New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
GV All Stars victorious; NB All Stars begin play
While the New Braunfels Babe Ruth League 14-15 All Stars begin state tournament play tonight in Cuero, the Guadalupe Valley 16-17 All Stars, led by several local players, staved off elimination with an 18-3 victory over Alamo YMCA Tuesday night in Seguin.
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K mart opening Thursday with larger departments
New Braunfels’ new K mart, 1050 Interstate 35 N., will open its doors to the public for the first time Thursday. New Braunfels residents are invited to come and see the new store before the grand opening Sunday.
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Freezin ’ at the peak of the season
Nothing heralds summer’s arrival like the appearance of fresh fruit and vegetables at farm stands and backyard gardens. From the first strawberries of spring to the last lingering tomato, fresh produce is one of nature’s most anticipated treats.
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707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
July 26, 1989
Two Sections, 24 PagesCounty looking at $2 million increase
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Taxpayers should speak now or forever hold their peace as Comal County Commissioners Court stages budget hearings to hear justification for more than $2 million budget increase requests.
Since Monday at 9:30 a.m. when the first budget hearing for the county road department was heard, no local taxpayers have sat in to listen how their money could be spent.
“I thought we had a concerned citizens
group somewhere that was looking over things that were being done on budgets,” said County Judge Fred Clark today. “It’s their money we’re talking about spending.”
The 1989 adopted county budget was SI 1,657,800. The 1990 requested budget is at $13,551,127.
“Docs anybody care?” Clark asked. “Apparently not. If we increase taxes 20 percent arc people going to complain then? Why don’t they come in now?”
Sheriff Jack Bremer is asking for an addi
tional SI million for the 1990 budget to operate the sheriff’s office and jail which is an increase of approximately 70 percent.
County Engineer Mac McCoy is asking for an approximately 19 percent increase. County clerk — IO percent; district clerk — 14.6 percent; county attorney — 7.4 percent; district attorney — 17 percent.
“They ought to hear what’s being asked for,” Clark said. “We’re not going to grant all of these requests, but the public ought to be aware that elected officials arc coming in ask
ing for the money. I want them to have to face some of the heat.”
If people don’t speak up now they shouldn’t blame commissioners court later, he said.
“How can we get a feel for public sentiment if we don’t have an expression of it?” Clark asked. “There’s not communication.” The budget hearing for the sheriff’s department and jail is scheduled for Friday morning at 9 in the commissioners court courtroom on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex. The
district clerk’s budget is up for review following the sheriff.
Persons are encouraged lo attend the budget hearings. Voters should also call their public officials to voice concerns and opinions about how tax money is being spent.
Call 620-5501 to talk to Judge Clark, Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Criagmilc, Precinct 3 Commissioner Patricio “Pat” Hernandez, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs.
NEU to review rate increases
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees will consider approving its 1989-90 operating budget Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the NBU board meeting
lf the budget is approved, NBU customers will sec increases in their electric and water rates for the first time in more than two years, according to Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services. Customers could sec their average monthly electric bill go up by $1.75 and their average monthly water bill go up by SI .25.
If approved, the new electric rate increase will go into effect Oct. I and the increase is expected to generate an additional $1.2 million for NBU. The water rate increase will go into effect in January 1990 and could generate an additional $240,000.
The Public Utility Commission’s dccison to raise the wholesale rates for the Lower Colorado River Authority without making rate differentiations for investments in 138 kilovolt transmission lines or facilities credit also has an impact on local electric rates. Thompson said average month-
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Board considers action on lawsuit
The Edwards Underground Water District board of directors will try again today to make a decision concerning the lawsuit filed by Guadalupe Blanco River Authority seeking regulation of well withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer by the Texas Water Commission. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in San Antonio to discuss participation in the lawsuit.
The Edwards board met last week in a special meeting to discuss the issues brought out in the lawsuit which maintains the aquifer is an underground river and a tributary of the Guadalupe River. Because the Texas Water Commission has regulating authority over the Guadalupe and other surface streams, GBRA officials believe the TWC should also have regulating authority over the aquifer.
GBRA officials also say increased well withdrawals deplete the aquifer
and reduce the flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs. Reduced flows of the springs threaten such endangered and rare species as the San Marcos gambusia, the fountain darter, the Texas wild rice and the San Marcos salamander.
“What we really did was conduct further discussion of the various issues brought out in the lawsuit,” said EUWD General Manager Gordon Clarke after last week’s meeting. “There are a lot of regional sensitivities to these issues.”
Clarke predicted the district board may make a decision within the next few weeks.
GBRA filed tile lawsuit June 15 in Hays County District Court after the 71st Legislature failed to work out differences over proposed legislation that would have given TWC the pow-
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Officials offer election viewpoints
Craigmjle says proposal ‘good’
Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc is holding the county tax asscssor-collcctor’s feet to the fire wanting her to stand by her previous statements that tax consolidation within the Comal Appraisal District is a good thing.
“Nothing has changed since May 1987 when she made her initial proposal to consolidate the taxes and wrote letters to the various taxing entities after having received the endorsement by the Commissioners Court of Comal County,” Craigmilc said today.
Comal County Tax Assessor-Collcctor Gloria Clcnnan said Tuesday she will vote no for consolidation mainly because New Braunfels ISD and the City of New Braunfels do not have the same tax year as the other entities, which isn’t cost effective.
