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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas _    _    THURSDAYNew Braunfels    May 17,2001 mh    14    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung I ----*— -- --r—----- •vt ■ --—--------------- ---j Vol. 150, No. 160 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Legend /A,/ Streets Rivers & Streams I I City Limits 7\7ETJ - 2 Miles ■ 5 Year Exemption 2001 - 6.5 sq mi i    k Squar* Mites Year    Total    Area 200 0..............30.22    sq    mi 200 1..............36.72    sq    mi Appraisal notices headed for mailboxes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Next week will be a taxing time for recipients of more than 40,000 appraisal notices soon to be sent by the Comal Appraisal District. Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said Wednesday new notices of appraised value would go out to the owners of 40.000 pieces of taxable property in the Comal Appraisal District. “We’ll probably be mailing within a week,” Rodgers said. Anyone who wishes to dispute the district’s appraisal can do so by notifying the CAD within one month of when the notices are mailed. Rodgers said the notices go out each May. This year’s have been delayed a few days as officials go through the process of bringing a new computer system on line. Notices are mailed for each piece of taxable property that increases in value, changes hands or when an owner requests one, Rodgers said. By statute, the entire district must receive appraisal notices every three years. Next year, Rodgers said, the CAD will mail more than 80.000 notices. The preliminary taxable value of Comal County — before any exemptions or appeals — this year is $4.58 billion — up about 15 percent more than this past Appealiig— Appeal within 30 days of the notice’s mail date by calling the Comal Appraisal District at 625-8597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board. Formal requests or for an appointment with the ARB can be mailed to the Comal Appraisal District at 178 E. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. year’s certified appraised value of $3.99 billion. This past year, the county likewise grew 15 percent from 1999’s certified $3.5 billion. The average home value in Comal County will increase from 5.5 to 6 percent, Rodgers said. The range of increases, without any other contingencies, such as construction that increases value, will be 2 to IO percent, Rodgers said. In Comal County during the past year, 816 new homes were built, keeping up with growth in the county during the past six years. The growth has ranged from a low of 111 to a high of 891. In 1999, 878 homes were built in the county. Rodgers said he didn’t per- See APPRAISAL State lawmakers near completion of budget AUSTIN (AP) — Higher education, state employees and teachers are big winners in the next state budget. But exactly how well the elderly will fare was less clear Wednesday as lawmakers continued to work on finding ways to increase funding to struggling nursing homes. Budget writers had been banking on $465 million from a bill that would levy a per-bed fee on all Texas nursing homes in order to draw enhanced Medicaid funding from the federal government. But Gov. Rick Perry opposes the bill, which he calls a tax. Budget writers should use existing funds to increase payments to nursing homes, Perry said. See BUDGET/3A Annexation moves ahead By Ron Maloney Staff Writer This past year, the city chose to do nothing. This year, the New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission is going to try again. A package of annexation proposals left over from 2000 that total about 61/2 square miles are going back to the New Braunfels City Council for possible annexation this year. Also added to the proposal will be three areas totaling more than 2 square miles that were on the annexation horizon for this year. About four dozen concerned residents attended the commission’s workshop Wednesday to make it pretty clear that the annexation debate will be a heated and lively one again this year. The annexation issue took up two-and-one-half hours of workshop time. Planners heard from a number of residents, most from T Bar M Estates or Mission Valley Estates. Some questioned the costs of providing municipal See ANNEXATION/3A City of New Braunfels - 2001 Annexation Plan This map shows the basic area New Braunfels is considering annexing. One portion, along Kowald Lane/FM 1101, was removed because the area received an agricultural exemption. The annexation proposal the planning commission decided to forward to council included about 2 more square miles. Map submitted Larger than life S.A. artist putting final touches on downtown mural his father. Brochon attended art classes with him at Trinity University as a young boy. Brochon majored in fine art at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While attending school, he painted large-scale billboards for an outdoor media firm. When he was 21, he worked on a mural painted on the old Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. The building was demolished during expansion of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. “I hope to do more (murals) here. It seems to me there are quite a few blank walls around that could use murals,” he said. Brochon admits he is more focused on fine art than public art at this point in his career, but he said he found equal amounts of joy from such projects. “I like big, long projects that take up all your time and attention. Public art is on a scale you can sink your teeth into,” he said. Brochon said the mural paint selected for the project would last at least 20 years. After applying about three coats of paint, he will complete the mural with a clear coat of ultraviolet block to prevent it from fading. PaintCo donated the paint for the mural. Accent Painting Company donated the pressure washing and cleaning for the building. “Everybody’s been really friendly,” Brochon said. By Martin Malacara Staff Writer The father of Texas Botany once again will take up residence in New Braunfels. No appointments are necessary. Anyone wishing to see him should go to 165 Seguin Ave. Ferdinand Lindheimer will be the one with his back to the wall. Lindheimer’s accomplishments will be on display for posterity on the side wall of the L.A. Hoffman building in a mural painted by San Antonio artist Alex Brochon. BROCHON A1? Hif „ Outdoor Art Galley of New Braunfels picked Brochon to paint the mural. “I think this is the pet project for a lot of people who endear him with the establishment of the town,” Brochon said. Brochon said his work would try to depict the many facets of Lindheimer’s life. Brochon derived his inspiration for the project from researching Lindheimer and from other project contributors. ‘There’s plenty of subject matter to fill this up. I could probably do another one,” he said. When finished, the mural will depict Lindheimer traveling through the Hill Country with the Comanche Indians to gather native plants for his taxonomic endeavors. The mural also will show Lindheimer’s work with the original New Braunfels Zeitung, surrounded by plants that now bear his name. Brochon said the mural was about three weeks behind schedule because of recent rains, but he planned to have it finished by Friday. A dedication ceremony for the mural is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Lindheimer’s 200th birthday. Brochon, who considers himself a realist painter, credits New York muralist Richard Haas with having the most influence on his work. Brochon learned about art from K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Mural artist Alex Brochon says he is truly “inspired” to finish the first portion of the Lindheimer mural.Inside Abby................................5    A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................8A Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Key Code 76 4B board to hear Scooter Store loan request in June By Martin Malacara Staff Writer The Scooter Store will wait until June to ask the city’s Infrastructure and Improvement Corp. for a $600,000 loan for completion of an office park. The New Braunfels Infrastructure/Improvement Corp., also known as the 4B board for its enabling legislation, will consider The Scooter Store’s request at its June 20 meeting. The board oversees a portion of the city’s sales tax revenues. Bill Morton, 4B board vice president, said Scooter Store officials requested the board postpone action until then to give them adequate time to prepare for the presentation to the board. The 4B board was scheduled to consider action Wednesday on the Scooter Store’s request for funding for infrastructure at its office park. The Scooter Store had approached the board in February to request a grant. The board denied the request and told the company to explore a loan request instead. In exchange for a grant, Scooter Store officials had promised to create at least 200 new jobs, contribute $2.5 million in taxes to the New Braunfels School District during IO years and increase its participation in the school district’s mentoring program from nearly IOO employees to 330 within five years. The Scooter Store also had previously requested a $2 million loan to help build its new offices off Loop 337 and Texas 46. The store withdrew its request in November. Construction continues on the store’s 105,000 square-foot, three story office facility. The money would help pay for completion of a street to the building, the building itself and detention and retention ponds for drainage control. Store officials have cited growth of the company as the reason behind the office building. The Scooter Store employs 580 people, 330 in New Braunfels. Average pay for the company is $27,000 a year.See 4B BOARD/3A ;