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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYRegion IV -    4 A track meet gets underway today in San Anto COUNTDOWN* 328 DAYS N«w Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21.1995 New Braunfels I ( 18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, April 29, Herald -Zeitung 1994    Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of BEVERLY POOLE I Vol. 142, No. 121 Inside Texas briefs.................. ................2A Stammti8ch.................. ................3A Opinion......................... ................4A Comics......................... ................SA Church Ute................... 6,7A Sports Day................... 9,10A The Marketplace........... 2-8B I SLinuntisch Birthday wishes from the Harald-Zattung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Joyce Elchin (Saturday), Beverly Poole, Pedro Partfda, Hilda Kraukau, Jack Rhodes, Joe Uh, Sr., Meta Schmidt (Saturday), Linden C.Roae, Sr. (Saturday), Loelleta Carpenter, Hilda Krackau, Joseph Lisk, Nor-ma Riddle, Carl Smith. Tho Lighter fido The publisher of a newspaper in Nevada look exception to a phone company ad recently. The Nevada Ben ad, printed in the Cran City Nevada Appeal, was printed in yellow ink and earned the slogan, ‘lf it's not yellow, it's not lead." The ad's copy said, This ad would cost less if it was in the Smart Yellow Pages.” It claimed that an ad in the yellow pages would “reach 94 percent of all Canon City households and 92 percent of northern Nevada residents and businesses.” Responding, the newspaper's publisher placed his own ad. The newspaper’s ad was printed in farina red ink and pointed out that ‘The Smart Ydkm Pages choae the Nevada Appeal to deliver their message." The newspaper ad went on. 4 Although the Nevada Bell Smart Yellow Pages claims to reach 94 percent of all Canon City households, it's a book that spends more than 95 percent of its time closed. ‘They claim your ad is visible at the optimum time when your customers are ready to buy. Your ad is also visibly surrounded by your competitor's ads. “Advertising in the Nevada Appeal provides lop-of-the-mind awareness," the newspaper ad concluded. This ad isn't yellow, but it's read." Don't you just love a good scrap? Motor1* Paradis* act for Fokfnt Antiques, collectibles, vintage linens and other items will be avsilsble st "Picker's Paradise" at Folkfest, to be held at Conservation Plaza Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held from IO a m. to 6 p m Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 pm. Sunday. Several select antiques will be available through a silent auction. Admission to the grounds is S3. Harmonye, a mixed chorus group under the direction of William Kretzmeier, will be singing German songs at Fondest on stage 2 at 2:30 p m Sunday Railroad crowing rocomtmctlon oat West San Antonio Street will be totally impassible to road vehicle traffic al the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Sunday, May I from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Detour route from Academy Avenue to Casten Avenue will be via West Mill Street. Union crossing similar to the one existing on West Mill Street at the Union Pacific Railroad. Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays of this work. Stammtfarh_ Property values surge by 8% Increase in value spurred by $76 million in new construction By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor m em Ap**uteri Archt** md waatoa tfOa (Unm* etmmmit), "Sfmmttck" wymwii rn tmmk&n tfdm cmmm*} I* fto md Urn* to day* Mhp —fer W« itmrn jim rn tov* to* M J Spurred by $76 million in new construction, the value of taxable property in Comal County surged almost eight percent since last year, according to preliminary figures from the Comal County Appraisal District. The figures show the taxable value of all property in the county jumped from $2.135 billion to $23 billion, a $165 million increase in just one year. “We will have the largest value increase this year that we have had since I came here in 1987," said Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser at the OCAD. “We had a lot of new construction, and the value of existing properties also increased." Rodgers said the recovery of the real estate market appears to be gaining steam after the crash of the mid-80s. Last year, property values rose about four percent, and in 1992 values were stagnant, he said. Rodgers said he expects next year' growth in taxable value to be even higher than 1994. He pointed out that the 1994 numbers are still preliminary, and several million dollars will be knocked off the tax rolls when property owners start protesting their new appraisals, but he was confident the increase will still be the biggest in Single-family homes are showing the strongest gains, Rodgers said, but commercial properties and even raw land are also starting to increase in value. A survey of single-family home prices in a dozen neighborhoods in New Braunfels showed increasing home values in every neighborhood. (See accompanying chart.) Property Values in New Braunfels Notes: Figures for 1992 and 1993 are final from the Comal County Appraisal District. Figures for 1994 are preliminary figures from the appraisal district. Figures were arrived at by averaging the values of five homes on each street noted. Mulberry Ave 1992: $42,406 1993: $43,017 1994: $47,857 1994 Increase: 112% Louisiana Ave 1992: $82,188 1993: $83,692 1994: $88,560 1994 Increase: 5.8% Oak Run Pkwy 1992: $130,702 1993: $143.112 1994: $154,772 1994 Increate: 8.1% Z: .'V!*'■''s, uni I'*" i Dollar Drive 1992: $16,680 1993: $17,026 1994: $18296 1994 Increase: 7.4% Timber Drive 1992: $134,806 1993: $136,612 1994: $145,846 1994 Increase: 6.7% VV N West End Ave 1992: $24,410 1993: $25,015 1994: $30,492 1994 Increase: 21.8% \ •* \\ * ’ rn s/'/yV 1992: $39,867 1993: $40,782 1994: $42,352 1994 Increase: 3.9% 1992: $65*10 1993: $67*66 1994: $72,086 1994 Increase: 7% 1st 1992: $55,660 1993: $55,100 1994: $59524 1994 Increase: 8% 1992: $34264 1993: $35,*10 1994: $39,016 1994 Increase: 112% HmefrZeOung peahen by ROGER CROTEAU Comal County residents will see increase in home values By ROGER CROTEAU Qty Editor Mo6t Comal County residents will find out that their homes are worth more than last year when they open their mail tomorrow or Mon-dty. The Comal County Appraisal District is mailing out thousands of Notices of Appraised Value today. Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser at CC AD, said the appraisal on average single-family home in the county will go up about eight percent from last year. "Most single-family homes will go up between four percent and IO percent this year," he said. With the increase in property values, it is likely the number of protests will also increase. Home owners will have until May 31 to file a formal protest with the appraisal district. Since the amount of property taxes home owners must pay depends on the value of their property, the higher the appraisal, the higher the property tax bills that will follow. Property owners who disagree with the value established by the appraisal district may protest to the Appraisal Review Board. The ARB is made up of five members, who hear protests from taxpayers. Many taxpayers are able to resolve their case through an informal meeting with an appraiser at the dutria office, without going to a formal hearing with the ARB. Property owners must have a good reason to have their appraisal lowered, such as the condition of the property, or another factor that would make its market value lower than the appraised value A one-page form is available at the Comal Appraisal District offioe rn the oouity courthouse to file •protest Kirk, Bruce address ‘illegal meetings’ HAMMETT Comal Independent School board members Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce came under fire from board members who wanted to address the issue of "illegal meetings,” at last nighfs regular meeting. The reason I brought this up was that I wanted to get this out in the open," said board member Don Craighead who believed the board had violated no laws. “...We’ve done everything we oould not to put ourselves in jeopardy of that type." Kirk said the board had on several occasions violated provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act dealing with discussions in executive session that were not listed on the executive session agenda. He also said a consensus had sometimes been reached without a public vote and that certified agendas were not being properly prepared. “I think it is up to us to police ourselves," said Kirk. "Otherwise, the standards we hold up to our students are going to be made a mockery." Potter addressed the issue of his retirement and return which has occurred over the last year, asking if this was the cause of arguement and stating since he was never replaced that he was at all times a legal member of the board. "I didn't want this to be yet another diversion," said Potter of his initial decision to resign Kirk laid this was missing the point, th* his allegations had to do with the Open Meetings Aa. Other members said these arguments were hurting the board’s ability to work together and find solutions. “We specialize in surprises here at this board," said Craig head. "I'm getting tired of hearing complaints but not solutions" Many people in the packed auditorium came to hear the issue of the homestead exemption. The issue was placed on the agenda because a May I deadline exists should the district want to change the optional exemption, which it did not recommend. The board voted 7-0 to keep the 20 percent exemption on homestead values. The C1SD is one of the few districts in the area to have the exemption which does not apply to businesses. The board voted to accept a master plan contingent upon final draft presented by Barnes Architects in conjuction with the Long-Range Facilities Study Committee. The plan calla for several permanent new buildings by the year 2000 and proposes a $30 million in bond issues to cover costs. The question of new buildings and how to fund them will be addressed in a meeting May 9 after board members continue to read the draft plan. "First of all we have to decide, 'Do we have a problem?*," said board member Tom Potter, "Then we have to decide how we strive it, and if we agree, how to pay for it.” The board approved 24 new teachers for next year, 22 in elementary grades and two additional foreign language teachers in the secondary level at a total cost of $600,000. Dr. Caroline Wcmli of the CISD said projections indicate an increase of443 students next year. The distria increased by 544 students from August 1993 to August 1994. Board member Douglas Kirk said fonding issues must come under scrutiny, even for must needs such ss teachers. The issue is‘What are we going to have to push and dwve to fond the one thing we must have?'" he said NBU approves plan to allow increased contribution to dty By JENMFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A new plan approved by the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trusters will allow the city of New Braunfels to receive an increased amount of funds in the next budget year. The new plan calls for the city to receive IO percent of the gras revenues of the utilities. The IO percent will be subtracted from the revenues after the wtter and electric cons are covered The plan will allow the city to receive $1.4 million in the next budget year. This is $400,000 more than it would have received under the current transfer plan. NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said the new plan may work better because the current system does not include funds from the water and sewer departments The water and sewer departments currently are losing money and the costs are covered by fonds from the dearie system The new system will make the city and the utilities mote equal, according to Sohn "We will take the gross service revenue from water, electric and sewer and subtract the con of electric power.. The mmberthN is left will be multiplied by the percentage. When we realize the percentage, that is the amount of money the utilities will transfer to the dty," said Sohn. “We will also have a checkpoint to ensure that our operations arc not rn danger," he said lite checkpoint will occur when the utilities arrives at the gross service revenue. The costs of debt service and other obligations of the utilities must be paid before the dty receives a transfer Mayor Rudy Seidd said he would like to see a higher percentage given to the dty. He mid if a person bought stock that person would expea a return on their money The point to be understood is that we have an obligation for bonded indebtedness and that comes fir*," sud Trustee O.A. Strstdnann "I think the proposal being made is a good one because we will share in the responsibility. 6-0846For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 6' I      ........ ;