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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEWS MAKING WAVES Schlitterbann officials one Step awayfrom inking deal to build a on Galveston Page 10A tax break e Exemptions aimed at Toyota suppliers By Dylan Jimenez i Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will Tuesday whether to gamble in tax revenue in hopes of creating new jobs and Michael Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce presi asked commis sioners to exempt cer tain types of business es fromcounty consultant the Michael Meek should 6ffer free port exemptions to attract parts suppliers for the planned San Antonio Toyota A freeport exemption is a tax break on finished goods that remain in Texas a short while before being shipped out of If the county would lose in revenue on taxable goods produced by companies already operating Few companies currently in the coun ty would qualify for the Meek but having it in place shows busi nesses that the area is The freeport exemption would yield jobs and taxes worth hundreds of times the original tax revenue he The county has felt the effects of man down New Braunfels Thousands of localjobs were shipped overseas in the past two Anytime that our citizens lose jobs or their it impacts me County Judge Danny Scheel The countys sales tax revenue was affected because unemployed residents have had less to The county also is trying to manage fast residential growth and sluggish commercial development a problem because homes bring in See TAX Page 5A THE SUN DECEMBER SPORTS BIG DREAMS New Braunfels woman buys professional fastpitch softball Page IB XXXKKKXXXKXNXX ALL FOR ADC KOI 1000571 SOUTHWEST HKROPUDLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL OR EL FflSQ U 799CB 33 I 34 8 sections CLICK i TNG tty since cloudy High Low 69 8 i Details BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS 18D Via CROSSWORD 6C 13B FRONT and CENTER their jobs on the i sanitation workers hope when cijy officials say efficiency theyre i City of New Braunfels sanitation workers Carlos Gonzalez Joseph Lussier and what will happen to thejr retirement plans if the city decides to privatize garbage pickup with the city for 11 rides on the back of the garbage truck along a pickup route1 r Privatization debate By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The word heard most in New Braunfels City Council meetings with San Antonio based Waste Management is Waste Management says it can operate the citys sanitation service better than the city Company officials say they have bigger trucks and their employees work under a performance They say they can collect the citys residential waste with five The city currently uses 11 While no final decision on privatizing waste service has been city officials say changes must be made within the The municipal waste department is an enterprise that its revenues DAVID Alex Benavides are worried about Below who has been Friday still under way muit meet its Estimated revenues this year are mill Expenses are estimated to be T le city intends to buy four new garbage col ection which accounts for expenditures exceeding Other the department usually breaks Mike public works Waste Management has annual revenues of billion and contracts with municipalities in North it costs a singlefamily resi dence a month to use the citys trash col Ihe city of Boerne charges about the Waste Management provides the service in I See WASTE Page 9A UPDATES Tmtkingthenew 1004 iLICTIQNS LAST WE KNEW The filing period for the 2004 elections LATEST Ben Pr semot 4 cojigf filed his candidacy for the M filed foj NiCT The filing period runs through Watch for RAG eyes new river fee icollection method By Scott Mahon Staff Writer River users might wear bands next summer if the River Activities Committee gets city CJl te approve a way of ing the river management The committee will present Us annual report and tipjis jg to couripji to a uing effort tg improve and update management of thf Carnal and management Project Manager Nathan Pence said outfitters would pjtfchase the wristbands for fromjhe city and sell them to river users f r There will be no cos to the said if someone ision in a tubesaiwl not wear he assump tion will be that sorni Among mw recommenda the committee will recpm nxend outfitters use wrist bands as in the city a oi counting jjje river things not Cpunqil appointed a RverAoivities in 2QPP in response to concerns relating to Uue andbeliav ior m the tw4 rivers wim the developed a river management plan designed to maintain and improve conditions on both The plans goal is to ensure visitors and resi dents have the best experience pos sible on and near the At the end of each the committee reviews the plan and mates rerammendajiQns to Recommendations put into operation during the summer of 2003 included evening trash preseason outfitter pmmittee Pence was hired in July as the full time Rjyer Prpjesl See BIViE Page 5A Used Cars Trucks ti O O 7 S WJ i P P Wl HP
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