New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYCanyon and New Braunfels face stiff playoff tests, Page 10
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Nelrose Koepp, Erin Hand (Happy 5th!), Raymond Abel, and Chrystal Varela (Happy 12th!).
Lake Dunlap yard sale scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners' Association will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southbank Club House.
Funds raised from the sale will used to treat the hydrilla in the lake in the spring.
Users of the lake and property owners are asked to contribute items for the sale.
Items can be dropped off at the Southbank Club House on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone having large items to donate can call Jack Burkett at 829-3237 to arrange for a pickup.
The Southbank Club House is located off FM 725 in the Southbank subdivision on Southbank Boulevard.
Black Heritage Society reception
The Black Heritage Society will host a reception homrong the winners of the Black Heritage Art Contest at the Texas Commerce Bank Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Masquerade Dance set for Fob. 24
The German-American Society will sponsor a dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Feb. 24 starting at 8 p.m.
The Seven Dutchmen will play and Pnnce Solms, knights, pnncesses, the court jester and settlers dressed in beautiful regional costumes from the Old World invite everyone to come join the festivities.
Costumes are not required, but prizes will be awarded to the best five costumes. Tickets are $6 and can be bought at Centex Office Center, chamber of commerce, Henne Hardware, Old Town Inn and Lepp Juwelier. Tickets at the door will be $7.50.
Business After Hours scheduled Feb. 23
The monthly Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce' "Business After Hours" membership mixer will be held at Kraft Mobiletel, 679 S. Seguin St. on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The mixer is an opportunity for chamber members to make new contacts and exchange ideas with other members of the business community.
ACS to moot
Dr David A Rinaldi will be guest speaker at the American Cancer Society meeting at 7 p m. in Hierholzer Hall at First United Methodist Church Feb. 21.
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City may hold election to hike sales tax
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The message to New Braunfels taxpayers is “Come on down, folks; let’s talk,” from Mayor Paul Fraser and the city council. Consideration of a half cent sales tax will be on the agenda for next week’s city council meeting — as the city council appeals for input from citizens at next Monday night’s meeting.
Council members decided at last night’s workshop to put discussion of voting on the tax on the agenda. The sample ballot on next week’s agenda will be a starting point from which the city council and concerned citizens can work to decide if they want the sales tax increase on the May 6 ballot.
The consensus among council members was that the tax is a very good thing for New Braunfels. “It’s a win-win for almost everybody,” said City Manager Mike Shands, “It makes so much sense for New Braunfels because some of the costs can be taken from the homeowners and spread to the tourists.”
The added half percent tax might be divided into four parts. One eighth of the revenue could go
Council to discuss adding item to May 6 ballot at Monday meeting
toward property tax reduction. New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day projects that an owner of a $100,000 home who currently pays $410 in property taxes would pay approximately $360.90 if the property tax is enacted, a savings of $49. IO
The next 1/8 might go toward economic development. The May 1990 sales tax increase designated for only economic development failed, said Charter Review Committee Chair David Wallace, because it was not accompanied by a reduction in property taxes.
The way Texas law works, these first two eighths would have to be linked on the May 6 ballot under “4A” and voted on as one.
The next two eighths of the tax would also be linked on the ballot — under the heading of “4B.” The first 1/8 could be designated solely for street and drainage repairs, New Braunfels’ most crying need according to most of the council members. “I don’t think there’s one citizen in
this town that doesn’t realize we need street repairs,” said Council Member Mary Serold.
The last 1/8 could be used for a number of projects as needed, including library/learning centers, parks, public safety, etc. Council Member Brenda Freeman voiced concerns that the city council not overextend itself committing to projects with costs extending on in years. “We’ve got needs cropping up all over the place,” she said, “I don’t think it’s fair to bind the hands of those who come after us.”
Shands cautioned that passage of the 4A part alone would not necessarily be good. Property taxes would be raised back sooner or later to cover the lack of sales tax funds. And property taxes target only property owners, while sales taxes share the burden with tourists.
One controversial use of some of the tax revenues could be a leverage fund. This is essentially a loan to get the cash revenues before they would otherwise become available, much like a loan to
get tax refund money early. The only catch is, like any other loan, you pay interest. “If you talk about more ways to borrow more money, this thing will go down like a lead zeppelin,” said Council Member Tim Walker. “The leverage fund idea definitely needs to have public input,” said Freeman.
