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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Race is on to beat midnight tax deadline New Braunfels    ^°L. O 2 / L-r    r    U*U    I    S    bl    I Thursday, April 15,1993 Herald Serving Comal County • Homa of Aaron Allen    50    Cents    Daily,    75    Cents    Sunday Vol. 141, NO. 104 .......... By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltuag It’s time to file for extensions for residents who haven't filed their income tax returns yet Even the professionals are in a panic today. “The deadline is tomorrow?” exclaimed Charles T. Allen, a New Braunfels accountant contacted yesterday for a status report on local taxpayers. Regaining his composure, Allen said-most accountants who do tax prepara tion have been filing extensions for the last two weeks. “You have to back off doing the returns well before the deadline just to do the extensions,” said Charles T. Allen. Tm very busy trying to do extensions. I haven't filed one for myself yet” According to Allen, residents who aren’t ready to file by the first of April probably need to file for an extension, because the preparation time required and the busy season make getting the job done on time difficult. Residents can file for an extension that will delay filing through August 15. Those still aren’t ready then can file once more and delay the inevitable until October 15. What’s new in the scheme is residents can now delay paying as well as filing, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Previously for those who owed taxes, the IRS demanded payment by April 15 regardless of when you filed. They charged a failure-to-file penalty of 5 percent per month, which will now be waived when you file for an extension. However, they will still assess interest on unpaid taxes. But now it will be at 7 percent a year, according to IRS officials. Residents who file today must pay at least 90 percent of their total liability to avoid interest on payments — both withholding and quarterly payments. There is no penalty for delaying filing for one of the three-quarters of taxpayers who get refunds. The IRS advises taxpayers to pay “as much as they can, as soon as they can” to avoid interest payments. Taxpayers have until midnight Thursday to make the traditional April 15 deadline. The local post office will close at 5 p.m. unless there’s a line of people wait ing at that time. Returns can be deposited in a special mailbox in the lobby of the post office until midnight — the returns in that box only will be postmarked April 15. “There’s been an increase, but not at much as I expect tomorrow,” said Alice Briones, superintendent of postal operations at the New Braunfels post office. “We’re creatures of habit and tomorrow’s when everyone will come in.” The basic tax forms are still available at the post office and the Dittlinger Memorial Library has a master copy of all the forms needed. A New Braunfels Utilities official says the company’s surface water treatment plant reduces the strain on the Edwards Aquifer, while also providing city residents with an additional source of water. According to Roger Biggers, NBITb assistant general manager of administration and finance, the surface water treatment plant provides the city with 8 million gallons of water daily. But instead of pumping it off the aquifer, the surface water treatment plant takes water from the Guadalupe River, then cleans, treats and returns it to NBU customers in the form of tap water. Biggers admits the process of treating surface water is more expensive than pumping from the aquifer, but said the long-term benefits are appealing. “Certainly ifs more expensive than pumping from the aquifer,” Biggers said. “There’s a lot more to it than just taking the water, treating it, and sending it down the pipe.” Biggers said the expense of treatment chemicals, plant operations and manpower contribute to the increased cost of treating surface water, but the advantages of having an alternate source of water balance out those costs. “We’re looking at not only the quantity of the aquifer, but also the quality, which right now are both excellent,” Biggers said. However, Biggers said should the quantity of the aquifer diminish, New Braunfels could rely completely upon its surface water treatment plant. Diane Palm and her 2-year-old son, Mitchell, of New Braunfels play in Landa Park Wednesday after a series of thundershowers early in the morning gave way to sunny skies. The forecast for New Braunfels today calls for sunny skies with a high in the low 70s. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low in the mid-40s. Aggies muster to salute fallen comrades By GARY P. CARROLL Harakl-Zaltung Aggies past, present, and future will gather at the New Braunfels Civic Center April 21 for the 1993 Texas A&M University Aggie Muster ceremony sponsored by the Comal County A&M Club. Each year, Aggies unite in Muster ceremonies around the world to remember their comrades who have died since the previous year’s Muster, as well as to honor a class’ 50-year reunion. The 1993 Muster will honor Aggies who died in 1992 and the graduates of the class of 1943. During the most solemn of all Aggie traditions, the names of the deceased will be read one final time during the Roll Call for the Absent, at which time friends and family members will answer “here” for the deceased — one final time. Comal County A&M Club President Kevin Wingate, or the Class of’71, said the event gives Aggies the chance to gather once a year for a common cause. “It’s our opportunity to come together and share in the fellowship, as well as pay our last respects,” Wingate said. Harvey Haas, of