New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Three-on-three basketball tournament draws high flying talent — Page 6A.
The Lands Park gazebo
Birthday wishes from th# Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Hunter Matthew Moeller, Rosalee Rosales (13 years), Pearl Petit, John Edward Sanchez (14 years), Stevie Ray Luna (two years), Lawrence Weldner, Mathew Schriewer, Moore Tanner (16 years), and Petrie Ryan. Happy belated 10th birthday to Tommy Childers. Happy 24th anniversary to Lupe and Diana Vela
See obituary. Page 3A
The winning numbers
LottoBranson can teach us a lot about traditional American values. See Page
Canyon soccer players go to regional club tournament. See Sports Day, Page 6A
The survey says...
Readers tell the Herald-Zeitung that forming a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a mistake.
See Page 4A
ART AS THERAPY
Teen Connection program helps kids get in touch with their feelings See Page 1B
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36 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, June 25,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of HUNTER MATTHEW MOELLER^R^^^
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NBISD poised to pass budget, tax rate tomorrow
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District has been at work trying to make adjustments in the 1995-96 budget to get the lowest tax rate possible, and on Monday, the board of trustees is expected to pass a budget and tax rate.
New Braunfels ISD Assistant Superintendent for Finances Lonnie Curtis said the final budget has been trimmed about as much as possible and the proposed tax rate has been lowered. When the budget was discussed a few weeks ago, the published tax rate was $1.5175 per $ IOO of value. The budget being voted on Monday has a tax rate of $ 1.50/$ I OO of value.
“We looked for a few more areas to cut out of the budget and were able to lower the total tax rate," he said.
With last year’s tax rate of $1.47, a person with $50,000 home would have qualified for * $5,000 homestead and would have had to pay $661.50 in taxes on the $45,000 value. With the $ 1.50 tax rate, the same individual would have to pay $675.00 in taxes, which is an increase of $13.50.
The debt service cost increased by $431,758 this year due to the sale of the 1995 Bond. This meant a1! cuts in the budget had to be done in the maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate, which is what the district operates on. The lower tax rate was established by cutting come of the construction projects out
of the budget, Curtis said.
“We have so many building projects going on right now we figured it wouldn’t hurt anything to wait on a couple,’’ said Curtis. “So many of them were duplicate projects we decided it would be in the district’s best interest to wait on some.”
Curtis said none of the changes in the budget will effect staff, supplies, or payroll. He said the district only considered cuts that would not effect the classroom or the students.
By lowering the tax rate, the district is also lowering the amount of federal money received. Districts receive federal funds based on local effort. This means the school district will also have less revenue, said Curtis.
“The budget is dead even now. By law, you can’t have more revenue than expenditures. It must be put into reserves,’’ he said.
Curtis said the district already has a reserve it has accumulated in the past and can use those funds if an unexpected expense arises. He also said the expenditures usually do not meet the amount that was budget. This leaves the district a little lee way.
“And chances are, something will happen. It’s Murphy’s Law,” he said. “But, we will have money in the reserves to cover it.”
The revised budget will be voted on Monday, June* 26 at 7 p.m. in the NBISD education center board room.
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Drive to Incorporate Canyon Lake dies
By DENISE DZIUK
The move to incorporate Canyon Lake received a heavy blow Thursday, and recent plans to form a city may have been given up.
A Canyon Lake group had been pushing to incorporate the area in an attempt to protect the city from annexation, protect the water supply, and protect the area from undesirable business.
In previous statements made by Don Avery, head of Let’s Organize a City At the Lake (LOCAL), it was believed that the area could become a city and the county would still provide services such as law enforcement and road maintenance.
This would mean the new city would not need to impose a property
However, at Thursday’s meeting, County Judge Carter Casteel informed the group that was not the case. She said the county could provide Sheriffs patrol and road and bridge maintenance until the city was able to make it on its own. She told the group that in the past the county has agreed to three years.
“If we could do that for an incorporated area, we would already be doing it for New Braunfels and other cities in die county," she said “You can’t incorporate without setting up some sort of budget to run that city on."
