New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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752A-Appraisal district form an experiment: Brucks
By DANA STELL Staff writer
About 10,000 forms from the county appraisal district were discovered in mailboxes this month, and the chief appraiser says the next time he conducts a survey, the forms will be accompanied by an explanation.
The Comal County Appraisal District is testing a new way to find all the taxable property in this area.
Questionnaires titled “Confidential personal property rendition of taxable property” were sent without a cover letter to homeowners in the area.
Because of that, said chief appraiser Glenn Brucks, many people don’t know what it is.
“Quite a few people have had questions about it,” he said. “Most people don’t really understand it.”
This is the first time the appraisal district has sent the questionnaire and Brucks said he will study the results of the mailout to determine its success.
“I doubt if we would do it every year; we may do it every few years, and hopefully we’ll update our data base and fill in the empty spots,” he said, explaining that the district’s computer does not have addresses for every resident.
“And it takes several weeks to get the mailout ready
and it’s pretty expensive,” Brucks said.
The appraiser said the district gets property information from such things as boat, auto, and aircraft registration lists. “We’re still going to use them, we’ll just match them” with the information received from the questionnaires, he said.
“We’re trying to get all the information we can from all of our sources,” Brucks said.“We’re makingsure that everything is getting treated equally.”
The form sent to individuals contains spaces for listing furniture, inventory, machinery, and vehicles, but Brucks explains that the District office is only interested in the vehicle section.
Personal cars are not taxable; however, owners of boats, motor homes, motorcycles, travel trailers, aircraft, and cars used for business are asked to describe the vehicle and give an estimated property value.
“Our personal property appraiser checks it over and determines what’s taxable, puts a value on them, and places in on the tax roll,” Brucks said.
The values learned from this mailout will be included on the 1985 tax roll. The deadline for returning the form is April 30, but Brucks said there is no penalty for not returning it. “The law says you have to, but there’s no penalty if you don’t.”
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MX may fall short * of full arsenal
WASHINGTON (AP) - The four decisive votes that rescued the MX missile system for the White House may mark the high-water level for the long-range nuclear weapon and lead to deployment of a far smaller MX force than President Reagan seeks, lawmakers said.
I .-ess than an hour after the House voted 217-210 on Thursday to cement congressional approval of $1.5 billion to buy a second installment of 21 MX missiles, a band of influential Democratic senators proposed to limit deployed, ready-to-fire MXs to no more than 40.
President Reagan proposes a force of IOO MXs. each armed with IO warheads and backed by 123 spare and test missiles
A 40-missile fleet would aim 400 nuclear warheads at Soviet targets, a destructive punch large enough to keep the attention of Soviet negotiators at arms control talks in Geneva, Switzerland, but small enough to avoid setting the nuclear balance on a hair trigger, the senators said.
MX roll call
WASHINGTON (API Mete is how Te*ans
voted in the 217 210 toll ceil Thursday by which the House approved spending $1 5 billion on 21 MX missiles
A yes vote is rn favor of spending the $1 5
Voting yes es re 61 Democrats and 166 Republicans
Voting no were 187 Democrats and 23 Republicans
sn denotes those not voting Omocrats Andrews, yes Broods, no. Bryant no Bustamante yes Coleman no de ta G'aza yes Frost yes. Gonzalez no R Hall yes S Hat) yes leath yes Leland, no. Odu yes Pickle no. Stenbolm yes Wilson yes Wright, no
Republicans — Archer aaa Armey, yes Bartlett yes Barton yes Boulter yes Combes! yes Decay yes Fields yes Loetfter yes Sweeney, yes
The size of the force could be adjusted according to progress at the Geneva talks or because of Soviet strategic developments, said Sen. Sam Nunn, leader of a group of Senate Democrats that voted for MX spending when it was approved in two identical 55-45 roll calls last week.
The House voted 219-213 on Tuesday to authorize funds for the 21 MXs. Thursday’s vote was to release the money.
The next stage in the controversial 12-year history that has marked MX development will come sometime this summer when Congress decides how to deal with Reagan's request in his military budget for fiscal 1986 for $4 billiom to build another 48 MXs.
But many House and Senate leaders said they believe there is no way the total 48 will be approved, especially in a time of high budget deficits.
House Republican Whip Trent Lott of Mississippi said he believes the House “probably will not be prepared at this time to go forward with the full 48."
“I feel very strongly you’re not going to get a heck of a lot of money for these MX missiles; they shot their wad today,” said Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass., the ranking Republican on the House Armed
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Constable to get used police car
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Precinct 4 Constable Fidel Tamez will soon have a newer car after commissioners court Thursday agreed to buy him a used police car for $3,000
Commissioner Monroe Wetz wanted a review of the policy of providing cars as opposed to paying mileage for constables.
“(In the past) we were paying mileage, but we were selling at auction the old stienff deputy cars for $800 It’s a shame we don’t have any sheriff department cars for Tamez, and this $3,000 is not too much. It’s really a heck of a deal. If there are no vehicles at the sheriffs department available, I think we ought to go back to mileage,” Wetz said.
Commissioner Ixirenzo (Yankee) Camarillo said that a policy on this
should be set and a close look at the money involved ought to be a part of the review County Judge Fred Clark and Commissioner Bill George agreed that during the next budget process they ought to make a policy that would cover these expenditures, either by paying mileage when cars are not available or by providing another vehicle.
