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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ARCH 24 2004 SPORTS t PLAYOFFS SVHS boys NBHS girls CHS boys soccer teams all win in playoff action Page SA FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on citys parking woes roadside trash and the publics right to know Page4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1862 Vol xxx No xxx xx pages x sections WWW Chance of storms High Low 79 63 Details2B COMICS DEAR ABBY 48 3B 36 4A 38 SA 48 j FORUM SPORTS Cuellar eyes Comal in ballot recount By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Congressional candidate and former Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar said Tues day 140 disputed mailin ballots in Comal County would be cen tral to his recount bid Cuellar who lost the March 9 Democrat primary race in the newly redrawn 28th Con gressionalDistrict to threeterm incumbent Giro Rodriguez by 145 votes said questions remain unanswered in Comal Bexar and Zapata counties In Comal County losing Precinct 3 Commissioner can didate Ramon Chapa Jr made allegations that incumbent Cristina Zamoras campaign cheated with mailin ballots In Bexar County someone applied for mailin ballots for at least 41 dead voters and made arbitrary decisions about the handling of other ballots Cuellar said In Zapa ta County irregularities were reported when election equip ment broke down After the primary in New Braunfels Republican Precinct 3 commissioner candidate Greg Parker said a Zamora campaign worker failed to sign return envelopes that showed shed helped 140 voters secure mail in ballots Parker said the elec FRONTand CENTER tion code called for the tainted votes to be thrown out Zamora has denied any wrongdoing Cuellar said Tuesday he intended to contest those bal lots See RECOUNT Page 3A DAVID Nancy Krueger sprinkles cattle feed as her husband Wayman spreads out hay on their land near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport recently New generations try to hold onto heritage Last in a series on local farmers and the effects city annexation will have on rural lifestyles By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A new generation of hus bands and wives like Nancy and Wayman Krueger are try ing to preserve their farming heritage a lifestyle that might be disappearing with urban sprawl Unlike their grandparents whose only work was farm ing some couples today try to maintain family farms while working fAilltime jobs Wayman Krueger who grew up in Seguin and is the emer gency coordinator for Guadalupe County still tries to maintain 200 acres offerm land with cattle goats and sheep The family owns about 450 he said But we dont grow row crops anymore like corn maize and His wife Nancy learned DAVID Wayman and Nancy Krueger along with their dog Bandit take a break from feeding the cattle farming from her father Mar married we built a house right vinWestmeyer next to dad she said Wed like I helped my dad as a kid to keep the farm alive in the and when Wayman and I got family and Id like my kids to have the opportunity to use the landlike they want But its hard for people who arent farmers to understand how much our heritage means to Married 27 years both agree that fanning is a lifestyle You get up every day and theres something Wayman said Its either the weather or a sick calf or feed ing animals But like they say you gotta keep working to pay for the But the Kruegers say urban sprawl is threatening their lifestyle Im worried everything is going to change because of she said The city is a threat to our way of life If I wanted to live in the have bought a house in town want to be left atone and See FARMING Page 2A CISD trustees to discuss approve 200405 school calendar AT A GLANCE B Comal Independent Sehopl Trust ees set to approve next ye airs calen V 0 Thws day Si Arlon Seay Intermediate SchopJ 20811 Texas WestSpring Branch By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer New Braunfels and Comal County school calendars could be matched more closely if Comal Independent School District trustees approve their 200405 calendar Thursday POJ years New Brai4nfelsajid Comal County schools have taken breaks at different times 9nd stMtpd school on diferprtt days The differences vjifsitten f cult for some parenis of New Braunfels Five CISD schools are in New Braunfels or just outside loop 337 Differences in the calendars have been tough for parents wrwmork in one district but whose children attend school in a different district said Kari Hutchison CISD spokes woman Since many CISD and NBISD neighborhoods are so close it also has made event scheduling Ijfljpult for eaurebes and youth sports working harder than in the past on reconciling calendar differences Hutchison said NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves initiated the talks she said The districts communicated extensively on the issue With Dr Reaves and our leadership we have been able to come to the table and work much more closely she said Monday night NBISD trustees adopted a 200405 at included a win districts are ter break for the first time Both districts winter and spring breaks are scheduled for the same weeks In place of the winter break there will be no threeday weekends in New Braunfels school in the spring CISD has been unyieWing on the calendar in the past NBISD trustee Lee Edwards said Monday night If we dont do it it isnt going to get be said Committees of teachers administrators and parents in bom districts developed their calendars Council to set tax rate in May By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After voting Monday to change the citys tax year to line up with the countys New Braunfels officials said they will pro ceed with the budget process as if noth ing changed Council already began work on a budg et for fiscal year 2005 and as in previous years will set the tax rate in May said City Manager Chuck Pinto Council approved changing the tax year and fiscal year but it will take an ordinance to change the fiscal Pin to said In the meantime I recommend we continue the budget process as if noth ing has changed in order to give the com munity the opportunity to go through the entire process and to be sure every thing is in the The city sets its tax rate against a certi fied tax roll that is 18 months old but changing the citys tax year will mean levying taxes against the January 2004 tax roll rather than the January 2003 tax roll Were literally skipping a Pin to said And well start levying again as if were a brand new entity In fact well not even have to calculate an effective tax It will also mean taxpayers will not pay city taxes for the period July to Dec 31 this year The citys current tax rate is cents per valuation and the proposed 2005 budget calls for a 42 cent tax rate The effective tax rate is cents which is the rate that would raise the same amount of tax revenues as last year but against the new tax roll A increase of 3 percent or more above the effective tax rate requires public hear ings Council will vote on April 5 to raise tax es to about 42 cents and will conduct public hearings on the proposed budget and proposed tax rate April 19 May 3 council will meet to adopt the proposed budget and vote on the tax rate It will also have a final reading on an ordinance to change the taxyear Four things will all come together at one time on Pinto said Adopting the budget voting on a tax rate changing the tax year and changing the fiscal But once council officially changes the taxyear on May 3 the entire process will begin again Pinto said The city currently contracts with NBISD to prepare its property tax state ments which are mailed out in May City property taxes are usually due in July COMING FRIDAY Uokintto Fri f or our
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