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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas **xm*x*x«x*»»x«« HIXED ADC 781 MOI 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHUEST HICROPUGLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 11 it i! 11 lull 11 ii 11 in ti I ii 11 ill SUNDAY JULY 17, 2005 ntRALD-ZEITUNG SPORTS ALL STARS New Braunfels Little League unveils its state and international all-star teams. Page 4B LIFE ON THE GO Growing old does not slow down those who use the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Page IC Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol. 154, No. 207 30 pages, 5 sections CLICK I $1 .OO WWW. j 8 l,,56825 00002 of rain High Low 92 74 Details .... 3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3E mmmCounty tax rate could climb by 3 cents By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County officials who have warned for more than a year that they would have tough choices to face when building the 2006 budget, will likely seek to increase the tax rate this summer. Sheriff Bob I {older sought substantial raises for deputies, jailers and dispatchers, but there were no surprises or unanticipated “hits” in two days of budget hearings conducted l>efore Com- ASKING FOR MORE ■ Sheriff Bob Holder asks for substantial raises for deputies, dispatchers, see page 5A missioners’ (hurt this week. Still, County Judge Danny Scheel and some other officials say a 2- cent to-3-cent increase in tile county's tax rate is likely. If passed by commissioners, the increase would be the second of Scheel’s seven-year administration and the second in 13 years. The cost of a three-cent increase, he said, would be about $30 on a home with a taxable value of $100,000. “I feel certain that a tax-rate increase is imminent this year,” Scheel said. "I hate it more than anything else about this job, but unfortunately, we don’t have control over the costs of insurance, gas, indigent health care or legal defense or any number of mandates from state or federal agencies. We’ve been fortunate to go as long as we have with only a one-penny increase." Without any raises for county employees or elected officials yet penciled in, the very preliminary look commissioners got at the county’s $26.1 million general-fund budget prepared by Scheel and County Auditor David Renken’s office is showing the county would likely create only four new job positions next year. Comal County has about 525 employees, half of whom work See TAXES, Page 6A Comal County 2006 projected general fund expenditures W*tV***    ItWKt Wk MMI tMIKMkl WM \m KIMM .-MSA* ftt Climbing high Electrical linesmen vye to the be the best during annual competition. Hurricane Emily regains strength By Stevenson Jacobs Associated Press Writer KINGSTON, jamaica— I lurricane Emily strengthened as it began passing south of jamaica with 145 mph winds on Saturday, while Mexico prepared to evacuate tourists from the Yucatan peninsula as it w as next in line for a direct hit from tile second majot hurricane of the Atlantic season. The storm was expected to pass neat Grand Cayman Island on Sunday, coming closest to tile island’s famous Seven Mile Beach, before crossing over the resort heavy peninsula on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, according to the IJ S. National I Int ricane Center. lf Emily remains on track, it s likely to strike land in the eastern Yucatan on Sunday night, lose some strength as it moves overland, then regain its dangerous energy in warm waters over the Gulf of Mexico, said lack Beveil, the hurricane specialist at See EMILY, Page 6A IESDAY rmz iJSm Debate over traffic impact fees begins By Leigh Jones Staff Writer City council will I AT A GLANCE resume the journey I BWhat: New Brail toward better streets j nfels city council Monday by deciding I meetin9 whether impact fees I *w^en: 6:30 p m' are the hest funding ; °n av f‘(lux! tor ti6Wsnd    ^«t/    cocin mc moo I or new duo . cj, dlambers 424 s. improved roadways. j Casten Avenue The fees are designed to make developers pay for tile impact new traffic associated with their projects will have on collector and arterial roads within the city limits. While the process for instituting the fees is spelled out in the Local Government Code, the reality of getting them approved in New Braunfels might not be easy. The recently instituted Drainage Ordinance met with fierce resistance from builders and developers alter council made See TRAFFIC, Page 5AWith Miller, Taste Matters Good call A FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS Parents will play key role in drug-testing plan By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Many parents are now aware that the New Braunfels Independent School District will be implementing a random drug-testing policy this school year. But what parents may not know is how the policy works, what rights they have to appeal a positive test result and who’s going to foot the bill. Parents and students 18 years or older will be required to sign a consent form before they will be eligible to participate in competitive extracurricular activities or receive a parking permit. The forms and information about the drug policy will be distributed to seventh and eighth-grade students Aug. 5 and high school students July 27 and 28 as part of school registration. Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton said students who want to register for courses that fall under the competitive extracurricular activity category must sign and return a consent form before they will be allowed to enroll in the class. Parent orientation sessions will be held to explain the policy and review consent forms before the policy goes into effect. Patton said the times, dates and locations of the meetings have not been determined. Photos by MANDY REARY and DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung When students return to school at New Braunfels High School next month, a new drug-testing policy will be in line for those who participate in extracurricular activities, including football player and Monoceras dancers. ON TNE WEB: See the policy for yourself: — Go to Scroll to Board of Trustees CLICK tab Click Board Documents Click Agenda Packet for July 18, 2005 Scroll down to item 6G and click PolFNFSuppt.pdf — The percentage of the student body and the number of testing times each year will depend on the number of participants and the NBISD Board ofTrustees’ year to year preferences. Students entered into the pool will be chosen for testing by computer-generated random selection based on a district provided list of all identified participants. The district has selected independent laboratory Pinnacle Medical Management to administer the tests and select the dates. Students who will be entered into the drug testing pool include students in grade seven through 12 who participate in competitive See PLAN, Page 10A Athletes, coaches stand behind board’s decision By Will Wright Sports Editor Coaches and players are more than obliged to follow the New Braunfels school district’s new dmg policy, which may or may not catch athletes abusing steroids. “I don’t have a problem with it,” said Laramie Boos, a senior tight end on the Unicorns football team. “Not only does it give me a reason to say no, which I already should be doing, but it shows people that we are doing what we mean." The school board has not yet set the dates, criteria or the number of Tm supportive of anything that will keep kids from using illegal substances.” — Chuck Canniford NBHS Athletic Driector students to be randomly selected for testing, which will begin Aug. I. By then, most of the identification numbers will be registered into a database that will select students for testing. By Aug. I, Athletic Director Chuck Caniford will lie conducting his first football practice. Caniford said the policy should he interpreted as a deterrent to students considering using drugs. “I’m supportive of anything that will keep kids from using illegal substances,” he said. “The best thing about this policy is that it gives kids a way out. It gives them ammunition to tight peer pressure. When they’re faced with a situation where they’re being pressured into using an illegal substance, See COACHES, Page 9A Comal ISD taking its time By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District s recent adoption of a grade 7 to 12 drug-test-ing policy has prompted one neighboring district to take a look at its own statutes. Comal Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Nancy Cobb said CISD was in the investigative stages of a drug testing policy. “At this time we are applying for a fedenil grant and developing a survey at die middle school and high school level,” Cobb said. “From that data, we ll be able to detennine the needs of CISD." Cobb said the questionaire would ask students about steri-od and drug usage. CISD will base the questions on similar surveys distributed in other schools. T he district is also looking into a committee to determine the district’s need. “The purpose of any policy we might develop is not to punish or See COMAL, Page 9A ;