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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS GEARING UP Smithson New Braunfels football teams prep for opening Page 5A AUGUST ERALDZEITUNG COUNTY RIinrFT SAYING NO Commissioners vote against a request to raise salaries for the sheriffs Page 3A 16 2 sections CLICK i 5Ot a Partly Cloudy High Low 101 74 Details1B DEARABBY 38 I CUWSIFIEDS i COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2t i FORUM 4A OBITUARIES M I SPORTS BA I TV GRIDS M H N Pay raises altered before budget approved By David Rupkalvia News Editor Comal County employees will get a smaller guaranteed pay but will have the opportu nity for a much greater increase in the 2006 budget passed Thurs day by Commissioners A budget amendment asked for by Commissioner Jay who voted in favor of a yearly budget for the first set the County employees could make more money cost of living increase in the budget at 3 less than the 5 percent increase County Judge Danny Scheel initially In addition to the COLA employees will have an opportu nity for a merit pay raise of up to 4 That raise will be determined by department heads after commissioners approved the amendment by a 31 Commissioner Greg Parker voted against Millikins amend ment and Scheel abstained from all budget votes because he pre pared and presented the pro posed Commissioners approved the 2006 budget by a 31 vote with Parker voting They are sched uled to set the 2006 tax rate and will likely raise taxes 2 I dont think this budget took care of our departments and took care of our Parker I felt not only did our sheriffs department deserve a portion of the raises they asked I felt our employees deserved Commissioners also decided all elected officials would get a 5 percent In the initial budget Scheel com missioners were slated to receive See Page 3A FOOTBALL FEVER players ready for season to kick off By David Rupkalvis News Editor FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER LaVernia at today Westwood at Smithson Zi30BJXlitoday New Braunfels Sat urday in Killeen James Fran klin is allergic to grass but that wont stop him from sidetracking to the Smith son Valley practice field Friday To football just isnt football without the smell of Now that Smithson Valley plays its home games on artificial Franklin puts his health at risk to truly embrace the When Smithson Valley kicks off the season it will end a ninemonth wait for fans of the It will also mark the beginning of a Texas of fans gathering under the Friday night lights to watch boys working to become If youre an exfootball the opening game means an awful Franklin When it comes around to the its the best Its the smell of the its the smell of Its putting on the pads and hitting Franklin played football at Alamo Heights and dealing with his allergies each The 2005 football season prom ises to be exciting with Smithson Valley looking to continue a run of Canyon seeking redemption and New Braunfels beginning a new chapter on the Paul Finley never played foot MANDY Fouryearold Cierra Martinez dances to the New Braunfels drumline during Meet the Unicorns night at the Civic Center With football opening the dancers and marching band are working to Canyon High School Aristocat Kristen Welty performs during a scrimmage last spending his Friday nights in high school in the marching But cant wait for the sea son to kick As a New Braunfels Finley will have to wait to see the they open the sea son on the road But that doesnt curtail his excitement about the start of a new Its a culmination of planning and hard Finley Its great to see the kids back in school and doing what kids love to and thats participate in I think this time of the year gets people excited with the anticipa tion of a new As a high school Finley See Page 8A TEA chief predicts third special session for Legislature By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce welcomed local educators back to school Thursday with a free lunch and encouragement from state edu cation Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert a Canyon High School grad told teachers and administra tors from New Hays San Marcos Consolidat SchertzCiboloUniversal City and Seguin school districts every day was a good day to be in educa Despite the current controver sy over school he added with a slight shake of his Although Roberts did not tell liis audience anything they did not already know during his recap of the regular and special legislative he did leave them with the encouragement of expecting at least one more session before the years We have an election cycle com ing and none of the legislators want to go through that without LEARN MORE Rick Perry recently man dated that 65 percent of all educa tion funds be spent on classroom For a closer see Page getting anything else he who serves as a senior adviser to Rick Perry on pub lic also took some time to defend Perrys recent mandate for districts to spend 65 percent of their budgets on classroom I think its achievable by he We have to figure out what constitutes classroom spend but we should be able to do that in the coming Roberts told superintendents they should look at the new man date as protection against future mandates but did not explain what would prevent future legisla tors or governors from changing the rules He did say the lawmakers need ed to be careful not to unravel the entire See Page 7A Commissioner Greg Parker CISD budget will reduce tax rate briefly By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Comal Independent School District trustees approved an million budget for the 200506 school year Thursday and set the tax rate at per No district patrons participated in the public hearing required by law before trustees took their Trustee Rose Cervin was the only board member to vote against both the budget and the tax The budget includes a million recap ture payment under the states current school finance which calls for wealth tllsmcts to give tnortey tar redlstrtbu tion to poorer Despite the Robin Hood payment and increases in staffing to accommodate roughly 800 more students than the dis trict had in its classrooms last admin istrators also were able to increase the See Page 7A DAVID Volleyfest leyball teams host Fraukin Volleyfest this weekend City grant to help elderly with home repairs By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The city of New Braunfels soon will be able to assist 25 lowincome and disabled elderly residents with much needed home thanks in part to a state housing agency The awarded by the Texas Depart ment of Housing and Community will be added to funds already received from the federal government and used for health and safetyrelated repairs for older homes within the city City Community Development Block Grant Manager Nancy Davison said the funds were needed all over The need for this kind of help is huge here because we have an aging population on fixed she Many of the people we help live in 50yearold homes that have been passed down for several They really need fixing Projects will include expensive repairs the homeowners cannot afford themselves new window replacements and entire See Page 3A The Uptown Piano Bar is the Romantic place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries
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