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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas —Spinks stops Cooney, Page 5 / Help from the Kremlin?, Page 6 % :*• •v * :S; £ '.V New Braunfels /iV New Braunfels, Texas *1 Tuesday June 16/ 1987 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pagesij: Stammtisch ■ • I Residents and tourists alike will enjoy browsing Art on the Plaza Saturday, providing it doesn’t rain, from IO a rn to 5 p m in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot lf it (toes rain < keep your fingers crossed the event will take place .June 20 New Braunfels Art League tm jmbers will have their art work set up for a show and sale and will be demonstrating their talents for (fee passersby. Arts works will include oil, watercolor and pastel paintings and graphite drawings airing with ceramics There will be no admission charge The We I^)ve Dance committee raising money to send a group of (lancers from New Braunfels Dance Studio to national competition at Caeser s Palace in glitzy Las Vegas is hosting a fund raising GIANT rummage sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday from H to 5 each day Among the items already pledged (or the sale are hot tub. household Items clothing, and televisions Fund drive workers also say the re Cent benefit dance was a huge sue cess Once again, the hours for the New Braunfels Area Humane Society animal shelter on Kuehler Avenue are Monday, IO to 5. Tuesday, IO to I Wednesday IO to 4 Thursday, noon to 5; Friday, IO to 4 Saturday, IO to 4. it’s closed on Sunday The Save the Fireworks commit tee Monday accepted a generous $500 contribution from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce to help pay for the Fourth of July extravaganza That amount will be matched by the W'urstfest Association, probably today The Jaycees have exceeded the goal of $:u.OOO and any more money raised will go into an interest accruing account so that next year, the group will have a base from which to start New Braunfels folks are truly generous Harold's hosting an open house on June 28 from 2 to 4 p m at the brand spanking new, well almost, Herald-Zettung offices at 707 Landa Many regular visitors have already seen the new quarters, but this open house is a special time for anyone else interested in seeing how the old Skate Skelter looks now to come in and browse and for the regulars to walk around in all the other departments So. ya’ll come on by. .. In that vein. the Herald will be publishing a special section devoted to the new building and employees to give the public the layout of the new building and allow Harold to blow his own horn That section will be included in the June 26 edition of your hometown daily newspaper It s finally summertime and the living is easy Today ’s the day for porch sitting or pool splashing as highs reach the mid-90s with southeast breezes near IO mph Tonight will be mostly clear with a low in the mid 70s and light winds More of the same glorious summer weather is in store for Wednesday Thursday through Saturday will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of mostly afternoon and evening showers Days will be hot and humid, just like summer ought to be. and nights will be in the mid 70s Th* Menu CLASSIFIED.........10-13 COMICS................8’ CROSSWORD............3 DEAR ABBY. ..........IO OPINIONS...............* SPORTS..................5 Boat, RV taxes present options for jurisdictions Pleasure craft like these are the subject of a state-allowed exemption that presents local taxing entities with a decision of whether it is worthwhile to levy taxes against them and recreational vehicles. (Staff Photo) Commissioners accept bid for sale of landfill By TRAVIS E POLING Correspondent Comal County commissioners Monday agreed to accept the best bid for the sale of the City County Landfill In their regular morning meeting, commissioners briefly discussed the sale of the landfill and its particulars They decided to keep the landfill board intact during the management transition of the sanitary' facility to enable the county and city to take care of outstanding debts and other unfinished business Pct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo ’ Yankee’’ Camarillo expressed concern over what what was to become of the current landfill employees once Waste Management Inc took over operations Waste Management represen tatives have said they will give the employees the opportunity to stay provided they meet company requirements A meeting of the City County Landfill Board is set for Wednesday at 8: :w a rn to discuss the disposition of surplus equipment, employees, and closing of the sale The final contract’s approval of the landfill sale by commissioners' court and the city is targeted for July 15 Set for the next regular meeting's agenda are discussion and approval of right-of-way aquisition for Bulverde Road to improve the road and make it safe for the heavy traffic on the dangerous stretch between Bulverde and the telephone company building County Road Department supervisor Mac McCoy said there have been *20 accidents on that two-mile