New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Wednesday
Nm Braunfels. Taxes Vol. 94 - No. 4225 Cents32 Pages —3 SectionsRoom tax move gets praise, criticism
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Feelings are mixed in the hotel, motel, and resort industry this week following a Monday night decision by City Council to raise the local room tax.
"I have mixed feelings about it,” said Rusty Brandt of Camp Warnecke. ‘‘One, I am happy that we were able to keep the Chamber of Commerce as our advertising agency for the (tourist attraction) program. That point, we’re very happy about.
“But, we are very unhappy with the tax increase,” said
Brandt, who is also chairman of the Chamber’s convention and tourist committee. “When your business is down, you don’t go raising your taxes.”
Council Monday voted 4-2 to raise the local room tax from 4 cents to 6 cents. On top of that, the state already collects 4 cents.
Monday, the city also decided to divide the original 4 cents 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. The additional 2 cents must go directly toward attracting tourism and will be given to the Chamber.
Under the old schedule, the Chamber received 80 percent of the 4 cents; the city, IO percent; and the arts, IO percent.
Council must now pass an ordinance enacting the new rate before it goes into effect, possibly at the beginning of the next quarter on April I.
Before agreeing to the allocation Monday night, Council talked about, but did not approve, the possibility of establishing a separate convention and tourist bureau and taking that responsibility away from the Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber members, including hotel, motel, and resort
managers, opposed that idea, saying that would be a duplication of the Chamber’s effort’s A separate office, dedicated specifically to attracting conventions, also would have been a waste of money, they said, because New Braunfels simply doesn't have the facilities to support large conventions.
“Am I satisfied? That is a relative term, of course,” said John Chunn, Chamber vice president. “In light of what may have been about to happen to the Chamber, I’m very satisfied.
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More jurors called in trial
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Another IOO potential jurors were summoned to the Comal County Courthouse this morning, in efforts to conclude jury selection in the David Port case by the end of the week.
Of those summoned to appear today, Court Administrator Martin Allen said 56 persons showed up. “Six or seven were excused immediately due to the legal exemptions like over age 65, and children under IO years of age. So that means we got about 49 or 50 of new ones to add to those summoned earlier in the week.”
But Allen said District Judge I.D. McMaster told the new batch of prospective jurors this morning that they didn’t have to come back to the courthouse until 9:30 a m. Friday. That’s when the judge, the prosecution and the defense will begin questioning them one-by-one about the extent of their media exposure to the case.
Port, 18, is accused of murder in the June 7 shooting of mail carrier Debora Sue Schatz, 23. The case was moved to New Braunfels last December by Judge McMaster on a change of venue.
District Clerk Hazel Kuhn said Monday that she initially summoned 175 prospective jurors for the case. Less than IOO showed up for the first day of jury selection, and those excused for medical, personal and extensive media exposure reasons have left 22 persons qualified on publicity only.
For the past two days, proceedings have begun with a film on jury service, then prospective jurors are been asked to raise their hands if they have heard of the case. Those who have are questioned on the extent of their exposure, and whether the publicity they have seen, heard or read would interfere with their impartiality.
Once all those biased by publicity have been excused, attorneys will then be able to begin the regular voir dire process. That's why the jury probably won’t be seated until the end of the week at the earliest.
Prosecutors Mary Milloy, Keno Henderson and Tim Taft, and defense attorneys Jack Zim-mermann and Randy Clark must have a minimum of 32 prospective jurors by law. Both sides are then allowed to strike (disqualify) IO persons they do not want on the
TV crews and photographers crowd around the principals in the David Port trial
Zimmermann said Tuesday he would hope the judge keeps at least 40, and maybe 50, in a case like this. Asked if he was pleased with the case’s progress, he said, “This isn’t something you’re pleased or displeased with. Ifs something that
needs to be done in order to ensure my client a fair trial.”
In her questions Tuesday to one prospective juror, Milloy said. “What we’re looking for 12 people who can hear the same thing at the same time.”
During both days of questioning,
Judge McMaster He has estimated that at two to three weeks At the end of Tuesday’s question-and-answer session, Milloy said she had no comment to make on the case “There’s a gag order in force," she stated, adding she intended to obey that order and suggested Zim-
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Zimmermann, still donning his white hat, said he knew about the gag order, too. “But the judge said it was okay to talk about numbers, and that's what I’ve been doing,” he added
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It’s annual rate hike time for Entex Inc. The natural gas company soon will be coming to city governments In New Braunfels and Garden Ridge asking for a 92 cent increase.
Entex, which serves about 78 South Texas cities, has proposed a rate hike that will add 92 cents to each customer’s minimum monthly bill.
