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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas • - I •jjhjyik ■■’isssS V v ,;.f 'AV.'1" — h II ' "jA $■ .. ,|8L.............4| Inside Good morning! • a Comal County residents will centennial in New Braunfels. See Plage Construction skyrockets in county By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Appraisal District has released preliminary construction values for 19%, and the numbers are up for the both school districts, the city, the county, and the CAD, and the total taxable value exceeds $2 billion. “We have a lot of new construction out there,” said Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers. “A lot of new people are moving into the district.” Rodgers presented the figures to Commissioners Court on Thursday. However, he stressed the numbers he currently has are only preliminary. They could decrease “considerably” once agricultural exemptions and appeals are taken into account. “The final numbers could be as much as SS million less than the pre liminary numbers because they are so preliminary,” he said. Rodgers told commissioners new construction in the county has increased. There were approximately 800 to 850 new homes built in Comal County in 1995. The county’s preliminary value for new construction for 1996 is $135,572,807, compared to $121,233,360 last year. ‘That number will increase before it decreases,” said Rodgers. “There’s a lot of construction going on all over the county” There was also an increase in values this year few the two school districts, the city and the CAD. The CAD increased from $151,432,160 to $172,244,817. The city had $29,323,340 last year, and $46,458,840 this year. New Braunfels Independent School District had $34,936,610 last year and $41,347,700 this year. The Comal Independent School District has a 1996 value of $130,897,117, which is up from last year’s value of $116,495,550. “(The CISD value) is pretty close to what it is for the county. It includes the rapid construction and growth in the western part of the county,” Rodgers said. Rodgers said the total taxable value is $2,831,106,929. The increases in new construction show the market is appreciating. He said individuals’ appraisals will also keep increasing. However, this year’s increase will be about six to nine percent compared to last year’s increase of about 11.4 percent. “People will be unhappy again this year, but I just try to explain it to as many people as possible and educate them on why it goes up,” he said. Obituaries.....................................2A Opinion.........................................4A Market Place...........................3-1    OB Sports Day................................6-7A People....................  1B StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zaitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Michael Kneupper, Ella Haas (Monday, 86 years), Maria Espinoza, Theresa Warner, Henry Rheinlander 80), T J. Caballero (Monday, 18), Dorothy SekM, Ronald Alan Biteche, Jr (16), Jimmy C. Anderson (40), Justin Schmidt, Kaylin Schmidt (Monday) and Lots Newton. Happy anniversary to David and Bonnie Slimplln (Monday, 25 years).Lotto Texas MVUnMf iwyii a9,11, 39,42, 44,49 Est. $18 million jackpot .-TEXAS- Lottery Earth Day in the Garden off Eden An Earth Day celebration will be held on the Eden Home patio from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 22. There will be a balloon send-off, and dirt cake will be served. Bring your kids and pets and help the Eden Home residents celebrate Earth Day. nereid Behung to sponsor Lakefoet 3 IC The Herald-Zeitung is sponsoring the Lakefest 96 5-K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. at the Canyon Dam Saturday, May 4. The race is just part of a full day of Lakefest ’96 activities, including horseshoe, golf, tennis and bass tournaments, as well as a cajun crawfish feast and barbecue, auction and dance. All proceeds from the event go to the Comal County Chapters of MHMR and Habitat for Humanity. For more information on the tournaments, the 5-K and other Lakefest ’96 activities, contact Susan Phillips at 609-5030.Casas for The last day to purchase tickets for the playhouse drawing from CASA will be Monday, April 22 until 11:45 am. The drawing will be held at noon at H.E.B. for three beautiful playhouses now on display at H.E.B. All proceeds benefit CASA of Central Texas. Novice Nlgffit at theatre Circle Arts Theatre will hold its annual Novice Night, a workshop on basic acting skills, Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Experienced actors will be there to assist novices in preparing short skits. There is no fee. Wear comfortable clothes. The workshop is for ages 17 and older. Wuest descendants holding reunion On Sunday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m., all Wuest descendants and their families are invited for an afternoon of "Gemuetlichkeit" at the Bracken United Methodist Fellowship Hall, located on Nacogdoches Road (FM 2252). For more information, call Michael Krause at 259-1355, Gary Wuest at 609-5556 or Della W. Barnett at 243-0884. This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Murder suspect may have previous probation revoked at May 9 hearing By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer A May 9 court