New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Pair of pupsHeraldZeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, July 13, 1991
In need of homes are these tan and white Chihuahua-terrier pups, six weeks old. Their mother recently was adopted. These and other pets can be adopted for a fee at the New Braunfels Animal Shelter, 1920 Kuehler Ave. The fee — $48 for a female and $43 for a male — includes rabies and four- or six-way vaccinations, worming and the surgical fee for altering the pet. Shelter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday. (Photo by Annalies Schlickenrieder)
State loan authorization also on ballot
By ROBERT STEWART Signwriter
Another issue to be decided when Texas voters go to the polls Saturday, Aug. IO, will be the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Bdard to sell $300 million in general obligation bonds to fund the state's Hinson-Ha/iewood College Student Loan Program.
Between 1977 and 1989, the program functioned as a revolving fund where loan repayments covered the cost of making new loans. Since 1986, the demand for student loans to attend college increased from $12 million per year to almost $80 million per year in 1990.
This unprecedented growth in demand has been attributed to changes in federal financial aid programs, the creation of the College Access Loan Program for students from middle class families, and publicity about the relatively low interest rate on the state's loans.
No money from the state's general revenue funds has ever been used to repay bonds supporting the student loan program.
Other ballot items to be decided on August IO include constitutional amendment referendums involving the state’s newest taxing-entity. County Education Districts, and their nght to grant exemptions for homestead. elderly and handicapped citizens. Whether or not the CEL) will tax tangible personal properly will also be decided.
Voters in the New Braunfels Independent School District will vote on three school board trustee positions. Three incumbents are running for reelection. with one of those miming unopposed.
Absentee balloting will begin Monday for the CCED election and officials say that voters must go to two different places to vote for die (SD election, empowering the CLD to make exemptions and dicn to the CED poll to authorize specific exemptions.
“Both these election* are statewide so the outcome in Comal County could be different from the state totals,*' said Sandra Jackson, public information officer for the Comal Independent School District. She added that if die CED is voted down on a slate wide basis, the exemptions ballot would be meaningless.
Evangelism group at TLC
SEGUIN — Approximately 300 congregational leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will be at Texas Lutheran College today through Sunday for an evangelism event. Plaiuiing fur the conference has been coordinated by the Region IV Center for Mission of the ELCA.
The evangelism conference, entitled "Through Word and Deed, Equipping the Saints for Telling the Story," will offer several courses to help congregational leaders stimulate evangelism in their churches Keynote speaker and preacher at event is Dr. Waller Bouillon, Edward C. Fendi Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary rn Columbus, Ohio.
CED vote will impact tax rate
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The August IO election could make as much as a $50 million difference in the tax bill of residents of the New Braunfels Independent School District, according to Lonnie Curtis, NBISD assistant superintendent for finance.
“For the first time in history we will have a two-tiered tax system,” Curtis said. “The bulk of the money is going to come from the County Education District (CED) and until August IO comes we will not know what the exemptions are for homestead, elderly and disabled and personal property.
“Personally, I hope the personal property tax fails and I don’t mind saying that,” Curtis said. “Because we’re not geared to handle it and the CAD (Comal Appraisal District) is not geared to handle it.”
NBISD is unable to send out tax bills until election results are known. Normally, the district sends bills out during the summer so that revenue begins to come in to pay for the opening of schools in the fall. This year the district may be forced to borrow money for operating funds, officials say.
“August IO is going to be a three-ring circus in just about every community,” Curtis said.
In New Braunfels, there will be one election to select NBISD trustees in District One and two at-large positions. Next, there is a county level, statewide election on a constitutional amendment to authorize the County
"For the first time in history we will have a two-tiered tax system. The bulk of the money is going to come from the County Education District (CED) and until August IO comes we will not know what the exemptions are for homestead, elderly and disabled and personal property/' said Lonnie Curtis, NBISD assistant superintendent for finance.
owner such as businesses or rental properties will bear a bigger share of the tax burden, he said.
“The statewide election is just like a statewide election for governor —in toto,” Dick Robinett, NBISD trustee said. This means that even though the CED concept may get approved in the county, the state vote totals will determine the outcome of the election.
“It certainly is a mixed-up mess,” Jean Ward, NBISD trustee said.
Education District’s power to grant exemptions along with other amendments. After that, comes a CED ballot to decide the specific questions of additional homestead exemptions, elderly and disabled exemptions and whether to tax tangible personal property or not. On top of all that, there is a city ballot containing a referendum on the late hours proposal for alcohol sales.
“So a home will have a different tax value for NBISD then it will for the CED due to differences in exemptions,” said Arlon Hermes, NBISD trustee.
This goes against the central appraisal district’s efforts of past years to equalize tax values of properties, Curtis said. It also means that properties that are not lived in by the
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