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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 5 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Tuesday, April 4,1995Parade entryMichael Krause, great-great-grandson of Johann Adam Wuest, inspects the cart he will use in the Comal County Genealogy Society parade entry, as his “real life” wife, Connie (Publications secretary of the society) looks on. Michael is hoping that some fellow Wuest descendants will Join him by representing Philippine, Emma, August, Gustav and Herman. The society parade entry will depict the “First Founders” of New Braunfels and all descendants are encouraged to participate. Please contact the Comal County Genealogical Society at the Sophienburg Archives, located at 200 N. Seguin St., or call 629-1900 to pick up a form so you can represent your ancestor. Homestead exemption lowers tax bills Homeowners can reduce their property tax bills in 1995 by taking advantage of exemptions. Application forms are available at the Comal Appraisal District office. Chief Appraiser, Lynn Rodgers, informs homeowners that Texas law allows them to file a one-time application for home exemptions. These exemptions reduce the appraised value of the home. Property owners who have never received exemptions on their homes in which they were living on Jan. 1, 1995, and those who became 65 or disabled during 1994, must apply this year to receive exemptions for 1995. Homeowners must file signed, completed applications at the appraisal office by May I. A homeowner’s principal residence and yard are considered the residence homestead. It can include up to 20 acres of land and improvements (buildings), such as a swimming pool, greenhouse or other structure, as long as the owner uses them for residential purposes. Rodgers said that a property mustStammtisch meet four tests set by law to qualify for the residence homestead exemption. The person or persons claiming the exemption must own the property on Jan. I ;,the property must be designed or adapted for human residence; the owner must use the property as a residence; and the property must be the principal residence of an owner who qualifies for the exemption. A mobile home, even on leased land, can qualify for the exemption if it meets the four tests. “A property owner can still qualify for the homestead exemption if part of the residence is rented out or used for other purposes, such as a home business,” Rodgers said. “And the home will not lose its exemption if the owner moves away temporarily, so long as he or she intends to return and doesn’t claim another homestead exemption elsewhere.” Texas law provides several types of exemptions for homeowners. For school tax purposes, there is a $5,000 general homestead exemption for all homeowners and an additional $10,000 exemption for those 65 or older or dis abled. The school tax exemption for those 65 or older provides a special property tax “ceiling” for school taxes. While the market value of an elderly person’s home may fluctuate with the market, the school taxes cannot increase above the tax amount in the first year that person qualified for the exemption. The ceiling can increase, however, if the owner adds an improvement, other than normal maintenance or repair. When that happens, the new improvement is taxed at its current market value and the current tax rates. The new taxes are added to the previous tax ceiling to create a new ceiling. If an elderly homeowner dies, the surviving spouse may apply to keep the tax ceiling if the spouse was at least 55 years of age when the older spouse died. “The ceiling does not apply to taxes levied by the county, city or other taxing units. An elderly homeowner who has not previously received the over-65 exemption must apply for it before May I,” Rodgers said. “To qualify, the homeowner must be 65 or older on Jan. I, 1995.” Counties must offer a $3,000 general homestead exemption on the portion of the county tax levied for farm-to-mar-ket roads or flood control. Any taxing unit’s governing body may grant an additional optional exemption on the homesteads of disabled or elderly residents, or both. Taxing units may also offer a local-option homestead exemption based on a percentage of a home’s appraised value. In 1994, any taxing unit can exempt up to 20 percent of the value of each qualified homestead. No matter what percentage the taxing unit adopts, the dollar amount for any homestead exemption must be at least $5,000. Percentage homestead exemptions are granted by Comal Independent School District at 20 percent, Comal County at 20 percent, and the City of New Braunfels at 20 percent. For more information, homeowners may contact the Comal Appraisal District at 178 E. Mill St., Ste. 101, New Braunfels, TX 78130, 210-625-8597.Postal cancellation available A special hand-cancellation commemorating the Sesquicentennial celebration will be available starting Good Friday, April 14 in the lobby of the New Braunfels Post Office. The cancellation will be available during the hours IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The final day for the cancellation will be Monday, April 24. You must have a stamped envelope to receive the Postmark, or you may elect to buy the special souvenir envelope for $5. This envelope may also be placed in the Time Capsule at no additional charge.Big barbecue If you plan to attend the Sesquicentennial Barbecue on April 22, you must obtain tickets now. None will be sold on the day of the barbecue. Many organizations are selling them, or they may be picked up at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office. Serving will be at the Wurstfcst grounds. To Go plates may be picked up at the Knights of Columbus Hall.Weed alert Clean up day for Historic Downtown New Braunfels will be April 5. To make sure that the Downtown area puts on its best face for the Sesquicentennial, all merchants and property owners are invited to take part in Weed Alert, which will take place all day April 5. For information, call Main Street at 608-2 HK).Tree seminar The Comal County Horticulture Committee is sponsoring a Fruit and Nut Tree Grafting Workshop on Wednesday, April 5, beginning at I