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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels County judge cuts staffing requests Sheriff will get five, not IO, more patrol officers By DENSE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Office will get five instead of IO additional patrol officers and the criminal district attorney’s office will not get to replace the county attorney position. That is if county commissioners approve the budget County Judge Carter Casteel proposed. Casteel filed the $ 19.7 million budget with the county clerk's office Thursday. In that budget, two offices in particular did not get the Budget available at... Cbpte« of tho budget are available at: Bulverde Public Library Tye Preston Library DittKnger Library Municipal Building First Floor, edlirthouse annex When to comment: Commissioners will conduct hearings on Aug. 21. personnel increases they requested. Sheriff Bob Holder said he had 114 employees at the sheriffs office. However, he said only 25 of those were patrol officers. They patrol the entire county 24 hours a day, Comal County’s population has grown to 46,000. Holder’s office requested money to add IO officers. The proposed budget only allows for five. “ ... We requested IO because we needed IO,” he said. ‘‘It’s not where we wanted to be, but we know commissioners court will do everything it can to help us.” Holder said adding 20 officers would create a ratio of one officer to every 1,000 residents, still below the national recommendation of 2.2 to every 1,000. Casteel said Holder could ask for the oth-Tum to County, Page 2A In today’s paper Inside .tutorial....'....................................4A Sports......................................1B-3B Comics................  4B Marketplace..........................1C-8C Dear Abby....................................3A MnVRnf WVSV1M IVwVVl til# Marald-Zaitung! Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mn Clifford, Shannon licks, Judy Sanchez, Maria I Gonzales (Saturday), Eaton Lteke (Saturday), Megan W Attains (Saturday), Ashley Stange (ll years), Sandy Bogue, Matthew Schhna (ll years), Mary Isabel Barbosa (19 years), Michael Luna (6 years), Patrick King (12 years), Chgly MBcheH, Lourdes (LoLo) Gonzales, Mike Trinidad, LL David G. Oft (39 years) and Ashley DeStefSmo (15 years Saturday). Happy anniversary wishes go to: BUI and Penelope Btgjadike. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. MffriSfMNto pawing 7*47 craton gallons al surface water Thursday and * 2.030 rraton gallons al wa! water ware Pollen counts Not available (Folan rrwaaurad in parte par cubic mater of Sr. Momweon proWdad by Dr Frank Hampai.) rfiwr wllOf ifHuon Comal River — 308 cfs, same as Thursday Edward* Aquifer Panther Canyon W# i-625.93 hat above sea level, up .01 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge — 746 cfs Canyon Late inflow —not available Canyon Lake level — 910.44 hat above aaa level. (Above conservation pool.) UfcftjS|}P diane# of rain fanning in fofacast Toni gill — mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the mid-70s South wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday — partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. South wind near 10 mph. day — mostly fair nights and partly cloudy afternoons. Lows in the mid 70s. Highs in the mid to upper 90s . Highe and low — The high Thursday reached 96 while the low dipped to 68. The area received .28 inch of rainfall overnight. Production aitop loads Because of a production error, the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung inadvertently omitted a page of classified advertising and duplicated another page in Thursday s edition “We regret any inconvenience this might have caused to our advertisers,” Editor and Publisher Doug Toney said. “Mistakes will happen, but we are making every effort to prevent something like this from happening again.” SVHS Extends mw gtudant roaistrotion Smithson Valley High School has extended the registration times for new students. Counselors will be available an additional two days to help families moving into the SVHS attendance area. The days and times are: Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 8-11 a.m. Students who attended Smithson Valley High School last year or incoming fresh-from Smithson Valley School do not have to man from bn Middle Schc preregister. Indoor pool could require bond election By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Residents in the county would definitely benefit from an indoor swimming facility, according to a recent committee study. Community leaders now are faced with the logistics of making that desire a reality—an effort that could result in a bond election. County Engineer Tom Homseth, w ho headed the indoor sw imming pool committee, presented the committee's feasibility study to commissioners court Thursday. According to the report, the Olympic-sized, spring-fed and wading pools were the only true public swimming pools in the county. He said ail others were private facilities in subdivisions or clubs. Homseth said the committee found everyone in the county could use an indoor pool year-round. Local schools could expand extracurricular activities and offer swimming courses, he explained. The facility could be used for instruction, swim teams and fitness activities for all age groups. “It would prov ide a great outlet for year-round swimming that is currently not available,” he said. The committee recommended building a facility to fill those needs. A location for the pool was not specified. It should also include spectator space so swimming meets could be held to generate money during the winter months. The price tag would be about $4.5 million. Turn to Pool, Page 2A Texans vote on increasing exemptions First and IO Budget at a Glance Bottom Line! _ ■rWfVWMwrn * MPW MRF* Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaH Afee high school football towns started two rn day practices Wsdnssday morning in preparation for tho upcoming season, which starts next month. Hare tho Smithson VaNsy varsity squad runs offensive drills during Thursday morning practices. ,Schaeffer,    Kovalcikwin STPGA    titles — Page 1B •0 CENTS vaunt i i niV El PASO, TX 7990ti— 24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, August 8,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Vol. 145, No. 192 Tubers return to Guadalupe By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer If you don’t mind the company of clouds and a good chance of a visit from showers or thunderstorms, this will be the best weekend in a long while to play on the Guadalupe River. