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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Lawyers in like Appraisal Notes am Reappraisal frequency not static The Comal County Bar Assoc, has elected new officers for 1987. Mark Clark is now the president, Ron Friesenhahn is vice president, and Carter Casteel is secretary Texas may open prisons HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AF*) The Texas prison system may start admitting inmates as usual on Monday after making weekend releases, officials said Saturday “It looks Uke we’ll be below the 95 percent capacity by Monday We have atiout 80 we can release today and we will release some more tomorrow,’’ Brown said The nation's second largest pnson system closed its doors Fit day after the population exceeded a court-ordered 95 percent capacity with 38,414 inmates incarcerated at midnight Thursday At 95 percent, the 26 prison units can legally confine 38.376 inmates. Texas Department of Corrections spokesman Charles Brown said Castro family seeks help in paying for relative's transfer treasurer. Pictured above, Clark (left) presents a plaque to 1986 president Mike Smithers (right) in appreciation for his ser vices. Offices close to honor MLK City, county, state and federal of flees will be closed Monday in memory of Dr Martin Luther King Although King s birthday anniver sary was Jan 15. the official celebre lion is the third Monday of the month This is the second year the ob ser Vance has been a national holiday The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail on Monday and most banks and savings and loans will be closed How often must my property be reappraised? Until 1982, the frequency of reappraisals in Texas really depended upon each individual taxing jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions reappraised every year or two, some every four of five years, and others might have appraised improvement only when they were first built. There are many individual taxing units across the state, and there were different opinions as to how often property should be reappraised, and at what levels those appraisals should be. There were different levels of funding, and the level of appraisal and frequency of reappraisal sometimes depended to a great extent upon how well each individual tax office was staffed. With passage of Senate Bill 621, or the “Peveto Bill,” the Legislature specifically mandated that reappraisals be conducted at least every four years This seemed at first to be a comfortable timetable, since appraisal districts would only need to review existing values every four years From a property owner’s viewpoint, however, this meant the possibility of a sizeable increase every time his property was reap-preaised There is another serious problem with a four year reappraisal cycle The State Property Tax Board con ducts a ratio study each year, to determine how close the values in each appraisal district are to market value These ratio study results eventually become part of the calculation used in determining the amount of state aid each school district will receive If assesed values are below what the state feels is current market, the school districts are penalized by a decrease in the amount of money they would have received had the values been at IOO percent When appraisal districts first began, values in many cases were well below actual market value, and the increase in assessed value in 1982 was drastic formost people According to State Property Tax Board studies, overall values within the jurisdiction of the Comal Appraisal By DAV ID MAY Staff Writer New Braunfels relatives of a woman who died last month of mysterious circumstances have raised