New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Taxes will go up if amendment passed
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By GARY P. CARROLL HerzW-ZeHung
Aa May I approaches, voters will be asked to consider constitutional amend* merits outlining the fonding structure for Texas schools, commonly referred to as the "Robin Hood" plan.
The plan, if passed, will allow for an allotment of fonds from wealthier school districts to augment districts with fewer financial assets in an effort to equalize fonding to public schools.
A second amendment would exempt school districts from complying with unfunded state educational mandates,
and a third authorizes the state to issue $760 million in state revenue bonds that would be guaranteed by the state's permanent school fund.
Joe Rogers, superintendent of Comal Independent School District, said most people he has talked with support the second amendment, which limits future
state mandates unless they are state fonded, but do not support amendments one and three, which address the equalization of school fonding and the financing of school facilities.
Rogers said it has been difficult to draw firm conclusions about the impact the “Robin Hood” plan, but said he did not
feel it would necessarily affect CISD's fonding.
However, Rogers said property taxes would more than likely go up if the amendment was approved by voters.
Although there have been no exact figures on the constitutional amendment State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, agreed with Rogers that property taxes would increase if the amendment is passed allowing for the plan.
“At this time, it’s difficult to explain because we have not seen enabling legislation that will give us formulas that we will be working under,” Kuempel said. '
Even if the amendment is passed,
Kuempel said the issue of education fonding would end up back in court “No matter what we do, I think it’s going back to court” Kuempel said. "But I think the Texas Supreme Court would have a much bigger problem saying it’s unconstitutional... if indeed it does pass.” Should the amendment fail, the state Legislature would have 30 days to enact a constitutional funding package for education, or face a school closure June I by State District Judge Scott McCown.
Kuempel said Attorney General Dan Morales would, in all probability, file a stay with the court to keep schools open in such an event.
By DAVID SULLENS Herald-Zeltung
City prayer, praise rally announced
A group of New Braunfels ministers have announced a citywide service of prayer and praise.
The Rev. Bob Keith and the Rev. Dennis Gallaher said Thursday the “Citywide Praise Rally,” set for Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church, 312 Guenther St, is intended to be the first of an ongoing series of such events.
The next one, according to Gallaher, will be May 16.
Tve had a desire for the city to be able find a way to come together in terms of faith,” Keith said Thursday, “so I went to the City Pastors Prayer Fellowship and I asked, 'Is it possible we could all worship together?* ”
The City Pastors Prayer Fellowship, a group of ministers from a variety of denominations and non-denominational churches, meets regularly “to pray for our city,” Keith explained.
Those ministers involved in the City Pastors Prayer Fellowship embraced the idea of a regular, citywide service.
“This is just an extension of what this group was doing anyway,” Gallaher, the pastor of the non-denominational Freedom Fellowship Church, said.
Keith said the monthly rallies will be at St John’s because it is a centrally located, well situated location.
He said, however, that his own congregation is “very excited” about the concept of the citywide service.
“There will be no preaching or teaching,” Keith said. “It will just be a time to sing and pray together ... We’re going to just give the time to the Lord and let him use it however he sees fit”
The music at the service will be directed by Wink Kelso.
According to Gallaher, that music will be “contemporary praise music.”
The Citywide Praise Rally is open to all.
“Just tell everyone to come and lift up the name of Jesus with Christians in New Braunfels,” Gallaher urged.
HEB gives $10,000 to fountain
Peace Lutheran congregation set for church dedication
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The congregation of Peace Lutheran Church will dedicate its new church home at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“We’re a congregation that got started in December of 1987,” said Pastor David Schulte. “We’ve been worshipping in the Memorial Primary School. Our first ser
vice in the new church was March 28."
Although already in use, the new facility will be formally dedicated Sunday.
The Southwestern Texas Synod Bishop, Henry Schulte, will the speaker. Bishop Schulte is Pastor Schulte’s father and a member of the Peace Lutheran church, although he lives in San Antonio.
“He’s my bishop and I’m his
pastor,” said Schulte. “He’s usually busy visiting other churches on weekends, but he would normally be here for a dedication ” According to Schulte, the Peace Lutheran congregation now numbers a little over 200 — doubling since Thanksgiving.
It is a sister church to St. Paul Lutheran.
As a church grows, Schulte said there comes a time when an appli
cation is made to start another church.
A pastor is then called to the site and begins “knocking on doors,” introducing himself to the community, finding a facility and starts having services.
Schulte said his congregation has grown as a result of advertising, word of mouth recommendations and some members of St. Paul’s who helped start the new
“We'd like to send out the word that we welcome everyone in the community,” said Schulte. “We have Sunday services at 9iJO and Sunday school at 10:40 — we may even be adding a second service in the next few month*/
The public is invited to attend the dedication and reception which will follow at 1147 S. Walnut Avenue.
Above, Airship Shamu, Sea World of Texas 194-foot airship, prepares to glide above the skies of New Braunfels and Seguin Thursday. At left, the airship prepares to disembark from New Braunfels Municipal Airport. The airship, which bears the huge likeness of Sea World’s star killer whale, is en route from Florida to San Antonio for the Alamo City's Fiesta celebration, which begins today. Photos by Karla Wenzel.
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Ztltung
The H.E. Butt Corporation will donate $10,000 to the Plaza Fountain Restoration project, following a funding proposal presented by New Braunfels Main Street Director Penelope Church.
“A contribution of such significance makes a sound statement about the importance of preserving our Plaza Fountain," Church said Thursday.
Mike De La Garza, vice president of public affairs for HEB, said HEB’s commitment to the fountain restoration is another statement of its continuing support of the community.
In the past, HEB’s contributions have included special parks and tennis court projects, and Church said the $10,000 was a “very gracious response to our request”
Because of the size of the donation,. HEB will be listed as a “Fountain Steward” on the bronze plaque to be placed at the fountain.
Also listed on the plaque will be the “Conservator”, for a donation of $5,000 and up; and “Friend”, donations of $1,000 to $4,999.
The Mayor's Committee is currently working to raise funds to restore the Plaza fountain, which was erected rn 1896, and has set $50,000 as its goal.
The entire fountain will be dismantled and taken off-si to for restoration and will subsequently be rebuilt prior to New Braunfels sesquicentennial celebrations.
For more information on the fund-raiser, call 629-1900 or 625-3425.
WATER WATCH. ..
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, mStammtunh “ represents a sitting 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 2A.Bast Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends Birthday wishes .to Myrtle Barclay, Dupe Parade*, Cate Spain, Adrians Alexander Garcia and Galen Constable. Saturday Birthday wishes go to Susie Hartman. Belated Birtday wishes go to T.R. Ramirez and Chris Leasman. Anniversary wishes go to Sammy and (’indy Tristan and Rodney and Karen Barton.Spring Home Tour
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will host the Spring Home Tour on Saturday from IO am to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony. Tickets are available at the door, from guild members or at Centex Office Center, China-n-Things, First Choice and the Retreat Salon.Walk-A-Thon
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s Club is spun soring a Walk-A-Thon 2-4 p.m. Sunday to benefit the M D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston. The Walk-A Then will be held in the Lands Estates. Pledges or donations may be made in memory of a loved one. Call 625-9242 or 625-1847 for more information.
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Coming Sunday, the Herald-Zeitung Mill take a look at the May I special election, providing an in-depth look at local school district races and constitutional amendments.