New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 5,1997Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Joan Hooves
Vol. 145, No. 146
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Joan Reeves, Madison and Morgan Gonzales (I year old), Carolyn Shoemake, Mary Snyder, Gaila Wheeler, Wendy Castleberry, Dennia Kymes-Ruhmann (17 years old), Annie Valverde (15 years old), Kenneth Roy Seidel Jr. and Jason Morales and belated birthday wishes to Julian Morales, Devin Gonzales and Matt Cruz.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 278 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.20 feet above sea level, down 02 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,021 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 961 Canyon Lake level — 910.33 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) See Heads Up for more on the weekend release levels
Maw Braunfels Utilities NSU reports pumping 6 556 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 1.351 million gallons of well water were used.
Thunderstorms may creep into local skies
A slim chance for rain or thundershowers exists today and Friday. The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms. The high will be near 90 degrees with winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thundershowers The low will be near 70.
Friday will be a little bit cooler with a high in the upper 80's. It will be patly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thundershowers with the low in the 70 s.
Reduce your driving on Clone action day
Today is another ozone action day for the San Antonio area, including Comal County
During ozone action days people are encouraged to reduce driving by taking advantage of carpools, avoiding refueling of vehicles until after 6 p.m. and not use small engines such as lawn mowers and edgers until after 6 p.m.
Other tips to make the air cleaner include taking public transportation or mass transit to work or school, taking lunch to work or school, combining errands on one trip, avoiding drive-through lanes and not topping off gas tanks
Canyon release will be cut to 700 cfs
Releases from Canyon Dam were decreased at midday Wednesday from 1,600 cubic feet per second to 1,000 cfs. Inflow into Canyon Lake was 1,019 cfs and the elevation of the lake was 910.39 feet.
A spokesman for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers said the discharge level will be reduced at 5 p.m. Friday to 700 cfs for weekend recreational activities on the river.Taxing entities: Property tax bill could raise tax rates
By DENISE DZIUK
A bill sitting on the governor’s desk waiting for his signature could lower tax bills, create inequity among homeowners and increase tax rates all in one stroke, according to officials in the various taxing entities.
The legislation would cap property appraisal increases on residential homesteads at IO percent per year. In addition, homeowners would be able to defer the increases at 5 percent each
year, which means a homeowner could opt to pay half of a IO percent increase and defer the remaining portion to the following
NBISD eyes budget —
“The people of Texas work very hard to purchase a home,” Rep. Paul J. Hilbert, R-Spring, said in a prepared statement. “I feel we need to give homeowners as many options as possible.”
Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser with Comal County Appraisal District, said he had not seen the bill. However, he said it sounded like it could create inequity among homeowners. For example, a resident could build a house this year. With an appraisal cap, market value could increase at a rate higher than the appraised value. Rodgers said this means someone else could build the exact same home three years later and pay more in taxes because it would go on the tax roll at the true market val-Tum to Property tax, Page 2
Property laxpayersHiH of fiugnts|
■ Alo percent annual cap on appraisal increases oai|piiiMi homesteads.
■ A 6 percent optional cap on appraisal increases.
■ Senior citizens who receive a school tax freeze on their residence would take the freeze with them if they move.
■ Increased penalties for fraudulent property tax exemptions.
■ Simplification of the appeals process btanoarchzanon or mass appraisals ,
■ Appraisal board accountably.
■ Public hearings on any tax levy increase.
By ABE LEVY
An informal recommendation by the Library Advisory Board to name the the city’s new library New Braunfels Public Library has drawn criticism from a local group that wants it to retain the title of Dittlinger Memorial Library.
The city is in the process of building a new library on Common Street across from Comal County Fair Grounds. The project is estimated at S3 million, funded by revenue from a half-cent sales tax.
Some private donations are expected to be used for the project, but city officials said they did not know how much at this time.
Library board members said the new facility should reflect its location and its largest benefactor: tax payers.
But Tom Purdum, former president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and a current member of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, has compiled an informal petition of 176 signatures in support of keeping the old name.
Purdum said the new name would “sterilize” the community and discourage initiatives to honor community benefactors.
“When they start taking away things that reflect the traditions of this community, I think that’s a mistake,” he said. “There’s a broad cross-section of the community (in the petition). I don’t think the library board is reflecting the community on behalf of Dittlinger Memorial Library. The (board) is perhaps a little out of touch with the rest of the community.”
City-owned parks such as Eikel Park and Prince Solms Park were purchased w ith public tax money but still retained titles that reflected local heritage, he said.
“Why can’t we let the character of this community continue to be unique and interesting?” Purdum wrote in a letter to City
On the books
New Braunfels has had two facilities used as libraries and one planned for completion in about a year and a half:
■ The Emmie Seele Faust building - A 1,200-square-foot building that cost $7,500 to construct and was paid for by Emmie Seele Faust in 1938.
