New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns stay atop district Cougars cement second spot
— Sports, 8,9A
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Texas 66, T. Tech 61 SWT 76, NW State 56 St. John's 97, Conn. 64
Jazz 105, Spurs 104
Rockets 131, Nuggets 128 (2 OT)
Utilities' payment to city: a hidden tax?
In lieu of taxes, the Utilities pays the city 1V2 mills (a
K mill is a tenth of a MWV# penny) per
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Some call it a “hidden tax,” while others prefer “intergovernmental transfer.” That’s a more technical, less emotional term for the payment made annually to the city by New Braunfels Utilities.
Forty years have watched that payment grow from $24,000 to $835,098 72 in 1983, based on the number of kilowatt hours sold. A mill is one-tenth of a penny, and Utilities currently pays the city I Mi mills per kwh.
But the collection of another 4
mill, which would put the total payment over $1 million, has been tossed around like a hot potato at Utilities’ board meetings for months. Mayor Barbara Tieken, who also serves on the Utilities board, has supported the increase. Both Utilities manager Bob Sohn and trustee Robert Orr have reservations about it.
“Even if there was a great relationship between the two entities, I have a philosophical problem with hidden tax,” Orr said. “A change in rates to profit over what we need and give it to the city, then we’re indirectly taxing people and they don’t
really see it.
“They get mad at Utilities for high bills, not the city for high taxes,” Orr added. “It also goes against the heavy users of electricity, some of whom are not in the city. So it’s a method of raising money from the outside, and as long as everyone knows that, that’s fine. If it’s hidden, it’s not.
“But I don’t fault the mayor for asking. She’s just doing her job, and it’s much easier to pressure four Utilities board members,” Orr said.
Tieken was snowbound in Dallas this weekend, and unavailable for comment.
The intergovernmental transfer was raised in 1975 from I to 14 mills, when former City Manager E N. Delashrnutt indicated there would be zero funds remaining at the end of the city’s fiscal year 1974-75 without the increase. Does the renewed discussion mean the need is as dire in 1985"
“I know the city needs more money to keep up with the level of services offered now, and I look at the growth and know something must increase.” City Manager Joe Michie said. “We’ve got three alternatives — increase city service charges, ad valorem taxes or utility transfers.
but someone has to pay for those services.”
The quantity and quality of future services will be a policy decision made by the City Council. Michie added.
“It goes back to the structural
checks and balances of a democratic system. We have elected officials making decisions," Michie said.
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Ntw Braunfels. Taxas vol. 94 - No. 25
Storm leaves icy roads
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The mercury dipped below zero Saturday over West Texas as forecasters warned that more freezing precipitation may follow a vicious storm that dumped up to 8 inches of snow and caused at least three deaths.
Although sunshine began melting the snow .Saturday afternoon, the >intiooa! Weather Service said subfreezing temperatures after sunset would turn the slush into ice.
Travel advisories remained in effect Saturday for ice- and snow-coated highways which triggered a rash of accidents and rush-hour tie-ups the previous day. The weather service said the advisories remain posted Sunday.
Record low temperatures for the date were set early Saturday in Midland. Wichita Falls, Abilene, San Angelo, AVaco and Dallas-Fort Worth, the weather service said
Midland reported ll below zero, while Wichita Falls recorded a reading of 8 below zero. The mercury dipped to 7 below zero in Abilene, while San Angelo reported I below zero.
Waco reached 4 degrees, while the thermometer at the Dallas-Fort
Worth International Airport issued a 7-degree reading during the early morning hours.
All six cities broke 34-year-old record lows for the date, the weather service said.
Two little girls in Killeen died Saturday after falling through the ice on a stock pond. Authorities said Heather Shiver, 9, and Jamie Bare. 8, were in the water about two hours.
The children were taken by helicopter to Darnell Army Community Hospital, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to slowly warm and revive them.
A 29-year-old Purdon man was killed Friday when he apparently lost control of his car on ice-slick Texas Highway 31 east of Corsicana. James Ray Baker died when his eastbound car slid into the westbound lane and collided with a pickup truck, the Department of Public Safety reported
In Dallas, officials said the cold may have played a part in the death of a 73-year-old man Ernest I,unday was found dead of a heart attack Friday by a mail carrier.
The gas heaters in I.unday’s residence were turned off, and the
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Emergency medical attendant Wes Meyer and two colleagues prepare to remove the driver of this car on a stretcher after Friday's wreck The driver,
hampered by an icy windshield, ap parently ran a red light and was struck as he turned left onto Seguin Avenue from
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Garden Street. Several other wrecks Friday were blamed on icy roads, as freezing rain pelted the city
Just what we needed— more winter (see below)
Winter storm brings wrecks, but no snow
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The arctic front that was to have dropped more snow on South Texas left only bitter cold temperatures arid ice in New Braunfels but looks can be deceiving.
