New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 94-No. 41
February 26,1985 25 Cents 14 PagesCouncil hikes room tax, divides funds
By DANA STELL Staff writer
City Council approved what at least one council member termed a compromise Monday, as it raised the hotel-motel tax 2 cents and defeated a plan to establish a separate convention and tourist bureau.
But that agreement only halfway satisfied members of the Chamber of Commerce and of the hotel-motel-resort industry, who didn’t want a tax increase.
On a 4-2 vote, Council approved what James Goodbread described as a compromise motion which increased the local portion of the tax from 4 to 6 cents per dollar. The additional 2 cents must all go toward the direct attraction of tourists, according to state law.How Council voted
Here'* how City Council votad on a proposal to increase the city's hotel motel tax from 4 to 6 cents and to divide the funds among the arts, the Chamber, two local museums and the city:
For: James Goodbread. Max Winkler, Betty Lou Rushing, Jose Valdemar Espino/a Against: Joe Rogers, O.A (Skip) Stratpmann Jr.
The remaining 4 cents will be divided this way: 20 percent to the city, 20 percent to the arts, 5 percent to the city’s two museums, and 55 percent to the Chamber of Commerce.
Goodbread told those in the packed chamMrs that the 6-cent rate was not out of line with other cities. Terming
the rate “realistic,” he pointed out San Antonio’s rate was also 6 cents. San Marcos and Seguin have 7-cent rates, according to data from a recent survey.
Council members Joe Rogers and O.A. Stratemann cast the no votes in the sometimes-heated discussions among the Council itself and the audience.
“You haven’t listened to a word they’ve (hotel, motel, and Chamber representatives) said,” Rogers charged. “Your minds were made up before you ever got to the meeting.”
Currently, New Braunfels hotel guests pay 8 cents per dollar in room tax, with the state and city each collecting 4 cents. Of the local share, the City of New Braunfels gets IO percent, the arts get IO percent, and the convention and tourist fund of the Chamber of Commerce gets 80
In a workshop last week, Chamber directors told Council they did not support a room tax increase. Monday night, Chamber members and hotel industry representatives opposed Mayor Barbara Tieken’s suggestion that a separate convention and tourist bureau be created.
“I have not seen a primary focus by any one person” in the Chamber to attract conventions and tourists, said Tieken. “The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce at this point is to promote industrial growth.”
Rusty Brandt, chairman of the Chamber’s tourist committee, disagreed. He said his group already had
See ROOM TAX, Page 14Would-be jurors field questions
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Staff writer
Jury selection in the murder trial of David Port won’t be completed until Wednesday at the earliest, and out-of-town media representatives worked to fill the gap as the proceedings opened Monday.
District Judge I.D. McMaster originally closed jury selection Monday out of an “abundance of caution,” but later opened up the lengthy proceedings to the public. Potential jurors were shown a movie on jury service Monday morning, then put on the witness stand and asked one-by-one if they could be impartial in reaching a verdict, despite what they’ve read, seen, or heard in the media since the murder took place.
Port, 17, is charged with murder in the June 7 shooting of mail carrier Debora Sue Schatz. I .ast December, McMaster ordered the Port trial be held outside HarrisSee port, Page 2 Attorney Jack Zimmermann (white hat) and David Port (behind Zimmermann) run the media gauntlet
WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer prices, reflecting an across-the-board moderation, inched up 0.2 percent last month, the government reported today, buttressing analysts’ predictions that 1985 will be a fourth straight year of modest inflation.
The January figure compared to a revised 0.3 percent rise in December and a 0.2 percent gain in November.
Inflation for all of 1984 was 4 percent, a slight deterioration from the 3.8 percent performance of 1983 and the culmination of the lowest three-year inflation rate since the late 1960s.
In January, gasoline prices were down I 4 percent and stood 15.2 percent below their peak level of March 1981.
Food prices rose just 0.2 percent, despite some late-month increases^ in fresh fruit and vegetable prices stemming from the Florida freeze, which promises to have a more pronounced effect (Hi February’s price activity.
