New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
NBISD concludes fiscal year with good report
Acting on a recommendation from New Braunfels Independent School District Business Manager Lonnie Curtis, district trustees approved a 1979-1980 amended budget.
“I see no problems with this budget. Everything’s in very good order,” Curtis told the board after a point-by-point presentation that wrapped up a number of loose ends.
Expenditures for the year came to $1,759,117 more than the original $6,731,449 allocated, for a total of $8,490,566.
Actual revenue for the year totaled $7,114,171, or $382,722 more than the budgeted amount. When added to the $1,486,958 balance of last year’s construction fund, the amount of
money available for 1979-1980 was $8,601,129.
‘‘We spent 99.27 percent of all the money we took in.” Curtis observed.
Aside from payroll costs of $4,906,420 ( almost $3.5 million of which went to teachers’ salaries) the largest expenditure ($1,920,3151 went to construction even though no money was
allocated for it in the regular budget.
Bond money took care of most construction costs ($1,515,108) and the excess was encumbered by local maintenance reserve funds.
Local sources provided $2,704,387 in revenue, while the state’s share was $4,352,538. Federal
funds amounted to $57,246.
Besides construction, the largest excess expenditure was in capital outlay for plant maintenance and operation, which was $290,163 over budget. The biggest overallocation was for capital outlay, general administration, with a budget figure $37,255 more than was actually spent.
' Tayk* Communications Inc
25 cents August 27,1980
Vol. 89 - No. 48 28 Pages — 3 Sections (USPS 377 880)
New Braunfels. Texas
Comfund success key told
Much of the success in reaching this year’s Community Fund goal of $80,000 will depend on contributions through payroll deductions, area businessmen were told.
Community Fund officers tried to impress that idea on representatives from Comal County firms employing 25 people or more over lunch and a slide show at Holiday Inn Tuesday.
“We’re suggesting one dollar a week per employee, but we’ll take anything: a quarter, fifty cents. The advantage of payroll deduction is it generates more money. You don’t have to reach into your pocket and pull out cash, so giving to the fund is a little easier,” Bob Smith, vice president (and president-elect I said.
The Community Fund, which supports 20 charitable organizations and causes ranging from the Crisis Line Hotline and Community Service Center to the Boy Scouts and American Red Cross, has scheduled its regular fund drive for October.
But the advance gifts drive, headed by Roxoline Krueger, will target larger companies for both corporate donations and employee contributions. Tuesday’s meeting focused on the latter.
“Over the years, we have found about half the fundraising comes from individual or corporate contributions. The other half comes from the average working guy, the folks you supervise in your plants or businesses,’’ president Jim Cook said.
“We have to reach everyone,” he stressed. "It’s not an easy job. I^ist year’s goal of $63,000 was met. This year, the addition of two agencies, plus the pressure of inflation on all of them, causes the goal to be much higher.”
Carter's economic plan to create jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter’s new economic recovery program, to be announced Thursday, would create about 900,000 additional jobs in the next two years, administration sources say.
Carter's election-year program also is expected to seek tax relief for individuals and businesses, including a tax credit to offset virtually all the $13 billion increase in Social Security payroll taxes in 1981.
The plan, which will total about $30 billion in fiscal 1981, is “basically longterm, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be short-term benefits,” one top administration official said Tuesday.
One long-range initiative, administration sources said, will be a proposed 3 percent annual increase in federal spending, uistead of tax incentives, for research and development. Most of the money would go to private firms, not government agencies.
But to battle the current recession and stimulate new jobs. Carter reportedly will propose:
$500 million to $1 billion in “countercyclical revenue sharing*' funds that would go to localities where unemployment has reached a certain high level, administration sources say.
A 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for jobless workers, according to congressional sources briefed by the White House. Benefits currently run up to 39 weeks.
An extra $1 billion in loans and loan guarantees for the Economic Development Administration in fiscal 1981 and another $2 billion in fiscal 1982. This money would go to revitalize distressed companies and localities.
Additional .spending for job retraining programs through the Department of labor and for energy conservation and weathenzation programs run by the departments of Energy and Housing and
Carter aides have reframed from the president’s own promise three weeks ago that his program “will put millions and millions of people back to work in new jobs, exciting jobs and stimulating jobs.”
But a top administration official said Tuesday the program probably would create “450,000 jobs next year over and above what we would otherwise get, and probably another 450,000 (jobs) the follow ing year.”
About 8 million Americans now are unemployed.
Total spending authorization for these programs could reach $5 billion to $7 billion, but actual outlays in fiscal 1981 would be about $2 billion to $4 billion, these sources say.
This will increase the projected fiscal 1981 deficit beyond $30 billion, far from the balanced budget proposed by Carter only last winter.
Poles hear Soviet threat
reported to have spread to the giant Ursus tractor factory outside Warsaw and to industries iii southern Poland. Estimates of the total strikers rose to more than 300,000.
In a front-page editorial in the Communist daily Trybuna Ludu, the regime reminded Poles that their
country lies “in the direct sphere of security of the world Socialist power — the Soviet Union.
“We are a member of the defensive Warsaw Pact and we belong to the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance,” the East Bloc Common Market.
Comfund pep talk
Jim Cook, left, president of the Comal County Community Fund, tells businessmen at a luncheon Tuesday about plans for this year's drive while Bob Smith, vice president, listens.
