New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, November 4,1997
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Birthday wishers from tho Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Matt Walters, Bob Anderson, Liz Galley, Gayle (Corbeil, Mary Jo Laney, Rose Korpi (50 years), Frank A. Hueter (93 years), Tara Edwards (belated), )aniel Bahnos (belated), Chelsea Cornelius, Anthony Adward Campos (4 years belated), Herbert Ormond (83 years belated), Regy Ormond (16 years belated), Lalita Patel ( belated), Indira Patel (belated), la Patel (belated) and Ashok Patel (belated)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —1,482 Grass —8
Ragweed — 42
Cedar Elm— trace
(Poler) measured in parts per cubic meter of
air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 317 cubic feet per second, up 9 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.79 feet above sea level, down .03 from Monday
Canyon Dam discharge —192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909 OO feet above sea level (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.643 mtWon gallons of surface water Monday and 285,600 gallons of well water
ClMr, moderate weather expected
Tonight — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s, upper 40s.
Wednesday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s Wednesday night, clear.
Lows near 50, near 40
Thursday and Friday Fair skies. Highs in the 60s, 70s. Lows in the 40s to near 50.
Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 40s to near 50. Highs in the 60s and 70s.
Voting takas piaeo today
Polls are open today until 7 p.m. for the state constitutional amendment election and the Bulverde incorporation election.
Today is also the last day of early voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election. The CISD election will be held Saturday.
Hcrltsgs Exhibit spreads th# nsws
This year's Heritage Exhibit theme is ‘Spreading the News," depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braunfels.
The exhibit will be open 10 a rn. to 5:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center daily during Wurstfest
Watchout for road work
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible
• In addition to routine repairs, county road crews will be paving Rittman Road but the road will be passable.
Stream of lights
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnel!
Fran Dagata of Brandeno Displays puts togsthsr a lighting display that will ba port of the Holiday River of Lights exhibit starting Nov. 14.
City plugging Holiday River of lights
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels’ first ever Holiday River of Lights is taking shape in Cypress Bend Park.
Life-size light displays, a 50-foot Christmas tree and leaping reindeer are among components that have recently arrived for assembly in Cypress Bend Park, the site for the festival, which begin Nov. 13 with an opening ceremony and continue through Jan. 4.
The idea for the river of lights display was researched by local officials Anna Lee Hicks, committee chair of the city's Lighting Display Advisory Committee, and Mayor Jan Kennady over a period of three years. City officials talked to residents to see if the idea would fly, found a sponsor for the event and secured a grant of approximately $23,000 from the Low-
.teoording to Kennady.
“This (Holiday River of Lights) will encourage our community as well as
neighboring communities to visit New Braunfels,” said Kennady. “It will tie in with what we already have with Fest-tage.”
City officials are expecting between 20,000 and 30,000 vehicles to pass through the park during the event. Traffic will be routed down Common Street and onto Peace Avenue. Signs will direct onlookers, and New Braunfels police will sp hand to keep traffic flowing. Vehicles carrying up to eight people Turn to Lights, Page 2
New tax figures for bond issue released
From staff reports
The Comal Independent School District office of public information released recently a new summary of what residents will pay in taxes if all four bond propositions pass.
The summary was released after questions arose concerning a previous press release stating the impact the bonds would have on the tax rate. The CISD business office released figures last month show ing the tax rate would increase 7.9 cents over a seven-year period, increasing taxes by $59.04 for a $ 100,000 home over the same period. However, district officials are now trying to give voters a clearer picture of what the actual tax bill would reflect.
”1 think the information we put out early on was accurate, but taxes paid is the second part of that,” said CISD superintendent Jerry Major. “The real question is how much will you pay Turn to Tax figures, Page 3
At the end of her rope
Amande Lewie teens beck for e return Monday
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afternoon wnive playing tetherball at Carl Schurz Elementary School.
Herakj-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnel!
Judge tells defendant to get attorney
By DENAE DZIUK KNIGHT
District Judge Charles Ramsay advised a Republic of Texas member Monday that she should hire an attorney to represent her, con-sidcnng the penalty she could face.
Republic of Texas official Carolyn Carney of Bulverde appeared in district court Monday for a pre-trial hearing on a charge of
Local officials expect good voter turnout
aggravated assault against a public servant. The charge stemmed from an incident in June when law enforcement officials went to Carney’s home with an arrest warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing. Carney allegedly pointed a handgun at one of the police officers executing the warrant at her home. Carney faces a first degree felony, which ear-
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By DAVID DEKUNDER
Fewer than IO percent of the state’s registered voters are expected to vote in today’s constitutional amendment elections. County Clerk Joy Streater said.
“The state is predicting 7 to IO percent” Streater said. “I am going to say IO to 15 percent (in Comal County). We have an active voter participation.”
Streater said 1,243 of the county’s 47,000 registered voters had cast their ballots during the early voting period, which ended on Friday.