date has been set to determine if a San Antonio man’s probation for drug possession will be revoked because he has been charged with murder. John Charles Naef, 54, was charged April I with two counts of capital murder stemming from a Spring Branch incident. The bodies of John Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33 were found March 28 outside of Lamb’s trailer home off Farm Market 306. In December 1994, Naef was sentenced to IO years probation for possession of a controlled substance. He was given deferred adjudication, which means if probation is completed without any other arrests, “it is considered that you never had a case,” said Nancy Filkins, a legal secretary in the district attorney’s office. Naef could have his probation revoked and be fined $1,000 at the May 9 hearing, Filkins said. Naef remains in the Comal County Jail on $ 1.4 million bond for the murder charges. Also, Naef was charged with unlawfully carrying weapons and possession of marijuana and almost 4 ounces of methampheta-mines when he drove up to the scene March 28 while officers were investigating the murders. He is being held on $7,000 bond on those charges. GRTU backs action to table new trout regulations By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer__ The president of Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) said he believes the decision by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division to table strict trout regulations on the Guadalupe River was the correct one. “It sounds like the wise decision to me,” GRTU president Alan Bray said. If the trout regulations were enacted this year, a 9.5 mile stretch of the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Dam from the easternmost bridge of FM 306 downstream to the second bridge crossing on River Road would have been affected. The regulations called for the ban of natural bait for fishing, a new 16 inch minimum to keep trout and a three trout per day tog limit. The provision containing the ban of natural baits was a sticking point among fishermen and River Road property owners at a public hearing at the Comal County Courthouse on April IO. TP&W biologists and officials said the rules were needed to establish a quality trout fishery on the Guadalupe River. At the hearing, TP&W biologists defended their proposal banning the use of natural baits on the river citing studies that have shown the mortality rate for trout released from live bait is 41 percent compared to a five to IO percent mortality rate for those caught on artificial lures. Last week, TP&W officials announced they would drop the regulations for this year and they would meet with all the parties and try to work out a compromise. TP&W said they would make some modifications in their proposals based on the input they get from the public and then present their modified regulations before the TP&W board in January 1997. GRTU actively supported the TP&W regulations, but Bray said he and GRTU members want regulations that everyone can support. “I don’ think it would have been in anyone’s interest to do something that would have alienated people,” Bray said. “They (TP&W) are for developing a quality trout fishery and they are doing it iii a manner which has all the parties involved in it. “We are for the fish and for establishing a quality trout fishery,” Bray said. “We will do anything to accomplish that.” 410    MOI6 10/22/99    185 SO-WEST MICROPUBLISHINB 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- New Braunfels Herald 42 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, April 21,1996    Serving Comal County and the surrounding area ■ Home of MICHAEL KNEUPPERSUNDAY!$1.00 Sales tamreveMiet I jump dramatically Vol. 144, No. 115 r - New Braunfels collected $411,000 in sales tax in February, compared to $232,000 last * February. In 1996, New Braunfels so far has collected $1.85 million in taxes, $700,000 more than this time last year. Comal County toe also collected more taxes this year, up 42 percent to $184,000 from $129,000 last year. The increases reflect a statewide trend. Local sales tax rebates averaged 18.7 percent more than those for February last year. The sales tax figures outpace the growth of jobs and new businesses in Texas, according to a prepared statement from the comptroller’s office. Teddy Vannoy, a spokeswoman for the comptroller, said her office does not have a clear picture of the cause of the increases. “Consumers are spending a little more than they did last year,” Vannoy said. “We don’t know why.” By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer New Braunfels made 77 percent more in February 19% sales tax than last year, according to figures recently released by the State Comptroller of Public Accounts. A half-cent tax increase, which went into effect in October, contributed to most of the increase, but reasons for the other increase in revenue are varied. ’’Comparing apples-to-apples, we had an 18.45 percent increase,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Meek said a slightly higher population, in addition to new H.E.B. and Target stores, helped increase the revenue. February also was a peak month for Winter Texans, Meek said. “We have a very affluent winter visitor population, and they spend a lot of money, which helps the economy,” he said. ;