New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY November 14, 1982 50 cents
Vol. 91-No. 221
66 Pages —4 Sections
Reagan axes sanctions on Soviet pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan announced Saturday agreement has been reached on new guidelines restricting allied trade with the Soviet Union, permitting him to drop sanctions against industrial nations helping Moscow build its natural gas pipeline.
The action defuses a serious rift between the United States and its allies in Europe and Japan.
We have agreed not to engage in trade arrangements which contribute to the military or strategic advantage of the U S S R. or serve to preferentially aid the heavily militarized Soviet economy.” Reagan said in a nationally broadcast radio address.
“Now that we’ve achieved an agreement with our allies which provides for stronger und more effective measures, there is no further need for these sanctions, and I am lifting them today,” he said.
Reagan announced what he called a “plan of action,” with these major elements:
— Priority attention will be given to high
technology products, including those used in oil and gas production.
—An “urgent" study of W'estern energy alternatives will be launched with emphasis on dependence on energy imports from the Soviet Union.
—No new contracts for the purchase of Soviet natural gas will be signed or approved during the course of the study of alternative energy sources.
—Existing controls on the transfer of strategic items to the Soviet Union will be strengthened — Procedures for monitoring financial relations with the Soviet Union will be “established without delay” and the export credit policies of the nations involved will be harmonized.
“I believe this new agreement is a victory for all the allies.” Reagan said. "It puts rn place a much needed policy in the economic area to complement our policies in the security area "
Leaving the W rule House for a day trip to Chicago for a private memorial service in honor of his late father-in-law. Reagan was
asked what sort of signal he intended to send the the Soviet leadership.
“I hope the signal will be that we are ready for better relations anytime they are,” he replied.
Reagan’s pipeline announcement, coming shortly after he visited the Soviet embassy here to pay respects to the memory of Soviet President I^eonid I. Brezhnev, was coupled with a message to the new leaders in the Kremlin.
Saying “prospects for peace are brighter” because of the Western alliance’s display of unity, Reagan said that if the new Soviet leaders “act in a responsible fashion, they will meet a ready and positive response from the West."
The agreement was forged after months of negotiations between the United States and its industrial allies, which began after France, Britain, West Germany and Italy bitterly objected to being the targets of the Reagan sanctions.
Outside of the White House, Reagan was
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Austin man hurt on IH 35
A car flipped on southbound 111 35 Saturday morning, crossed the grass median and two opposing lanes of traffic, and wound up on the far northbound shoulder.
The driver. 26-year-old Charles Saldana of Austin, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by the Emergency Medical Service The ambulance report indicated he had multiple abrasions and possible head, neck and back mjuries However, a McKenna spokesman said he was treated and released The accident occurred at 12:30 a.m., just across the Guadalupe County line near Bussey's Flea Market Saldana’s was the only vehicle involved State highway trooper Jim Shea said he took a blood sample from the driver A fire apparently originating near a floor furnace caused damage to the home of Edwin Preiss Jr. at 418 California Blvd. on Saturday The residents weren’t home, but fire trucks reported to the scene after a neighbor reported smoke coming out of the house at 1:40 p.m. A New Braunfels Fire Department spokesman said there some living room furniture was partly burned, and there was some smoke and heat damage to other rooms.
Firefighters had been called an hour earlier to another home at 855 lz?e, to answer a report of smoke coming out of the attic.
“What it was, was a night light had shorted out,” said assistant chief Robert Partida “It was still plugged in to the wall, and it smelled like smoke. We traced it, and that was what it was.”
Today will be sunny, windy and mild. Southerly winds will shift back to the north before evening, blowing 15-20 miles per hour and gusty. Tonight will be clear and cold, followed by a clear, cool Monday.
It took one last great defensive play - stopping an Abilene Christian two-point conversion attempt with less than two minutes left — to cap a tremendous defensive effort for the Southwest Texas State Bobcats as they stopped ACU 14-13 to claim their third straight Iwrne Star Conference title. See Page BA
Mourners continued to jam downtown Moscow to pay their respects to I .canid Brezhnev, who died Wednesday of a heart attack. See Page 5A
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County rate going dov but tax bill may rise
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
It looks like the new county tax rate will end up being between 24 and 26 cents per $100 valuation — much less than last year's 33-eent rate, County Auditor Bate Bond said Friday.
What makes matters confusing, however, is that the county will be advertising a 40 to 50 percent increase in the effective tax rate, Bond noted in a telephone interview.
Property values listed on this year's county tax rolls have gone up because the Central Appraisal District reassessed each parcel of land at fair market value. So even if the rate goes dou n, an individual
property owner might still be paying more taxes.
For example, a building valued at $10,000 last year would have been taxed at 33 cents per $100. The owner would have owed $33 in taxes, lf the appraisal district determined this year, however, that this building is actually worth $20,000, and this year's county rate is set at 25 cents, the owner w ill owe $50.
Some homeowners, however, may be paying less county taxes since Commissioners Court has approved a 40 percent homestead exemption for qualifying homeowners.
A 1981 state consitutional amendment was passed which gave counties the authority to grant an additional 40 percent
homestead exemption to those taxpayers who qualify . Commissioners Court approved this exemption earlier this year to benefit Comal County homeowners.