A police dispatcher reported almost IO weather-related accidents between Friday afternoon and late evening.
“It was bad this time because it was so slippery,” she said “A lot of people were trying to get out because (.streets > didn’t look as bad” as they did during the snow three
Most of the city’s wrecks occurred because drivers did not give themselves enough time to stop, ran into the rear of other cars, or pulled out in front of other cars that could not stop in time, the dispatcher said.
In one wreck Friday, a man trying clean an icy window reportedly ran a red light while turning left onto Seguin Avenue from Garden Street and was hit by Seguin Avenue vehicle.
Amublance service personnel used the “Jaws of life” and a backboard to remove the driver, who had complained of back and
Comal County Sheriffs department dispatcher louise Spears said there wasn’t much weather related activity in the county other than the trouble deputies were having trying to drive on the hills.
“They’d start off somewhere and they’d just slide around,” Spears said “I was worried about them, to tell you the truth "
Spears said that volunteers with the Bulverde-Spring Branch and Bracken FMS departments stood by all night with four-wheel-drive vehicles to back up the sheriff’s department.
The hills off FM 306 toward Fischer were the most treacherous, Spears said “There’s no way you can get up those hills.” she said, adding that many county residents called her for reports on road conditions before driving.
Freezing rain began falling late Friday morning and the forecast called the rain to turn to snow' either Friday night or Saturday.
Schools in the Comal ISO closed around ll a.m., while those in New Braunfels ISI) were closed by 2 p.m.
Although the freezing rainfall never
became heavy, it left a coat of ice on roads all over the county
Snow was reported in San Antonio, where 550 accidents were reported Friday.
Freeways in San Antonio were closed around 4 p.m. and rush-hour traffic was re-reouted onto the access roads
Today’s forecast includes a chance of increasing cloudiness with a lugh iii the upper 30s and a low dropping to abut 31 Extended forecasts show a chance of rain or drizzle Monday through Wednesday with highs near 50 and lows around 40
Phil says: more winter
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -Punxsutawney Phil is just a groundhog 364 days of the year. But at daybreak Saturday, he enthralled hundreds of spectators as he spotted his shadow and sentenced the crowd to six more weeks of winter.
“At 30, you can’t believe in Santa Claus, but you can believe in Punxsutawney Phil,” said Mark Appier, a Penn Hills doctor who drove two hours with his wife and infant son to see the critter at Gobbler’s Knob, a wooded area two miles south of here.
“Like at Times Square on New
Year’s Eve, you need to be at Gob bier’s Knob at least once in your life to see Punxsy Phil come out,” Appier said.
The steel door to Phil’s electrically heated burrow was opened around 7:20 a.m., and the pampered groundhog peered through the cloudy dawn at the falling snow, sniffed the 20-degree air and drew back.
So Bud Dunkel, Phil’s official handler, lifted the the 10-pound groundhog and held him high for everyone to see.
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Hays and Kerrville Tivy stayed in the District 13-4A girls’ basketball race at the expense of Canyon and New Braunfels Saturday night. Sports, Page 8A
Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aqurfsr Canyon laka Iaval
234 cfs (down 8) 331 cts (down SI 800 cfs (samel 62387(down OII 903 07 (down 12)
The National Weather Service has cancelled its winter sun rn watch for the Comal County area, but not today’s clouds or cold temperatures. Winds will be northerly near IO mph today. Today’s high is expected to reach 33.
Teen gets probation in fatality wreck
A Canyon I .ake teenager chargee in connection with a fatal traffn accident last July received a probated sentence in County Court at-I.aw last week.
Charged with criminally negligent homicide, Eva E. Hernandez (alsc known as Chava Hernandez) of Stai Route 3, Box 81A, Canyon Lake, pleaded no contest before Judge Hor Zipp on Jan. &5. She was then placed on probation for one year, and fined $2,000
In addition, Zipp suspended lier driver's license for one year, and ordered her to serve 200 hours of community service, to pay full restitution, and to obtain her G.E.D in six months. She will also attend a
defensive driving course, receive alcohol, drug and psychological counseling, and undergo random urinalysis
The accident occurred July 5. 1984 Doyle Scott McDaniel, 18. of Route 7, Box 580H. Canyon I .ake, died about two hours after his 1973 Ford Pinto was hit tx! FM :«Mi by a 1978 A MC Pacer, driven by Hernandez. The accident report stated he suffered head, chest and multiple internal injuries, caused by thi car’s dashboard and steering wheel.
Department of Public Safety trooper Jim Shea said Hernandez was northbound on FM 306 when she