Tuesday, May 4, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas If W TUESDAY MAY 4 2004 HFR AT n L1 ZEITUNG SPORTS TOP 10 Number four on the top 10 list of sports stories male and female athletes are featured Pogoo BA FORUM ftiirsr COLUMN Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 1B3 No ISO 10 pages 1 section CLICK El PASO TX 79iij Illlllllll llllll w j DEARABBY 8A 1 Mostly Sunny High Low 1 83 57 j Details 6A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS BA 8A Fountain destroyed in wreck MANDY Parks and Recreation Department workers Harry Perez and Jason Rahe maneuver the base of the Main Plaza fountain onto their truck to take it in for repairs By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer A piece of the citys history was shattered early Sunday when the Main Plaza water fountain was destroyed in a singlevehicle acci dent Police Lt John Womrnack said the first object placed on the heavily damaged at am Sunday when Carlton Can dle 36 of New Braunfels rarl into it He said he was tired and fell Wommack said Candle who was driving north bound on Seguin Avenue in a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero jumped the curb in front of the Plaza bounded up the stone steps in front of the fountain and slammed into the cast iron structure A New Braunfels police officer who was nearby heard the impact and rushed to the Plaza He found Candles vehicle slanted sideways in the fountain with its back facing the bandstand Candle who suffered minor injuries refused medical treatment Wommack said his vehicle was insured and he Was not cited in connection with theaccident Called at his home Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson went out to the accident scene We brought a parks crew in secured the area and cleaned it Ferguson said We felt like we need ed to pick up every piece possible for the Ferguson said the pieces ranged in size from chips the size of a quar ter to sections three feet long The foundry that last restored the fountain a few years ago has been contacted he said as have insur ance officials Its fixable I dont want to create the impression that its not but its See FOUNTAIN Page 3A Glamour and glitz High schools hold proms By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Glitz and glamour were on display Saturday night when juniors and seniors from New Braunfels and Smithson Valley High Schools attended their respective proms We had a packed said New Braunfels High School parent coordinator Janie Mayfield More than 550 students were in attendance New Braunfels seniors selected Hollywood Nights a Red Carpet Affair for their theme We had red carpet every Mayfield said We wanted them to feel like Students were greeted by cameras and a reporter who interviewed them as they sauntered into the civic center Once inside theyjwere greeted by movie posters filmstrips and a screen show ing movie star photographs and clips from old films Mayfield which took six mpriths to plan is about making memo ries The purpose of prom is to have one night of Mayfield said It is one night to have the kids come and feel special about Despite the traditional idea of prom attendees requiring dates Mayfield encourages the kids to come in groups At the end of the evening SethTroudt and Jessica Reyes were named king and queen Smithson Valley seniors See PROM Page 3A Photos by MANQV Above Senior David Lagunas helps freshman Megan Perez out of their rented limo Saturday at the New Braunfels High School Prom Left students pose for pictures at the prom NBISD tax bill due 6 months later By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict Board of Trustees President Jorge Mal donado got the unanimous decision he was waiting for Monday night when trustees voted to change the tax year Because tax dollars are at stake we wanted to be certain what we were doing was he said Trustees Rob Johnson who arrived late and Paul Fisher who was absent did not vote Trustee Ed Clark thanked other board members for allowing him extra time to weigh the decision I appreciate the boards patience in waiting for the new Comal Appraisal Dis trict estimations which is what I wanted to see before making my he said I am still concerned about our cash flow through January but Im confident in the numbers we have been Because taxes now will be due in Janu ary the district will operate until then using million in reserve funds Clark also expressed his desire to see a tax rate decrease as a result of the tax year change We came to a point where we could make this tax year change because we have a surplus We have that because we collected top much tax previously I think we should give some of that back to the tax payers before we spend the extra amount we get from the tax year he said Superintendent Bon Reaves proposed a balanced budget that did not include any salary increases He hoped to pay for the salary increase with the surplus resulting from the tax year change According to documents provided by Executive Director of Business Services Sandy Hill the surplus amount equals a percent salary increase for all staff Next week board members will discuss the differences between a percentage salary increase and a flat rate increase designed to compensate for the high cost of insurance premiums Ed Clark Houses proposed school finance tax plan under fire By April Cartro Associated Press Writer Now that the Texas House has a Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunjiels must decide whether to throw her weight behind it Im sitting here trying to read this Casteel said Monday Its like which of my two children do I let go Casteel was particularly con cerned about how the proposed payroll tax could effect employers in her district The centerpiece of the plan would eliminate the franchise tax and instead impose a percent payroll tax capped at per full time employee Casteel spent the day before the House was scheduled to begin floor debate talking to local superin tendents and business leaders about their perspectives on the pro posed plans benefits and negatives Im trying to determine if the bill is something 1 can she said I want to support it because it does include property tax relief which I know we In Austin Gov Rick Perry dis cussed the negatives of the proposed See MAN Page 3A Look In

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