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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Lifestyle The allure of the river First of a series of feature C Special section The HeraldZeitungs annual visitors guide to New Braunfeis and Comal NEW BRAUNFELS Special Section Graduation section commemorates a special week for high school SUNDAY May 25 2003 32 pages in 4 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 165 Serving New Braunfeis and Comal County since 1852 Splashing into summer Seasons first holiday brings thousands to the Hill Country BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Mike and Linda Reimer spent the better part of Sat urday morning watching shuttles cart tubes and tubers from the Comal River exit on West Lincoln Street to the chutes upstream The Reimers were trying to sell off inventory in front of Good Pickins Antique Shop on East San Antonio Street downtown Shuttles passed the shop windows every minute or so sometimes one right after another You cant get another tube on that Mike Reimer said Parking lots at Schlitter bahn and at the chutes were a good indication of how packed rivers were for the weekend Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braun feis Chamber of Commerce spotchecked parking lots of a number of attrac tions on Saturday I went up to Gruene and I havent seen Gruene that busy since last Labor Day Theres not a parking place to be he said The lots of Schlitterbahn and river outfitters were the same he said Meek does his parking lot tour in the summer to get a handle on how well months of advertising are paying off This year it appears to have worked he said See MEMORIAL K JESSIE A group of tubers starts down the chute at Prince Solms Park Saturday afternoon Although the rivers were packed police reported few major incidents City Council to hold public on tax increase BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfeis residents have the chance Tuesday to weigh in on the proposed prop erty tax increase The tax hike would be less than 6 cents from cents per in valuation to cents Since property values in the city have increased under the proposed rate the average homeowner in New Braun feis would pay percent more in city property taxes in 2004 than paid this year Before homestead exemp tions the bill would equate to about more per year on a home more per year on a home more per year on a home more per year on a home The tax hike would bring in an estimated million At a glance WHAT Neto Braunfeis City Council WHEN Tuesday WHERE Council Chamers Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave in revenue to the city Council has already direct ed staff to spend the money on fire and police and roads About would go to each city district for street repair Tuesdays public hearing will be one of two more opportunities for residents to tell council how they feel about the property tax hike The next public hearing is set for June 2 Although only one public hearing is required city offi cials opted to give residents two chances to offer com ments on the tax hike NBISD plans not to raise property taxes Divers volunteers to scour citys river bottoms BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Theres a treasure chest of litter on the bottom of the citys rivers and everyone is invited to share in the bounty The first of five summer dive parties to be sponsored by the city of New Braun feis is Thursday Divers and the general public are invited Food and drink will be supplied to those willing to work to keep the Comal and Guadalupe rivers clean Partici pants also could win prizes Summer Dive Parties May to 7 4 to 7 l Uftyly 17 4 to 7 to 7 Sept to 5 Scuba divers and snorkelers can dive for litter on the bottom of the rivers Others are invited to assist the divers and help pick up trash on the banks Divers will be provided with mesh bags and oxygen Others will be provided with rafts they can use to collect trash The goal Pick up as much trash as possible from the bottom of the rivers Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson said Scooping out the trash on the river bottom as the summer tubing season goes on will prevent the city from get ting behind with river cleanup Were trying to get the citizens involved during the season as well as after sea Ferguson said See DIVE BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer New Braunfeis Independent School District trustees are expected to hold the line on property taxes when they adopt the districts 200304 budget Tuesday The current school district tax rate is per valuation The budget and tax rate hearing for NBISD begins at 6 at the Education Cen ter at 430 W Mill St The 200304 budget that trustees will approve lists million in revenues and million in expen ditures Superintendent Ron Reaves asked trustees to use part of the districts million in reserves to cover the million shortfall The money to be taken from reserves would be used to give teachers raises and cover shortfalls in other priorities Reaves said This is a onetime option that removes the need to raise the districts tax he said The million in ex penditures includes million in general fund expenses with mil lion to be spent on instruc tion The district would spend million on debt service and million on food service Reaves said when the bud getary review process start ed in the spring district staff See NBISD INSIDE 8 8 Officials warn of dry conditions urge extreme caution around fire Fire For a complete list of the countys bum rules and the Texas Commission on Environmental Qualitys General Requirements for Allowable Outdoor Burning log on to click on Services and than on Fire BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Those using campground and picnic facilities over the Memorial Day holi day should exercise extreme caution A burn ban remains in effect throughout Comal County and offi cials said Friday that dry conditions are worse than they were a week ago Burning is prohibited in New Braunfeis and Comal County except for cooking purposes That means holiday revelers should follow burning rules implemented by campground facilities they are using Texas Forest Service reports indi cate that most of the state has received just 50 percent of its nor mal precipitation Its extremely Darren Brinkkoeter New Braunfeis fire mar shal said In fact its getting worse than it was May 15 when we imple mented the bum The public seems to understand the dangerous conditions that exist he said People do realize that it is dry and theyre not burning They also are following the order of the burn Brinkkoeter said But acts of carelessness can spark big problems and ruin holiday cele brations officials warned We had five grass fires just this in nature nothing See FIRE K JESSIE After a long night of partying at Huaco Springs Camp George Rider catches a nap while waiting for the dinner fire to get just right Friends were close by to keep watch on the fire   

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