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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Above: Frank Christensen, Postmaster Ruben Gonzales and Mike Wilson begin emptying the outside mail bins at 5:45 p.m. Monday — Tax Day. “Our traffic jam was at about 5:30 p.m.,” Gonzales said. Right: Those wanting to get returns postmarked by Monday after 5:45 p.m. had to get to the Main San Antonio office by midnight. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung ---IRS— MAIL DEPOSITED AFTER 5:45PM WILL BE POSTMARKED ••APRIL 18,2000** IP YOU NEED APRIL 17, 2000 POSTMARK, PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE MAIN POST OFFICE AT 10410 |PERRIN BEITEL, SAN ANTONIO, TX, mom mipniqht Electionstill unknown By Heather Todd Staff Writer On May 6, New Braunfels residents will vote on a $2.63 million sports complex and a $7.25 million activity center that could expand significantly youth athletic facilities in the area. - But just Groups    how oftenthat want to    the public use the    will be able new Com-    to use those plexand    facilities facilities    and how theand how    plaT n. it- *    balance theoften/5A    needs of --local sports groups and residents has not yet been determined, city officials said. As part of a $32.72 million bond issue, city council is proposing to build an activity center and a sports complex at unspecified locations to address what many call a lack of youth sports facilities. New Braunfels Youth Sports, Inc., a non-profit organization for youth athletics, would like to build a sports complex on a 100-acre site off Doeppenschmidt Road and Interstate 35. The complex would include four boys’ baseball fields, four girls’ softball fields and 25 acres of soccer fields, NBYS president Mike Mullins said. The group also proposed building an indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium with Early voting in the May 6 city council and bond issue elections begins Wednesday and will continue through May 2 at the Comal County Courthouse annex Room 101. Voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special voting hours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29. basketball and volleyball courts. The Weston Park Foundation has leased the IOO acres for 99 years at $1 a year to NBYS and has offered another 50 acres for future growth. Mullins said the lease on the land automatically would renew every 25 years as long as the fields were not abandoned. Developer Rudy Seidel and son John also have offered two acres of land south of Landa Street and east of Walnut Avenue to build a more centrally located activity center. Council won’t approve a site until after the bond election. If the facilities become a reality, several local youth and adult sports groups, including baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and aquatic teams, have expressed an See SPORTS/5A Tax day mailing FELSHer ALD-ZEr I U IN G Vol. 149 No. 107    14    pages    in    2    sections    April    18,    2000    Serving    Comal    County    since    18S2    50    cents Tuesday K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel prepare a 43-year old New Braunfels woman to be transported by helicopter to an Austin hospital Monday.Woman cuts off hand in saw mishap By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A 43-year-old New Braunfels woman was transported by helicopter to an Austin hospital Monday afternoon after she accidentally amputated her right hand in a power saw accident. As of press time Monday, Marcell Zavislak was undergoing surgery at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin to reattach her hand, officials said. Zavislak is an employee of Gym-N-I Playgrounds, 1980 N. Interstate 35. New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel said the woman accidentally severed her hand while operating an electric power saw used to cut boards. The woman’s hand was in the wrong place on the board when it was cut about 1:23 p.m. by a blade of the saw—operated by a foot pedal—that cuts from underneath the lumber, New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel said. Employees of Gym-N-I Playgrounds declined to comment about the circumstances surrounding the accident. The woman was alert and conscious about 2:15 p.m. when she was transported by Star Flight personnel, battalion chief Frank Gonzales said. The woman’s severed hand was packed on ice, placed in a cooler and airlifted with the woman for possible re-attachment at the hospital, New Braunfels Fire and Rescue pet-sonnel said. City sports facility policy still up in airJust how public facilities will be Inside Abby.......................... ......7 A Classifieds................... ...4-6B Comics......................... ......8A Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......7A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today........................... ......2A Television...................... .....8A Key Code 76 New Braunfels school officials tighten budget belt From staff reports Taxpayers in New Braunfels school district are in for some good news when business manager David Rastellini reports on anticipated state and tax revenues for next school year. The good news is he won’t be seeking a tax increase for maintenance and operations — although residents voted themselves a hefty 12.8-cent increase for debt service in this past October’s $75 million bond election. The NBISD board of trustees meets at 7 p.m. in the board room of Tile Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Next year’s maintenance and operation rate will stay at the current $1.48 per $100 of assessed property value while the debt rate increases from 16 cents to 28.8 cents for a projected combined rate of $ 1.76.8, up from $ 1.64 this year. Under the possible new rate, the combined school tax on an $80,000 home would be $1,414.40, an increase of $102.40 from $1,312 this year. Rastellini said the school district would hold the line on the maintenance and operation rate by applying some significant belt-tightening. “Spending will be really tight. We’re looking at having to make some significant cuts,” Rastellini said. Last year, the district realized $37.9 million in revenues from local property taxes and state ftind-ing for education. This year, Rastellini projects revenues of $39.5 million. “We think we’ve pretty much got our state revenues and our tax revenues tied down to give us the rest of the budget,” he said. “Now we’ve just got to find out how we’ll make it work.” Rastellini said district officials would work in coming months to decide where the cuts would come and how deep they will have to be to balance the district budget. Also on the agenda tonight will be approval of a new contract forSee BUDGET/5AWhat’s Up ■ WHO: New Braunfels Independent School District■ WHAT: Meeting■ WHEN: 7 p.m. today ■ WHERE: Board room of The Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.■ CALL: 620-6200 NBISD foundation launches new campaign Photo submittedOscar Smith, honorary chairman of the NBISD Education Foundation Fabulous Fifty Founders Campaign, visits with NBISD Superintendent Dr. Ron Reaves, standing, and foundation member Anne Miller and president Doug Miller.‘Fabulous Fifty’ effort kicks off today Special to the Herald-Zeitung Members of the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Foundation are launching its founders campaign today to begin providing a financial link to the classroom, foundation president Doug Miller said. “The foundation was formed to fund projects and programs within the school district to improve educational opportunities for NBISD students,” Miller said. “The founders campaign will be the platform for us to achieve our goals.” Members of the foundation expect to raise more than $175,000 with the “Fabulous Fifty Founders Campaign.” Oscar Smith — longtime New Braunfels school administrator — is serving as honorary chairman for the founders campaign. “Money raised for the foundation will be used to fund innovative educational opportunities, advanced technology and software, enrichment programs and projects and impact grants for teachers,” Smith said. Education foundations are forming throughout the United States to assist school dis tricts to give children the best possible education by providing funds not available through normal operating budgets. Members of the NBISD Education Foundation are: Bill Cone, Mike Cruz, Carola Davis, Roland DeLaRosa, Hal Holtman, David Lamon, Anne Miller, Doug Miller, Susan Phillips, Howard Schneider, Michael Spain, Barbara Word and Dr. Stanley Woodward. NBISD Superintendent Dr. Ron Reaves and school board president Bill Biggadike also serve on the board.    / For information, contact a board member or call Stephanie Ferguson, NBISD public information officer, at 620-6200, ext. 5720. ;