p.m. at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room on 132 South Water lane. Dr. Larry Stein, extension horticulturist, will present the workshop. There will be pecan, peach and pear sign wood free for those attending the workshop.Art After School Art Atter School returns to the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. Charlotte Lyon artist for Take Yourself Back, the museum’s Sesquicentennial activity book for children teaches in a vanety of media. Classes meet every Tuesday in April, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $ I for members and $ 1.50 for nonmembers. Charlotte is back by popular demand for the class, so don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, fun expenence with an excellent artist and teacher.Talent show Bill Brown Elementary School Talent Show will be held April 4 Public invited. The school is right off U.S. 281 N. and Highway 46. For information, call Mrs. Glick at 438-3045.Elderhostel entertainment Members of the Comal Community Band will give a special concert for Elderhostel participants Thursday, April 6, beginning at 7 p m. on the Main Plaza in New Braunfels. The performance is free and open to the public.Plaza Nites The Plaza will come alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday night in April, beginning Appl 6 with the Community Band. The concerts run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bnng lawn chairs and picnics. Other concerts set for the Plaza .Niles senes are Clay Blaker Appl 13, Rosie y los Muchachos April 20 and Tem Hendpx Appl 27. Fashion show Fashion show and luncheon presented by Comal County Senior Citi zens Center April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8 per person. Tickets are available at the center, 655 Landa St.Barbecue supper The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 will have its annual barbecue supper and country store April 7 at the Eagles Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member.Classes for Realtors The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors will be ofFeong 6 hours of mandatory continuing education on April 7, 1995. The classes offered will be Fair Housing (03-03-096-0463) and Contracts (03-03-036-0365). Classes are offered through the San Antonio Board of Realtors. Classes will be held at Vicuna Bank & Trust NORTH building, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 625-6954 to register. $36 for 6 hours, $ 18 per class.Easter egg hunt Grab your Piaster baskets and head to Landa Park for the Annual Landa Park Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 11 a m. Saturday, Appl 8 at the Landa Lake Gazebo. The Easter bunny will make a special appearance in the park to begin the hunt and pose for pictures. The hunt is co-sponsored by the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club, Wuest’s of New Braunfels, and the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department. For information, call the Landa Recreation Center at 608-2167.Attention, rose lovers Members of the San Antonio Rose Society will be at Schulz. Nursery in Marion on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 & 9, from IO a m. until 4 p.m. They will be available to answer questions and share their rose growing secrets with you. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.Lions Club BBQ The Marion Lions Club will be selling delicious barbecue on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a m. until 4 p.m. in downtown Marion, across from Helping Hand Hardware. Please support this worthwhile fund-raiser and help the Marion Lions better serve the needs of the community.Hummingbird seminar Schulz Nursery in Marion will be featuring a hummingbird seminar at IO a m. on Saturday, Apnl 15. James Middleton, from the San Antonio Audubon Society, will be the guest speaker. The door prize is free registration for two at the Hummer/Bird celebration in Rockport. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.Garden Ridge candidates presentation “Meet the Candidates,” sponsored by the Garden Ridge Area Republican Women (GRARW), will be held Monday, April 17 at Paul Davis Park. Pnor to a presentation of candidates for Garden Ridge Mayor, two Alderman positions and Comal ISD Board Trustee at 7 p.m., an optional dinner of barbecue ($4.50) or comdog and fries ($2.50) will be offered. Food service will begin at 6 p.m. Please purchase dinner tickets in advance from GRARW members or at Forest Waters Club, 21320 Water Wood Drive, Mon-day-Fnday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 651 -9739 or 651-9679 for more information.BavbsciM tickets The New Braunfels Fire Department Paver Project (Left to Right) Susan Heidrich, Assistant Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank, presented the bank’s check for the New Braunfels Coat of Arms granite marker to Joyce Hendricks, Main Street Paver Program Chair, flanked by Rita Kaufmann, Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank, holding a copy of the design 50 percent of actual size. Rita Kaufmann, Vice President, and Susan Heidrich, Assistant Vice President of Texas Commerce Bank, presented a check for $1200 to Joyce Hendricks, Main Street Paver Program Chair. A marker of Hill Country granite, engraved to reflect the original New Braunfels Coat of Arms, will be set on the Main Plaza above the Honors List—the 3-foot wide band of personalized pavers inside the existing sidewalk. Doing its part in Preserving our Past, Paving out Future, Texas Commerce Bank’s purchase will be placed in the SW quadrant of the Main Plaza. Personalized paver coupons are available in the downtown stores and the City desk. Watch for a coupon in the Herald-Zeitung. Be on the Honors List in the Prince Carl of zu-Solms-Braunfels Court of Honor. Deadline for paver purchases is April 30,1995. Auxiliary is one of the organizations chosen to sell barbecue tickets for the Sesquicentennial Barbecue on Apnl    _ 22. No tickets will be sold the day of the barbecue, sales will close Apnl 17. lf you would like to purchase your tickets from the Auxiliary they will be at Fire Station til (4120 Loop 337) on Saturday, Apnl I from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please come to the back parking. Texas A&M. Reservations can be made by calling 620-0704. