New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New bank won't move to Elks Lodge
A 40 percent chance of rain today will decrease to a 30 percent chance tonight. Temperatures will reach the upper 80s and drop to the lower 70s tonight. Winds will remain at about 10 mph. Saturday's high was 78 and the iow was 72. Sunset today will be at 8:37 p.m.
New Braunfels. Texas
Henry Lee Lucas on Death Row
Vol. 94-No. 123
June 23,1985 50 Cents
52 Pages —4 SectionsRainshowers pound down on county
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Saturday’s thunderstorms contributed to one accident on River Road and led to to water damage along the Iittle Blanco River as Comal County was hit with heavy rains for the second time this month.
Two vans collided on River Road Saturday morning, and four persons were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by Canyon I,ake EMS. All were treated and released.
The two vans hit when the one driven by Carol Jenkins of New Braunfels slid across the center stripe, according to Trooper Scott Haag with the Department of Public Safety. Sheriffs Deputy Johnny Gray also worked the accident.
“If the roads hadn’t been wet, I doubt she would have slid like that,” Haag said.
Jenkins and her passengers Rebecca and Brandon Lewis, her niece and nephew, had cuts and bruises as did the driver of the other van, James Weaver of Houston, a spokesman for Canyon I^ake EMS said.
Around the county Saturday, residents said they had two and three inches of rain by mid-morning. But a flash flood watch was on for Saturday night, and creeks continued to rise throughout the evening.
In the northern tip of the county along the Little Blanco River, the river had risen out of its banks by midafternoon, causing some minor flooding in an area that experienced a flash flood two weeks ago.
“We got a little over seven inches,” said Mike Buck, a resident of Forest View North subdivision in the extreme northern tip of Comal County.
He and his partner D.M. Rhodes lost 3,000 pheasants
See RAIN, Page I2A
Shiites: Don't try a rescue
ICSIIE KRlf WALDT Mf RAIO /HT UNGBrad Kingsbury and Klint Boucher share a poncho during the rain at the Hershey's track meet Saturday at Unicorn Stadium
BEIRUT, I.ebanon (AP) — Shiite Moslem leader Nabih Berri said Saturday the United States is planning a military operation to rescue the hijack hostages and such a move could “inflict serious harm” on the 40 Americans, now in their ninth day of captivity.
Bern, head of the Amal militia that has taken responsibility for the detained passengers and crew of a TWA jet, spoke as the lebanese news media reported U S warplanes had flown over Beirut and a U.S aircraft carrier was close offshore.
The United States is preparing for a military operation,” said Berri, who has been negotiating for the Shiite hijackers for an end to the hostage drama. It began June 14 with the commandeering of an Athens-to-Rome flight with 153 people aboard.
“It is certain that the air activity and the flexing of muscles will inflict serious harm on the innocent hostages,” Berri said in an interview with The Associated Press. ‘ We have information about the arrival of some U.S. officers to (Christian) east Beirut for the military preparations.”
In Washington, the White House denied that U.S. warplanes had flown over Beirut.
Pentagon sources confirmed that 1,800 U.S. Marines aboard three ships, including the helicopter assault vessel Saipan, joined the battle group led by the carrier Nimitz in the eastern Mediterranean Friday.
The 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, designated a quick-stnke force, had been ordered Monday to join the Nimitz group and departed from Gibraltar and the Spanish
coast. Washington sources said at that time the other vessels transporting the Marine unit were the Nashville, an amphibious docking ship, and the Spartanburg County, a tank landing ship Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Charles Smith refused to confirm or deny that the Marines had joined the Nimitz group.
At a news conference at the Beirut airport Thursday night, five hostages appealed to President Reagan "at all costs’’ not to launch a military operation.
Meanwhile, Bassan Sablani, a senior Amal leader, told NBC News that the militia was tired of being depicted as a supporter of hijackings and terrorism. He said if the situation does not improve significantly within two days, Amal will drop out of the negotiations, order the hijackers to put the hostages hack on the airplane and "tell them to fly away.”
Another Amal leader told The Associated Press that the reference to two days was not a deadline. “We have not set a deadline yet, but on the other hand, negotitions cannot go on forever,” said the official, who spoke with the condition that he not be identified The hijackers, who killed one passenger, k U.S. Navy diver, are demanding that Israel release about 750 prisoners, mostly Shutes, in exchange for the hostages The three crewmembers of the hijacked jetliner remained aboard the plane and are watched continuously by guards. The other 37 Americans have been scattered to variousSee HIJACK, Page I2A
Developers fought Comal County commissioners over a rule requiring half-acre lot sizes (excluding easements), but commissioners held firm.
