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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY APRIL 22 2004 iW ZEITUNG CATCH THfe f Baseball softball teams look ahead to playoffs Rangers Unicorns in good shape Cougars control their own destiny Page 5 ant SAVINGS v COOL DEALS Air Conditioning offers specials Paged Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 voi 10 pages 1 section ICK CLI 500 COMICS CROSSWORD ain chance i 10 percent i FoftuM High Low i OBFTUARIES 87 60 SPORTS Details i 6FIDS Officials decry Perrys tax appraisal cap Carter Casteel By Scott Mahon Staff Writer AUSTIN County and city officials told state Rep Carter Casteel Wednesday that Gov Rick Perrys proposal to over haul the states school finance system wasnt fair Casteel who represents Han dera Gillespie Kendall and Comal counties invited city and county officials to Austin to dis cuss Perrys proposal which includes lowering the cap on property tax appraisals to 3 per cent from 10 percent per year and limiting the amount of rev enue a city or county can raise without voter approval State legislators convened in special sessionTuesday to reform the states school finance system Attending the meeting were Comal County Precinct 4 Com missioner Jan Kennady Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin Precinct 3 Commissioner CristinaZamora County Judge Danny Scheel New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto and Mayor Adam Cork County officials from Ban dera Gillespie and Kendall counties also attended Casteel said although legisla tors havent reached a consensus about how to replace the cur rent school finance system Per rys plan to lower the cap on property tax appraisals wasnt going to get very It shifts the burden to lower and middleincome she said Besides people I talk to are more interested in prop erly tax Perrys proposal to lower the cap on property tax appraisals drew strong criticism from Comal County and New Braun fels officials If theyre worried about schools then they need to See TAXES Page 3 County probing theft attempt By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Investigators are looking for someone possibly a former Comal County Jail might be playing his own version of Dialing for County Treasurer Susan Pat terson said over the Easter holi day weekend an unknown per son tried to bilk Comal County ly attempting to use the Wells Far go Internet banking system to either pay bills or collect cash Most interesting Patterson said is that the wouldbe payee was attempting to steal money from a county account most peo ple have never heard unless theyve been a guest of the coun ty jail The account called the com missary account is the one where money taken from inmates is kept while theyre in jail When a prisoner is processed into the jail his or her cash is tak en and deposited in the account Inmates can then access their funds for purchases of toiletries snacks or other items at the jail any cash changing hands inside the jail When an inmate gets out of jail the county cuts a check for any funds remaining in the account That Patterson believes was the basis for the Internetbased theft attempts The checks carry both the account number and the bank routing Patterson said Someone she said created a bogus company and started try ing to tap the jail account just at closing time the afternoon before Good Friday Patterson said she believed the effort was computer generated They had drafts hitting like lit tle she said Mon day morning we saw it stopped it and there was no cost to the See THIFT Page 3 FRONT and CENTER DAVID Pete Escamilla left and Hanson Aggregates Servtex Plant Manager John Faust watch from a safe distance as a blast takes place around noon Wednesday Faust says the company blasts during the middle of the day to minimize complaints from the public ROCKS ARE ROLLIN But blasts arent music to Garden Ridge residents ears By Uigh Jones Staff Writer GARDEN day at noon Jerry Warden expects an explosion outside his living room windows The dust and flying rock are signs pf progress for Hanson Aggregates Servtex which owns the quarry that ends just feet from Wardens home in the Trophy Oaks subdivi sion of Garden Ridge With each blast Hanson garners more central Texas limestone far sale around the world The blasts mean money to Hanson but to Garden Ridge citizens they con jure fears of potential damage to expensive houses Today Warden considers the explosions a minor nuisance but when he moved to Garden Ridge in 1999 he was much more con cerned Technically speaking my house is probably one of the closest to where they are doing active blast Warden said We can see about 70 percent of the quarry Three years ago Warden and oth er residents of Trophy Oaks and Garden Ridge Estates met to dis cuss concerns about the potential impact the blasts were having on their homes City council recommended forming a quarry commission to interact with Hanson and educate citizens about quarry operations None of us are geologists so our first task was to become knowl edgeable about blasting and quar said committee chairman Bob Gunnarson The commission immediately perceived a need to gauge the impact of the blasts to determine whether they were as bad as they See BLASTS Page 3 Green line indicates blast particle velocity that can cause dam age to Ji I 4 I 4 Blue line shows blast particle velocity that can cause damage to plaster 0 5 ond 1 Information courtesy VibraTech 2004 PUMP RAY 8 am to 1 I Dont Comal County UncKILoff liquids FMRH0 Bring your furniture substances WPBBMSIPUPWPIP Ounrpngisfor reaidante only no oommarcial dumping Bring ado license or Down in the dumps about cleanup By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer So that couch on the front porch seemed like a good idea until it grew moldy The City of New Braunfels is providing a way out New Braunfels residents have the chance to get rid of that bulky trash festering in the garage or in the backyard Saiujrday locals can bring as much as one County landfill to dump for free Its an opportunity for residents to really clean up their yards and clean up their said Don Ferguson assis tant city manager Throughout the year the city gives cita tions to residents with unsightly trash or brush piles The piles accumulate because the city sanitation crews dent pick up bulky items off the curb This is the one time a year resi dents will he able to dump for free Youll see everything from old furniture to computer parts to playground equipment Ferguson said
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