New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► LEGISLATIVE WEEK IN REVIEW
Wentworth bill would let voters create sales tax to fund EARIP
By Greg Bowen
Elections on whether a sales tax should be established to help protect endangered species in Comal Springs and wildlife elsewhere in the Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins would be held under bills filed last week by Sen, Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, who represents New Braunfels, and by Rep. John Garza, R-San Antonio.
Voters living in a 16-county area served by Edwards Aquifer Authority, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and San Antonio River Authority would vote on creating a sales tax of as much as 0.25 percent under Wentworth’s SB 1595 and Garzas HB 2760.
Taxes raised would be dedicated to funding the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, or EARIP, which is being developed to protect endangered species in Comal Springs in New Braunfels and San Marcos Springs in San Marcos while allowing pumping and recreational activities to continue. EARIP officials are projecting combined costs totaling some $26.8 million annually for their program.
The proposed sales tax would also fund a plan now being developed to set aside environmental flows from the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers for the endangered whooping crane and other wildlife.
Funding mechanisms have not been provided for either effort, the bills say.
Wentworth said Friday that the bills give voters the chance to solve water issues that have been fought over for decades.
“The solution calls for no more than a quarter of a penny tax to solve this very major water problem,” Wentworth said.
He also expressed his thanks to the EARIP participants, who have been working
for three years to come up with a consensus plan.
Robert Gulley, program manager for the EARIR said funding options include a sales tax and Edwards Aquifer user fees. “The EARIP views the sales tax as more equitable," he said.
Gulley also said changes to the proposed legislation could be made as the process moves forward. “For right now, the important thing is that we have a bill on file before the March 11 deadline, and we will be able to make our case in support of the sales tax option," Gulley said.
March 11 was the deadline to file non-local bills.
Miller files bills
State Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, filed
• HB 2895 relating to rate proceedings before a regulatory authority regarding water utility rates.
• HB 3289 relating to expenditure of certain wine related revenue.
• HB 3391 relating to rainwater harvesting and other water conservation initiatives.
• HB 2901 relating to the priority of a lien for funds advanced by the transferee of an ad valorem tax lien.
• JIB 3392 relating to disclosures and termination fees by certain businesses providing credit card processing services.
Kuempel files bill
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, filed HB 2519, relating to the regulation of certain motor vehicle auctions.
Wentworth files bills
• SB 1611, relating to the funding of projects in the boundaries of an intermunicipal commuter rail district.
• SB 1597, relating to competitive bid requirements for public utility agencies that award construction contracts.
• SB 1594, relating to offers of settlement in civil cases.
Delta Jane Wichman
Funeral arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Delta Jane Wichman, 83, of New Braunfels, who passed away on Friday, March 11,2011 in San Antonio, TX.
A Graveside Service will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 16,2011 at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be given to the New Braunfels Conservation Society or to a charity of one's choice.John F. Volovsek
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for John F. Volovsek, 81, who passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Eagle Pass, TX.
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Comal ISD staffer honored at state convention
From staff reports
Comal Independent School District staffer Jason Gordon receive i multiple awards for excellence in school communications during the Texas School Public Relations Association’s (TSPRA) annual state conference in Arlington.
Comal ISD received two Best of Category honors, 14 Gold Star Awards and two Silver Star Awards during the TSPRA Star Awards Celebration Feb. 24 at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel.
Each year, TSPRA recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations, education associations and organizations for their outstanding work in both print and electronic media. This year, more than 1,000 entries were received.
For the third straight year,
Gordon, a Comal ISD communications specialist, received at least one Best of Category award. This year, he received two — both for his story, “Taking the graduation road less traveled.”
The story was about Smithson Valley High student Rosali-na Gomez, who came to the United States from the Mexican farming community of
Guanajuato in 2006. She didn’t know a word of English, but with the guidance of Smithson Valley’s English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Mona Daniels and many other teachers, Gomez graduat-
ed in 2010 and is a student at San Antonio College pursuing a career as a bilingual teacher.
Gordon also won 14 other Gold Star Awards for entries in four different writing and photography categories.
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