For residential customers in New Braunfels, the minimum payment would go from $5.88 to $6.80. Commercial minimum is set to rise from $6.68 to $7.80.
Garden Ridge residents will pay $9.44 under the increase, while commercial users there would pay $9.94.
The rate hike does not affect the step increases that rise according to the amount of usage. That policy,
said Robert Jones of Entex, prevents a rate hike from affecting senior citizens and lower income people who usually use more gas. More affluent people, who usually have central air and better insulated houses, then also participate in the gas rate increase.
Jones, manager of Entex’s South Texas division, explains that the rate hike covers only the company’s cost of service. Cost of gas, along with the cost of paying back borrowed money and paying stockholders, is not affected.
Cost of service includes salaries, office supplies, postage, telephone and electricity bills, cost of materials used for maintenance, depreciation, and property and gross receipts taxes paid.
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Entex seeking annual rate hike
One Ste closer
New Braunfels Unicom fans md players celebrate as the buzzer sounds, finalizing the Unicorns’ 59-56 basketball playoff victory over Gregory-Portland in Kenedy Tuesday night. The win, the Unicorns’ second straight over a taller for, propels the Unicorns into the state quarterfinals against Fredericksburg Friday at Austin Westlake. Details in Sports.
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A 30 percent chance of rain will remain in the forecast today, tonight 'and tomorrow with temperatures reaching the mid-60s md dropping to the low-SOs overnight. Winds wilt vary between 10-15 miles per hour today. Tuesday’s high was 70 and this morning’s low was 47. Sunset will bt st 6:29 p.m. and sunrise will be at6:58s.m.Bad start
The Canyon Cougars got the baseball season off to an inauspicious start Tuesday, as
they were drubbed by tbs Seguin Matadors, 11-1. Details in Sports.
No, don’t panic — the stock market ham’! crashed; our system has. Dus to problems with our computer system, we are unable to bring you the complete list of selected stock quotes that we normally receive from the Associated Press. We vhope to have the situation rectified for Thursday’s edition.
Top of the pops
Tina Turner, Prince head list of Grammy award-winners
LOS ANGELES (AP) - High-voitage soul singer Tina Turner won three Grammys to cap a smash comeback, gyrating rocker Prince danced off with three awards and a surprised Uonel Richie took album-of-the-year honors at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.
Cyndi limper, the unruly rocker with carrot-colored hair and thrift shop clothes, was named best new artist of the year Tuesday by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Miss Turner, who first gained fame more than two decades ago as the shimmy-shaking partner of exhusband Ike, won record of the year for her gutsy “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” The song also captured best female pop vocal, while best female rock vocal went to “Better Be Good to Me,” all from her smash “Private Dancer” album.
“This is the biggest single moment
Blue-collar rocker Bruce Springsteen, 35, who had never won a Grammy despite his decade-long leadership in American rock music, won his first award as best rock male vocalist for “Dancing in the Dark.”
of my career — right now,” Miss Turner, 43, said backstage after winning record of the year. Her last Grammy was with Ike in 1971 for their version (rf "Proud Mary,” and her first hit record was in 1960 “What’s Love Got to Do With It” also won song of the year for writers Graham Lyle and Terry Britten, who Miss Turner said had to make
changes before she agreed to record it
“It wasn’t my type of song,” she said “I didn’t like it. It was a bit odd ... but that’s what hit records are about.”
Veteran songwriter and singer Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down,” a slick melange of pop ballads and easy dance tunes, was named album of the year at the more than three-hour show televised live from the Shrine Auditorium to an estimated audience of 140 million worldwide.
As a member of the Commodores and an individual performer, Richie had been nominated for a Grammy 28 tunes since 1977, but has only won three
“Every year it’s always been ‘I wonder why, I wonder why,’” a delighted Richie said. “And in this case, I don’t want to wonder why anymore I just want to enjoy it.”
Richie, 34, and collaborator James
Anthony Carmichael also shared the producer of the year award with David Foster, who had snared the most nominations with six Foster also won the instrumental arrangement Grammy for his Hard Habit to Break” by Chicago.
Prince, star of the hit movie “Purple Rain,” won or shared three awards He and his band, the Revolution, won best rock performance by a group with vocal for the “Purple Rain” soundtrack, and best album of original score written for a motion picture or TV special The album sold 9 million copies.
The 26-year-old Minneapolis rocker also won for writing the best rhythm and blues song, "I Feel For You.” The song was recorded by Chaka Khan, who was named best female rhythm and blues artist.
His performance of “Baby I’m a
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