stretch of road and suggested the county obtain the services of an appraiser to give values to the property to be obtained by the county. McCoy also recommended quick action in that problem area before more accidents occur Illegal subdivisions once again were an issue when County Sanitarian David Luke brought requests for variances from several property owners The variances which can only be obtained from the commissioners, are needed in order to receive a permit to install a septic system on property located within an illegal subdivision Three variances were approved by the commissioners in Guadalupe Hills Cypress Lake Gardens and Big Sky Ranchettes Pct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs said he wants to set an agenda item to address the setting of a deadline on granting variances to landowners in illegal subdivisions Pct I Commissioner J L ’Jumbo Evans noted that former County Judge Alvin Welch informed the developers to comply with regulations in 1968 Twenty years later and we re still asking them to file he said County Judge Fred Clark concurred, saying, ’from a legal standpoint they all knew what they were doing See COUNTY. Page 2CAD tax collection proposal irritation for Bond, Clennan The goal of cost-effective public business looks more and more like private competition with comments last week by two county officials An informational letter from Comal Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes drew criticism from County Auditor Bate Bond, who also serves as the county’s representative to the appraisal district board of directors, and Gloria Clennan. county tax assessor collector The proposal, on appraisal district stationary and dated June 3. offered Rhodes breakdown of costs and savings should the appraisal district take over tax collection duties Bond told commissioners Monday morning that he was See COMPETE Page 2 By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Owners of the more than S3 million worth of boats in Comal County now are exempt from paying taxes on those craft barring action by local taxing jurisdictions While a new state law allows the boats be exempt from taxation, local entities have the authority to con tmue taxing boats, said Comal Coun ty Central Appraisal District of ficials ’’ Boats bring in taxes to the tune of a little more than $3 million worth of property value in the coun ty.” said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes “They can still be taxed but it re quires the taxing entities to pass a resolution say ing they will tax them I will have to take the boats off the roll unless they tell me not to ’ Rhodes said Local taxing entities will be responsible for reimbursing CAD for the cost of appraising boats if those any entity decides to continuing tax mg boats The new law could mean a reduc tion of S3 u million to the total tax able value within Comal County The N^w Braunfels ISO could lose $1 Off million worth of taxable value. Com- CISD officials discussing closing district tax office By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Comal ISD officials Monday discussed “phasing out’’ the school district’s existing tax office and using either the Comal County Central Appraisal District or Comal County offices to collect taxes CISD Superintendent Bill Brown told the district s board of trustees Monday “we feel like it would cut at least 1175,000’’ by using an alternative collection agency E W Neuse Jr . CISD’s tax assessor collector, will be retiring this year and this is the time to consider a change, Brown said The superintendent said he has requested proposals from the two offices, but so far has not yet received formal proposals He added that he and other CISD officials have several questions about the services CAD or county offices could offer “We just want to know what they can do for us,” Brown said He added that he expects to have definite answers about what the CAD can offer later this month CISD will not be able to change its collection agency for at least a year because of prior commitments, he said Trustee Carter Casteel said the existing tax office has done an excellent job of collecting delinquent taxes and that whatever decision is made, maintaining a high percentage of collections should remain a priority Fat Fox, CAD’s deputy chief appraiser said earlier today that the proposal from the appraisal district is strict ly preliminary and should not be considered a formal pfo al LSD could lose $2 56 million in values and the city o* New Braunfels could lose $88'- 886 in property value according to ( AD information “They taxing entities have all been taxing boats Boats have never been exempt prior to thus said Pat Fox. CAD’s deputy chief appraiser ’ By law we must remove those properties from the rolls But if a taxing jurisdiction notifies us they can continue to tax them she added Fox said taxing entities have until July 15 to notify CAD if they want to continue taxing boats If so. that enti tv must pass a resolution requiring taxes be collected on boats and the in dividual jurisdiction must reimburse CAD for the expense of appraising those