New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
2-A HERALD-ZETTUNG SUNDAY, MAT 2, 1993
Voters reject Prayer Day events slated for Main Plaza
school funding amendments
Staff and Wirt report
Gov. Ann Richards and other top state leaders began looking toward alternative school funding plans Saturday after voters rejected the plan they had pushed for months.
In Comal County, Proposition I — allowing limited redistribution of ad valorem taxes for schools — failed with only 27.67 percent in favor and 67.97 percent against The proposed Amendment 3 — authorizing state assistance in financing school facilities — also failed with 30.03 percent in favor and 62.61 against.
"If it looks like on Monday there’ll be something passed in the Legislature that doesn’t require voter approval we can start to plan what we'll do," said Charles Bradbeny, New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent.
"Otherwise we’re in a very, very tough position — in a tailspin.
"We’ll have to look at shutting down summer school, our summer maintenance plans, ordering supplies for next year, and so on so we can meet our contractual obligations,” said Bradberry.
At the Comal Independent School District Superintendent^ Rogers said the plan is to continue to operate until funds run out.
"I think there’s some things up there that will be fair to everyone,” said Rogers. “I think they want a state income tax.
"It’s a matter of putting their priorities in order. We’ll be in close contact with Mr. Kuempel and Mr. Wentworth."
Both local school superintendents were anxious about what the Texas legislature will propose now that voters have rejected their efforts to pass the buck the citizens.
“We’ve got to go back to square one,” Richards said. "We’ve got to see what we can get the leadership to agree on ... and try to get this thing.
Ll. Gov. Bob Bullock said voters "have spoken loud and clear."
Bullock said he would meet Sunday with staff and lawmakers “to begin working immediately on a plan that will be acceptable to voters and which most importantly will provide accountability to taxpayers and a quality education for our children.”
With 62 percent of 8,067 precincts reporting, Proposition I was failing by a wide margin.
The vote was 61 percent, or 682,711, against and 39 percent, or 658,314, in favor.
The so-called "Robin Hood" proposal would have made it constitutional for some property tax money to be shifted from richer to poorer school districts.
It was designed to meet a Texas Supreme Court order for a constitutional way of making similar money avail-
lf it looks like on Monday there’ll be something passed in the Legislature that doesn’t require voter approval we can start to plan what we’ll do.”
able to school districts that tax locally at similar rates. Schools rely on state aid and local property taxes.
If lawmakers don’t pass a constitutional plan by June I, they face a court-ordered cutoff of state aid to schools.
Leaders, headed by Richards, had called Proposition I the best chance to meet the court deadline and avoid potential school closings.
But opponents said the proposed constitutional amendment would mean higher property taxes and wouldn’t end the continuing court battle over fair school funding. They said lawmakers should find a better way to address the court order.
"I think the voters of Texas demonstrated they can’t be blackmailed, they can’t be misled, and they don’t like Ann Richards’ tax increases," said state GOP Chairman Fred Meyer.
The state Republican Party opposed Proposition I, although some individual Republicans supported it. Richards and Bullocks are Democrats.
Proposition I represented voters’ first chance to speak directly on a school finance plan after three Texas Supreme Court rulings against the state’s system of funding public education.
There were two other school-related amendments on the ballot.
Locally voters and other Texans rejected Proposition 3 on school bonds, which would have provided for up to $760 million in state general obligation or revenue bonds to help school districts build and renovate facilities.
With 62 percent of the precincts reporting, the vote was 66 percent, or 778,537, against, and 44 percent, or 608,554, in favor of Proposition 3.
Proposition 2 on school mandates was failing, with 52 percent, or 713,757, against, and 48 percent, or 666,366, in favor.
It would keep school districts from having to comply with state educational mandates that are not funded by the state and are enacted after Dec. 31.
There would be exceptions for mandates imposed to comply with the state constitution or federal law, or enacted by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.
Proposition 2 passed locally with 47.58 percent of the votes in favor and 43.87 percent against.
By DAVID SULLENS Heraid-Zeltung
The schedule for the New Braunfels observance of the National Day of Prayer has been finalized, according to Ralph Wall, one of the annual event’s organizers.
The observance is set for May 6 with activities centered on the gazebo on the downtown plaza.
The observance will get under way at 7 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. with local churches assuming responsibility for portions of the observance throughout the day.
Lakeside Baptist Church will direct the 8-9 a.m. segment; Oakwood Baptist the 9-10 a.m. segment; St. John’s Episcopal 10-10:30 a.m.; Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church 10:30-11 a.m.; homeschoolerg ll a.m.-noon; Tree of Life Fellowship, noon-1 p.m.; New Braunfels Christian Academy 1-1:30 p.m.; New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 1:30-2 p.m.; Dayspring Christian Fellowship 2-3 p.m.; Mission Valley Bible Church, 3-4 p.m.; World Indigenous Missions 4-4:30 p.m.; First Protestant Church 4:30-5 p.m.; Freedom Fellowship and Pentecostal of New Braunfels 5-6 p.m.
The observance will conclude
with community prayer and praise from 6-7 p.m., Wall said.
The local observance will coincide with similar events throughout the nation.
The National Day of Prayer was first created under a joint resolution of Congress in 1952. That resolution calls for the designation of a specific day each year and that has been done every year.
At this writing, President Bill Clinton has not yet signed the proclamation of the 1993 observance, but oiganizers throughout the country presume he will, Wall said.
The observance calls for participants to pray for specific national, state and local leaders at designated times throughout a 24-hour period.
In Comal County, those designated periods are: midnight-1 a.m., U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith; 1-2 a.m., Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer; 2-3 a.m., Gov. Ann Richards; 3-4 a.m., Police Chief Dick Headen; 4-5 a.m., the Cabinet of the President; 5-6 a.m., the New Braunfels City Council;
6-7 a.m., U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm;
7-8 a.m., State Rep. Edmund Kuempel; 8-9 a.m., U.S. Supreme Court; 9-10 a.m., Vice President Al Gore; 10-11 a.m., Garden Ridge City Council; ll
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a.m.-noon, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth; noon-1 p.m., President Bill Clinton; 1-2 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt J.R. Holder; 2-3 p.m. U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger; 3-4 p.m., Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock; 4-5 p.m., New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo and his staff; 5-6 p.m., the administration and teachers of the Comal Independent School District; 6-7 p.m., the administration and teachers of the New Braunfels Independent School District; 7-8 p.m., the Texas Supreme Court; 8-9 p.m., New Braunfels Fire Chief Philip Baker; 9-10 p.m., U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; 10-11 p.m., Texas Attorney General Dan Morales.
The ll p.m.-midnight period has been set aside, Wall said, as a time "to listen to the Lord.”
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