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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAYA UGUST 8 2004 HERALDZEITUNG COUPONS SAVE CASH Use this issue to save money at NB Stone Supply and with other retailers in the Smart Source insert Inside DIG IT After losing all starters to graduations Unicorns face tough challenge rebuidling Page IB V6I 153 No 231 28 pjjiges 4 sections CLICK WWW 120 rain chance High Low 94 70 Details 3B DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM oerruARiEs SPORTS TV GRIDS 1b 4C 46 4A 9k 1B S8C Property values rise percent over 2003 By Scott Mahon and Ron Maloney Staff Writers According to the Comal Appraisal Dis trict the average appraised market value of residential homesteads in Comal County increased percent from in 2003 to this year After exemptions the average taxable value of residential homesteads increased percent from to That includes everything from a mobile home to a million said Lynn Rodgers CAD chief apprais er The market val ue of a homeown ers residence on Oak Forest Drive was appraised at this year more than its appraised value in 2003 The market val ue of a homeown ers residence on Cross Street was appraised at this year more than its appraised value in 2003 For the past several years most homes in the dis trict have increased in appraised value because of the appreciating residential Rodgers said Although the two homes are both with in the New Braunfels city limits but geo graphically miles apart the difference in the amount the appraised values increased stemmed from a variety of fac tors including the values of similar prop erties nearby But you cant necessarily compare your home to a neighbors home because your neighbors home may be older or small Rodgers said In order to compare your appraised value to another homes value they have to be comparable The Comal Appraisal District is respon sible for setting property values at 100 per cent of market value Appraisals are based on demand values of similar properties nearby prices real ized in recent sales and other factors HOW TO FILE A PROTEST File a written protest including owners name property to be protested state ment of dissatis faction with appraisal districts File protest by May 31 or no later than 30 days after the appraisal district mailed a notice of appraised value whichever is later If you dont file a notice of protest before the AR6 approves the appraisal records you lose your right to protest You also lose the right to file a lawsuit See VALUIS Page 3A Lakes green nothing to envy DAVID Ray Kottler tours the GUadalupe River just downstream from where New Braunfels Utilities discharges water from its treatment plants PLDA Less study more action on water quality By Brand Grissoni Staff Writer The grass in Ray Kottlers lawn is that lush vivid kelley green that invites visitors to kick off their shoes and feel the cool blades on the toms of their feet Ive been here this is my llth year and everybody who comes here from San Antonio says how green the grass said Kottler Do you use fertilizer I say I personally know of no one who uses fertilizer on this part of the Some years when Kottler looks out the windows from his house on the banks of Lake Dunlap he sees water almost as green as his lawn That water he said is the not sosecret ingredient for his samples from five ie Guadalupe Dunlap by the gray that higher i isofphosphgrus of the New ilfteswastewater mt contributed to on the lake The Canyon Regional Water Authority provides water from Lake Dunlap to the following commun ities Green Valley Marion Cibolo East Central Spring Hill Crystal Clear Maxwell Martindale County Line flourishing yard When I moved here I asked one of my neighbors Whats good along the riv er He said You dont need fertilizer Just use the lake Water in Lake Dunlap is rich in phosphorus a chem ical nutrient that encourages root growth in plants like Kottlers grass and the algae that turns the water a match ing shade of green Kottler is a member of Pre serve Lake Dunlap Associa tion While phosphorus is good for his lawn Kottler PLDA members and others downstream from New Braunfels Utilities North and South Kuehler wastewater treatment plants say the phosphorus level is bad for the lake They are demand ing NBU take action to limit phosphorus discharged from its plants Together the two plants release about 5 million gallons of water into a Guadalupe River tributary just upstream from the lake BATTLE BREWING SINCE 2002 Since 2002 PLDA and oth ers have been asking the Texas Commission on Envi ronmental Quality to amend NBUs water quality permit renewal for the South Kuehler plant to include phosphorus limits Dr Alan Groeger is an aquatic biologist at Texas State University in San Mar cos PLDA hired him to study nutrient levels in Lake Dun lap Our research has shown that Lake Dunlap water is highly phosphorus Groeger said It means phos phorus is a primary limiting resource for plant growth Thats what is controlling the See LAKI Page 5A LAKE DUNLAP WATER WOES First in a fivepart series examining the fight between the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and New Braunfels Utilities TODAY The issue What NBU opponents say is wrong with the water m TUESDAY The science Stud ies examine amount of phos phorus and its significance WEDNESDAY The defense Plant upgrade costs too much and might not work THURSDAY The next steps Litigation means solution isnt near FRIDAY Final thoughts Both sides reiterate what must be done Council considers aborting fairgrounds appraisal By Scon Mahon Staff Writer Because the Comal County Fair grounds property will either be desig nated a city park or donated to the Comal County Fair Association New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said it would be pointless to appraise the property After a landswap deal was proposed by SchUtterbahn President Gary Hen ry council members hired the San Anto nio real estate appraisal firm of Dug ger Canaday Grafe to appraise the fair grounds property Henry wanted to swap a 41 acre par cel for the citys 30acre fairgrounds property to guarantee offsite parking for SchUtterbahn patrons The city leases the fairgrounds pipp erty to the Comal County Fair Assopia tion which in turn leases it to Schlit terbahn for parking On July 26 council members voted to put a petition to designate the prop erty a city park on the November ballot and also to donate the See COIIIICtI Page 3A AT A GLANCE What New Braunfels City Council Whan Aug 9 Wharo Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave In other business council will Convene the first public hearing relating to the pro posed 2005 budg et and proposed tax rate Hear the first read ing of an ordnance to adopt the 2005 budget Consider the first reading of an ordi nance to levy taxes for the 2005 budget and debt service Ratify action taken June 18 to place Proposition 13 on the Nov 2 ballot Approve a resolu tion ordering a special election on Nov 2 to vote on designating the Comal County Fairgrounds a city park Approve a resolu tion ordering a special election on Nov 2 to vote on prohibiting alu minum beverage containers while on or in river lakes and streams within the city limits Discuss nonannex aton agreements Look in the classifieds Fri ft for our preowned Specials
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