■ The Dittlinger Memorial Library - The current library building that cost a total of $246,528. The Bruno Dittlinger/Alfred and Franziska Liebscher families donated $80,000, the city a total of $66,528 and the federal government $100,000 through a matching grant from the Texas State Library.
■ The new library on Common Street - The cost is estimated at $3 million mostly paid for through revenue from the half-cent sales tax.
Council. “Why can’t we honor those who wish to share their wealth w ith the entire community and not strip away their recognition because we have added to their gift?”
But library board members said New Braunfels citizens would be paying for the new library for the next 20 years through sales taxes and deserve their own title.
“It isn’t that we want to push back everyone from the past,” said board member Ann Muschalek. “This library is being funded by the tax payers of New Braunfels. I don’t see why this needs to be a controversy.”
Board members also said once Dittlinger Memorial Library building was completed in 1969, it was not assigned the name of the former library , the Emmie Seele Faust Library , which was paid for entirely by a $7,500
Turn to Library, Page 2
Local students perform well on TAAS
Comal, NBISD schools track state results
By DENISE DZIUK
Local scores on the exit level Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test tracked student performance statewide, showing noticeable improvements.
Comal Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Carol Hall said districtwide, scores went up 2 percent in reading, 8 percent in writing and IO percent in math. She said the gains were impressive. In addition, every senior passed the FAAS test, which is required for graduation, school officials said.
“Any time we can get in the 90 percent passing, that’s what we’re trying for,” Hall said. “We’ve made great strides over time.” In the New Braunfels Independent School District, scores increased for a
NBHS CHS SVHS State Reading 88 90 93 86
Math 74 77 77 72
Writing 88 92 90 88
Figures represent percentage passing rates on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test.
(Sources: New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD)
fourth year, keeping local scores above the state benchmark, said NBISD Executive Director of Education Services Karen Simpson. She said the district is “very pleased with the steady gains.” However, more impressive than the gains was the number of students earning academic recognition, she said.
To be recognized, the students must answer 95 percent of the questions correctly and receive a score of 4 on the writing portion. Simpson said the number of students being recognized nearly doubled,
both in the individual categones and overall.
“Not only do we have more kids meeting the level of passing, we have more meeting the level for recognition,” she said.
Although math scores are the lowest, both Simpson and Hall said it was not reason for alarm. Hall said CISD math scores had increased by more than 20 percent in four years, and that was encouraging. Simpson said that although she would like to see math scores higher, the scores were not a surprise.
“It would concern me a lot if it weren’t statewide,” she said. “It’s something the entire state is facing.”
However, she added that results in lower grades show marked improvement on the math portion of the test, and that success will be transferred to the high school level over time. The actual scores have not yet been released by the district.
Statewide, public school children in grades three through eight and IO improved Turn to TAAS, Page 2
library name change draws opposition
Laying down the line
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Virginia Holden lays down the lines before Wednesday night’a softball gamea at Comal Park. The lines have to be laid down nearly every day during the week.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
National Football League greata Earl Campbell and Lawrence Sampson talk to th# area preea Wednesday afternoon about a July 4th avant at Saengerhaile that will rales money for scholarships.
Campbell helps former Seguin star raise funds
By ABE LEVY
In an effort to give back to the community from which he came , former NFL tight-end and star athlete at Seguin High School, Lawrence Sampson announced plans to raise money for his own scholarship foundation Wednesday.
Sampleton, who played for five years in the pros with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins, announced his plans at a press conference at the Watering Hole. He was joined by longtime friend Earl Campbell, NFL Hall of Famer from Tyler.
“This is one way I want to start to give back to the community I grew up
in,” Sampleton said. “I grew up in the Seguin area and grew up a certain way economically and socially, and I can relate to a lot of the kids that are going through some of the things I’ve been through.”
The foundation will benefit children who have excelled athletically and academically in the local area, but the details of how that money will be administered have nix been determined yet, he said.
The money could be used for scholarships, youth leagues and camps, park improvements and other youth-related activities, he said.
Right now the focus is on raising money through corporate sponsorships and other donations and through a July
Fourth festival at Saengerhaile, 187 B Saengerhaile Road oft' Texas 46.
The event will include live music, an Earl Campbell sausage cook-off and a celebnty volleyball tournament with appearances by Johnny Moore, a former San Antonio Spur and UT Longhorn, and Ovie Dotson, a former Harlem Globetrotter.
Campbell gave words of wisdom to Sampleton during the announcement.
“I think he’s going to be surprised about the number of people that are going to show up,” Campbell said. “Sampleton is a real good man, and he wants to do what’s right. I think if he tries to be consistent with it, I think Turn to Campbell, Page 2Chris Wall, Gary P. Nunn to perform at birthday bash. See Page 7