New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYMore changes coming for Landa Park Golf Course — See Page 6.
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14 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday, June 7,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KRISTIE GRACE
Vol. 143, No 148
inside | NBISD board eyes $1.5 million budget hike
Editorial...........................................4 I DEN|Se DZIUK
Arts & Entertainment......................5 ■ Staff Writer
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District has formed a preliminary budget and the NBISD Board of Trustees must now decide what to do with the Birthday wishes from I extra revenue they expect for the 1995-ths Herald-Zeitung! 96 school year
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Ute New Braunfels Herald- tendent of Finance, said there is a
Ze,mgextends birthday wishes ..problem» with the budget for the
toEnc Watson, Kristie Grace upcoming year. He said the revenue
(21 years), Susan Leifeste(16 is larger than the expenditures.
years), Kerf Uifcste, Pablo Tre- ..We now have # choice t0 make
jo, Annie Valverde, Robie Gar- We need to decide whether to redis-
cm, Markle Guerrero, Janie S. tribute that money or to lower the tax-
Moreno, Jean Holder, Travis es,” said Curtis.
Ploch, and Lillian Gonzales 18 The $, 25 000 excess revenue js
years). Happy belated birthday expected despite sizable increases in
to Johnny William, James expenditures since last year.
Pierce (18 years), and Robert xhe distrjct js consjdering a pro-
Garcia sr. Happy 20th Miniver- d J27 5 bud , from
sary to Jeff and Denise Nund. | about $26 million this year. Curtis said
the biggest spending increase in the River information I propsed budget would be about
Proposed budget would keep tax rate about the same despite more spending for teachers and bond payments
$800,000 to pay for a four percent across the board pay increase for teachers. About $500,000 will be needed for bond payments for the building program approved in the December 1994 bond election. The third area of increased spending would be hiring additional teachers to deal with growth in the district.
Curtis said the school district will probably keep very close to the current $ 1.47 tax rate. He said the rate for maintenance and operations will likely drop a little, but the debt service tax will increase. The owner of a home with a taxable value of $50,000 paid $735 in NBISD taxes this year.
Curtis said the district will have to get information about the effective tax rate from the Comal County Appraisal District before he knows what tax rate
would be needed to fund the proposed budget. «
“You can almost reduce everything as low as possible and still be in a bind," said Curtis.
Curtis said the board has several options on what to do with the $125,000 in unbudgeted revenue. He said one option is to go back and add some of the purchase requests that were taken out of the budget during planning stages.
He said another option is to designate the money for a special savings which can then be used at the end of the year to pay for unexpected expenses. He said that if there is still money left over, it can then be redistributed. Curtis said a final option is to lower the tax rate.
However, Charles Birdberry, Super
intendent for NBISD, said the amount of federal funds received could actually be less than is currently expected due to low attendance. He said the permanent school fund distributes money to the schools based on their average daily attendance. He said if a bad virus gets into the school and lasts several weeks, attendance could drop drastically, taking with it federal revenue.
Curtis also said the amount of federal money received is also based on local effort. He said this means lowering the taxes could also reduce the amount of federal funds received.
Bette Spain, Board Trustee, said she felt it would be wiser to leave the budget alone and make adjustments toward the end of the year if they are needed.
“That way, we’re protected from a shortfall and if we have money left,
we’ll figure out how to distribute it later,” she said.
Birdberry said another option is to use the money to purchase computers and improve the technology in the schools. However, he said he did not like the idea of spending tax money to buy computers. He said he would like the board to consider developing a technological development plan that would allow employees to invest savings up to $400,000 to pay for advanced technology.
“I think it would be a wonderful way for us to move forward technology wise in our district without having to ask for more taxes,” said Birdberry.
However, he said that before such a program could be implemented, an extensive plan would need to be developed and approved by the board.
Curtis said a hearing will be held to discuss the tax rate. After this, a budget meeting will be held and a final budget will be approved near the last week in June.
