New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp.Comal ISD trustees defend proposed tax rate
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal Independent School District trustees resented being accused of “creating a slush fund” at the public tax hearing Tuesday night over the proposed 68.5 cent per $100 valuation tax rate.
The accusation came from Joe Shields, managing editor of the Times-Guardian, a Canyon I^ke-based weekly newspaper. The underlying reason for the proposed tax increase
is the distinct probability that General Portland Inc., and Texas Industries Inc., will not pay their taxes again this year. And that was Shields’ biggest grip.
“If you set the tax rate with the anticipation of someone not paying their taxes, and they do, how will you explain the surplus?," Shields asked. “It’s going to be embarassing to this board if these two industries pay all taxes, and you’ve got a $1.6 million slush fund all of the sudden.”
“It will be a slush fund, only if the
money is not spent properly,” responded board member Kenneth Wunderlich. “And I resent you referring to it as such.
“I’ve thought about what you’re saying. And we would protect those surplus funds for future budget plans, and maybe less taxes next year, even with inflation,” Wunderlich added. “There is a degree of faith placed with this board, and we have an administration that recognizes that trust.”
The CISD trustees have basically
considered two tax rates, 65.5 and 68.5 cents per $100 valuation. However, GPI’s November announcement that in protest of its appraised value, the company had filed suit against the Comal County Central Appraisal District, has since shifted the majority of the board away from the 65.5-cent rate.
The 65.5 cents, which marked a three-percent increase over last year’s effective tax rate of 63.635, would leave the school district with a contingency fund of less than a
$60,000, after GPI’s taxes are subtracted. At the 68.5 rate, the contingency figure, even without GPI’s taxes, would be more like $248,000.
Last year, Texas Industries Inc., followed GPI’s lead, and also filed suit in court. Together, the two industries owe the school district over $651,000 in unpaid taxes.
“The board has avenues available to it if funds come up short, and the district has to borrow money. People will understand,’’ Shields said. “There would be less excuses to make
to the taxpayers of this district that way, instead of overtaxing in anticipation of not receiving taxes.” “The guidance we have received from the Appraisal District is not to expect even half, like we got last year from GPI,” Wunderlich responded. “GPI has been advised that any payment shows willingness, so we don’t expect anything this year nothing."
“We should base a tax rate on
See CISD, Page 10A
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Baseball calendar not CHS project —Burch
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A man who has been soliciting ads for a Canyon High School baseball calendar has ‘no sanction whatever from the school,” said coach Troy Burch.
At least three local businesses have been approached by someone claiming to represent the APS company of San Antonio. The “salesman” was described to Burch
as a blond man approximately 26 years old. short and heavyset, with one arm missing.
He travels in a gold, dented Chrysler Cordoba, driven by a young woman who waits in the car. Burch even got a license number: TWC-108
The young man contacts a businessman by phone, asking him to purchase an ad on a school baseball calendar to be published in spring. If the answer is yes, he sets up a time to come collect the money.
The procedure is similar to the one used by the Texas Educators Publishing Service, which printed a CHS football calendar earlier this year. But Burch said Canyon had no plans for a baseball calendar, and no contract with AI*S He doesn’t even know w hether the company exists.
Police investigator Juan Gusme is following up the report “I cannot locate the company iii question,” he said. "I've talked to their (San Antonio’s) police department, and they
don't know anything about these people either."
However, he adds, that doesn’t necessarily mean that APS isn t a real company. And Gusme has no proof, as yet, that the one-armed salesman is violating the law “Until they don’t produce something, there's no penal violation lf they come up in the spring and produce a calendar, even if it’s not
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FRIDAY December 3, 1982 25 cents
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 — No. 235 18 Pages - 2 Sections (LISPS 377380)
Staff photo bv Cmdv Rich&nisott Klint Kingsbury gets ready to try on a New Braunfels Unicorn helmet, courtesy of Stoney Williams, at Frist Protestant Church kindergarten. The kindergarten had a "Blue and White Day” Friday, and Unicorn cheerleaders, along with players Williams and Craig Wersterfer, were on hand
Jobless rate eclipses October's postwar record
WASHINGTON (APi The U.S. unemployment rate soared to a post-Depression record of IO 8 percent in November, the government reported today With 440,000 people joining the jobless rolls, there were 12 million Americans out of w ork Unemployment rates for virtually every category of worker whites, full-time employees, blue-collar and white-collar, adult men and women and Hispanics — reached the highest levels in four decades, the Iuibor Department said.
Private economists said unemployment was expected to worsen in December, regardless of any Christmas holiday surge in retail spending.
The 0.4 percentage point increase in the jobless rate w as more than enough to eclipse the previous post-Depression record of 10 4 percent established only a month earlier, the highest since 1940 Since July 1981, the unemployment rate has leaped b> 3.6 percentage points. The calculations, adjusted to take into account seasonal variations such as school closings and weather, showed that the number of people officially classified by the government as unemplo) ed has soared by 4.1 million in that time Among construction workers alone, the jobless rate was 21.9 percent, a decline from the 23 percent posted in October The drop was not explained
Congress is moving toward enactment of a nickel-a-gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax to finance a road and bridge rebuilding program. That legislation would create an estimated 170,000 jobs in construction arid another 150,000 in allied industries, the Reagan administration estimates.
Continuing weakness in heavy manufacturing accounted for much of the jobless increase last month, according to the Bureau of Iuabor Statistics, as a survey of business establishment payrolls showed a loss of 165,000 jobs.
