New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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More tax change discussion on tap
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees Monday will consider changing the date the district adopts its tax rate and how it collects its property taxes.
The school board also will discuss annual contracts and contract extensions
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said f riday the district works on its budgets and contract renewals in the early part of each calendar year.
Trustees will decide whether to close the tax office it shares with the City of New Braunfels and contract with Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause, whose office collects taxes for most of the county’s taxing entities.
NBISD Executive Director of Business and Support Services Sandy I fill said the changes would save the district tens of thousands of dollars each year and would align it with the way nearly every government or school district in the state sets its budgets and tax rates and collects the taxes.
The NBISD has three employees in its tax office. One will retire soon, Hill said. The other two would be reassigned to other jobs in the district.
The change, recently recommended by a consultant, would save the NBISD about $80,000 a year and could result in a revenue source if the district could lease the freed-up office space to New Braunfels, I fill said.
If NBISD changes its budget and tax year to match the others, using Krause’s services would be a bargain compared to running its own operation, Hill said — about $12,000 a year after the systems are set up and running compared to the $99,000 the district spends now. If the
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Guada Coma Garden Club member Ruth Smith sorts through the plants available at the clubs table Saturday afternoon at Gartenfest on the grounds of Conservation Plaza.
By Ron Maloney
It’s springtime — time for opening the windows, letting fresh air into the house, and working in the garden, turning up dirt.
Saturday, hundreds of gardeners gathered to celebrate Gartenfest at Conservation Plaza with seminars, plant and gift sales and the opportunity to talk shop with others from floral businesses, garden clubs or farms who have “been there and done that" when it comes to raising plants in this region.
Ruth Smith wore a vibrant, pink floral hat Saturday, shading the kind of freckles one can only get by working untold, forgotten sunny summer mornings in a planting bed. She was one of the gardeners, helping other members of the Guada Coma Garden Club sell plants and herbs at an open air market set up on the plaza alongside a number of other clubs and florists.
‘it’s been a beautiful day” Smith said, rearranging plantings in the warm breeze right around lunchtime. "We’ve done really well — we’ve had a lot of customers.”
She set down a planter and smiled.
"These were all done by members of our club. We had a wide variety, and we had the best prices on the block,” Smith said.
A former Cameron County Extension agent, Smith taught homemaking for more than a quarter of a century, moving up to New Braunfels from the valley just several years ago.
“I’m very familiar with the shrubs and hedges in the valley,” Smith said. “I ve had to learn new ones here.’
Smith brought her green thumb to New Braunfels to be close to her boys.
My two sons live here,” Smith said. "They like it in the Hill Country. You can go tubing in the rivers, go camping, go to concerts and go to the big stores."
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Despite a lackluster basketball season, 12 outstanding athletes picked for the Herald-Zeitung's All-Comal County team. Page IB
Higher parking fee will boost river safety efforts
By Scott Mahon
One of five river management revenue sources, the parking fee at Prince Solms Hark, was increased to $7 from $5 to help offset the cost of law enforcement and trash cleanup.
T he River Activities Committee recommended the inc rease, and the New Braunfels City Council approved the recommendation March 22.
The committee initially recommended increasing the parking fee to $10 for vehicles; however, council
ing parking fees would encourage tourists to park in adjacent neighborhoods.
What are we telling them by raising tile fee?” Cork asked, "ll we make it too expensive to park in the park, then we’re encouraging people to park in front of someone’s driveway in a neighborhood. So I recommend we don’t increase the fee at all.” River Projects Manager Nathan Pence said the extra $44,000 would be used to fund additional law enforcement presence on the rivers.Rundown
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said the increase was too much.
Harking fees were $5 per vehicle and $7 for recreational vehicles. Council increased the fee for RVs to $10 per vehicle.
Parking revenues from Prince Solms Park for the summer of 2003 were $112,066.
"I have a concern increasing the fee 40 percent, from $5 to $7,” said District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pdspisil.
Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez said parking fees in San Antonio were as much and higher.
“SeaWorld charges $7, Fiesta Texas charges $8, and it costs anywhere from $5 to $10 to park near the Riverwalk in San Antonio,” he said. “So 40 percent sounds like a lot, but you need to look at what other recreational places charge. I think we’re in the ballpark.”
Mayor Adam Cork said increas
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