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, up 10 cfs.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.86, feet, same as yesterday.
Guadalupe River — 581 cfs
District I Town Meeting today
County Commissioner Cristina Zamora and City Councilman Juan Luis Martinez invite the public to a District 1 Town Meeting at 7 p.m. June 7 at the council chambers in the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten.
Topics to be discussed include streets and drainage, public health, San Antonio College, veteran affairs and more.
Concert in the Park
The annual Concert in the Park series continues Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Landa Park Shell. Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available. Individuals are urged to bring “lawn chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, children and friends to Landa Park.
This week's performer is country and rock band Grapes of Wrath. *
No glass containers are allowed in the park. Rained-out concerts may not be rescheduled.
Lioness Club installs officers
The New Braunfels Lioness Club will install its new officers at a banquet at the Holiday Inn banquet room, June 12 at 6 p.m.
Rummage sale donations needed
First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets, will hold a rummage sale Saturday, June 10 from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center. All donations of sale items accepted. Deliver to FPO Seele Parish or call 609-7729 ext. 26 to schedule pickup of * large items.
American QI Forum group moots
New Braunfels Forum 1014-F of American GI Forum meets every second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Home #179, 410 W. Coll. Elections Thursday, June 8. Public invited.
Oarage and baka sale Saturday
The George A. Garcia VFW Post 11050 Ladies Auxiliary is having a garage and bake sale on Saturday, June 10 at Perfection Automotive, 324 Paradise Alley, from 8 a m. to 3 p.m.
Crowd sparse at county judge forum
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel gave a party last night at Lone Star Elementary and nobody came. She scheduled the public forum in response to charges that county government had been “unresponsive” to the needs of the Hispanic community. Four people attended the forum, and they came from other parts of the city.
Casteel will try another public forum at Lone Star school in a couple of weeks, she said. She’ll try scheduling the next forum on another night of the week. “I will try to make sure that it’s well publicized,” she said.
Casteel outlined a new plan to beef up security in the county offices without squelching public access — beepers. Workers in the courthouse and county offices keep in touch with building security via pagers. If an emergency arises, a worker pages the security officers and they know from the beeper code exactly where in the building they need to go, Casteel said.
At the end of last year, the county had about $700,000 still unspent, she said.. “That’s good management by department heads,” she said. “Your county is really healthy,” Casteel quoted a financial advisor as saying. “You arc in as good of shape as any county in the state of Texas.”
“New Braunfels is growing; Comal County is grow
ing,” Casteel said. “I imagine we’re about 55,000 in Comal County by now.” Explosive growth in the county is still of major concern to commissioners court, she said. “We’re giving two septic permits a day,” Casteel said. “That means two homes completed a day.” Delivering utilities and other services to outlying portions of the county will challenge county government in the near future, she said.
A lower effective tax rate is one probable benefit of growth. The tax rate for next year won’t be firm until the budget is finished, but the effective tax rate should go down, Casteel said. “The effective tax rate is the amount that will give the county the same total amount as it had last year, barring a tax increase,” she said. If the same amount is split between more homes and businesses, that means a lower effective tax rate for each homc-pwner.
“Cities and counties can cooperate, and it’s in die best interest of the taxpayers that they do,” Casteel said. Cooperative city/county projects are another high priority, she said.
The Faust Street Bridge is one area where city and county can work together, she said. The county budgeted money last year to match a grant to fix up the bridge. The actual foundation sits on city property, Casteel said, so some sort of city/county cooperation will likely be needed to make the project a reality, she said.
Sesquicentennial souvenir sales benefit 4-H
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Sesquicentennial souvenir hunters — add another prize catch to your quarry. One hundred forty numbered miniature ceramic replicas of the Ferdinand Lindheimer house are back on sale. Every bit of the proceeds benefits the 4-H scholarship fund.
