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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, May 3, 2005 — Herald-Zettung — Page 5 Final day of early voting today in courthouseCOUNCIL CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Both sides defend stances, statements to make it a city department. The city contracts with the chamber to operate the convention and visitors bureau, but Valentine has repeatedly said the chamber has too much influence over city hall. "There’s a money pyramid in New Braunfels,” Valentine told the Herald-Zeitung editorial board. “They help people get elected who will do favors for them. They’re too involved, they’ve overstepped their bounds. With four to five people on the city council who belong to the chamber, they have tooLEGISLATURE CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Plan would create statewide school property tax constitutional amendment also is approved. “This level of property tax reduction will have a positive impact on our economy and will create tens of thousands of new jobs,” said Sen. Steve Ogden, a Bryan Republican who crafted the legislation. If approved by the legislature and a public vote, the plan would create a statewide sc hool property tax. The House, however, has been resistant to a statewide property tax. much representation.” Limmer, on the other hand, said she belonged to the chamber, but doesn’t believe she would be influenced by the chamber. “I’m a Blue Coat,” she said. “And I ve heard that some people think I d be a puppet for the chamber. I’m proud I belong to the chamber and I don’t tliink that just because a group supports a candidate then the candidate would be in debt to that group if he or she was elected. After all, the homebuilders support me, but I’m in favor of impact fees. So I really believe I ’m an independent thinker.” Valentine also spearheaded a petition last summer to designate the fairgrounds as city parkland, after Schlitter-bahn President Gary Henry made an offer to swap a 41- The plan’s centerpiece is a new business levy, which would require companies to pay a new hybrid tax that encompasses net income and half of a business’ payroll. All businesses, excluding sole proprietorships, would pay 2.5 percent The new rate would be lower than the existing 4.5 percent, but more businesses would be required to pay. Under the current system, an estimated five out of every six Texas businesses avoid paying because of loopholes in the law, which Ogden is attempting to eliminate. The proposed system “modernizes the state’s business tax to ensure that all businesses pay their fair share,” Ogden said. acre parcel for the fairgrounds. But subsequently, more than 200 members of the Comal County Fair Association voted unanimously to oppose the petition. Arlon Hermes, an executive board member of the fair association and the association’s spokesman, said last year that designating the fairgrounds a city park would be too restrictive. Valentine’s petition failed by a margin of almost 4 to I in the November election, but it became obvious that Valentine had become a thorn in the side of the fair association. Hermes is Limmer’s campaign treasurer. Earlier this year, Valentine came under attack from his opponents for claiming two Revenue from the state business tax would be dedicated to public education. The sales tax, including sales of motor vehicles and boats, would be increased by a half cent, to 6.75 percent and the cigarette tax would increase by 60 cents, to a $1.01 per pack total. Ogden’s plan would grant a refund of 20 percent of estimated sales taxes to welfare and food stamp recipients who use the Lone Star Card to buy groceries. The Senate Finance Committee plan differs in key areas from a House school finance tax plan approved in March. That proposal did not include an alcohol tax increase, but homestead exemptions in New Braunfels and Houston. Valentine contends that he has represented his constituents, whereas Limmer claimed voters are tired of controversy. “Good government is working together,” Limmer said during a recent candidate forum. “Useless disdain serves no purpose. People are angry, and they want a change in District 6.” Valentine said, however, his minority positions represented the voice of the people. “I'm the champion of the little guy, and I speak my mind,” he said. But Limmer has also been accused of “washing" campaign contributions. “IVe done nothing wrong,” she told the editorial board. “I have nothing to hide.” did institute a new tax on snac ks, which was scrapped by the Senate. The Senate sales tax increase is half of that proposed by the House. The House plan also would give busi nesses an option between a reduced franchise tax and a new tax on payroll. It was unclear how much revenue the total Senate package would generate. To balance. the plan would need to spawn about $6 billion to cover the property tax reduction and another $2.9 billion to fund education changes called for in an accompanying school finance bill that was approved by another Senate committee last week. Heading into the final day of early voting, 1,811 voters have cast ballots in the city election and 335 total votes have been cast in the Comal ISD election. Voters who wish to avoid the crunch of Election Day can still cast early ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in Room 104 of the Comal County courthouse. On Election Day, May 7, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to choosing a mayor and two council members, voters in the city election will also vote on 39 charter amendments. City Secretary Michael Resendez said while it is highly unlikely, there could be a run off election for mayor. He said the may-oral race between Mayor Adam Colk and Bruce Boyer has to be won a “plurality,” or by only one vote. “If there’s a tie, then there’ll have to be a run off,” he said. However, the city council races must be won by a majority of votes, or more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Bernice Martini, deputy early voting clerk, said it was taking on average seven to IO minutes to complete the city ballot because of charter amendments. Retirement Investment Strategies Workshop Managing Your Investment During Retirement To reserve your place, call (830) 626-2111 Financial Services Securities offered th tx High Linsco/Private Ledger Member NASD/SIPC Services TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALISTSDealing Effectively With Low Back Rain Meet Mr and Mrs. Irna Hurtm’, who both are suffering with low back pain (LBP). 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