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Rogers says next term to be his last
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on this year’s candidates for City Council. Incumbents Joe Rogers and Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. are unopposed, but we feel it is important for the voters to know their positions on the issues facing the city. Mayor Stratemann’s views will appear in tomorrow’s edition.
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Joe Rogers, seeking his third term on City Council unopposed, announced Wednesday that it would also be his last, if elected Saturday.
“Six years is enough,” he said in a wide-ranging interview at his place of business, R & S Music Co. at 354
Landa St. Among the issues discussed:
City growth. A year ago, the need to plan for and control New Braunfels’ accelerating growth was cited by every candidate in three contested races for City Council.
In the months since the 1980 elections, the Council has presided over a bitter dispute on how to zone newly-annexed land, and Planning and Zoning Commissioners have approached issues like spot zoning, high-density housing, “green space” and drainage requirements with some uncertainty over how tough the Council wants them to be.
There’s much work to be done, Rogers said, including a city master plan update, public input and “a lot more careful analysis of what we
want and need.”
“Right now we’re in the throes of rapid growth. We need some hard, hard thinking to protect all the areas of the city,” he said.
The city’s master plan, last revised in 1976 except for a portion of it dealing with annexation, should be “tightened up,” Rogers said. “It has to be.”
“The Planning and Zoning Commission has had some direction, but not as good as they really need,” he said, but added, “The Council looks to that board for guidance more than they look to us. That’s the reason they’re there.”
Drainage is especially important and “in need of a real in-depth solution,” Rogers said.
“The hard part is, unless you’re
involved in where the water is, ifs not that big of a problem to most people. Unless the water’s coming through their living room, they don’t concern themselves with it.” Annexation. Rogers is glad the Commission is taking a look at annexation again. “As we grow, we must progress there, too.”
He cited last year’s annexation “agonies” as both his biggest headache and one of the accomplishments he was proudest of.
“The agonies we went through . . . it was something we had to do,” he said. “That, and the rezoning of some spots here and there. The pressures from the pros and cons made it a tough decision to make. It was something people were really for or really against, and it ran
about 50-50 the whole way.” Mexican-American concerns over the lack of minority Council members have resulted in a Charter Review Committee to examine a districting system that would elect Council members by neighborhood, rather than at-large.
The last Mexican-American candidate to win a Council seat did so in 1973. Nine attempts since that year have failed.
Rogers said it was “very possible” for a Mexican-American to be elected at large.
“Like anyone else, they have to get out and beat the bushes for votes. But it is very possible in New Braunfels for anyone, of any ethnic
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(USPS 377-880)CISD budget set for final approval
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
August 17 is the appointed date for final approval of the Comal Independent School District’s 1982-83 budget.
The public hearing is set for 7 p.m. in the board room at district headquarters. The budget patrons are invited to come talk about totals $12,515,089. Local property taxes will supply $5,805,800 of that amount.
CISD administrators are looking at a tax rate of 91 cents per $100 valuation, with a 40 percent exemption on homesteads. But trustees won’t be setting a rate just yet. Superintendent Edgar Willhelm figures it will be November 16 at the earliest, and possibly even December, before they can do that.
“We don’t have any appraisal values yet (from the Comal County Appraisal District). But we must have a budget if we’re going to operate the school, and if we’re going to pay the teachers,” said Willhelm.
To take a penny off that estimated tax rate, the board would need to cut $68,000 out of the budget, Willhelm told trustees.
The budget they studied at Tuesday night’s meeting includes quite a few of what the superintendent calls “fixed costs,” but the board has leeway in a few areas.
One area is the employee insurance program. Willhelm is recommending Blue Cross-Blue Shield’s “plan three,” which would mean a 6.5
percent increase over last year’s rate.
The district faces a larger increase if it keeps last year’s plan, which includes a $200 deductible on individual health policies. Plan three offers a $500 deductible.
“If you keep the $200 deductible, ifs gonna cost you $48 per person per month,” Willhelm told trustee Jim Rector when Rector protested his recommendation. Rates climbed drastically because CISD, since the initial purchase of the group plan last year, has become a high-risk client. Premiums paid in by and for district employees last term totaled $277,791. Claims paid out by Blue Cross amounted to $323,144.
The administration has looked at other companies, but found them reluctant to bid. Insurance is now available through the Texas Association of School Boards, but the state office hasn’t sent the figures CISD requested some weeks ago. Meanwhile, the next fiscal year looms a short three weeks ahead.
Another area where trustees might make cuts is in the athletic supply budget, which was doubled so that the board could get a year ahead. Since many supplies need to be ordered in the spring, trustees in the past have found themselves spending against next year’s budget before even a rough draft is drawn up.
The board was especially interested in the $30,000 budgeted for substitute teachers. The rate hasn’t changed; it’s still $32 per day for the first 20
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northeast tonight. Sunset will be at 8:15 p.m., and
sunrise Thursday will be at 6:57 a.m.
WEATHER..........................2ADoor said open during fatal fire
The cause of last Thursday’s fire which killed a four-year-old boy is still under investigation, Seguin Fire Marshal John Jandt said Tuesday.
