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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon splits two with Dripping Springs, Page TOA New Braunfels VIVJ-JskL* Sunday December 27,1987 Vol 134 No 252 50 Cents Mans people do their Christmas shopping by mail order Sometimes unfortunately th** gt*x]s don t ar rive until long atter the holidays if the> arrive at all y ou do have some protect Km however under the so called Mail Order Rule if that happened to sou Hw* Mail order Rule requires a company to ship sour order within tl»e promised lime peru*! or «» lass if no perunl is slated sailers who do not ship on time must notds siHi ut th** delay and gise mhj the option of cameling >our order The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Mail Order Rule amt tan ans st cr iciest Kins atxxit delvers and refund policy sia its Ste numbers Bt* careful though because telephone orders are Nill covered bv the Mail order Uuie y ou should have made a note of the date name actress amt pm me number of the company you ordered hs mall from along aith a iletailed t**s* ription of siHir or der lf what sou received rn suhst ant tails dif ferent from ss hat you ordered you may camel stun contract Write the company as soon as possible stating sour aish to i am et lf you are unable to get a refund the Con sunder Protection I bv is ion of the Attorney General s office might t*e able to help What if sxHi receive something sou didii t order t unsider it a gift Merrs Christmas There are negative che* k off pl aru of course like f«**k of the month t loos but the general rule is it you dtdn I or tier :t sou don t have to pas for it Deadline is July ft I *kz* fin per ■anis aurung to apply for small business economic disaster loans bases] tm the l^ltT Hooding condition* ami their impact on I ta* local tourist industry and private t*usir>esses Fcunurmc injury loans up to Ifs* " lier appui an? a! interest rates of t percent for small tmsinevses ami Y peri ent for agm ulturai cooperative* are tieing accepted by the small Business \d ministration Loans atli tie paid balk over art average «evrn to I > sear term in monthly bi annual or annual installments Persons a idling appui UtKMl pai gets may contact SBX regional headquarters in ii rand Prairie at I *•* 44.* 7206 rhe Texas lk*partment of Human services is recruiting foster families in t ornal County to meet expes ted increases in the numtxr of abuseii and neglec ted children needing tem porary flumes in !4Hh hosier parents provide temporary homes for children unable to live aith their biological families t**c ause of severe atame or neglect These children remain in foster can* until their families can provide a safe and stable home environ men! or until other permanent placement is arranged Foster parents may be single married al least two years working couples retirees or military and do not have to own a home See ST AMMTISCH P*q* 2A Partly cloudy today with a high in the upjMT HK to lower 4o* ami northerly winds gusting to 15 mph Tonight fair to partly cloudy alai re mauling cold with a low in th** upper jus Forecasters say look for a gradual warming trend through at least ti** middle of the week as temps will rise again to tile jus and perhaps even the Kus by WednesdayThe MenuBUSINESS    bk CLASSIE IEO    6 9B COMICS    SA CROSSWORD    3A OLAR ABBY    4B KALEIDOSCOPE    I SB OPINIONS    4A SPORTS.......... IO 12A WEATHER.......... 2A Incorporation foes' 'budget'ludicrous, say city proponents Bv DAVID MAV Halt Writer Merchant* and retailer* around Comal County while considering any New Sear s resolutions may want to make collecting an additional percent sale* tax number one on their lists Approved by voters by a 3 1 margin last April tfie    percent sales tax take* effect Jan I ami affects those store* not situated inside the cities of New Braunfels or Carden Ridge The tax will tie collected by th* state comptroller's office along with Hie present 6 percent stale salt** tax Hie comptroller w ill rebate the tax to the county The state expects to col lei! slightly more than SI million frond the tax for Comal County a collection that will result in a dollar for dollar reduction in county proper ty tax rates for L#iK ’ Voters tin Comal County * have elected to levy this additional sales lax as a method to generate money to reduce county property taxes “ said Rob Bul lock state comptroller * For one of your New Near s ^solutions, you ought to t»e prepared for this ut crease ” Hie extra rexenue from the half* percent sales tax must tx* applied toward property tax reduction Bulloc k said County Commissioners backed Hie hall percent sales lax lev y because of th** benefits county property tax payers would receive through ad valorem rate reductions Most of Hie sales tax revenues will come from Ha* thousands amt even millions of tourists who visit the area during Hie summer Bet ause Uh* county voted on Hie levy in April, It will receive a seven month revenue windfall The county will operate on Hie unreduced propel ty lax figure through October IWM although the additional sales tax will tie collected beginning in January and first returned to the county treasury in March Se* TAK Pa 94* )A On the weekend alfet Christmas it looks like Santa brought this Spuds McKenzie look-alike dog a new sweater tor the holidays Luke who belongs to Mano Ybarra of 89b N Union, will have to find something even better to keep him warm today as temperatures are expected to reach only in the windy, upper 30s dropping to the 20s again tonight. (Photo by Deryl Clark).A solutionLanda Park is a new home for old Christmas trees Absentee voting begins Monday in courthouse for incorporation try \r»*rntc«* voting for th** Canyon l*ak«* incorporation question begins Monday on (hr first fluor of th** < Oma) County courthouse Absentee balloting will continue through Jan 12 On Jan lh registered voter" kiv mg in the ll square mile area in question will ti** able to vote for or against the proposition to in corporate a portkxi of Canyon Lake I omal ( ounty Judge Fred Clark on I Si I formally * ailed for the eire I nm atter organizers presented com missioned court with a petition ask