New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
City taxes will go up; question is by how much
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
Property taxes* in New Braunfels* will go up the main question is* by how much?
The New Braunfels* City Council votes* Tuesday on the intent to raise taxes, and all Hoven council members way they will approve an increase to tackle some of th** city’n biggest problems.
The current property tax rate i« 31.9 cents per $100 us*t*e**M<*(l valuation.
Council members* ar** unsure by how much taxes should be raised, but two amounts have been discussed Id fir 20 percent. 'Hie extra 4- to 6-cent increase would equal $40 to $00 more per year for a $100,000 home. Each cent tin* property tax is raised will bring in an extra $180,00.
lf council decides it wants to raise taxes more than 3 percent, three public hearings will Im* scheduled. The new rate would have to pass three votes before taking effect.
last week, city staff balanced the 2004 budget and will present it to council 'Hies day. 'Co make up for lagging sales tax revenues, th** bud get kept expenses th*? same while eliminating 28 jobs. The property tax increase is aimed at restoring th** city services lost to the budget cuts.
Mayor Adam (kirk said th*? si/.*? of th** tax increase depends on the amount of services th** people want.
•The higher the level of services demanded by the citizens, th*? more the tax increase will need to be,"rakeoff timeAt a glance
■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council meeting to discuss budget and tax rate
■ WHEN: 6 pm. Tuesday
■ WHERE: Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
He said most cities the size and character of New Braun leis have a property tax of 50 cents per $100 valuation.
Though it has yet to he determined how any revenue generated from a tax increase would he divvi**d among city departments, Cork said he wants to focus on street repair, “to give the taxpayer something tangible and visible to help them swallow a 20 percent increase.”
Tm going to propose on Tuesday night that we increase the tax rate sufficient to provide $160,(KH) in street, work in each district,” Cork said.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said if th*? proj sisal passes, council members would work with city staff to target street priorities in each district on which the extra money would Is* spent.
‘They (council members) know their district better than anyone else. ,So when they si*** that theres a real problem, they would have actress to that money,” Cork said.
bist year, the city budgeted $200,000 for routine street repair. The proposed 2004 budget tacks on an additional $150,000, On top of that,
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Pilot and RV-6 experimental plane owner Jim Butter flies his granddaughter, Jordan Butler, into the pilot’s seat of his craft Saturday afternoon as flight enthusiasts gathered at New Braunfels Airport for the Southwestern Regional Fly-In. More than 500 aircrafts participated in the event.
Smith’s forum focuses on terrorism
By Seam Bowlin
About 50 poop!** listened as IJ.S Rep, Lamar Smith, K-San Antonio, gave them a national perspective on ter rorism, veterans’ assistance, Texas judgeship issues, the economy, high-tech education and anti child pornography legislation during a constituent meeting Saturday at OakKun Sixth Crude Cen ter.
"Its just great to enable me to visit in person with constituents. Its important for people iii Comal County to toll me what they f«*el strong
ly about,” Smith said. “There’s no substitute for these one on on** talks.”
Then Smith, who joked that it was groat to Is* hack in his home state when the legislature was finally hack at work, focused on five issues with the audient**?.
The first was the war on terrorism. Smith said th** war iii Iraq was a wonderful victory.
“But th*? threat of terrorism needs to he contained," Smit h said. ‘Tm grateful to a power greater than us that so few were killed I regret th** lives that were lost hut I’m so thankful more lives
Smith thank***! the voter ans on New Braunfels’ Armed Forces Day. Arui he said that under the Bush Administration, assistance to veterans went up IO per cent iii this year's budget, “Last week, we passed a Servieemember’s Relief Act," Smith told the audience.
I Ie said under th*? act, hoi vicemen who served in the Iraq war wouldn’t have to jiay inter*-st on debts wild** deployed; nor could they be evicted while deployed; and their life insurance policies
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To make up for lost services, New Braunfels City Council will look at raising property taxes Tuesday How much higher a bill could you expect to see?
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Note 31.9 cents per $100 assessed valuation Is New Braunfels'current property tax rate. The 36.9 and 37.9 cent figures are based on talks of a 13- to 20-percent tax rate Increase.
(Above) World War ll veteran Lorenz F. Bading lends a hand to the chorus as they finish singing “God Bless America" Saturday morning in front of the bandstand on Main Plaza. Bading was a member of a band with the 36th Infantry Division during WWW.
(Left) Following the director’s lead, a chorus sings “Pray for Our Nation” for veterans and others gathered for the Patriotic Festival, sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church.
(Bolow, left) Now Braunfels Mayor Pro-Tem Lee Rodriguez greets veterans as they take a place of honor on the bandstand Saturday to be recognized for their service to this country
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By Sean Bowlin
Under a hot Saturday sun in a flag-festooned* Plaza, about 500 veterans, s**r vieemen, dignitaries and rank-and-file citizenry celebrated what kept America free its military.
Armed Forces Day, emceed by Bennie Bock, kicked off with patriotic songs from The Barbershop Quartet and remarks by State Hep. Carter (’as feel, K-New Braunfels. It was sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church.
An*l there was patriotism all around.
“See those big flags on th** str**etn?Those ar** our flags,” said American legion Post 35 Post Com manlier (aril Konkel.
As a choir sang, Konkel looked around and said, “lf my wife was here, she'd lie crying.”
New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tom lee Rodriguez, who read a proclamation by New Braunfels Mayor Adam Chirk, said what Armed Forces Day meant to hun.
“What txxlay moans can Ii** reflected in a verse of the Bible, in Ephesians I ti: 10. ‘Put <m your full armor of Clod', it Ii*‘gins “When you road it, you’ll know it.,” Rodrigue/, said.
Rodriguez looked around at th** audience filled wit Ii act ive duty sailors, soldiers, veterans groups, Marinos and air in<‘ii and said, “It is of vital interest of nil citizens that we possess a strong defense ’
That defense was dis played by a flyover of t wo UH tit) Blackhawk hell copters.
People looked up, saw th** helicopters and clapped.
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