New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 156, No. 209 20 pages, 2 sections
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County facing revenue losses, tough decisions
Comal County Commissioners face some tough decisions for 2010 after wrapping up their annual budget hearings this week.
Despite "bare bones" budget requests from every department, the county will have to find new revenue sources to replace losses resulting from a 2005 senior citizen property tax freeze, County Judge Danny Scheel said.
"Wb are going to be facing a very large reduction in revenue this year," he said.
Property taxes are frozen for Comal
County residents upon turning 65. A second tax reduction approved In the 2009 general election further reduces the taxes the county can collect from seniors, he said.
"The senior citizens get another $50,000 off die price of their home," Scheel said. "What it amounts to is if you own a $100,000 home and you are over 65 years old, you only pay taxes on $31,000 of the value of that home. Somebody is going to have to make that up - and
that is everybody under 65."
Officials said they had not arrived at specific figures regarding how much tax revenue would be lost by these reductions.
County Auditor David Renken said the court projected the sales tax revenue to be less than previous years, an indication how the economic crisis affects tourism.
"However, based on preliminary appraised property values, it looks like the total appraised values in the county are going to go up because of new consuiictkin
See BUDGET, Page 3AArt in Motion
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Danielle Seibert, 10, attends class Thursday at Ballet New Braunfels. Danielle's sister, Madeline, is also in the class.
Ballet New Braunfels preparing students for classic performances
By Ashli« McEm^imii
Dressed in black leotards, pink dghts and point shoes, Astin Bryson and Madeline Seibert gracefully executed unison pli^
The IS-year-olds, both students at BaDet New Braunfels, dream of oi^ day becoming prima ballerinas performing on stages across the world.
Their si^ts are currently set on capturi^tead nto in the first-ever N^ teunfels production of The Nutcracker, Dec. iBttxi 19tttheBrauntex Tlieatre.
Aud^kms foi intermediate and advai^ed dancers are Saturday, 8 at l.pjn. in the BaHet New Braunfels studio. Auditions for af^ 7-12 areSatimiay, Ai^ 15 at 1 pm
IleliiaaelsaiB every Satiaday
beginning SepL 12, with some Sunday rehearsals as needed
Ballet New Brauniels opened in 2005 and off^ classes for ages three to adult Itoe are currently 120 students virho take lessons at the studkx
Owner ami director Thurfe Tesdi said ^ fe tluffled students in h^ dmoe company have an opportiniity Id be part of a ballet Uke Tlie Nittcracker.
"It's a production known by people all over the world," Tesch said. "It will also give
residents here the opportunity to see how wonderful of an art form
ballet is and all of the self-discipline and self-expression that goes into it. It's hard work. Some of these girls dance 5-6 days a week for 2-4 hours each day."
Tesch said teaching ballet is like painting a picture or sculpting and she enjoys see
ing students progress into a filched product.
With aspirations of playing Clara in The Nutcracker, Madeline said she has been in love with ballet since she began dancing at age three.
"I like all the point woric and
See BALUET, Page 3A
Friday Night Live
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Aitlal «MWan Padaraon sits behind a table dteplaying sampiee of ner grapmc oeeiQn and mixed maoia giln^ outside QaMyy BJato Friday Night Uveevent In downtown New Divunfile. Qabby B'a and other downtown bualneMM aliyed open later than usual tor the eventReport Bush surveillance operation was massive
WASHINGTON (AP) — I he Bush administration built an unprecedented surveillance operation to pull in mountains of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, a team of federal inspectors general reported Friday, questioning the legal basis for the effort
but shielding almost all details on grounds they're still too secret to reveal.
The report, compiled by five inspectors general, refers to "unprecedented collection activities" by U.S. intelligence agencies under an
George W. Bush
executive order signed by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11.2001, terror attacks.
Just what those activities involved remains classified, but the Kis pointedly say that any continued use of the secret programs must be "carefully monitored."
The report says too few relevant officials l^ew of the size and depth of the program, let alone signed off on it. They particularly criticize John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general who wrote legal memos undergirding the policy. His boss, Attorney General John Ashcroft, was not aware until March 2004 of the exact nature of the intelligence operations beyond wiretapping that he
See BUSH, Page 8A
Residents can voice concerns over Camp Bullis restrictions
From staff reports
Property owners near Camp Bullis in the western tip of Comal County will meet next week to discuss the Joint Land Use Study.
The meeting will give resi-dents a chance to jq voice
■ CBJLUS meeting
■ Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m.
■Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing Road
concerns and help guide county commissioners in upcoming votes on the J LU S , Comal County Engineer Tom Homsedi said. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing Road near Texas 46 and U.S.281.
Comal County, the city of San Antonio, the military, and Bexar and Kendall Counties commissioned the joint land use study to find ways to
ensure that future growth won't hamper Bullis' military operations or force it to move.
Residents have expressed concerns about issues including light pollution, noise and height obstructions.
The Army wants lighting and noise controlled to train jilots and soldiers in low ight technologies. This means no stadiums, schools or other gathering facilities nearby, Camp Bullis environmental attorney advisor Jim Cannizzo said.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel recommended at a May Commissioners Court meeting that Cannizzo return to the area and meet with people who live there.
"We're going to figure out which parts the property owners support and which parts they object," Homseth said. "We'll take a poll of the group to see what they favor and what they oppose ... That input will go to Commissioners Court and may help guide the commissioners to support the Joint Land Use Study or not."Bïaaaiwri EZ PAY
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