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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY APRIL IB 2004 El PAGO IX u v StYlithSOn Vaney a Schwethelm leading the Baylor Bears fledgling softball team to greater heights Page 5A SAVINGS COUPONS Save a total of with l coupons for Jackson Hewitt j and the New Braunfels Model I Railroad Society Inside ZEITUNG Serving slew Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 163 No 12 pages 2 sections j V CLICK fiO6 iE X COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS 41 wwvr Partly cloudy High Low 81 58 Details1B V Tuesdays voter turnout wasnt a record 2004 Runoff turnout by Editorial Anyway you look at it turnout 4A Ron Maloney Staff Writer Tuesdays turnout in the Republi an primary runoff perc isteredv record of icials first thought Coma Coordin said nt of the countys reg quite the County Elections tor Unnell Hinojosa of the countys registered voters cast ballots in the runoff The highest runoff percent came in the 1996 county runoff when of registered voters cast ballots in a pair of hardfought highinterest races In one retired Department of Public SafetyTrooper Bob Hold er took out incumbent Sheriff Jack Bremer The other looked more like an alley fight than an election Precinct 1 Commis sioner Jack Dawson outran barely former Comal Inde pendent School District trustee and newspaper publisher Dou glas Kirk on the way to his first term Hinojosa who has marveled at this years Republican runoff turnout said Wednesday she had forgotten that one eight years ago I really thought this was the largest until I flipped back to Hinojosa said That was the same election in which Comal County Republi can Party chairman Don Hensz took his job That was almost a different time and a different Hensz said Still the turnout in this elec tion surprised county and Republican Party officials Based on early voting See TURNOUT Page 3A 4B Board to pay qty for services By Scott Mahon j Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement 4B Corporation approved a contract Wednesday that will pay the city a year Chairman Matt Harrison said the con tract required by law will reimburse the city farservices the citys chief financial officer and ney provide the 4B board State amendments to the boards enabling legislation require 4B boards to pay cities for the work of city staff Harrison said Jeff Matt Harrison Hinson the citys chief financial olficer pro vides accounting financial management recordkeeping and budget services for the board The contract also requires the board reimburse City Attorney Charlie Zech at the rate of an hour for legal counsel We think Charlies fee is reasonable considering what it would cos t the board to hire another attorney for U gal servic Harrison said Harrison said because state law required the contract city officials sug gested a reasonable annual sum Chuck Pintos original thought about the contract was if we have to do this then it needs to be a reasonable he said Pinto pointed out the 4B board is a separate corporation and not a part of city government Technically the 4B board is a sepa rate he said We came up with a minimal amount that the 4B board would reimburse the city because the board and the city work In May 1995 New Braunfels approved a sales tax for economic development and created the Infrastructure and Improvement 4B Corporation to over see use of those funds The board receives about million annually revenues from salen taxes COMING SUNDAY FRONT and CENTER DAVID Donna Reyes left confers with her grandmother Eunice Byrd right while AARP volunteer Mary Budd prepares Byrds taxes for free Wednesday after noon at the New Braunfels Public Library Volunteers will help lastminute tax filers today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center PMNFULPAYDAY Procrastinators have until midnight to file taxes By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Like millions of others Josie Reyes waited until the last minute to file her federal income tax return before tonights deadline I know I have to pay this year because Im said Reyes who went Wednesday to the New Braunfels Public Library for help and I felt I needed help with my return this The IRS expects about 30 million returns will be filed today and another 10 million returns will be filed after the deadline Steve Stephens was trying to get his deceased grandfathers tax return ready Wednesday with help from the AARP Foundation I filed my tax return in Febru he said but I didnt feel com fortable filing my grandfathers tax return by myself so I thought Id get some AARP tax help will be available from to 530 today at the Comal County Senior Center at 655 Landa said Gordon Shelton We help mostly seniors and low income said Shelton who has been an AARP tax help volun teer two years Some people just procrastinate but others know they owe money to the IRS so they put it off until the last To help people file on time the New Braunfels Post Office at 686 South Seguin Ave will have a col lection box specifically for tax returns We will close at 5 today but there will be a collection box in the lobby and anything deposited before midnight will be postmarked April said Carl Karnish post master We also will be helping people in line all The Canyon Lake Post Office will close at today Well be assisting people as much as said Frank Christensen postmaster But we have to close to get mail to the New Braunfels Post Office The last mail See TAXIS Page 3A Put all required Social Security numbers on the return figures Sign your form Attach all required schedules Taxpayers must sign and date their returns Both spouses must sign a joint return even if only one had income People expecting a refund should consider direct deposit of the refund to their bank account Choosing direct deposit is the best way to guard against having a tax refund misplaced or stolen By April 16 taxpayers should either file a return or request an extension which will give them until Aug 15 The extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay Fundraiser helps special athletes have chance to compete AT A GLANCE New Braunfels Special Olym pics Taco Ca bana fundraiser 6 to 9 today Taeo Cabana 811136 donation in 10 par oarttof rsaau rant sales go to gflyjfl Qlyirn Bpostafs By Dylan Jimfcwu Staff Writer New Braunfels Special Olympians just want to paj ticipajte Tonight people can help these 30 local athletes get to state finals competition by coming out to Taeo Cabana Ten percent of the restau rants sales tonight wiU go to the New Braunfels Special Mljs very innportantj saM project fundraiser of die People can eat and buy tickets for a chance to win part of in prizes This year marked the for mation of first New Braun fels Special Olympics Booster dub Organizers concerned about less school district funding created the club Community and business tor Its been our biggest general manager said the raiser to aUnonprofits but the Special Olympics fundraiser was the roost successful They do it up he said These are the biggest ones we ever Cornraunity help this year has allowed the team to buy new uniforms letter jackets for juniors and even organize an endoftheyear banquet making the Special Olympians feeJioMB Jib olh er high school athletes when they realize it is about she get extremely excited when they get to participate in the events and in The Taco ftubana fundrais er helps Special Olympians fund tike last and one of the biggest athjptic competitions ofthe year track and field meet sin May These statewide student to and even worldwide Special Olympics oJfcted the fund What is really awesome is   

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