New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
PEC: Grammfought agency over violations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Phil Gramm employed unusual tactics, including a lawsuit, to fight attempts by federal auditors to review his 1984 campaign’s financial records, government documents
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Tax questions remain
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Tax consolidation is becoming a household word locally as school, city and county officials debate the benefits, concerns, savings, and the future, while county officials and residents circulate petitions to get the issue on an August ballot.
Since April I, when Comal County commissioners Neil Craigmile and Clyde Jacobs initiated a campaign to consolidate taxes for taxpayers in the Comal Appraisal District, the debates have been hot.
County, school and city officials have clogged agendas of local civic organizations and' public meetings with speeches of what consolidation would mean. Officials of the entities gathered at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Friday.
New Braunfels ISL) officials, who assess and collect taxes for the district and the City of New Braunfels, have greatly opposed the issue for fear of being forced to change tax years.
“We’re the only district in the state, really, that their tax year and their budget year is the same,” said NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradbcrry. “Everybody else is running late. With investments Lonnie (Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance) makes, plus we don’t have to borrow any money, (we save) about 5-1/2 cents
on the tax rate.”
If the district were forced to change tax years, approximately $400,000 a year would be lost, Bradbcrry said.
“Any discussions we’ve had previously have been revolving around changing the city’s and the school district’s tax year because they (county officials) said that’s the only efficient way to operate it and I agree,” he said. “If you want to be the most efficient in cost it would be wonderful to send out one statement.”
Jacobs said changing tax years wouldn’t be forced on the school district and city.
A financial advisor said if the city and district went to different tax years, bond ratings probably would fall and finances would rise, Bradber-ry said.
It costs $ 102,000 to run the city and school district tax office, he said.
Comal Independent School District officials, who have investigated the merits of tax consolidation before, also have concerns about the proposal. It costs CISD $200,000 to operate its tax office.
“We started the thing two years ago ourselves,” said CISD Superintendent Bill Brown, adding the school board was going to consider it again this year.
Comal ISD, was writing handwritten statements until it became com
puterized in 1988.
“This coming year, now that everything has been worked out, we’re going to be issuing our tax statements a lot earlier than in the past,” said Abel Campos, CISD business manager. “That will only increase our collections as far as cash in the bank is concerned.”
When the district is often on the verge of falling short with cash, the question is asked, “Do we borrow money to meet the payroll or not?” Campos asked.
Normally, pressure is put on the tax office to get cash from taxpayers as soon as possible, he said, but the question remains, “What happens if the county is assessing and collecting taxes? Will they be as aggressive?
“lf I have to go out and borrow the money for just one payroll because my collections haven’t come in on time. Let’s say at IO percent interest, that’s $100,000 right there,” Campos said.
School officials also have expressed concern of losing tax certificate revenue of $10,000 and $45,000 for NBISD and CISD, respectively, if consolidation moves to the county.
School officials, who enjoy high tax collection rates currently — IOO percent and higher — arc worried
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Tax consolidation supporter Paul Fraser, seated right, collected signatures on the steps of the county courthouse. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
County officials and residents continue to follow the yellow brick road to tax consolidation success as they fill petitions with names to get the issue on the ballot.
Comal County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs, who initiated the campaign with Commissioner Neil Craigmile April I, is camping in front of the U.S. Post Office on Seguin Street to collect signatures. He said he is slaying until he gets 1,000 signatures or his birthday rolls around April 29.
Saturday night, as Jacobs, Craigmile, Fraser and others sat in Jacobs’ mobile home on Seguin Street, spirits were high.
“Evidently, they feel sorry for me,” Jacobs said about the approximately 103 signatures he got from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. “I’m a little disappointed, I thought it was more popular than that.”
He said, as he ate a sandwich, he could end up staying past his I,(XX) mark because of the fun he was having.
“I think it (tax consolidation) means we will save money,” said Paul
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Clarks recall Mexican reaction to tragedy
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Tension was high and Matamoras residents weren’t speaking of devil worship or human sacrifices as the actions of an alleged satanic cult began unfolding two weeks ago, said a New Braunfels couple vacationing there.
