New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DENISE DZIUK
; The state lottery may pay off in the millions of dollars for homeowners who continue to pay an increasing amount of property tax.
Texas Lt. Governor Bob Bullock has asked legislators to consider during the next legislative session giving more dun $500 million from lottery income to school districts to offset school property taxes.
Bullock said using the unobligated money for education makes the taxpayer a winner.
“The lottery has dent its part to fund education for our schod kids through state coffers. Its overwhelming success means now it can do more,’’ said Bullock. “Whether the extra money is used for teacher pay raises, new equipment or class-‘(Th* lottery) has been more successful than any* one ever imagined.’— Mary Jane Wardlow Spokesperson for Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock
rooms, it should be used to improved education and cap spiraling school property taxes.” Bullock spokesperson Mary Jane Wardlow said part of the money comes from the difference between the amount allocated to administer the lottery and the actual costs and extra earnings from sales. She said the lottery appears to be growing in popularity, which means additional revenue for the state.
She said if interest wavers, it will not be for quite a while, and schools should be able to take
advantage of the windfall.
“It’s been more successful than anyone ever imagined,” she said. “The bottom line is lets use what we have today.”
Wardlow said Bullock has asked legislators to give foe idea some consideration before the regular session begins in January, but did not spell out how the money would be distributed.
New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis said any assistance would be welcomed by residents, as well as the district NBISD recently approved a $1,465 tax rate. Curtis said the money would have to be applied in a way that guarantees an impact on that rate.
“The taxpayers will want that... There would have to be assurances (that it would impact the tax rate in their favor),” he said.burden
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major said the money would be welcomed, but he does not expect it to have a great impact on the district's tax rate, which may increase this year.
He said if die current formula for determining state funding is used, CISD would see litde of it
He said his district would see the largest benefit if the district got a set amount for each student enrolled.
“That would probably be the purest and most beneficial way for us... but any additional funds would be welcomed,” said Major.
Wardlow said the legislature will consider the issue during the next regular session.
She said if it is approved taxpayers may not actually see the benefits until die 1998 school year.Obituary
Alonso Q. Sonin Sr.
Alonzo G. Senna Sr., age 46, of New Braunfels, Texas, died Wednesday, June 26,1996, at McKenna Memorial Hospital. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass is scheduled for IO am Saturday at die Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Soria celebrant. Burial will follow in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state until 9:30 am Saturday when the procession departs the funeral home.^Sfun'cr.
County readies for fireworks headaches
By DAVK) DEKUNDER
When celebrating the Fourth of July next week, Comal County residents will have to be a extra careful when using fireworks.
Citing foe below-normal rainfall over the past months, Commissioner’s Court passed an ordinance, which went into effect on June IO, prohibiting and restricting die use of certain aerial fireworks.
The county order defines aerial fireworks as “skyrockets with stick; and other pyrotechnic devices that have fins or rudders for the purpose of achieving aerodynamic Alight, including devices that would be considered a missile or rocket”
The court set aside a safe area in which county residents could light their aerial fireworks during certain hours on each day of the week. The safe area is the Jumbo Evans Sports Park, located on the Westside of U.S. Highway 281 approximately two miles north of Spring Branch Road.
A violation of die ordinance is a Gass C misdemeanor and a maximum fine of $500.
County Fire Marshall Milton WiDmann said he has had no problems with the ordinance so for.
“The Sheriff's office has gotten some callid but they ate mostly young people shooting fireworks Bom their cars,” Wittmann said.
Wittmann said he has not seen anyone shooting off aerial fireworks outride the safe area.
In fhct, Wittmann said, no ane has even utilized the safe area near Spring Branch. Wittmann said it is just loo hot for people lo shoot of their fireworks. At Thursday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting, the fire marshal was thinking about recoin-
Safe area hours
Th# hours of operation for the se am 6 lo 10 pm Monday to Thursday; 6 to 11 pm Friday and Saturday; 6 to 9 pm Sunday; and 6 pm. to midnight Thursday, July 4th.
mending two other safe areas in the county—one in Bulverde and one in Bracken — but decided against it because of the lack of utilization at Evans Park.
Even before the county passed its ordinance this summer, the fireworks industry lode the lead in putting a voluntary ban on the sale of rockets with sticks and missile* until conditions get better.
Lewie Coffman, who works at foe Bunker Fireworks stand in Sadler, said his stand sells the rockets with sticks and missiles, but he uses precaution when selling to his customers.
“I ask them to read the ordinance and direct them to foe safe area,” Coffman said.
All fireworks stands in the county have the ordinance posted.
Safety is very important, Coffman said.
“To me it is really important since this is my county,” Coffman said. “I don’t want to affect anyone else’s income, life or home.”
He said before he sells fireworks to anyone he makes sure they are sober and if it is a child they must be accompanied by an adult.
Coffman urges common sense when using fireworks.
“You need lo be responsible,” Coffman said. “Make sure you are wearing safety glasses and gloves. And make sure there is adult supervision, somebody who is responsible and watch-
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DALLAS (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that a Dallas lawyer should regain custody of about 300 cows seized from his Ellis County property following his arrest in May becinise foe animals had not been fed in months.
The cows have been in the care of the Society for foe Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
But the ruling Tuesday by Judge Robert C. McGuire directed that the animals be returned to G. David Westfall so he can sell them and pay debts.
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White House aide lost Job after alleged mob ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Marceca, foe White House aide who improperly gathered FBI background files for the Clinton administration, lost his job after two Texans told the FBI he was involved in organized crime, according to court records.
Marceca filed a defamation suit against a Texas judge and a dress shop owner in 1994, alleging that their statements to an FBI agent cost him his job at the White House office of personnel security.
The complaint, which came to light Thursday, explains why Marceca, a civilian Army employee, didn’t return to foe White House after he completed
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