New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, Aug. 7,1994 ■ Herald-Zaftung W
County Judge using smoke and minors to convince taxpayers
Smoke and minors are being used by the County Judge to convince the taxpayers of Comal County that they will get a tax decrease if the Comal county
judge’s budget Mall
she is using is the
same line die politicians in Washington and Austin use.
The tnith is that the County Judge is proposing a tax rate of 30.323 cents per $100 valuation. The effective tax rate for Comal County as calculated by the county tax assessor/collector is 29.44 cents per hundred dollars valuation.
You, the taxpayer of Comal County will actually be hit with a 0^83 cents per $100 valuation increase, tai Comal County a one cent per $100 valuation amounts to approximately $223,500 in tax revenue to the corni
Taxpayers, lock at the appraised value of your property, did it go up? Appraise values for Comal County went UP by 6.36 percent, of which 3.47 percent is new construction and 2,89 percent is increased property value.
Hie county judge is proposing id spend $1.1 million dollars out of reserves. Taxpayers, if you q>end from reserves it must be replaced to remain fiscally aouad. That amounts to approximately 5 cents per $100 valuation of the tax me.
Taxpayers of Comal County, you have an opportunity in the next two weeks to voice your opinion on the county budget. This tax and qpend trend can be ravened but only if you get involved. Let aO elected officials know that lopondfog to special interests is not what you want from county government Federal and stale governments have been doing this for years. Look what thai baa done for us. (Speak Up.)
(Neil Craigmile is commissioner for precinct 2 in Comal County.)
Readers oppose year-round school schedule, survey shows
From staff reports
Readers responding to the Herald-Zoning's weekly survey question, "Do you favor year-round school?,N voted IS to 2 against year-round school.
■ "Yes. I think 11 months of school for everyone with perhaps the month of July free would produce better educated children and young adults. Many European schools use this plan plus one-half day of school on Saturdays."
■ "The proposed year-round school plan would only include primary and
eftemenury schools. The midde school and high school would keep the same schedule. This would hurt families with children in different schools. We need new schools and more room. We need to promote the ftnuly vote for the bond election."
■ "I have four children. Year-rowd school would mean different schedule! and we will not be able to plan family trips and special timet. Year-round school is a temporary solution and they will have to build new schools eventually. The tax rate will be high-
■ for yearroand school dun for bond
mow to vims sorvtoto wren Integrity
Media reports the past week concerning the request for resignation of Barry Moore, city attorney* were disturbing. Bor the put ten yean Mr. Moore has served our city with a high degree of integrity and doll.
Our city has a man of high moral principle, family values, a leader in church, school and civic organizations.
Bor nearly a decade he has worked with many different personalities in our city government and more conflicts and power struggles than most people see in a career.
Our mayor and several council members have chosen the media to evaluate Mr. Moore's performance. Most well run businesses would have the courtesy and professionalism to voice concerns in private, provide regulsr feedback on job performance udng facts and give employees an opportunity to discuss. This lends lo progress and team harmony.
(tor city government although sometime* disguised as politics and an avenue to boost egos by seeking radio and newapapcr publicity is running a business — a multimillion dollar business, the largest in Comal County.
Open meetings act violation? Probably so. Management decision? Not only a poor decision bot one without the support of the council. “Assertiveness?” Vary vague. Lack of or too much?
Give us some details and factual information. Our mayor made an unprofessional remade—basically a cheap shot
As tax paying citizens of New Braunfels, we all should “take stock” in our business and be thankful for quality profeaaiontli like Barry Moore and not be misled by people that do not have their “ducks in row” and do not practice courtesy, respect and ethical leadership.
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Spring Sows should bs sseuvsts
This letter is kl reaponae lo Mr.
Lee Osbura's comments in the Wednesday Alg. lOHendd-Zeitung.
TO beton with. Mr. Orixvn’s cotan is weta taken and I want to assure
■ ehkwka foil,
ntm mat something is ucmg acne •hour hit cflflwng flow measurements.
Several months ago I expressed a similar concern to our staff at the Edwards Underground Wser District (EUWD) and began to look into
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WIW ms present micrcsi ai mc Aquifer, numbers have become increasingly siptificant particularly when tiuQiig trout reciurgc, pump-fog, spring flow, and trigger levels of the Demand Management Plan (DMF).
tai all of Judge Bunion's rulings spring flows aas generally expressed aa cubic feet per second (cfs). The EUWD is currently revising its DMP so that die trigger levels will be expressed in eft However, these changes annot become effective until hearing ira held within the District httenhis year.
bt the mean time, the EUWD in conjunction with the UA Geological Service is installing in Comal County two new gauging nations; one on Btieders Creek and the other on the Dry Comal Creek.
The one station now in existence is on the Comal River between the chute and bridge (stinky falls). With these three gauging stations spring flows can then be accurately measured by taking the Comal River raiding minus the readings (inflows) of Blieders and Dry Comal Creeks. We expect the new gauging stations to be constructed by November 1994.
The data will be telemetered lo the EUWD to provide information to the judge and die public in real time.
The spring flows measured in cfs will be accurate and in concert with the units used by Judge Bunion and the Aquifer Monitor thus relieving reliance on correlations with the J-17 well located in Bexar County.
I will say in defense of the J-17 well correlations with Comal spring flows that the values calculated provided us with reasonably aocuraae infonnation over the yean.
However, under preaent conditions we demand foe moat accurate values
technology can provide.
Kenneth G.Ikeli Technical Affairs Chnlr,EWUD
Thanks to officials
The 175-plus folks that attended the Lands Neighborhood Watch Night Out celebration would tike to send a thank-you to an of foe county, city, and safe city officials that
anended our party. We are very pleased that romany took foe tim^lfi^ come and enjoy within foe fine evening of friendship.
A very special thank-you goes oui to foe fire department aid EMS inks that came, let us look st, and get to w know more about their equipment Their contribution to our celebration really mode foe evening special.
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