New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 6, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 06, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas pftLL JOR ADC 7M ELPASO fx 7990 2004 jpiipp nERALDZEITUNG CONTEST LICENSE PLATE The HeraldZeitung license plate game starts today If you see your license plate number inside call the newspaper by 5 to win SPORTS POLE VAULT Pole vault duo looks for a return to the state championship track meet Pages 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 128 10 pages 1 section K j WWW7 OEARABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 8A 4A 7A Chance of Storms High Low 76 57 Details6A CROSSWORD 7A j FORUM i OBITUARIES SPORTS i TV GRIDS 4A 3A 5A 8A Voter turnout heavy during early voting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County election official Monday reported heavy early voting in the first day of the three local Repub lican runoff elections Elections Coordinator lin nell Hinojosa reported 209 voters cast ballots at the Comal County Courthouse Early voting continues from 8 to Monday through Thursday in Room 104 of the Comal County Courthouse Because of Good Friday there will be no voting on Fri day and there will be no branch or weekend voting locations for this runoff Hinojosa said On the ballot are three local elections as well as a runoff race for state railroad commissioner In County CourtatLaw 2 appointed Judge Charles Stephens is seeking to keep the post in a contest with New Braunfels attorney Randy Gray In the Precinct 1 commis sioners contest incumbent Jack Dawson is facing oppo nent Bob Wickman In Precinct 4 constable can didates Doug Dunlap and Shane Rapp square off to determine who will replace Constable Ben Scroggin who was redistricted into Precinct 1 The runoff election will be April 13 and is open to any Comal County voter who did not vote as a Democrat in the March 9 primary If Mondays voting is any indication Hinojosa said voters could turn out in record num bers for a runoff which typical ly draws about onethird of the voters who cast ballots in the primary election This is very good for a first day for a runoff Hinojosa said FRONTand CENTER Casteel tells farmers Get organized By Scott Mahon Staff Writer State Rep Carter Casteel told local farmers Mon day to get organized if they want to fight city hall over annexation Theres no point arguing whether the city should or shouldnt said Casteel during a town meeting at the New Braunfels Civic Center The way to win is not to make enemies but to find a solution If you get organized youll dis cover how powerful you can Casteel called the informational meeting to address the mounting concerns of farmers A lot of you contacted me over the past year and I became concerned about your future in light of she said So I thought we should get together and talk about Also at the meeting were Guadalupe County Commissioner Judy Cope District 6 Councilman Acie McAda and Cheryl Casteel Comal County commissioners Jan Kannady Jack Dawson and Jay Millikin and City Attorney Charlie Zech Casteel said she invited representatives from the Texas Legislature the Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas Department of Agriculture to the meet ing Trey Burke an attorney for state Rep Anna Mow ery of Fort Worth said the annexation of rural farm and ranch land is an issue all over the state The cities are holding the cards right he said See CASTEEL Page 3A MANOY State Rep Carter Casteel talks with local farmers Monday about how to be prepared to fight city council over annexation The informational meeting was held to address concerns Farmers listen as Casteel tells them to get organ farmers may have about the issue ized if they want to fight annexation efforts NBISD trustees listen to public about changing tax year By Dylan Jimeiiez Staff Writer Just three New Braunfels school district taxpayers addressed trustees Monday about changing thelax year to be in line with afi other Texas school districts To get more information to the public trustees called another workshop to discuss the issue The district has met several times to discuss whether to make the change but took time Monday to hear exclusively from the public The districts tax year is unique among Texas school districts and the district currently levies taxes against values that are more than a year old Moving the tax year ahead six months would bring in about of extra income this year because taxes would be assessed on more current and therefore higher property value assess ments Changing the tax year would allow district officials to decrease the tax rate cents Two of the three people who spoke to trustees asked that the district clarify the move to change the tax year My request is that you set a workshop where you explain every detail of said Anita Stipnieks a former district employee She said the district has not done an adequate job of informing the public Information on changing the tax year is available at the public infor mation page of the districts Web site But trustees agreed Monday to hold another workshop April 13 and President Jorge Maldonado urged public attendance Getting the tax year in line with the rest of the state would make it easier for school district officials and district auditors to track dis trict money district officials say The tax year also would be in line with the rest of the taxing enti ties in the county In Mondays public hearing Steve Taylor local lawyer who has collected delinquent taxes for the district many years agreed The confusion alone would be enough to move the tax he said VMt the Easter Bmnm PCTURES PETS ARE WELCOME REFRESHMENTS WltL BE SERVED Dib Waldrip Lights out possibility at Tamiga Acres By Ron Maloney Staff Writer power is still on at Tamiga Acres mobile home park but it could well go out today Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip told the Tessye Maur er family Monday night it has until today to see that is deposited with district court to pay for need ed septic work at the park The park is now home to about 30 families The bottom line is the money is not in the registry of the court to ensure the work that needs to be done can be paid Waldrip said adding that he had no confidence the Maurers who own the park would be able to make sure it hap pens One of Maurers sons Michael said the family has a buyer for the park who See TAMIGA Page 3A City votes to limit tax rate By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to limit any tax increase to cents or 73 cents less than last years tax rate which was cents That would be three percent above this years effective tax rate of The effective tax rate is the rate that would generate the same amount of tax revenues as last year when levied against the most recent tax roll Mondays vote was unanimous Although a tax rate of cents would fund the proposed 2005 general fund budget council said it wanted the option of increasing the rate if necessary But by voting not to increase the tax rate more than 3 percent above this years rate council avoided additional public hearings required bylaw During past budget workshops council considered increasing the tax rate to as much as 42 cents per valuation however City Manager Chuck Pinto said Monday the proposed 2005 budget could See TAX Page 3A FIRST COMMERCIAL UNK a it 6252661 ;