New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Now Braunfels, Texas
One Section, 20 Pages
Vol. 134. No. 125
June 26, 1987 25 Cents
Stammtisch Storm damage
Comal County chapter of the American Cancer Society will hold a bake sale Saturday beginning at P HO a.rn in front of Wal-Mart, 1135 Interstate 35 West, that will last until the baked goodies are gone. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the local chapter
M d Blumberg, speaking on behalf of the Texas Vocational f duration Association, reminds us that the Germans, the Au.strinlians (sic) and the Japanese have utilized solar power to run automobiles, beat and cool buildings, etc. Blumberg wants us to support safer energy through education, specifically the increase in funding of vocational training programs and, she says in a posting flyer,
‘ We support a tax increase to fund education and the services neded to make Texas the liest.” She urges that people of the same or similar opinion join together for a rally on the south grounds of the Austin I capitol building to show support for increased school taxes and state funding for programs that promote organic living and solar power....
A reminder Harold invites the public to our open house from 2 to 4 p in. this Sunday. Our new building at 707 I .anda is really spiffy and if you ever wanted to know how we make all those typographical errors and get the paper out, come by your hometown newspaper.. .
Partly cloudy and hot are the watch words for the next several days. The high today will reach the uud-90s with northeasterly winds at IO m p h. The low in the morning will be in the mid-70s with light winds Saturday will again be partly cloudy and hot with the high in the mid-90s. Conditions Sunday through Tuesday will be a repeat with highs in the mid-90s and lows in the nud-70s
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RELIGIOUS FOCUS 6 7
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CUT speakers did not show; but CAD chief appraiser did
Our Stale Sen Judith Zaffirmi takes the credit for co-sponsoring the Omnibus Inhalant Abuse Bill signed recently by Gov. Clements The measure calls for more struct regulation of the sale and use of such things as spray paint and aerosol coatings, substances used by people of questionable smarts to feel euphoric A front page item in this newspaper in March IWW cites use of spray paint by young people here and went on to say local merchants had cooperated with school and police officials to curb the use of such merchandise for illicit purposes. Pictured above is Mickey Moore of Texas Retailers Association, Gov. Clements, Zaf-firini and Joe Butler of the Lumbermen’s Association during signing ceremonies in the state capital....
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Perhaps the most intense thunderstorm of the year struck New Braunfels and the surrounding area Thursday around 530 pm., packing heavy rains, strong lightning, winds and hail This sign and mobile home off Interstate Highway 35 at Solms Road pictured above were but a couple of indications as to the storm's intensity A whopping 2 finches of rain fell in the two hour storm duration, flooding stmets and stranding motorists in some area.! Lightning knocked out power to virtually every section of the town at one time or another requiring New Braunfels Utilities to call out all available personnel to restore power NBU technical services manager Roger
Biggers said all systems were repairer! as of 4 a.rn
Friday but some isolated outages may remain For a short storm, it was one of the worst on our system since I have been here, said Biggers, noting NBU received over 300 calls from :ustomers during and after the storm A power line was knocked down across Interstate 35 northbound near York Creek bunging traffic to a brief stop New Braunfels Fire Department hspatched till inns to the Courtyard Shopping Center about 6 p.iv following a renoir of lightning striking the plaza No famage was reported Police had to man several major mer sections during the rain atter traffic signals were rendered nope dive
Road im pro ve men ts tabled over safety, funding issues
By TRAVIS POLING Corittspondttnt
Plans for improvements on an approximate two-mile length of Bulverde Road were tabled by Comal County Commissioners’ Court Thursday morning in conjunction with lack of funds for right-of-way aquation and complaints from Precinct I Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
An appraisal of the property along Bulverde Road was conducted at the request of County Engineer * Mac” McCoy and the commissioners. Commissioner J I. Evans, however, expressed yesterday las concern that costs of the right-of-way aquisition was riot in the budget which is already much depleted by two major road projects the county is presently undertaking.
Stewart appeared during the regular session to protest the proposed design of the road which would straighten curves and * make it more of a speedway than it already is.”
Stewart claims that so many accidents have occurred on the road because of the excessive speed of the drivers arid not the curves themselves. Judge Stewart says that a young girl was injured at this location and is still in the hospital because of one of the many drivers
that travel 30 to 85 mile per hour in the 35 mph zone Stewart asked the court to do something to slow down speeders
rather than encouraging them with i straightaway
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Gonzales bull rider killed in freak accident in Marion
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MARION A bull rider died after his leg was severed as he was dragged around the rodeo ring by the animal he was trying to dismount, authorities said.
ElijaJi Clark Jr , 25. of Gonzales was pronounced dead on arrival ut Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio late Wednesday.
Clark was a participant in tile weekly Bull Bin k Out at Vie s Rodeo Co., south of Marion, about 15 miles east of San Antonio.