Polls for today’s election will be open until 7 p.m.
Voters statewide will be voting on 14 amendments to the state’s constitution. One amendment, proposition 8, would allow homeowners the choice of borrowing money against their home equity.
Although interest in the constitutional amendment election is lagging, the incorporation election in Bulverde is attracting high a high turnout, Streater said.
Streater said 300 people had voted early on the issue at the Justice of the Peace building on Bulverde Road. A estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people are expected to vote in the incorporation election today.
“That is about 17 percent of the turnout,” Streater said. “They are having a pretty good turnout.”
Three areas in Bulverde will be voting on whether they will incorporate into three separate cities. Those areas are Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates), Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills) and Bulverde East (Oak Village North).
Polls for the incorporation elections will be conducted until 7 p.m. at three polling places:
• Bulverde North — Emergency Services Building, U.S. 281 at Texas 46, Spring Branch.
• Bulverde South — Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Office. Bulverde Road.
• Bulverde East — Fire Station No. 3 (Oak Village North), 695 Circle Oak Drive, Bulverde.
What: Texas Constitutional Amendment Election
Whan: 7 am. to 7 p.m. today
Where: Each precinct has a designated polling place
• Precinct 1,2, 3,9, 23—New Braunfels Presbytenan Church Had
• Precinct 4,18,19—Canyon City Fire Station
• Precinct 5—Startz Cafe
• Precinct 6, 21—Emergency Services Building
• Precinct 7,12,14,15,17, 26, 28, 29, 30—Peace Lutheran Church Hall
• Precinct 8,13,25,27—Lone Star School
• Precinct 10—Bulverde Community Center
• Precinct 11—Garden Ridge Municipal Complex
• Precinct 16,20,22,24—Frazier Elementary School
Amendments on the ballot
AUSTIN (AP) — Here. at a glance, are the 14 proposed constitutional amendments on today’s ballot:
Allowing a person to hold the position of municipal judge in more than one municipality.
—Proposition 2: Permitting the Legislature to limit the maximum average annual increase in homestead appraisal valuations to 10 percent or more for each year since the most recent tax appraisal. Also would permit school districts to retroactively apply the 65-and-over property tax freeze to a person’s new homestead.
Allowing counties, cities, towns and other local taxing entities the power to grant exemptions or other property tax relief on property where approved water conservation initiatives have been implemented.
—Proposition 4: To update the Texas Constitution to reflect amendments to federal law, delete obsolete provisions and renumber provisions with duplicate numbers.
Allowing the Texas Supreme Court to hold sessions at any location in the state.
—Proposition 6: Repealing prohibition on Texas Growth Fund investment in companies that fail to disclose investment in South Africa or Namibia —Proposition 7:
Allowing the Texas
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Man takes bond views to the skies
By DA VU) DEKUNOER
An aviation company owner has taken his views on the Comal Independent School District bond election to the
Phillip Leach, owner of Petra Aviation in Seguin, has put a banner on one of hts planes which reads: “Vote No on Bond Now or Choke on Tax Bill —Wow”
CISD voters will head to the polls Saturday to decide a $92 million bood issue.
Leach, who lives in New Braunfels and retides in CISD, said he was
against the bond issue because he or anybody else who did not utilize the public schools should not have to pay for them.
“In my opinion, if they need the new schools they should let the people who use them pay for them,” be said. “This school tax is a membership you can’t get rid of.”
Leach, who home schools his children, ages 12,9 and 4, said he should not be forced to pay for somebody else’s education.
“Why should my grandmother pay for everybody else’s kids going to school?” Leach CISD superintendent Jerry Major
said education was the responsibility of all people, regardless of whether or not they had kids attending school.
“I think it is in everyone’s best interests that as many students as possible receive a good education,” Major said. 'The public schools are set up to serve all children. I think education is everybody’s responsibility. It is in everybody’s best interest."
The suggestion that everyone should pay for somebody’s education is both communistic and socialistic, Leach
MerekJ-Zerturtg photo by Michael Darnel!
Philip Latch, own* of Patra Aviation, thowtd his opinion of tho Comal ISO's bond iasua that taw ba volsd on Saturday.
“If that is true, you are a subscriber lo the Communist Manifesto — the government should control the schools and
the masses should pay for it,” he said.
Leach said the way the school property tax is levied by the district is unfair as well.
T think it is unfair they would use an evaluation of property instead of how many kids (from the home) go to their school,” Leach said.
Even though he disagrees with Leach’s views on the bond issue, Major said he respected his opinions.
“I think anything that generates more
interest and awareness about the bond election is positive,” Major said. “The more people ask questions and get involved in the process, it will be better for the Comal 1SD.”
Board trustee Dora Gonzales said Leach’s concerns about the bond issue were just one of many she has heard over the past few days, especially after CISD released conflicting information on how much the bonds would affect tax bills.Wurstfest schedule — Page 5