New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River......... 234 cfs (down 16)
Canyon inflow.......151 cfs (down 11)
Canyon outflow ........ 247 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 624.12 (down .06)
Canyon Lake level .... 908.75 (down .03)
Owners upset over
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Mew Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94—No. 161
18 Pages —2 Sections
CISD eyes tax hike
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal ISD trustees got their first peek Wednesday at a proposed $15 million budget for the 1985-86 school year.
That peek included a tax hike from the current 83.7-cent rate to $1,046 per $100 valuation.
About 23 cents of that $1,046 would go toward paying off the 1985-86 debt service requirement of over $2 million on the district’s old and new bond issues.
The difference between the two tax rates could also give the district an additional $4,311,120 over last year's tax collections.
“So why raise taxes? ” asked Business Manager Abel Campos at a special meeting Wednesday night.
“Of that $4 million, we expect a certified loss from the state of
$888,441 To balance the 1984-85 budget, $1,865,407 was taken out of surplus, and we’ll need $2,540,900 for debt service.
“So we’re starting out $983,628 in the hole, even if the budget stayed as it was,” he added. “And we can’t go back to the well because the well’s gone dry.’’
The total dollar difference between this year’s and last year’s budget is $516,000, or 34 percent.
“That includes $570,000 for career ladder, increased salaries and all of the House Bill 72 mandates,” Campos said.
The largest budgetary increase was in instruction, he added, “because that’s where it should be We are basically just trying to live within our means.”
“If we backed out career ladder
See TAX HIKE, Page 10A
Man indicted in kidnapping
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A Comal County Grand Jury has indicted a San Antonio man on charges he kidnapped another man at gunpoint from the Alamo Haulers Truck Yard June 21.
Bruce Alvin Welborn of Route 20, Box 208D, San Antonio, w as among 14 individuals indicted Wednesday. The victim, Lonnie Earl Mosley, also of San Antonio, told Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche that he was in the process of buying a gravel trailer from Welborn when the incident occurred.
Mosley said Welborn approached him at the truck yard at the intersection of EM 482 and 2252, and said he wanted the trailer returned
immediately. Mosley said he would return it as soon as Welborn returned the $4,000 already paid on the trailer.
Welborn then reached into his boot, pulled out a black pistol, ordered Mosley into the driver’s cab. and told him to drive to Welborn’s business yard on Interstate 35, Mosley said, adding that Welborn rode on the outside of the cab on the driver’s side, and held the pistol on him the entire trip
Once they arrived at the yard, Mosley was ordered to park the trailer and told to get out to assist Welborn in disconnecting the trailer from the tractor cab. Welborn also allegedly threatened Mosley’s life if he came back for the trailer.
See GRAND JC RY. Page 10AJudge defers ruling on testing of potential teachers
TYLER (AP! US District Judge William Wayne Justice has put off ruling on a request for an injunction to block the state's use of a new college test to screen potential teachers
Seven days of arguments in the case ended Wednesday with the attorney for several minority groups
From staff and wire reports New Braunfels’ Montgomery Ward Sales Agency is among the department store chain s catalog stores that will be closed The local manager said the closing was a year to 18 months away, but would not comment on whether he was one of the store ow ners suing the company.
Montgomery Ward & Co. officials refuse to comment on a Texas lawsuit alleging that operators of several of Ward’s catalog sales outlets were misled before the company announced it would close the stores.
The small-town stores have been “a mainstay of the rural American way of life for 113 years” but now appear doomed, the $8.5 million lawsuit says.
The plaintiffs allege that Montgomery Ward officials — through statements, sales meetings and other actions — led catalog agents to believe their independent stores would stay open even though Mon-
contending that the state-mandated test would cut the supply of Texas teachers, especially blacks and Hispanics.
In final arguments at the end of seven days of testimony. San Antonio lawyer Albert Kauffman,
representing the Mexican-American
tgomery Ward announced the closing of company-owned stores.
“All of these actions were intended by Wards to and did lull the agents and rural America into a false sense of security” that the company was “dedicated to the future of the catalog sales agencies,” the lawsuit says.
However, the suit charges, Montgomery Ward “effectively closed the agencies and ended its relationship with rural America by its announcement on Aug. I, 1985, that it would close the catalog stores forever.”
Chuck Holland, spokesman at Montgomery Ward’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, Wednesday declined to comment.
"I really have not seen the contents of the lawsuit. At this point, we have no comment,” Holland said in a telephone interview.
Holland said Montgomery Ward plans to close some 200 company-owned stores and some 1,300 independently owned catalog agencies
U‘gal Defense and Educational Fund, told the judge that in the end, students would suffer “irreparable harm because of the lack of minority teachers.”