Guadalupe County Sheriffs Deputy Tim Kolbe said Clark was being dragged around the ring when his left leg got stuck in a fence and was pulled off at the hip. Clark s
Bv DAVID MAY Staff Writer
When heavy rains Thursday evening prevented keynote speakers C.A. Stubbs and Jud Ashmore fron appearing at a Comal United Taxpayers meeting. Comal Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes was called upon to answer questions and ended up weathering a storm of his own.
Rhodes who told the IOO persons gathered at Canyon Middle School that he attended the meeting to hear the other side of the story.” berame the center of attention as he fielded questions about appraisals and review procedures The chief appraiser was not a scheduled speaker at the event
Stubbs is president of Homeowners-Taxpayers Association and is a well-known taxpayer wat chdog. Ashmore is a San Antonio radio talk-show host Neither w-ere available for a comment early this morning. Stubbs was seen on San Antonio newscasts as having headed a rally of upset property owners on the steps of the Bexar ( aunty Courthouse Thursday afternoon over what they consider to be unfair property valuation increases
Rhodes averted any emotional confrontations here by offering an open door to anyone with questions about appraisals and the process for appealing He approached the podium to some jeering from the crowd, hut left with a polite round oi applause
T am the chief appraiser,” said Rhodes if you are not satisfied bv
me then there a ; ane a five members,” he said. r terrine to the appraisal district’.- review hoard. Exercise your next option Some of the questions posed to Rhodes conter e ertain properties. Although Rhode*- was not able to specifically adrirev those questions on an individual basis, he urged the concerned taxpayers to come to the CAD office and speak with him
You have access to everything that is in my office except for that which is obtained confidentially, and there is very little of that in my office. ’ he said.
When Rhodes said. I nave lowered more properties than I nave raised in this county.” comments from the crowd included you sure missed mine” and “you made it up on mine.” Rhodes then said. I raised some of them real good.
We have talked to almost 2.IWK) people. I can’t promise you will like the answer, but I an promise >u will get an answer,” he said Rhodes told the group that taxpayers have until June 30 to file for an appeal of property valuation Rhodes explained that the trigger” for .starting an appeal process is to mail written notice of a request for a review or fill out a form in the apparail district iffier CAD in turn, then notifies protestors that the property in question is in a review process.
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NBISD taxpayers share opinions on 1988 school budget
By SARAH DUKF Staff Wnlm
Patrons of the New Braunfels school district told their elected officials Thursday they want a quality educational system hut ‘hey won’t stand for waste.
Taxpayers crowded mo the library of the NBISD Education Center to Like part in the second tax hearing in less than a month to consider a proposed 7.975 pen ant tax increase. A cry for responsible spelling emerged as the uideriying theme of the dozen or more patrons who expressed their opinions and ideas during the session.
William J Kolodzie told the boun] and the administration that the budget could easily he balanced by eliminating only a portion at the more than $1.7 million he considers employee fringe benefits. Included in those fringe benefits, he said. are a $819,IKM) salary increase that will come out of local taxpayers’ pockets, inure than I70.1KM) budgeted for travel expenses and $7,200 for the superintendent s car allowance,
Kolodzie said the board should nstruct the NBISD administration to
wife. Pam, witnessed the accident.
‘One of his legs got hung up in the rigging as he wav rolling off the bull,'' Kolbe said Before anyone could get to him, it 1 the other leg got hung up in tile fence ”
This was a tragic accident. I have never seen anything like this in all my years of rodeoing,” said Sammy Pfannstiel, managing partner of the rodeo.
Pfannstiel said Clark was stepping off the bull after a ride when his legs became tangled in a cinch rope The whole sequence didnt take IO seconds,” he said.
A memorial rodeo will be held in August for Clark, a third-generation cowboy.
Vie Garza, operator of the ring, said through his wife Friday morning that he has not spoken with any media concerning the incident. “He can't talk about it,” Mrs. Garza said.
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develop a balanced budget fur consideration. He said he luis no problems with budgeted salary increases He and other citizens of New Braunfels are interested in an education system second to none. We are also interested in getting the most tor our tax dollars.”
The proposed budget of $15.52 million exceeds anticipated revenues for the coming year by $268,UBS. Administrators have said they intend to spend less than the budgeted expenditures, thereby eliminating the need to use a portion of the $2.4 million reserves
Lonnie Curtis. NBlSD's finance director, said the state s assessment of the district’s property values is out oi proportion to the actual value of local property Of the $706 million that the Central Appraisal District estimates are in the NBISD boundaries, more than $73 million worth of homesteads belongs to patrons who are 65 or older Senior patrons do not pay tax increases on homestead property
Curtis said if the school district had property values in line with what the state estimates, the tax rate could be considerably lower
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