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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Otf J la ;, i'exao *‘Urr Or I >. , i c .-Ct : Hitch cn^le i .1J. do/ U5^3c , J r, I I r. O ; -y ..    r~ * r\ I. Corn j A New ■4fjr4n Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeituno Vol. 92-No. 29    16    Pages THURSDAY February 10, 1983 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Bond issue bottom line Tax rate plans outlined By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer How much will a $9.3 million bond issue raise taxes in New Braunfels Independent School District? It all depends on what the Comal County Central Appraisal District has reappraised your property or home at, according to NBISD’s financial expert. The interest rate the bonds are eventually sold at — if Saturday’s bond issue passes — will also have an affect on how much taxes are raised, said Lonnie Curtis, NBISD Business Manager. Based on reappraised property values in NBISD, Curtis estimates that a 66-cent tax rate will “bring in the same amount” of revenue as the current 97-cent tax rate (per $100 valuation). If Saturday’s bond issue passes, however, that proposed 66-cent tax rate would have to be raised to approximately 89 cents per $100 valuation, Curtis said. The chart at right lists the tax bill on a wide range of property values under both the 66- and 89-cent rates. However, if the NBISD school board decides not to sell all $9.3 million of the bonds at once, however, the 89-cent tax rate will “go out the window,” he noted. See TAX R ATK. Page 16 Bond market good-Curtis As far as the bond market is concerned, now is a good time to be calling for a $9.3 million bond issue. Lonnie Curtis, business manager of the New Braunfels Independent School District, said Thursday. And that’s just what the school district plans to do Saturday. With interest rates hovering around 8*2 percent, the current bond market is in great shape, Curtis noted in a telephone interview. Likewise, Curtis reports that NBISD is also in excellent financial shape especially to handle the $9.3 million bond issue it s hoping the public will pass Saturday. “Our financial condition is very sound.” the business manager emphasized. “We currently do have a $2 million reserve (fund) set aside for emergencies.” And, he noted, the district’s “investment money helps keep down the tax rate, which is currently at 97 cents per $100 valuation. The current bond market, which he said “is a hot issue right better than ifs been in quite some time because interest rates have come down.” Presently the district “could possibly get an 8*2 percent interest rate (it would have to pay on its bonds)...maybe a little higher, maybe a little lower,” said Curtis. See BONDS, Page 16 Taxable Proposed lf Bonds Value Tax Rate Pass... $ 25,000 $ 165.00 $ 222.50 $ 50,000 $ 330.00 $ 445.00 $ 75,000 $ 495.00 $ 667.50 $100,000 $ 660.00 $ 890.00 $150,000 $ 990.00 $1,335.00 $200,000 $1,320.00 $1,780.00 $250,000 $1,650.00 $2,225.00 Note: Standard $5,000 homestead exemption is figured in taxable values Due to ongoing revaluation by Comal County Appraisal District, some property values may increase dramatically from last year, meaning the current NBISD tax rate of 97 cents per $100 of property value will have to be adjusted downward. Figures in “Proposed Tax Hate" are based on a 66-cent rate, the administration’s estimate for next year without the bond issue. Estimates indicate the bond issue will mean a 23-cent tax rate increase, sotho last column is based on an 89-cent rate Fluoride due soonSystem will be ready in two weeks—Sohn By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer “Fluoride will be in the city’s water system on Feb. 28,” Utilities manager Bob Sohn announced today, making good his promise to give everyone two weeks’ notice. In view of a petition opposing the fluoridation that surfaced late Tuesday, that announcement may seem a bit surprising. But not to Sohn — “That petition doesn’t change anything. It asks for the issue to be put on the ballot for a vote in April,” the Utilities manager said Thursday. “But I have been mandated by the public under the current situation to put fluoride in the city’s water system, and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m just sorry I didn t get it done sooner.” The last fluoridation election was held Aug. 9,1980. The issue passed by a slim 15-vote margin. Two years later, fluoridated water was set to flow on Aug. 2, but on July 29, two separate acid leaks were located. Vandalism was strongly suspected, but Sohn hasn’t been able to prove that theory. “The work’s been slow, but fluoridation should have been in the system back in November or December. I just didn’t want to pay more of the bill than I had to,” Sohn said. “But we're ready, and I have no jurisdiction to delay it (fluoridation)." Damage costs added to what Utilities had already stuck into the fluoridation system total $40,476.05, Sohn said. The state has contributed $47,370, for a total cost of $84,518.05. That’s a lot of money to spend for nothing, but •‘democracy works that way sometime,” Sohn said. “If fluoridation goes to a vote again, and is defeated, I’ll do whatever the citizenry says. But for now, there will be fluoride in the city’s water system, as mandated, on Feb. 28.” City Council is looking at an April 2 referendum on proposed changes rn the city election system. Council members will consider the petition to put fluoridation on that ballot at its regular meeting on Feb. 14. The petition signed by 292 registered voters was turned in to City Hall late Tuesday. The number of petitioners comes to well over 50 percent of the number who voted in the last municipal election to force a referendum. Voter turnout last August when two council members ran unopposed w as only 455 voters. Robbery manhunt Couple held up on 81; woman abducted from store A New Braunfels man and woman were robbed, and a 7-11 Store clerk was kidnapped, all at gunpoint, in two separate incidents early Wednesday morning. Police detectives are looking for two white male suspects, driving an early 1970 model black Cadillac, in connection with the armed robbery of a man and a woman who gave them a ride from Duffy’s V Cafe on Highway 81 to Bronco’s Club in the Courtyard Shopping Center around midnight, Detective Hay Douglas said. After having drinks at the second club, the foursome left to go to another nightspot, Douglas indicated. In the 400 block of Highway 81 Fast, between 12:45 and I a.m., the two suspects both pulled .38 caliber revolvers on the couple. “They took her purse with about $40, and assorted credit cards, and almost $35,000 worth of jewelry the woman had