half the monies needed to bring her body home to be laid to rest alongside her mother Family members of Rosa Castro, a New Braunfels native who was found dead in her Seguin residence last Dec. 12, said Friday that are still some $500 short of having enough money to cover costs having her body transferred from her Seguin burial site to Comal County. Sandra Martinez, sister of the deceased, said relatives are still searching for help from groups and persons in the community interested in assisting the family in their wishes “We still need some help and we’re looking and asking all around," Martinez said. A local church group is expected to make a donation to the family on Sunday to help defray costs. Seguin authorities discovered the 45-year-old woman dead in her living room after tieing summoned to the residence by her brother, Richard Castro, who lived there with his wife Seguin District Attorney WG Kirkendall confirmed that the woman had sustained numerous injuries including several broken ribs and bruises over much of her body According to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office, who per formed an autopsy at the request of authorities, determined the woman died of a stroke that resulted from a blood clot Their report showed that the woman received a severe blow to the back of the head that may have lead to the stroke. Prosecutors have been unable to determine the exact nature of the woman’s injuries, due largely to the lack of cooperation of the brother, who arranged (or her burial in Seguin The case went before the Guadalupe County grand jury Jan. 8,though the jury passed on making any determinations “The people involved are not being very cooperative,” Seguin Assistant District Attorney Sean Proctor commented Thursday adding that investigators hope to return to the grand jury Feb 5 with more findings. Richard Castro had been subpoenaed to fortify before the grand jury though he refused No charges have hp*>n filed in connection with the woman’s mysterious death. Caus to the offices of defense attorneys for the brother went unreturned last week. Kirkendall refused early in the investigations to speculate on the causes of the woman’s injuries, saying ‘‘We don’t know if they were the result of an attack or an accidental tau.” He committed to no theory or motive In the Incident. An officer with the Cornel County office of the Department of Human Resources confirmed Thursday visiting the woman at her home on several occasions but was unable to report the reasons or findings of those visits Martinez said in an earlier article that she believed her brother was responsible for the sister's death Though the woman died Dec 12. family members here were not aware of it until an uncle saw a story in a San Antonio newspaper Martinez said that, after talking to the funeral home with whom burial arrangements were made, the woman had been placed in a very inexpensive casket, one prone to leaking and decay. She noted that the family needs to raise about $600 for a sealed casket and some $250 to open her grave and have her brought here and laid back to rest alongside her mother who passed away in 1983 Relatives lack the monies needed to make the transfer OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION TRANSMISSION SERVICE 1466 So Seguin FRANCES BRIDGES ie there for you with Scrapbook every Thursday in the Herald-Zritung Mi 9omumij Sate at Clriiui-K-Tluiup Sane 20-50% oh Sick RrtoE fkviMQMuih Fine Onptaf.Stfue* & Sfautfieao Btatft & Vomoim 9tem Him & Kitchen Accmotto Lange Setectw oft faun* & (Muck HW!! Bui Huwtj, Sate Hub Week Orig 9mI9fk - 24(k China-n-Things Bridal Ragistry Unda Plaza Shopping Center District after the 1982 reappraisal were