Indicating the investigation into the fire was still in progress, Jandt said he couldn’t say when a ruling on the cause would be issued. “It could be two days, a month or even a year,” he said.
Marty Alan Brandt II was killed in the fire, which destroyed a duplex on Camp Willow Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene after his body was found in the bathtub.
Jandt did shed light on a point which had been somewhat hazy at the scene. Contrary to early reports, Jandt said that evidence indicates the door to the bathroom was open when the fire broke out. Early reports had indicated that the victim might have locked himself in.
“Physical evidence indicates the door was open during the process of the fire,” he said.
Reagan: tax hike won't hurt majority
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Reagan, defending an embattled $98.9 billion tax-increase bill, said today the measure pending in Congress would have very little effect on the taxes of most Americans.
In his first major speech on the bill, Reagan argued the legislation was essential to his economic recovery program. If Congress refuses to pass the bill, the nation faces bigger budget deficits, higher interest rates and growing unemployment, he said.
Despite the bill’s provisions to increase taxes on cigarettes, telephone services and airline tickets, Reagan insisted, “It will have very little effect on the majority of individual taxpayers.”
Reagan flew to Big Sky country to help
Billings celebrate its 100th birthday and raise money for the Senate campaign of Republican larry Williams, who is trying to unseat Sen. John Melcher, D-Mont.
White House officials estimated the events would raise $122,500.
For three hours in Billings, Reagan was spending seven hours in the air, flying out and back from Washington the same day.
Reagan has been waging a lobbying blitz from the White House to recruit reluctant Republicans to back an election-year tax hike. His speeches today marked a new stage in the administration’s campaign for the bill, and there were indications Reagan would ask for network time soon to address the nation on the subject.
In his speech, Reagan said, “For a conservative president like me to have to
put his arms around a multi-billion dollar deficit... well, it’s like holding your nose and embracing a pig. And believe me, that budget deficit is as slippery as a greased pig.”
Reagan said his support of the tax bill was essential to win backing in Congress for $280 billion in spending cuts over the next three years. “The ratio of reduced outlays to revenues is three to one,” Reagan said.
He said the tax hike is not the largest tax increase in history, as is claimed by Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee.
Earlier, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said in Washington that a Social Security tax increase approved during the Carter administration and a surtax
Judge won't approve AT&T anti-trust settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge refused today to approve the antitrust settlement proposing the breakup of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co., according to a court clerk.
Andy Pincus, a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene, said the judge was releasing a lengthy opinion this morning in which he declined to sign the proposed settlement as submitted by AT&T and the federal government.
Pincus said the opinion suggests a number of proposed modifications to the agreement which would make it acceptable. No further details were available.
AT&T spokesman Pie Wagner said the company had no immediate comment.
The proposed agreement was an
nounced Jan. 8 by AT&T and the Justice Department to settle a 1974 antitrust suit filed by the government. The proposed settlement would require AT&T to give up its 22 wholly owned Bell System operating companies in exchange for the freedom to enter unregulated businesses.
Greene is the federal judge who had been overseeing the antitrust trial. His approval of the settlement is required before it can take effect.
The Justice Department’s antitrust division and AT&T have maintained since January that Greene cannot unilaterally modify their agreement to suit his taste.
Both sides have said, however, that they would be willing to consider any changes suggested by the judge.
If AT&T and the Justice Department
cannot agree on changes suggested by the judge, they face the prospect of a resumption of the antitrust trial.
The proposed antitrust settlement contemplated the largest corporate reorganization in American history. The 22 Bell System operating companies, which serve more than 80 percent of the nation’s telephones, represent roughly two-thirds of AT&T’s assets, or about $80 billion to $85 billion.
The settlement called for AT&T to give up all ownership of those local companies, in exchange for the Justice Department’s dismissal of the 1974 suit. AT&T would be allowed to retain its longdistance, equipment, research,
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enacted during the Johnson administration surpassed the current bill.
Reagan argued the bill contains only $18 billion in new taxes. Some $31 billion would be raised by collecting taxes from citizens who are not paying what they legitimately owe, he said.
And the remainder would be raised by . “correcting unintended tax advantages which have resulted from sloppiness in past legislation,” he added.
According to administration estimates, the deficit would be close to $165 billion if the tax bill is not passed. If it is passed, the deficit in fiscal year 1983 is expected to be $115 billion, according to the administration, and $150 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
See REAGAN, Page 10AAbsentee totals substantially lower
The number of absentee votes cast for Saturday’s City Council election is but a fraction of those cast in last year’s race.
But this year the race isn’t really a race. No opponents surfaced to challenge Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. or Joe Rogers for their City Council seats.
As of Wednesday, which was the closing day of absentee voting, 14 in-person and six mail-in absentee votes had been cast for Saturday’s election.
Last year’s total for absentee voting was over 400.
The polls will be open all day Saturday. Those living in precincts I, 2, 3, 6, and 7 will vote at the First United Methodist Church, while those living in precincts 8, 9, 12, 22, and 23 will vote at the First Protestant Church.
Polls will also be open at Eagles Hall for those living in precincts ll, 15,16,17, and 20 and Guadalupe County residents.