boats Bill Brown CIsD superintendent said that he has just received notice about the new law “The board has to act It we don’t do anything, boats are dropped from the tax roll he said Brown added that deleting boats from the tax roll, considering the tax remains the same would mean a loss to the school district of about $24 (JOO That s about one teacher if you w ant to look at it that w ay he said See BOATS Rage 2 New Braunfels’ economy level April’s sales tax receipts increase slightly for 1987 By DAVID MAY Staff Writer Sales tax receipts for April comprising New Braunfels' share of the revenues show a slight increase over the same period last year, although overall receipts are down from 1986 The June check, which reflects April spending, totaled $126,467 49, which was about $4,800 more than returned last June. New Braunfels has received only $860,673.25 in the first six months of 987. which is off $60,000 from the same period last year. Garden Ridge, the only other city that employs the I-cent levy, did not receive a June check, leaving the total returns thus far in Comal County at $864.404 14 for the year which is off 6.43 percent from the same period last year. State Comptroller Bob Bullock June ll sent checks totaling $52.6 million to the 1 039 cities that levy the I percent city tax Bullock said June 1987 payments were down 6 percent as compared to payments made in June last year In Guadalupe County, increases in payments to Schertz and Seguin have countywide returns up slightly less than I percent, totaling $873,198 25 in 1987 Schertz' June check amounted to $29,816 IO. $103 less than received last June For the year, Schertz has received $210,830, up slightly more than 8 percent from th* same period last year. Seguin received $86,799, up $2,324 from June 1986 and has received a total of $630,885 85, an increase this year of percent Hays County returns for the six cities that levy the I-cent sales tax See SALES TAX, Pa**: posai “It s in the very, very preliminary stages We put together proposals for the school districts and the county The proposals have not been subject to the board s approval,” she said Fox said proposals were prepared for New Braunfels city government, Comal County and the Comal and New Braunfels school districts. Preliminary studies indicate that the expense of collecting taxes drops when an agency is collecting for more than one jurisdiction, she added For instance. Fox said if CAD collected taxes for just CISD, the net cost to the school district would be about $65,600 lf collections for both school districts were combined CISD’s cost would be $30,800 And if all taxing jurisdictions in the county combined their collections, the cost to CISD would be $19,600 Fox added that she expects the CAD board to consider the proposals later this month Brown said Monday he thinks the big question in the collection issue is what will happen to CISD s tax office employees He said the school district would give those employees a chance to move into other positions within the district or they could be eligible for new positions at CAD In other action, the CISD board of trustees approved payment of $511,990 to Lawson-Avila Construction for construction on the new Smithson Valley High School The board also approved $509,881 be paid to Cahaba Construction Co for work at the new Canyon Middle School Brown said the construction projects have been Sc*CISD, Page2 Building activity shows hike for second quarter A building permit issued in May to National Church Residence for the construction of a 39-unit apartment complex for the elderly was a forerunner of another month of Increased building activity approved by New Braunfels’ planning department Altogether last month. 129 permits were issued at a construction value total of $2,971,765 — the highest monthly value of permits issued thus far in 1967. Those values far exceeded the 129 permits granted in May 1966, whose values amounted tq Si .225 million. Fees garnered last month by the planning department totaled $6,362.50. bringing fiscal 196MTb permit revenue to $52,895, just shy Bf the projected $53,000 with only June’s activity left to record. Building activity in three of the first five months this year has increased over the same period lek year, as indicated by the number of permits Issued and their scope of values, The number of permits issued by category and their construction values were as follows;    j — ll single family residences, $679,490; IO residential additions/alterations. $243,200; four carports/garages. 620,150; one apartment complex, $1,204,359; eight commercial buildings, $340,500 (five stores or services and three offices); seven commercial additions/ alterations, $306,579; two on-premise signs, $2,800; two mobile heme placements, no value; 84 altiscope items, $174,867.    | Peterson Construction of—I Antonio is the general BMmSi for the three-story 36-unit shMy ie tie buiB at 111 Loma Vista, Th* Sl.SOO-squar* foot structure carries a Si.) million scope value. Contractor Tom Peterson said construction la scheduled ta Mart July I and, weathar permitting, M tut LOI MS. Pawl ;