New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852
)out the rivers. We are all acting in wtiat we feel is the best interest of the city.
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aunfets Civic Convention Center on Monday to listen and express their support or oppo-
;?ote 5-1 in favor of ban
I and out by 1 Mon-os.ihle Ian. 1,
IS often tubing
Carlos Cedillo, left, is escorted away from ttie podium by a member ot ttie New Braunfels Police Department during the public comment period at Monday's meeting of New Braunfels City Council. Cedillo, a regular during council meetings earlier this year when council banned short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, ranted about over-restrictive laws until police wrestled him out a side door and jailed him on charges ot resisting arrest and disrupting a public meeting.
Abridged history of city’s attempts to control behavior on the rivers:
• City couneil passed an ordinance to ban alcohol use on the rivers. The alcohol han died after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission ruled that the ordinance wfiuld not be legal
• Then-police chief Ray Do:iglas posed m his dress iinitorm wearing a tube by the river with tfie caption "Play nice Don't Make Waves" as part of a New Bratinfels Chamber of Commerce campaign to advertise a increased enforcernent of river rule'i designed to control befiavior of the rivers
The money to pay for the increased police work and river clean up was ex[>ected to come from a SI fe« berng chaiged on .ill tulre rcmtals arid shuttle rules.
Otticers were trained to diffuse behavior problems with explanations and warnings ~ and not resort immedi ately to the citation book "The term zero tolerance' has been thrown around a lot It's not going to be like that, t don't think anything can be 'zero-tolerance.' We're going to be as polite and as nice as people let us be," Douglas said
• Ken Valentine ctiaired the River Activities Committee, which developed 41 strategies for dealing with the rivers that included floating trash pickups.
• More portable restrooms were added at all ma|or exit points, such as Cypress Bend Park and Garden Street.
• River rules were posted in hotel rooms, near the City Tube Chute and in other locations frequented by tourists.
• The New Braunfels City Council rehashed the city's noise ordinance to target river activiry. The ordinance allowed officers to fine up to $250 river tubers whose radios can be heard 50 feet away.
See HISTORY, Page 10
)ners approve 1.6-cent tax hike
s the first tor a pro-1.()-tent tax rate needed to offset sued in 201 1. rything went pretty fily," County Judge an Krause said fol-g the 15-minute ig nieeting, which i on business from Ting session that last-,t three minutes. "I everyone saw the the county put into ^ the budget togeth-
jse said the tax hike eded to generate
OOO tor debt service
paynuHvts after commissioners issued $14 million in debt to fund the Krueger Canyon Dam projec t, road improvements to FM V0(), a software upgrade tor the county's judicial system and right-of-way at (|uisi-tion for the U.S, Hwy. 281
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When they issued the debt through tax anticipation notes in June, commissioners expected it to he re|)aid through future property taxes.
However, assessed property tax values fell liy percent this year, thus
necessitatingtho slight tise in the 2010 tax rate ot Vi.4 c ('nts per $100 |)roperty valuation.
"You could say that tht' tax rate would have gone' down it we hadn't issued any additit)nal debt," Krausi' said. "But l)e( ause we did because ot (the |)ro)e(ts), we had to increase the tax ratt' to cover the paymtMits on that debt."
The [proposed tax rate ot ? 5 ce n t s won 1 d mea n t hc‘ owner of a home with the t ounty's average taxable value of $1()8,251 would
[)a\ apf)r()\imafel\ in taxt's, compared to $S70 in 2010 Mie new rates vvouid Ik' reticctc'd uì tax statenuMìts issueti b('giniiing in Ot tobc'i. (Ommissiotters say thè |)io[)()sed budget l'xceeds thè current biidg(‘t by onlv thè $000,000 ili dt'bt serv-ice.
A second public forum on thè tcìx rate' will 1m' held on Aug. U). ('ommission ers are e\pect('d to voK' on thè n('w rate by Sc'[)t. 12.See COUNTY, Page 10
Son reported held by rebels is free
By Ben Hubbard and Kaiin Laub
I ibyan leader Moammar ( ladh.iti's son and one-time h('ir a[)parent, who was reported arr(‘st(Hl l)v rebels on Sunday wh<>n they r~ - - _ - - -j adv.inc (‘d on éfÊjK the t
Tri|H)li, IS free.
M Islam turn(‘d
— " up (Mrly Tuesday morning at the Rixos hotel, where al)out H) torc'ign )ournalists ar(' staying in Tripoli undc'r the ( lose w.itc h ot regime mindiTS.
He then took reporters in a convoy ot black, armored St 'Vs on a drive through parts ot the c tty under the regim(''s ( ontrol.
Assoc latt'd f’r(‘ss reporters vv(\re among the* |ournalists who saw him and went fni thf tour He told the report('rs; We are going to hit the hottest spots in Tripoli."
ihev then drovf* around strcf'ts lull ot cirnu'd Cîad-hat! bat k('rs, controlled bv ro.uibloi ks ih(*v visitcYl sev-er.il sit(‘s uher(* Ciadh.iti sU[)porters wi*re gathered. The ( onvov c>nd(‘d up out-sid(' his lather's Bal) a I A/i/iya ( ompound and mil-ilarv b<irracks, where at IcMst a hundr('d men were waiting in lines tor guns Ix'ing distribut('<l to volunteers to drti'nd the regime. The\ also tourt'd the (jadhati stronghold neighborhood Bu Slini.
K('l)els ap()ear to have taken control ot large [)arts ol the capital since thc'v entc'red on Sunday night and ('jadhati's grij) on pow-c'r sc‘emc‘d to In* slipping fast. But It was known that the area around the Rivos hotel and nearl)\ Bat) al-A/iziya vvc're still under the regime's control.
See LIBYA, Page 5
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