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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY May 21 2003 16 pages in 2 sections 16 n SCCI HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 161 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Tax hike would fund police fire street repair BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil decided Tuesday to raise property taxes by about 20 percent to pay for street repair and personnel in the police and fire departments Council unanimously voted to raise taxes 6 cents per assessed valuation from cents to cents The tax now needs to pass three readings slated for June and 12 Though only one resident showed up to weigh in on the issue homeowners will have another chance at hearings set for May 27 and June 2 If approved the increase would bring in about Council directed staff to use the money to hire three positions in the police department and three posi tions in the fire department The money also would be used to fund in street repair in each of the citys six districts District 2 Councilman Lar ry Alexander made the motion on the intent to raise taxes which District 3 Coun cilwoman Gale Pospisil sec onded District 1 Council woman Sonia MufiozGill was absent Taxes going u NeW Brauhfela City Council wante to raise property taxes almost 20 percent The current rate Is cents per assessed valuation If the new rate passes homeowners dould expect the approximate Increases to break down as follows home value Mnnnn with 20 cycnnn with 20 emnnnn wim26 1 exemption oxemplion tax rate per valuation annual Increase rnorrthly Increase daily increase Noto Data supplied by City of New Braunfels DARE class says goodbye BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Bittersweet feelings per meated the cafeteria Tues day at Seele as the final class of fifth graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Edu cation DARE program This is pretty said Seele Principal Cris Vasquez as she watched about 200 smiling chat tering students ready themselves to be called up to receive DARE diplomas Vasquez told her students theyd be the last class going through program Because of budget short falls the New Braunfels Police Department is dis continuing DARE and shift ing its officers to patrol Ifs pretty Vasquez said of the decision Vasquez said DARE offi cer Justin Broussard had a very close relationship with some of the students and the program scored significant successes Broussard was able to meet with children and successfully intervene in issues in their homes Police officers said they were also sad to see the program cut I think theyre going to have the bittersweet privi lege of saying maybe theyre one of the last graduating classes of DARE because were cutting said Police Lt John feel its a shame I dont have the proper words to describe it without putting my foot in my He lamented the fact that the current economic state of the city has forced the school to lose a program that has been around since 1990 Villarreal said hes seen several officers dedi cate a lot of time and effort See Above New Braunfels Police Departments Lt John Villarreal left con gratulates one Seele stu dent as DARE officer Justin Broussard waits to hand out the next certifi cate Left Seele Elementary students read over the diplomas they received Tuesday as they graduat ed from the DARE pro gram Because the police department Is facing bud get cutbacks this year Is the final one for the DARE program In New Braunfels schools Photos by K JESSIE County deputies might patrol water on Wave Runners Proposal from WORD would make officers more effective BY DYLAN Staff Writer Comal County Sheriffs deputies could be getting two new Wave Runners or jet skis to help patrol Canyon Lake A proposal to buy the equip ment comes before the Comal County WaterOriented Recre ation District board today WORD President William N Mayo said the need for the equipment has been discussed for as many as three years With more and more peo ple being able to rent jet skis its hard to maintain cover Mayo said If the board approves the purchase it would be the sec ond year running that WORD has helped out the sheriffs department Last year WORD funded getting the boat for Canyon said Scott Watson who heads up the Law Enforce ment Committee for WORD Now well fill in with the Wave Comal County Sheriffs Office Lt Mark Reynolds said he was excited about the pos sibility of getting the now watercraft He said deputies patrolling Canyon Lake need fast water vehicles so they can outrun lawbreakers if neces sary Reynolds said the sheriffs office has had a series of boats that were inappropriate for law enforcement use Some of them wore gasguz zlers and some wore too slow to effectively patrol the lake The department now has a true patrol boat that Reynolds called a It is a fast little bout but there are still parts of Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe Riv er that you cant access in a boat that you can access in a jet Reynolds said And the quickest way to catch a jet ski is with another jet The Wave Runners also would help deputies tow their patrol boat into the upper Guadalupe River which Reynolds said is difficult to access because of debris Wave Runners also would make shorelines swimming beaches and the dam more accessible Most importantly the equip ment would make deputies more visible in more areas on now youre going to have three people out there who can do a lot more Lt Mark Reynolds Comal Sheriffs Office the water Instead of one boat in one cove that may get a call to Canyon Park now youre going to have three people out there who can combine their resources and their efforts and do u lot Reynolds said Its going to be Using u jot ski iw more eco nomical than using a boat Reynolds suid But tho boat is still needed as a diving platform and for towing Reynolds said They are just two different he said Tho Wave Runners would be especially effective during holidays when the lake and tho river are overflowing with enthusiasts he suid INSIDE TV Key Code 76 V i Southwest Regional FlyIn has multiple benefits for city Event makes New Braunfels airport 3rd busiest in BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The Southwest Regional PlyIn showcased New Braun fels to people Officials say it was great advertising for both the city and its airport Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek said the success of the event depends on how it is mea sured The airport was exposed to hundreds and hundreds of pilots who now know how to get here and can utilize this airport from time to he said Many of them Im told had not been here The city has a fiveyear contract to host the event with an option to renew with the Experimental Aircraft Association Its going to put us on the airport Manager Dar rell Phillips said I think if a going to be a great economic boost for the community I dont know the numbers yet but I hear we filled over six The event was advertised nationally in airplane maga zines and was one of the biggest flyins ever hosted by the EAA officials said Its a good advertisement for our airport Plus it will probably generate some busi ness for the New Braunfels airport People will come here and see the facility and what we have to offer and maybe move their company here Hopefully well pick up some businesses that way because theyll want to be close to the Phillips said The flyin brought people from across the country According to FAA air traffic control statistics the airport had more than opera tions landings and which made it the third busiest airport in the nation on Saturday See K JESSIE John Benham taxies down the runway at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Thursday during the Southwest Regional FlyIn sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association event brought more than visitors to the city