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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 /  ■ SOCCER, 6  Canyon Cougarettes battle SA Roosevelt  ■ SECUIN, 2  'Crips' associates get 227 years in prison combined  ■ INTERNATIONAL, 3  Former dictator 'Baby Doc' returns to Haiti  ► EDWARDS AQUIFER  Edwards group proposes sales tax  Levy would fund projects in Landa Park and beyond  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  A sales tax is being proposed to help fund the expenses of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, including projects to be built in Landa Park to protect endangered species.  Annual expenses of the EAR IP are expected to amount to more than $31 million, according to Robert L Gulley, program manager for the EARIR  The EARIP would ask the Legislature to create a regional taxing authority that would receive and distribute the tax, according to Gulley.  Voters would be asked to approve the sales tax.  The amount of the tax would be set by the state, but EARIP is seeking a one-eighth percent sales tax that would rise to one-quarter percent. New Braunfels currently levies a 1.5 percent sales tax and Comal County levies a .5 percent sales tax.  The new sales tax would not affect the sales tax capacity or levels of local/municipal governments, according to Gulley.  The counties that would be included in the proposed sales-tax district are yet to be determined, but would include the counties in the jurisdiction of the Edwards Aquifer Authority as well as additional counties.  The EAA’s area spans 8,800 square miles across eight counties in south-central Texas, including the southern portion of Comal County, portions of Guadalupe, Hays, Atascosa and Caldwell counties, plus all of Bexar, Uvalde and Medina counties.  The EARIP group has been  See EARIP, Page 3  Vol. 158, No. 58 10 pages, 1 section  Inside  CLASSIFIEDS  COMICS  CROSSWORD  FORUM  OBITUARIES  PLANNER  SPORTS  TV GRID  TUESDAY JANUARY 18, 2011  Texas^|p Newspaper of the Year  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  500  Woman killed on 1-35  Comal County resident struck while crossing highway  LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung  Emergency responders stand near one of the vehicles involved in Monday’s fatal accident on Interstate 35.  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  A minor accident turned to tragedy Monday night on Interstate 35.  A Comal County woman  was struck by a car and killed while trying to cross the freeway to exchange information after her vehicle was in a minor accident with another car near the Watson Lane exit.  “One car pulled over to the left side of the road and one car pulled over to the right side of the road ... (the victim) was hit while trying to  See ACCIDENT, Page 3  Fht Bulverde City Council prayed to Jesus, in some form, at each session. In America, this is wrong."  - SANDI ROOT, wants Bulverde to stop saying Christian prayer before meetings  PRAYER UNDER FIRE  theTtarurf’a meeth?g in’Suh/erdef ^ '° Wertheir headS  * S  ^ Bill    JET  Group: Bulverde Councils prayers unconstitutional  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  Bulverde—The tiny city of Bulverde, not even 15 years old — a baby by city government standards — has become a lightning rod for the issue of separation of church and state.  In October, area resident Sandi Root invoked the help of a national organization, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, in an effort to get the city council to end a tradition of using Christian  A RESPONSE TO THE DEBATE  Eric Lane, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, San Antonio Chapter, gives his view on the issue. Page 4.  prayer to open meetings.  “The Bulverde City Council prayed to Jesus, in some form, at each session. In America, this is wrong,” said Root, who lives in the Bulverde extra-territorial jurisdiction or ET].  “My take is that a majority must take responsibility and respect the views of others and encourage diversity and inclusiveness — not impose  its religious beliefs upon others,” she said.  City response  After receiving a letter that threatened legal action if they didn’t cease the practice, the Bulverde council scrambled for options, said Mayor Bill Krawietz.  Initially, Krawietz thought of a generic measure that might appease those who found sectarian prayer to be unconstitutional.  “I thought it best just to stick with  See PRAYER, Page 10  ► TEXAS BUDGET rp  lexans await first draft of budget  By April Castro  Associated Press  AUSTIN — Nursing homi administrators across the stati are worried they’ll soon havi to start turning out the elder ly. Community college presi dents don't know if they'l soon be closing their doors Wardens at prisons and juve nile lockups wonder which o them will survive the state': budget ax.  The next Texas budge process ha  There are no sacred cows ...We will be cutting every article within our budget.”  just begur but the pos-sible outcome of a revenue shortfall between $15 billion and $27 billion will become much clearer this week as the first version of the budget is released.     Republican Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is expected to release his proposed budget late Tuesday and explain it to the House on Wednesday. His baseline budget cuts $15 billion from the current budget, without using any tax increases or  See BUDGET, Page 3  — Rep.  Jim Pitts  Chairman,  House  Appropriations  Committee  NBISD braces for new STAAR testing  Sunny  High Low  70 40  Details 10  ■56825  00001  WWW, _  herald-zeitung.com 50 cents  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  The New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees received good news and bad news during its first meeting of 2011 Monday night.  Assistant Superintendent Dr. Victoria Pursch provided both. She cited the district’s outstanding performance on the most recent round of state-mandated achievement tests, but warned of the dangers in store if the district doesn’t quickly step up its plan for a massive  STAAR TEST  Pick up the Friday edition of the Herald-Zeitung for an in-depth look at the STAAR test.  change in the state's next foray into testing.  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam will replace the Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in phases over the next four years. Beginning next year, eighth-graders must pass it in order to enter ninth grade for the following school year. Cur  rent sophomores, juniors and seniors will remain in TAKS testing.  “This is a gigantic change for the way testing is done in the state,” said Pursch, who addressed trustees with the first of a three-part overview on the STAAR process. “There’s so much to it, and there’s a lot of information that is not yet available.”  The Texas Education Agency is still revamping the state’s new accountability testing plan,  See STAAR, Page 3  LAURA McKENZIE/Herald Zeit Students, school board members, New Braunfels Middle School principal John Burks and NBISD superintendent Randy Moczygemba officially break ground dur ing Monday's ceremony at the construction site of a new middle school 1400 block of Klein Road.  in the  Pleasft Uelp supporf,    POiwwmrLy    «tt'aréKftss  - Donate to NIE  Por wore information confaci, Taff Powlar 0 (tso)  Ë1ULD ÉEITI1IMI»  (Tinnii \n mow   

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