A survey of 60.000 U.S. households, used by the government to calculate the overall rate, showed these post-Depression unemployment highs:
-Blue-collar workers, 16.5 percent, up from 15.9 percent.
Adult mates, IO.I, up from 9.8.
Full-time workers, 10.7, up from
— Hispanics. 15.7, up from 15.2.
— Adult women. 9.1, up from 8.6.
-Teen-agers, 24 2, up from 24.0
The jobless rate among blacks,
however, held steady at 20.2 percent in November.
The bureau said total employment was essentially unchanged last month at 99 million Americans. The bulk of the increase in the jobless rolls resulted from 375,000 people who entered the labor force in a futile search for jobs.
The 10.8 percent unemployment rate was the highest since the nation recorded an annual average 14 6 percent unemployment in 1940, tile last year of the Great Depression. The all-tune jobless high — an annual average of 24.9 percent was recorded at the depths of the Depression in 1933 In testimony prepared for the congressional Joint Economic Committee, Janet I,. Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, said: “As the recession continues, the number of unemployed w ho have been out of work for long periods increases In November, 38 percent if the unemployed had been jobless for la w eeks or longer."
“More than half of these had been out of work for more than six months," she said. “It is also important to remember that people are continuing to enter the unemployment stream Four million unemployed persons in November had been jobless less than five weeks.”
People who have lost their jobs, rather than being listed as unemployed simply because they searched in vain for'work, account for more than 63 percent of the 12 million unemployed, compared with about 50 percent in July 1981 The average duration of unemployment held steady at 17.2 weeks.
See JOBLESS RATE, Page 10AUnemployment
Reagan, Colombian leader may clash on drug trafficking
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) President Reagan, moving north on his four-nation tour of Latin America, is likely to run into political resistance as he takes his campaign for strict narcotics controls to drug-rich Colombia.
Reagan left this Brazilian capital today for a half-day visit to Bogota, situated 8,630 feet high in an Andean valley, and talks with Colombia’s new president, Belisario Betancur. State Department officials said Reagan was prepared to discuss Colombia’s huge exports of marijuana and cocaine to the United States.
"There is likely to be some divergence of opinion,” said one official, who requested anonymity.
The reason is twofold, said the official: Colombia believes the drug abuse problem must be settled in the United States, and the Reagan administration believes it is a problem of both the supplier and the purchaser.
In addition, Colombia has become
relatively wealthy in recent years with $5 billion in foreign currency reserves, largely because it supplies 80 percent of the cocaine and 70 percent of the marijuana consumed in the United States.
On the eve of Reagan’s visit, demonstrators burned paper American flags and an effigy of Uncle Sam near Bogota’s Bolivar Plaza, where Reagan was to lay a wreath today. The group of about 400 persons shouted “Yankees out of Colombia,” “Reagan out of Colombia” and “Down with imperialism.”
In addition, a bomb exploded exploded Thursday outside a Mormon church in a government-built apartment area named after the late President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, the only other American president to visit Colombia, dedicated the housing project in 1960 Colombia is the second stop on Reagan’s five-day tour, which ends in Costa Rica and Honduras on Saturday. After spending the afternoon in
Bogota, he planned to fly to Costa Rica tonight, for a brief meeting with the provisional president of El Salvador.
In a written statement, Reagan said Central America faces “enormous challenges: economic recession,
social injustice and the cynical efforts of outside powers to impose nondemocratic systems of government on them.
"But I am confident,” Reagan added, "we have the will and die ability to overcome these challenges.”
Reagan wound up his first stop, in Brazil, with a speech Thursday in Sao Paulo and then spent the night in Brasilia He proposed that Brazilians and Americans train together for a future flight on the U.S. space shuttle. Brazilian President Joao Baptisia Figueiredo, 64, quickly volunteered for the mission.
A senior State Department official traveling with Reagan said the Colombian drug business generated
as much as $2 billion in economic activity, in a nation of 27 million where the per capita income last year was $1,269.
In addition to the drug problem, Reagan is likely to talk with Betancur about I uitin America after the Falkland! war, in which the United States sided with Britain over Argentina; Western economic problems, and the leftist insurgencies in Central America, said the State Department official, who asked not to be identifed.
Colombia has had some problems with guerrilla activity, and the U.S. official said the Bogota government was trying to transform an insurgent group known as M19, believed to have had some Cuban support, into peaceful political body by granting it anuiesty.
The Reagan administration is proposing $12 million in military aid for Colombia, which it is touting as a nation with a long and strong tradition of democracy.fund
As mentioned yesterday, the Herald Zeituny is conducting a food drive, called the “Cheer Fund," to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families. We are asking for donations of either money or nonperishable food items. For more information, contact Circulation Manager Don Avery at 625-9144 Since yesterday, we have received the following donations:
Yesterday s balance $263
New donations Mr and Mrs Claude Scruggs $35 Mr and Mrs Jim Streety $25
Richard and Nancy Ney $15
New balance ....., . . . $338
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It will be* partly cloudy and cool today, tonight and Saturday in Comal County. Winds will lie westerly at 10-15 mph today, becoming light northwesterly tonightSports Weekend
laical sports fans should fiave plenty to do this weekend- In addition to the New Braunfels-South San West playoff football game tonight, there’s the Canyon basketball tournament and Southwest Texas in the Division ll playoffs Details in Sports.
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