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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPYNew Braunfels FRIDAY June 8, 2001 24 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 seed*Herald-Zeitung r-'...........— ------- I; . ...... TT.-,-rjr,T-11-: .. I--; ■J ZZ? ----- -- —■ ■■ 'rf -.....■».—"" ;1 1 " i * mm Vol. 150, No. 179 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents - The check’s in the mail Internal Revenue Service paying money back to taxpayers By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Money — it is coming to a mailbox near you, courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS is set to give six million Texans $2.58 billion dollars in advance payments later this summer under a new tax law passed by Congress and signed into law Thursday by President Bush. Bush signs tax cut into law/9A Answers to questions about checks/9A The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 directs the U.S. Treasury Department to send checks to most income taxpayers this year, giving them an advance payment of a 2001 tax credit. The law is part of a 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut. Taxpayers will learn by mid-July how much they will receive, IRS spokesman Ted Reis said. The agency will send a letter describing the check amount and the week it will be sent. The agency also will send letters to taxpayers not eligible for the advance payments. “Don’t call us, we’re going to inform you,” Reis said. Individuals who had a federal income tax liability for 2000 and who could not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return are eligible for a 2001 advance payment this year. A liability is if your tax was greater than the amount of nonrefundable credits, such as the child tax credit, education credits or child care credit. Those who did not have an income tax liability, as well as nonresident aliens and those who could be CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Judy Rorer consults with her tax agent Ken Archibald Thursday at H&R Block on Landa Street. Congress passed a 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut that could change the taxes some people pay in the future. Coming Soon Checks will be mailed by a schedule according to the last two digits of your Social Security number from mid- July through mid September. 00-09........... .....July 23 10-19............ .....July 30 20-29........... ......Aug. 6 30-39............ ....Aug. 13 40-49............ ....Aug. 20 50-59............ . ..Aug. 27 60-69............ .....Sept. 3 70-79............ ...Sept. 10 80-89............ ...Sept. 17 90-99............ Sept. 24 "Tax. Wanning, & PRM" I KH GuiiM & Smithson Valley Rangers fall to the Fort Worth Western Hills Cougars/1 B April crime statistics show drop in vehicle burglaries City official: Year-to-date figures a ‘mixed bag’ claimed as dependents, are not eligible for the payments. Single taxpayers who paid taxes for 2000 could receive up to $300. Heads of households could get up to $500, and married cou- CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Ron McCrory talks with a customer Thursday at H&R Block and holds a booklet, which tax firms received in the mail this week, highlighting the tax cut plan recently approved by Congress. The booklet answers some questions about the plan until a more official book is sent out. pies could receive up to person’s taxable income $600.    shown    on    the    2000 The actual payment works out to 5 percent of a    See    CHECKS/9A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels crime statistics for April show a 7 percent reduction in crime and a nearly 60 percent dive in vehicle burglaries. But the city took a heavy hit in crime early in 2000, and for the first quarter of this year, the statistics are sort of a mixed bag, a city official said. Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager and a Safe City Commission member, called the April figures for the city “very encouraging.” “When you look at the month of April, the crime rate is down 7 percent. Most noteworthy is a 28 percent decrease in burglaries,” Ferguson said. Especially promising about the April figures is that April is usually a kind of kick-off month for the summer season in terms of vehicle burglaries. More folks are in town for recreation — and more locals are out and about. “Unfortunately in this day and age, the days of being able to leave your car parked on the corner with the window rolled down and go in and say hello to someone are non-existent. It’s unfortunate, but you can no longer do that,” Ferguson said. This year, 21 vehicle burglaries were reported in April, compared to 51 in April 2000. This year, April’s vehicle burglary total was the lowest it has been since 1997. “That’s very encouraging — especially after the fast start we had this year,” Ferguson said. “I think one of the things people need to realize is the crime of motor vehicle burglary is one of the most preventable crimes around. Roll up your windows, lock your doors, take your keys and keep valuables out of plain view.” In the year to date, Ferguson said the city has not fared quite as well, although he cautioned against drawing a hasty conclusion that crime is on an upswing. The best year-to-date figures to compute with are the annual See CRIME/11A Elderly man dies in two-vehicle wreck CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Bobby G. Brower, 73, of McQueeney, died in this two-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon on Farm-to-Market Road 725. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 73-year-old McQueeney man died Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision on Farm-to-Market Road 725. Officials at the Department of Public Safety office in San Antonio identified the deceased man as Bobby G. Brower. Investigators said the accident occurred at 1:30 p.m. when a northbound pickup driven by Christopher R. Medina, 31, of New Braunfels, crossed the center line and struck a southbound Mercedes driven by Jimmy R. Mitchell, 68, of McQueeney. Brower, who was a passenger in the Mercedes, was killed instantly in the crash. Blenda Seitz was near the scene just south of the New Braunfels city limits when the accident occurred. Seitz was in her car at FM 725 on Lakeside Pass, waiting to turn toward New Braunfels, when Medina drove by, she said. “I was stopped at the stop sign. I saw him coming and let him pass me,” Seitz said. “I looked back (south) and then looked up the road. I don’t know what happened. He came across the line. I don’t know if he was trying to avoid them or what. All I could see was smoke.” Seitz parked her vehicle and ran to the two vehicles.Medina, she said, was conscious. In the Mercedes, she said, things were much worse. The passenger, Brower, wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, she said. “His head was all the way over, his eyes were open, his pupils were fixed and dilated,” she said. The driver, Mitchell, who had suffered major chest injuries from the steering wheel, was conscious, she said. He was trying to get out of the car, Seitz said. See WRECK/11 A Subdivision committee seeking help from specialist By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The volunteer committee examining New Braunfels’ tubdivision ordinances now leeds the help of a specialist, ommittee chairman Mike Dorris told the planning com-nission at Tuesday night’s fleeting. The commission approved he committee’s recommen-ation to ask council to hire a onsultant. “We’ve come a long way, and we’ve done a lot of work,” Norris said. “But we’re to the point now where we need some help bringing it all together and putting something in writing.” Norris told the commission that the group was unsure of what kind of expert would help — that possibly a group of experts would be the best choice because the subdivision ordinance covers so many different areas. “What we discovered when we started the process is that all the ordinances tie in together,” he said. “The subdivision ordinance is connected to zoning, to drainage to sidewalks. It’s all connected. So it’s an enormous undertaking.” The subdivision ordinance committee grew from an adhoc group designed by council member Robert Kendrick to look into creating an ordinance to Emit the amount of impervious cover in the city. After discussing that issue, the group realized that it must change the city’s subdivision ordinance. “Limiting impervious cover does really positive things,” Kendrick said. “It reduces flooding; it helps the recharge zone (for the Edwards Aquifer). It’s a good idea. And changing the subdivision ordinance to allow enough flexibility to develop different ideas came out of that single idea.” The subdivision ordinance committee has been meeting for months, asking professionals from different areas — including the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and a group of professional engi-See COMMITTEE/11 AInside Abby.................. .............7 A Classifieds............ ..........4-12B Comics................ ............10A Crossword.......... ..............7A Forum.................. ..............6A Local/Metro......... ..............4A Movies.................. ...............7A Obituaries............ ..............3A Sports................. ..........1-3B Today................... ..............2A Key Code 76 ^r'vrx > ...... ;