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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas May 5 COUNCIL CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Both sides defend statements to make it a city The city contracts with the chamber to operate the con vention and visitors but Valentine has repeatedly said the chamber has too much influence over city Theres a money pyramid in New Valentine told the HeraldZeitung edi torial They help peo ple get elected who will do favors for Theyre too theyve over stepped their With four to five people on the city council who belong to the they have too LEGISLATURE CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Han would create statewide school property tax constitutional amendment also is This level of property tax reduction will have a positive impact on our economy and will create tens of thousands of new said Steve a Bryan Republican who crafted the If approved by the Legislature and a public the plan would create a statewide school property The how has been resistant to a statewide property much on the other said she belonged to the but doesnt believe she would be influenced by the Im a Blue she And Ive heard that some people think Id be a puppet for the Im proud I belong to the chamber and I dont think that just because a group supports a candidate then the candidate would be in debt to that group if he or she was After the homebuilders support but Im in favor of impact So I really believe Im an independent Valentine also spearhead ed a petition last summer to designate the fairgrounds as city after Schlitter bahn President Gary Henry made an offer to swap a 41 acre parcel for the fair But more than 200 members of the Comal County Fair Associa tion voted unanimously to oppose the Arlon an executive board member of the fair association and the associa tions said last year that designating the fair grounds a city park would be too Valentines petition failed by a margin of almost 4 to 1 in the November but it became obvious that Valen tine had become a thorn in the side of the fair associa Hermes is Limmers cam paign Earlier this Valentine came under attack from his opponents for claiming two homestead exemptions in New Braunfels and Valentine contends that he has represented his con whereas Limmer claimed voters are tired of Good government is work ing Limmer said during a recent candidate Useless disdain serves no People are and they want a change in District Valentine his minority positions represent ed the voice of the Im the champion of the little and I speak my he But Limmer has also been accusied of washing cam paign Ive done nothing she told the editorial I have nothing to The plans centerpiece is a new business which would require companies to pay a new hybrid tax that encompasses net income and half of a busi ness All excluding sole would pay percent The new rate would be lower man the existing but more businesses would be required to Under the cur rent an estimated five out of every sixTexas business es avoid paying because of loopholes in the which Ogden is attempting to elimi The proposed system mod ernizes the states business tax to ensure that all businesses pay their fair Ogden Revenue from the state busi ness tax would be dedicated to public The sales including sales of motor vehicles and would be increased by a half to percent and the cigarette tax would increase by 60 to a per pack Ogderis plan would grant a refund of 20 percent of estimat ed sales taxes to welfare and food stamp recipients who use the Lone Star Card to buy gro The Senate Finance Com mittee plan differs in key areas from a House school finance tax plan approved in That proposal did not include an alcohol tax but did institute a new tax on which was scrapped by the The Senate sales tax increase is half of that pro posed by the The House plan also would give businesses an option between a reduced franchise tax and a new tax on It was unclear how much revenue the total Senate pack age would To bal the plan would need to spawn about billion to cov er the property tax reduction and another billion to fund education changes called for in an accompanying school finance bill that was approved by another Senate committee last Heading into the finil day of early voters have cast haugts Ift the city election ana 335 total votes have been cast in the Comal ISO Vbters who wish to avoid the crunch of Election Day can still cast early ballots from 8 to today in Room 104 of the Comal County On Election May the polls will be open from 7 to 7 In addition to choosing a mayor and two council voters in die dty election will also vote on 39 charter City Secretary Michael Resendez said while it is highly there could be run Off election for He Mid the may 4nl race between Mayor Adam Cork and Bruce Boy erhaatobewOnaphiral or by only one If theres a thin therell have to be a run the city coun cil cades mutt be won by a majority of or more than SO percent of the votes cast Bemice deputy early voting said it was taking on average sev en to 10 minutes to com plete the city 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