New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Exemptions could be phased in
less tax revenue than businesses and are more expensive to serve.
The opportunity for Toyota off-shoot business could be a remedy.
“This is one of those once-in-a-generation opportunities that our county has in bringing jobs to the community," Meek said.
The free-port exemption could not be eliminated if adopted.
When presented with the opportunity to offer free-port exemptions in the past, the county has denied the proposal because the Wal-Mart Distri-
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Committee suggests increased parking fee
“It s always important to have increased law enforcement on the rivers," Pence said. “So we will recommend increasing law enforcement presence at River Acres Park on the Guadalupe River and the USGS Weir on the Comal River."
The committee will recommend lengthening the shut-
bution Center was shipping out of state. The county won’t lose any money from the center because it no longer ships out of Texas, Meek said.
Although Toyota suppliers would be shipping to San Antonio, they would also have to ship out of state to other car manufacturers, he said.
Stiff competition for Toyota suppliers has intensified since the company announced the San Antonio site. Governing bodies are sometimes teaming up to offer millions in incentives and free-port exemptions.
“Our competition around us has this exemption,” Meek said.
He told city officials the same thing when they overwhelmingly approved the exemption recently. He plans to take the argument to New Braunfels, Comal and Navarro school districts.
tie pickup zones on Lincoln Street and Union Avenue to alleviate pedestrian and shuttle traffic.
“We will also recommend 'increasing the parking fee at Prince Solm Park from $5 to $10," Pence said. “And we will continue working on proposed legislation to secure a portion of the hotel tax for river funding."
The committee’s financial summary reports that the Prince Solms Parking Lot collected $112,066 in parking fees for the summer of2003. Total river fees amounted to
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Meek proposed a five-year phase in of 20 percent each year, which would probably only cost the county $8,000 in the first year, he said.
Scheel wouldn’t vote for the proposal if the blow weren’t softened over time.
“The thing about free-port is you’re gambling money to make money, and I don’t like that,” Scheel said. “But it’s not giving away the farm while we’re dong it.”
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Public safety expenses were $233,336. Expenses for park rangers totaled $34,410.
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