the Class of ’59, and Muster Committee chairman for the Comal County A&M Club, said the event should be an obligation for all Aggies to honor their predecessors. Haas said he is expecting 200 participants this year. The annual event will include a candlelight ceremony and the playing of “Taps” by New Braunfels High School student Jason Haas. The speaker at this year’s Muster is Haul B. Fernandez, Class of’59. Fernandez serves on the Texas A&M Board of Regents and is the chairman of the Corps Development Council. Those wishing to attend may call 629-6304. Tickets are $ IO for adults and $6 for children. By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zettung Wednesday night’s Senate forum at Trinity University in San Antonio was summarized by Sen. Bob Krueger in his closing remarks when he quoted Winston Churchill, “I have felt the exhil-erating effect of being fired upon without effect.” Five of Krueger’s 23 opponents for the Senate seat vacated by Lloyd Rentson in January took turns criticizing Krueger for being a “closet Republican,” for not being conservative enough, for being too conservative, for being partisan and for not being partisan enough. Krueger said he has always been a Democrat, fiscally conservative and an advocate of civil rights. He defended his votes in the Senate, saying he has considered his conscience and his constituency when deciding how to vote — and will continue to do so. Before a sparse crowd, Jack Helds, Richard Fisher, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Krueger, Joe Barton and Jose Angel Gutierrez responded to a three round series of questions from the media and from university students. The panelists included political reporters from the Dallas Morning News, tile San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. As the first question was being asked, independent Ixm Zaeske of Bryan strode across the stage protesting the exclusion of “independent candidates.” Ile was escorted off the stage. Gutierrez was short and to the point and displayed a fine wit, but his remarks were so stridently and specifically anti-Krueger that it appeared his campaign was focused solely on destroying the senator’s credibility. Hutchison wus smooth and polished, but a little hesitant on campaign reform, saying she had a plan. She followed that with an awkward agreement that PACS were too influential instead of pressing her points. “I have felt the exhilarating effect of being fired upon without effect." Sen. Bob Krueger quoting Sir Winston Churchill She then challenged legislators to vote against additional spending unless the funds could be taken from existing allocations. On the abortion issue the candidates were evenly split — as a group and individually. Hutchison said she was pro-choice “before viability,” but believed states have the right to demand parental consent. Helds said he was pro-life, “with reasonable restrictions.” Fisher said he didn’t personally believe in abortion, but took a pro-choice stand as far as government interference was concerned. Barton was unequivically on the side of “right to life.” Gutierrez was equally strong about his pro-choice position, as was Krueger. Krueger stumbled when asked to specifically name spending cuts that would affect Texas, falling back on the government audit plan and saying cuts as a result of eliminating the waste found would be widespread. In the second round of questioning by university students, no one was in favor of a value added tax to support a new health care system. But almost everyone was in favor of a service corps as a way for students to repay student loans. On the issue of lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military, Krueger and Hutchison said they would support the decision made by the joint chiefs. Krueger voiced his objection to screening and Gutierrez said he was against discrimination of any kind. Barton said he was opposed to gays serving in the military “openly" Helds and Fisher were opposed to lifting the ban.Treatment plant a plus for aquifer By GARY P. CARROLL Htrald-Zaltung Krueger draws fire at forum Opponents criticize interim senator in InsideStammtisch Lotto CLASSIFIED............... .8-10 COMICS..................... ....11 NEWS BRIEFS........... OPINION.................... ......4 SCRAPBOOK............ SPORTS..................... SUPPORT GROUPS.. .....12 WATER WATCH........ .......2 WEATHER................. The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch" represents a sit-ting place reserved for a group of special people — ora time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. See more Stammtisch on page 5.Best Wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Robin Danielle Erben, Annette Grace, Thomasine Marie Varela and Lacey Anderson. Belated Birthday wishes go to Jonathan Akers and Erin Pantermuehl. Anniversary wishes go to Doyle and Nancy Brinkkoeter and Sonny and Rachel Luna. Boy Scout car wash Boy Scout Troop 387 will have a car wash from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the REB. Employee parking lot to raise funds for summer camp.Walk-A-Thon The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s Club is sponsoring a Walk-A-Thon 2-4 p.m. Sunday to benefit the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston. The Walk-A-Thon will be held in the Landa Estates. Pledges may be made to any member, and donations may be made in memory of a loved one. Reba Davis Yancey, 625-9242, or Sarah Thompson, 625-1847 may be contacted for more information.Winning numbers AUSTIN —■ Here are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by the Texas Lottery:24-1-13-35-5-36 Estimated Lotto Texas jackpot: $8 million ;