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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels t THerald SUNDAY July 27, 2003 M) pages in 4 sections . . < rn ■ m^am ■BHH Vol. 152, No. 219 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 NBISD, city taxes due by Thursday By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Louise Eldel came into the office at noon Friday to do one of her least favorite things — pay her taxes. “I figure I got to pay, so I might as well get it over with,” she said. New Braunfels taxpayers who owe city or New Braunfels Independent School District taxes could face penalties of 7 percent or more in interest if they don’t meet the July 31 payment deadline. “We still have a lot of people who haven’t paid yet, and I know a lot of them wait until the last week,” said Elizabeth Caldwell, tax collector for the NBISD tax office, which also collects city taxes. Tax bills were mailed out June 17, but Caldwell said the office has been busy only recently. See TAXES/5A Plan aims to prop up Boerne Wall By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BOERNE — Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin went to Boerne Friday with a pair of “stonemasons” he said would help shore up the “Boerne Wall.” Millikin, Stan Blaylock and Bob Hieronymus met with Boerne City Planner Chris Turk and attorney Randy Richards to discuss what wiU happen next to the “Boerne Wall.” Three years ago, Hieronymus and Blaylock prepared a “Bulverde Wall” to stop San Antonio from extending its Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction further into the county. Se© BOERNE WALL/5A (Above) Holden Butler tries to convince his mom the backpack he’s holding is exactly what he needs for school, while his sister, Mackenzie, waits her turn. Mackenzie and Holden will both attend Hoffmann Lane Elementary. (Right) Holden goes for school backpacks featuring some of his favorite cartoon and video characters, and Mackenzie models a moi© fashionable selection. Although backpacks are a back-to-school must, they aren’t among tax-exempt items during next weekend’s sales tax holiday. Holiday shopping State offers parents a break from sales tax on clothes K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakf-Zeituny By Bill Ervin Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Texas families might put off back-to-school shopping until Friday, when the annual three-day “sales tax holiday” begins. No state sales tax will be charged on clothes and shoes priced at less than $100 during the event that starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 3. The sales tax holiday began in 1999, when state lawmakers said they wanted to “give money back to the taxpayers.” “The sales tax holiday provides much-needed tax relief for hardworking Texas families and lets them stretch their budgets a little farther as they shop for school clothes for the kids and work clothes for mom and dad,” said Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Strayhorn said she expects the sales tax holiday to save Texans more than $34 million in state sales tax and as much as 9.2 million in kx:al sales taxes. While cities have the option to not waive local sales taxes, the New Braunfels City Council has OK’d suspending taxes on qualifying purchases during the three-day event. Rules for this year’s event are the same as in previous years, Strayhorn said. Most children’s and adults’ clothing and footwear priced less than $100 per item are exempt from sales tax. There is no limit on the number of tax-free items shoppers may buy. School supplies and backpacks are not tax-exempt, nor are accessories, jewelry, watches, handbags, wallets, briefcases and other items. Strayhorn said items previously put on layaway may be redeemed tax-free during See SHOPPINGS Inside HeraW-Zertung's annual Back-to-School guide. Tax-free Baby clothes, belts (with attached buckles). boots (cowboy or hiking), caps/hats (baseball, fishing, golf, knitted), coats and wraps, diapers, dresses, gloves, gym suits and uniforms, hooded shirts and sweatshirts, jackets, jeans, jerseys (baseball and football), jogging apparel, neckwear ana ties, pajamas, pants and trousers, raincoats and ponchos, robes, shirts, shoes (sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking), socks, shorts, suits, slacks and jackets, sweaters, underwear, work clothes and uniforms Not exempt Accessories (bai-rettes, wallets, watches, etc ), backpacks, baseball cleats and pants, belt buckles, boots (climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski poots, etc), buttons and zippers, cloth and lace, knitting yam, dry cleaning services. football pants, golf gloves, handbags and purses, handkerchiefs. hard hats, helmets (bicycle, baseball. football, hockey, motorcycle), ice skates, jewelry, leather goods except belts and apparel, pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder), personal flotation devices, rented clothing (uniforms, formal wear, costumes), roller blades and skates, safety clothing, shoes (bicycle, cleated, bowling, golf), wallets, watches Lifestyle Know dress codes before buying school clothes/1 C Business Automated checkouts make shopping easier/4B Sports Local junior golfers invited to compete in Mexico/1 B Trish and Alan Kanz are slowly remodeling Alan’s boyhood home near the New Braunfels airport. IC JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Annexation threatens family’s rural life inside By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer Alan Kanz remembers when his mother used to tell him when he grew up, he could build a house on his parent’s 60 acres. In the 1950s, Alan’s parents, Gus and Wallie, moved into a 1912 Victorian-styie home off what is now Farm-to-Market 758 near the airport. The house had an old barn and a shed Gus turned into a smokehouse. Alan was 5 years old, and the family moved down from the Sattler area because there were no schools in that part of the Af a glance ■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council public boa nog on the 2003 annexation plan ■ WHEN: 5:30 p.m Monday ■ WHERE: Council Chambers, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave county. He lived in the house for more than 15 years, until he married Trish, a girl he knew from the high school band. Although his parents moved toward urban development, they were able to live a rural lifestyle, which Trish and Alan worry will disappear when the area is annexed this year. Their home is in a rural section of the city’s proposed 2003 annexation plan scheduled to be completed by September. “I was in the country all my life,” Alan said. He remembers having to use a payphone to call Trish when they were dating and his mother heating water on the stove. Life was hard, Alan said. He’d come straight from school and have a number of chores to do, from making and bailing hay to butchering chickens for dinner. See ANNEXATIONS Abby...........  2C Business............. 48 Classifieds............MOD j Comics..............     3B Fofum................6A Liestyle.............1-4C Movies...............20 Records...............7A Sports...............1-2B Today........  2A 8 1 56825 00002 18 * ;