New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 105
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-
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April 12, 1991
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The New Braunfels Ilerald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Rarniro Ayala, Christina Ybarra, Rudy Ybarra Sr., Freddie K., Maurice Tisdel, Marta Ergang, Dustin Theodore Comer, Lawrence Koch, Slim Schlameus and Wanda Roberts. Best wishes Saturday to Alvin Weaver and Lisa Francis.
Belated birthday greetings to Javier F. Castillcja.
“Happy anniversary” today to Joe and Angelina Rocha, Carroll and Ada Carson, and Ernie and Jean ic Mendez and on Saturday to Betty and George Erbcn.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 we’d like to share in the greetings.
Author Minctta Allicit Coyne will autograph her new book, A Life Among the Flora; Ferdinand Lindhcimer's Loiters to George Engelmann, at a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic Lind-hcimcr Home at 491 Comal Ave. Refreshments will be provided by New Braunfels Historic Museums Association and Friends of the Dit-llingcr Memorial Library.
School yard sale
The Goodwin-Frazier FTO is planning a yard sale at IO a.m. Saturday al the Frazier School parking lot, 1441 U.S. Highway Kl East. Proceeds of the sale will go to both schools. Refreshments and a bake sale also will be available. Project WILD
A free Project WILD workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers will be conducted Saturday by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department. To be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at picnic area #7-A in (Anda Park, the meeting will concentrate on the wildlife-related supplemental program’s multidisciplinary activities designed to develop awareness, knowledge and skills related tq the interrelationship of humans to their environment.
Participants will receive an activity guide for the appropriate age level. For information or to make reservations, drop by the office in Landa Park or call 629 PARK.
The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet at 9:10 a m Saturday at Church in the Valley at Canyon I Ake. Allumette Malms lead will present a program on the history of the children's Kinder maskenhall parade and will show old costumes. For more informa lion call 629*6668.
The New Braunfels Iris Society will host its 26th Iris Show from I to 5 p m Saturday at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall Irises in an array of colors and shapes will Ik* displayed,,
Meet the candidate
District 4 City Count ii Member Eddie Temple, running for re election, invites the public to a “meet die candidate" reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p m t uesday at 605 Ridgecrest off Common Street.
Friends of Education
Comal Independent School Dis Uriel “Friends of Education" will
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Cloudy and gusty conditions still could lead lo rain today and Satur day. Highs in die mid to low 80s and lows in the high 60s ait* fore cast. In New Braunfels Thursday, the high was 78, die low was 71 and .12 inch of rain was recorded For more weadier information, please see Page 2A,
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School finance bill approved
From STAFF and WIRE REPORTS
With days to spare before the state’s next court appearance on school finance, the Legislature approved a billion-dollar bill to reform the way public schools are funded.
"I think some greed, some fear and some desire to do right combined and got a majority vote in both houses,” said Sen. Carl Parker, Senate Education Committee chairman.
The House approved the plan 92-57 Thursday, and the Senate followed, 21-10.
Gov. Ann Richards said she would sign the bill into law.
The plan would cost the state SI.3 billion over two years and shift hundreds of millions of dollars in local property tax money from wealthier to poorer school districts.
The Texas Supreme Court twice has unanimously ordered lawmakers to reform the school finance system.
"I think some greed, some fear and some desire to do right combined and got a majority vote in both houses/' said Sen. Carl Parker, Senate Education Committee chairman.
which now allows wide disparities in funding among school districts because of its reliance on the local property tax. The system also is funded by state aid and some federal money.
The state faces a Monday hearing before State District Judge F. Scott McCown, who oversees the case and ordered an alternative plan to be drawn up by a court-appointed master.
“I think it’s up in the air,” said Rep. Edmund K ne rn pel, R-Seguin about whether the plan would be termed constitutional. "I have learned not to second guess them anymore.”
The bill does contain a revenue cap to limit disparities when school districts containing 2 percent of the state’s students begin outstripping others in raising money.
Parker said he believes if lawmakers had not passed a bill, the court would have ordered massive consolidation of school districts.
Kuempel said he voted for the measure “after looking at it and contemplating the fear of the master’s plan ... and the fear of consolidation.”
He said Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts won’t be greatly affected by the bill one way or the other.
Richards and House Speaker Gib Lewis said they thought the legislation would pass court muster.
"I think it’s a solution to have quality education throughout the state of Texas,” said Lewis, D-Fort Worth Richards said, “This Legislature tried very hard, did a good job (and) produced a bill that IMI sign.”
Lawmakers missed an April I Supreme Court deadline for reform after the House two weeks ago defeated another school finance reform bill. This plan also came in for its share of criticism “The property tax is the most regressive tax that we have, and you’re going to impose some real horrendous property tax increases,” said Rep. Dan Kubiak, D-Rockdale.
The bill would set a minimum local property tax rate of 72 cents per SI OO valuation, rising to SI in four years School districts would get a basic allotment of $2,200 per pupil, rising
The plan would redistribute local property tax revenue generated at the minimum rate in new education districts drawn largely along county lines.
The districts could tax another 45 cents to enrich programs and for construction, with each school district guaranteed $21.50 per penny, rising to $28 in four years
School districts would not share local property tax revenue over the minimum rate. The state would make up the difference if poor school districts could not raise the guaranteed level through local taxes. Another 5 cents of local tax would be permitted on top of the SI .45. but no state money would be available at this level
The bill also would extend he number of instructional days from 175 days to 180 days, by eliminating Five teacher training days.
