New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Council okays budget, sets tax rate at 24.3 cents
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The 1983-84 tax rate for City of New Braunfels residents will be 24.3 cents per $100 valuation.
Council approved the rate by unanimous vote Monday night The SH 7 million budget was approved too, after some discussion, but with no changes
The budget will go Into effect on July I. first day of the next fiscal year Approximately 15 percent of th** budget will come from ad valorem taxes, which will also be
due on July I Notices should be going out within the next few weeks
With a 56 7 Increase In the appraised value of properties on this year's roll, the average property owner should be paying approximately the same amount of tax he did under the current lucent rate, said City Manager E N Delashmutt.
Flfty-slx percent means a house valued at $30,000 last year would have been re valued at $47,000 Taxes on such a home under the old value and rate
would have been $114 With the new values and the new rate that same property owner will be paying $114 23
The question Is whether there Is such a thing as an “average property owner." In other taxing jurisdictions, last year's reappraisal caused residential property values to double In many cases Commercial and Industrial properties didn t rise so drastically, because they had been closer to fair market value before
For this reason, Coun-
cilmember Barbara Tleken wanted to consider granting the optional 40 percent exemption on homesteads, made possible by a 1981 amendment to the Texas Constitution
Delashmutt said It was too late to be bringing that up; that lf council had wanted to grant this exemption, It should have been discussed six months ago. lf the exemption were to go through, the overall tax rate would have to go up, and this would have to be duly advertised through the media and public hearings
Delashmutt didn’t figure the rate with the exemption, he said, because he had no Idea the council would even want to consider giving It.
“I brought this up to him after the Texas Municipal League conference (some months ago)," said Tleken Tuesday morning She said she had also brought It up In a council executive session, but the rest of the council didn t seem Interested
"Apparently (Delshmutt I could see no need for It (figuring an extra rate proposal I. because
he knew It was not going to be enacted," she surmised
Tleken also took exception to the amount of money Delashmutt expects to have left over this fiscal year, to be applied to next year's budget After checking with various cities, she found that a ll) percent carryover Is about average. New Braunfels, she said, seems to be carrying over almost 20 percent of its budget each year, which might Indicate It's collecting more money than It
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TUESDAY May 10, 1983 25 cents
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 92 No. 92
(USPS 377 880'
Four killed in plane crash
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The Identities of four passengers killed In a plane crash Monday night near Schwab Road were still unknown at presstime Tuesday, but Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration w ere at the scene The registered owner of the single engine Cessna 1*2 that crashed south of town shortly before midnight was a San Antonio resident. said Department of Public Safety Sgt John Narramore "He t the plane owner) was known to he In San Marcos Monday night." and It is believed he was planning to fly from San Marcos to San Antonio. Narramore added
But "no flight plan was filed," the DPS official noted
Because the four bodies were "burned beyond recognition." officials have been unable to identify any of the passengers or
pilot, said Comal County Justice of the Peace K ll Doc" Blanchard who was called to the scene after I a rn Tuesday
According to re|K>rts, the private plane dipped a high voltage power line shortly after ll 45 pm, caught fir** and crushed Into a wheat field approximately 5oo yards from interstate ,.6 near Schwab Road. Narramore said
At that time there was a heavy fog in the area and it was misty, lait officials do not yet know lf the weather had anything to do with the crash, Narramore said
"It lit up the sky,” DPS Trooper Lynn Munford told til** Associated Press Tuesday
Munford, who first thought the crash was lightning bolt but later learned through CB reports that there'd been a plane crash, was unavailble for comment to the Herald bedung because he was investigating the accident,
