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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas OBITUARIES Paid advertisements Melvin Jahnsen passed away on Wednesday August at the age of Visitation will take place on Friday August 2005 from PM to PM at Zbeller Funeral Home in New Funer al Service will be conducted on Saturday August at AM in Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaVer Interment will fol low at PM at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in New ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals Cremations 615 New Braunfels 830 6252349 GEORGE JOHNBERICH Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller funeral Home for George John who passed away at his residence at Spring Branch at the age of 61 It was his wishes to be Services will be at a later ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals Cremations 615 New Braunfels 830 6252349 KENNETH KLAWITTER Funeral arrangements are pending with Zoeller Funer al Home for Kenneth Klawit ter who passed away on Thursday August BUDGET GRANT CONTINUED FROM Page 1 A Work will make noticeable difference home Davison promised the funds would create visible improve ment in homes around We can spend up to on each so you will definitely notice a differ ence when you drive by on the she Planning Director Frank Robbins said die noticeable difference would create a syn ergistic effect in local neigh The amount of money we received will make a substan tial difference in some of these That will make people feel better about their neigh encouraging them to take better care of their own he who has looked for grant money for the citys housing program since said the amount of the TDHCA award was quite an accomplishment for a city New Braunfels you would see a city like San Antonio pulling down a grant like she This is huge for The TDHCA grant doubled the citys home program budg et for next Last New Braunfels only received from the While the city will be able to assist 15 more homeowners than it did last many res idents will have to live with their homes major problems for at least one more Davisoris repair waiting list is 41 names this is just the begin Davison This is a grant we will continue to apply for every And they know we are good so we should get more good New Braunfels was one of 99 public housing authorities and non profit organizations to divvy up the million HOME Investment Partnerships Pro grams 2005 CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Commissioners trim their own raises an percent pay Scheel said the proposal was neces sary to move commissioners in line with other county com missioners in While Millikin said he under stood the he could not support die increase when other elected officials were get ting 5percent During the Scheel said his concern was not with but rather County Auditor David whose salary is locked with the county judges in accordance with state the employeesgot a 2 percent or 3 percent Scheel The elected offi cials got The county auditors salary is set on my He cannot be paid more than Last county employees got a raise and David Renkin got Scheel then asked if there was a way to increase his salary without actually increasing his pay the full Could I take a 7 percent increase and give 2 percent back he But Renkin said he would prefer to have his salary increase limited rather than having to play with the budget too In the commissioners and the other elected officials received a 5 percent increase while county employees saw their raises start at 3 percent with the chance to get Millikin said his amendment was aimed primarily at letting department heads have greater control over The budg et will allow department heads to either offer no raise or merit raises of percent or 4 The COLA increases will go into effect with the merit increases starring July I would rather have depart ment heads making that deci Millikin I dont want us to make that The salary decision will save the county close to dur ing but could cost as Jexas MedClinic URGENT CARE MEDICINE 8 Convenient Locations An alternative to the hospital emergency department for Urgent Medical Problems after on weekends and Open 365 Days SAM UPM No appointment necessary Minimal waiting times Loop 8215598 Loop 6954884 3415588 Loop 5205588 6555529 SE 9275580 6965599 1604 6595533 Texas MedClinic is not a Primary Care Provider Business Office 3495577 we do not accept Medicaid or Medicare Assignment Celebrate the good tilings life has brought your and imagine the possibilities for all the years to Happy Birthday From and the rest of your loving family much as in Commis sioners also decided to spend up to to determine whether the salaries paid to em August HERALDZETTUNG Page 3A Parker loses fight to pay sheriffs personnel more Commissioner Jay Millikin ployees were sufficient when compared to other The amendment specifical ly said the county would hire an outside agency to conduct a complete salary While commissioners supported the Jack Dawson and Jan Kennady said the information should be used to ensure coun ty employees get paid in line with similar employees from other Millikin warned that agree ing in advance to do so could force commissioners to raise the tax rate again in We saw this coming a year we told people this was Millikin If you think this was wait until next Other changes to the budget included an increased cost of for the county Scheel explained that due to a new federal prison in the Immigration and Natural ization Service planned to pull all of its prisoners out of the county jail Scheel had already reduced the compensation expected from the federal government in his initial The budget discussion was held in conjunction with a pub lic hearing where no one showed up to discuss the spending Our public hearing today was attended only by staffers and elected Parker That saddens Espe cially in my we could have done more and no one came to By David RupkaMs News Editor Commissioner Greg Parker went to battle for the sheriffs department but came up short when no other coVnmissioners supported his idea to raise taxes to offer big ger pay Parker opened a discussion on the 2006 county budget by asking that the proposed 2 cent tax increase be increased by a Each penny added to the county tax rolls brings in in Parker suggested the extra money be used to offer sheriffs office employees dispatchers and jailers as well as county constables a 10 percent Sheriff Bob Holder ap proached commissioners ear ly in the budget asking that his deputies receive a 16 percent raise with dispatchers and jailers getting 12 Holder said the increased money was necessary to move his employees in line with the officers at the New Braunfels Police When County Judge Danny Scheel released his budget to commissioners several weeks it included a 5percent raise for all county that amount was amended to a 3 percent cost of living increase with the pos sibility of merit raises of up to 4 percent I want to make this 1 cent take care of the Parker There are ways to get this and this is Commissioner Jay Millikin questioned the tax rate saying a 2cent hike was already too much since it crest I want to make this 1 cent take care of the There are ways to get this and this is Greg Parker County Commissioner ed the rollback amount that could lead to a challenge by By state the coun ty can raise its tax collections 8 percent Anything higher is subject to petition by All we do is open ourselves up for scrutiny every time we pass that 8 percent Mil likin Were already at But Parker was All I can say is bring it We have to do whats Parker But Parkers arguments did nt sway the rest of the com who voted against the Because he proposed the Scheel did not RIX KUvSS KKLLY I Hi DKRAILKRS Sunday 59 No Cover Micky the Motorcars MIRANDA LAMBERT September 3rd 4ih CHARLIE ROBISON RODNE GOSPtiLBRUNCH TEXAS TWIST FOR TICKET INFO 8306295077 or aiacBu Kick off1 the Fall Allergy Season with Central Texas Health Research Volunteers ages 12 and over are needed for a Fall Allergy Study involving an investigational Qualified participants will For more please call 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