“(She) has now changed her direction completely and die voters
the people who elected her are entitled to know why. It is up to her to give us a full explanation,” Craigmile said.
“Two separate tax years were known to exist at that time and
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Tax assessor to vote ‘no’
Comal County’s tax assessor-collector said Tuesday she will not vote for tax consolidation at election time because two entities have different tax years imposing additional mailings, cost and time.
“Consolidation means that all taxing units arc to go on one tax billing, which is Oct. I, or as soon thereafter as possible, and this cannot be accomplished by the upcoming election,” said Gloria Clcnnan.
County commissioners Neil Craigmilc and Clyde Jacobs proposed the election in March, based on a 1987 proposition of Clcnnan’s to consolidate taxes on the county level of all taxing entities within the Comal Appraisal District.
Comal Independent School District currently collects its own taxes, but contracts with CAD for assessing services. New Braunfels Independent School District asscs-
ses and collects for itself and the City of New Braunfels — both have a July lax year different from other entities within die local appraisal district.
“In my opinion, the election to
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Explanation of state’s policy
Officials to discuss prisons
HOUSTON (AP) — Gov. Bill Clements, a federal judge and other officials will meet privately Friday to discuss overcrowding at the Harris County jail and the Texas prison system.
Clements wants to explain lite state’s pnson policy to U.S. District Judge James DeAnda, a staff member said.
“The governor asked for die meeting to brief the judge, to brief all the parties, on the progress die Legislature has made on prison overcrowding needs,” said Clements spokesman Rossarma Salazar.
The meeting will not be public because no official judicial business will take place, said Assistant Attorney General Robert Ozer.
A lawsuit filed by jail inmates blames crowding at the Harris County Jail on the state, which is under a federal
court order to keep its own inmate population under the 95 percent of capacity mark.
As a way of controlling its population, TDC limits the number of inmates it accepts from the various county jails. The TDC “quotas” have resulted in a backlog at some county jails, including the facility in Harris County.
To force the state to accept all of its prison-bound prisoners, Harris County has sued Clements, die corrections department and TDC officials.
But in pajiers filed this week in DcAnda’s court, TDC lawyers argued that the county and its get-tough crime policies are to blame for jail crowding — not the state. TDC lawyers said Harris County views the prison system as an unlimited resource and sends higher-than-averagc numbers of inmates to prison.
Employees honor superintendent
New Braunfels residents can see the New Braunfels Independent School District tooting Superintendent Charles Bradberry’s horn with a billboard at Walnut Avenue and Eikcl Road.
According to Leslie Kriewaldt, NB1SD public information officer, the billboard was paid for by Education Center employees who wanted to honor Bradberry, chosen “Texas Superintendent of the Year” in October 1988.
“Charles is so hard to buy for,” said Michael Fitsko, NBlSD’s assistant superintendent for curriculum. “We wanted to find some way to honor him."
Fitsko said $143 in donated funds from the employees and several anonymous individuals have gone toward the project.
"I can verify thai no taxpayer or school district money was spent on the billboard,” said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance.
The billboard will be moved every two or three weeks to various locations around town. Kriewaldt said the sign will be up until the end of September.
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Measures remain for saving water
Even though the level of the Edwards Aquifer at the Panther Canyon test well is above 621 feet above mean sea level, the mark designated by city ordinance lo put the city in a mandatory conservation state, city officials have decided to keep the city under mandatory enervation. City Man
ager Paul Grohman said Tuesday the city will remain in a mandatory conservation state until officials can determine if the aquifer’s level is going to remain above 621 feet amsl for a significant period of time.
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Rush-hour shooting sends I to hospital
The billboard paid for by donations from district employees and rest dents will be moved to various locations within the city.
Oasis Outdoor Advertising com- year as a superintendent and his sixth pleted the billboard. year as NBISD’s top administrator.
Bradberry is currently in his 12th —MARGARET EDMONSON
DALLAS (AP) — Authorities said a motorist was shot in the head during an apparent rush-hour altercation this morning on Interstate 35 near downtown.
The victim, a 33-year-old man, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, said hospital spokesman Tom Geddi^, who said the man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Few details were immediately available, but Dallas Police Del. Hollis Edwards said police received the call as a major accident report about 7:40 arn. He said the victim’s car had veered off the highway.
Edwards said he did not know if the alleged gunman was in custody. He said the victim apparently had been following a vehicle, whose driver shot him.
There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms today with the high reaching 91 degrees. The overnight low will be 73 degrees. Thursday will be partly cloudy, warm and humid with a chance for isolated showers. The high will be 94 and the low will be 74. On Friday the hot and humid summer conditions return with a high of 95 and low of 75.
Planning is under way for the third annual Back-To-School Youth Festival set for Aug. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wursthallc in Landa Park.
Exhibit space is free to participating groups or organizations. Contact Debbie Williford at the Comal County Extension Office at 1115 N. Walnut, 625-9178, to sign up for a booth space. Applications will be accepted until Aug I for booth space....
A blood drive has been set up by the South Texas Regional Blood Bank to replace blot*! used by Trey Winn. The 16-year-old son of Randy and Cathy Winn was injured in an automobile accident and is hospitalized al Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
The blood drive will be Sunday from 9 a.m. to I p.m. at the rear parking lost of First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St. Appointments may be
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