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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY July 2001 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 212 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Redistricting board condensing five plans into two BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The states Legislative Redis tricting Board intends to boil down five redistricting plans into two by July a spokeswoman for the states Office of the Attorney Gen eral At that the board will adopt a House and a Senate redistricting plan to submit to the Depart ment of Justice for final Jane Shepperd redis tricting difficulties will remain with the state for a Regardless of Department of Justice there will most likely be lawsuits by groups that dont like the plans for a certain RATLIFF Shepperd The Legislative Redistricting Board met Monday in Austin to hear testimony from individuals and groups concerned with the redistricting State law requires the board to resolve redistricting issues in the event legislators The board is comprised of Lieu tenant Governor Bill Comp troller Carole Keeton See Redistricting Plans Under the House plans Comal County would become part of District including Kendall and Uvalde counties Comal County would become part of District which would include Kendall and In either House Edmund Kuempel would not represent Comal Under the House plan pro posed by Attorney General John Guadalupe County would fall under District Under the Senate Jeff Wentworth would still represent Comal would lose Guadalupe County under a plan pro posed by Governor Bill Lien and mean Taxpaying homeowners angry about county notices CHRIS Mary Ann who works at Bradfield holds the tax lien notice she was upset to receive from Comal County this past BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Its Saturday and youre drinking coffee and reading your You open a letter from an Austin law firm you have never heard of and get the kind of surprise that wrecks your whole Mary Ann Kapidian and her hus band who own a home on North Park Ridge in New got such a surprise on The law firm which collects delinquent tax es for Comal sent the Kapid ians and other Comal County residents Notice of Tax Lien letters demanding immediate payment of past due In the Kapidians that was for in taxes that they really were not late in They were among about 440 tax payers who are either disabled or 65 or making them eligible to pay their taxes in four installments and who mistakenly got the threat ening form The dated July also states that the law firm was retained to fore close on the property and that a tax We sent out let If you received one and youre over 65 and making youre getting a letter of apology from Gilbert Gil Bragg attorney lien had been placed against the Kapidian Im a real estate I keep real ly good and I know whats due and Kapidian She called the office of County Tax Sherman Krause and was told the letters went out in An employee at the tax assessors office said the office received hun dreds of calls on The phones have just been ringing off the hook all she Krause said the problem came from the law firm using a countygenerated list of all individuals whose tax accounts did not show a zero balance on the tax The names of seniors and others that have payment agreements with the county were not flagged in the The law which collects the countys delinquent sent the letter to some people that did not owe delinquent The problem we have today is 440 people got delinquent notices who did nt have delinquent Krause Krause said he was sorry about the We should have followed up and made sure letters didnt go to these he The tax office has taken steps to make sure it does not happen Krause The error occurred during a switch in software that the county uses to tabulate tax The names of tax payers that participate in the install ment plan were not flagged on the so the law firm sent letters to them as Krause said it was just one of those See Council mulls options for NB city manager BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil plans to move quickly to replace retiring City Manag er Mike Council plans to discuss its options and suggest interim replacements during a closed meeting at Wednes day in council And when council goes into closed at least one council member will question the need for meeting behind closed Councilwoman Debbie Flume said she believed dis cussions about councils hir ing policy should take place in I am a little concerned if were not discussing hiring why were going into closed she I think it should be Flume said she had not yet reached any decision on what steps to take to replace who notified the city this past week that he planned to Shands can stay on through October but no later than Flumes opinion puts her in direct opposition to the city whom she voted against employing when he was hired earlier this City Attorney Charlie Zech said council planned to dis Meeting WHAT Special city council executive session to discuss hiring a new city manager WHEN Wednesday WHERE City Council 424 Castell cuss its options in hiring a new city manager and that allowed council members to meet in closed The Texas Open Meetings Act allows for an exemption to discuss personnel matters as long as they concern an In this Zech said the person to be discussed was Mike Theyre going to be talk ing about his how long hell remain at his he Those are deci sions that affect him and thats why the meeting is Theyll also be talk ing about interim replace ments and Flume said she believed any discussion that involved Shands would be I dont think were going to discuss what happens to Mike she I think thats putting the cart See National contenders CHRIS New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams reads a procla mation Monday at Comal Park Fields to the NB Stars 10andunder softball which is headed to a national See Page 1B for INSIDE Key Code 76 Hospice swings open the doors FROM STAFF REPORTS Hospice New Braunfels will host an open house 9 today at 611 Walnut The open house will feature a continental breakfast and German followed at by a speech from Marion clinical pro fessor in the Family Practice Palliative Care Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Her address will focus on Living With Primomo helped establish the hospice care concept in South Hospice executive director Nancy Ackley will share cur rent and future plans for the including a new name and graphic identity for the attendees will have a chance to tour the facility and be entertained by Mexico The hospices resale Thrift also will have a grand Proceeds from the thrift store benefit the Benevolent Care Fund at the which provides services to all patients and families in need without regard to their financial Both events are free and open to the CHRIS Malcolm of Stevenson Homes in New welds a guardrail in place Monday in front of the Hospice Building on Walnut   

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