New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor
HenM-Zltung, New Braunfels. Texas
Sunday, March 22,1987EditorialAll’s well that costs less
Action before Comal County Commissioners Court last January went by almost unnoticed, but every county taxpayer should know that the costs of amortizing the county’s bonded debt went down more than $609,000.
Refinancing of bonds sold to pay for a new courthouse annex, sheriff’s department and jail facilities means the interest paid on those bonds went down from a spread of 9.2 to ll percent to from 6.2 to 9.2 percent over a 16-year term concluding in 2003.
The entire issue comprises $10,691,448 in principal and $35,734 in interest. The ability to refinance stems in part from the county’s very good rating by bond counsels, A rather than, for example, the BBB rating for Hays County. Our credit here is good, and people want to buy our promise to pay, even at a lower rate of return.
That says a lot for the management of our county’s finances.
If there is a spot on the otherwise clean slate of county dollars and sense (sic), it is that we paid for four residential lots behind New Braunfels City Hall as adjacent and future parking space for the annex complex.
Unfortunately the real estate market at the time, some two years ago, meant the county used some S293.191 to pay for houses that today would go for far less than the average of $73,200 they actually cost or will cost. The county retains the option to buy one of the lots for some $119,000 by or before mid-1990.
There remains about $183,000 in the jail bond fund that is Unspent, although some of it may be used to pay for additional capital improvements at the jail facility and interest on the bonds, as well as the $100,000 for the house and lot behind city hall that is as yet not paid for. County Auditor Bate Bond says he will recommend to the commissioners court that a surplus $83,000 be put back into the bond interest and sinking fund account to timely be applied to the bonds' payout.
Whether commissioners intended to use jail bond money for something other than the jail is a question of fiscal management. But if it s true that all s well that ends that way, apparently our county is faring well as new annex and sheriff’s department slide gracefully into history and our county’s financial future winds up better off in the balanceGoivial CAD grows teeth
; An attorney general’s opinion that confirms the right of the county's central appraisal district to lease its office space Without the usual bidding process should come as welcome pews to the Comal County CAD’s board of directors ; Incoming Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes has made it blear that all bets are off insofar as office space is concerned ^Whatever Rhodes wants in the way of new offices and new Offices surely are a necessity given the workload and scope of Ihe district’s responsibilities', he and the board of directors Should be free to act in what they believe to be the best interests of the taxing entities represented
* Rhodes recently defended the qualifications of his staff and he plainly expects a record number of appeals as the CAD Jiere attempts to bring values to actual fair market levels
| CAD staff are working to upgrade their service open Ipace and homestead exemptions are something the staff Will consider a top priority. As Rhodes said at last week’s board meeting. “If these exemptions are deserved, propers bwners) should receive them; if they are not deserved . they shouldn’t get them ”
* There appears to be more than just a new administrator. too. During last week’s meeting. CAD board chairman S I) David interrupted proceedings after a brief executive session to suggest to CAD landlord Rick Seidel that his out loud commentaries during board discussion needed to be quelled fceidel and anyone else attending the meeting were given an Opportunity to add comments or ask questions before the board adjourned
But it is clear this CAD board intends to conduct business in ^ professional manner and not be intimidated by background Doise or petty political barbs The executive session as well. foas called after specific citation of the reasons for such clos Od door discussion And when no action was taken that was What the board said. plain and simple with no apologies : None was needed.
Damn the bureaucracy; full speed ahead
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^Ronald Reagan •President of 'the United States ?The White House ^1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ^Washington, D C 20500
J Gov. Bill Clements £ Governor s Office Estate Capitol [Austin, Texas 78711
-State Rep. Edmund Kuempei Texas House of : Representatives I ;P.O. Box 2910 | Austin, Texas 78769
JU S. Rep. Mac Sweeney ^(Guadalupe County)
#United States House Jof Representatives SPI 713 Longworth rHouse Office Bldg. CWathington, D C 20515
U S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240, Russell Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1
State. Sen. William Sims Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, D C 20510
Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C 20515
Studies cite trucking regulation benefits
By TEXAS MOTOR TRANSPORTATION ASSOC
A new Texas trucking study reports that rate deregulation in the state would increase total ship ping costs a move opposed by a majority of the state s shippers according to a second study In a report released March 17 during testimony before the Texas House Transportation Commit tee. University of Texas researcher David L Huff said the total cost of moving goods rn intrastate commerce would nse under deregulation, despite lowering of some shipping rates Huff said most goods are moved in shipments of less than lo.ouu pounds and that rates for these shipments would increase under deregulation more than any offsetting reduction in rates for larger, full truckload shipments by the state s largest shippers
Trucking deregulation could have a direc t and adverse effect on the Texas economy,’ Huff said
Freight costs would im reus** tor hundreds >1 thousands of small Texas business's oil whom the overall Texas economy depends Huff also warned of deterioration in tru* king service and 'afety undei deregulation uting ex perience in C alifornia where trucking is being re regulated
Huff a member of the graduate school of business faculty at I I Austin said current rates in Texas for shipments of Ie" than a full truckload are “substantially lower than comparable in terslate rates offered by unregulated interstate common carriers “
A second industry study released last week reported that Texas shippers themselves share that attitude Dr William Brooks a Kansas researcher said both small and large shippers prefer the Texas system of regulated rales over interstate style deregulation with individually negotiated rate dis counts
\ :Uy fi\• percent of small stoppers ami ox< half of the* l.og* shippers tieliexe deregulation nterstate trucking has t>een a significant factor cauking nstahiiity in ttie motor freight industry Brooks said
• in* hundred percent of the Texas small shi i*ei s I ax ore* I the lexas pres* rifted class ra '>.** and ox*-r ■* p«‘r*rnt of I tu* large shtppe als** favored th** scale in preference to flu* discou ling practices pi ex aleut Unlay iii interstate col merce A
The Kansas busines' professor surveyed .sampling drawn from a Texas insulation of mo than 2 *oo shippers and receivers of freight Both trucking studies were released by t Texas Motoi transportation Association whi opposes rate deregulation proposals (House H 7H7 and Senate Bill 407 being considered this we bx Hous*- and Senate committees of the Tex legislature TMTA is the state s largest organization trucking companies
WHAT WILL WE OO ?
There's our cue again !
WHERE WILL WE FINO THE REVENUE