still only at 78 percent of actual market value. There was no reappraisal in 1983 or 1984, and the 1984 ratio study showed that assessed values in the district had dropped to 67 percent of market value. A major reappraisal was begun in 1985. and the ratio study for that year indicated that overall values were at 87 percent Ratio study figures for 1986 have not yet been released, but should show an improvement over 1985 figures Reappraisals have been very painful for most of us the last few years, to say the very least, because they have been so drastic The purpose of the Peveto Bill was to create equality and uniformity, and the guideline used was market value Once this level has been reached, appraisal districts will no longer need to play catch up, and increases inassessed value should follow the market A reader of Appraisal Notes has written the following Question:    Gentlemen.    I    wasn’t sure to whom I should write concerning this question but am a faithful reader and hope that you can either answer or refer me to the proper party We live on and own the lots adjacent to a cemetery lot her at Canyon Lake, which has two tombstones dated in the 1800’s We would like to purchase that lot as it is not kept up and impacts negatively on our property. Can I buy it and. if so to whom do I direct my inquiry^ If I cannot buy it, can I still run my fence around it? Sincerely, D L. Answer: A check of appraisal records shows this lot to be specifically noted onthe plat as a cemetery lot, and no trasfer of ownership from the original developer has been found Title may lie with the developer, but descendents of the persons buried there could also have some claim to the property You may contact either the county clerk’s office or the abstract department of the appraisal district if you wish further deed information You should consult an attorney before placing a fence around this property (APPRAISAL NOTES is a public service of Comal County Central Appraisal District. Questions and comments regarding property appraisal functions can be sent to the district in care of the Herald-Zeitung. 196 S. Caste!!. New Braunfels, Texas. 78131-1328 I BEST FOR LESS TRAVEL CLUB TOURS LOWEST PRICES FROM THE AREA EARLY RESERVATION DISCOUNTS WITH (T^AKA BRADI N Of AUSTIN I X( HINO TRIPS CARIBBEAN CHI ISH TOI R ESPECIALLY FOR SINGLE ADULTS MARCH 14 21-8 WON DER FVL DAYS IN SUN KISSED AREAS AT THE RIGHT TIME OF THE YEAR CAP HAITIEN. HAITI. SAN JUAN. ST THOMAS & PUERTA PLATA. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-11,079-1M M E DI ATE RESERVATIONS NECESSARY FINLAND fi^jA fc QftfcAT NORTHERN CAPITOLS- JULY » JO 22 GRAND DAYS DENMARK SWEDEN FINLAND THE SOVIET UNION. POLAND. BERLIN & MUCH MORE- 49 MEALS INCLUDED ACT NOW TO GET DISCOUNT NEW YEAR CRUISE TOUR ABOARD THE CUNARD PRINCESS dec 26-J an 2 "st MA Aft TEN ANTI 611 A Gl'AftALfllTF. ST THOMAS-*, nm. ON THIS FESTIVE HOLIDAY CRUISE FLY-IN ft NOTORCOACH- Wf MALADY HA VT Rf SLRVATIONN GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST A CANADIAN ROCKIES WONDERLAND SI 179 IF kESERVATIONS MADE NOW JU NC 24 JULY 7 JULY IS a SEPT I—SAIT LAKE CITY. GRAND TETON S. YELLOWSTONE FABULOUS RIXTCIES. VANCOUVER. VICTORIA. RENO & MORE MENT IN CANADA S MARITIME PROVLNCES A PRLNCK EDWARD AUG 19 3 DAYS IN ENCHANT JULY 1 11 1999 CALIFORNIA 49ER STATE NAT L. PARKS fc WINE TRY JULY 8-17 YOSEMITE A SEQUOIA GIANT REDWOODS ALSO FEATURED- $949 FEST1V LY 19-28 GRAND CANYON] BRYCE CANYON NATL $979 COLORADO ROCKIES AMERICAN WEST 4. LAKE TAHOE- JU- L PARK. CEDAR BREAKS NAT’L PARK. PARK LAS VEGAS A MORE- 12 DAYS MT RUSHMORE Bl-ACK Hll.PS L PASSION PLAY YELMIWSTQNE k ARCHES NAT L.PABK AUG 2 ll SIGHTSEEING. UNIQUE FEATURES LIKE REMARKABLE RANCH BAR