New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 15,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of GEORGE PADIDLA JR
Vol. 142, No 154
Arts & Entertainment.............1B, 2B
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Birthday withes (rom tho HorakhZoltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes tor George Padidla Jr. and happy 31st anniversary to Raymond and Sofia Camarera).
Mexican-American Class of 1974
The New Braunfels Mexican-American graduating class of 1974 is planning a 20-year reunion. The reunion will be held Labor Day weekend. For information, call Johnnie Rodriguez at 625-4920 or 629-2646.
Woman’s Cantor to conduct training
The Comal County Women's Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday,
June 20, at 6 p.m.
The Women’s Center staffs a 24-hour crisis hotline for women who have been battered, abused or sexually assaulted. This hotline is forwarded to your home. Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 620-7520.
Fathers1 Day dance .set
A Fathers' Day dance will be held Saturday, June 18 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Holy Family Church Hall, featuring Ruben Ramos. Tickets are SIO. Call 609-5320 or 620-7678 for information
Republican women to hold picnic
The New Braunfels Republican Women invite the public to their annual picnic, Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Pavilions 4 and 5 at Landa Park. Guest speaker is Ralph Wall. Meal costs S3 for a single, $6 for a couple and $2 for children.
Business After Hours at Schlitterbahn
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours membership mixer, an informal gathering of chamber members sponsored by Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark.
To be held from 5 p.m. to 7 ^.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Sur-fenburg entrance to Schlitterbahn on Union St.
Introduce yourself to the Mystery Member and you may win a cash prize.
Car Wash to bo hold at NIB
The St. Paul Lutheran High School seniors will hold a car wash at the HEB parking lot from IO a rn. to 5 p m. Saturday, June 18.
(The New Bra un/e Ii Herald ZeUung invites Us readers lo submit items to Stammtisch According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammltsch " represents a sitting place for members of the community lo gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you lo share with us )
Bon Voyage Bob
About 75 blonds and supporters turned out for a Bon Voyage party for New Braunfels resident Bob Krueger, who will leave the United States Monday to take his post as U.S. Ambassador to Burundi. The party was held last night at the Forks Store In Conservation Plaza. Above, Krueger la pictured sharing a laugh with Leonard Meyer. Right, his wife, Kathleen Krueger says goodbye to Rosemary Allen. Krueger saki the situation Is not considered stable enough for his wife and children to loin him Immediately, but he expects them to be able to head to the Central African nation soon.
He said he looks forward to helping Burundi create stable democratic institutions, and will try to return to New Braunfels as often as is feasible, although one-way air fare to Burundi Is $2,900.
Herald Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH
5.6 percent budget hike
By CRAIG HAMMETT
New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday approved the S25.562 million budget for 1994-95 presented by the NBISD last week.
The budget represents a little over a SI million increase from the 1993-94 budget.
The average home value in the district as appraised by the county appraisal district and from which the NBISD bases its tax assessments is $62,990, up some $2,000 from last year. With a state-mandated $5,000 exemption, the average taxable value is $57,990.
Figuring the SI.47 tax rate set by the district, the same rate as last year, the average person will pay $852.45 to the NBISD on their taxes, usually the largest portion of the tax bill.
School officials said bills will be sent exit as soon as the end of the week. Taxes shall become dcliquent on Aug I.
NBISD officials have stressed that taxes for 1994-95 arc based on appraisals from the previous year, not the current appraisals. This will not include the average eight percent rise in appraisal value across the county seen this year.
Board President Dick Robinctt said the budget process included weeks of
committee meetings on the part of the board and NBISD officials added that much of the budget work came from the school personnel themselves.
Board Vice-President Leo Chafin said he wanted to make sure the public did not think the district or the board was denying students any programs.
“I just want it known that this board has provided for the students of this district, that they arc not lacking,” said Chafm.
"We have not cut one thing that I’m aw are of without going back and asking what you need,” said Superintendent Charles Bradbury.
Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said the district has to look at different areas w here savings might occur. For example, he said the district would not purchase two additional buses, a sav ings of over S80,000.
‘‘I don’t think we’ll ever be able to supply what every person (school personnel) wants, but we’re going to supply what they need,” he said.
The budget includes a four percent raise for NBISD personnel. Personnel payroll costs it was pointed out, account for the majority, just over 70% of district expenditures.