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Reagan —no MX, no security
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, lobbying for approval of the MX missile, says rejection of the weapon by Congress would deal "a blow to our national security that no foreign power would ever have been able to accomplish "
Speaking at a memorial dinner for the late Rep John Ashhrook in Ashland, Ohio, tile president called on Congress to supfsirt the MX program and promised in turn, to combine it with vigorous arms control "
Reagan stopped In Ashland for several hours Monday night after a long weekend at
his ranch near Santa Barbara Calif , then returned to the \\ hit** House
He planned to continue hts lobbying effort today in a meeting with members of I 'orig re ss from both parties
Prior to that session, Reagan wa.s to meet with the National Security Council to consider revising a proposed treaty with tile Soviet t'nton on reducing strategic bombers and missiles
Larry Speake*, the* deputy NS bite House
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Final arguments due in Ortiz murder trial
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
With both sides resting this morning the trial of Juan Ramon Ortiz has recessed until 9 a rn V\ ednesday
The charge* will be* prepared tins afternoon, and fee read Wednesday morning followed fey closing arguments Presiding Judge A Reagan Clark said the jury will begin its deliberations on the guilt or Innocence of Ort!*
ortu is charged with the slaying of Ramon Tu redos. 16. one* of four Kl Salvadorans who we*re bound and shot at close* range* along the Brazos River bank last July The slayings occurred on July 4, but Du* bodies weren't discovered until July 16
The state a key witness, Gerardo Ortgel Perez, returned briefly to the stand Monday morning, after an all day stint Friday A threat between Perez and Ortiz was made part of the court's record Friday morning, with defense attorney Charles Cate asking for a mistrial Judge Clark denied the request
Perez had testified earlier he and his girlfriend had crossed the Rio Grande on July 2 In an Inflatable raft and were driven to the same apartment complex in Houston where other Illegal aliens, including the four deceased Kl Salvadorans, were robbed and beaten
Perez was taken back to the Creekvlew Apartments over the weekend, and confirmed the size
of the* bedroom that he had walked off In court Friday, w here* fie and cithers were held captive bac k in July
In cross examination Monday, Cates aske*d Pe*re/, lf hlM mother In law is a witch and lf she had put a curse em the staters at torneys lf site* did that. It was only in jest," Perez replied through the* court Interpreter "You are not to insult my mother in law again She* is very sacred to me."
Judge* Clark warned Cates on being abusive toward the state's witnesses “I realize he s c pere*/,) Is a hostile witness, but yeiu’re becoming more hostile* than he is." the* judge* said
.Jose* Mejia, maintenance man at the Creekvlew Apartments, also testified Monday that Ortiz and other members of the smuggling gang stayed from time to time at tfie apartments “They drank anc! partied and fire*d shots In the air. causing a large* number of vacancies," Mejia said through the Interpreter He added that Juan a main Job was "to deliver the aliens to their relatives."
Mejia said members of the Los Tejas gang of "coyotes." referred to themselves as the "Mafia of Texas," and "were always armed " He testified he saw people tied up being lead from apartment to apartment once
1 Were you alarmed by all this'’" Defense Attorney Paul Cadillo asked Mejta said no.
See ORTIZ, Page 12Today's Weather
It w ill lie* mostly cloudy today and tonight, becoming partly cloudy Wednesday Winds will be from tin* east to southeast at 10-15 mph today and Wednesday, and southeast near ll) mph tonight Probability cif ram is 40 percent today. 30 percent tonight, and 20 percent Wednesday Sunset will be* at 8 13 p rn . and sunrise Wednesday will be* at 6 41 ani
Shootout, Part llSAINI ANTONIO
The Spurs and the Lakers go at it again tonight in the Forum, and once again the spotlight will be on the men In the* middle -Hareem Abdul Jabbar for I .cis Angeles vs Artis Gilmore for San Antonio Hare em won the first buttle handily, sc tiring 30 points In the larkers' 119 107 victory Sunday in the series openerGasoline Squad?
