New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, January 10, 1993Herald-Ze/fung New Braunfels, Texas
This i-s the utility pole at the corner of Casteel and Mill street that was clipped at the base by a vehicle driven by Walter Braune. Braune eventually came to a stop in the front yard of a house on the corner of Casteel and Bridge. As of Saturday night Braune had been transferred from McKenna to Humana Memorial in San Antonio for cardiac problems and his condition was unknown. (Photo by John Huseth)
The Comal Independent School District will take action Monday in the racial discrimination issue which has been under investigation for several months now.
“The agenda calls for possible action,” said Superintendent Joe Rogers. “And I suspect action will be taken.”
The conclusions of the investigation were presented to the board at a special meeting on December 21, but action was delayed to insure that CISD followed legal procedures in dealing with personnel.
The special meeting will be held at Frazier Elementary, 1441 East Highway 81 at 7 p.m.
Commissioners Court will consider approval of budgeting procedures to distribute all volunteer fire department and emergency
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District board of trustees. “They starting to have hearings across the state. I plan to attend those hearings...because school finance is a very complex issue. AU the proposals over the last 11 years have never addressed all the complex issues. None of the recent proposals have addressed the bonded indebtedness of the local school districts. Who's going to pick up the tab and pay off the debt?”
The proposal was completed too late for the special session and is expected to be introduced in the new 73rd legislature as soon as possible. The group's proposal would recapture local taxes equal to 2.75 percent of state and local tax funds at the statewide level.
It would also amend the Texas constitution, with voter approval, to limit recapture to 2.75 percent of total state and local tax funds; distribute Available School Fund money per capita to school districts rather than counties; authorize S750 million in bonds to help pay for school facilities; and authorize the legislature to set a minimum level of school support.
The Edgewood plaintiffs and Alvarado plaintiff-intervenors have agreed to end the current lawsuit if all parties live up to this proposed settlement.
The settlement maintains the current standard of equity established by the Texas Supreme Court in the Edgewood lawsuit.
The proposed settlement temporarily maintains the funding formulas from the 1992-93 school year with “equalized distribution” of available funds in lieu of current law proration. It requires legislators to provide additional funds if the state generates more revenue than expected in the coming two years.
Senate-Bill 351 *s funding elements are restored, effective September I, 1995, under the group’s proposal. Some of those were the $2800 basic allotment, $1 local share tax rate and $28 guaranteed yield. It would also temporarily allow schools to apply for relief from state mandates where they would require a local tax increase during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 school yea/s.
“They’re going to look hard at (relief from mandates),” said Rogers. “If they would just give us a little more time to change the buses from gas to propane and reconsider the 22 to I teacher ratios — that would be a tremendous savings to the taxpayers."
Senator Jeff Wentworth had not seen the proposed plan as of Friday, January 8. Wentworth said the legislature would be “going hot and
heavy” on the issue for the next five weeks. He said a resolution must be reached by the third week in February in order to meet deadlines for the May ballot.
“I think the simplest and fairest thing to do is to consider reinstating the state property tax and eliminating local property taxes,” said Wentworth. "The state would collect the money and divide it up equally to the school districts.”
Various other plans are floating around the capitol. Rep. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, is revising an education bill dial was voted out of committee at the end of the special session last year.
“I think it is a strong bill and has as good a chance as any other bill that’s out there,” said Ogden. “I think that from a political standpoint it's unacceptable for us to leave without producing something this time. I feel confident we will come up with something and I really don't believe that there is a risk of Texas schools being shut down. The risk this time is whether or not we will give in to political expediency and simply patch things up. We’ve been patching this thing for four years and the patches aren’t holding.”
“I’ve heard there are a couple of
plans out there,” said Rogers. “They may take a combination of them and put them into one. They’re not going to raise taxes — the Governor made that very clear. They may take money from somewhere else. There's that rumble of state income tax, but that has no chance unless they do away with property tax. And then people will want a limit put on it.”
Monday State District Judge Scott McCown will consider what actions to take if the legislature fails to come up with a "fair plan.” He has threatened to shut down the Texas public school system on June I unless an equitable funding plan is in place.
“lf they do in fact close the schools — they’re going to close the whole state — it’ll create havoc,” said Robinett. “I'm going to listen
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The court will also select nine public members to serve on the Salary Grievance Committee, appoint deputies for Constable Precincts 1,2,3, and 4, and consider an amendment to the county attorney budget to fund a part-time hot check investigator
Commissioners Court is meeting on Monday this week in order to allow Commissioner Moe Schwab to attend legislative meetings in Austitl on Thursday. The court meets in suite 301 at the Comal County Courthouse Annex at 9 a.m.
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