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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday June HERAUZEITUNG Page 3A DAVID Karls Suite is a popular room at the Prince Solms Inn the oldest continuously operated inn in Texas PRINCE 1A to buy new linens and touch up thejbuilding with a little paint Well keep it looking like it did in Allyson said Prince Solms the oldest continually operated inn in Texas has several unique charactersitics The inn offers massages at the day spa free rides to tubing outfitters and food and drinks at the Uptown Piano Bar For ghost lovers its the place to stay in New Braun fels Legend has it that around the turn of the cen tury a young woman came to the hotel to marry a young man He never showed for the wedding She worked at 1A the inn until her death always hoping for the return of her longlost fiance One day in the 1920s leg end has it that a man tied up his horse in front of the hotel He went inside headed direct ly to the top of the stairs where he took the hand of the womans ghost who was wearing a wedding dress and walked off with her nev er to be seen again People outside the hotel saw the horse hitched up but did not see the man The horse even tually was sold Since then people at the inn have reported seeing a woman ghost in a wedding dress at the inn funds from the state during the 200304 school year and Nichols said not filling some vacated positions will help the board to deal with that reality Nichols said Business Man ager Abel Campos told board members that each teacher unit costs the district an average of By elim inating 17 positions the dis trict would have saved approximately During the board meeting Thursday however trustees voted to reallocate five of those 17 teacher units Those five units will be dis tributed this way Smithson Valley Middle School and Canyon High School each will receive teacher units Spring Branch Middle School and Canyon Middle School each will receive 5 teacher units and Smithson Valley High School will receive one teacher unit By adding back five teacher units the savings was reduced by The adjusted reduction of 12 teacher units will save the school district Nichols said how each school decides to use the teacher units allotted to it will be determined by the schools principal and course offerings will be unaffected by the reduction The basic reduction comes from the secondary schools where we average 25 stu dents per class Were just going to increase that aver age to 27anda half students per Nichols said So if you had 150 students before youd have six classes Now well have five Were just going to stick two or three more students in the class and have fewer teachers Well have thef Course offerings but there will be more students in the While the savings from the reduction in teacher units will help the district meet its 200304 needs there are many questions the board must answer before it has a good grasp on next years budget Nichols said are so many things that come into play Were looking into other areas where we can save Were looking into other income from the state We need to know if well be able to appeal Chapter 41 Robin Nichols said While some of those ques tion wont be answered until August Nichols said the board hopes to have a clearer idea of just what the CISD budget shortfall will be in three or four weeks when the state Legislature informs the district exactly how much funding it will receive Join us online at 1A heard ft lot of complaints about the road since she took office Jan 1 Ive had more calls about Hoffman Lane than any Kennady said Its one of the biggest problems I have in my Kennady wants the entire road made a no passing zone and the speed limit low ered from 40 mph to 35 mph Those measures will help she believes but they will not offer a final solution County Judge Danny Scheel expressed concerns that the proposed steps Would be inef fective because motorists would not be likely to obey the new rules particularly a reduced speed limit on a straight bumpy rural road 1 just have a problem with setting a rule that most people will not Scheel said Hornseth said he would recommend the 35mph speed limit Tve driven the road and in my opinion its not excessively slow and its probably appro priate considering the traffic and the existing Hornseth said If we can make improvements we may be able to increase it Ultimately Kennady would like to see the county buy the rightofway to regrade and widen the road but she and Hornseth acknowledge that is a longrange goal We have a great road right in front of the school If we could have all of that road that way it would solve most of our Kennady said Hornseth said the project would involve not just buying rightofway but burying ities blasting through stone and filling other areas to try to smooth the roads hilly nature which was not a problem when the road wap only sparsely traveled As use changes and and more people move info our county we have to reaqt to these situations We hope we can do so in a timely man Hornqeth said Up in smoke K JESSIE A tour bus bound for Schlitterbahn makes an unscheduled stop Friday on Interstate 35 New Braunfels Fire Department was called to the scene which actually had more smoke than flame While EMS examines some rid ers others have a little fun waving to passersby from the bus 1A interpret whether a problem month is a trend Sales tax revenues are dependent on many factors that are all Pinto said Money lost during last years flood cannot be recouped Not only can a flood wipe out tourism dollars from the citys riverdependent attractions but also the global and local economic climates can convince local consumers to keep money in their pockets Because of that officials are concerned about the citys dependency on saleStax One of the strongest voices against this dependence has been District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander He made the original motion of intent to raise taxes 6 cents during a May budget meeting Alexander said property andsales tax revenue should be equal Raising tax es in small increments does nt gain the city budget enough ground to keep up with expenses he said You can always depend on property taxes you cant always depend on sales Alexandersaid s HOME 1A program could still be eligible for other HUD programs The community develop ment office receives its grant money Jan 1 but since few haye shown interest in the program Davison said theres still plenty of money available Last year only two New Braunfels residents took advantage of the aid She said residents must be unaware of the program because the program is usu ally very popular in other communities Thats the American she said Some people have asked about the program but many have not qualified for the loans Davison said applicants should make sure their cred it is clean She said buying a home is a multistep process that most firsttime buyers need help with Grant recipients are required to take a counsel ing class to help them in making their decision to buy a home The counseling includes information and tips on loans insurance home equity and how to choose and maintain a home Davison called the coun seling part of the program an entrylevel education to owning a home Some people buy a house completely unaware of the fact that they have to keep up that Davison said She said firsttime home owners also need help shop ping around and learning what to look for The counseling gives rec ommendations on how to choose a home based on loca tion and foundation Vela said the firsttime homeowners class was help ful but she still needs her father to help her understand some real estate concepts Still she said the best part about buying her own home is her independence being on her own and owning something of her own For information contact Davison at 830 6082100 ext 225 SIMMONS BEAUTY RESTWORLD CLASS EXCEPTIONAL Prices So Cheap Manufacturers Wont Let Us Advertise Them YOl PAY TAX Heres FREE Clinics Mr The DoIt Vtourselfer JUNE PILLOWTOP 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