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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 134 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Pay day Many residents have lighter pocketbooks after paying taxes CHRIS Bertha Chapa drops off her tax return with her granddaughter Sasha Breda after 5 Monday at the New Braunfels Post BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The most popular place in New Braufels Monday wasnt Landa Schlitterbahn or the Comal It was the New Braunfels Post Residents made a last minute scramble to the Post Office to mail off their 2000 income tax Cars formed a line around the building on Seguin Avenue as drivers either stopped off to get stamps or use the drivethrough Some people even went inside to work on their tax Elizabeth Martinez said procrastination was the reason she waited until the last day to send in her No she Im paying Martinez said she owed more than this Its not too I didnt have to pay last she Bertha Chapa had a more unique reason for waiting to send in her You might as well keep it in the bank until the last she and earn interest on Chapa also had to pay taxes this Charles Me Williams said he waited because he arrived back in New Braunfels about two weeks ago from I asked for a twomonth he McWilliams said he needed more time to col lect all his tax information to send in an accu rate Kenny Saur said he procrastinated because he owed Ive always had to he Its no better or worse than last Anita Hernandez also I kept saying Tm going to do she Hernandez then admitted delaying her tax return because she also owed the Mike Pharo waited until Monday because he had to recalculate his tax I had to redo it because I made a he He wasnt too pleased with the final For the first time in 25 I dont get a return I had to he For those who didnt get their returns off in time Monday and file the Internal Rev enue Service can charge five percent of the amount due for each month the return is If payment is the penalty is usually onehalf of one percent of the unpaid amount from April 16 until the full amount is For those who filed a complete and accurate tax return and expect a it should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the the IRS receives the Refunds should be issued in less than three for those who filed Forgetting to sign the tax math errors not including all proper forms might cause New subdivision rules adopted Commissioners lift small lot moratorium BY RON MALONEY STAFF WRITER Comal County commissioners adopted new subdivision rules Monday that will force develop ers to increase setbacks to pro tect drainage and ensure that their projects have no adverse downstream flooding Immediately afterwards com missioners voted to lift a nine month moratorium on construc tion projects that would place homes on less than oneacre County Judge Danny who came under fire this past year for seeking the moratori um and trying to force greater consideration of water and envi ronmental impacts as part of subdivision plat was gratified Monday at the outcome of the I feel like weve taken great steps for the citizens of Comal County toward maintaining the quality of lifestyle that I would want my grandchildren to be raised Scheel Mondays votes come at the end of months of work by a spe cial committee appointed by the county to examine water and infrastructurerelated issues and develop strategies and regula tions for dealing with This past citing an emergency created by growth impacts on water the environment and county infra Scheel called for a moratorium on small lot con struction platted subdivisions See New Rules Comal Countys new sub division rules will require developers to Set construction set backs around drainage areas in the 100year floodplain Keep drainage areas open Ensure that new develop ment doesnt adversely affect downstream Not affected by the new subdivision rules Property located within a master plan that has already received final approval by Commissioners City continues wristband talks Council to meet with river outfitters BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer On Thursday river outfitters have a final opportunity to convince the New Braunfels City Council to come up with another plan to fund the river management The river management plan includes a program to require wristbands for people using a shuttle or the public exits down stream of the Gruene Street Outfit ters will be required to have form with addresses and ages Under the threat of legal action against the wristband the council decided to postpone setting a price for the wristbands and instead voted to meet one last time with the River Activities Committee and the out fitters to reach a final The meeting will be held at 6 Thurs day at the Municipal 424 Castell Outfitter Mel owner of Texas River Trails and an outspoken oppo nent of the wristband says the meeting will do little I think its obvious why they had the he 1 think they ran it by an attorney who told them it was Although Polk is pessimistic about the chances of coming to an agreement with the he said he would attend Thurs days I think theyll try to come up with a half solution to try to make people he To try to save But it wont Theyve had a detailed plan that did not involve wristbands from Kevin And See Whats Up Who River Activities City Council and river outfitters What A special work shop to discuss wristband program alternatives When 6 Thursday Where Municipal Conference Room 424 Castell CHRIS Josh Gladhill and James with Shadesports in San load broken concrete into their Shadesports workers will return to the last public exit Wednesday to finish installing shade Fee promotes water conservation BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Water conservation now comes with a price tag from the countys groundwater conservation The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will charge permit ted well owners a conserva tion fee for pumping water Out of the Trinity Aquifer been said District Pres ident Stovy Its intended to encourage con Any charge will make people realize how much theyve been The fee will be 17 cents per Bowlin The district approved the fee in The fee will only apply to permitted Such wells are capable pumping than gallons a About 61 permitted wells exist in Comal Dis trict Manager Ray Laxson The combined wells pump about 298 million gallons a year out of the he I think the money is sore ly Bowlin It wjll be well spent in solutions CHRIS Josh and James of Shadesports in San remove concrete Monday around newly installed poles that will support canopies at the last public Comal River exit at Union and Lincoln The canopies are being installed as part of the river management New river committee members meet for first time BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer City workers are busily cutting trimming bushes and building color ful canopies to control shut tle traffic along the rivers all part of the river manage ment plan passed by New Braunfels during the winter As the summer tourist season the city is preparing for crowds to descend on the Comal and Guadalupe And as the tourist businesses head toward a new the River Activities Committee is scheduled to start meeting with its newest The committee meets at 6 Wednesday at the Municipal 424 Castell to organize and discuss the The com mittee will meet again Thursday night with City Council and river outfitters to discuss the highly contro versial wristband Its like a floating rock said Ken vice chairman of the River Activities Committee who also owns a home along of the local It gets pretty Thats why we decided to pass the recommenda tions will discourage people from some of the lewd behavior on the river led the city to form the committee and to pass the recommendations which include increased law enforcement presence on the efforts to clean up the rivers and efforts to control traffic at the shuttle drop off and pickup We wanted to try to con See INSIDE Key Code 76 Early voting starts this week FROM STAFF REPORTS With the May election early voting starts Wednesday and ends May 1 for local Following is a list of can didates and places that are accepting early votes New Braunfels In New only one district seat is up for election on the May 5 City Council Councilman Larry Alexander is running against newcomer Walter Sears in District Registered voters in Dis trict Two can go to the Comal County Courthouse from Wednesday to May 1 to vote in the The deadline to request mail ballots is April according to the Veronica elections chairman and city secretary for New
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