First committee talks on funding called ‘pleasing’
Members of Guadalupe Valley American I eqion Post 35 lead a Thursday afternoon ceremony in which the new flagpole was dedicated and the flag raised outside the offices of the New Braunfels Herald /eitunq Also on hand for the event were Comal County Judge Carter Casteel and New Braunfels Champe'' of Com merce Chairman Manard Ivy (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«w« Editor
Four persons appointed to a mayoral committee to uudy bow municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue should be split among local arts and historical groups met for the first time Thur si lay
New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker, who appointed the committee members, serves as chairman of the committee.
“When you’re in the middle of negotiations we’re not going to make any comment,” he said this morning, adding rho first meeting was “very pleasing ”
Reeker handpicked two persons from the newly appointed City of New Braunfels Heritage Comm'sxi'x* anti two persons from the f tty of New Braunfels Arts Commission Representing the Heritage Commission are Helgard Suhr and Dr Stanley Woodward Representing the Arts Commission are Mary Beth Smith and Penny Rhoads
Becker leaded to appoint he oom-
Locai arts and nsroncaj groups seemed divided un how the funds should be split.
rmttec after a City Council meeting vlondav night when MKP actions of im and historical groups expressed differences of opinion on how Lhe money from hotel/moie! tax should he split.
Representatives from each commission must soon know wha* portion of hotel/motel tax 'hey will he working with before deciding what local organizations will receive funds and how much.
Last year IO ans groups received money and four historical groups received money.
Last year in Now Br nmfels, $588,000 was generated from Kite!/ motel tax Of that total $415,000 went to 'he Chamber of Commerce leaving she remainder to be split among the iris and historical groups.
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Most Landa Park users New Braunfels residents
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
The major ity of picnickers in I .and a Park during 1990 were resilient* of New Braunfels, according to Figures from die city's Parks and Recreation Department.
“The park is used by New Braun fels people,” said l*arks Director David Whatley.
Of the 1,740 group picnic reserva lions made in Landa Park in 1990, 56.3 percent were made by New Braunfels residents.
Figures also released by die city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreants Department this week indicate another 33,6 percent of die reservations were made by residents in the San Antonio metropolitan area, 4 7 percent were made by people from the Austin metropolitan area turd 5.4 per cent of the reservations came from other cities in and out of Texas
The numbers should dispel any
myths that local people do not use the park, Whatley said.
“We hope we are dispelling that
During Easter weekend this year, approximately 1,500 pe<»ple visited the park and Whatley said approximately 50 percent of those visitors were from New Braunfels
Whatley said through park improvements arni die very nature of die pm k. people are automatically drawn to I anda Park
“Die ommunity is aware that the opts at unities are available," be said “We’ve made a concerted effort to really improve our facilities
Many local people use lite park pavilions ha business meetings and family reunions, lie said.
I *xal residents pay nothing Mon day ihiough Friday when making reservatirais and they receive a 15 tier cent discount on weekends Out of -town visitors pay the full amount when making reservations
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«w« Editor
Downtown New Braunfels has t way to go before it “arrives” but members of a Texas Main Street Project resource team say the area has great potential for success.
“New Braunfels really has potential," said Dandle Baldwin, of the marketing Firm Melvin Simon and Associates “There are a lot of oppr>r tunnies here that I haven’t seen in a long time ”
Since the city of New Braunfels received the prestigious Texas Main Street Project designation, members of a resource team have been visit mg the city since January Through such a designation. New Braunfels will receive design, restoration, merchan dising, marketing and retail recon-merit expertise for three years Fir the downtown area
Baldwin, along with team members Brian Larson of I arson Design Group, Ward Bogard of Ward Bogard and Associates and Dean Hemgsrnan of DeShazo, Starek arid fang, give short term and long term suggestions for downtown during a public bearing Thursday afternoon at the New Braunfels Municipal Budding
Baldwin said downtown merchants should look toward improving the area visually, building un a downtown image and striving to ux fease sales “Currently, you lose a staggering percentage of your local expendable dollars to other markets,” she san! “And being a marketing director at Rolling Oaks Mall I know that ‘ With a few exceptions the met chandi se quality does mg meet you# local or tourist market People are
Dare*!* Baldwin of Melvin Simon A Associates descr ies be voter tiaT she sees and her recommendations for New Braunfels Downtown Project during a 'own meeting held Thursday at me Municipal Com pies (Photo by Frik Karlsson)
saying they need to leave New Braunfels for quality merchandise ’
Baldwin said while New Braunfels has a 'wealth of hi stork; fain ic,” some iff the buildings are “drab* and iii “obvious disrepair ”
April Goldsmith, director of the New Braunfels Downtown Project, said the suggestions the resource team is making are nmely, un target and appropriate for downtown.
The short term recommends urns all need to be implemented within the next three to six months And the long term recommendations are two to Five years,” she said.
Arnee Read, director of he Texas Main Street Center said New Braunfels Has what it takes heritage alto desire to make Downtown New Braunfels arrive,
'We have seen that this s 4 -ny bai has such an appreciation of its German heritage that we think that will be the spur and thai will be the marketing •beme that we will *ae An arghoul this Main Street program,” she said.
‘We are convinced ... hat there a nothing (hat this tow a cannot accomplish. I have rtevo' been is proud to call a city a Maul Street city, I have 'lever been as confident hat it will work ’