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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas / ■ SOCCER, 6Canyon Cougarettes battle SA Roosevelt ■ SECUIN, 2'Crips' associates get 227 years in prison combined ■ INTERNATIONAL, 3Former dictator 'Baby Doc' returns to Haiti ► EDWARDS AQUIFER Edwards group proposes sales tax Levy would fund projects in Landa Park and beyond By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A sales tax is being proposed to help fund the expenses of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, including projects to be built in Landa Park to protect endangered species. Annual expenses of the EAR IP are expected to amount to more than $31 million, according to Robert L Gulley, program manager for the EARIR The EARIP would ask the Legislature to create a regional taxing authority that would receive and distribute the tax, according to Gulley. Voters would be asked to approve the sales tax. The amount of the tax would be set by the state, but EARIP is seeking a one-eighth percent sales tax that would rise to one-quarter percent. New Braunfels currently levies a 1.5 percent sales tax and Comal County levies a .5 percent sales tax. The new sales tax would not affect the sales tax capacity or levels of local/municipal governments, according to Gulley. The counties that would be included in the proposed sales-tax district are yet to be determined, but would include the counties in the jurisdiction of the Edwards Aquifer Authority as well as additional counties. The EAA’s area spans 8,800 square miles across eight counties in south-central Texas, including the southern portion of Comal County, portions of Guadalupe, Hays, Atascosa and Caldwell counties, plus all of Bexar, Uvalde and Medina counties. The EARIP group has been See EARIP, Page 3 Vol. 158, No. 58 10 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID TUESDAY JANUARY 18, 2011 Texas^|p Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 Woman killed on 1-35 Comal County resident struck while crossing highway LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung Emergency responders stand near one of the vehicles involved in Monday’s fatal accident on Interstate 35. By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung A minor accident turned to tragedy Monday night on Interstate 35. A Comal County woman was struck by a car and killed while trying to cross the freeway to exchange information after her vehicle was in a minor accident with another car near the Watson Lane exit. “One car pulled over to the left side of the road and one car pulled over to the right side of the road ... (the victim) was hit while trying to See ACCIDENT, Page 3 Fht Bulverde City Council prayed to Jesus, in some form, at each session. In America, this is wrong." - SANDI ROOT, wants Bulverde to stop saying Christian prayer before meetings PRAYER UNDER FIRE theTtarurf’a meeth?g in’Suh/erdef ^ '°Wertheir headS *S ^ Bill    JET Group: Bulverde Councils prayers unconstitutional By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Bulverde—The tiny city of Bulverde, not even 15 years old — a baby by city government standards — has become a lightning rod for the issue of separation of church and state. In October, area resident Sandi Root invoked the help of a national organization, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, in an effort to get the city council to end a tradition of using Christian A RESPONSE TO THE DEBATE Eric Lane, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, San Antonio Chapter, gives his view on the issue. Page 4. prayer to open meetings. “The Bulverde City Council prayed to Jesus, in some form, at each session. In America, this is wrong,” said Root, who lives in the Bulverde extra-territorial jurisdiction or ET]. “My take is that a majority must take responsibility and respect the views of others and encourage diversity and inclusiveness — not impose its religious beliefs upon others,” she said. City response After receiving a letter that threatened legal action if they didn’t cease the practice, the Bulverde council scrambled for options, said Mayor Bill Krawietz. Initially, Krawietz thought of a generic measure that might appease those who found sectarian prayer to be unconstitutional. “I thought it best just to stick with See PRAYER, Page 10 ► TEXAS BUDGET rp lexans await first draft of budget By April Castro Associated Press AUSTIN — Nursing homi administrators across the stati are worried they’ll soon havi to start turning out the elder ly. Community college presi dents don't know if they'l soon be closing their doors Wardens at prisons and juve nile lockups wonder which o them will survive the state': budget ax. The next Texas budge process ha There are no sacred cows ...We will be cutting every article within our budget.” just begur but the pos-sible outcome of a revenue shortfall between $15 billion and $27 billion will become much clearer this week as the first version of the budget is released.   Republican Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is expected to release his proposed budget late Tuesday and explain it to the House on Wednesday. His baseline budget cuts $15 billion from the current budget, without using any tax increases or See BUDGET, Page 3 — Rep. Jim Pitts Chairman, House Appropriations Committee NBISD braces for new STAAR testing Sunny High Low 70 40 Details 10 ■56825 00001 WWW, _ 50 cents By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees received good news and bad news during its first meeting of 2011 Monday night. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Victoria Pursch provided both. She cited the district’s outstanding performance on the most recent round of state-mandated achievement tests, but warned of the dangers in store if the district doesn’t quickly step up its plan for a massive STAAR TEST Pick up the Friday edition of the Herald-Zeitung for an in-depth look at the STAAR test. change in the state's next foray into testing. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam will replace the Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in phases over the next four years. Beginning next year, eighth-graders must pass it in order to enter ninth grade for the following school year. Cur rent sophomores, juniors and seniors will remain in TAKS testing. “This is a gigantic change for the way testing is done in the state,” said Pursch, who addressed trustees with the first of a three-part overview on the STAAR process. “There’s so much to it, and there’s a lot of information that is not yet available.” The Texas Education Agency is still revamping the state’s new accountability testing plan, See STAAR, Page 3 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald Zeit Students, school board members, New Braunfels Middle School principal John Burks and NBISD superintendent Randy Moczygemba officially break ground dur ing Monday's ceremony at the construction site of a new middle school 1400 block of Klein Road. in the Pleasft Uelp supporf,    POiwwmrLy    «tt'aréKftss - Donate to NIE Por wore information confaci, Taff Powlar 0 (tso) Ë1ULD ÉEITI1IMI» (Tinnii \n mow ;