New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KIMBERLY ANNE BRISSENDEN
I Vol. 143, No. 77
Chamber endorses tax hike
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse the half cent sales tax at their meeting last night. “There was a motion to take no position on the charter amendment and to endorse the half cent sales tax," said Chamber President Tom Purdum
‘When we’re asking for about 65 percent of the tax burden to be shared by the tourists ifs a win-win situation.'
— Chamber President Tom Purdum
The economic development portion of the tax is of great interest to the Chamber, said Purdum. The revenues could be used for such projects as financing worker training, expansion of industrial properties and marketing. “We have nearly had no money for marketing for some time," said Purdum.
lite reduction of property taxes is good for all of our citizens, said Purdum. “When we’re asking for about 65 percent of the tax burden to be shared by the tourists,” said Purdum, “it’s a win-win situation.” The sales tax is definitely a better alternative to raise revenue than a bond issue or raising property taxes, he said.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Kimberly Anne Brissenden (Happy 21st!), Michelle Duncan, Mary Ann Feltner, Bacilio L. 5iha, Shirley Wymer, and _eap Year baby Vicki Lang-ham (12 3/4 years).
Happy belated birthday to Susan Miller (Feb. 27), and lappy 14th anniversary to Tom and Stacy Robins.
Lions Club to host youth job fair
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will host its second annual summer youth job fair Saturday, March 11. The location will again be in Wesley Hall,
First United Methodist Church,
527 West San Antonio St.
All area high school and college students, ages 15 and above, are invited.
Employers and organizations interested in participating can call Preston Kennedy at 620-0241 or Mac McDonald at 629-9109.
Tickets on sale for Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21.
The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee.
The city-wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21, 1845. Internationally known author-pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker. f ounding fathers’ descendants will be recognized, and Molly Joe's Catering will provide an 'early settlers breakfast.'
Tickets are $ IO per person and are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
Posters for the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast are available at the Chamber. Businesses and churches are encouraged to display the posters to help publicize the event. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385.
City-Wide Garage Sale to benefit Children's Museum
Tile City-Wide Garage Sale benefitting The Children's Museum will be IO a rn. to 4 p m., Sunday, March 5 at the Civic Center.
Admission is $ I per person ($2 maximum per family). Booths filled with all kinds of goodies -TVs, furniture, games, toys, appliances, clothing, plants -many new items and arts and crafts booths will be there too.
Many non-profit groups and individuals will benefit from your buying. Snack bar on site.
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Sales tax election set
Voters to decide on half-cent boost May 6
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The city council voted to put a half cent sales tax on the May 6 ballot last night.
The vote will be in two parts on the ballot. Simply put, the tax breaks down as follows. Part 1:1/8 cent-economic development and I/8-property tax relief; part 2: 1/8 cent - street and drainage repair and 1/8 for certain city projects. Part I and part 2 will be voted on separately.
The tax is a good idea for several reasons, said City Manager Mike Shands. “A home at $100,000 now pays $410 in property taxes; with the proposed cut it would be about $360, a savings of about $50.” said Shands. “You’d have to spend $10,000 more on taxable items to pay that much in sales tax."
The sales tax would be shared between residents and the 100,000 plus visitors who spend money in the city. "I think most of the people in the city and even the visitors will see the benefits,” said Shands.
Shands cautions that the tax will only prove beneficial if both portions are passed, “lf you vote for property tax relief and economic dev elopment but not the other part, then we wash — we’re no better off," he said. In that case the city would cither have to look for more funds through something like a bond issue, or som projects or services would have tc be cut.
The ballot will be worded as follows:
“Proposition I. For ( ), Against ( ) The adoption of * sales and use tax within the city for he promotion an i development of new and expanded business enterprises at i. e rate of one
‘I think most of the people in the city and even the visitors will see the benefits.’
— City Manager Mike Shands
eight (1/8) of one percent and the adoption of an additional sales and use tax within the city at the rate of one-eighth (1/8) of one percent to be used to reduce the property tax rate.”
