New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Legislators mull scaled-back version of school funding plan
AUSTIN (AP) — A massive school funding overhaul could be trimmed significantly as leaders began Monday to discuss a scaled-back version that funds textbooks and a teacher pay increase, but doesn’t offer promised tax relief to Texas homeowners.
With lawmakers sharply divided on how to restructure public education and the tax system that pays for it, Gov. Rick Perry indicated that he’s willing to take what he can get — even if that means no property tax relief.
“I think any improvement that you make ... if you can get a half a loaf versus a full loaf, you generally take a slice or two, if you can get that," Perry said.
Lawmakers have 19 days left in the second special session this summer, and already they’ve rejected a I louse education spending bill, an accompanying tax measure and a Senate education plan.
While Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst still profess optimism that lawmakers can find a solution this session, Republican Speaker Tom Craddick, who presides over the I louse, said he doesn’t have the votes in that chamber to pass a tax bill. Several versions of a tax bill were intended to replace a portion of school property taxes with new consumer and business levies. State law requires that any tax bill
must originate in the I louse.
Craddick said some I louse members were studying a scaled-back version, but “there’s a really, pretty hardcore feeling in the I louse that they want the reforms in the hill that change public education and they want property tax relief.”
“So if it didn’t have either of those in there, I think it ’d be a tough sell,” Craddick said.
Meanwhile, a Senate committee began discussing another education spending plan that would make sweeping changes to Texas K-12 classrooms, including a teacher pay raise and restructuring the textbook adoption process to incorporate technology funding.
Congressman Henry Cuellar, second from left, holds a "coffee talk" meeting Monday at City Hall, attended by County Commissioner Greg Parker, left, Comal County District Attorney DibWaldrip, New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber, Burke Harrison, and Lyman Davis. Cuellar discussed federal support brought to Comal County, in excess of $1 million, before opening the discussion to questions from attendees.
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Spinks: Proposal is win-win situation
Silver State now wants the city to guarantee a $15 million bond to pay for the rest of the project.
The bond payments would be made by Silver State.
Airport Manager Andy Spinks said the proposal was a win-win situation for the city.
“This year, my budget was just under $500,000,” he said. “This will have a tremendous impact on the airport. If Silver State left before the bond was repaid,
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Artists took an hour to paint trash cans
'♦“We didnt give them any theme, so it was really neat to see how they turned out,” Laird said.
Fourth-grader Autumn Bush and her classmates decided to cover their can with scenes of park life.
“We thought of things people would do in luanda Park,” she said.
Their can was covered with red and orange flames from a campfire, the red, white and blue of the Texas Bag and a picture of a person walking a dog.
“We had a lot of fun,” Bush said, nodding enthusiastically. “I thought it was weird to paint a trash can at first, but once we got started, I decided it was a good idea.”
The young artists took only an hour to transform the boring can into something
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could we put another company in this facility? Yes.”
Silver State, a charter with 21 training facilities around the country, opened its helicopter flight school in New Braunfels this year. The first class of 48 students will be licensed as private pilots within the next 30 days.
With their proposed facilities, Silver State plans to begin offering commercial operations, such as charter Hights, scheduled flights and air taxi services from the airport.
Silver State also plans to bring United States Customs Service operations to New Braunfels, giving them the ability to market the airport to flights from Mexico.
The proposed expansion
park visitors would be happy to deposit their trash in.
Other cans scattered throughout Landa Park, Hinnemann Island and the Plaza are covered in flowers, shapes and recognizable New Braunfels landmarks.
Although her original intent was to make the cans fun to look at, Laird said the project ended up being a way to keep the park areas clean.
“Our maintenance crews have told me there is a significant reduction in the amount of ground litter on the Plaza,” she said.
project will bring additional private investment to the airport, Spinks told members of City Council, the 4B Board and the Airport Advisory Committee.
Aircraft manufacturer Renaissance Luscombe and Cessna Sales and Service have expressed interest in land lease deals with the airport.
While excited about the economic development possibilities the airport expansion could bring, Mayor Bruce Boyer said he was sure council would proceed with caution.
“I, for one, want to see some more solid numbers before we commit the city to any bond guarantee,” he said.
Her test case might be unscientific, but Laird is convinced the high visibility of the colorful cans help remind people to dispose of their trash properly.
Bush agreed with Laird's theory.
“Its much more fun to throw away trash in a can like this,” she said.
The 40 newly decorated cans have been such a hit Laird plans to hand over more “boring” cans to other local schools next year.
"People don’t expect much from trash cans, but these have certainly generated a lot of interest," Laird said.
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Award one of 6 top association honors
motivate you to keep up with your work,” Kolbe said. “The recognition is most appreciated.”
Kolbe said he couldn't have earned it without the emphasis Comal County Sheriff Bob I folder places on crime prevention and public outreach programs.
“The fact that we are very proactive and involved in the community is because of the philosophy of Sheriff I lolder himself,” Kolbe said. "Its a good working relationship. I le’s out there every day and has close ties to the community. and sees this program as a valuable community outreach."
The award is one of the association's six top awards, which include recognition for community volunteers, news media and law enforcement officials who support crime prevention.
In his job, Kolbe runs the crime prevention program for I lolder, who in 2004 was recognized by TCPA as its “ lawman of the Year” for his support of Kolbe’s work.
I lolder said he was happy to see Kolbe recognized at the state level.
“It was verv well deserved,”
he said. “Tim believes in crime prevention and he does very well.”
Holder said it was Kolbe who approached him some years ago about the need to develop a crime prevention program — and the officer was persuasive.
“I’d never known a true crime prevention specialist, and Tim is the first I ve been associated with,” I lolder said. “I knew he would be of value in the position, lies in touch with the community, he’s user-friendly, and he’s a service-minded guy.”
Kolbe takes pressure off by dealing with issues before they swell up to the level that they must go to the sheriff’s office, I lolder said.
“Years ago, I would get calls from people who wanted me to come out and do these things,” I lolder explained. “As the years have gone by and the agency has grown, Tim has built such a reputation in the community that they call bim directly. lies not only
good for the agency and the community — he’s very valuable to me.”
Another thing Holder appreciates about Kolbe is he’s managed to enlist his son, Anthony, in his program. The boy helps with demonstrations and often fills in as “McGruff the Crime Dog.”
“Anthony’s a good kid,” Holder said. “I appreciate what he does — although its certainly not expected — and I really appreciate the fatherhood Tim demonstrates. I le’s obviously a good father to his son, and I think its a good thing."
Kolbe is a member of the Alamo Area Crime Prevention Association — one of nine branches of the TCPA. The TCPA is a statewide organization of crime prevention specialists dedicated to providing training to officers and civilians in Texas.
TCPA encourages crime prevention by supporting citizen involvement and participation in law enforcement.
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