GDANSK, Poland (AP) - Poland’s Communist regime, under growing pressure from striking workers, today issued a veiled warning of possible Soviet intervention and “incalculable consequences” if order is not restored.
The threat came as the 14-day-old strike wave on the Baltic coast was
Edwards tax hearing almost unattended
If you had blinked, you would have missed it.
It took only ll minutes to get through the Edwards Underground Water District’s tax increase hearing Tuesday evening, and at least two or three of those ll minutes were spent wailing for a tardy court reporter.
A handful of people showed up for the hearing, which was held to air a proposed 270 percent tax increase in EUWD taxes. But nobody spoke for or against it, so Bruce Foster of Medina County, chairman of the district’s board of directors, promptly declared the hearing adjourned.
Reading from a prepared two-page handout, Foster explained the district cannot levy anything less than a two-cent tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation, according to an attorney general’s opinion issued March 5.
Taxes in the five-county district (Comal, Hays, Bexar, Medina and Uvalde) are figured accoring to the
assessment ratio in each county. Two months ago, Comal commissioners increased that ratio from 27 to IOO percent—a move which will be required of all counties next year.
Since the district by statute cannot levy anthing less than a two-cent rate (which was approved by the voters when EUWD was established in 1959), the switch to IOO percent will mean an additional $35,000 in revenue from Comal county, EUWD general manager Tom Fox said.
The district currently receives about $15,000 in ad valorem taxes from Comal County, he said. If the increase passes, that amount w ill jump to $50,000, Fox added.
However, since EUWD taxes are relatively low, the increase won’t be staggering in dollars and cents. As an example, taxes on property valued at $50,000 (not including exemptions) would increase from $2.70 to $10 under the new formula.Judge to allow Brilab taps use
HOUSTON (AP) — After seven lenghty days of pretrial hearings, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that FBI undecover wiretaps could be used as evidence in the Brilab trial of Texas House Speaker Billy Clayton and three others.
U.S. District Judge Robert O’Conor rejected a defense request that the telephone wiretaps be banned from the Sept. 8 trial of Clayton and Austin attorneys Randall Wood and Donald W. Ray.
l^abor leader L.G. Moore is to be tried at a later date.
The four are accused of extortion, racketerring, fraud, and conspiracy in an alleged insurance kickback scheme.
Clayton, the House speaker for three terms and once ambitious to run for governor, is accused of taking a $5,(MN) downpayment on a $600,(NM) br die to help get the state to change its $76-million-a-year employee insurance coverage.
Clayton said he received the money from Moore but thought it was a campaign contribution and put
it iii a safe place with plans to return the stack of HOO bills at a later date.
Many of the tapes involved conversations between Moore and Joseph Hauser, an FBI informant who served as a consultant to a fictitious insurance office operated by federal agents in Beverly Hills, Calif.
O’Conor granted a request that Moore be given a separate trial because the Deer Park labor official will testify in behalf of Clayton.
Friends welcome Clayton at reception
DIMMITT (AP) — House Speaker Billy Clayton said he is eager for the chance to prove his innocence in an upconung September trial on his alleged involvement in the “bribery-labor” scheme.
Speaking Tuesday night as guest of honor at a reception 25 miles from his birthplace in Springlake, Clayton said he was “totally pleased” with the Sept. 8 trial date set on his alleged in
volvement in the Brilab investigation.
He told the crowd of 200 he has “really seen a new side of life” during pretrial hearings in the Texas Brilab investigation.
Clayton said he wanted to “prove” he was not guilty of accepting bribes for political favors. He said dismissal of the charges against him would have been disastrous for his political future.
“We’re confident we’ll be vindicated because we know we did no wrong,” he said. “We’re going to win tins battle and in doing so I believe we’re also going to retain the speakership which will enable us to serve this area better,”
Clayton needed to do little persuading, however, since organizers arranged the gathering to show support for the former hometown boy.
Math choice adds up to right spot
About 75 parents of incoming freshmen attended a New Braunfels High School math orientation meeting Tuesday and learned about the new graduation requirements, curriculum and grades.
Each parent was shown an outline of how their kids did on the California Achievement Test and their seventh and eighth grade math scores.
“We ran out of chairs in here and some people had to stand,” Bonnie
twitch, chairman of the NBHS math department, said. The meeting was held in Room A-ll of the high school half an hour before the regular freshman orientation in the cafetorium began.
Out of four freshman-level math courses, one is selected by the teacher and student on the basis of previous grades and test scores. The teacher’s recommendation is becoming increasingly more important, though.
"We’re phasing out the idea of eighth-
graders deciding their own math future,” Leitchsaid.
“They’re placed in a ninth grade course mostly on their teachers recommendation and the grades they made in junior high,” added math teacher Johnnie Hauk “Achievement test scores never decide placement,” emphasized Twitch.
The orientation turnout was encouraging, Iredell said, but the folks she especially wanted to reach did not at
tend. The new iiummum competency graduation requirement for math was not foremost un the minds of those parents who came in.
“There were lots of questions, like do you give homework?’ Yes, every teacher does But not a single question about minimum competency. The parents here tonight weren’t concerned about that.”
In order to graduate, students must pass a Texas Assessment of Basic Skills
exam given in their freshman and sophomore years, lf they fail the test, parents will have the choice of continuing math instruction beyond the minimum two years required by law, seeking tutorial help, or signing a release stating they understand their child does not possess the skills considered necessary for a high school graduate.
“A lot of people showed up tonight. A lot more than last year,' Leitchsaid.