Ed Nolan, founder of Committee to Stop Government Growth, which opposes the incorporation drive, said the majority of the residents in the area were against the plan. He believes it would be defeated five to one if it went
‘Most of the people are living up here because they don’t want a city, they don’t want the property taxes, and they don’t want the extra layer of government.’
— Ed Nolan
to the polls.
“Most of the people are living up here because they don’t want a city, they don’t want the property taxes, and they don’t want the extra layer of government,” Nolan said.
Following the comments by Casteel regarding the county’s role in the incorporation, Avery said he never would have proposed something that would add to the tax burden and said he was dropping the plans to pursue a petition to incorporate.
“He indicated (Thursday night) that the county had promised him free services indefinitely. He said we lied to him and made a fool out of him. I think Don was very eager for the project and heard what he wanted to hear,” said Casteel.
She added that Avery told her he was dropping plans for a petition drive to force an election on the incorporation issue.
She said she does not believe this will be the last time the incorporation issue will be discussed. She said a similar plan was discussed about eight
years ago and the only difference was a slightly different area was involved.
“They’ll continue to talk about it and I think it’s a valid topic to dis-, cuss,” she said.
Nolan said he hopes this is the end of the topic because it appears residents are not in favor of it.
He said the enrollment in his group has doubled since the incorporation topic was first introduced.
“That should give you an idea of the sentiment of the residents,” he said.
Casteel said there were approximately 65 people present at the meeting and the majority appeared to be against incorporation.
“I think you can make an argument for both sides. I guess the thing that’s a little disheartening is that Mr. Avery perceived that we said something we didn’t,” Casteel said.
Concert In tho Park series continues
Quarter Moon will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29. The concert is free and open to the public. No glass containers allowed. Bring a lawn chair to sit on.
More services available for AIDS patients
The Alamo Area Resource Center, Inc., a San Antonio based HIV/AIDS service agency, will provide an unprecedented outreach of sen/ices to the HIV/AIDS positive citizens of Public health Region 8, which includes Comal County, as well as Gonzales, Guadalupe,*
Karnes, Atascosa, Frio, Medina, Bandera, Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie and Wilson counties.
Among the services being offered are case management on-site, transportation assistance, housing assistance, food vouchers, medical and dental referrals, food stamp and SSI application assistance as well as mental health and substance abuse counseling. Contact Ms. Lupe Montalvo, case manager, or Randy Hinkle, case management administrator at 1 -800-308-2437.
As New Braunfels’ 150th anniversary approaches in 1995, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial year. Submissions must be of paper origin, i.e.... photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9x12 or #10 envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5 respectively. Deadline is Sept. 1, 1995. Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin. The capsule will be buried at the Civic Center for 50 years.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
The circus comes to town
The Circut Valentine performed Friday night at the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse Arena on Interstate 35. At left, the Flying Rolandos perform their high-wire act. Above, circus worker Johnny Ebarb has his hands full at the balloon concession.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Feed on fire
Firemen battle the smoky blaze after a silo filled with grain caught on fire at Acco Feed Company on Highway 46 in Seguin at around 3 p.m. Friday. Five Seguin fire trucks responded to the call. New Braunfels units were called out for backup, and responded to a call in Guadalupe County while the Seguin units were busy fighting the grain fire. No damage estimate or cause of the fire was available at press time.
Tinsley Ellis passes away
By ROGER CROTEAU
New Braunf els lost a valued member of the community Friday when Willis Tinsley Ellis died of lung cancer at his home at the age of
Ellis was well-known in New Braunfels for his work with the Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge, the Lions Club, the Comal County Texas A&M Club, the First United Methodist Church, the city housing authon-ty ami otherorganizations.
But his friends will remember him most for his sense of humor and love of life.
"He was well-known and well liked," said his friend Jay Cnst. "I don't think there was anyone who knew him who didn't like him, and he knew everybody. A bunch of us had
breakfast together every Friday morning at Krauses and he knew everybody from Bob Kruege * on down. He was a leader in the community and a jovial person."
"He was a real fine gentleman," said Don Meyer, another friend.
"He was just a good * friend. Any time he told you something you cold depend on it. He had a great sense of humor... a real good outlook on life."
"He started slowing down about six months ago. Up until then he wjis a going Jesse," Meyer said.