New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Kay Power (40), Alfredo Rosales, Jr., Tyler Handrick (belated).
Symphony Guild plans first luncheon
The New Braunfels chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will hold the first of its regular brown-bag luncheon meetings on Monday, Sept 13 from 11:30 am. to I p.m. at the Victoria Bank meeting room, 1000 N. Walnut Ave.
Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month. Members participate in a variety of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony.
For membership information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411.
NBISD HOSTS seek volunteers
New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS is looking for volunteers to help children with reading skills.
Call 620-7533 for information.
Registration for Geri-Games started
Anyone 62 years old or more is eligible to participate in Geri-Games to be held Sept. 9, IO and ll. Added to the spelling bee, trivia, dominoes/forty-two, and assorted physical games enjoyed in past years is an arts and crafts competition which will be judged by members of the New Braunfels Art League.
Registrations are due by Sept.
I and my be obtained at the seniors center or from any nursing or retirement center. For more information, call Ida Sing at 6254642
Retired Teachers Assn. meeting
The New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association will meet Sept. I in the NBISD Education CcnterBoard Room. Business and program begins at IO a m..
Yearbooks on sale at NBHS
The New Braunfels High School Yearbook staff has memories (yearbooks) from as far back as 1957 for sale for $15 each.
For more information, call Stephanie Ferguson at 625-6271.
Habitat for Humanity meeting set
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library.
Anyone interested in helping to eliminate poverty housing in Comal County is welcome to attend. Call 625-7005 for more information. For those unable to attend the meeting, donations for our first home may be sent to CCHFH, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas, 78131-0487.
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CISD trustees propose 8% tax increase
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
An eight-percent increase in the Comal Independent School District tax rate has been proposed by the CISD board who voted for a $1.71 rate at last night’s school board meeting.
The rate is just below the $1.73 rate which would automatically call for a rollback election. Board treasurer, Norman Gerlich, had cautioned the board prior to their vote to consider the increase in order to generate funds in case the bond issue being considered to provide funds for additional space fails in an election.
“The answer is to spend less per child,” said Douglas Kirk, board mem
ber. ‘The choices are what do we want to cut.”
Vice President of the board, Tom Potter, said that in order to make the kinds of substantial savings required to provide for the growth the district is experiencing, extracurricular activities and transportation cuts would have to be considered.
Superintendent Jerry Major said that although he could make a list of items that would result in significant savings in the district, he could not recommend such cuts because the quality of education would suffer.
President Jim Middleton questioned whether even such drastic cuts would generate enough money to build schools. Board members questioned
whether patrons care about the schools since there is such a low attendance at school board meetings arx! hearings.
Gerlich responded that patrons did care and had elected school board members they trusted to represent their best interests.
“They elected me to represent them,” said Kirk, who with board member Thomas Bruce, voted against the increase. “We have to stop paying for something. While you have the votes on the board, set the highest tax rate you can — I can’t support it. There will be a final showdown, a blood bath.”
The actual tax rate will be set at a future meeting after a public hearing is held specifically for that purpose.
“State law requires that a taxing unit’s governing board vote to place a proposal to adopt a tax rate on the agenda of a future meeting as an action item,” said Abel Campos, CISD Financial Director. “There will then be a public hearing and the tax rate will actually be set after the public hearing.”
On Sept. 13 a public hearing will be held at Smithson Valley High School to discuss the district’s current growth situation and what the district can do to accommodate those facility requirements.
In other business the CISD board approved:
■ Moving one voting poll from Smithson Valley Middle School to Bill
Brown Elementary and moving the CISD Early Voting Poll to the Comal County Courthouse in order to consolidate polling places with the county and city. When CISD is the only entity voting, early voting will be held at the Central Administration building.
■ Guidelines for the use of school facilities which include rules and regulations, usage fees and a consistent policy for securing permission to use facilities.
■ The renewal of the current Narcotics/Narcotics Paraphernalia Detection Service Agreement with the City of New Braunfels Police Department.
Fountain removed for repairs
Murder charge expected after Brown’s death
Shooting victim died in San Antonio hospital Monday from head injuries
By JENNIFER ROMPEL AND ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writers
New Braunfels resident Linda Brown, 50, died Monday morning at Brooke Army Medical Center after a shooting Saturday morning that occurred at the Das Port Haus townhouses located at 1641 Kuehler Ave.
New Braunfels police will file murder charges against New Braunfels resident Steve Wayne Mangum, 49, in relation to the incident.
