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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS RALD THURSDAY June 5 2003 12 pages in 2 sections ITUNG Vol 152 No 174 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents CISD workshops hammer out budget woes BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A series of workshops will focus on how Comal Inde pendent School District will address its budget shortfall and its potential to become a Robin Hood district CISD trustees learned last week the property rich dis trict might have to pay the state about to be redistrib uted to poor er districts Trustees dont know where that money will come from Thats a good ques CISD Board of Trustees President Dora QONZALES Gonzales said Were already million over Trustees will discuss the budget the Robin Hood pay ment and course offerings for 200304 at a workshop 6 Thursday Gonzales said trustees want to meet week ly to hammer out the issues She said increased enroll ment might be enough to keep the district out of Robin Hood status but enrollment num Police identify man killed Tuesday in highspeed accident Bv RON MALONEY Staff Writer SCHERTZ Police iden tified the man killed Tues day afternoon in a collision as a 19yearold Universal City man Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel pronounced Juan Johnny Magana dead at the scene of the accident which occurred at when Magana drove his Mustang into three vehicles A man whose pickup Mag ana hit head on Robert Rios was listed in stable condition Wednesday at University Hospital in San Antonio The accident occurred on Red Iron Road about three quarters of a mile from where pursuing Schertz police officers broke off a highspeed chase Police Lt Steve Starr said in a news release Wednesday the incident began with a 91 1 call from a woman who reported she was being harassed by an exboyfriend The caller stated that the male had followed her home from school and had blocked her driveway and was try ing to gain entry into her Starr said While officers were en route to the home Magana left in his Mustang Officers saw the vehicle on Crest Oak and attempted to pull Maga na over for questioning but he sped on 3009 where he speed of chase increased further To cross the interstate See WalMart renews tax deal with city BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer WalMart Corporation renewed its agreement with the city of New Braunfels to keep its distribution center out side city limits despite a move to annex the area around it The city received the signed contract and a pay ment Monday According to the con tract WalMart will pay per year through 2010 to keep the distribution center outside the city limits The city is scheduled to annex square miles of land around the distribution center in September City Manager Chuck Pinto said the fee in lieu of taxes is a winwin situation for the city and WalMart PINTO The distribution center does not have to pay city tax es or comply with city codes and the city does not have to provide any services to the distribution center The distribution center is worth more than million according to Comal County Appraisal District If annexed WalMart would have to pay in city taxes under the proposed new tax rate of cents per assessed valuation Under the agreement WalMart saves per year in city tax es for the next seven years Its not as much the sav ings IfB a winwin because itfs a steady Pinto said Pinto said he hopes the See bers wont be known until midJune As a school district we need to work 6n the assumption we are a Robin Hood Gonzales said I want to pre pare for a worstcase Trustees said coming up with Robin Hood money in the midst of a budget short fall could force theni to make some unpopular decisions Trustee Charles Hurt said the district should consider eliminating the homestead tax exemption which exempts 20 percent of a homes value from taxation before taking any dramatic staffing cuts I know thats not a popu lar decision but ifs not a pop ular decision to cut all the quality of our school Burt said At least I think there should be some discus sion going He said layoffs would be one way to cut back expens es 80 percent of the bud get is dedicated to salaries but students education would be detrimentally affected Gonzales said eliminating a parttime agriculture teacher and a cheerleading coach both at Canyon High School was recommended to save money Oil spill on the Plaza K JESSIE Above New Braunfels firefighter Anthony Pitzer sweeps absorbent material onto a motor oil spill Wednesday afternoon A local man was taking the used oil to be recycled when several glass containers full of the oil fell out of the bed of his truck At least two of the bottles broke on the plaza and one on Common Street Left The New Braunfels Fire Department and Texas Department of Transportation crews spread absorbent material on approximately eight gallons of motor oil that spilled onto the plaza Wednesday afternoon Commissioners to discuss courthouse renovation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Comal County court house could be a step closer to a facelift if commissioners choose to hire an architect today Coramiflaioners Court meets at in the Commis sioners Court Building 199 Main Plaza The county recently put a new roof on the historic struc ture and has been eyeing expensive heating air condi At a WHAT Comal County Commissioners Court WHEN today WHERE Commission ers Court Building 199 Main Plaza tioning and electrical that could coHt several hun dred thousand dollars In February u state offi cial came U New Braunfels to discuss a grunt program that helps preserve or reno vate county courthouses Sharon Fleming of the Texas Courthouse Preservation Pro gram said state money w avail able with an 85to15 percent Btutetolocul mutch She said the stuto would bo more interested in help ing tho county restore tho courthouse to its historic state instead of maintain its existing one I would like you to consid er that you have un oxtromo ly important courthouse here in Comal County and that there In a benefit in returning it to a morehistoric appear Fleming told commis sioners during a February meeting To apply for a grant the county must prepare a his toric master Commissioners today will consider hiring an architect to help plan work at tho cour thouse See Theres something fishy about local mans thunderstorm story DAVID NQRAMMeraldZeitung Bob Girten holds up two fish he says fell out of the sky near his home during a rain shower Sunday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Some things are easier to explain than others Bob Girten has a fish story like that not BO easy to explain His neighbor Carin Farquhar called him over the other morning She said Youve got to see this You wont believe me if I tell Girten said She waa right Girten had a hard time believing it but he knew his neighbor And he knew she wouldnt make such a story up He wouldnt either It rained awful hard the night before you couldnt even see out to the Girten said Whuro olwo could they have como from if it didnt ruin thorn Girten said hed heard of it ruining frogs but never fish Im 84 years old and Ive never seen this happen Girten said Farquhar was leaving on a trip to Canada so Girten took the fish a little thing about four inches long home Then he decided to check his yard He found anoth er fish just like it I asked my daughter She thinks they might be Girten said J wish now Id walked my yard a little more There might have been more out here but there are cats all over the place They wouldnt be here he said Wednesday See RAINING INSIDE
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