New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sales tax provides city bonus
In addition to its usual check, the City of New Braunfels received a little something extra in its envelope from the state comptroller’s office.
The regular monthly check was there, but so was an additional check for $109,867.01. The extra check is the result of a shift in the department’s rebate procedure, Comptroller Bob Bullock said.
The regular check would have been good news by itself. The $79,025.91 rebate check for July represented a 76 percent increase over the $44,801.26 received for the same period last year, and upped the year-to-date figure to $575,708.02—a 32 percent increase from the $433,336.41 received for the first seven months of 1979.
The extra check upped the figure still further—to $685,575 through the first week of August.
In contract, San Marcos and Seguin have recorded 26 and 17 percent in
creases on the year-to-date figures (through July), according to the comptroller’s office. San Marcos has increased from $385,244.98 to $487,160.40, while Seguin has jumped from $378,953.41 to $445,900.49.
The extra check, which covers the first week of August, includes a large amount of money from second quarter returns filed with the comptroller’s officer on the July 31 deadline. Normally, the money would have been rebated with the September check.
Under the old format, the previous allocation period ran from the end of one month to the first of the next month, and cities received their rebates sometime after the middle of the month.
Under the new' system, sales tax will accrue through the first week of each month and be paid on the 15th—cutting the reimbursement time by at least a week.
Sales Tax Revenue
Vol. 89 - No. 43 16 Pages — 1 Section (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels, Texas
Economy is healthy, chamber survey says
While economic woes cause problems in many parts of the country. New Braunfels continues to prosper, a Chamber of Commerce survey indicates.
The city’s economic indicators also reflect a healthier position than neighboring cities, H.E. Knox, chamber president, said. ‘‘Overall, the economy in New Braunfels is stable and prospering,” he said.
Sales tax revenue for the first six months of 1980 is running 32 percent ahead of the same period last year in New Braunfels, figures from the state comptroller’s office show.
By comparision. San Marcos recorded a 26 percent increase in sales tax receipts. Other percentages show San Antonio with a 23 percent rise,
Austin with 20 percent more income and Seguin with 17 percent more.
Knox said sales tax revenue represents only a portion of total retail sales and the city has consistently been ahead of neighboring cities in this area.
Sales Motion* went magazine figures showed Comal County retail sales figures last year exceeded 1978 figures by 68.7 percent. Retail sales for 1979 were $141,359,000 in the county, the magazine showed.
The magazine indicates retail sales per capita in the county were $4,245 for 1979. This compares with $3,512 for Guadalupe County, $2,972 for Hays County and $3,781 in Bexar County.
Hotel-motel occupancy tax revenue provided New Braunfels $104,923
High mpg vehicle
Driving among the gas guzzlers, Lou Frank silently rolls around town in his golf cart. He has room for a passenger and groceries in the back,
Staff photo by John Serifs *
besides the obvious sporting use. Frank claims his costs are ap proximately a penny per mile.
Chamber repeats position
Annexation hearing on agenda
It’s been delayed a long time, but the workshop between Planning and Zoning Commission and folks who have a stake in annexation will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers.
And the Chamber of Commerce will reiterate that quarry areas in the Solms area not be annexed now.
Directors of the chamber Monday approved a report from their Task Force on Annexation which said:
‘‘A sharp departure from plans that have been thoroughly studied and carefully prepared with the purpose being to obtain tax revenues can destroy the community’s credibility and therefore deal serious setbacks to
its economic growth and prosperity.” Doyle Krueger, chairman of the chamber committee, said the position was in response to a letter from Bob Reeh, chairman of the planning commission. In that letter, Reeh said it had been suggested annexing the quarries ‘‘would help offset the cost of providing city services (mainly sewer) to the Solms area” and it might ‘ provide some control (probably through zoning) of the rapidly deteriorating appearance of these areas and cause some sort of restoration-reclamation plans to be undertaken.”
Due to schedule conflicts and vacations, annexation hasn’t been
brought up since the commission’s June meeting. At that point, commission members looked at several proposals, including annexing the Solms area south of town; an area north of the city from the current city limits to FM 306; and possibly annexing quarries and-or industries on the south side.
However, the commission decided to seek input from the people who might tie affected by these proposals, particularly from representatives of the industries in those areas. Tonight’s meeting has been called for that purpose.
The meeting will not be a joint workshop .session between the com-
nussion and City Council, city manager E.N. Delashmutt indicated. Several council members apparently had heard from a commission member that it would be a joint meeting.
Also on the agenda is a discussion of overnight tent camping, which will be taken up only if the annexation discussion doesn’t drag on, city planner Debra Goodwin indicated.
Commission members decided at their last meeting Aug. 5 to have city staff draw up a proposed ordinance which would allow tent camping inside the city limits on a special permit basis. The current city zoning ordinance says nothing about tent camping.
Court adopts '81 budget
Appropriations totaling $2,375,309 were approved by Commissioners Court Monday for 1981.