The second proposition will be voted on separately and will be worded as follows:
“Proposition 2. For (), Against (): The adoption of an additional one-fourth (1/4) of one percent sales and use tax within the city, with the proceeds thereof to be used and applied in the manner and to the purposes authorized by Section 4B of Article 5190.6, V.T.C.S., as amended one-eighth (1/8) of one percent restricted to street and drainage projects and the other one-eighth (1/8) of one percent to be used for projects restricted to land, buildings, and equipment for library/learning centers, parks/golf course, public safety, municipal buildings, convention center, and other related facilities, including the maintenance and operating costs of any such projects mentioned above.”
The city manager’s office has designed flyers with a chart explaining the tax. These will be distributed throughout New Braunfels.
In other business, the city council did not pass a motion to accept Golf Pro/Manager Bill Halbert’s resignation. The motion was never seconded.
The city council proclaimed March 5-11, 1995, to be Family Intimacy Week at last night’s meeting.
“In a society where everything changes rapidly, the importance of the family remains constant," the proclamation stated.
The proclamation emphasized the importance of strong families to the growth and development of New Braunfels. It stated that the City of New Braunfels wants to increase the scope and number of programs for families, and held the city’s commitment to families as a top priority.
The proclamation endorsed the Parenting With Intimacy conference to be held on March IO-11 as "a positive step in the direction of strengthening family ties "
World Day of Prayer to be observed Friday
World Day of Prayer will be observed at Faith United Church of Christ, located at Common Street and Loop 337, at 9:30 a m. Fnday, March 3.
The celebration is sponsored by Church Women United of Comal County, which joins with Christian Women from 179 nations to pray for peace and justice in our communities and in our world.
Alison Damarodas was crowned the 1995 -1996 New Braunfels Junior Miss at the annual scholarship program held at the Civic Center Saturday night.
At right, Alison performs in the talent competition.
Below, Alison is pictured with Shawn Linsey, second runner up; Emily McGuffey, first runner up; and Kristin Schlather, third runner up.
Elizabeth Weisman won the Spirit Award. McGuffey won the Presence and Composure Award. April Rheinlaender won the Fitness Award. Schlather won the Creative and Performing Arts Award. Damarodas won the Scholastic Award. Kelly Clark had the Most Ticket Sales, and Damarodas had Best Decorated Shirt.
(More photos on Page 2)
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Herald-Zeitung photo by CRAIG HAMMETT
Habitat For Humanity makes dream come true for local family
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A local family will have a new I tome this week, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers in the community.
Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first home in New Braunfels, a three-bedroom unit located on Lipan St. Betty Halscll’s family will officially move in this week "You better believe I’m happy," said liaised, who works for Luby’s iii New Braunfels.
I be project, which provides housing for those iii need, began with ofTicial groundbreaking ceremonies last April, woik started in August and was recently completed About 150 volunteers participated through the year, said Vivian Muhn, one of the volunteers.
Hie three-bedroorn, one-bath homes covers about 1,200 square feet. It cost about $35,000 to build, but is undoubtly worth more One of the clauses in the contract says it an owner sells the home after one year, they receive only IO percent of the equity, and an additional IO percent each year. This gives an incentive not only to stay in the house but to keep it in good shape Betty and her son, Lloyd, who attends Canyon High, were required to put in 300 hours of “sweat equity," working on the house. She also had lo include a $500 downpayment.
Billie Rodriguez, Lloyd and Betty Halsell stand in front of their new home
She said she actually found out about I labitat for Humanity through her son, who heard of it while on a school field trip
“They went around to all the churches,” said Halsell, who is a member of First United Methodist “...we filled out the applications and turned them in"
I labitat for I lumanity hopes to build another house this year, possibly more.
“It’s just a matter of funds,” said Muhn “What we’d really like is to encourage corporations and churches to become involved."
Some are doing so already. Sts. Peter
and Paul have been heavilty involved she said and the Knights of Columbus plans to donate proceeds from their April 2 Tour of Historic Homes to Habitat for Humanity.
Target, Inc. is one such corportation involved. Plans are already underway to build a house in the community with most of the supplies and work donated by Target.
They will agree to donate everything front hardware to concrete, and labor through volunteer efforts of their employees and some of the amtrac -tois currently building their new store iii New Braunfels.Call 625-9144 for subscription, news or advertising information