Wednesday, August 22, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZE1TUNO August 2001 Contact Managing Editor Margara Edmonsori at Dispatch CISD taking comment on budget Thursday burglaries New Braunfels police are investigating a series of vehicle burglaries at an apartment A police spokesman said the all involving stereo occurred at apartments in the 300 block of Castlewood Drive between Sunday and The reported to have occurred between Sunday and involved a compact disc player worth and other damage to the vehicle worth The m roughly the same time involved the stereo in another vehicle The last was reported to have occurred between 2 and Monday and involved a cas sette player and other elec tronic equipment worth fires SCHERTZ Firefighters facing their second summer of suspicious grass fires along remote areas of road way dealt with two more on Schwab Road Tuesday A Schertz Fire Department spokesman said the first fire took place in the 200 block of Schwab at 1 and involved a strip alongside the roadway that was about 18 feet Shortly at Schwab Road and Farmto Market Road firefight ers went to another that one about 30 feet Schertz officials reported they did not know the cause of the but they were in the same area where Schertz and Bracken fire fignters have beenplagued in recent weeks and this past summer with several fires of suspicious Anyone who sees any thing unusual or has infor mation is asked to contact local law enforcement offi cials or the Comal County Fire Marshal at dead VICTORIA vet eran fisherman was killed Monday evening while he loaded his boat on a Ross Dooley and his brother were returning from a fishing trip when Dooley fell into the water at the Coleto Creek Reservoir and Park boat He could have swam in there to get his boat or he could have fell Game Warden Jesse Garcia told The Victoria Advocate in Tuesdays Meetings SOUTHEAST TRINITY GROUNDWATER CONSER VATION DISTRICT public meeting on Trinity Aquifer pro tection Bulverde City 30070 281 Suite COMAL COUNTY COM regular Commissioners third Comal County Courthouse 1 COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT bud get 6 board of trustees 7 Canyon High NEW BRAUNFELS ZON ING BOARD OF ADJUST MENT regular Municipal Building COMALCOUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT special 10 Commissioners third Comaj County Courthouse 1 FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal Independent School Dis tricts 20012002 proposed budget will take center stage when trustees discuss and adopt the The meeting begins at 6 in the Canyon High School The proposed tax rate for 2001 2002 also will be discussed in relation to the The tax rate will be adopted in We will not be proposing a tax rate said Abel assistant superintendent of It will be staying the The current tax rate is per valuation in the Comal Property owners get a 20 percent exemption from the school district and an automatic homestead exemption from the The average home valuation in the school district is with a tax able value at If the current tax rate is the average tax bill would be At an 9 budget the administration proposed a mil lion budget to the school a net increase of more than million over the current Increases in the proposed 2001 2002 budget include more than million in employee raises and health insurance Every teacher in the district received a minimum pay raise this Beginning teachers now will get up from in To balance the reductions were made in central office the elimination of summer school and other costcutting We are not receiving any addi tional revenue from the super intendent Jim In only about 15 percent a our budget will be funded by the thats the lowest percentage everlin the dis tricts Because of the state fonding for and because Comal ISD is con sidered a property wealthy district by the almost 85 percent of the districts budget is supported by the Comal ISD Copies of the proposed budget are available for review at the school dis tricts central 1421 Busi ness 35 and at the districts Web One day MARTIN Lamar Primary Principal Leigh Ann Dees helps kindergarten student Miles Noble into his mothers vehicle after a long first day of Man found in car died from overaose BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The man whose body was found inside a car at a local shopping center in June died of a cocaine New Braunfels Police Mike Rust said the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office ruled Medina Espinozas death as Rust said the finding end ed New Braunfels Police Departments investigation into Espinozas Thats what the ruling and the case is Rust Police were called to the HEB shopping center on Walnut Avenue about on June 13 when employees of a there found Espinozas body slumped in the backseat of a At the the death was ruled suspicious while detectives investigated the had ajcrimi nal history dating back to a 1970 arrest in New Braun fels and a conviction for assaulting a peace That record included the murder qf Juan Johnny Salinas III of New Braun whose body was found in a car left in Cypress Bend Park on June Espinoza was convicted in that case and sentenced to 20 years in He was released oh parole seven years Drug trial postponed after states witness S FROM STAFF REPORTS District court officials post poned drug trial of two brothers until after because a potential witness for the state was accused of witness tamper Jury selection in the trial of Tony and Terry Ulloa began and ended quickly Monday when 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay granted a A grand jury indicted the Ulloa brothers this past November after an investi gation by the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force into four alleged drug transactions that occurred this past Investigators arrested Tony and his brother on July on charges of Engaging in an orga nized criminal activity Delivery of between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana Possession of marijuana Possession with intent to distribute between four and 200 grams of and Possession with intent to distribute between four and 200 grams of metham The first three charges are seconddegree felonies pun ishable by two to 20 years in tampering state prison and by a fine of up to The last two charges include allegations that a handgun was involved and that the transactions took place within feet of a making those charges firstdegree They are punishable by five to 99 years in prison and by a fine of up to In the Robert Ortiz was identified as tak ing part in the alleged drug transactions and was sched uled to be a witness in the Ulloa allegedly com mitted witness tampering on Thursday by offering to change his testimony to help Terry law enforcement officials Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Ortiz was arrested the next day after a joint investiga tion between the Depart ment of Public the Comal County Sheriffs Office and New Braunfels Police Witness tampering is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and by a fine of up to Bond for Ortiz was set at The Ulloa brothers have been free on bond each since August 2000 Do you have ASTHMA Qualified patients will be paid for their participation in a Research Study Central Texas Health Research 8306090900 1 Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase The COMAL COUNTY COMAL COUNTY FARM TO MAR CONTROL will hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the i r i A preceding year by Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser or even depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is The public hearing will be held on August 2001 at AM and PM at COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT ROOM SEGUIN NEW TX 78130 FOR the proposal Danny Scheel Jack Dawson Cristina Zamora Moe Schwab Jay Millikan 1 AGAINST the proposal PRESENT and not voting ABSENT The following table compares taxes on an average home in taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average home your individual taxes may be higher or depending on the taxable value of your i Last Year This Yel Average residence homestead value General exemptions available amount available on the average not including senior citizens or disabled persons exemptions Last Year ThisYeai Average taxable value Tax rate per Tax Under this taxes on the average homestead would increase by or percent compared with last years Comparing tax rates without adjusting for changes in property the tax rate would decrease by per of taxable value or percent compared to last years tax These tax rate figures are not adjusted for chang s in the taxable value of Enhanced Indigent Health Care Expenditures COMAL COUNTY spent from July to June pj enhanced indigent health care at the increased minimum eligibility standalk less the amount of state For the current tax the amount of increase above last years enhanced indigent health care expenditures is 1HRC8K