With the exception of the “other goods and services'' category, which was up 0.9 percent, all major components of the labor Department’s Consumer Price Index were either unchanged or showed only modest gains. A 2.2 percent jump in tobacco prices was largely responsible for the
See INFLATION, Page 14
Ikels files in Comal ISD raceInside
I.ee Ikels, a 19-year resident of Comal ISD, became the third candidate Monday to file for the April 6 trustee election.
A desire to become more involved was the basic reason Ikels said he decided to run for the school board. “I’ve been involved with the youth in Little league, Babe Ruth and soccer for years. Now I’d like to get more involved with the parents and patrons of CISD,” he added.
Ikels, 42, has been with the Southwest Official Association in basketball for IO years, and has umpired baseball games from little
league to college for 25 years.
By now, he feels at ease behind home plate and under fire. Ikels said that experience might come in handy as a school board trustee “You get used to it as an official There’s always somebody who’s not happy, but that goes in one ear and out the other,” Ikels said. “I don’t make everybody happy at work every day either."
Ikels works as director of technical services at Westport Pepperell. He and his wife have two children in CISD schools.
Some of Ikels’ affiliations include
Commissioners sign contract giving bid to M-Bank
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Commissioners signed a bank depository contract with M-Bank Monday which specified what securities the bank would buy to back up the county’s money.
The bid was awarded Thursday to M-Bank after it had previously been •warded to New Braunfels National Bank because of a misinterpretation of M-Bank’s bid.
County Judge Fred Clark commented on a statement by T.L. Walker, president of New Braunfels
National Bank, in the last commissioners court meeting, that his bank stands to lose money because the bid was awarded and then changed.
"If New Braunfels National Bank invested on the basis of being awarded the bid without having a signed contract, then any investments would have been premature because the contract was not signed,” Clark said.
All of the county money deposited in a bank has to be secured with government or municipal bonds. This ties up a certain amount of the bank’s
the Eagles Club, Cany on High School Band Boosters, First Protestant Church, and president and board member of the Freiheit Bowling Club.
“As a school board member, I'd be fair and impartial. I’d vote the way I feel. I’m nobody’s candidate, and I’d do what I think is best for the district,” Ikels said. “Most people who know me know I speak my mind, too. I don’t overdo it, but I do express myself.
‘ Within the last year, I’ve seen a big turnaround in CISD toward working together, and I give most of
the credit to < board president) Leroy (Goodson),” he added. “Before that, there was an awful lot of turmoil within the district. I’d just like to help keep things running smoothly.”
Other candidates vying for the three trustee positions up for election on April 6 are Tom Potter, a resident of Garden Ridge, and Gay “Spud’’ George, who lives at Canyon Ixike. Incumbents Jim Rector, Karen Rust and Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich have not yet said whether they will run for re-election.
— DEBBIE DeLOACH
The current contract that ends Thursday with New Braunfels National Bank has a clause that states the interest rate earned by any money from bond issues not already authorized by the time of the signing of the contract (two years ago) would have to be negotiated between the county and the bank.
The $5 million in certificates of obligation arrived Feb 12, 16 days before the end of the old contract.
“Any investments made (on the $5
See COUNTY, Page 14
Harst named 'Officer of Year'
New Braunfels Police patrolman Paul Harst was named Officer of the Year for 1985 by the Breakfast lion’s Club this morning.
The award is given annually by the club in honor of former Sheriff’s Investigator Ed Murphy, who died in the line of duty in September of 1981. Past Officer of the Year recipients are fumier Investigator Gilbert Villarreal, Texas Ranger Ray Martinez, and Police Detective Mario Guerrero.
Harst was chosen this year for the commitment and dedication illustrated by his personal
campaign on off-duty hours to increase local public awareness <mi DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and alcohol abuse His traveling slide show of grisly accident scenes over the past three years has since been shown to a number of local school children and any civic organization that will listen "In police business, they call this shock treatment. I call it reality,’’ Harst said last December during a presentation to local Jaycees “About 24 years
See HARST, Page 14
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Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of rain that will increase to a 30 percent chance tomorrow along with a drop in temperatures Today the temperature should reach Die mid-70s and drop to the low-50s overnight. Winds will remain around IO miles per hour today Monday’s high was 72 and this morning's low was 42. Sunset will be at 6 28 p m and sunrise will be at 6 59 a rn.