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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY MAY 16 2004 PLAYOFFS Smithson Valley second game ag the best of three Pages BA GUEST COLUMN Jim Fitzgerald gives reasons US should get out of J and give the tax savings o Americans Page 4A funding plan ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 14 pages 2 sections ICK CL WWW 8 Partly cloudy High Low 85 65 Details 1B DEARABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS By Natalie Gott Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Lt Gov David Dewhurst said Friday state senators wont be voting on a school funding bill in the cur rent special legislative session His declaration ended prospects for legislative approval this session of a new school funding plan to replace the states unpopular share thewealth system known as Robin Hood and to provide Texans with property tax relief The Texas Senate after days of meetings to try to agree on a funding plan has run out of time to find a solution during the current 30day session Dewhurst said Senators would have had to approve a plan by Friday night to give the House time to consider it and vote We need some more time in order to do a good Dewhurst a Republican said at a news conference in front of the Capitol The special session ends Wednesday DONT FORGET TO VOTE CISD Bulverde and Garden Ridge elections will be conduct ed today In CISD 6 incum bent Charles Burt faces Cindy Kelly In CISD 7 incum bent Bill Swint faces Klaus Weiswurm In Garden Ridge Phyllis Kay Noynaert and Joseph Britan vie for Place 4 on the city council Places 1 and 5 incumbents John McCaw and Russ Sanders respec tively are unop In Bulverde Bob Barton Cindy Cross Richard Parker Sarah Stevick and Michael Sorbera are running for three aUarge posts on council Mayor Bill Cole is running unop New Braunfels City Council Branch Library and Tye Preston Memorial Library elections were Polling places CISD 6 Bul verde Community Center 1747 E Ammann Road and Bexar Bulverde Fire Station 1126 E Borgfeld Drive CISD 7 Municipal Court Building Garden Ridge Municipal Complex 9357 Schoenthal Road and Comal Elementary 6720 FM482 Bulverde City Council Bulverde City Hall 30070 281 N Suite Garden Ridge City Council Municipal Court Building Munici pal Complex 9367 Schoenthal All polls are open 7 to 7 Blue yonder goes wild Photos by DAVID Aircraft aficionados watch as planes arrive and depart at the Southwest Region FlyIn Friday at New Braun fels Municipal Airport Only a handful of planes had arrived prior to the start of the event due to severe weather around the region As skies cleared early in the afternoon planes began arriving by the dozens Storms threatening skies delayed flyin arrivals By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A wild blue yonder so stormy it delayed the arrival of hundreds of fliers for this weekends Experi mental Aircraft Association HyIn dumped heavy rain on New Braunfels but caused few other problems Southwest Regional HyIn Pres ident Stan Shannon said Friday afternoon a few hundred aircraft were delayed by storms JateThurs day and early Friday but aircraft were steadily landing at New Braunfels Municipal airport by late morning We probably have 150 aiiplanes on the ground Shannon said We have some wind but its not bad It helps keep things By this morning Shannon said flyin visitors could expect to see many more airplanes and the full program Well probably have 400 or 500 more he said New Braunfels Utilities Com Experimental homebuilt and factorybuilt aircraft of all sizes and shapes began arriving at the Southwest Regional FlyIn Friday afternoon as skies cleared and rain left the area munications Manager Gretchen Reuwer said a problem at the Comal substation off Landa Street shut off power in parts of the city We saw outages throughout the system due to wind lightning and tree Reuwer said Overall it held up pretty The storm affected the utilitys phone system making it difficult for some to report outages Reuw er said NBU Executive Director of Elec tric Services Al Kaufmann said there would be additional phone lines and advanced backup sys tems at NBUs new service center off FM 306 See WIATHf R Page 3A Final bell rings soon for 4 NBISD principals ByUiQhJonef Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent Schod District is losing four of its 11 principals at the end of this school year Two are retiring and two have resigned Doug Recio Learning Cen ter priacipaJL is after a 29year teaching career He has bmi a principal for six years Tm just ready for other Recio said Im really excited about Recio said he was partially motivated by the teacher retirement system which allows him to draw full bene fits once the combination of his age and years of experi ence total 80 But Recio was quick to point out retirement did not mean a lack of activity on his part For the last 10 years Ive had this entrepreneurial he said Im only retiring from For several years Recio has published Texas High School Baseball magazine After retirement he plans to devote more time to making it more successful Recio also plans to open New BraupMs Acad emy a sports clinic with indoor hatting cages and off Although he is anxious to begin his new jobs Recio said he would miss being a teacher Im a teacher at he said Education has been very good to me and I hope Ive done some good along the way as Tony Dominguez OakRun Sixth Grade Center principal is resigning to return to school rulitime Republican Gov Rick Perry called lawmakers to Austin for the special session to change the funding system which relies heavily on local prop erty taxes Lawmakers had promised to cut those taxes and give more money to the states school districts They struggled however to find a mix of new revenue sources that legislators could agree on Among the propos als they considered were an See SENATE Page 3A New property appraisals bring good bad news By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Its that time of year About area proper ty owners will get some good and bad news next week The good news is the value of their property is going up The bad news is unless local governments manage to cut budgets during a time of heavy growth which doesnt commonly happen their taxes will go up too Curtis Koehler deputy chief appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District said Eri day appraisal notices were at the printers Theyll go out Wednes Koehler said ByTues day our Web site will be updated with the current val The preliminary market value of the district which includes all of Comal Coun ty and parts of Guadalupe Bexar Hays and Kendall counties is percent from 2003s cer tified value of billion Those figures will be adjusted downward over the course of the summer as appraisal appeals are heard By July 20 appraisals must be certified for taxing enti AT A GLANCE How to dispute an appraisal Appeal within 30 days of the notices mail date June 21 by calling the Comal Appraisal District at 6258597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board Formal requests can be mailed to the Comal Appraisal District at 178 E Mill St 78130 On the Web ties Along with with the school districts and the City of New Braunfels the CAD has about 19 taxing entities Notices are mailed for each piece of taxable prop erty that increases in value changes hands or when an owner requests one By statute the entire dis trict must receive appraisal notices every three years The Comal Appraisal Dis trict is a political subdivision of the the city or the county as commonly perceived The purpose of an appraisal district is to have an unbiased third party out side of local politics setting property values The appraisal review board consists of district residents Project has lofty economic impact By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The developer who hopes to begin converting the his toric Lower Colorado River Authority power plant to loft apartments said many units would rent at rates competi tive with the local market j Larry Peel the Austin based builder known for his environmentally friendly I projects is recycling the LCRA plant and 23 acres around it into a nearly 300 I unit apartment community designed for mature adult empty Peel and Frank Morgan of I LCRA spoke Thursday night at a constituents meeting conducted by District 3 City CouncilwomanGale Pospisil The project will initially LOOKING FOR AN APARTMENT Get on the Landmark Lofts waiting list by calling 512 327 3333 Construction is scheduled to be completed in July 2006 create more than 430 jobs and its construction will con tribute million to the local economy When completed more than 200 jobs will remain and it will add million in value to local tax rolls rais ing between and in taxes each year for the city county and New Braunfels Independent School District It takes quite a factory to have this kind of Morgan said This is a very See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Page 3A
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