New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
City reaps results one year after half-cent sales tax increase
By ABE LEVY HHKMMIIPHIHl
support er to families
The food will be given to families identified by the Community Service Center, which also works other charitable groups to sure the generosity of New Is area residents is spread t $1,300 around to everybody that needs it,
with a hug-it will be placed to help luck off
year’s drive in surplus i over the
Depending on good weather, a mass ascension and flyover of balloons wiN launch at 7 am today from Canyon High School soccer field for viewing across the city
die excitement of the balloons’ illumination, which lasted for about 30 minutes.
"These are more balloons than
(taal — $335,000
Donations so far — $300,000
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760.
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Jonathan Hull, David Kiser (Saturday), Jndsey Neslon (Saturday), _enora Kennemer, Kathy -aulkner (Monday), Tom Kies-ling (52 years old on Monday), Hae Lynn Lunsford, Norman 3e!cik, Margaret Roets, Alice Herring (Monday), Lois Crain (Monday), Dudley Blakeney (Monday), Patti Westbrook (Monday), Timmy Schriewer, Cynthia Susong (9 years old), Charles Tarlton (Saturday) and Leslie Moffett.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Barbara and Bill Strickland (Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Choer Fund donations sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families on Saturday.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Christine Barclay — $10
■ Mr. and Mrs. Leo Maiers — $25
■ Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bartsch —
■ Today's total — $85
■ New total — $3,002.48
Cheerleaders offer parents night off
Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to spend the evening with the Canyon High School cheerleaders from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Children's Museum of New Braunfels.
Parents can shop or relax while their children have a safe and fabulous time at the museum.
Activities will include Christmas stories, skits and crafts.
The museum is located near Ernesto’s at the West Point Pepperell Factory Store Mall The fee, which includes dinner and snacks, is $12 for the first child and $8 for each additional sibling.
Proceeds from the evening willhelp fund the cheerleaders' trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in a national competition. •
For more information or to reserve a spot, call 625-6251 or 625-5555
Roach for rn Star needs toys, cash
Reach for a Star is looking for donations for toys, cash and time to help give a Christmas to local children The organization will be wrapping presents on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., and Sunday, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors.
For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406
Youth fishing toumsy set for Jan. 11
A youth fishing tournament, to be held in conjunction with Troutfest '97, is set for 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Landa Park spring-fed pool in New Braunfels The tournament is for children 10 and younger Participants must purchase a $3 youth Ashing pass.
For more information, call the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department at 608-2160.
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46 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, December 15, 1996 Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years ■ Home of Jonathan Hull Vol 144, No 285
NBISD trustees interview candidate for top administrator
New Braunfels sees $2 million boost in revenue
I’ve ever seen," said ll-year-old Andrew Shelburne, who along with his mother and brother sat on a curb in the middle of the Christmas lighting display. "Compared to a little, helium-size balloon, they’re huge."
The evening "glow" was the only event of the day.
Mother Nature canceled the other events with a dense fog in the mom*
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By DENISE DZIUK
A candidate for interim superintendent for the New Braunfels Independent School District interviewed with the Board of Trustees on Saturday and met with four members of the public.
Thomas Moseley was one of two candidates who met with the board on Monday to discuss the vacancy that will open Jan. I when Superintendent Charles Bradberry becomes the top administrator of the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth.
Moseley, who retired in June after 41 years in education, had his second interview' Saturday morning and then talked informally with citizens who attended.
Dr. Gonzalo Garza, who also met with the board on Monday, will have a second interview and meeting with the public on Tuesday.
Board President Jaime Padilla said the talks with Moseley "went very well.” "We continued to interview the candidate." Padilla said. "There weren’t any real concerns (on the part of Moseley). He mainly wants the board to be open minded and work together.”
Thomas Moseley Moseley, who agreed that Saturday s meeting went well, said his concern is a general one that he has when he is considering a job with any district.
He said he wants the board and administration to work together to provide stability and support for the employees. Moseley said board members showed signs that they also want this.
"I think the board wants to change the perception Turn to NBISD, Page 2A
By ABC LEW
With a crescent moon shining in the background 21 radiating, hot air * balloons circled the edges of Prince Solms Park en Saturday evening as huddled* of onlookers absorbed the Christmas music in celebration of • New Braunfels’ first-ever Glowfest *96.
Young and old alike beamed with
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The city of New Braunfels made almost $2 million more this year alter implementing the half-cent sales tax increase in October of last year, city officials said.
Voters approved the increase by a 2-to-l margin in May 19V5 and designated the new revenue Tor separate funds to reduce property taxes, economic development, street and drainage repairs and capital improvements.
Each fund received one-eighth of the sales tax revenue or $492.419 after the one-year period, which is about $65,000 more than the original projections for each fund.
Sales tax is the largest source of revenue for the city, which generated a total of $5,909,030 since the half-cent sales tax took effect in October 1995.
Without the half-cent increase, the sales tax showed a 9 percent increase. an indicator that the city’s overall economy is healthy despite the drought conditions of this past summer, Shands said.
Municipal Sales Tax Receipts from October 1995 to September 1806
Doter Amount $266,229 $296,100 $471,187 $611,
Month October November December January -February March April May June July August September (Source: New Braunfels Finance
I Ie pointed growth in population and
lite visitor industry as reasons for the strong show ing in the first year of the half-cent sales tax,
“It tells that while certainly many people had a disappointing summer, the economy of the city is diversified and healthy,” Shands said. "It shows the wisdom of the voters. A vast amount of (sales tax revenue) was paid for by the visitor industry ”
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Tis the season to wheeze and gasp
Mountain cedar season launches first severe strike on area's allergy victims
By DAVID DEKUNDER ,
Hachoo and gesundheit!
Mountain cedar pollen season is here.
Dr. Frank Hampel, a New Braunfels allergist, said allergy season is here with us again.
"It is always dependent upon the weather because of the cold snaps,” Hampel said. "It is a normal time for it to pollinate.”
The mountain cedar pollen count reached a season high of 1,0K3 parts per cubic meter of air on Friday.
The symptoms of mountain cedar allergies are sneezing, running noses and itchy eyes. The allergies also can affect people who have asthma and coughing.
"The amount of pollen per cubic meter is much higher than all the other seasons,” the Hampel said. "When we get counts in the high thousands, people can become symptomatic, or they can have symptoms when the count is less than 50."
The worst is yet to come, Hampel said.
"The major part of it is in January,” Hampel said "That
Keep your windows closed, even though it is beautiful weather outside, lf the windows are open, the pollen will come inside.’
Dr Frank Hampel, allergist
is when it will peak and can extend into the first couple of weeks of f ebruary. The mountain cedar is through pollinating in mid-february.”
For those people who are allergic to mountain cedar pollen, Hampel has a few suggestions.
“Keep your windows closed even though it is beautiful weather outside,” he said "lf the windows are open, the pollen will come inside. Use environmental control, keep the doors closed and change the A/C' filters.”
Medication, such as antihistamines and prescription nasal sprays, can be effective in fighting the mountain cedar allergies, Hampel said. For those people with severe cases, allergy shots can be an effective treatment.Consumers can make entertainment industry clean up its act. See Opinion, 4A.