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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Americana music puts down roots in Business Popular downtown kids stora Treefrog Ed NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Taking it to the extreme X Games pay a visit to San B SUNDAY May 18 2003 34 pages in 4 sections ERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 159 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 Bite How much higher a bill could you expect to see HOME VALUE You par par tai canto per aasested valuation It New Braunfels current property tax rate The and cant figures are based on talks of a 1fy to 20p0rcent tax rate Increase City taxes will go up question is by how much BY DYLAN Staff Writer Property taxes in New Braunfels will go up the main question is by how much The New Braunfels City Council votes Tuesday on the intent to raise taxes and all seven council members say they will approve an increase to tackle some of the citys biggest problems The current property tax rate is cents per assessed valuation Council members are unsure by how much taxes should be raised but two amounts have been discussed 13 or 20 percent The extra 4to 6cent increase would equal to more per year for a home Each cent the property tax is raised will bring in an extra If council decides it wants to raise taxes more than 3 percent three public hear ings will be scheduled The new rate would have to pass three votes before taking effect Last week city staff bal anced the 2004 budget and will present it to council Tues day To make up for lagging sales tax revenues the bud get kept expenses the same while eliminating 28 jobs The property tax increase is aimed at restoring the city services lost to the budget cuts Mayor Adam Cork said the size of the tax increase depends on the amount of services the people want The higher the level of ser vices demanded by the citi zens the more the tax increase will need to At a glance WHAT New Braunfels City Council meeting to dis cuss budget and tax rate WHEN 6 Tuesday WHERE Council Chambers Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Cork said He said most cities the size and character of New Braun fels have a property tax of 50 cents per valuation Though it has yet to be determined how any revenue generated from a tax increase would be divvied among city departments Cork said he wants to focus on street repair to give the taxpayer something tangible and visi ble to help them swallow a 20 percent Im going to propose on Tuesday night that we increase the tax rate suffi cient to provide in street work in each Cork said City Manager Chuck Pinto said if the proposal passes council members would work with city staff to target street priorities in each district on which the extra money would be spent They council members know their district better than anyone else So when they see that theres a real problem they would have access to that Cork said Last year the city budgeted for routine street repair The proposed 2004 budget tacks on an addition al On top of that Takeoff time K JESSIE Pilot and RV6 experimental plane owner Jim Butler flies his granddaughter Jordan Butler into the pilot16 seat of his craft Saturday afternoon as flight enthusiasts gathered at New Braunfela Airport for the Southwestern Regional FlyIn More than 600 alrcrafts participated in the event Above World War II veteran Lorenz F Bading lends a hand to the chorus as they finish singing God Bless America Saturday morning In front of the bandstand on Main Plaza Bading was a member of a band with the 36th Infantry Division during WWII Left Following the directors lead a chorus sings Pray for Our Nation for veterans and others gathered for the Patriotic Festival sponsored by St Johns Episcopal Church Below left New Braunfels Mayor ProTern Lee Rodriguez greets veterans as they take a place of honor on the bandstand Saturday to be recognized for their service to this country K JESSIE Paying homage i i military heroes BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Under a hot Satur day HUH in a flag about 500 vctoranH Hcr vicomcn dignitaries and rankandfile cel ebrated what kept Ameri ca freo itH military Armed Forces Day emceed by Bonnie Bock kicked off with patriotic HontfH from The Barber Hhop Quartet and remarks by State Flop Carter Cas teel ItNew BruunfclH It wan by St Johns Epincopal Church And there waw patrio tism all around See those big Hags on the streets Those arcOur said American Legion Post 15 Post Com mander Cecil Konkel As a choir sang Konkel looked around and said If my wife was here shed be New Braunfels Mayor Pro Torn Leo Rodriguez who read a proclamation by New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said what Armed Forces Day meant to him What today moans can bo reflected in a verse of the Bible in Kphosians Tut on your full armor of God it When you read it youll know Kodriguoy looked around at the audience filled with active duty sailors soldiers veterans groups Marines and air men and said It is of vital interest of all that we possess a strong That defense was dis played by a flyover of two UHfiO Blackhawk heli copters People looked up saw the helicopters and clapped See Smiths forum focuses on terrorism BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer About 50 people listened us Rep Lumar Smith llSan Antonio gave them a national perspective on ter rorism veterans assistance Texan judgeship issues the economy hightech education and antichild pornography legislation during a con stituent meeting Saturday at Oakltun Sixth Grade Cen ter Itu just great to enable me to visit in person with con stituents ita important for people in Coinal County to tell me what they feel strong ly Smith waid Theres no substitute for these oneonono Then Smith who joked that it was great to be back in his home state when the legislature was finally back at work focused on five issues with the audience The first was the war on terrorism Smith said the war in Iraq was a wonderful victory Hut the threat of terror ism needy to be Smith aaid Im grateful to a power greater than us that so few were killed 1 regret the livea that were lost but Im wo thankful more lives werent Smith thanked the veter ans on New liraunfeln Armed Forces Day And he said that under the Bush Administration assistance to veterans went up 10 per cent in this years budget Last week we passed a SorvicomemberH Relief Smith told the audience He said under the act ser vicemen who served in the Iraq war wouldnt have to pay interest on debts while deployed nor could they be evicted while deployed and their life insurance policies See INSIDE
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