New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Coming Thursday, Jan. 29, a •pedal tabloid featuring our new Comal County Courthouse Annex, replete with pictures of our fine ducted officials and floor plans for the annex and remodeled Comal County Courthouse, certlanly one of the most Intersting, architecturally as well as politically, among Texas' 254 counties. It’s news you can use with locations of county offices and a brief history of how we got from there to here. Look for it behind the full-color photo of the new facility on the frontpage...
January IO Is Arbor Day In the Lone Star State, and the San Diego Zoo Is giving away live oak trees In observance. Some IOO seedling trees will be given away at the gates beginning Saturday, Jan. 17. Perhaps the only not-soecological thing New Braunfels' German founders did was use up all the walnut trees In the vicinity to make furniture. Take a trip to the loo and pick up an oak, then come home and plant it, but plan for the planting 'cause live oaks grow wide and tail, OO fest, give or take a branch, bortsontally and vertically. By the way, Jan. 16 happens to be the third friday In January, which Is actually the true designation for Arbor Day in Texas....
Hill Country poets will want to
A 91,000 grand prise To the winner will go Some SO such are on the line In the Groat American Poetry Con
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Supervisor of Malls Carl Peltner wants you to know that lf you live at Canyon Lake or In Now Braunfels. keep such on your letters. Residents have expressed over Zip Cods changar recently announced, says Carl. But your city or unincorporated omo lo not ctuuid* tag. only the Zipper. Call him at 025-7721 for more clarification....
Buy U S. Savings Bonds, please. Tbs Government needs the money.
A representative of tho U.S. Treasury dropped by the other day
to proem** our pvVviiinwK i cmuw, but before ho could say why ho was actually here. a few staffers. Including Harold Zattung himself, loft out the beck under the talas impression that the IRS had coms early, geared the coop's pigeon population ae bad la the modus that San Antonio wants to know lf New Braunfels wants asms of Its birds back. Not a chance...
Julio Puente of Carrizo Springs works for Wingfield Construction Company on the Herald Zeitung's new digs on Landa Street. Puente is installing iron rebar which will sup
the concrete flooring the renovated
building. We expect to be moving into our new offices in late March, in case you were wondering.
Five-bag limit 'misunderstood'
ny DAVIO MAY Staff Writer
Citing “general misunderstandings.'' New Braunfels City Manager Joe Michie this week said he wants to clear the air of the stink caused by the city’s “five gar bags bag limit" request.
"The five bag limit Is not an ordinance nor Is it a law." Michie said during his regular report at Monday night’s City Council
“H you put out six or more bags, we are not going to not pick them up. We are simply asking for help.../'
"It got misinterpreted. Simply put. we were asking the citizens to help us during the holidays when garbage pick-ups are at their heaviest. The big push Is over he said.
Joe Michie NBCity Manager
The fivebag limit was In reference to bags of leaves ta addition to regular Items left for collection, the administrator said. "We're asking for help, on Monday and Tuesday mornings especially which are normally the busiest days, by asking people to try to put their garbage out on slack days." Michie saki.
"lf you put out six or more bags, we are not going to not pick them up We are simply asking for help because our crews have been working literally into the night sometimes to complete a route. "
He noted that the request came at a time when collections were heavy because of the raked fall leaves and because of additional garbage such as discarded holiday wrappings and food items
Voters to decide sales tax
By SARAN DUKE Staff Writer
Guadalupe County Commissioners have called an election April 4 for county residents to decide how they want to pay their taxes.
Voters will face the option of implementing a onv-haif cant county sales tax which would drop property taxes by tho same total amount.
"Ifs to offset the property taxes," said County Judge James Sagsbiel Commissioners set the election during their Monday meeting ta Seguin.
The Judge explained that the new tax, if approved, would decrease property taxes by the same amount as that collected Recent legislation permits the new sales tax, which Guadalupe County previously did not collect. Sagsbiel Trr^'r1 that the new sales tax Is not taking more money from the taxpayer, but Is simply taxing ta a different form.
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from the sales tax, the property taxes would decrease by that same amount, whatever the percent would be," Sagsbiel said Ad valorem taxes ta Guadalupe County were set ta December at 38 75 cents per 9100 valuation That rate reflects a Jump of more than 13 cents from the 1909 rate.
Taxpayer groups ta Guadalupe County have been vocal ta their opposition to what they consider unreasonable property taxes. Last May, Guadalupe County voters forced a rollback of county taxes.
Hie decision by commissioners to an election was unanimous The Judge said the move will not increase the amount of money coming into the county's coffers but. if passed, the new tax would lighten the financial load on property owners ta tbs county
and shift it to a broader section of the population including out of-county
Alto during Monday’s meeting, the commissioners decided to remain a part of the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. Paul Davis, executive director of the council, presented an informational program to the commiaaioners designed to update thorn on the council’s activities.
