New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns clinch playoff berth in baseball. See SportsDay, Page 10A
The Raze bandstand
Birthday wishes from th* Harald-Zaltungl *
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following I birthday wishes to; Meta Schmidt (88 years), Pedro Particle, Coreen Schmidt, Joyce Elchmann, Jan Harrison, Jack Harrison (Hapy 80th), Amanda Corona, Coreen Schmidt and Susl H. Bayton. Happy anniversary to Rafael and Elizabeth Martinez.
Hist olio marker to bo dedicated
The Comal County Historical Commission will dedicate a historic marker for the Comal County Courthouse at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 9.
Hermann Sons lodge to moot
Members of the Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring a salad for the meal.
Fire Department Auxillary meets tomorrow
New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its regular business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1.
Season swim passes on sale
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is now selling season swim passes. Resident swim passes, which include pools and ‘prince Solms Tube Chute, are $15 for children ages 5-17,
$30 for adults ages 18-59, and $25 for senior citizens ages 60 plus'
Resident family passes are $50. Non-resident passes are $22.50 for children ages 5-17, $45 for adults and $37.50 for senior citizens, v Non-resident family passes are $75. Non-resident passes include the swimming pools only.
For information, call 608-2160 or visit the parks office in Landa Park.
An article on Page 1 of the Thursday, April 27 Herald-Zeitung contained incomplete L- information in the listing of I winning floats in the Sesquicentennial parade Third place in Division 1 of the Local Organization category of the Sesquicentennial Parade went to the Four Sea-; |. sons, Comal and GuadaCo-, .ma Garden Clubs.
Also, in Division I, under *. Local Organizations, second place was won by the Christian Hanz Family.
The winning numbers
Est $28 million jackpot
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Mariachi band keeps traditional sound alive
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44 Pages in four sections B Sunday, April 30,1995
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New Braunfels becomes a $1 billion city
Appraisal district figures show city property values jumped 11.4%
Property Values in New Braunfels
By ROGER CROTEAU
Notes: Figures for 1994 are final figures from the Comal County Appraisal District. Figures for 1995 are preliminary figures from the acpraisal district. Figures were arrived at by averaging the values of five homes on each street noted.
H*r$kl-Ztitung graphic by ROGER CROTEAU
Spurred by $30.9 million in new construction, the taxable value of property in New Braunfels surged past the $1 billion mark for the first time this year, according to preliminary figures from the Comal County Appraisal District.
Besides the new construction, the value of existing property jumped in the past year as well, marking the third straight year of strong gains in property values, said Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser at the CC AD. Property values in the city jumped 11.4 percent, from $904 million to $1.007 billion. Last year, New Braunfels property values increased 6.3 percent and there was $18 million in new construction.
Growth is evident all over the county. Rodgers said. Property values county-wide are up 13 percent, from $2.27 billion to $2.56 billion. The county saw $118 million in new construction, compared to $74 million last year.
“This is the biggest year in new construction I have secfi since I got here in 1987... There is no doubt we are still in an increasing market,” Rogers said. “Single family residences saw the biggest jumps. But we are also seeing increases in retail and industrial properties, subdivision lots and acreage.
“The growth was pretty even district-wide. Garden Ridge is a hot pocket, but it is because there is more construction there. What is already built increased about the same as in other parts of the county,” Rogers said.
The figures are preliminary, and will likely drop slightly before they are finalized because property owners have the right to protest their appraisals (see accompanying article !
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Protesting property appraisals can result in savings at tax time
By ROGER CROTEAU
Many property owners in Comal County will find that the appraised value of their homes jumped five to 15 percent this year when they open their mail tomorrow.
The Comal County Appraisal District was almost ready to mail out 32,000 notices of appraised value Friday afternoon. Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said some people could have
received their notices yesterday, and they should all be delivered by Wednesday.
Appraisals do not determine your property taxes. Taxes are determined by taxing entities. But appraisals are used by taxing entities like the city and school district to determine your tax bill. For example, last year a home in the city of New Braunfels and in the New Braunfels Independent School District, with a taxable value of $50,000 would have paid $999.71 in
The lower the appraisal on your property, the lower your tax bill will be. lf you think the appraisal on your property is too high, you have the right to protest with the appraisal district. A homeowner in New Braunfels and in the NBISD would have saved $19.94 for ever)' $ 1,000 he convinced the appraisal district to knock off his appraisal last year.
If you think your appraisal is too high, the first step is to meet with a
deputy appraiser at the district office and try to work it out informally. Call the appraisal district at 625-8597.
lf that doesn’t work, request a fonnal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board. There is a one-page form available at the office, 178 E. Mill St., to request a hearing. The ARB is made up of five people appointed by the Appraisal District Board of Directors.
Protests must be filed by May 31, or 30 days after the notice is postmarked, whichever is later.
lf you are still not satisfied, the next and final step available is to file suit in district court.
Before meeting with the appraiser, be prepared to make specific arguments about why your property is worth less than the appraisal. • Last^ear, 1,940 people went in for informal hearings, 622 filed formal protests, and 272 people actually showed up for their hearing at the ARB.
Survey shows what’s hot, what’s not with local downtown shoppers
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Tourists visit New Braunfels for various reasons, water activities, quiet vacations, small-town charm, etc.
But city officials and businesses downtown wanted to know what locals think of the downtown area. So they enlisted the help of the Small Business Institute at Southwest Texas State University to conduct a market study.
Surveys were distributed to local people only. Out of 2,500 questionnaires distributed mainly through several downtown businesses, 300 were returned, more than expected.
“They received about a 12.5 percent response rate,” said Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall. “The last survey (1989) they got back about 3%.”
People said the major strengths of the downtown area were its charm and convenience, its history and its cleanliness, while the top weaknesses were lack of
selection, lack of parking and too many antique shops.
The report stated:
“The residents feel they need a variety of stores to shop in, such as a department store like J.C. Penny, a variety of shoe stores and fewer antique stores; the residents also want more entertainment similar to Restaurant/Bar type establishments; the residents want old buildings renovated and filled with retail merchants and restaurant™; and lastly the residents want more events going on in New Braunfels such as outdoor festivals and community activities. The residents feel like ’there is not much going on in New Braunfels’ at this time."
Favorite shopping locations for respondents were San Antonio and the outlet malls followed by the downtown area. Ffvorite types of restaurants were Mexican, fast foods and Oriental/Italian.
Crandall said they plan to enlist another survey from tourists and combine the two to see what the total opinions are of people who come to downtown New Braunfels.
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
She won’t be crying for long
It stings for a minute, but In return for getting vaccinated, four-year-old Heidi Herrmann got a free pees to Schlittertoahn. Her father, Donald ie behind her, and Shat McWilliams, R.N., gives the shot. Schlitterbahn gave free passes to all children who got their shots yesterday, opening day for the park.Check out the ‘Mom & Me’ special section — See Pages 6B, 7B and 8B