laist season, Houston's bullpen didnt
squelch rallies —It made them worse This
year, things have begun to change The
New York Mels found that out Monday Sports. Page 5
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WEATHER.........................3Rec Center stays aliveCouncil votes 6-1 to keep it open; loft' area closed
Differences of opinion still exist on just how bad the I .anda Recreation Center looked two weeks ago, and who was to blame But the* City Council voted Monday to keep the center open, provided the rear loft area Is barred from use
The rear restrooms and showers will be closed pending a favorable report from the plumbing Inspector, but may be* re* opened after that, City Manager K N Delashmutt said
Delashmutt reported "a great improvement In overall cleanliness" since city officials made their first Inspection tour Mayor O A. Stratemann Jr public ly apologized for some statements he* made on the* radio last week, decrying the* prior management of the center under the Lancia Recreation Association. And the council voted 6 I In favor cif keeping the center open with tin* qualifications mentioned above
Mayor Bro Tem Gerald Sc haefer cast the* dissenting vote He said after tin* meeting that he would have preferred to shut down the* center
Councilmembers Laverne Kberhard and Joe Rogers seemed to share a little cif Schaefer's sentiment, though they were* in favor of keeping It open
Rogers looked through tin* building before the Recreation Association c alled for a second inspection, and agreed wit Ii the first in spectlon team that some part1 cd it were "filthy "
Mike Doherty, president cd the* association, said the first inspection was macle at noon probably not the best time. since Ila* building Is usually cleaned Iii late afternoon Hut
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Back at it again
Inmate begins second hunger strike
It may not conn* as a big surprise, but < 'clinal County Jail inmate Juan Lopez Is refusing to eat again
Lopez turned away his noon and evening meals Monday, and breakfast Tuesday, Jailer Walt Sumner said The first hunger strike Lopez participated in lasted iy full clays, ami ended on May 5
Reports have Indicated that Lopez would not drink liquids tills go around But Sumner sale! Tuesday there was no way to verify that statement “We take a coffee pot up there in the* morning, c ups of orange* juice, arid a pitcher of tea at noon and at night He (I .ope/, i doesn't sign statements about the liquids, so tile re's really no way to know it he's drinking or mil "
Lopez’ refusal to eat Is confirmed with each meal by ills signature* on a medical form. releasing the* Sheriff’s Offic e from any health related responsibility However, Sumner said, “There arc* five other persons cm tti#* second tbior w itll I .ope/, and we* take* five* trays of food
up there So tie docs have access to Ills fellow inmates' food '’
The original hunger strike* began on April 15 to protest a IO year probated sentence* given to a Fort Sam Houston private for killing Ruben Sauecda Sr Get 30 Sauceda’s pregnant wife* ariel their two small children were al -o killed by the* military man's car Inmates Richard Willis, Lope*/., Margarita Maldonado arid Gilbert Gonzales refused food. lint drank plenty cif liquids One by cine*, though, the* inmates were either released from jail on bond cir probation, or transferred to a jail In another county, so that Lope/ was flu-only one left In the* I 'canal <Tenuity fit* Pity
Lopez broke the* April 16 strike on May 5 with an evening meal of tacos and fruit cocktail I ic* Is in jail. pending prosecution on an April 20 Grand Jury Indictment hen* for passing a forged instrument Lope*/ has been to the penitentiary twice* for various murder charges
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Commissioners ink jail paperwork
Just how slow was the day for voting precinct judges during Saturday's jail bond election?
“You could have read Ww and Peace" at the polls that duy, that s how slow It was In the opinion of County Judge Fred Clark.
(.’lurks remarks — which referred to low voter turnout in the county's $3 9 million bond election Saturday — were mach* Monday during Commissioners Court's canvassing of the* election returns.
Compared to previous elec tions. Saturday’s was a slow one A total cif 1,394 of the* ap proximate 19.OKO registered voters In the county made It to the polls that clay Of that amount. 1,084 voted for the county's single unidohIIbin ballot and 310 voted aeiiinst it
“It must have been a long clay working ut those polls," Commissioner J L Jumbo" Kvans noted as the court viewed enc Ii of the county's 23 voting precinct results
As was expected no surprises aru. * cult the vote* c anvassing The figures matched Urns** totals frosted Saturday following the* closing ol the* polls The proposition carried the* majority In all cif the* 23 county voting precincts and In the IOO absentee votes c ast
F inding all to be* in order, the cour t officially certified Saturday s election In whic h voters overwhelmingly approved the county's Issuing $3 9 million in bonds to jsty for Ute con structlon of a new county jail and to purchase
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S tat! phalli fey John S tint*/
The wreckage of a single enginer Cessna
sits in a Comal County field after Monday's crash