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency responsible for determining the water discharge rate from Canyon Lake, die flow rate on the river will be about 700 cubic feet per second throughout the weekend. Local river outfitters have said 700 cfs is ideal for tubing. A The flow rate on the river has been more than 5,000 cfs since late June, when heavy spring nuns raised the level of Canyon Lake to near the top of the spillway. UflBMteEOi^ for local outfitm, We fiat weekend rn reduced flow rales may be held lKaage by the threat of rain. According to the National FU* photo Tubers have not been on the GuadMupa ainee June when ftoodwetere lilted Canyon Ute OTd forced tho US. Army Corps of Engineers to ralaeaa water from Canyon I ake. Weather Service, New Braunfels received .28 inch of rain overnight Thursday. A 40 percent chance of rain will linger through Sunday. Total rainfall is expected to be about .50 inch, though as much as 3 inches is possible. “Since the river has gone down this week, we have been swamped,” said Julie Reneau, office manager tor Jerry’s Tube Rentals on giver Road. “I don't think the weather will be a big factor — people will still come out.” NBISD budget leaves room for lower taxes By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District should see a decrease in their taxes if a referendum calling for higher homestead exemptions passes Saturday — despite a budget approved Thursday that calls for increased spending and an increase in the tax rate. The board of trustees approved the 1997-1998 budget with expenditures totaling $33,698,933, up $3,521,081 The budget would be supported by a tax rate of $1.5075. The district would have to take about $500,000 out of the fund balance, or the district’s savings account, to pay for all the budget items. “I feel like by the time everyone does their job... we’re going to be a lot closer to the real thing,” said NBISD assistant superintendent for finance Lonnie Curtis. The average home in NBISD was valued at $66,101 in 1995. With a $5,000 homestead exemption and a 1996-1997 tax rale of $1,465, the homeowner would have paid $895.13 Turn to NBISD, Page 2A ■ Polling Silas in Saturday’s elections — Page3A ■New Braunfels ISO candidates file campaign finance reports — Page 1A ■ Chart detailing campaign franca reports — Page 9A Approval could cause hardship on districts By CHRIS CREW? Staff Writer ‘Texans will go to the polls Saturday, ostensibly to say yes or no to raising the standard homestead exemption. But that vote will also tnt rates, local school officials said Thurs- Voters statewide will decide Saturday on ai proposed constitutional amendment to increase the standard homestead exemption tor residential school property taxpayers from $5,000 to $15,000. School officials in New Braunfels and elsewhere have said the state’s formula for determining minimum teacher salaries would force them to increase local property tax rates if the proposal passed. Gov. George W. Bush, who addressed crowds in Lubbock, Midland, El Paso and Amarillo on Wednesday as part of his statewide tour promoting the amendment, doesn’t buy the argument. “If districts feel like they have to raise teacher pay, that’s up to the folks at the local level,’’ he said. “Just don’t blame the state for that. My attitude is, you can’t pay teachers enough.” As a stipulation of the legislation creating the amendment, minimum teacher pay is tied to the amount of money the state provides local districts. The state had planned to supplement minimum teacher salaries with the approximately $1 billion districts will lose by passage of the amendment. New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for finance Lonnie Cur tis said if the amendment passed, the individual school districts would be forced to make up the $ I billion in lost revenue or face serious consequences. ‘If you do not pay the state minimum (teacher salaries), which are tied to the amendment, (the school district) will get no state money and possibly lose accreditation,” Curtis said. Curtis said that while approval of the amendment would cause hardship on the school district he could appreciate the views of the amendment’s supporters. “I realize a $10,000 increase will cause the district to lose money, but we’re all homeowners, too,” Curtis said. Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major said passage of the amendment alone would not force his district raise taxes. He said the state had promised to make up for any financial shortfall caused by adoption of the amendment. Major said growth might cause tax rates in his district to go up. He cited an influx of about 700 new students into the district, the opening of three new schools last year and one more in January and adding between 85 to 90 new people to the district’s professional staff as reasons the district was considering increasing its tax rate. Candidates file finance reports By DENKE DZIUK Staff Wnter The latest campaign finance reports in the New Braunfels Independent School District trustee election show Yolanda Longoria raised $100 — the smallest amount — for her campaign for an at-large seat while Bette Spam, also running rn the at-large race, is on the top of foe list for contributions with $4,811. There was also a great disparity between candidates' spending. Deanna Villarreal spent only $198 in the race for District 4, compared to $3,016.79 in Don Bedford’s bid for an at-large seat. Stacie Rickel, Bedford, Frank Panebian-co, Spain and Longoria are in the race tor the two at-large seats. Henry Garza is challenging incumbent Sylvia Sanchez for the District I seat and Bill Biggadike and Villarreal arc running for the remaining term on the District 4 seat, which became vacant when then-board president Jaime Padilla resigned this year. Candidates were required to file reports showing contributions and expenditures. They have filed the last reports required before the election. Itemized reports show almost all spending went to signs and advertising. Contributions came from residents in and out of NBISD. Several candidates received monetary donations from two Laredo residents. Several candidates, including Bedford, Biggadike, Garza, Spain, Rickel and Sanchez, raised more than $ 1,000 in contributions that w ere not itemized because candidates are not required to itemize contributions of less than $50. Candidates also borrowed money from themselves or used personal funds to pay political expenses.S cele family reunites in New Braunfels — Page BA; school supply lists — Pages 11-12A ;