A workshop on the proposed revision to county subdivision regulations took three hours Thursday, and commissioners predicted they will need two more sessions to finish.
Half-acre lot sizes (excluding all easements) are allowed when the development has either a public water system or a public sewage system.
Representives of surveyors and developers were Ed Nolan, Woody
See RULES, Page 12A
Comal River.................. 258 (up 41
Canyon inflow .............1,510tup 1.026)
Canyon Dam outflow ......... 542 (tarnal
Edwards Aquifer.......... 624 60 (up 041
Canyon Lake level ...... 909 80 (up 031
Note For the first time m more than three years, the ievel of Canyon Lake it above the conservation pool level of 909 feat above mean tea level Release rates are now determined by the Fort Wottrl hydrology department of the Army Corps of Engineers
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Making sense out of appriasal
Confused by the appraisal notice you just received in the mail?
Well, it is confusing, but take a few minutes to study this chart, and maybe the anxiety will subside. This is only a notice from the Appraisal District and is not a bill.
Property owners either have just received a tax bill from the New Braunfels school district or will get a bill later in the year from the other taxing entities.
Don’t send money if you receive this notice titled, “Notice of Appraised Value.” It is simply part of an attempt to get all property in the district appraised at (or as close as possible to) market value.
The mass re-appraisal (notices were sent to about 68,000 property owners), also was done to help the district office get all data entered correctly in the new computer system.
The tax rates and taxes listed on the notice are estimates only and are not necessarily what each entity’s rate will be. In the case of the New Braunfels ISD, the Appraisal District did not have adequate information when it calculated an estimated tax rate and placed a rate of 99.5 cents there.
However, the Appraisal District wants NBISD patrons to know that the estimated tax rate is closer to 85 or 86 cents per $100.
“It’s high,” said Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks. “We estimated a little too high, more accurately, it’s probably between 85 and 86 cents.
“They are all total estimates at this point,” he added. “We don’t know what the needs are going to be — that will be determined
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1. Legal description: These boxes describe the abstract and lot number of the property. It is important that the description is correct. A reappraisal notice will be sent for each abstract in which a property lies. Owners of several properties will receive a notice for each account.
2. Number of acres: Check this for accuracy and report any differences.
3. Taxing units: There are 10 taxing units in the Comal County Central Ap praisal District- Comal ISD, New Braunfels ISD, City of New Braunfels, Guadco MUD 1, Guadco MUD 2, Edwards Underground Water District, City of Garen Ridge, York Creek Improvement District, City of Selma, and Comal County. Also included in the county's classification is Comal County Farm to Market Road tax (FAR) and the county flood tax (FLO). The three county taxes will be combined on the county's tax bill.
Taxpayers will not reside in all 10 entities—for example, in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts.
4. Previous Market Value: Last year's land and improvement value. Notices have been sent on all properties within the district, although value may not have increased. Check the 1984 and 1985 value columns to see if value has actually increased.
Productivity is a special valuation for land that is used for agricultural or open space. This land is taxed on its productivity level (which is usually less than the market value). This column lists last year's productivity value.
6. Previous Taxable Value: Last year's taxable value after all exemptions were subtracted Exemptions include a homestead exemption, an overate exemption, and an optional percentage homestead exemption. Calculations used for this column did not compute correctly in the new system and this figure may be off; check with the district office.
7. Previous Taxes Levied: There should be nothing in this column, because the Central Appraisal District does not collect taxes.
8. Current Market Value: This column represents what the Appraisal District says your property is worth, lf you don't agree, contact the District office, lf the chief appraiser is unable to resolve the situation, file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board by July 19. Hearings start July 8
9. Currant Productivity Vaiua: lf
property is used for agriculture or open space, it will have a productivity value placed on it.
10. Current Exemptions: There were problems with the computer program and
this column may not contain all exemp tions to which you are entitled Check with the Appraisal District office lf you have not filed for the homestead exemption, you may still do so.
11. Current Taxable Value: Subtract the exemptions from the Current Market Value to come up with this amount.
Because exemptions may not be recorded correctly, this figure could also be off.
12 Current ESTIMATED Tax Rate
Because none of the taxing entities has set a tax rate yet for the next fiscal year, the Appraisal District had to ESTIMATE a tax rate lf you are over 65 and have been granted that exemption before 1985, school taxes are frozen and will not increase even if your property value does It will say FROZEN in this column next to your school district
13. Currant ESTIMATED Taxes: This column also is an estimate because the tax rates are not definite This is not a bill and the figures in this column may not correspond to the tax bill you will receive from each entity
14. Your name and address should be in this space
16. This paragraph outlines the protest procedure and deadlines and gives the phone number and address of the Central Appraisal District office.
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