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 18. Cost, including dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and under.Moctol Railroad Jamboree Don’t miss one of Texas’ biggest and best railroad shows! Saturday, April 22,1995,9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, the Model Railroad Jamboree will come to New Braunfels. The Jamboree will feature a Depot Open House, flea market (150 vendor tables), train layouts, raffle prizes, door prizes, refreshments, movies, a Union Pacific locomotive, and special displays. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under 18, under 5 free.Tennis, anyone? The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department is offering tennis lessons for youths and adults. * Pee-Wee, Beginner, and Advanced Beginner classes are offered for children ages 8-15. Adults may register for Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes. Classes begin during the week of April 24, 1995, and meet one day per week for 5 weeks. The fee for this class is $25. Registration will be accepted at the Landa Recreation Center through April 21. Private and semiprivate lessons are also available. For information regarding class dates and times, please call the Landa Recreation Center at 608-2167.Sartor Shoppers Show New Braunfels Barber Shoppers are having their annual show on Saturday, April 29 in Jackson Auditorium in Seguin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Comal Flower Shop, and from members.Tax Aid A ARP Tax Aid began Feb. I and continue through April 15, except for Feb. 20. Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a.m. to I p.m. and Saturday IO arn to I p.m.; Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday from I p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to I p.m.; and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from I p.m. to 4* pm and Saturday from 9 am to noon. / Bring your 1993 return and 1994 infer- ■ nation. ILearn line dancing Free line dance classes are available Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center.Apartments available The Housing Authority is accepting • applications from lower-income families who qualify as renters for two and three bedroom apartments. To qualify for an apartment, your gross annual income for a three-person family must be more than $15,500 but less than » $24,850; for a four-person family more than $17,250 but less than $27,600; for a five-person family, more than $18,650 but less than $29,800. Two-bedroom apartments will be $425 and three-bedroom apartments ; $475. Apply at 300 Laurel Lane.Books sought The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library are eagerly seeking bodes, puz-. zles, video and audio cassettes and other appropriate items for their fall book sale. Please take the items to fee library ' or call 629-2359 to arrange for pick up.Got in shop# It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Get into shape and enjoy all the benefits of being fit. Come on over ■ to the Senior Center any Monday and '■ Fnday from 9:45-10:45 a m. You’ll love this low-impact class. Snowbirds are welcome. Send Stammtisch items to:    .    -! Herald-Zeitung Stammtsich 707 Land St. New Braunfels, TX 78130 Or fax to 625-1224    •    I*Evening of Gorman Entertainment Civic Center, April 20, 7 p.m. Admission at the door—$5. Sponsored by the German-American Society, 210-625-6330. The program will begin with a concert by the Stadtkapelle from Braunfels, Germany. Horst Schoen-beck from Essen, Germany, will play 2 solos on the piano. The N.B. Folk-dancers will perform authentic dances and the local singing group, Harmome-Gemischter Chor, will sing. A singalong and reception after the performance will end the musical evening.Aggi# Muster The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Fnday, April 21 at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall. Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 7:15 p.m. The guest speaker for Muster will be Donald Powell, ‘56, director of business services for Texas A&M University and co-author of The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, a comprehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1894 to the present. Aggie Muster is open ‘o all former students and their families, parents of students, and students and friends of CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Hic federal government has cslablishcd a rcquircmcnl dial each slate and local government receiving federal housing and community development funds must prepare a strategy for addressing housing within Ihc community This new strategy, called the Consolidated Plan and Strategy (CPS), will be submitted to the Federal Department ol Housing and Urban Development (I IUD) on or about May IO, 1095. The City ofNcw Braunfels view's this new requirement as an opportunity to reassess the C ity’s housing needs and the particular priorities, programs, and resources which will best meet the challenges of the community for tile next five years The Consolidated Plan and Strategy (CPS) is comprised of three main components; The Community Profile, the Five Year Strategy and the One Year Action Plan and was developed in consultation with community agencies It is available for viewing at Dittlinger Memorial Library'. New Braunfels Utilities. Senior Citizens C enter, the Public Housing Authority, aud the Municipal Building I A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday* April IO, 1995 to provide. New Braunfels citizen's community organizations and other interested and knowledgeable parties with an additional opportunity to offer comment on the draft CPS before its submission to HUD. This hearing will commence at 7:00 PM at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted. Questions about the document and the assessment process arc welcome, and can bt directed to the Community Development Department, Municipal Building, 424 S. Caslcll, New' Braunfels. 210/608-21 OO Formal written comments may be made to the same address; All comments should be received by the Community Development by 5:00 PM or Wednesday, April 26, 1995.    .............. J ;