New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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28 pages in four sections ■ Sunday. August 10,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Carol Freimuth
Texas voters approve increase in homestead exemption
By CHRIS CREWS
and 7.28 percent voting against.
Almost as startling as the lopsided margin of approval was voter turnout for the election. More than 12 percent of the county’s 46,719 registered voters turned out for the election.
The strong turnout was led by the early voting results. Almost 5.6 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period.
County Clerk Joy Streater said she w as sur
prised and pleased by the large turnout. She said that for a single issue election with no races for local, state or national offices being conducted, IO percent would have been an extraordinary turnout.
Local school administrators, whose budgets and tax rates would be affected by the result, said the result was about what they expected They agreed that they could work within the conditions that approval of the amendment would bring.
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Comal County — 92.78 percent for, 7.28 percent against Guadalupe County — 95.41 percent for, 4.59 percent against
CUT MY TAXES!
That was the popular sentiment expressed by Comal County voters Saturday, as an amendment to the state constitution to increase the homestead exemption on property taxes from $5,000 to $15,000 passed by an overwhelming majority.
The amendment passed countywide by a margin of 92.78 percent voting for the amendment
Today — partly cloudy. High in the mid 90s. South wind 10-15 mph.
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partly cloudy. Low in the upper 70s. High in the mid 90s.
Monday night — partly cloudy. Lows in the 70s. Tinnily through
Thursday — partly cloudy with warm night and hot afternoons. Lows in the mid 70s. Highs in the mid to upper 90s.
SVHS gxtands student registration
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 added days and times
Sanchez, Biggadike take District 1,4 seats respectively in recorc^JBIS^vote
By DENISE DZIUK
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1.411 votes, with Stacie Rickel col-
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"I think people were lust more aware Mils is the largest vote in a long time.” he said
Bedford said he was excited about being elected to serve and wanted lo assure residents he would "add mater ul leadership- to the board Ile added that he "son of expected I'd win big because large turnout signals unhappiness and his platform addressed that "I think we got a verv clear mandate to repair some of the damage done in the last year," he said
Spam said she was not as certain about the outcome of the race She said she appreciated the hard work tluit went into lier campaign oui was thrilled with the outcome
"I wanted to serve tut* tem is ivcau.se I think vou inst learn during the first one. so I'm thrilled I gel to do (hat and get to work with (Superintendent) Dr.
(Rom Reaves again, she said
Rickel said it was "wonderful” to see such a large turnout showing residents cared about their schools. She also congratulated the w inners of Saturday s election.
"We lust worked as hard as we
■ Monday, 1 to 4 p.m.
■ Tuesday, 8 to 11 a rn Students who attended
Smithson Valley High School last year or incoming freshman from Smithson Valley Middle School do not have to pre-register
Comal County was declared a disaster area, which means assistance is available to help residents recover from flooding earlier this summer.
For information on the assistance available, residents can call 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). Residents have until Sept 5 to register for aid.
could, and that’s all I can ask,” she said, ’i’m just glad we’re going to go forward as a district.’’
Longoria said she ran her campaign on her personal qualities, such as faith and respect. She said she could not ask her constituents for contributions, but she realized money is what wins elections.
“But, that was their choice, and I do hope they stick to what they said, and put children first,” she said.
In a prepared statement from Panebianco, he said he learned a lot during the elections and planned to remain active as a parent and patron. He also challenged the board to strive for a better district.
“I ask that we put our political differences aside and move forward to achieve the finest school district in the state,” he said. “I will support the new board of trustees while standing vigilant in my position on content and knowledge in the classroom.”
Sanchez said the election was a lot of hard work, but she looked forward to working on the board. She said wanted to serve students and was happy to
Summer vacation winds down
Summer is winding down for area students Both school districts will begin the 1997-1998 school year on Aug. 18, so don’t forget to get your school supplies and immunizations. It s also a good time to start getting your child back in the routine of waking early.
Donato to Khrtin reward fund
Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local businessman Michael Kivlin Aug. 2.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward, the maximum the agency can offer.
The Herald-Zeitung and Norwest Bank, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased.
To participate, send your donation to the “Michael Kivlin Reward Fund" at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa.
elected me, and I look forward to serv -Turn to NBISD, Page 2A
have another opportunity to do that. “I’m really happy the distnct has re-
Percentages are rounded.
Management audit idea draws support
It’s tubin’ time again
tauts said. But paying for it, they said, could cost $50,000 to $100,000.
“I don’t think it would be a bad idea,” said Schoch, who represents District 2 . “If it’s generally reasonable, I think it would be worth it.”
The idea came up last month as a suggestion, included in a memo by city attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy, for the council to consider in reviewing its relationship with NBU.
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By ABE LEVY
Auditing the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities could benefit taxpayers in the long run, Mayor Pro Tem Ray Schoch and other city leaders said this week.
A comprehensive review of operations could uncover duplication and produce more efficient services, officials from the city, NBU and consul-
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