on,” Douglas said. The itemized list included rings, two necklaces, earrings, and a watch. “One ring that had a Marquis diamond in it was worth $9,500 all by itself.” The two suspects then drove to FM 483, and let the man and woman go. Before they drove away, one of the suspects bent the license plate up, so numbers or even the state name couldn’t be read. The man and woman walked a short distance to a farm house, and called the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 1:35 a.m. Douglas described the driver as “about six feet tall, weighed about 160 pounds, slight build. He had light brown hair, and looked like he was in Ins early 30s,” Douglas detailed. “He was clean cut, and wore a dress dotted shirt and dark slacks. “The second suspect was also white, shorter, about 5’8,” probably 30 years old, and slender. He was well-groomed, had dark brown hair, and wore a dark, long sleeved shirt and dark slacks. " In the second case, detectives Juan Gusme and Jim Buntyn are looking for an aggravated kidnapping and robbery suspect, who abducted a 7-11 Store convenience clerk about 4 Wednesday. “The suspect was a white male, between 5’8” and 5’10” tall, about 130-140 pounds and wearing grubby clothes,” Gusme said. He also had a blue steel revolver. “The store clerk was alone, stocking the coolers, when he entered the store. He grabbed her, and took her and her car out off FM 306. Then he threw her out of the car.” The clerk’s 1974 Ford was discovered abandoned about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Woodcrest St. She said there were no other cars in the area of the store at the time of the kidnapping. The store at the corner of Loop 337 and Common is currently conducting an audit to determine if any money was taken in the incident. Bankers, customers up in arms over new withholding provision The push is on to repeal withholding tax on interest and dividend income. U S. Congressman Tom Loeffler has already introduced a bill to repeal this section of the 1982 Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act. At least one savings and loan company in New Braunfels has asked citizens to write senators Lloyd Bentsen and John Tower, too, asking for a change in the law. As it stands now, IO percent withholding will automatically be deducted from dividends and from payments on most types of interest-bearing accounts, starting July I. Corporations and financial institutions w ill be responsible for sending the money to the Internal Revenue Service, which means “a bookkeeping nightmare for us,” said I^arry Brumbelow, loan officer at San Antonio Savings. Arthur Darling, president of First Federal Savings & Loan, said the withholding measure was “tacked without warning onto the general tax bill” in Congress last August. It passed, he said, because “killing it would have meant killing the overall measure.” “Anybod) that is a payer of interest and dividends doesn't like it,” said Dennis Baldw in, head of the savings division at San Antonio Savings. And Donnie Seay, president of Guaranty State Bank, said, “I’ve had a number of customers come to me and tell me how upset they are about it.” The American Bankers’ Association is lobbying for deletion of the withholding law, and has supplied individual customer protest forms to its member banks. Guaranty lias those forms, and will mail them for patrons, Seay said. The w ithholding provision does not constitute a new tax United States citizens have long been required to report interest and dividends on their annual income tax returns. But under the new law, tax on this type of income will be collected in advance, just as it’s now collected from regular wages through use of the W-4 w ithholding form. See WITHHOLDING, Page 16 Inside CLASSIFIED ......13-15 COMICS    12 DEAR ABBY    ll DEATHS    2 HOROSCOPE .............. 3 OPINIONS .................4 SCRAPBOOK..............10 SPORTS    8 9 STOCKS...................2 WEATHER.................3 Herrera files suit against city thought we'd forgotten about it. but we haven’t,” said Herrera. The suit charges that the the dismissed officer was not given due process of law, said Medina. It also claims that he as a Mexican-American was not afforded the same rights as a white officer would have been, and not given a chance to clear his name. Working on the case w ith Medina is San Antonio attorney Jesse Botcllo. As part of the damage claim, they arr asking that Herrera be reinstated, with full back wages, seniority and benefits. Medina said there was a possibility of additional charges against other parties. Chief Boeck's decision to fire Herrera was supposedly based on a witness’s report, but the city has refused to disclose the name of that witness. Chunn said he was working on a reply to the suit, and will file it on or before Feb. 21. As far as he knows, he’ll be serving as counsel for both the city and Boeck “There’s a resolution, in effect, I believe, since 1981. which states that the city (in a lawsuit) will provide an attorney for any city official, including the Chief of Police,” he said. “I don’t see any conflict of interest in that.” Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for sunny and mild tins afternoon and Friday, and partly cloudy and cool tonight Winds will be from the northwest near IO mph today, and light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 6:16 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 7:14 a.m. By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Former police officer Domingo Herrera is suing the City of New Braunfels for $250,000 for an alleged violation of his civil rights. The suit was filed Jan. 28 in a federal district court at San Antonio. Two defendants were named: the city, and Police Chief Burney Boeck. Boeck fired Herrera last February, claiming he had stolen money from a police charity drive City Attorney John Chunn said the suit was “not totally unexpected." The case has lain dormant since late September, when Herrera s attorneys cancelled a scheduled hearing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Houston lawyer Jose Medina said at that time that he and his client had decided to take it directly to federal court. “Either one of two things — I can win, or I can lose,” said Herrera, contacted at home Wednesday. The ex-policeman, now working as a mechanic, said there was a 180-day waiting period for cases to be filed through the U.S. Department of Justice. “That was the holdup. Everybody Stat! photo by John Senter afternoon, as the crane was dismantled and returned to San Antonio. Story, Page 2.Job's done The now famous crane pulls one of its last loads of muck out of Landa Lake Wednesday. The three week job ended Thursday ;