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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Exercise your right to vote for three at-largecity council meniu^.'s New Braunfels 4iUd» Now Braunfels, Texas Two Sections, 24 Pages Friday April 3, 1987 25 Cents Stammtisch Walnut Square merchants sure stick together A would tx* purse snatcher s attempt was foiled Wednesday morning in front of the World of Fabric > store rn Walnut square Shopping < enter As a customs attempted to open the shop door, a young woman in her Jus tried to grab the woman s handbag Hie victim s screams at traded local merchants who gave chase when the purse snatcher started running toward a parked car with a driver waiting on the ex pressway side of the center's park mg lot Running in hot pursuit of the young woman was lim Sluder of Discount Furniture Preston Chap man of Mr *.atti\ and Jow Schriewer of World of Fabrics The pair got aw av t»ut not before the license plate number wat obtain V woman who had srn the incident gist* police a description of the criminal and police questioned the victim who wa1* visibly shaker hut who still had her purse Good work guys It may t* cliche tmt it is nice to know there are still people who cart* The Project Dr aquation Volleyball tournament that hail been scheduled for tonight has bren re set tor Mon day at ii lo p rn at » an yon High School Students ami (acuity from the area • three high sc bot' I s will participate n (lie event which will raise money for the substance tree Project Gradual tori elevations at the N*l*»»ois It (Hight to I** a fun time trying to figure out who has the t**st colies Judy Landry of Parents Without Partners said tier group turf iii out en masse last night to s*-e Circle Arts Theatre s new production of Hi ghton Htuch Memoir* 'udv sa I I fit' plus IS vers .. and atkled that if would t** anyone s atule to go mm very good worth Die pia\ opened last I i^ht for .1 foul weekend ain and a benefit |*er for rn a nee for Hospice New Braunfels will tie held Sprit s I i* gets and reservations for all shows arr- available at Krause |i<Migs 8*25 0251 \r sen iv your fight to cole satur day t’Ut whi n >ou *lo so n tile cliv election please make sui*- you vote for three J* t sons Nine candidates are comjieting for TIIKFF at large scats an*l you wilt cheat sour self ami s. jew up the results if \ou only Not,* tor one person Dolls ojien at 7 a rn and will close at i p iii Along w ii ti the city council election Comal County is holding a half l ent sales tax vote and an dec lion on the* c Teat ion of a Spring Bi in* Ii t ire I>istru t Nine Braunfels IsD has three |H*rsoiu* running tot District • and one per son running in Distric t < Comal ISI) tuts tao persons runn mg for two at large seats on that school belard Polling places and a county precinct map .ire* again in c ludcd on Page f> \ of tmiav > Hermit! A good weekend for some fun in the sun as temperatures today and tomorrow will reach into the 70's with dear skies today giving to room to partly cloudy conditions Saturday Winds today will be variable at S-10 mph Tonight will be clear and cool with temps (all ing into the upper 30's Th* Menu CLASSIFIED.....3-11B COMICS.............SB CROSSWORD.......IE DEAR AERY.......UA OPINIONS..........4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS.4A SPORTS.........10-11AIndustrial tax appraisals inadequateComal County chief appraiser says property values are indefensible, lack documentation By JIM WEBRE Staff Writer Ad valorem tax values for Comal Central Ap praisal District's largest commercial in dustnal accounts are inadequate to ensure ac curacy and defensibility in the tax appraisal piocess Based or review of more than 15 high value commert .ii .md industrial appraisal file" numerous • ntries for properties and businesses with appraised values are justified only by en tries reading simply appurtenances and drops and reflect values that in some cases exceed tens of millions of dollars Drops in theM* cases appear to refer lo utility con net lions and lines attached to buildings for which there is no indication of appraisal of contents or other materials Comal 1 XI) directors have tsked Chief Ap praiser Richard Rhodes lo investigate the records gap and made such a top priority for the chief appraiser Comal CAD since 1981 has relied on Thomas 5 Pickett consulting engineers and appraisers for ad valorem valuations on these in dustnal commercial sites at a cost of more than $ to 000 annually Comal CAD. officials said did not have the expertise or means to ap praise these sites Rho*lev rn his proposed 1988 budget totaling SMH CO has cut the allocation for appraisal ser vices to $10,000. which he said would be needed for contract services only so far as necessary when CAD staff get up to speed w ith industrial appraisals which I intend to do myself VV ithm two to three years we should be able to do all the real property appraisals ourselves the leg work and rely on contract services for consultation on complex valuations Rhodes. said t'\D bourd chairman SI) David has ex pressed concern for some time over industrial values and whether their validity could be defended if appeals of appraisal" were made h or some of the*** Rhodes said gesturing at several stacks of files representing the ap praisal histories of some 40 commercial in dustnal properties There is nothing other than the tax roll that shows the value or how that value was arrived at Tm not saying these values are bad but I don't know if they re good There is insufficient documentation to prove either he said Some documentation and latest values date back to November 198:1 A spokeswoman for Thomas V Pickett said the firm s manager for the Comal operation Bill Goad, was not available early Thursday afternoon She said Goad or the firm s presi dent would comment but neither returned telephone calls Thursday afternoon