MALDEF is representing 14 students and several minority groups, including the NAACP. The
within the next 14 months.
Frank Powell, the lawyer who filed the suit Tuesday, said tile plaintiffs operate IO catalog stores rn such areas as l^impasas, Fredericksburg, Carrizo Springs and Mexia.
The store owners kept a small amount of merchandise on hand, but basically handled catalog sales for customers, he said.
Powell said that when Montgomery Ward earlier announced plans to close company-owned stores, some of the agents considered getting out of the business. Some had offers from people wanting to buy their stores, he said.
But the suit charges that Montgomery Ward assured the catalog agents business would continue. The company approved new catalog sales agencies, sent representatives to sales meetings and issued statements saying it would remain in business, the suit says.
The May 1985 issue of the company’s magazine, Forward, included a question-and-answer feature about
group claims the test discriminates against minorities.
College students are required to pass the reading, writing and mathematics portions of the test before they can be admitted to teacher education programs. The tests w ould be given after six hours of
“Q. Is the closing of these (company owned) stores signalling the end of catalog operations for Montgomery Ward9 “A. By no means. Montgomery Ward founded the catalog direct mail business, and we intend to stay in it...” the magazine said.
But on Aug. 2, the lawsuit says, Montgomery Ward president Bernard F. Brennan sent catalog sales agents a Mailgram that said:
“It is our difficult and painful duty to inform you that after 113 years in the catalog business, Montgomery Ward is discontinuing all catalog operations. Your sales agency will be closed.”
The message said the decision was due to business factors.
“We never like to affect people’s lives — and livelihoods — this way,” it said. “But we have no other alternative if Montgomery Ward is going to continue to be a viable enterprise. Our strategy is to focus our energy and effort on the customer.”
But Kevin O’Hanlon, attorney representing the state, argued that the state had no intention to discnnunate when it implemented the PPST requirement.
“We do not deny there is impact (on minorities) in the case, but impact is not sufficient as grounds for intent,” O’Hanlon said.
“Standardized tests are designed to factor out discrimination of race, color or national origin,” he said “The state is concerned that teachers are not doing their job and now we are attempting to correct that (w ith the PPST).”
Kauffman used some earlier testimony to back up his arguemnt of discrimination. He said Dr. VictoriaInsideToday's weather
Partly cloudy skies and hot temperatures continue with a high in the upper 90s and a low in the mid 70s. TTiere is a 20 percent chance of thundershowers Friday. Wednesday’s high was 96 with today's low at 72. Sunset will be at 8:12 with sunrise at 6:59.Don't forget!
Friday is the last day to register elementary students in the New Braunfels School District. The elementary schools include Carl Schurz, Seele and Lone Star Elementaries.
Bergin of the Texas Education Agency, who testified Tuesday, used “fighting words toward the minority community."
He said her use of “innate ability” as a reason why some students were not doing as w ell as others on the test supported his theory that TEA intended to discriminate.
Texas Education Commissioner W.N. Kirby testified in the case Tuesday, arguing that if the judge issues an injunction against the state’s test of education students, the people of Texas may lose confidence in the education system.
Kirby said the injunction would mean that students would be taking courses in which they have no basic skills.
Store owners upset over handling of closings
Incorporation battle blazes
Jane Abbott, incorporation opponent, addresses crowd of 300 people
Incorporation draws large crowd
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Proponents of incorporating parts of Sattler, River Road, and FM 3U6 again tried to convince others in the area of the benefits of such a move.
But Wednesday night, the cafeteria at Mountain Valley School in Sattler was full of. for the most part, upponents to the ui-corporation try.
Almost 300 persons gathered at the school to hear David Thompson
and Joe Davis, members of the incorporation committee, answer questions about the proposal.
It wasn't a quiet three hours Citing impending encroachment by San Antonio and New Braunfels, Thompson said the Sattler area should incorporate to protect its own interests “It’s either us or them," he said. Incorporation turned out not to be the main source of concern for Hie area’s residents; the boundaries of the proposed city, however, do concern them.
i'm not against incorporating Sattler, but you’re not incorporating Sattler,” said Frank Snuth. “You're trying to get enough money to support your whatever. I don’t believe in what y ou're doing. If you're going to call it 'Saltier.’ bring it in to Sattler or call it Guadalupe River.’ ”
The proposed incorporated area includes Sattler Village, Little Ponderosa, and River Point in the Sattler area, along with businesses along the river, and a strip along FM 306
Saying the “city” would be long and thin, incorporation leader David Thompson said, "We have taken in all the residential area and prune real estate that we could take in ”
The incorporation maps take in two square miles of property, including strips 50 feet wide on both sides of the Guadalupe River. In some areas, the strip incorporation takes in property 300 feet wide.
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