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Wednesday, March 3,1993
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By ROSE MARIE EASH Hersld-ZsNung
U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger announced yesterday that he will co-sponsor a bill with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, making "stalking” a federal crime.
This measure reinforces provisions in 32 states that have stalking laws. and it benefits the 18 where sum laws havent been passed,” Krueger said. It covers violations outside state laws, and it gives all prosecutors the option of pursuing federal punishment BecA of all, it empowers police to defend victims of murderous obsessions before they're harmed.”
According to Krueger, the federal bdl, Senate Bill 25, will make stalking on federal installations, across state lines or through interstate commerce, such as phone lines or through the mail, a federal crime punishable fay up to ten years in prison, with up to a $200,000 fine.
He said the Boxer-Krueger bill defines stalking as harassing or making a credible threat against another person.
Under the bill, a first-time offender would face penalties of up to two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. The penalty increases to at least five years and up to ten years in prison and/or a fine between $25,000 and $200,000 for second-time offenders.
According to Krueger, the bill also would impose a sentence of between two and four years in prison and/or a $5,000 to $100,000 fine for anyone violating a protective order.
This kind of stalking — often murderous in its outcome—has become sadly common in American society, not only among public figures and celebrities,” Krueger said. Thousands of blameless Americans are hounded by sick people lurking on the edge of Constitutional safeguards and creeping between the cracks of America* legal and mental health system.”
Krueger and his family have been file objects of death threats made by a formsr employee for
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Canyon High School Senior Jamie Haynes, right, dances the night away with Ruth Pierson, left, at a special Senior Prom for Senior Citizens. The event, a ‘Waltz Across Texas,1* was held at the Canyon High School gymnasium in conjunction with Texas Public Schools Week. Photo by John Huseth.
NBISD getting close to max taxation rate
By ROBE MARIE EASH HereM-Zoftung
New Braunfels’ schools face "drastic changes” in the way they operate to continue educating students next year, regardless of what voters say on the school finance issue in May, a school official said Tuesday.
Superintendent Charles Bradbury alerted the New Braunfels Independent School District's board of trustees that they are within two cents of a local total tax cap of $1.50 per $100 valuation.
Bradberry said 32 cents of the tax funding currently goes for debt service and the remaining $1.16 is used to operate the schools.
He said NBISD is among the minority of districts in Texas operating under such a cap. According to Bradbeny, most other districts have a cap of $1.60, plus debt service.
"You're not going to make it on two cents," Bradberry said. "You have an obligation to the kids we educate in this school district lf you look at our costs now, for eveiything except instructional, we’re average or below.
"We’ve held those cost extremely well in this school district, lf Ult people around us are not going to have this kind of cap and you're going to keep it on us, you’re going to make this a second class school district," Bradberry said. "If the educational program is not good... values drop some more ... so you start a cycle that will make us like an urban school district” Due to declining property values, Bradberry said the district will have $175,000 less to spend for operating schools if the tax rate remains the same.
The 32 cents used for debt service would generate $38,000 less, he said.
Even if the district refunded bonds at a favorable rate and raised taxes to the maximum allowed under the present cap, he said the district would only be able to generate the same amount of money as this year to operate schools, which would require more teachers and services for predicted increases in student populations.
He said the tax rate would have to be $1.14 to generate the same amount of state funding, plus 34 cents to generate the same amount for debt service, leaving
only two cents under the present $1.50 cap for local projects.
Bradbeny said nearly all of the monies generated for state funding are specifically earmarked for certain educational programs.
The district currently has 22 cents to work with for local projects not considered basic.
"You’re at a $1.48 and you haven't raised any money locally to do anything,” said Bradberry. "That means some drastic changes in the way the school district operates. You'll have two cents to operate with.”
Bradbeny said the district gets $15 Atimon now for these kmref things. With only two emits in local funding, the district will only have about $145,000 for such services.
He suggested considering cuts, but said the district was operating very conservatively now. He suggested an election to lift the tax cap be authorised fay the board for the last Saturday in May after the proposed state legislation is decided by voters.
Since 45 days of notice is required for such an election, the board will have to decide whether to go to the voters by April.
In other business, the board authorised the preparation for refunding bonds if the interest rates remain favorable.
The district's financial consultants recommended consideration of refunding three bond issues, which may result in a savings of $375,000 in debt service at today’s rates.
The board will make a final decision on whether or not to rebind the bonds within two to four weeks.
Commission hears proposals on new subdivisions
The New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission heard citizen proposals Tuesday night regarding possible development of two new subdivisions.
One proposed area of development was near Lake Dunlap on Mary Boulevard within New Braunfels extra-territorial jurisdiction.
The lots were preliminarily platted at one-half acre to one acre each. Pinal plat
approval for the subdivision could come next month.
Another proposal was for a development on Lakeside Drive for which the developer, Pete Juries, was considering a frontage variance as well as an allowance for sub-standard lots because the lots were not the required 100-feet in depth.
A general contractor office and car
penter shop also received approval from the commission to operate within a res-identially-soned district.
Bob Kiesling of New Braunfels applied for a special use permit to allow his son to operate a small shop on property located behind his house, which would be used also as a sales room.
The property currently is toned residential, mandating a special use permit
to use the property to operate shop.
This recommendation now goes to the city council for approval.
In other action, the commission gave their approval to subdivisions of Comal Properties, the Coreth Ranch Master Plan, the Crown Ridge Subdivision Unit Two, and Hana Subdivision Unit One.
The commission will meet again Tuesday April 6.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sands Birthday wishes to Clara Doeppenschmidt, Russell Vollbrecht, Betty Heinemayer, Christopher Zamarripa, Josh Randall 8anches and Elisa Cantu.
Anniversary wishes go to Felix and Qabriela Veto.SsM-Dsfenst Class
A six-week self-defense course will be offered beginning Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ste. Peter and Paul Church nm located at 386 N. Casteel Ave. A registration fee of few ie required in advance and can be paid during the March 9 registration. Call Harry StaaU at 625-4835.Scholarship banquet
John Mackovic, Head Football Coach for the Texas Longhorns, will be the special guest speaker at'Comal County Texas Exes annual fund-raising banquet
The meeting will be held at (Buena Hall on Tuesday, Mardi 9. Soda] hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7. The coot is $20 per person. Proceeds will go to scholarships for area seniors planning to attend the University of Texas.
Call Cindy Rheinlander at 625-4683, Rusty Brandt 629-004 or Anne Buck at 620-9050 by March 8.
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