They Pickett s appraisers did what they were asked to do They delivered a value by the deadline set It's amazing thev produce all this at all Rhodes said He added that recent contact with Pickett representatives has resulted in better and more documentation of in dustnal commercial appraisals for the upcom mg tax year In one case an industrial firm refused to allow Pickett or Comal CAD appraisers onto the business site or into the physical plant at all saying the company was a private business and inspection would only he allowed if sought by the Internal Revenue Service and shareholders in the corporation The firm has since changed ownership and updated records of real property and inventory reportedly will be made available for fiscal 1988 ( AD records indicate Renditions of pro pert> by owners are not a matter of public record although v irtually all other records of the appraisal district are A formal appraisal of the company ha- never been made either by Pickett or CAD since 1982 records show Pickett's contract w ith Comal CAD states the contractor will appraise real property for 31 commercial industrial accounts, personal pra See APPRAISALS. Page 2A Candidates anticipate hard work, tough decisions after voters decideat-large seats Drug abuse seminar fills NB Civic Center By SARAN OUKE Staff Writer The message about dope in Comal County is simple It takes one to use some ( Annal and New Braunfels school district officials vowed Thursday that a seminar which drew more than TW) people to the New Braunfels Civic Center Thursday will be the beginning of a major move to stop and pre vent drug among local children Fight speakers all with ex penetxe in dealing with drug abuse gave the the crowd of parents ami children at the seminar with a glimpse at (hr* horrors of drug abuse The speakers brought home the fact that New Braunfels is mi dlf ferent from any other place in that this town has its share of drug abusers from speed ad diets lo the office workers and housewife* who abuse common drugs Roy LtnnarU. principal of Ca nyon Middle School said local parents must join together in their effort to protect their children and their families from suffering the pain* of drug abuse Don West a parent who lost a son to the agony of drug addiction. said he hope* no other (ami ly has to suffer the pain he and his family experienced during his son s years of drug abuse He "You could put another 10,000 OE A agents on the streets and it would do nothing to reduce the demand." Dave Quilter Drug Enforcement Agency said he never thought drugs could affect his family until he discovered his son was involved with manjuana After struggling for years to help his child recover from drug ami alcohol abuse West said his Min commit ted suicide i‘ounty Attorney Bill Renner told parents they have to face the reality of the Comal County drug scene • Here in Comal ( ounty there has kind of been a con spiracy of silence We all wanted to think of this place a pristine little community But New Braunfels is no different we have a problem ” he said ‘Any drug you can find in Houston in New Vork, in San Francisco you can tind in New Braunfels." Renner said He blasted parents who look the other way when they hear of juveniles drinking and said parents have to realize that See DRUGS, Page 2A 'Airplane' defendants have charges dropped By JOHN KAST NI M Con evpondent Almost mi people who were among those arrested in a raid of an illegal gambling game in Marion in January will have the charges dropped ai cording to Guadalupe Counts At tonies Flu aliet ti Jandt Die defendants were arrested follow mg an undercover operation at a part) in which prospects were allegedly being lined up to play the Airplane Game an endless chain scheme prohibited bv state law According to J amit only one of those defendants pleaded guilty to £ DI TOH > \(>7> Hight of the nine candidates staking thnx* at large neats on New Braunfels ('ny Council in Saturday > municipal election gathered Thursday for .in mfornia. disc ussion of issue> and philosophy concerning city government Incumbent J ame * Goodbread inter viewed earlier in the day was unable to attend the meeting with Herald bedung representative* because ut a commitment to attend a crm iaiiy important public meeting on drug abust‘ His comments cannot be con sidereii in context of ttuase of his fellow citizen* running to represent not a single district t'ut all J O*** pius Sew Hr aune! st4 rs By JIM WEBRE and DAVID MAY staff Writers XII eight candidates running alongside incumbent James Goodbread anil for the two other al Sarge seats on New Braunfels City Council vacated by Barbara I leken and Max VS inkier believe City Manager Jot Michie should tie able to step on political tot*" it it means a more cost effective and equitable New Braunfels Goodbread stands on his record as .1 two year council member and tieiieves * ompromise shouldn ’ be a bad word He has voted for the most recent sign control or durance and say s he votes in tandem w ith no one Hts political opponents in the race speak objectively atM»ut him and agree his record and experience are the key thing" for voters to remember The challengers are investment hanker Dennis Kaderli amusement park owner and accountant ii ary Henry plant store owner Bob Pacharzma interior fur nishings store owner Dennis Rhoads retired minister and businessman Bot* Arnold former police officer and insurance agency co owner Doug Miller, hosiery distributor and former candidate for "tate representative and San Antonio mayor George Bigley and auditor and accountant Lupe ( astillo The eight non incumbent candidates agrin* a city manager should bt* able to tell the public and city council that the city needs a sizable increase in property taxes to break even and deliver first class city services and not U* in fear of his job AII but Miller said they question whether