“Right now we are operating under a policy of providing vehicles and this is a good buy, so I think we ought to get it for him,” Clark said.
The 1983 Dodge Diplomat with police package of the larger engine and other features was traded in by Alamo Heights Police Department in San Antonio to Gillespie Ford. The salesman at Gillespie was a friend of another constable, Danny Scheel of Precinct 2, and told him about it, Scheel said in a telephone interview.
“It only has 61,000 miles on it. So I
went to look at it after Danny told me about the car and I talked to Judge Clark," Tamez said in a telephone interview also.
Tamez, who is attending a continuing education class for law enforcement officers at San Antonio College this week, could not attend the commissioners court.
Another agenda item added as an emergency item to Thursday’s meeting was a change order that added walls to the investigators’ offices. Originally the walls were drawn in the plans, but the specifications did not include them. Therefore bids had not included the walls. Commissioners had wanted to compare the cost of temporary walls with sheet rock.
“It turns out the temporary walls cost more and sheet rock walls can
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Little Bit gets a bicycle s-eye view of the world courtesy of his owner, Guy Weeman, as Weeman pedals down San Antonio Street. Weeman has traveled to New Braunfels from New Hampshire in search of work.
morning’s low was 70. Sunset tonight will be at 6:47 p.m. and sunrise Saturday will be at 6:23 am.
Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwatda Aquifar Canyon Lafe* lava!
278 cfs (up 4) 740 cfa (down 173) 866 cfa (tam*)
624 98 (up 02) 904 20 (up 03)
It should remain mostly cloudy and warm today with a high in the mid 80s. There s a 20 percent chance of possibly severe thunderstorms tonight, with a low in the mid 50s. Saturday should see a 50 percent chance of thundershowers, windy and cooler weather, and a high in the mid 70s. Yesterday’s high was 84 and this
No 'meltdown' planned here, new Datapoint chief says
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - New Datapoint chairman Asher Edelman denied today he plans a “meltdown” of the computer manufacturing firm, resulting in heavy job losses.
Edelman, who won control of the corporation’s board of directors March 15, did say, however, there are plans to sell of the service end of the company.
“There’s been an awful lot of fear there would be a meltdown or liquidation of the company that would cause a loss of jobs,” Edelman said at a news conference.
"That simply is not the case. This company, in iii present form, will be
a growing company,” he said.
Edelman said Datapoint “has some real cleaning up to do,” but he predicted “sales are going to take off pretty quickly."
“We will return to total profitability within three months,” he said, predicting the company would reach the $1 billion sales mark within five years. Datapoint was a $600 million sales company last year.
Edelman said the service end of the business may or may not remain part of Datapoint. But he did say it probably would be owned by its present shareholders "in one form or another.”
Edelman said Datapoint would remain in San Antonio, where it is one of the city’s largest industries.
The company employs 7,000 worldwide.
He said no other part of the business is for sale besides the service industry.
“Now that’s a scoop,” he said.
Ed Gistaro, chief executive officer of the firm, said there would be no guarantees that manpower would remain the same.
“It may increase. It may decrease. Depending upon profitability,” he said.
Utilities seeks security for its wells, water supply
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
An innovative ordinance to protect New Braunfels Utilities water supply wells will be floating to City Hail soon.
Utilities trustees okayed the resolution at their Thursday meeting, w hich sent the ordinance on its way to City Council where it could become law after three readings.
The ordinance specifies minimum distances from w ater wells to sewage treatment plants, animal feed lots, drainage ditches that contain industrial waste discharges, solid waste disposal sites, or land irrigated by sewage plant effluent. It will also establish a fine for those who violate these guidelines.
That fine was not established Thursday, but Mayor Barbara Tieken said legislation passed in 19814 authorized a maximum fine of $1,000. She indicated she would push for the maximum from the council, “just so everyone knows we’re serious.” she added.
• None of these conditions prevail at the present time,” Utilitites Manager Bob Sohn said. “But San Antonio doesn’t even have an ordinance like this, except for sections 7 and 8.”
Those sections state abandoned wells within 1,000 feet of a public water supply systemd must be plugged or sealed to prevent possible contamination of the Edwards Aquifer. Adandoned wells are defined as those that have not been in active use for more than two years, and plugging shall be done at the owner’s expense.
lf any well is declared a nuisance and is contaminating the city’s water supply, the ordinance also gives Utilities the authority to act immediately.
Thursday’s meeting was dominated by discussion on water issues. By concensus, trustees authorized Sohn to move forward with a water purchase contract from Canyon I^ake with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority i OBRA), and to further investigate participation in GBRA’s proposed surface water treatement plant on Lake Dunlap.
In the contract for Canyon l,ake water, Utilities would commit to purchase 500 acre feet a year for five years, with an option to buy up to 30,000 acre feet if and when GBRA sells 40,000 of the 50,000 acre feet available for purchase — whichever comes last.
“So you’re asking us to purchase some, and create an option for the rest?” trustee Robert Orr asked. “We’re declaring our intentions, but could have five years to prepare ourselves. In addition, if there’s a run on water, we’re protected.”
“At $38.75 per acre foot, 500 acre feet represents a good amount to pay every year for insurance,” Sohn said. “But the future cost of that water could rise to who knows what. That's really just a drop in the bucket to make sure New Braunfels is water secure.”
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