New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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tions, as many colors as needed. The bands will have city logos and the river outfitter’s names on them. Anyone getting out of the river at a public exit inside the city of New Braunfels will have to have a wristband. Anyone who does not will receive a ticket.
The new committee, which includes four new members, voted to present its changes to the wristband plan at the
workshop tonight with river outfitters and the city council.
“I think this goes a long way toward solving many of the problems that the outfitters say they have,” said Quest Couch, a new member of the committee.
Irene Allen, a returning committee member, also said the committee is willing to work with outfitters to remove any up-front costs
before they can charge their customers.
“We don’t want to make it a financial hardship to purchase the wristbands,” she said. “We could work something out — maybe a deposit check to hold until they came back for more wristbands, something Uke that.”
The suggestion from the River Activities Committee is only one of several propos
ing plan to address the problems surrounding how to pay for the river management plan — increased law enforcement, litter clean up and controlling traffic around the shuttles.
“I am not married to any proposal,” Williams said. “I could care less if they use wristbands or one of the alternate programs. I want to make sure the river is cleaned up and the problems are taken care of. That’s my main concern.”
Because a large crowd is
expected to attend the meeting, Williams said that not everyone will be allowed to speak. Comments and proposals will be accepted only from members of the three groups involved.
“It depends on how the meeting is running,” he said. “But I’m not going to give everybody who wants to talk a chance to talk. It’s a public meeting; but it’s not a public hearing.”
The council passed the wristband ordinance at its March 26 meeting, over the
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was not concerned about the slight decrease in New Braunfels sales tax revenues, the figures for the city of Bulverde have the city finance officer confused.
According to the state figures, Bulverde’s sales tax revenues were up more than 29 percent since February 2000. And for the same period as this past year, 2001 revenues increased 43.4 percent, according to state figures.
“I just can’t account for it,” said Molly Martin, chief financial officer for Bulverde. “Unless its the higher gasoline prices. We have about five or six gas stations in the area that we collect taxes from.”
The city anticipates a hike in June, when stores along Texas 46 begin sending sales tax to the city.
“We included the area along Texas 46 in the city in January,” she said. “But we don’t start collecting sales tax from that area until June. We're expecting a big increase then — it will
have a big effect as we plan the 2002 budget.”
The sales tax revenues are collected by the state, and each city receives its portion on a monthly basis. Statewide, sales tax revenues were up 4.6 percent for the same period in 2000.
While some cities close in size to New Braunfels posted increases, others did not. In Kerrville, sales tax revenues for the year are down 1.97 percent. For the month of February, they were down .13 percent.
Nearby Seguin, however, posted an increase in sales tax revenue — nearly 6 percent for the year and 3.7 percent for the month of February.
According to a press release from the state comptroller, Carole Keeton Rylander, the state sent $199 million in monthly sales tax payments to Texas cities. The April sales tax revenues, recently received by the cities, represent sales taxes collected in February and reported to the comptroller in March.
tive of rapid growth around the Bulverde area, he said.
“I think it’s amazing to see a new school in the boondocks,” Barton said, laughing. “All we had before were cedar trees.”
Comal school trustee Robert Loop said, “I think it’s good to have a Bexar County school to accommodate growth.”
Loop currently represents District 6 but is not seeking
re-election. Charles Burt and Doug Nail are vying for Loop’s seat in May.
Loop said some district patrons worried Bexar County would take the school away from the district, but this was not the case.
“Bexar County can’t take the school away from us,” he said.
Comal school district encompasses nearly 600
square miles and includes part of northern Bexar County.
Loop said he believed the new school’s location would make the district more competitive in attracting more teachers.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Constanzo said, “This is a very gifted school district. People are making contributions from the heart. It’s needed.”
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Ferguson also passed out a brand new proposal that the city received April ll — in response to a letter hand-delivered to river outfitters concerning tonight’s workshop. Proposed by area shuttle operators, the new plan says that their “primary
interest is to see that something is done to improve area rivers, but to do so in ways that are fair to residents, permit holders and visitors.” The plan’s suggestions are: • Use the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District’s figures as an example to provide an idea of what a budget for a program to
meet the goals of the committee should be.
• Divide the budgeted number by the number of expected visitors in an average season to calculate a peruser fee.
• Compare those numbers with the current plan to find a compromise that funds the plan.
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objections of the outfitters. When the council was asked to set the fee by resolution at 90 cents for the wholesale value and $1 retail value, Councilman Robert Kendrick asked that the issue be addressed once again.
Several people who own river outfitting companies — those companies who rent tubes and sell other items to tourists and people tubing down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers — threatened legal action if the wristband ordinance was enacted.
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