Total estimated taxes from state and county sources were figured at $1,335,959.
Added to projected income from licenses, taxes and fees for county services, plus federal aid and such diverse sources as well permits, mixed drink taxes and the interest (Mi time deposits of county funds, the total expected revenue for 1981 amounts to $2,234,438 The court also voted to amend the 1980 budget to provide for extra expenditures for the sheriff’s department and constables.
A copy of the newly approved 1981 budget was made available by Comm. Monroe Wetz. County Auditor H. Bate Bond left the meeting immediately
after the budget hearings to attend a public finance seminar in Dallas. Personnel in the auditing office said corrections and a final draft of the document could not be released until his return Wednesday
At the Monday meeting, Bond asked for $1,753 to cover an unexpected sheriff’s department 1980 budget increase for jail hospital services. A prisoner had his appendix removed while in tile custody of the sheriff’s department and the county was liable for the cost, Bond explained.
‘ We normally have $500 or less for these kind of things,” County Judge Max Wommack said.
The court increased vehicle maintenance allocations for constables to $3,500 from $2,000. Bond told commissioners spending in this area had already reached $2,945.
Constables receive four equal shares
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Flqual appropriations for all four constables were approved by Comal County commissioners Monday in the 1981 budget.
The constables’ budget of $37,522 for the coming year was divided equally into $9,025.50 for each precinct, and included equal increments of $3,960 for the constables’ salaries, $1,728 for auto allowances, $1,250 for gasoline and oil expenses and $900 for deputies’ salaries.
Constables and deputies had appeared at the court’s Aug ll meeting to push for an increase in their gasoline mileage allowance and to complain about Precinct I getting what they considered the lion’s share of county funds, especially for vehicles and radios.
They were told that extra patrols on River Road during the summer months caused the imbalance.
The court also voted Monday to amend the 1980 constable budget to include an additional $1,500 for vehicle maintenance.
Judge listens to more Brilab tapes
County Auditor ll. Bate Bond recoiiunended the increase because the original $2,000 alloted for that purpose has already been overspent by $945.
Precinct I vehicles were responsible for $2,040.17 in maintenance costs so far this year, compared to $558,47 for Precinct 4, $336.42 for Precinct 2, and $10.75 for Precinct I, according to figures read aloud by Bond
County Judge Max Woiiunack, apparently dissatisfied with the excess expenditures and the pressure for county vehicles for all four precinct deputies, suggested alloting one car per constable in 1981 and putting control of the rest under Sheriff Walter Fellers.
‘‘He’s the chief law enforcement officer for the county and he should know where those vehicles are needed most,” Wommack said.
Comm. Monroe Wetz disagreed, saying more efficient automobiles may become available to tile constables early in 1981.
‘‘We may get better cars in the spring, and then we can get rid of some of these lemons,” he observed.
Wetz was backed by Comm. Orville Heitkamp.
“I think we should leave it for one more year,” he said of the auto allowance. ‘ And if it develops into a big controversy next year, then consider scrapping it.”
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge labored through hours of .secretly taped conversations Monday and began hearing more today before ruling on a motion by lawyers for House Speaker Billy Clayton and three other Texas Brilab defendants.
U.S District Judge Robert O’Conor, who must rule on his own jurisdiction over the bribery case, listened to more than seven hours of tapes Monday before he recessed the marathon pretrial session until 9:30 a.m. today.
Ronald Woods, an assistant U.S. attorney, said five to six hours of the tapes recorded by an FBI informant remain to be heard.
Attorneys for the four defendants had filed about 50 pre-trial motions, but O’Conor restricted the hearing’s opening phases to the jurisdiction question saying that ‘ without jurisdiction there would be no point of proceeding.”
Defense attorneys argued that federal authorities “artificially
manufactured” jurisdiction and keyed the case to an FBI informant the lawyers called a “pathological liar.”
Clayton, L.G. Moore, a Deer Park labor leader, and two Austin lawyers, Randall B Wood and Donald W Ray, were indicted June 12 in the FBI undercover operation prosecutors say linked labor with bribery offers to public officials.
Defense attorneys are seeking the dismissal of the indictments, which charge the four with extortion,
racketeering, fraud and conspiracy, on grounds that the government controlled, orchestrated and artificially executed the conspiracy.
The dominant figure in the six tapes heard Monday was Joseph Hauser, the FBI informant who operated a fictitious insurance firm out of Beverly Hills, Calif,
The indictments allege Hauser and Moore gave Clayton $5,000 and promised $600,000 more for assistance aimed at helping Hauser’s fictitious
finn receive a $52 million state employees insurance contract.
Clayton has acknowledged receiving the $5,000 on Nov. 8 but said he planned to return the money.
The Monday tapes involved Hauser’s activities in Texas from Aug 14 through Oct. 2, just a month before Hauser and Moore met with Clayton. Included were early meetings with Moore and other labor officials and his first meeting with defendants Wood and Ray.Inside