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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS PLAYOFFS Canyons Cougars arent but are winning big in the Class 4A state football Page 7A Schoenthal bridge completed By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A wellknown Comal County landmark is no and County Judge Danny Scheel had best dust off his dancing County Engineer Tom Hornseth report ed to commissioners Thursday that the Schoenthal the largest construc tion project in his departments has been completed on schedule and at costing The designed by Assistant County Engineer Robert Boyd and con structed by ACME Bridge of New Braun began construction June 1 and opened to traffic this The culvert project on Schoenthal Road is Hornseth told commis Its a large project for and it provides a safe road for people in our The culverts will keep Schoenthal Road open through a 10year flooding enabling residents to cross during all but the heaviest Before it typically was among the first county roads closed during landlocking area residents and preventing See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY fuzzy The a new coffee opens its doors in New Despite civic center project to move ahead By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Plans for the New Braunfels Civic Center expansion project are moving ahead despite the death of its chief Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce President Michael who has pushed for years for the project that will turn the civic center into a convention said this week he believed Ken Rehler would not want it any other This was more than just a job to Meek Hes worked on various concepts for years simply because he believed the city deserved a better meeting After presenting city council members with initial and elevation drawings in Rehler began holding weekly meetings with the convention center com mittee to discuss the projects Just a few days after his death 11 in an aircraft crash at New Braunfels Municipal Air the group was scheduled to meet to dis cuss landscaping The meeting was postponed until when it will be com bined with a discussion about making the new building suitable for use as a Red Cross Meek said one of Renters colleagues would continue the meetings and be prepared to See Page 3A PftSO TX IT W NOVEMBER JtlERALDZrEITUNG FORUM SOUND OFF Readers discuss unsafe driving and comic strip replace Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 313 16 2 sections CK n Mostly sunny High Low 80 51 1 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS OB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B SCHOOL PLAN SENT BACK DAVID Lone Star Elementary teacher Amy Wright works with the secondgrade students in her class Tuesday Legislators given June 1 deadline By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Prominent state leaders have said for months that lawmakers wont overhaul the tax system until a court orders them to do They got what they needed Tuesday when the Texas Supreme Court called the property tax system uncon stitutional and gave the state a June 1 deadline to fix the The ninemember Repub lican panel agreed 71 with one of three arguments in a lawsuit brought against the state by hundreds of school but found the sys tem meets constitutional requirements for providing an adequate education and equitable facilities Justice Scott Brister dissent and Justice Don Willett did not This time the Supreme Court has There is no back said Texas Dan a member of the House Public Education This deadline is a firm At that you cant finance schools the same you have to make the system See Page 3A Leaders anxious to find solution By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Local legislators and school administrators hope Tues days ruling by the Texas Supreme Court could finally be the impetus that pushes through the Texas Legislature an equitable way to fund the states The court ruled that caps on local school district taxes were unconstitutional because the current system amounts to a statewide prop erty The Legislature will have to go into special ses sion to consider other ways to fund school I assumed all along that the court would rule it uncon said state Carter RNew Braun I think well be back in State Carter Casteel session by State Jeff Went R S a n said he also expected the rul The court issued a June 1 deadline for lawmakers to reach an agreement or face the prospect of schools going Though the Texas Legislature has not been able to solve school finance for two Wentworth said they will find a solution before the We will not let Texas schools lose he Thafs not going to Ron superintend ent of New Braunfels Inde pendent School said he hopes that the Legislature will meet as soon as He feels the group needs as much time as possible if it is planning to meet the June 1 Reaves said he is also con cerned that removing the cap on property taxes could make district equality more difficult to Im afraid they might not provide a longterm she Raising the tax cap would only raise the disparity between the rich and poor propertyrich dis tricts such as Comal ISD See Page 3A A HISTORY OFTHE SCHOOL FINANCE BATTLE S3 1993 Days before a courtimposed deadline threatened to close Texas the Legislature forces prop ertyrich school districts to share some wealth with poorer Supreme Court upholds the sharethe wealth some times called Robin Bill who as a state senator authored the Robin Hood funding says it needs review and possible B 2004 After a trial brought by 300 both rich and a judge rules the education funding system unconstitu tional and threatens to order the state to halt school spending in October ffl Legislature convenes in regular session and Perry declares educa tion funding an emer gencyT Lawmakers fail to pass a new system before session expires May ESJune 18 Perry vetoes billion in educa tion forcing lawmakers into 30day special Perry calls lawmakers back for another 30day special session July which also fails to pass a Supreme Court rules that local property taxes for school fund ing amount to an unconstitutional statewide tax and gives the state until June 1 to fix the sys Several businesses closed for Thanksgiving holiday From Staff Reports Grocery shopping procrastina tors still have plenty of time to pick up lastminute goodies for the Thanksgiving Day Every grocery store in town will be open located at 651 Walnut will be open from 6 to 2 at 955 Walnut will be open from 8 to 4 The two Handy Andy at 559 San Antonio and 355 Lan da will be open from 7 to 7 WalMart at 1209 Interstate takes the prize for offering its customers the most con venience the 24hour store will be open all In the Canyon Lake both Super S Food Stores will be open from 7 to 3 Thanksgiving For people who do not feel like Fire 485 Busi ness will be open and ready to serve the traditional turkey and dressing meal from 10 to 7 While most nonfoodrelated businesses will be closed Thanks giving the citys sanitation workers still will be making the rounds to collect City staff has asked all Thursday and Friday customers to have their trash out to the curbs by 6 to make sure nothing gets left City and county offices will be closed Thursday and New Braunfels Utilities also will be closed both giving some people a little extra time to get their bills Bills due Friday will not be considered late as long as they are paid by 5 To report power outages during the call The New Braunfels Post Office will be closed Thursday but will be open from 9 to 5 Banks will be closed Thursday but also will reopen for business Both Comal County school dis tricts ended classes Tuesday but will resume 0 FORD Low Milen Power UTindowt Factory Warranty I BLUEBONNET Jeep V lii IS THE DIFPEREHCE1 8006207258