New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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NBU proposes bond issue and rate increases at city council meeting
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Utilities pitched its favonte funding scenario for its five-year capital improvements plah to the city council in a 6 p.m., Monday workshop.
The middle ground in five alternate plans, this one calls for a combination of a $3.3 million bond issue and rate increases to fund the improvements NBU says it needs for its water, sewer and electric facilities over the next five years.
“We didn’t remove any projects — some will be paid with revenues rather than bonds,” said Jeff Thompson, NBU assistant general manager for administration and finance.
The plan includes two-step water and sewer rate increases — a 5.7 5 percent water increase and a 4.25 percent sewer increase effective April I, 1996, and another 5 percent water increase and 4 percent sewer increase Get. I, 1996.
The city council asked for an alternate recommendation when NBU first presented its first-draft five-year plan, which had a $4.9 million bond issue
State reverses decision on AIDS grant
AUSTIN (AP) — State Education Commissioner Mike Moses, who sparked controversy by refusing $1.35 million in federal funds for AIDS education, has now decided to accept the money.
Moses said Thursday that federal officials allayed his concern that the funds might come with strings dictating how schools must teach prevention of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
“I have said repeatedly that as a parent of a IO- and 13-year-old, I arn acutely aware of the need for children to be properly educated with regard to the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection and its causes.
“As a parent who loves his children very much, I want them educated about the things that will hurt them,” Moses told a State Board of Education meeting.
“Nevertheless, I want the decisions made about this training and information to be made by parents, school trustees, administrators and teachers closest to the children. By doing this, we ensure that the education is consistent with the local attitudes, beliefs and values of the local school and community,” he said.
Moses’ actions were praised by Gov. George W. Bush, who appointed him commissioner last year.
“He accomplished exactly what he set out to do and as a result, Texas schools will get federal funds without federal mandates on how to teach health education,” Bush said.
The Texas Freedom Network, which descnbes itself as providing a mainstream alternative to the radical right, said Moses’ about-face came after parents, teachers, doctors and other community leaders spoke out.
and no rate increases.
“I like these numbers a lot better,” said Councilwoman Brenda Freeman.
“We’re going to have to do something sooner or later to bring water and sewer losses in line,” said Councilman C. Ray Schoch.
Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. said the capital improvements plan was “very aggressive,” and that maybe NBU should take another look at whether every project was necessary as stated in the plan.
“I’m not sure we’re not forcing, growth to come, rather than letting it happen naturally,” Fraser said.
No action was taken last night on the proposed bond issue or tate increase. A bond issue would have to be approved by the city council.
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Gramm shows strong in senate poll
Sen. Phil Gramm, benefiting from a unique Texas law that enables him to run for re-election as well as the GOP presidential nomination, has support of almost half the state’s voters to keep his current seat, according to a copyright poll.
But the survey by the Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle shows that the race for the Democratic nomination for the Senate post has no clear favorite among the four contenders.
In a Senate matchup for a third term against a yet undetermined Democratic opponent, Gramm got support from 47 percent of registered voters surveyed. Another 32 percent were for the Democrat with the rest undecided.
“With no Democrat emerging, he
(Gramm) looks pretty good for re-election,” said Micheline Blum, one of the pollsters. “He looks strong against that field.”
The survey of 1,002 registered voters by Blum & Weprin Associates Inc. of New York was conducted Jan. 2 through Sunday for the newspapers. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Results show that 51 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they weren’t sure who they would support, indicating a lack of name identification by the four candidates.
Among Democrats who plan to vote in the March 12 primary, Mesquite high school teacher Victor Morales was the choice of 18 percent.
But pollsters said the strong showing by Morales in his first statewide cam
paign likely occurred when voters confused him with Texas Attorney General Dan Morales.
Results for the Democratic Senate race were based on interviews with 279 likely primary voters. The margin of error for that question is plus or minus 6.5 percentage points.
Democrats Jim Chapman of Sulphur Springs and John Bryant of Dallas, who decided to run for the Senate instead of re-election to the House, each received 13 percent in the survey. And Houston lawyer John Odam had 4 percent.
Among other poll results, honesty and integrity topped a list of factors that voters rated more important in choosing a candidate for the Senate than positions on issues.
Conviction upheld in chained child case
AUSTIN (AP) — A White Settlement couple who were sentenced to 99 years in prison for keeping their son chained for 18 months and starving him have lost their most recent court appeal.
The Texas "Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Jay Hill, 46, and Linda Hill, 41, who were convicted of causing injuries that led to the death of their 13-year-old son, Stephen.
The boy was found by rescue workers frail and comatose, chained inside a tiny trailer where the family lived. He
died on Nov. 16, 1991,12 days after being hospitalized.
According to police and court testimony, the couple starved him as punishment and kept him chained only a few feet from the table where the rest of the family ate meals.
Because of extensive publicity, the Hills’ trial in August 1992 was moved from Tarrant County to Galveston, where a jury found them guilty of injury to a child by omission. The jury also found the Hills guilty of using a deadly weapon in causing the injuries. The deadly weapon was defined by the state as the chains and locks used to restrain Stephen.
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