New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 139 20 pages in 2 sections June 2, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Business honoree cited for savvy, hard work
Carol Johnson expresses her gratitude during a reception Tuesday honoring her as Small Business Person of the Year.
By Chris Crews
About 75 of Carol Johnson’s colleagues, friends and well-wishers joined her at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tuesday night to honor her as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year.
Johnson is owner of Johnson Furniture and Innerworks, an interior design company. The reception was hosted by
the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Johnson bought the store in 1989 from her parents, who started the business in 1966. She thanked her parents for their work and support, calling her father her “best volunteer employee” since 1989.
Johnson said she was grateful for the award.
“It’s quite an honor considering who
has won it in the past nine years,” Johnson said.
Randy Vanstory of Quick-Align was this past year’s winner, and he was preceded by Pam Kraft of Kraft Mobiletel.
Johnson said though it was ironic that two of the past three winners were women, gender was not a major factor in success but business savvy and hard work were.
Chamber vice president Bonnie
Tetrault said it was not unusual for women to be in the fore of small business.
“When you look at the national statistics, you see that a majority of new small business owners are women,” Tetrault said.
Richard King is this year’s chairman of the small business committee that screens nominations and submits threeSee BUSINESS/5A
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Members of the Pee Wee League Cubs gather together before taking the field in the first round of the New Braunfels Little League playoffs on Tuesday at the Fredericksburg Street Little League complex. City championship games are set for Friday and Saturday.
For a complete wrap-up, see Sports on page 8A.School bill not big help soon
Consumers looking forward to tax cuts
From staff aho wire reports
Consumers everywhere in Texas, including Comal County, should feel the benefits of a bill right where it counts — in their pockets.
On Sunday, one day before the 76th Legislature adjourned, lawmakers approved a consumer tax bill that would eliminate the sales tax on over-the-counter medicine beginning next April and a three-day holiday from sales taxes on clothing and footwear starting the
first Friday in August.
“Any savings is great,” said New Braunfels resident Nadine Mardock.
She estimated her family spent about $10 a week on over-the-counter medication.
“Our daughter is athletic, so she uses a lot of pain relievers and antiinflammatory medication,” she said “And my husband has arthritis.” The allergy/sinus medicine she bought Monday at a local pharmacy cost $8.63 for 48 caplets with tax. Without tax, Mardock would
have spent $7.99, a savings of 64 cents.
Margaret Snow of Canyon Lake said she spent about $50 a month in over-the-counter medication, mostly allergy and pain relievers.
“We’d like not to have to pay taxes on it,” she said.
And if she didn't have to, the 165-tablet ibuprofin she considered buying would have cost $12.49, not $13.49.
Senate Bill 441 also would allow computer-users to forgo taxes on
the first $25 of monthly Internet access chaiges or on 20 percent of the remainder of data-processing and information services.
Businesses would get breaks, including tax credits for research and development, day-care expenses, after-school programs and job creation.
Franchise tax filing exemptions also are being made available for small businesses reporting less than $ 150,000 in gross annual receipts.
The bill is on the governor’s desk.
Teachers to get pay raise, but local officials still seeking answers
By Heather Tooo
Local teachers and taxpayers will benefit from multibillion-dollar legislation passed by Texas lawmakers Sunday, but fast-grow ing school districts such as Comal Independent School District see little relief in sight.
The legislature approved a $3.8 billion school funding plan that will guarantee Texas school teachers a $3,000 across-the-board pay raise and prov ide some relief in local school property taxes.
Lawmakers approved $ 1.35 billion in property tax cuts after House and Senate education leaders battled over spending more on education or giving deeper tax cuts.
The bill will provide funding for grants to expand kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs, Head Start programs and “second-chance” programs for ninth-graders.
The school property tax cuts were estimated to average 6 cents per $100 property value statew ide, or $60 on a home w ith a taxable value of $100,000.
However, how much the $ 1.35 billion in property tax cuts will cost local school districts in revenue is yet to be seen.
“The cut in tax rates will vary by district,” said Abel Campos, finance director for Comal Independent School District. “From my understanding, the Texas Education Agency is working on the numbers and will tell each district how much their tax rates will go down.”
Campos said the loss in local revenue horn the tax cuts would be offset by a boost in the state's share of education spending and would take some of die burden of school funding off local taxpayers.
“Legislators wanted a lower tax rate to make the state the new funding source. They're not giving additional funding but lowering the tax rate in lieu of additional funds,” Campos said.
ClSD’s 1998 property tax rate was $1.76 per $100 valuation. The district’s 1998-99 budget is $51 million. However, the district’s $1.50 maintenance and operations rate is at the state’s maximum.
Superintendent Ron Reaves of New Braunfels Independent School District said the district still was assessing how the bill would affect the 1999-2000 budget.
“Of course, most of the flowthrough money w ill go to teacher salaries, which w ill make the rest of the budget very tight, and we might have to make some cuts,’’ Reaves said.
However, Reaves said the teacher pay raise - the largest in
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Communities in Schools celebrates another successful year
By Heather Tooo
Classes might be out for the summer, but state legislators, local educators and community members are going back to school Thursday to learn about student success.
Communities in Schools of Comal County, Inc. is sponsoring its fourth annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Canyon Middle School, 2014 Farm-to-Market 1101.
Chris Douglas, CIS director, said the annual luncheon, which costs $5 per person, will serve as both a pep rally for Communities in Schools students and families and an informational session for the community.
“What we want to do is both thank those who have been involved and supported the program and to let others know about the program,” she said. “We usually show some videos and share some successes we’ve had.”
About 200 local residents attend the luncheon each year to hear state lawmakers speak about the role of CIS in the community and to learn more about the services offered by CIS programs.
■ WHO: Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin; Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, local educators and community members
■ WHERE: Canyon Middle School, 2014 Farm-to-Market 1101
■ WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Thursday
■ HOW MUCH: $5 per person
Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, and Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, are
scheduled to speak at Thursday’s luncheon.
“We get very good support from legislators. They usually speak about the problem of youth drop-outs and the nm! to steer children in a positive direction,” she said. “And they work to make sure we get adequate funding.”
C ommunities in Schools is funded in part by monetary donations from community businesses and residents but also receives a share of state funding as a non-profit program for at-nsk students and families.
Special awards are scheduled to be presented to Target Store and Braunfels Fbun-See CISAX