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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, February I, 2000County LocalFrom the Dispatch► DWI A 51-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested for his second driving while intoxicated offense Monday by Comal County Sheriff's deputies. He was booked into Comal County Jail on SCCXX) bond.^Intoxication A 30-year-old New Braunfels woman was arrested Sunday by New Braunfels Police Department officers for public intoxication. He was booked into Comal County Jail on $150 bond.^-Assault A 28-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested Friday by New Braunfels Police Department officers for assaulting someone and causing them bodily injury. He was booked into Comal County Jail on $500 bond.► DW! A 44-year-old Canyon Lake area man was arrested for his third driving while intoxicated offense Saturday by Comal County Sheriff’s deputies. He was booked into Comal County Jail on $10,000 bond.Upcoming Meetings CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION — 6:30 p.m. today, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS SAFE CITY COMMISSION — 7 p.m. Thursday, New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center, municipal courtroom, 1488 S. Seguin. BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7, city’s municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, municipal :    building,    424    S.    Casten 0 Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE — 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, city’s municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL —6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, municipal building, 424 S. Casten Cheering champs Austin, Phoenix judged as best-run cities Photo submitted Canyon Middle School cheerleaders, along with their sponsor-coach Shana Nowlin, are headed to Florida on Thursday to compete in the National Cheerleading Championships. They took first place and the LICA Texas State championships, LICA Southwest Texas Regionals and American Cheer Power. Sales tax revenue up By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer Christmas-related spending boosted New Braunfels’ sales tax revenue 26 percent this month compared to last year at this time. “People had a lot of disposable income,” the city’s director of finance Chet Lewis said. The sales tax rebates, given to the city in January, include local sales taxes collected in November and reported to the comptroller in December. New Braunfels was given $686,000 this month in sales tax rebates, versus $544,218 last year at this time. The city of New Braunfels receives 1.5 percent of the 8.25 percent local sales tax, and Comal County receives .5 percent. The state receives 6.25 percent. The city’s portion is divvied up between the general fund (and surplus fund), the New Braunfels    Economic Development Corporation (4A board) and the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B board). The general fund receives 1.125 percent of the tax. The 4A board, which recommends economic development projects to the city, receives 1/8 percent of the tax. The 4B board, which recommends infrastructure, streets and drainage projects to the city, receives 1/4 percent of the tax. The city’s general fund received $515,101 this month — about $175,000 more than budgeted. The extra money goes into the city’s surplus fund, typically reserved for emergency spending. Year-to-date, the city has earned 26 percent more in sales tax rebates than last year at this time — $686,801 instead of $544,218. When looking at the fiscal year, from July I to June 30, the city is up nearly 14 percent so far this year. “We’re above budget 31 percent,” Lewis said. The city has received $2.63 million in sales tax rebates since July I but only expected about $2 million. “We’re in a strong economic increase in our economy,” Lewis said. “And it’s lasted a long time.” The city of Garden Ridge, which levies a I percent sales tax, received nearly 40 percent more this month compared to last year at this time, collecting $2,650 instead of $1,894. Year-to-date, the city is up nearly 40 percent — collecting $2,650 instead of the $1,894 collected last year by this time. Texas comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander delivered a total of $197.2 million in sales tax rebates to 1,105 cities and 119 counties. Cities received $181.4 million, 20.5 percent higher than last January. “This month’s sales tax rebates are a good start to what could be another good year for the Texas economy,” Rylander said. WASHINGTON (AP) Austin, Texas, and Phoenix lead the list of America’s best-run cities, propelled to the top by strong finances and well-trained municipal employees, a Syracuse University survey found. The study, released Sunday, rated the governments of the nation’s 35 largest cities in terms of revenues, assigning grades from A to F on five management criteria: finances, human resources, capital, information technology and results. Phoenix was alone in winning an A or A- in all five categories. Austin finished with an A- average because of a B grade on its use of information technology. Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Virginia Beach, Va., averaged B+. New York, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Antonio, Seattle and Long Beach, Calif., all had Bs. A common factor in cities that scored well was strong leadership, said Patricia W. Ingraham, director of the Government Performance Project at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The project was financed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Where there is a strong mayor, there is a well-run city, which attracts residents and visitors,” Ingraham said. “Contrary to what many of us think, the days of mediocre city management are coming to an end.” She said the most improved cities are those that were in the worst shape five to eight years ago — Detroit, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Detroit, for example, has earned nine upgrades from bond rating agencies. Washington has eliminated its debt, and Philadelphia is tracking its revenues and expenditures better after both cities Best Cities By The Associated Press How the municipal governments of the nation’s 35 largest cities in terms of revenues were graded in an analysis by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Cities were judged on five management criteria: finances, human resources, capital, information technology and results. The grade is the average for all five criteria. A Phoenix A- Austin, Texas B+ Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Virginia Beach, Va. B New York, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Antonio, Seattle and Long Beach, Calif. B- Chicago, Detroit. Boston, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Fla.; Denver, San Jose, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo.C+ Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, Memphis, Nashville, Tenn.; Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Richmond, Va. C Los Angeles, Anchorage, Alaska; Cleveland and Columbus, OhioC- New Orleans and Buffalo, N.Y. flirted with bankruptcy, the report said. New York, the first major city to use technology for organizing crime-fighting efforts, was praised for establishing a Web site that allows it citizens to apply for licenses and permits through the Internet. ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ to raise funds for NBAL elevator (Editor’s Note: The following story inadvertently was cut off in Sunday s Herald-Zeitung and is being run in its entirety. We apologize for any inconvenience.) By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer New Braunfels Art League members will be “Putting on the Ritz” Saturday evening at an art auction gala to raise money for the installation of an elevator at the NBAL gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St. League publicity chair Pat Deltz said festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a preview of work by some of the area’s finest artists. The resale value of the art to be auctioned ranges from less than $100 to a $2,000 painting, Deltz said. State Representative Edmund Kuempel, who is from the New Braunfels area and a member of the honor chair committee, will be the auctioneer. The 30-member honor chair committee includes members of the New Braunfels City Council, Comal County Commissioners Court and city staff members. The gala will include silent and live auctions, entertain ment, food and a tour of the second floor, which has been extensively renovated over the past year and a half, Deltz said. And residents should not forget their appetites. A food court of delicious edibles w ill be provided compliments of Krause’s Cafe, Clear Springs Catering, Faust Hotel Restaurant, Johnny Clarinos Country Italian Restaurant, New Braunfels Coffee Shop, Carriage Ilaus, Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant and wine from Dry Comal Creek. The Scooter Store, Inc., is a corporate sponsor of the event, and Albertson’s and H-E-B also helped out with donations, Deltz said. Another highlight of the event will be the “Great Gallery Heist.” “For $20 you get a playing card with its identical twin going in the bowl for the drawing,” gala co-chair Carrie Lee Allbritton said. “If your card is drawn, you get your choice of any of the auction paintings. You could get a $2,000 painting for $20.” The gala will spotlight the “Ella May Breckenridge: A Retrospective of Her Life” exhibit, chairperson Jo Ann Wells said. The exhibit will feature Breckenridge’s paintings, sculptures and some of the medical books she illustrated, she said. “(Breckenridge) has had a most interesting life; first, as a medical illustrator working for Dr. Michael DeBakey in Houston and as an artist,” Wells said. “She has been very instrumental in getting funds for our building renovations.” Renovations on the two-story historical building in downtown began about 10 years ago when NBAL now celebrating its 35th anniversary—pur chased the $65,000 dilapidated structure they hoped to turn into a lovely gallery. “When we bought (the building) in 1990, it was trashed with pigeons, bats and occasionally had rats and rattlesnakes inhabiting it,” Deltz said. “The roof leaked like a sieve, and there were a number of broken windows. It was a mess.” Elaine Felder, president of the nonprofit organization, said NBAL had a vision to turn the building from beast to beauty. “We believe we rescued this building as it was in deplorable condition,” Felder said. “The community helped us buy the building, and we hope they w ill attend the gala, find a wonderful work of art they can’t live w ith-out and have a good time, too.” The new elevator, the last phase in the renovation, w ill allow' access by the aged or disabled to the renovated second floor, which will be used for art classes, Felder said. Admission price to the gala is a donation of $10 or more at the door. Donations also can be sent to the NBAL, PO Box 310325, New Braunfels, Texas, 78131-0325.LUXURY MATTRESS SETS $125.00 Have mini-storage unit full of brand new furniture and mattress sets. Still sealed in plastic from the factory. Name brand sets including frame (Worth $900). Twin $95. Full $125, Queen $150, King $195. 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