The Comal County Homemakers, formerly the 4-H Extension, came up with the idea for the little statues in 1987, Treasurer Sarah Pierson said. The process from start to finish took about two years. Original artwork was done by a San Antonio artist.
Nationally certified artisan Marie Burk oversaw production from start to finish. When the last figure was finished in 1989 they broke the mold and had a party', Pierson said.
Replica of the Lindheimer house.
The Homemakers chose to reproduce the Lindheimer house for several reasons, Pierson said. Lindheimer himself made many and var
ied contributions to the community, from his work as a naturalist to founding the New Braunfels Zeitung. The house was a home to Lindheimer descendants into the 1950s, and is restored to almost its original form, she said. Each figure is individually numbered. Buyers may request a particular number that has personal significance if they like, Pierson said — except for number 200. That statue will be raffled off on Lindheimer’s 200th birthday in the year 2001.
Each statue can be had - IOO percent of which is a donation to the 4-H scholarship fund. For information or to purchase a statue, call 620-3440.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cindy Lunsford uses her tube for a nap instead of for floating down the Comal River yesterday at Hinman Island Park.
Fire museum opens Saturday with parade
The New Braunfels Fire Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday with a parade at 10 a.m.
The parade will begin at the comer of Gilbert and San Antonio streets and will end at the museum.
Following the parade will be the dedi
cation and opening of the museum at located on the bottom floor of Fire Station No. I at 169 S. Hill.
Activities will conclude with the barbecue sausage dinner at the Central Fire Station. Plates will be served between 11 a m. and 2 p m.
It’s off to the races this Saturday—armadillo races that is
By DENISE DZIUK
Racing will be in New Braunfels Saturday. However, instead of the jockeys being on top of a horse, they will be behind an armadillo blowing on its tail.
Put on Your Armor Foundation, a national nonprofit organization aimed at fighting drug use is having its annual armadillo race “FUN’Vais-er on June IO at Conservation Plaza to help raise money for the drug prevention program.
“We want to emphasize that people can come watch the races for free. You don’t have to spend money to have fun,” said Jim Schmidt, also known as “Armadillo” Jim who is president of the foundation.
Schmidt said the armadillos are then given a name and raced from 2 to 8 p.m. He said admission to watch the races is free and concessions will be available to purchase. He said there will be music, several clowns, armadillo rangers, and plenty of armadillos.
Schmidt said this is a chance for the foundation to give something back to the community. He said few people have even actually seen an armadillo and this gives them an opportunity to see them, touch them, and race them. He said between races for sponsors, the children will race and the winners will get gold armadillo pins. He said the foundation is able to show the kids they can “have fun without drugs.”
Schmidt said a bigger benefit is that there will between five and ten individuals fulfilling com
munity service requirements by volunteering at the derby. He said many of these young people have gotten into trouble with the law due to drugs, alcohol, or violence. Schmidt said they will be able to send the foundation’s message to them as well.
“They’ll see what we do. We will sort of minister to them and we think it will make an impression on them,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said the races will begin at 2 p.m. and finals will be at 7:30 p.m. He said trophies will be given to the first, second, and third place winners as well as to the sponsor with the most creative name for the armadillo.
“It’s all planting seeds to let kids know ‘real cowboys don’t do drugs’ and to show them how to have fun without the other things,” he said.
Schmidt said individuals, business, and various groups can make a donation of $50, which sponsors an armadillo and purchases two tickets to the fajita dinner. The sponsor has the option of being the jockey or having a child be the jockey. The donation is tax deductible. Tickets for the fajita dinner are $5 and can be purchased at Henne Hardware, Kwik Kopy, Landa Pharmacy, and Librado’s.
Individuals or businesses wanting to make a donation or sponsor an armadillo can call 210-629-4980 for more information.
Schmidt said regardless if people can make a donation, he would like to see them at the races
“It doesn’t cost anything to have fun. Just come watch and show these kids you don’t need drugs. That’s what we’re trying to do,” he said.
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