New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 295 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4BCounty officials defend 2-cent tax hike
By Ron Maloney
Comal County officials say a tax rollback could cost far more than the money it is intended to save taxpayers and that voters considering
signing a petition for a rollback election should educate themselves about why the county increased its 2006 tax rate by 2 cents.
On Sept. 15, commissioners adopted a 2006 tax rate of .353747 per $10 — an increase in the effective
Under state law, if a local government body or taxing entity votes to raise taxes more than 8 percent, voters can petition for an election to decide whether to “roll back" the rate to the 8 percent limit.
Doug Kirk, a publisher who is a former Comal Independent School District trustee and candidate for county judge and county commissioner, began the petition drive just over three weeks ago. As of Tuesday, Kirk said he had collected nearly
1,000 of the just over 4,500 signatures he ll need by Dec. 14.
“This is not just about a penny on the tax rate,” Kirk said. “This is forever. Next year’s rollback rate is computed
See ROLLBACK Page 9A
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FIGHT TO BE THE WURST
Homebuilders continue quest to stop drainage ordinance
52-unit hotel in Gruene no closer to reality
By Leigh Jones
Developers of a proposed 104-room hotel in Gruene will go back to the draw ing hoard to see if they can modify their project enough to make it palatable to their neighbors.
The Vanhorn family pulled their request for a Special Use Permit for the 69,566-square-foot Vanhorn Lodge on Tuesday after Planning Commission members threatened to deny it outright.
Instead of taking the denial to city council members in hopes they might approve the project, developer Ted Alexander told commissioners he would like to form a committee of area residents to try and come up with a design everyone could support.
Chairman Mike Ybarra advised the family to focus their energy on modifying
See HOTEL Page 3A
Community pride on the line during Wurst Bowl
By Leigh Jones
T he modified drainage ordinance adopted by the New Braunfels City Council last month was not enough to keep the city out of court.
The Greater New Braunfels Home Builders Association, members of the Pfeuf-fer family, Oakwood Estates Development Co. and Larry Koehler amended their lawsuit last week to include the new ordinance in their complaints.
A hearing in 274th District Court is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Although the plaintiffs want the court to stop the city from collecting the stormwater connection fees, a mandatory charge for new developments within 3,000 feet of an existing city-owned drainage structure, they have not asked for another
See DRAINAGE Page 3A
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By Jessica Sanders
Eugene the Unicorn is a lover, not a fighter — at least where his alter ego Layton Brooker is concerned. Wurst Bowl crowds may get rowdy Friday night, but mascot Layton has no plans to stir the pot.
“I won’t climb on the press box,” promised Layton, a junior at New Braunfels High School. “I’m there to make people happy.”
Jeremy Bartlett, who played Eugene last year, jumped up on the press box during the 2004 Wurst Bowl. He was sentenced to community service for his unsafe actions.
Though students at New Braunfels and Canyon high schools claim they aren’t planning any wacky stunts this year, both schools recognize the importance of the game.
Canyon junior Shane McDonald said each school’s reputation is at stake. Students often feel that New Braunfels is the preferred high school because it’s named after the town.
“We have to prove there's another high school in New Braunfels,” he said.
New Braunfels junior Jessie Clark said there may be another school in town, but it’s a school she expects her team to beat.
“We’ve got more heart,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of team unity, and also we beat them last year.”
Despite last year’s defeat, Canyon junior Jemiy Veliz said she expects a turnover this year.
“We're like 8-1, and they’re like 4-5," she said. “Our football players really have a heart to win. (New Braunfels players) are the ones with something to prove."
Jeremy Bustos, a senior on the Canyon football team, said he and his teammates are trying to stay cool before the game because the
Blaze damages apartment complex
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels High School cheerleaders Lauren Evans, left, and Sharisse Mims paint posters for Friday night's Wurst Bowl in the hallway of the school Tuesday. Below, Canyon High School student council member Shane McDonald and cheerleader Jenny Veliz hang up a poster advertising the Wurst Bowl food drive inside the cafeteria.
3 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF
IP WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Pi WHERE: Unicorn Stadium
■ TICKETS: Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for students at Canyon and New Braunfels high schools. Tickets may be purchased today and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CHS; and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CHS. Tickets at the gate will be $6 for adults and $3 for students.*
Wurst Bowl hype can be distracting. Shows of support, however, are gready appreciated.
“Usually the football moms
See PRIDE Page 3A
were dispatched to the complex just after 4 p.m. when neighbors reported flames in Unit I IO, which is located in the center of the first floor of the back building in the complex.
A resident of a nearby unit kicked in the door, and the complex manager tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher but was driven back by the heavy smoke.
New Braunfels Fire
Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher said firefighters dispatched to the scene from three of the city’s fire stations arrived to see smoke and flames rising far into the air.
“It was going pretty good, and the smoke was blowing pretty high,” Zercher said.
The effort to fight the fire, See FIRE Page 9A
Lt. George Amen reunites a couple at Vista Del Sol Apartments with their dog that was trapped inside one of the units destroyed by fire.
By Ron Maloney
A fire of unknown origin heavily damaged two apartments in the Vista del Sol complex Tliesday afternoon in New Braunfels.
No one was injured in the fire. Fire officials don’t think anyone was home in the burned-out apartment units at the time of the blaze.
Police and firefighters