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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY July 12 pages in 2 sections 214 Serving New Braunftta arid Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Gruene Bridge Deborah Franzen it should be improved so the flow of traf fic can go better under the because its been there i feel like if they redo in the next it will go down with the Mark McDonald I think if they make a new they should make it as close as possible to this Matthew Tavern The safety is but keeping it historical kind of goes handin I dont know how to do Tim Gilbreath Theyre going to have to make it so you can walk across the This bridge is a vital part of the community We have got to be able to cross this It needs to be up and needs to be a pedestrianonly a i DAVID Rafters elect to guide their tube under the Gruene Bridge rather than ride through the narrow Rising water levels can make a trip under the bridge Historic designation could halt improvement BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The argument has continued for six years history versus Gruene homeowners and the New Braunfels City Council argue for while Gruene merchants and preservation ists argue for The Texas Historic Commission is giving the Gruene Bridge a second look at historic which could halt the bridge improvement Monday the commission reviewed reapplication by local preservation ists for national historic designation of the Gruene The review board is set to decide 12 whether the bridge has a chance to receive nation al National historic designation would not necessarily kill the said Gregory THC national register The review comes one week after New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously with one abstention to urge the local Texas Department of Transportation office to move for ward with the project that has been pending since THC denied the bridges historical significance in early 2002 because some renovations to the structure did not pass the commissions 50year age Those renovations turned 50 in Feb ruary and preservationists have been scrambling to save the bridge historic Monday Smith said information submitted in the new application addresses the problems with the first There were a lot of questions about the actual date of so the person who has prepared the revised nomination the board might have other questions regarding the his torical integrity of the Smith Its hard to They didnt approve it last time they might approve it this If a national designation would require a review of the This isnt a situation where TxDOT can just come in without making sure that many voices within the commu nity are heard regarding the historic Smith TxDOT would have to prove there is See Last chapter in city elections closes with campaignfund bank accounts BY DYLAN StaffWriter Candidates in the May municipal election recently closed campaign finance finally putting the election It is not a requirement to close accounts after the as long as candidates and officeholders continue to file Karen Texas Ethics Commission execu tive said After the treasurer appointment is dis candidates have years to give con tributifisas ta charity or return the money to Closing a campaign account does not necessarily mean the candidate or officeholder will not run Lundquist It doesnt foreclose What it does is say you cant accept campaign contribu tions once youve terminated your appoint Lundquist Candidates would have to reappoint some one before they would become active in a she For most closing campaign accounts was an issue of District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull said she didnt want to worry about keeping a bank account INSIDE 1 County holds line on taxes despite budget hike BYRON MALONEY Staff Writer Coraal Countys budget hearings concluded Monday with no surprises increasing likelihood of a sta ble tax rate for its gone very Precinct 1 Commis sioner Jack Dawson Theres no doubt in my mind we will not have a tax budgets of the dis trict court and clerks the justices of the juve nile the sheriffs office and the Comal County Jail were If you consider just our general fund and factor in the the sheriffs the the crim inal justice accounts for about 80 percent of our Dawson Dawson said Mondays biggest budgetary hit was 20 new patrol cars for the sher iffs Those would cost close to including radios and County Judge Danny Scheel said the countys safe ty policy requires that no vehicle with more than miles on the odome ter be used for This we just had a lot of vehicles that caught up with us Scheel Other big budget increases include a 14percent hike in health insurance increasing that cost to mil Scheel said most of that On the books Comal Countys proposed 2004 budget would not Increase the current tax rate of cents per of assessed Proposed 2004 budget million General fund million Road and bridge fund million Debt service million Indigent health care million The remaining million is composed of special revenue funding Of the General fund employee benefits including a proposed 4 per cent costofliving pay Operating costs million Anticipated general fund revenues Property taxes million Sales taxes million Court fines and fees million increase would come out of the countys general fund 4 percent would come from the countys The county would contin ue to pay 100 percent of health insurance premiums for See SVHS grad gets head start on college BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Not many folks would describe studying for a cal culus exam as But Chase 2003 salutatorian at Smithson Val ley High Its a good thing he enjoyed the He took eight Advanced Placement tests this year and achieved the maximum a on all eight Thanks to all that study hell start his freshman year at Southern Methodist University with 49 I have a lot more options open to me now as I plan what to do with the next four said Chase Chase Zachary is looking for ward to a full scholarship at Southern Methodist Hundreds of hours in the family study room have paid off big for the Smithson Valley High School Zachary took exams in English Literature and Com PhysicsElectricity and Mag World His Amer ican Government and Calcu lus a full year of college Its a very rare thing for a student to score that high on all of his AP said Jan Comal Independent School Districts Executive Director of Secondary Edu Zachary said he took the AP exams so he could immerse himself in college He began studying for the See JESSIE SLATEN HeraWZeitung   

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