 4B cor poration The rest of Alexan ders motion remained unchanged The council voted 43 in favor of Kendricks proposal CISD to hike teachers pay BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees approved Tuesday night pay raises for all district employ ees including a increase to starting teacher pay that will force some budget cuts to alleviate an deficit Trustees approved the pay raises for teachers nurses librarians counselors asso ciate psychologists para professionals maintenance and mechanic staff and cus todians before approving the 20002001 budget on August 17 Bus drivers and food ser vice staff received a pay increase last year The para professional pay raises were approved last year as a two part increase Abel Campos business manager for CISD told trustees he would attempt to present a balanced budget to trustees when they approve the budget and tax rate August 17 But balancing the budget could require additional cuts unless there is a change in revenue figures he said Already cut from the bud get was for eight buses and seven teacher positions at a cost of Trustees scheduled a pub lic hearing on the proposed million budget and a proposed tax rate Aug 17 at Canyon Middle School Campos said a decision on staifpay raises was need ed prior to the Aug 17 meeting because the first payroll was scheduled Sep tember 1 The pay raises adopted by the board include a mini See INSIDE Key Cocto 76 Committee welcomes Henry BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels hotel occupancy tax committee meeting began with a few tense moments Tuesday but ended with the wel come of a new member The city council on Monday agreed to allow the hotel industry to nominate someone from its ranks to be a member of the com mittee which was appointed to develop a plan for using an unallocated portion of the citys tax revenue The New Braunfels Lodging and Restau rant Association nominated its president Dan Heiuy who is general manager of Rode way lion in time to attend Tuesdays com mittee meeting However one committee member ques tioned if the councils final vote Monday had actually said the lodging association would get to pick the one additional member Another committee member challenged Hen rys qualifications to be on the committee because he is not a city resident City Attorney Floyd Akers however told the group that the council motion had said the lodging association would get to pick the one new member Also he said the coun cil had not placed any restrictions on that per sons residency They could be from Jamaica as far as Im Akers said But during most of the meeting committee members worked easily together and sever al members welcomed Henry as the meeting ended 1 have nothing against any of you on this See
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