New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Tail ag p:< *7Growth: Cl SD trustees must cope with situation
Just the "tip of the iceberg" is the way one developer has described the building activity in the 64-acre Bexar County portion of Comal Independent School District.
Trustees and administrators have been talking with developers of Encino Park subdivision on U.S. 281 and are considering ways to absorb the influx of new students possible in the next few years.
This week, Business Manager Hugo Nowotny informed the board of another development going in across U.S. 281 from Encino Park.
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Nowotny said after checking he found that only a RXL to 150-yard strip along U.S. 281 will be in CISD since the district is based on lines from Spanish land grants. But his concern was aroused by the developer who said the undeveloped area north along the highway soon will be developed by other companies.
The business manager said that some rough figuring yields an estimated 124,185 residence lots if the entire 64 acre area in Bexar County is developed which would mean a school population of 142,811.
The new development, Stone Oak, is estimated to have 72,000 residents and contribute more than $1 billion in taxes to the different authorities within the next five years. It will be a planned community mixing land use including single and multi-family housing and light industry. The development is patterned after Menlow Park in Ca’ifornia and I^as Colinas in Dallas.
For these reasons along with existing problems including the need for additional classrooms and sewage facilities at Smithson
Valley High School, trustees agreed to give Supt. James Richardson a "blank check" for consulting services of the architectural firm of SHWC, Inc., Architects, Engineers, Planners.
That firm, said trustees, has already laid the foundation completing the existing facilities study for the school district last year.
Richardson explained that he certainly appreciates the volunteer services rendered by local architects, but there is a limit to the
amount of time the district can ask them to spend on a project.
The existing facilites study shows that four of the district’s IO schools are already at or near capacity without additional students expected in the coming year.
Not only will the Encino Park and Stone Oak developments be adding to the school district, but there are several smaller developments in the county including the low-income housing behind Frazier Elementary expected to be occupied by this fall.
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Girl Scouts and Brownies are gathered this week at Cypress Bend Park for camping, physical activities, crafts, and just plain old fun. Clockwise from left, young Scouts compete in a trying bout of tug-of war; hopefully the girl's hair band doesn't hold her back. Gymnastics kept another Scout occupied in front of a tent. Learning how to embroider flowers onto cloth is another helpful activity the Scouts participate in.
Coordinator to cost more
In times of inflation, money talks with a loud voice. That voice has left the 22nd and 207th Judicial District courts without a coordinator for th** second time within a year.
Commissioners this week were asked to up the ante by more than $3,000 so it will be possible to find a qualified person to fill the slot left when John Minor returned to Odessa two weeks ago. He returned to the same position he had left to join the courts here in January.
The difference, said 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer, is that Odessa had been unable to fill Minor’s position and finally offered hun a large enough raise he couldn’t resist.
County Auditor H. Bate Bond presented the request to up the .salary to $21,000 This was finally approved with the stipulation that the new
person will not get a pay raise for a year and a half.
Comal’s portion of the pay raise for the remainder of the year will be $669.14 and in 1981 the increase will cost some $982.
The action taken by commissioners will only be valid if Hays and Caldwell counties (which share the two courts as well as the cost for the coordinator’s salary I approve their share of the increase.
The base pay for the position here is $17,964 plus travel expenses. But the going rate in larger counties is more than $23,000. Comal is the only small county in the state to have a court coordinator.
Since court administration is a relatively new field, it is a "seller’s market" in that qualified persons can
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a 23-cent tax rate
valuation and 23 cent rate, the increase would be an additional $47,998, Hulking tile total approximately $104,000.
Clennan said the county added some $35 million in property to the tax rolls this year which does not include the Texas Industries or General Portland cement plants.
A decision on changing the rate was not made since the deadline is not for several more weeks up until two weeks before the meeting of the county’s board of equalization in July.
County Judge Max Womtnack said,
"I think it will be necessary to increase this (tax rate) by three percent,”
"Bul that will depend on what happens with revenue sharing,” said -Precinct 2 Collun. Monroe Wetz. (The county now ret elves more than $150,UUU from revenue sharing. The federal government is still considering elmunating tile program in an effort to balance the budget.)
Wetz added, "I don’t want to make up my mind on 22 cents before we know what the budget will need.”
County property taxes are in transition and will most likely be changing this year.
Comal County commisioners this week looked over figures presented by Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan on changing from the present 27 percent valuation to IOO percent
The present rate is 80 cents based on 27 percent, dennan said this will translate to 22 cents based on the IOO percent valuation which will be mandatory beginning in 1981.
Clennan is recommending commissioners approve the IOO percent figure now and then increase the tax rate from 22 to 23 cents. This can be done without a public hearing since it is a three percent or smaller increase.
The 22 cent tax rate would yield the same taxes to the average homeowner with a $50,000 house. The additional penny would add about $5 to that homeowner’s tax bill from the county.
Proposed figures presented by Clennan show Blat without a change the county will receive an additional $56,011 in taxes because of additions to the tax rolls. With the IOO percentHazards derail projectPlanning commission refuses special permit for retarded facility
Concerned that traffic congestion and a hazardous drainage ditch might endanger the people who would be living in it, Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday turned down a request from an Abilene firm to build a facility for the mentally retarded on North Liberty Avenue.
The motion to deny the special permit for the facility passed 6-0. Members David Hartmann and Jim Goodbread abstained, and Bob Keeh was absent.
Representing BFAM Corp. of
Abilene, local attorney hill Schroeder said the facility would house 14 mentally retarded residents. None would be severely retarded; all would be capable of being educated and trained, he indicated.
The goal would be to allow the residents to live in a home environment and hold down jobs in the community, he indicated. The facility would not be fenced; it would be an open area, Schroeder added.
Although a private corporation would build the facility, funds would come
from the Texas Department of Human Resources, Schroeder said.
Employing IO people, the facility would offer training in personal and social adjustment, living and money management skills, social and group therapy, medical services and other support services required by the Texas Department of Health, he said.
Employees would be hired locally, and the facility would return around $200,000 a year to the community, Schroeder estimated.
However, couumssion members arid
several area residents felt the location—near a hazardous drainage ditch and across the street from I .anda Resort and the Schlitterbahn water slide- wasn’t conducive to a facility for the mentally retarded.
Schroeder indicated those people employed in the community would ride bicycles to and from work and the facility. It’s difficult for people with all their faculties to get through the traffic on a bicycle, one man pointed out.
"liberty is becoming a thoroughfare,” Leonard Meyer, who lives at 274
N. liberty, said. "We’re getting all the traffic from the resorts along there ”
Indicating the drainage ditch needed unprovements, Meyer said, "I think they could find a far better location.”
Hartmann said one person had died after falling into the drainage ditch adjacent to the property. Schroeder said the Abilene firm planned to fence the ditch to prevent this
"It doesn’t look Uke a particularly good site,” member l.ydon GiUnan said.
Finding a location for a facility such as this is always difficult, Schroeder said. Many people are reluctant to sell their property knowing it will be used for this purpose, he explained.
Hartinaiui told Schroeder he had the right to appeal the denial to City Council. Indicating tile state had placed a moratorium on new construction of these faculties effective May 26 (after the special permit had been applied for), Schroeder said, “It’s a dead issue now It will not be brought up again.”