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Page 8A — HeralD-Zeitung — Friday, April ll, 2003EXEMPTIONS/From 1A
is rented out or used for other purposes. A mobile home, even on leased land, also qualifies for the exemption.
1 Once the applicant is approved for an exemption, the exemption sticks unless something changes with the property. Homeowners do not have to apply each year.
“If nothing changes to your property, the exemption will continue,” Koehler said.
Improvements made after the homestead value is assessed, other than normal maintenance or repair, might affect the exemption.
Homeowners should notify the chief appraiser when they no longer qualify for the general, over 65 or disabled homestead exemptions. A 50 percent penalty is added to delinquent home taxes if homeowners fail to notify the appraisal district and receive homestead exemptions to which they are not entitled.
Koehler said the appraisal district is seeing a lot of applications, since they have set a due date of April 30. But the flexible time period to accept applications is between Jan.
Partial tax exemptions available in Comal Appraisal District
■ COMAL COUNTY: Homestead — *20 percent
homestead exemption, plus $3,000 for Farm-to-Market roads and flood control Over 65, not disabled — 20 percent, plus $11,110 for county and Farm-to-Market roads and flood control
■ CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS:
Homestead —■ *20 percent homestead exemption Over 65 or disabled — *20 percent, plus $3,750
■ CITY OF SELMA: Homestead — none Over 65 — $20,000
■ CITY OF BULVERDE: Homestead — none Over 65 — $40,000
■ COMAL ISD:
Homestead —- *20 percent
I and May 31. And applicants can submit applications late with no penalty.
“We take applications all year,” Koehler said.
He said there is no limit to the number or dollar amount
homestead exemption, plus $15,000 general homestead Over 65, or disabled — 20 percent optional, plus $15,000 general homestead, plus
NEW BRAUNFELS ISD:
Homestead — $15,000 general homestead Over 65 $15,000 general,
plus $10,000 mandated, plus $3,750 optional
■ YORK CREEK:
Homestead — $5,000
homestead exemption Over 65 or disabled —
$5,000 plus $3,000
■ REBECCA CREEK: Homestead — $3,000 Over 65 — $3,000
* 20 percent exemption, or ^ $5,000; whichever is greater *
** Information courtesy of the Comal Appraisal District
of exemptions the appraisal district can give.
Homeowners are encouraged to call the appraisal district at (830) 625-8597 for information, or come by the office at 178 E. Mill St.
way), then head south on Loop I. Hang a left on Lacrosse Ave, and the wild-flower center is at 4801 Lacrosse Ave.
Locally, there are plenty of places to see wildflowers. • In New Braunfels, along Loop 337 there are small fields of bluebonnets from I-35 on the south side to the north side of 1-35.
In Hays County, from the Blanco River to Kyle along
days later. Shipley got the word she had been accepted.
“They said, We like you — you're in.”'
Shipley said she didn't feel any chemistry’ on her first date. It was the second group date with “The Bachelor,” Andrew, when she realized he wasn’t for her. Even though he was “cute,” he wasn’t her specific type, she said Thursday. And she said he was nervous around her.
“But I didn't want to make a rash decision. I wanted to wait and give him a chance. But I knew at my Lakers game that it just wasn't going to work out. I just wasn’t enjoying his company. I was just having a lot more fun with Elizabeth and Amy. He just wasn’t for me," she said.
The night Andrew picked semifinalists by handing out roses, it wasn’t surprising to
Shipley that she didn’t get a
But the best part of the experience had already happened; Shipley, a huge basketball fan, had seen the Lakers.
“I was happy. I got my Lakers game, I can go home now. It was the cherry’ on top of the ice cream,” she said.
The rest of the experience was, like ice cream, pretty good, Shipley said.
“I had a good time. The rest‘of the girls were all right,” Shipley said.
Shipley said the toughest thing about the experience was “waking up with a camera in your face and having it follow you around all day, from everything from getting milk out of th* fridge to doing your hair. That took a little bit of getting use to. If you can handle that, have at it. Its a growth experience.
And it’s something J can add to my resume.”
Shipley will go to L.A. May 2 to film a reunion episode.
Carla said the experience was good for her daughter in several ways.
“Rachel’s got an adventurous spirit anyway, and meeting 24 interesting women from around the U.S. — great, interesting people with great backgrounds — was good for her. And she got a chance to set1 reality TV from behind the scenes after interning with NBC for five-and-a-half months. It was kind of intriguing," Carla said.
Plus, Carla said, anytime a person extends himself or iierself by taking a calculated risk, it makes you a better
person. And that’s what Rachel did.
“If you stay safe, you don’t learn," her mother said.WILDFLOWERS/From 1A
Johnson Wildflower Center is starting to go to yellows and reds, with Drummond phlox (red) and “Mexican hats" starting to appear on roadsides next to bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, communications specialist .Anne Tiedt said.
Directions to the Wildflower Center are as follows: Take 1-35 north to Exit 227 (Slaughter Lane). Take that to Loop I (Mopac Express
1-35, there are patches of Indian paintbrush coming up.
In Gillespie County, Farm-to-Market Road 965 has reports of bluebonnets from Fredericksburg to State Highway 16. But some reports indicate the best fields of bluebonnets can be found along State Highway 156 in Llano County to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
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