New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No 183 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Mary Jo Robson
August 1, 1991
One Section, 12 Pages
injures womanBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Andrea Mendoza, Paula Jcntsch, Gabriella Cardenas, Yvonne McGee, Jacob Burch, Regina Espinosa, Ray Saenz, Yvonne Sanchez, Kurt Dallen-bach, Tasha Henry and Dorothy Oclkers.
Belated birthday wishes to Joe Vela.
Celebrating anniversaries today, Teo and Antonio Rodriguez, Robert and Rosa Morales, Mr. and Mrs. Ramior Esquivel, Jimmy and Diana Maxwell and Rachel and Raymond Saenz.
Belated anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Diego Aguillon.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Silent auction
The lobby of the New Braunfels Civic Center will be open today, Friday and Saturday so bidders can examine such prizes as an autographed Spurs basketball, original crafts and coupons for meals and amusements — all part of a silent auction to benefit the Texas Young Woman of the Year Program. Bids may be entered at any point during the three-day competition, with winners announced during Saturday’s finals, set for 7:30 p.m. Bidders need not be present. Proceeds will fund scholarships presented as program prizes.Car wash
Members of the newly organized Ne;w Braunfels Police Department Explorer Post will conduct a fund-raising car wash from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Landa Street Carwash, 790 Landa. Proceeds will fund the post’s projects, including uniforms and equipment.
For more information, call officer Martin Mayer at the NBPD, 625-6872.Rummage sale
Comal County Women’s Center is having a rummage sale Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Old Krueger Building on West San Antonio Sueci. Stuff a grocery bag for $2. Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Teen Scene
Register for two Sea World passes at Teen Scene, located next to the Brauntcx Theaue, to be given Aug. IO. No purchase necessary. Store hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Teen Scene is a project of Teen Connection.
Band practice for the New Braunfels High School Unicom Band will begin Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. for high school freshmen and new band members. All returning percussion and color guard personnel also need to start practice on Aug. 5. Band practice for all other returning members begin* Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 a.m. All practices, which will be held at New Braunfels High School, will end at noon. Band members need to bring their instruments.
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Temperatures near IOO are expected again today, with a southeast wind at 5-10 mph. A clear evening could yield temperatures near 75. Through the weekend, conditions will “cool” a bit with highs reaching only the mid-90s and a chance for afternoon or evening thundershowers returning to the forecast. In New Braunfels Wednesday, the high was 101 and the overnight low was 67. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A Canyon Lake woman remains hospitalized in San Antonio after being involved in a head-on collision about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday. The mishap occurred on Farm to Market Road 2673 at E. Clark in front of the Canyon Lake Mobile Home Estates near Startzville, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Archie Harben.
Nelda Collier, 34, of Canyon Lake and Walter Wood of San Antonio were both conscious when transported by Airlife helicopter to the emergency room of Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio, he said.
Wood was treated and released.
Collier was driving a 1978 Toyota and Wood was in a 1984 Buick, Harben said.
The cars were not traveling very fast and the accident appeared to have occurred because one vehicle “was on the wrong side of the road,’’ Harben said.
There was a delay in getting emergency treatment to the scene as EMS units had to be dispatched from New Braunfels when Canyon Lake EMS was unavailable.
“It’s pretty bad when I beat diem out there and I’m coming from the New Braunfels highway patrol office,” Harben said.
New Braunfels EMS makes runs out of its coverage zone and into to the Canyon Lake arca when units of the volunteer EMS were not available
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild made 15 “Kiddie Comfort" nap blankets, 12 tote bags and 10 stuffed the Emergency Children’s Shelter, which serves New Braunfels and Seguin. The group also will make tote bags for the San Marcos Children s Shelter. Displaying the items are, from left, quilter Georgia Freiling, shelter case worker Amy Schmidt and quilter Audrey Cobb. (Photo by Annexes Scnlickenrieder)
Market value of CAD property down
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Total market value of property in the Comal Appraisal District totals S3.12 billion in 1991, a 4.1-percent drop compared with S3.25 billion last year.
Market value is the value of all property before exemptions, such as homestead, senior citizen and governmental buildings, Acting Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said. The number is simply a market indicator and doesn’t affect local property taxes, he said.
The 1991 market value for CAD, which covers all of Comal County and small portions of four surrounding counties, declined over the previous year despite about $40 million in new construction, Rodgers said. This means real estate values continued the decline that started in about 1987, Rodgers said.
Based on indications from San Antonio, Rodgers said, the Comal
CISD’s certified values virtually unchanged
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
The Comal IndqxMidcnt School District’s certified property values for taxation remain virtually unchanged, increasing by one half of one percent, according to Abel Campos, finance director for CISIX
Figures from die Comal Appraisal District show propel ty values of $1,537,766,574, an increase of .501 percent.
“It’s really immaterial," Campos said. ‘“'Thai amount of increase generates about $10,(XX)."
The CAD figures also show just
over duce million dollars worth of property under protest by property
“Even if we lose that three million, it’s not going to make that much difference,” Campos said.
Figures for NBISD were down .499 percent to $754,404,393, with only $290,4<X) under protest.
“It’s what we expected," Curtis said. "It’s a lot less of a drop than around die suite. You always wish you could have more bul, in diese economic times, you have to be realistic."