Use of the revenues for library expansion could also stir up some controversy. Lucille Douma of the Dittlinger Library defended the importance of education and a library to the viability ofa city. “I ‘ hate hearing the library referred to as if it were non-essential,” she said.
Building a whole new library is an expensive proposition — expenses that would stretch into the future. “If you commit to the library you’re committing ton years with a $3 million library,”' said Shands. Where funds would come from for future operating and maintenance costs is also up in the air. Should it come from the tax revenues.
None of these issues are yet resolved or carved in stone. Concerned citizens — in favor of die tax and against it — need to participate in the process ' now, while they can have a hand in shaping pol- -icy. Monday, Feb. 27,7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.
Debutantes shine at Symphony Ball
Saturday night, 18 youngt woman made their debuts as Mid-Taxes Symphony Debutantes.
Above, Anna Elisabeth Jonas takes her debutante bow. Jones stands next to her escort, William Trevor Bird and her father, Richard Jones.
At the right, debutantes share a dance with their fathers.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
County working toward recycling program
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The city of New Braunfels just started a recycling program late last year and is now in the process of working out the kinks in its early stages.
For the county, talks could heat 14) this spring as county officials look at different options for a county recycling program. Commissioner Moe Schwab and Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann have been researching the various ways a program could be set up.
As of yet, there are still many questions to be answered.
Schwab, however, feels the time has come
“Once people realize how important it is...,” said Schwab, “...we
Commissioner Schwab researching the issue
need to save that space in the landfill.”
The options are many, currently four or five and maybe even six. The county will have to decide, if they want a recycling program, whether to do it all themselves, let a vendor handle most of the work, or have a combination of the two.
Preliminary estimates would have drop-off stations placed in Bulverde, Spring Branch, Sattler, Hunter and Fire Station No. 3 near FM 306. The county would also have a central station.
If the county chooses to buy
equipment for processing the recycled products, it will of course cost money. The county would also have to negonate selling those products to outside buyers.
lf a vendor handles most of the chores, the county would have to pay a fee, which could increase at any point. A combination might include the county transporting products to dumpsters at the landfill When the huge dumpsters are full, a company would empty them and sell the products.
“What is the county going to get (of those sales)?” said Schwab.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
“What is the county’s cut?”
The county is looking into a $ 150,000 grant for equipment and supplies available from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. The county would have to match that amount if the grant were approved.
Also, a Central Texas Recycling Association (CTRA) has been organized by the Lower Colorado River Authority through a state grant. The CTRA will help members in the LCRA’s 58-county area market and transport recycled products. Through the volume of combined products, the CTRA could theoretically get a better pace for these goods.
The counties, however, would need to have a recycling system in place and provide a steady volume of recycled products.
As expected, the State Senate passed a Mil yesterday designed to put the Edwards Aquifer Authority into action.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 418 27-3 Monday in Austin. Sen. Ken Anmbnster (D-V»cto-na) said several weeks ago he believes changes in this bill will allow SB 1477, passed in the last Legislature, to go into affect SB 1477 and the Edwards Aquifer Authority was held up by the U.S. Justice Department due to concerns over voting rights. The Authority would have had an appointed board and eliminated the Edwards Underground Water District, which has an elected one. SB 418 allows both boards to exist.
Although the measure passed the Senate easily yesterday, proponents of the bill think the teal fight will come when the issue moves over the House of Representatives.
Becker Motors expanding lot
Bv ROGER CROTEAU
Becker Motors is moving to solve its problem of being cramped for space by expanding onto a nearby lot.
Co-owner Amo Becker said the Seguin Street dealership has purchased a 4,000-square-foot lot adjacent to Jack Borchers’ Law Office 00 Seguin Street to be used as new car display space.
Becker said the lot is now being used for employee parking and new car storage.
“We are also in the process of building a new body and paint shop,” Becker said. “We are going to get that out of the way first, so it will be several months before we finish with the new lot ... Right now I am more proud of the modernization of the paint and body shop. It will really be state of the art. The walls went up today. It will take a couple of more weeks to finish it.”
Becker said he does not have a target date or coat estimate for completing the new car lot He said he has agreed with die city to add a curb and sklewaflt in front of the lot. “It should improve the look of Seguin Street in that area," he said.
The lot also needs lighting and needs to ba paved.
Becker said he never considered moving his dealership to Interstate 35 instead of expanding downtown. “I just kind of think of us as a home town dealer, so I don’t see any reason to move out to the highway,” he said.
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