New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 14, 2005, Page 8

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung September 14, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, September 14, 2005 TAX CONTINUED FROM Page 1A City’s reserve fund continues to grow ♦ the new tax rate will be conducted Sept. 26. When Mayor Bruce Boyer opened the hearing to public comments, tax activist Wayne Rudolph spoke up. Rudolph, who last year ramrodded the successful effort to get a tax freeze for senior and disabled homeowners, spent a few moments praising Boyer before gently woodshedding the council. “This budget reflects the campaign promises made by Mayor Boyer,” Rudolph said. “He promised added police and fire protection, and this budget provides that. He promised to reopen the library on Sunday. This budget does that." With changes proposed Monday night, Rudolph said, the proposed city budget would increase expenditures next year by 16.3 percent — five times more than inflation. “Although the expenditure side of the budget has expanded dramatically, I believe the council has done the best it can to meet the needs of citizens, city employees and these inflationary pressures,” Rudolph said. Then, he mentioned the city’s general fund reserves, 2,500 EWA It For Info leading to arrest a conviction and recovery of property from 8/26 Burglary of| Crooked Door Recording Studio © 1060 Amo. • Now Braunfels. TK | 830.620.0421 wwiLcrookuddoor.coM now approaching $ 14 million and growing. The reserve is increasing, he said, because the city conservatively estimates sales tax revenues and never considers $100 million in likely taxable value because it is under protest in the summer when the budget is prepared — even though typically well over 80 percent of it will be in the certified grand list in any given year. Sales taxes, Rudolph added, are increasing because the city has placed an emphasis — and spent tax money — on supporting economic development. lf the city was a little less conservative in its estimates, Rudolph said, it could cut the tax rate by an additional 4 cents per $100 — and still grow the fire and police departments and have the library open on Sundays. “It is now the time for the home taxpayer to be given the benefit of the sacrifices we’ve made,” Rudolph said. “Let’s give the taxpayer a break." GUN CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Weapon looked like apt GI ock pistol West checked into Potters Creek campground Wednesday, Ward said. Just before I a.m. Saturday, neighboring campers reported he was belligerent and had several weapons, including guns and knives. Two veteran deputies, who Ward would not identify, responded to the call and shot West when he raised a weapon as though to fire it — and after he was repeat-edly asked to show his hands. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: September 14, 2005

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