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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY March 2001 18 pages in 2 sections IjV 18 pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 114 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Inside Today The Herald Zeitungs Horizons continues with a look at COMING UP Sunday Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes Millikin Counties coldcocked at state capital BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN Comal Coun ty Commissioner Jay Millikin went to the Capital this past week to lobby the State Sen ate for increased lawmaking authority for county govern What he found wasnt pleasing or He used words such as coldcocked to describe what happened to him and Comal County in Austin on Tuesday when he went to a Senate subcommittee to argue that counties adjacent to major metropolitan areas such as San Anto nio or Austin need increased authority to regulate develop ment and Millikin MILLIKIN did not get to lobby We got creamed in the State Capitol this Mil likin County ments didnt have the oppor tunity to present their side of a vital issue on Millikin said he has been led to believe that on impor tant which will consider issues vital to Comal minds are already made up and with one legislation the county needs to be able to better control growth seems less and less likely this ses The one bright spot in the countys 2001 legislative agenda could prove to be gaining increased and per manent authority for ground water conservation In the most recent past leg islative full authori ty for groundwater conserva tion such as the Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District in western Comal was held hostage in a key Senate The com mittee tried to use the issue as leverage to convince the counties involved to agree to the elimination of junior water This full authority for groundwater conservation districts is apparently going forward on two legislative If the legislation will give the STGCD increased authority to regu late the use and quality of water in the Trinity But opportunities are dim ming for new laws that would enable counties to assess development impact fur ther regulate construction and density increase county zoning And Millikin is concerned it may be too late to do any thing about it in this legisla tive which is being consumed with We have half a dozen bills being considered to provide county governments addi tional authority to manage growth in areas such as the Hill Millikin Millikin and others with the Conference of Urban a group represent ing the 38 largest Texas coun went to a meeting of the Senates intergovernmental affairs committee All were asking is authority to regulate Millikin He went he to tes tify in favor of a provision in Senate Bill which would give counties the authority to assess impact simi lar to the ones cities can col lect for the effects a develop ment has on roads and other I wanted to testify about why we need this Millikin Comai Millikin has a total of about new homes now in the planning pipeline with thou sands more on the When you see all this development it places great strain on Millikin What Millikin found out See Legislative matters ANNUAL TEXAS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 1 i i in f H duacfalupa Valley CHRIS Bill Ratliff describes the major issues facing the 77th Texas Ratliff spoke during the closing luncheon of the 35th annual Texas Legislative Redistricting will affect those drawing the political boundaries Sessions focus on three topics BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The state redistrict ing and health insurance for public school These Bill Ratliff saidj are at the fore front of lawmakers minds at the halfway point in the 77th Ratliff spoke at 35th annual Texas Legislative Con ference luncheon Friday in New Braunfels to provide insight into the current leg islative The budget is the leading piece of legislation that con tains other such as Ratliff To address transportation Ratliff said a Consti tutional amendment is the state must fund highway construction with either tax dollars or he If the state purchased Gar vey he state funds would be matched by federal funds but could only be used for construction of An amendment to use 50 percent tolls and 50 per cent tax dollars would stretch highway he Funding for nursing Ratliff is facet of the One he is the perception of the Legisla ture to put more money in nursing homes and have it taken home by Ratliff said he attempted to See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Political boundaries from the Senate all the way down to city council or con stable are redrawn in response to the new census each and that process is now in the 77th Texas In Comal County this justice of the peace and constable districts will be as will school district and city polit ical But that will only happen after the Texas legislature completes its work in drawing new bound aries of state house and sen congressional and State Boardpf Education a panel of redis tricting experts met to dis cuss redistricting and the issues surrounding it at the 35th Annual Texas Legisla tive Conference in New See panel discussion on air quality Panelists were State Senator Jeff Went whose district includes Comal County and who is chairman of the redis tricting committee in the Senate State Ken member of the house redistricting commit t66j Alan program director of the Texas Leg islative Council Steve Texas rural sociology depart Murdock opened Thurs days 10 discussion at the New Braunfels Civic Center with a description of the demographic changes CHRIS Moderator Harvey far sits with Redistricting panelists Alan Texas Legislative Council Steve Texas University Robert Kelly State Ken Marchant and State Jeff chair of the Senate redistricting that have taken place in Texas during the past 10 has been exten sive growth and diversifica tion and much he The states population has grown million to about 21 million in this Murdock Thats the equivalent of adding the populations of Dallas and San Antonio to this state in a single The most extensive growth has occurred in the middle of the state along the Interstate 35 along the Mexico border and in the Houston Comal County grew See CISD board to vote on bond sale in April BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict Board of Trustees agreeji Thursday to delay a vote on the sale of million in bonds for a new Canyon Lake high school until April At its regular board meeting Thurs board members were scheduled to vote on the but heeded the advice of interim superintendent Anthony Con Constanzo said more time was needed develop a for the The board will have a special meeting 7 Thursday at Mountain Valley Intermediate Cafeteria to discuss the Im hopeful we can get this all worked said board president John Clay added that Constanzo will give a presentation to address concerns about financial equity in credibility with voters and transporta Its good Constanzo is an out sider coming Clay pre a package concerning all Clay also said the board will make sure all patrons have an opportunity to express their thoughts at the begin ning of the special I hope the public understands the frustration were going through as a he Were trying to do whats in the best interest of the kids and tax During the board Clay clar ified a previous statement he made to the INSIDE Key Code 76 See American Profile in Sundays Herald   

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