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ty twice ta tha last two wasks to work out tha details of a financing plan for tha proposed project which would tap tha «wrgy of wator flowing out of Crayon Dam.
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Council places charter item on April ballot
While making their choices for the three at-large positions on Now Braunfels City Council, voters on April 4 also will be asked to approve a changs ta the dates of future municipal elections.
Ob Monday, council authorized the city attorney to prepare a resolution for the ballot that will change the election date from the first Saturday ta April to the third Saturday ta May.
The resolution will also Include an amendment to the charter to swear ta elected officials immediately after votes have been canvaser!, rather than the currant practice of waiting until tha first regular meeting of the month following tha election, eliminating a "lama duck" period for outgoing
Mace all four districts will be “oMfig during Hit gr**—^ Mtagtkm, council bol to rad It would be aa ideal time for proposed changes ta tha charter ta accordance with state law.
Candidates for city council must Ola bat wpm Joe. It and Pub lf. Absentee voting begins March 19.
Solons approve some user fees
Pool use charges intended to bring in $29,000; includes improvements
ay DAVID MAY Staff Writer
User fees, one finally and others tentatively, approved by the City Council this week will serve to mitigate revenue shortfalls in several areas, including parks and civic center operations.
An ordinance allowing for changes ta the fee schedule for the use of picnic spaces on weekends and holidays at public parks was adopted into city charter with the approval of its third reading Monday. Proposed fee changes at the Civic Center and both municipal swimming pools received approval of their first readings as well.
Non-residents will pay for picnic spaces 365 days per year at an increase of IO percent over the original fee under the new schedule effective this year While fees for group areas jump 20 percent, New Braunfels residents upon proof of residency will receive a 35 percent discount on coats and will pay for spaces only on weekends from Easter through October
Chamber of Commerce officials hope to offset operation losses at the Civic Center with proposed rate changes for groups using the facility. Although Chamber officials concede revenues generated from use of the
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New Braunfels Perks and Recreation Department is increasing the fees charged for entrance into the city's two pools. Along with a 25-cent daily entrance surcharge, annual passes will increase with final approval by city council. The hike is expected to raise approximately $29,000 for pool improvements.
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Miller announces for city council election
Insurance salesman Doug Miller. 32. is the first candidate to announce candidacy for the upcoming April municipal election.
A member of a variety of civic organizations and a previously unsuccessful candidate for an at-large council seat seven years ago, Miller says he will bring an open door and concerned ear to the citizens of New Braunfels lf elected
Laverne Eberhard Is campaign manager for Miller while Joe Rogers will serve as campaign treasurer.
Miller and his wife, the former Anne Mund. have one child, Douglas ll They attend First Baptist Church He is employed by Witting A Miller Insurance Agency of New Braunfels.
“Having grown up in New Braunfels and now raising my family here, the future of our community Is vitally important to me. I have spent the last eight years building my business and serving our community ta various ways. As a member of organizations such as Rotary, Comal County Fair, Wurstfest and Jaycees.
I have been afforded the opportunity to work with and come to know many people ta our hometown
"These people and I believe there are things that can be and must be done to keep our community sound, yet provide the kind of services the citizens deserve. That Is why I have decided to ran for the city council and have the full support of my family"
"We have serious problems ta our city that Mad attention. Our crime rate is growing every year. Just last week. I read that robbery is up 22 percent, burglary 19 percent and assaults up 93 prant. For tho taxes we pay now, we should bt assured of adequate police protection, especially tor the senior citizens who, more tunes than not, ara the victims of crime
"The police department has done a good Job given staffing problems, but they can only do so much with limited funds. I fully support the long needed community-wide program to organist people, blocks and neighborhoods to htep tach other against crime and pve the support needed by our poUMd^artmant.
"Another major issue Is the cite budget. We Bead to bo more businesslike la spending aer tax dollars. The budgsttag process cee be improved and mors attention given to setting the right priorities "
Miller said he supports user fees for city parks and thinks parks Director David Whatley has done a good Job While not criticizing any current council members. Miller said he will bring a needed autonomy to city government Miller said that before the city considers any sort of increase ta Mi valorem taxes, “We should be sure we are spending our dollars as wisely as we can ”
He said he agrees in principal with the concept of an autonomous appraisal district, separate and distinct from any individual taxing entity. Opponents of Comal Central Appraisal District’s independent operation, including Rick Seidel, the appraisal district’s landlord, bara indicated they will use the CAD aa a campaign issue in the election.
“We need to add responsible, independent leaders to our city council. Ones who will work with and for everyone, not Just a select little group. I am not going to make campaign promises that I cannot hoop, but this is OM that I can hasp. I promise to remain independent and consider viewpoints from everyoM ta my decision-making process, whether R be the laborer or tha Industrial leader."
"Ona request I do have of the people is. eau ma and tot ma know what you thtak and what Is important la you tor the future of New Braunites," miler said ha will not campaipi with npv particular politest party af-