New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels City Council took one more step toward landing Toyota off-shoot business here Monday when it gave preliminary approval to tax breaks for manufacturers that ship their products out of state.
An economic development consultant suggested earlier this summer the city offer “free-port exemptions” to attract Toyota parts suppliers.
“Automotive suppliers will require the free-port exemption," said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Although Toyota suppliers would ship to the San Antonio plant, they would also want to ship products to out-of-state plants. Tire San Antonio plant will be the only plant in Texas.
City official have been strate-gizing how to attract Toyota suppliers since the company announced the new plant earlier this year. Most of the communities in the region are vying •for the chance to do business with Toyota.
About 70 of New Braunfels’ competitors already offer freeport exemptions, Meek said. Some of the communities even -«* offer free-port exemptions from other taxing entities such as school districts and county governments, he said.
Meek will ask Comal County, New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal ISD and Navarro ISD to offer the exception.
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Toyota vendors may get tax deal
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Veterans Day a solemn mark of past, present
By Dylan Jim6nez
New Braunfels-area veterans marked Veterans Day with ceremonies in schools, flags around downtown and thoughts of soldiers and sailors fighting terrorism in the Middle East.
Cecil Konkel, commander of American Legion Post 35, spent the day with a group of post members.
They hoisted 135 American flags downtown, then participated in Veterans Day events at Canyon High School and Canyon Middle School.
Post members have put up and taken down the flags for every major holiday since the 1960s.
And while Konkel and sue post members were taking down the American flags Tuesday afternoon, many active service men and women were still in Iraq.
“It’s a mess,” Konkel said, of the Middle East conflict.
A new government needs to be established quickly so “our boys” can come back home, he said.
“You don’t want to pull another Vietnam and come out of there without getting the job done,” Konkel said.
Bush didn’t put enough thought into what it would take to get the job done, Konkel said.
But the United States has to finish what it started, he said.
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BJ. Beiersdorfer salutes the American flag Tuesday out American flags along San Antonio and Seguin going to end, ’ Konkel said,
during Veterans Day ceremonies at Canyon High streets. Volunteers have put out flags downtown for
School. Above, right. Henry Stewart helps veterans put every holiday since the 1960s. See VETERANS. Page 3A
County considers incentives for industrial park lots
By Ron Malonoy
GARDEN RIDGE — Comal County will decide Thursday whether to offer tax abatements to undisclosed — and perhaps unknown — businesses that could locate in TVi-County Industrial park.
Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at 199 Main Plaza.
County Judge Danny Scheel said Schertz officials have approached Comal County seeking a commitment to negotiate tax abatements for two buildings that could be con
structed on lots in the park, which is located at I’M 3009 and Interstate 35.
The tax incentives likely would help developers who are attempting to woo suppliers to the Toyota Tundra plant to be built in south San Antonio. •
“The developers of these buildings feel tax abatements would be very conducive to bringing in business connected with the truck plant,” Scheel said. “These guys are willing to go in and build just in the hope they can make a deal.”
Scheel said the developers were in talks with prospective tenants, but he did not say who the tenants were.
The county has extended several tax abatements in that park, Scheel said.
“It’s a very popular place due to its location,” Scheel said. Commissioners also will be asked T hursday to redraw precinct boundaries that will enable Pct. I Justice of the Peace William Schroeder to move to a new location on Texas 46 in front of
the county yard.
The move, into a new facility now nearing completion, would be another in a series began in 2002 to address county government’s growing space needs.
When Schroeder moves from W. San Antonio Street adjacent to the sheriff ’s office, Precinct 3 justice of the Peace Diana Campos would move out of the county courthouse to Schroeder’s former offices.
The facilities have to be in the respective precincts they serve, Scheel said. Tile redrawing of lines will not afreet any voters because none live adjacent to tile two facilities.
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