This amendment is designed, Bond noted Friday, to shift a bigger burden onto business and industrial taxpayers from residential taxpayers.
Commissioners Court didn't do this intentionally they didn’t set out to play Robin Hood," said Bond. “It s just the way it happened.”
Because Commissioners Court granted a IU percent homestead exemption, however, this has lowered the amount of tux that can be raised by Comal County
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NBISD may move roof beams
At long last, it looks like the old beams from the original roof of New Braunfels High School — which have been sitting in that school’s parking lot for more than a year — might be moved This is according to an item on Tuesday night’s agenda for the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District, which will meet in the high school
library at 7:30.
NBISD attorney Jack Borchers will address the removal of the roof beams at the end of that meeting, according to the agenda.
The beams have been sitting in the parking lot for this long because they were the subject of a series of tests done by roof engineers.
Iii the summer of 1981, school district officials were advised by consulting engineer- to close down the higl school gym and a portion of the eufeteria 'lecause the roof beams covering these areas were found to be faulty The district did close down these por-
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Comal ISD trustees to mull tax rate Tuesday
Tax matters take up much of the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees
Trustees will meet at 7:30 p m. in the central administration building at 1421 U.S. 81 East
The school tax office has had some trouble coordinating efforts with the Comal County Appraisal District, which put values on all CISD property for the first time this year. The board has requested that Glenn Brucks, Chief Appraiser; and Leroy Goodson, chairman of the appraisal district Board of Directors, be present at this meeting
After reviewing preliminary figures from the appraisal district, CISD Superintendent Edgar Willhelm has come up with three possible tax rates
The lowest, 65.52 cents per $100 valuation, would meet the budget but still
bring rn an amount less than three percent over that collected last year. If trustees adopt this' rate, they will not have to hold public tax-inerease hearings. However, Willhelm says this rate provides for a very small contingency fund in the 1982-83 budget.
Alternate rates proposed are 68 68 cents and 70 cents per $100, both of which would require a hearing process. l.ast year’s tax rate, applied to properties before the reappraisal took place, was $1.05 per $100 valuation.
CISD attorney Lonnie Chunn will report on the progress of the Quo Warranto procedure for reducing the nine-member board to seven trustees. Willhelm reports that paperwork has been done and a petition prepared
Discussion will continue on revisions to the district policy manual. Trustees will take a final reading and may make final modifications to sections C and D, con
cerning accounting and purchasing procedures and employee conduct. Some more changes in section A, which deals with educational philosophy, have also been proposed.
Sections E and G will come up for a first reading.
The Canyon High School band has asked permission to go to the Six Flags Festival next April. Willhelm is recommending that the board approve the trip.
A report is forthcoming from the State Property Tax Board on a utilities appeal submitted by CISD.
Trustees will also hear a report on the mostly-completed track at Smithson Valley High, listen to a faculty-administrative presentation on the district’s instructional program, discuss a few more points on student fund-raising projects and consider hirings arid extended sick leave for personnel.
Black coffee,jalapenos add spice to shuttle astronauts' flight
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -Mealtune was a little frustrating Saturday for astronaut Robert Overinyer. He likes his news in the morning and his coffee with cream, and he couldn’t get either one.
The Marine colonel took it in stride, declaring, “The tough will persevere.”
When tile crew gathered in their space cabin for lunch, Overmyer couldn’t find his coffee.
“Did you ask Rita (Rapp, astronaut dietician) how many coffees with cream she put onboard?" Overmyer asked Mission Control. “I can’t find any.”
“It’s all a plot,” he suggested, “lf the guys hid it on me, I can’t find it.”
“This lack of coffee with cream sounds like one of your major anomalies,” joked Stewart “We’ve got half the MGCR (Mission Operations Control Room) working on it.”
“I think the guys hid them on me,” Overmyer continued, referring to his crewmates Vance Brand, Joseph Allen and William Lenoir. "I think that’s what happened We got coffee black and then coffee with cream and sugar and we got it all around, but I don’t have
any coffee w ith cream."
Then he added: “But that’s all right, Bob, the tough will persevere.”
Minutes later. Stewart broke in.
“I have good news, Bob,” said the CapCoin. “Your coffee with cream. There should be 12 of them in holder wrap 2 in MF14H (a cabinet location),"
“Be advised,” sakd Overinyer, “I can’t find holder w rap 2.1 think they Iud it on me.”
i’m sorry, sir,” said Stewart- "We can’t control what your crew does to you " loiter in the meal, CapCom Mike Coats took over in Mission Control.
if you got any news, we’ve just sitting here trying to eat some BBQ beef. We’d be happy to listen,” said Overmyer.
The big news, said Coates, ‘is that the Space Shuttle successfully deployed a couple of satellites the last couple of days.”
“Other than that,” suggested Overmyer. He asked again, but was put off A public affairs official was dispatched toSee SHUTTLE, Page HA
District champs „ „
Now Braunfels Unicorn wingback Stoney Williams raises a clenched flat high in triumph aa ha enters the dressing room ’ moments after the Unicorns had defeated Hays Consolidated, 14-7, to clinch the ^District 13-AAAA cham pkmship. The Unicorns, who wound up with a spotless district record, face I Carrizo Springe in the first round of the playoffs Friday. Details. Page 6A.
ift photo by John Sinter