the city manager should have a binding contract for a specific time Miller said a contract at a future date might be necessary to ensure reasonable job security for him and all city employees under his control Since the city charter disallows the city manager working under con tract Miller pointed out that such a change would require a charter amendment to be voted on by the citizenry at-iarge Pacharzma said the mayor > on the council "is ceremonial’ and the eight non incumbents agreed with Henry s statement that the mayor should not have a desk in the city manager > office Bigiev and Arnold agreed that a contra t is only a- good as the people behind it One commonality is all eight acknowledge that the next few year- at least will mean open debate inherently emotional but hopefully respectfully conducted Castillo joked that he was going to buy a bullet-proof vest, but all said they expected and would understand heated controversy over manv of the most important i»ues facing the city All promise accessibility to their broad constituency and all said they would stress public-contact with a broad base- of citizens if they are elected Bigley flatly opposes any but a sales tax increase through expanded markets to generate city revenue and says he would support a 'ale- lax on commercial ser v ices An increase in ad valorem property taxes ,s inevitable the candidates save for Bigley said None commit to any -pet if ic percentage and some question the city’s math in estimating revenues The question of a property tax hike may be politically volatile but save for Bigley th* remaining non incumbents and Goodbread ait say the public needs to lank at the reasons for sue f an increase althorn which the city will face financial hardship The greatest diverge* «• .inning ‘ta - -.« total ran didates is over comprehense e land us.- controls Good bread is rn favor of the citv ma.blaming a zoning or dinance Rhoads said he be I eve" the t it \ council has pro ffered "too manv .salver- and special use permits while Henry k.iderli Pachar, ma Arnold Miller and (‘astillo indicated they In* neve flexibility' in planning See CANDIDATES Page 2A Marion candidate indicted the Class B misdemeanor charge receiving a S«».»o fine ami tieing assessed court costs Die individual also aas placed on "ix months proba lion Charges however are still jien ding against two oilier individuals who were arrested during the raid Jandt indicated she would like to target the organizers of the scheme those are the ones that I d like to get out of there first,’ she said Two other mdiv iduals who were ai rested in the raid lace a maximum punishment ol $1 out line and or six months in the county jail By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent In what is termed a political move by county officials (9 year old Sammy IMannstiel who is seeking a sjmt on the Marion City Council Saturday ha" been indicted by a Guadalupe County Grand Jury for felony theit IMannstiel is accused of stealing a GMS pick up truck from Arthur Perez of San Antonio Du* indictment chat g mg IMannstiel with the theft was returned late Thursday afternoon after Guadalupe County District Attorney Bud Kirkendatl culled a Seguin man to testify w ith immunity from prosecution before District Judge bu- Strauss in open court The man refused to testify When contacted atter the Grand Jury session Pfann stiel said It s political All it is is a political deal They don't have any real proof that anything was stolen he said ‘ The truck was confiscated from me last January and it is real consequential that this would come just two days before the election ’’ The son of a former mayor IMannstiel has locked horns with local court officials before In 1981 he reached an out of court settlement with Guadalupe County and the city of Marion in a civ ii rights cast* Currently IMannstiel is suing the city of Marion the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Southern Pacific Railroad for a civ ii rights violation The truck was seized by Guadalupe (’ounty Sheriff s Deputy Larry Moraweitz and IH*partmerit of Public Safe tv Investigator Henry Brune on Jan 27 The truck w as reported stolen on June lo. 1984 Iii a civil suit filed in 25th District Court in Seguin to confiscate the truck Brune alleged the truck owned by IMannstiel bore the same veto*, lr registration number as the truck Perez reported -1 den During grand jury testimony D.ursday steven Carter 25, of Seguin was called a ' pen tour' tieiui* Judge Strauss to testify about the alleged the!’ Carter pleader! the Y iftF Amendment against sell incrimination when Kirkendall asked hun ll he had any knowledge alto ut the truck awned t y IMannstiel. or about changing the registra’ion numbei Strauss has taken under advisement a contempt of court order on Carter IMannstiel is a rodeo producer in Marion He said the indictment is a political vendetta against him by lawmen and county officials who lot * want him elected to city office IMannstiel also mentioned that past charges against turn stem from court v ictories against county lawmen In 1984 IMannstiel was awarded $80 mn* m a settlement w uh the county I fie city of Marion the former district at torney. Guadalupe County Attorney Flizatieth Jandt and Sheriff Pete Kalla*" The city of Marion has been pounded by major political moves in the last two months Late in January former Marion mayor Bill Little resigned after taking heat from residents and council concerning his decision not to hire a city manager Short Iv adet that current Mayor Stanley Jackson advised council lie had no plans to seek another term Just last month former police chief Mike Fai l was suspended and later regisned following an alleged ordeal with a 22 year old Marion man after a traffic accident where the man was allegedly beaten and kicked fix h art City officials have refused to comment on the latest in cadent ;