New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Fountain destroyed in wreck
Parks and Recreation Department workers Harry Perez and Jason Rahe maneuver the base of the Main Plaza fountain onto their truck to take it in for repairs.
By Ron Maloney
A piece of the city’s history was shattered early Sunday when the Main Plaza water fountain was destroyed in a single-vehicle accident.
Police LL John Wommack said the fountain—the first object placed on the Plaza—was heavily damaged at 2:40 am Sunday when Carlton Candle, 36, of New Braunfels, ran into it.
“He said he was tired and fell asleep,” Wommack said.
Candle, who was driving northbound on Seguin Avenue in a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero, jumped the curb in front of the Plaza, bounded up the stone steps in front of the fountain and slammed into the cast iron structure.
A New Braunfels police officer who was nearby heard the impact and rushed to the Plaza. He found Candle’s vehicle slanted sideways
in the fountain with its back facing the bandstand.
Candle, who suffered minor injuries, refused medical treatment. Wommack said his vehicle was insured, and he was not cited in connection with the accident.
Called at his home, Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson went out to the accident scene.
“We brought a parks crew in, secured the area and cleaned it up,” Ferguson said. “We felt like we need
ed to pick up every piece possible for the foundry.”
Ferguson said the pieces ranged in size from chips the size of a quarter to sections three feet long.
The foundry that last restored the fountain a few years ago has been contacted, he said, as have insurance officials.
"It's fixable. I don’t want to create the impression that it's not, but it’s
See FOUNTAIN. Page 3A
Another dwreh it profiled in the weekly scries.House’s proposed school finance tax plan under fire
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
Now that the Texas House has a proposed school finance tax plan to debate, Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, must decide whether to throw her weight behind it.
“I’m sitting here trying to read
this stuff,” Casteel said Monday. “It’s like which of my two children do I let go hungry.”
Casteel was particularly concerned about how the proposed payroll tax could effect employers in her district.
The centerpiece of the plan would eliminate the franchise tax
and instead impose a 1.25 percent payroll tax, capped at $500 per fulltime employee.
Casteel spent the day before the I louse was scheduled to begin floor debate talking to local superintendents and business leaders about their | perspectives on the proposed plan’s t>enefits and negatives.
Tm trying to determine if the bill is something I can support,” she said. “I want to support it because it does include property tax relief, which I know we need.” In Austin, Gov. Rick Perry discussed the negatives of the proposed
See PLAN, Page 3A
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High schools hold proms
By Leigh Jones
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Senior David Lagunas helps freshman Megan Perez out of their rented limo Saturday at the New Braunfels High School Prom. (Left) students pose for pictures at the prom.
New Braunfels Independent School District Board offrustees President forge Maldonado got the unanimous decision he was waiting for Monday night when trustees voted to change the tax year.
“Because tax dollars are at stake, we wanted to be certain what we were doing was right,” he said.
Trustees Rob Johnson, who arrived late, and Paul Fisher, who was absent, did not vote.
Trustee Ed Clark thanked other board members for allowing him extra time to weigh the decision.
“I appreciate the board’s patience in waiting for the new Comal Appraisal District estimations, which is what I wanted to see before making my decision,” he said. “I am still concerned about our cash flow through January, but I’m confident in the numbers we have been given.”
Because taxes now will be due in January, the district will operate until then using $9 million in reserve funds.
Clark also expressed his desire to see a tax rate decrease as a result of the tax year change.
“We came to a point where we could make this tax year change because we have a surplus. We have that because we collected too much tax previously. I think we should give some of that back to the tax payers before we spend the extra amount we get from the tax year change," he said.
Superintendent Ron Reaves proposed a balanced budget that did not include any salary increases. He hoped to pay for the salary increase with the $774,829 surplus resulting from the tax year change.
According to documents provided by Executive Director of Business Services Sandy Hill, the surplus amount equals a 2.75 percent salary increase for all staff.
Next week, board members will discuss the differences between a percentage salary increase and a flat rate increase designed to compensate for the high cost of insurance premiums.
sauntered into the civic center.
Once inside, they were greeted by movie posters, filmstrips and a screen showing movie star photographs and clips from old films.
Mayfield said the event, which took six months to plan, is about making memories.
“The purpose of prom is to have one night of fantasy,” Mayfield said. “It is one night to have [the kids] come and feel special about themselves.”
Despite the traditional idea of prom attendees requiring dates, Mayfield encourages the kids to come in groups.
At the end of the evening, Seth TYoudt and Jessica Reyes were named king and queen.
Smithson Valley seniors,
See PROM. Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
Glitz and glamour were on display Saturday night when juniors and seniors from New Braunfels and Smithson Valley High Schools attended their respective proms.
“We had a packed house,” said New Braunfels High School parent coordinator Janie Mayfield.
More than 550 students were in attendance.
New Braunfels seniors selected “Hollywood Nights, a Red Carpet Affair” for their theme.
“We had red carpet everywhere,” Mayfield said. “We wanted them to feel like stars.”
Students were greeted by cameras and a “reporter” who interviewed them as they
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