Curtis said that the low challenge
rate is expected when values go down slightly or dierc is little change.
In other C1SD news, the CISD board wrapped up budget workshops Tuesday night with another three hour session. Copies of the $25 million CISD budget for fiscal 1991-92 are available starting today at the central administration building at 1421 Highway 81 E m New Braunfels.
District officials encourage patrons to pick up a copy of the budget to review in preparation for the annual budget hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 5.
County real estate market should stabilize and begin improving within the next couple years, Rodgers said.
"The markets have been flat for a while, and I anticipate it will more or less stay there," Rodgers said. “I think
we’ll see, if anything, a very slight devaluauon trend, but for the most part it should stay fairly constant."
For major CAD taxing cnuties. there’s no real bad news as far as taxable property values, but there’s also
no real good news. Rodgers said.
Comal County’s taxable property value increased two-tenths of a percent, to $2,071 billion in 1991 from $2,067 billion in 1990 Both local school districts saw half-
percent changes in their total taxable property values, with the Comal Independent School District on the upside and the New Braunfels Independent School District on the down side.
NBISD’s 1991 value totaled $754.40 million, down from $758 19 million last year. CISD’s property value is $1,537 billion this year, up from $1,530 bi Ilion in 1990.
The city of New Braunfels also saw a half-percent increase, with a 1991 value of $860.52 million, compared with the 1990 value of $855.90 million.
Garden Ridge s taxable property value jumped 5 percent to $90.89 million. The city’s 1990 value was $86.47 million.
Officials of taxing entities use CAD’s certified tax rolls of taxable property values inside their respective boundaries to determine what tax rate will generate needed tax revenue to fund budgets.
Passage of exemptions could be boon to older votersGood D3y
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Voters over age 65 stand to gain quite a bit in the August IO election if new exemptions pass, according to Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance at New Braunfels Independent School District.
"A high percentage of our people here are in the 65 and above bracket,”
Curtis said. "We have about 2,300 pieces of property that are homesteads for 65 and over."
The amount saved by those people getting the exemptions is shifted as a greater tax burden to those who don’t get the exemptions like nonhomeowners, businesses and undcr-65 homeowners that don’t get the senior exemptions.
“We lose approximately $60 million off our tax base due to that," he said. "Other people whose tax is not frozen are the ones who make up for
"Actually with these exemptions, (senior cif zen*) could pay a lower amount train what their freeze is, Curtis said.
Die freeze is a ceiling or cap The
taxes can go down but cannot go above it. The freeze does not move down to that lower level but remains constant.
"The only way a person’s frozen tax amount can go up is if they do major remodeling or move into a new residence," Curtis said.
Curtis said that he has talked to "no telling how many" people with ques
tions about the election and that most of them have*becn in the over 65 age group.
“I’ve even had some people call me from Guadalupe County," Curtis said "Win, lose or draw, the election has nothing to do with their frozen taxes," said Abel Campos, finance director
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Schertz reviews boundary pact
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Schertz City Council reviewed a proposed agreement in the almost 2-year-old boundary dispute with the city of Garden Ridge during a workshop session Wednesday.
If the agreement is approved by both city councils, Garden Ridge would recognize Schertz territory along the rail line at its northwest boundary, while Schertz would recognize Garden Ridge’s claim to the Gifford Hill area, City Manager Kerry Sweau said.
"The bottom line is thai this agreement would resolve the current lawsuit that is pending," Sweatl said.
Council members will consider approving the agreement during the regular council meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Oarden Ridge City Council also ii scheduled to consider approving die agreement this month.
Also, the council reviewed selection of a newspaper as the official
Sharp drop in taxable property values will make budget writing difficult, warns Schertz City Manager Kerry Sweatt in workshop session Page 2
publisher of public and legal nonces, bid requests, employment notices and oilier city advertisement and notices.
The city manager reconunendcd lite council switch from the Universal City-based Daily Commercial Recorder Metrocorn Herald lo the San Antonio based North Sari Antonio Tirncs-Grcaier Randolph Recorder Times after receiving proposals from five newspapers.
The council is scheduled next
Tuesday to vote on which newspaper will receive its $2,000 to $3,000 in annual business.
In other workshop business, die council:
• Heard from resident and former Vietnam prisoner of war Ted Guy, who asked to council to consider adopting a resolution asking the federal government to end the Vieirnan War prisoner of war controversy and bring home any American soldiers still being held in Southeast Asia. The council agreed lo adopt a resolution next week.
• Were presented letter* from Gen Norman Schwarzkopf and Gen. Colin Powell in a frame. The letters, sent to die people of Schertz as pan of their July Fourth celebration, will be displayed in the municipal building.
• Scheduled a meeting on Aul IO with the Pluming and Zoning Commission and the Economic Development Task Force lo prioritize a list of city goals for the next fiscal year
Presenting a $10,000 check to the Seniors’ Center of Comal County on the last day of its fund drive is the Alamo Area Council of Governments Participating in the presentation are, from left, Herb Kraft, vice president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Founds* hon; Carter Casteel. Comal County Judge; Frank Adamo, Manager of Rural Aging for AACOG; and Bob Dingeidain, project coordinator for the new center. (Photo by Robert Stewart)