"There is no tax increase, we’re giving raises and there is a cost increase mainly in the instructional arca and that is where it should be," Bradbury said last week w'hcn presenting the budget
An Appealing Process
Protesting property appraisals at review board hearing is easy, and can get results
By CRAIG HAMMETT
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint'
Papers are shuffled, fingers fly across calculators, computers spit out numbers by the truckload.
All of this and more occur this time of the year in a fairly small room in the Comal County courthouse, this small room where the Comal Appraisal Review Board meets County property owners come here to appeal rises in their property appraisals which many times mean rises in the property taxes They bring their cases before the five-member board in hopes the board will adjust the appraisal.
People like Jim Walker, a homeowner in Northcliff^ who went before the board. He had never appealed an appraisal before but then again, a 66 percent rise on his appraisal will give a person the incentive.
‘‘You just present your side of the story, why you feel the appraisal was unfair,” he said. "I just felt like I could come and tell what happened."
Walker said he wasn’t as nervous once he got started. The board members are regular people, he said, and he thought they were fair, especially since they agreed to send an appraiser out to his property to look at it once again.
lW«'i« here until we hear them all.'
— Curtis Koehler, deputy chief appraiser
Curtis Koehler is the deputy chief appraiser for the Comal Appraisal Dis-trict. He, Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers and members of the staff are present at the appraisal reviews to give reasons why they made their appraisals
"We're here until we hear them all," said Koehler. "About three day's a week through July "
‘You Just present your side of the story, why you feel the appraisal was unfair. I Just felt like I could come and tell what happened.’
— Jim Walker, Northclitfe home owner whose appraisal jumped 66 percent this year
Koehler said a person first comes by the Appraisal Office to protest the appraisal lf this issue is not resolved in that initial office visit, which the majority arc, they can go before the board.
"Many of them are resolved because maybe there was something about the inside of the house we didn’t know about,” said Koehler He said about 1,500 of the 72,000 appraised values were protested, a good average, especially considering average values rose about eight percent.
The APR board includes five residents who are not associated with the Appraisal Office Their job is to hear both sides and make a judgement, a process that usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes The Appraisal Office doesn't deal with taxes, only appraisals While the process is formal, Koehler said they ck) not w ant to discourage people from coming in “That’s where the board comes in,” he said ’They tried to make the people feel comfortable Ifiey listen and try to help them relax.**
Herald Zeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL
Lt. Ftllx Rogue, Lt. John Wommack, Officer Jeffrey Jamison, Sgt. Roger Allen end Chief Dick Headen havo earned matter peace officer certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.
Officers achieve ‘Master’ status
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Five officers at the New BraunU.o Police Department have achieved the highest level of proficiency attainable by a police officer Lt. Felix Roque Jr., Lt John Wommack, Officer Jeffrey Jamison, Sgt Roger Allen and Chief Dick Headon have all earned master peace officer certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement,Standards and Educanon “There arc various levels of proficiency mandated by law to achieve basic certification JJasic certification comes as a result of attending a certified police academy and serving one year There are certain levels of proficiency that can be achieved They are intermediate, advanced, and masters Each level has its own criteria,” said Headen The certifications combine points which are given for attending classes as well as education and experience Twenty hours of classroom cxpcnence or one semester hour of a college class is required to receive one point To achieve master’s certification officers must have qual
ified for an advanced peace officer certificate and meet one of the following scenanos hav e an associates degree and 20 years experience or 60 points and 20 years cxpencnce, have a bachelor’s degree and 15 years experience or 120 points and 15 years experience, have a master’s degree and 12 years experience or 165 points and 12 years expc-nencc, or have a dcxtoral degree arx! 10 years experience or 200 points and IO years experience Combined the five officers hav e 109 years of law enforcement experience with the majority of those years serv ed in New- Braunfels “All of us have seen a lot of changes over the years from the way it was when we first started,” said Headen. “The most remarkable point is seeing the changes lins certification represents that all of these officers have kept up w ith the complexity of law enforcement ”
"This is a real plus for this department, not only because five people have qualified but because we have a lot of officers who are close to it T his department has a high level of tenure, and we have a heavy emphasis on training," he said.Ai Tejano Tornado whips through Texas — See Arts & Entertainment Page 1Bmd -----