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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY OCTOBER FULLY NEST Smithson Valley Rangers manhandle the San Antonio Brackenridge Eagles in Thursday pigskin action 586 Page SA Ct Is and Comal County since 1852 SMILfcY SHINE Get a smiley shoe shine for during the grand opening of Leather Shoe FixIt Page 3A voi 152 14 pages 2 sections K 500 WWW DEAR ABBY 36 Partly cloudy High Low 87 67 Details 1B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A APPLAUSE 4B SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B are maps run up poll costs By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County officials fear the new con gressional district maps that divide New Braunfels between Rodriguez arid Lamar Smith will increase costs and confuse voters Hie recent redistrictihg compro mise gave Rodriguez DSan Anto nio 2Jth Congressional Dis trict a wide swatH of New Braunfels If approved by the Justice Depart ment me new districts will take effect Jan 1 Voters in New Legal action possible November elections unaffected Braunfels Independent School Dis trict and Emergency Services Dis trict 3elections being conducted in November will not be affected Cbunty Clerk Joy Streater said she arid Election Coordinator Linnell Hinojbsa got the newmaps Monday Weve been pulling our hair she told Commissioners Court Thursday morning What this basi cally means is that the thousands of dollars and the time we spent chang ing our districts to increase turnout and convenience has been destroyed in one fell Streater said her office might have to create as many as 15 new precincts to accommodate the dis trict changes and get them pre cleared by the justice department before the March 9 primary election She said she wasnt sure whether it could be completed in time County Judge Danny Scheel said hed expressed Streaters concerns to state Sen Jeff WentWorth His answer was basically I Scheel said What if we dont get it approved through the Justice Department in time We could have to put the primary Streater said I dont know the Streater said she discussed the matter with the Texas Legislative Council and was told the county would have to live with If this stands its going to be a Streater told commis sioners Just so you understand I dont plan on going down without yelling a little Streater and Scheel will discuss the issues with District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Geoff Barr to consider legal options The changes as proposed would cost the county or more each election for printing additional bal lots and would require additional help at the polls Streater said Official 3 Tax relief needed for By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Th Legislature will have to consider Texas businesses if they convene for finance reform said Thursday Legislators must balance tax relief with Robin Hood reform he said because busi nesses pay more than 50 percent of property taxes The capital investment inten sive businesses are paying the lions said MichaelMeek president of the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce SCHOOL FINANCE Most Texas school districts charge the max imum tax rate School property tax is the largest state tax earning bil lion per year The state funds about 40 per cent of school operating costs The to businesses in the Gomal County area pay half of the total property taxes he said Reducing property taxes will increase economic development opportunities in the state but the state should spread the taxation to different industries to making up the difference Hamilton said When the state tries to come up with more revenue for school funding leg islators willhaveto spread the taxa to different sources to take the load off capital intensive businesses which have barely toleratedfunding spnmcji education Hamilton said Hamilton warned many legislators would be Ipoking to weaken the stan dards of an adequate education to able to spend less dn schools FRONTand CENTER Its a tale of dinosaursized ambition With a plan for raising the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country has Photos by DAVID George Biasing president of Dinosaur World presents a program on dinosaurs Sunday using fossil replicas Above left is a drawing of museum plans Museum trying to preserve prehistoric tracks DINOSAUR i VISION Museums fund raising goal is million j donate to the j expansion proj i ect send checks j to the Heritage i Museum of the j Texas Hill I Country Box j 1598 Canyon Lake Texas j For information i call Xena Jones at i 830 8994972 or J gyerett Peschner i at8994421 I By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Theyre making tracks at the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country Not dinosaur tracks about 400 of those were made at the site about 100 million years but tracks toward an expansion and preservation project The museum association has launched a fundraising effort to roof and protect tracks sunk in limestone belonging to as many as 30 prehistoric creatures The acres was donated to the asso ciation by businessman John Parker and his wife Riehelle It is named for Parkers father the Burney Parker Heritage Sunday the museum ramped up an effort at its first fall Dinosaur Days and began a fundraising program it hopes will raise by Dec 1 The museum has a fundraising goal of million and plans to expand the facility which also encompasses Native American heritage Comal County histo ry and the development of Canyon Dam About 250 attended the event which began at noon to hear presentations that included Dino George Biasing of Dinosaur World in San Antonio Everett Deschner of the Heritage Museum and JuddMcNett of the Army Corps of Engineers Jones museum association See MUSiUM Page 3A Xena Jones left watches as museum patrons sift through a dig box to locate fossils hidden in the sand Candlelight vigil honors victims of domestic violence JoAnn mmjger ol the Comal women By Pylan Jimenez Staff Writer The U7 Texas women Jotted by domestic violence last year were hpnoredThiuv day right in a earidjeftght Yig il fetid by Qpmal Goynr 43 fiscal jhj center served 799 pfdpmestic fence and sexual assault At the vigU eerier staff were especially sensitive to domestic violence cases There were about loo peo ple on hand including many domestic violence survivors They watched as center staff lighted caudles for the women killed in Terns by their husbands boyfriends carnations for the victims of in the Comal River State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels who helped found the center J5 yeajs ago encouraged sur vivors to be informed of center services and er themselves to leave their As they read the victims important to bring tim names and the cireum to the public because we stances pf their deaths the want tp pretend it doesnt candle were put Put Cssteei The group MSP dropped it does happen Always Ustetiihg always working lor you Now y   

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