P Q SHOW A MORE CANADIAN ROCKIES MEMORIES ll DAYS—AUG 8-18 -VICTORIA CRUISE QUEEN CH ARU HTE STRAITS PRINCE RUPERT PRINCE GEORGE. MARVELOUS ROCKIES SEATTLE Ii MORE $50 DISCOUNT CALIF GOLD HISH, FV-NY    4LILLIASEPT 9-is includ£sTan FRAN CISCO NORTHERN CALIF A UNIQUE 4 DAY CRUISE $5u DISCOUNT WK HAVE MORE REQUEST OUR FREE CALV AC ADE OF 1987 ESCORTED TOURS FOR COMPLETE INE< iRMATlON PANAMA (ANA! - t I 77b I AH IBM AN Bl KHI IDA SKM ID VALI lf S TRANS DAYS- PANAMA ~N Til HTS CANAL IW CRUISE I TOUR —IB THE "EOig ant ’ cfiuISE MAY 2 13    12 LINER $1 WONDERFUL IL bASIEftr* CARIBBEAN ABOARD THE SONG OF AMERICA APRIL 26-MAY 3 WES ~AKTBErAN ABOARD TOF    WWaY-    JUNE    *-27    BERMU CRUISE TOUR ABOARD TMF NORDIC PhlNdg-AUG 26 SEPT 2 FAHIE BEAN CAPITOLS BO A R P CU A Et f) CAl/SITEST SEPT 12 19 Al ASKA HAWAII I ANTAS TH I OW PHK J S PRICE ALASKA EXPLORER CRI ISE TOUR ABO ARD THE S AG AKJoRP JU 15-26 5 STAR PLUS RAtED CRUISE LINER ll NIGHTS FTto"M'ANCHORAGE TO VANCOUVER PLUS TIME IN ANCHORAGE $300 DISCOUNT ALASKA FRON K Al G ^l5 DELIGHTFUL 7 NIGHT Ll'VHTV H1VTSE PLUS victoria Vancouver k seattle - $1 grand alaska cruise TOUR AUG 29 SEPT 9 7 NIGHT CRUISE PLUS FAIRS A STC MT M (HUNLEY MATANl'SKA VALLEY ANCHORAGE k MORE *2.436    5    ISLAND    HAWAIIAN K^£A1)E MAY 12 21 SEE ALL OF HAWAII ON THIS ONI^VreOF SIGHTSEEING k FEATURES LIKE PEARL HARBOR CRUISE k POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER WITH DINNER A SHOW TOUR JULY 8 18    7    NIGHTS    CRUISE    PLUS    3 WAIKIKI HOLIDAY AIG 4 IO $849 BARGAIN HOTEL 3 1S1^mT HAWAII ADVENTURE SEPT 23 30 HONOLULU W AIKIKI IS1.KS OFT)Alit MAI I A KAUAI 4 ISLAND HAWAII CIRCLE NOV ll 19 THE MOST POPULAR ISLANDS DON HO DIENERSHOW A MUCH MORE I NCL CIU SCH/TH PAL ILK (THU NI MI XU O IHXIABI) Ll (TWI HS My>mT SUL.IH I’Acini KXI! RSIOX APRIL 26 MAY IO *2 299 SPECIAL - NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA A FIJI ISLAND AUSTRALIAN ODY BARRIER REEF AUG I 18 AUSTRALIA COMPLETE AU FRANCI SCX) *75 DISCOUNT NEW ZEALAND A GLACIER COUNTRY PLUS AUSTRALIA (ICT 26-NOV 15 SUPER 21 DAYS INCLUDES NEW ZEALAND S SOI THERN ALPS A M ILFORD SOUND CRUISE $2,899 ORIENT PAGEANT JULY 2* AUG 13 MALAYSIA. SINGAPORE THAILAND A LOTS OF TIME IN1 BONG KONG SIGHTSEEING A SHOPPING IN HONG KONG A SEOUL NOV 4 13 - 2 SHOPPING CAPITOLA OF THE WORLD • $1 398 HEART OF MEXICO FIESTA MAY 7 15 GUADALAJARA. MEXICO CITY COMPLETE INCLUDING THE PYRAMIDS BALLET FOLKLORIC^ A XOCH1M1LCO FLOATING GARDENS CUERNAVACA. TAXCX) A ACAPULCO *972 HOLLANDS SPRING PARADE. OF FU) WE RS MAY *15 THE NETHERLANDS DURING THE BEAITIF*t1 TIT ,|F SEASON GREAT SIGHTSEEING ALL NIGHTS in I HOTEL *50 D1SCY)UNT THI BMI I ISH IMT S I IMI TI l> SP Al I UH N CHATEAUX COUNTRY JUNE 29 JULY MANDY BEACHES ISO DISCOUNT LONDON JUNE ll 25 SCOUNT ENGLAND. IRELAND W ALES A ASTLES, KIM JULY ll 18 VERY UNIQUE TOUR ALL NIGHTS IN I IHE rajfLK EXPERIENCE IRELAND AUG it* MEALS A MG HOMES WITH IRISH HOSTS SSO DISCOUNT GRAND SCOTTISH HlQtfr NE TAN urns TOO $50 DISCOUNT M( TMI I XII I INC, TOI IHS At I WI I HOITT Ot I AY JUNE 23-JULY 8 • SWISS BAVARIAN. AUSTRIAN IE UP A SPECTACULAR TOUR EXPERIENCE VISTAS - JULY 3-23 - 21 MARVELOUS DAYS INCLUDE N fsiloFCAPRI POMPEII A SORRENTO QU? MUNICH. SALZBURG A VIENNA TION TRAVEL BY TRAIN JULY 14 25 ALSO FEATUR Puffing )5^y/^C^UBDEp A^D6 OF THE M1PN1GHT SUN AUG $-* -WHAT A TOUR LAPLAND. NORTH CAPE. PPnLAND NORWAY, SWEDEN A 1821 RI°DE IROCOO OCT IAU - LOW GROUpTOlCE^ • OCT IO-* • IS NIGHTS ON THE! ’ PLUS 3 DAYS IN LONDON IMI I'M It I MMI IM ll III S Hill MUHIC tlKI tHI    Mf SIS    I'M* IMM! I I'*, , ll .M I SM I NI , I I H M I ( ll H S I ll ll N I ,    HI I I I I S    I It I I XI    MllhlHl UM ll . 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