According to reports, the shooting occurred at 9:29 a.m.
Both Brown and Mangum had been living in the townhouse where the shooting took place.
Reports show, Brown had been shot in the back of the head by a bold action rifle.
According to police officials, Mangum had claimed to be cleaning his rifle.
After the shooting, Brown was taken by AirLife to Brooks Army Medical
Center in San Antonio.
She was listed in critical condition through the weekend and died at 9:45 a rn. Monday.
According to officials at the hospital, the exact cause of death will be determined by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Mangum was arrested at the scene * and taken to the Comal County jail.
His bond has been set at $250,000 He was originally charged with assault with intent to murder.
The incident was first reported to the Guadalupe County Emergency Medical Service and then transferred to the NBPD at 9:29 a.m.
Brown is the widow of former Comal Independent School District Superintendent Bill Brown
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Harry Slyhoff of Robinson Iron In Alexander City, Alabama works to remove the statue portion of the Plaza Fountain early this morning as the long-awaited restoration of the community landmark will soon begin. The restoration process will take approximately three months to complete, officials say.
Commissioners give okay to new budget
Survey shows readers don’t want NAFTA
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners formally approved the 1994 county budget at $14 million. The only dissenting vote was Commissioner Neil Craigmile’s.
“I voiced an objection that a 5 percent general increase plus an average of 3 percent merit raises was excessive.” said Craigmile. ‘This is an average of just under 4 percent over the last three year period of time and I don’t know of any pri
vate sector employer that has given that kind of salary increases over the last three years.”
The budget is an increase of more than $1 million over last year’s budget, however, the county ended the year with a surplus and the 1994 budget indicates an anticipated surplus of about $4 million.
The county tax rate will be set to support the budget at Thursday’s session of Commissioners Court. The new budget does not call for a tax increase.
By JOHN TACKETT Maws Editor
Local veterans speak out on relocation of Iraqis
Ski Haneiwich, commander of VFW Post 7110 here, said, “I agree with our veterans up there in Dallas “Those Iraqis fought against our own people and now they are treated better than ours.
“Of course we are used to that kind of thing from our politicians.
“County Commissioners are going to spend only $9,000 for a part-time veterans officer yet they say they have a surplus of $1.25 million.
“I guess if a guy’s got a problem he’s supposed to schedule a visit. I helped two veterans over last weekend — one a man and one a woman.”
He said the government should be spending all the money it could to help the Mississippi flood victims.
The local commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars says his heart goes out to veterans in Dallas who have condemned the relocation of Iraqi soldiers in this country.
The veterans, meeting at their national convention in Dallas, see the settlement of Iraqi soldiers who surrendered, as the enemy who literally shot at U.S. troops during the Persian Gulf war.
About 4,000 of Iraqi troops surrendered and qualified for refugee status. They are being assisted by a non-profit agency through a contract with the U.S. State Department in getting housing, food and work.
From staff reports
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Reader Survey question of Sunday, Aug. 22, "Shtxild the North American Free Trade Agreement be approved?," ended with 25 people voting against the proposal and IO voting for it.
Of the responses against NAFTA were:
B "I oppose NAFTA because of job losses and also because Mexico has no environmental standards for air pollution."
■ "Only the big fat cat industries will benefit through cheaper labor in Mexico. The Americans will lose thousands of jobs as a result. Its just plain stupid!"
■ "I'm opposed because of strong possible job losses and a tendency to one world government or New World Order"
■ "The people of the United States do not need more job losses. This agreement would only benefit companies wanting the cheap labor provided by Mexico "
■ "U.S. workers would lose jobs and receive lower wages It would be a boom for workers in Mexico only.
Big business only will benefit, not workers. Lets concentrate on raising standards in America for Americans and not other countries. Save jobs in U.S. and our people will pay taxes instead of collecting from welfare."
■ "It is a lose-lose proposition in my opinion. We would be better off seeking better trade relations in a differrent way. We shouldn't give up so much to get so little. Also, who is to say what Mexico will tolerate environmentally. That bothers me "
Of the responses for NAFTA were
■ "Yes, but with stria regulations and enforcement of environmental protection on both sides of the Rio Grande We need free trade, but we also need to NOT destroy our possibility of living a safe, healthy life here and in Mexico k Canada
■ "Please investigate and publish the answer to why the U S House of Representatives is involved. Under the constitution, only the advice and consent of the Senate is necessary to approve treaties."For news, advertising, or subscription information, call 625-9144