mg for one The are.i denned for incorporation include" an estimated population of ll <■»» persons a third of Hie coon tv * roads estimated at ZI miles and 5“ subdivisions including Ca nyon City sattier StartzvilU* and Hancock County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury said last week it is uncertain how many ol the estimated 3 duo to 4 us voters will participate in the elec tion and absentee balloting Moun tam \ alley Middle School will be the site for the Jan IM election Bosenbury said voters especially those who reside on the fringes of the incorporation area will need to t»e ready to prove they live within the defined area before voting Stores should resolve b to collect more taxes State Comptroller vows to do his dead-level best to make collection easy “It s like these children have a little something extra that helps them get by and take what they have to says Sue Ponfick who along with her husband Walter is taking care of this foster child Georg»e The youngster has gone from an undernourished infant to an energetic toddler under the Ponticks care She s learning to talk and sofar knows how to say hi Read about the Ponticks special love on Page IB today (Photo by Deryl Clark! Like a guest who stays too long Christmas tre**s can tx* a problem to get (Hit of the house But thev don t have to tx* The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department has a solution Beginning Monday and through Jan -I the parks department will accept Christmas trees in Landa Park New Braunfels I tilities then will convert th** discarded trees into mulch to he used throughout city parks That means you don t have to do anything with your tree but drag it here to th** park said I »av id Whatley park* director VSe won t have to buy mulch if we get enough wood vhtps VSe us** mulch a lot rn park work VSe put it in flower t**ds ain] around tree* It helps control erosion and keep" grays from growing VS hat ley said He added that mulch can tx* a pret tv expensive comelily The tree re* voting pro]**. * is .* joint effort between the parks department NHI and lh** New Braunfels Fire Department VS bailey said the fire department will keep dist anted tr«*es netts; until thev are rr.uh heil Fire Marshal Klroy Fnesenhahn said Hie recycling program is a safe way of discarding Christmas trees ♦ "hristmas trees although a symbol of the holidays can he dangerous hr said Christmas *rees irtinitHv should rag tie thrown in the fireplug e fie added Sny Kind of pine tree puts off a com Ins*! ihie or flammable vapor even when thev re grew mg ais! especially after they re ».ut That can tie quite dangerous They car literally expiate ahi] go up within second* Friesenhahn said For those folks who don t get Hint tree to I .anda Park to tx* res yv led Hie sanitation department has a f» * requests Bill Ikvbruwoisks city engineer and head of the sanitation iepartmerit said trees must tx* cut in pus es leys than 4 tee', lung at Kl tied into bundles The Ire** bundles should tx* left next to garbage calls By DAVID MAY Staff Writer A budget of SI 2 million to operate th** cite of Canyon (.ake drafted last week bv a trio of rn corporation opponents, was shrugged off as being ludicrous by one of the members of the incorporation com mittee The budget offered by the in corporation skeptics included more than $?<*» min of road maintenance and improvements costs annually The proposed budget also included the hiring and equipping of a police department with six patrolmen in eluding a marshal and dispatchers city officials such as a clerk treasurer engineer and attorney and paying for liability insurance and other operating costs Incorpora lion opponents say their numbers were based on numbers gathered from other cities and private road contractors w** certainly aren t going to have a tMidget Uke this at first ' said Bill Simpson lake area builder and researcher for the incorporation committee * Numbers are very dif ficul! to come at it takes a lot of work ' Simpson said tx* was to have met last week with Kd Zwald. Jake Jessup and Ralph Osburg the oppos mg trio to map out some operating costs for the first couple of years of operator and he expec ted the group would have to meet for several days to create a legitimate budget But when the three told Simpson they were anxious to prepare a budget lo meet a newspaper s deadline he decided not to par* t K ip ate I think this budget reflects one hour of concentrated effort '' said Simpson It s ludicrous These are numbers that don t exist I think with S KH* (Mal m each of the first two years we can run the city He said the mock budget was reflective of one compatible witth a home rule city such as New "I think this budget reflects one hour of concentrated et fort It s ludicrous. These are numbers that don't exist, I think with $300,000 in (each of) the first two years we can run the city." Bill Simpson Incorporation committee Braunfels Home rule cities adopt a charter containing governing provi sions General law cities as proposed for Canyon Lake may pass or dinances for the health safety and welfare of its citizenry but basically abide by state laws Simpson said the SJW. UUU expen diture figure reflects what could be generated in revenues with a I per cent sales tax levy and through franchise fees According to numbers gathered by Simpson for the incorporation committee a property tax base of around Mon million exists in the Canyon Lake area An estimated 2 4 million visitors annually to the lake area spend mort* than IS millkin on beer cigarettes and other miscellaneous items Proponents of incorporation cor. tend it is nearly impossible to design a budget before a mayor and council are elected and that it will ultimately be up to the people to decide what level of service will be assumed in the first years of incorporation Realistically while both sides disagree over what costs would be encumbered should incorporation prove successful most agree that the county will largely determine what sen ices will be prov ided and at what costs County Commissioners have said they would consider a resolution on sen ice contracts before the Jan IB See LAKE Paqe 2A Sharing their love ;