New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
THE SUNDAY MAY 30, 2004
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 173 30 pages, 4 sections
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Local playoff action continues with Pee Wee, Major and Minor league championships. Page IB
City wonders if it can afford senior tax break
By Scott Mahon
As more cities across the state opt to freeze property taxes for people 65 and over, some New Braunfels senior citizens wonder when city council will do the same.
In September 2003, state voters approved Proposition 13, a measure allowing local governments the option of freezing property taxes for those 65 and older and the disabled.
According to the Texas Municipal League, about 20 to 30 cities around Dallas approved the measure immediately after it went into effect on Jan. I. And some cities around San
Antonio have approved the measure, including Selma.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said Windcrest residents will vote on the measure in September.
“Cities across the state are watching Windcrest because a large proportion of its population are people 65 and older,” he said. “^Windcrest voters approve the measure, it ll make a statement."
Proposition 13 also allows counties and junior college districts to establish an ad valorem freeze for people who are 65 and older and the disabled.
Ihe measure was intended to give elderly and disabled
See TAXES. Page 3A
Annexation plan still indudes farms
‘Intense buildup’ worth the wait for 2004 Canyon High graduates
By Leigh Jon**
"Today we take off the training wheels."
With those words, Jarrett Dziuk, Canyon High School 2004 valedictorian, welcomed his Mow classmates into adulthood.
Before commencement began, seniors clustered in hallways, helping each other with caps and gowns.
Charles Verner said he had practical matters on his mind when he woke up graduation morning.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Where are my black pants?”' he said.
Mary Gaffe Bradshaw said the buildup to graduation was intense.
“We've been in school so long/' she said.
Brandy Meyer held a disposable camera in one hand as she helped her boyfriend, Zach Flores, adjust his collar.
“I'm so excited," she said. “I’m going to Texas A&M in the fall.’’
Flores, who is headed to the
Parks Johnson gives the thumbs up to his family before taking his seat at the start of the graduation ceremony for the Canyon High School class of 2004.
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Planning Commission will send its final recommendation for annexation to city council Tuesday, including unincorporated areas adjacent to the municipal airport.
Frank Robbins, director of planning and community development, said Friday he has reviewed a nonannexation agreement drafted by lawyers for landowners near the airport. I Ie claims it didn’t solve the fundamental ‘ doughnut” problem — creating unincorporated holes inside the city limits.
“Consequently, I think we should pass this on to council and see if they
See ANNEXATION. Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
■ What New
Braunfels Planning Commission
■ When: 6 30
p m, Tuesday
■ Where: Municipal Building.
424 Casted Ave.
Running a campground tart nearly aa anay as one might think.
‘Well-behaved’ crowd presents few parking problems
By Ron Maloney
Summer’s first big weekend kicked into gear Saturday with reports of no uncommon parking problems in city neighborhoods.
Repeated trips into the neighborhoods around Schlit-terbahn Saturday revealed the vast majority of vehicles along Liberty Avenue and the connector streets to Union Avenue were legaUy parked, not blocking driveways or yellow striped curbs.
In a few instances where they were not, police officers
were seen writing citations. Tow trucks were also seen in the area.
Frank Cano of Dallas didn’t
get a citation Saturday — he paid to park in Prince Solms Park. But the walk back during the evening, schlepping his wheeled beer cooler, was a drag, he said.
“It’s hot!” he exclaimed. He would have liked to have parked closer to the Comal’s last public exit, but there was no place.
“If parking’s allowed, we do, but theres a lot of places you can’t,” Cano said. “If you park in these neighborluxKis, some people in the houses get on you.”
By and large, though, Cano
said the locals were friendly. He should know; he makes the trip to New Braunfels regularly.
“We come at least three times a year,” Cano said.
While river revelers kept emergency medical services busy, law enforcement officials reported the crowds were largely well-behaved.
Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds reported the largest crowd believed to have been on the river since the 2002 Hood.
“There’s a big crowd out
See RIVER. Page 3A
"The climb to the future is long, but it will be a satisfying journey. Enjoy your climb.”
- CHS 2004 Salutatorian SAMANTHA JOHN
Oh, happy day
Photos by DAVID INGItAM/Herald-Zeitung
Canyon High School senior Mike Rowe gestures to his fellow graduates as he walks across the stage to receive his diploma Saturday morning at Strahan Coliseum.
Frank Cano, right, walks down South Union Avenue Saturday afternoon with his family and friends to their car parked at Prince Solms Park.r TUNNELL INSURANCE]L_ HOME & AUTO J