Mark and Kelly Clark brought back Mexican newspapers and many stories to tell of how the media, natives and tourists reacted to the horrible findings of 15 bodies, possibly slain by members of a satanic cult, buried on Matamoras ranches.
“There was an air of tension,” Kelly said. “Nobody was in any of the stores. I had never worried about keeping an eye on people in my group before.”
Kelly and Mark Clark review the Matamoras newspaper s coverage
of the tragedy. (Staff photo)Saddle slappin’Good day
This morning’s clouds arc expected bum off soon and lead to a high today in the upper 80s. Tonight’s low should drop into the upper 60s. Southerly winds today will be from 15 to 20 mph. The forecast for Monday through Thursday looks much the same with a very small chance of some isolated evening thundershowers. Temperatures should remain in the upper 80s, though, with overnight lows about 68.
The Clarks vacation in Matamoras and its Texas neighbor, Brownsville, about twice a year, mainly for good fishing. They said they will go back again.
“I’d go again tomorrow,” she said. “I don’t think you need to be scared walking around the streets of Matamoras.”
The streets were not crowded after the bodies were discovered.
“I didn’t feel the tension,” Mark said. “But, there weren’t other Americans there. Usually, Garcia’s, the restaurant we cat at, is the best and it’s packed all the time.”
“We went to a market and we were the only tourists in the market,” Kelly said. “We were totally mobbed by the vendors trying lo sell us things because we were the only ones, that I could tell, who had been in there all day.”
The Clarks said they didn’t ask questions about the discovery of Mark Kilroy, a 21-year-old University of Texas student, or others kidnapped and killed by the sect.
“I didn’t feel comfortable asking people that,” Kelly said. “If I were
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Council wants opinions on annual cleanup day
Feasibility of a cleanup day is being bounced around by city officials this week before the idea is trashed or plans emerge to make New Braunfels sparkle.
“Every year we seem to have it, it seems to do some good, so that’s why I’m in favor of trying to do it again,” said New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller.
“I really have some mixed emotions,” said City Manager Paul Graftman about a spring cleanup day. “If they (city council) want to have one, we’ll put on a good one. lf they don’t want to have it we will abide by that and will continue to get people to abide by the ordinances.”
Miller reactivated a city cleanup day May 21, 1988, but a massive storm the night before put more trash, limbs and debris in the four dumpsters designated for the special day than anticipated.
“Just because we had a storm the night before, I couldn’t help
that,” Miller said. “It really did help in the cleanup efforts.”
But, Grohman said a cleanup day is expensive and sometimes not effective.
“I want everything to be cleaned up as best as possible, but I’m not so sure that a cleanup, not handled correctly, docs that,” Grohman said. “I think it’s a short-term solution. You’re dealing with the sympton and not the problem.”
He said a cleanup day would cost the city between $10,(XX) and $15,(XX) because of lipping fees at the landfill and manpower.
“That sounds like a lot of money to mc," said Miller, who said it shouldn’t cost that much. “I’m hopeful that we will have something at a minimal cost to the taxpayers.”
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Cody Elliott rounds a barrel during Saturday's 4-H Saddle Slappers Club’s Open Horse Show at the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Arena. The show was open to area youngsters as well as contestants from all over South Texas. Organizer Terry Gene Elliott said there more 60 entries and prizes included horse supplies, trophies, a belt buckle from Frank's Western Wear and a hat from High Brahm Hats. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
The Comal County Community Fund Board of Directors will begin the study of written budget requests for funds from organizations next month. Deadline for receiving requests is May 8 and requests should be mailed to P.O. Box 310614, or delivered to the ComFund office at 421 S. Seguin (Koester House second floor).
Your request should include a
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. celebrated the "official" grand merce Chairman Dan Sedgwick. At the end of the
opening of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center on ceremony, Wal Mart Stores zone manager Lee
Interstate 35 north of New Braunfels Saturday Stucky, center, presented a $5,000 check for Landa
morning with officials of Wal-Mart, Mayor Doug Mill- Park to Parks Board Chairman Guadalupe Castillo,
er and Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com- left, and Mayor Miller. (Photo by Deryl Clark)