New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Council wants to annex Areas 8 and 12 now, and Area 9 when that is accomplished. The designations of the areas come from the city master plan.
Strip annexation gets first OK
If second and third readings of the ordinances go as quickly as the first readings, New Braunfels will be 101 acres bigger by the end of this year.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to annex two strips of land, one extending a mile past the existing city limit on Krueger Lane, and the other extending 3,239 feet along FM 1863.
Before voting, council held the second of two legally-required hearings on each piece of land. Each hearing lasted less than a minute, as no one spoke for or against either annexation. No one had anything to say at the first set of hearings, held Oct. 25. And when it came time to vote on the first reading of the annexation ordinances, council did it without discussion.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt did call attention to the “service plan” attached to each ordinance. Recent changes in state law require that a city annexing territory must have a written plan for extending city services into that territory.
The plans didn't amount to much in this case, since the areas being annexed contain no homes. There isn t much of anything there except rocks and dirt, as the city manager put it. But he added, “You can see how elaborate (the plans) will have to be” when the city starts annexing larger areas.
The strip annexations are designed to secure extraterritorial jurisdiction on the city's southwest side. The FM 1863 strip, which expends 500 feet from the southern edge of the road, takes in approximately 41.034 acres. The Krueger lane strip, extending 500 feet west from the road's outside edge, amounts to 59.932 acres.
Each strip will give the city a much bigger section of ETJ, since the ETJ extends one mile beyond the city limit in all directions.
As soon as the Krueger Lane annexation is complete, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends annexing another mile in that direction. This will extend the Krueger Lane ETJ line until it meets the line outside FM 1863; and will protect a large unincorporated area against annexation by other cities.
—DYANNE FRYWeatherLocal temperatures
High today will be near 70, low tonight near 40, and a high Wednesday in the low 70s. This morning’s low was 55, and yesterday’s high was 89.Lake level
A lake wind advisory is in effect today, with northerly winds at 15-25 mph and gusty. Canyon Lake dropped to 904.51 this morning, compared to yesterday’s level of 904.56.
A few heavy thunderstorms, left over from the cold front that moved across the state Monday, lingered along the Texas coast early today, but a building high-pressure ridge was expected to turn skies clear statewide.
Light fog that developed in the lower Rio Grande Valley was the only other significant weather in the state, though the National Weather Service had issued small craft advisories for up araJ down the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast because of the thunderstorms, which were expected to end this afternoon.
Money matters dominate a routine agenda for Tuesday’s New Braunfels ISO trustees meeting Agenda items include a payment request from Jessen Associates which is the architectural firm handling the new elementary school; approval of the purchase of a district automobile for the superintendent; and approval af the October IMS tax office report. Trustees will review the November
Same song, second verse
Council defeats homestead exemption on 4-3 vote
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
One of the hottest discussions at Monday’s City Council meeting wasn’t even on the agenda. Member Betty Lou Rushing, under the heading of “old business,” asked the council to reconsider the optional 40 percent homestead tax exemption for fiscal year 1964-85.
Councilmember Valdemar Espinoza, who voted against the exemption at the Oct. 25 meeting, seconded Rushing’s motion, saying that he had reconsidered his position.
The other council members had not. The final vote was 4-3 against the exemption, with Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. breaking the tie in favor of Joe Rogers, Laverne Eberhard and Donnie Seay. Barbara Tieken was on the down side with Rushing and Espinoza.
The Oct. 25 vote was 4-2, with Rushing and Tieken for the exemption, and everybody else against. Seay was absent that night.
Rogers obviously saw no point in bringing it upDeathsHarlan Wetz
Arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Harlan Wetz of Route I, Box 39-C, Marion. He died Monday, Nov. 14, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio. He was 58 years old.Leora Kroeger
Arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Leora Kroeger of Star Route 2, Box 125, New Braunfels. She died Monday, Nov. 14, at her residence at the age of 73.Emma Braune
Services for Emma Braune of 116 Klein, Marion, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. Raymond Reich of New Braunfels officiating. Burial will follow in Comal Cemetery. Mrs. Braune, 92, died at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Oak Crest Inn Convalescent Center, where she had lived for 23 days. She was bom in Neider-dotterleben, Germany, on April 23, 1891, to Gustav and Dorothea (nee Solanum) Stoerig. On July 17, 1910 in Victoria, she married Wilhelm Braune, who died in 1949. She was a Marion resident since 1927, and prior to that, lived in Edna. She was a retired homemaker, the last charter member of Cross Lutheran Church and an honorary member of the Da re us Gild.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Eddie (Clara) Kruse of San Antonio, Mrs. Paul (Hilda) Acterberg of McQueeney, Mrs. Olyn (Norma) Krueger of Seguin, and Mrs. Gale (Lor Raine) Harper of Marion; 12 grandchildren, and 22 greatgrandchildren. Her son Alwin and daughters Hedwig and Melba preceded her in death.
Pallbearers will be Harold Kruse, Darold Kruse, Roger Krueger, Bruce Krueger, Drew Binns and Frank Powada.
Her remains will lie in state at Zoeller Funeral Home until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be given to Cross Lutheran Church.
How Council Voted
Here s how City Courted voted on adopting a 40 percent homestead exemption on city proparty taxes:
FOR — Jose V aide mar Espinoza. Barbara Tieken. Betty Loo Rushing.
AGAINST - Mayor O A. Stratemann Jr., Mayor Pro Tem Laverne Eberhard, Joe Rogers, Donnie Seey.
Motion defeated, 4 3
again. “We’ve had a two-hour workshop on this subject,” he said. “We’ve had an open hearing in this council chamber, and we’ve made a decision. Now you want to do it all over?”
Council members then proceeded to just that, arguing the point for at least 30 minutes before taking the second vote.
Rushing’s key point was alternative sources of revenue. She said that if the city could find a way to make more money off the tourist industry, it could grant the 40 percent exemption without raising the property tax rate, and therefore avoid shifting the burden onto non-homestead properties.
Rushing specifically mentioned the Civic Center, which now operates at a deficit; and the Tube Chute in Prince Solms Park, which is run by a private concessionaire (Hi a percentage basis. The city got 844,000 out of that contract last year, but Rushing thinks it could make more money by operating the Chute itself.
Most governments that have granted the extra homestead exemption have raised the tax rate in order to keep the overall levy the same. This means that homeowners get a break, but owners of business, industry, and non-homestead residences have to pay more.
“My biggest reason for voting against (the exemption) was the people who are renting. I felt that they would be the first to get an increase in rent,” Espinoza said.
He added that he'd changed his mind after getting several phone calls from residents, and was willing to consider Rushing’s idea. City administrators figured out that the tax rate would have to be raised from 23 cents to approximately 28 cents per 8100, to make up the revenue lost in the optional homestead exemption. However, if that revenue could be made up some other way ...
Some council members appear never to have grasped what Rushing and Espinoza were
suggesting. Others apparently didn’t think it was feasible.
“We’ve got a contract with Mr. Hampton (the Tube Chute concessionaire,” said Seay. “Granted, the fees could be increased.” But he thought that might cut down the number of people coming into the park, leaving more or less the same amount of money.
“We’ve got several departments in the city that operate in the red,” he added, addressing the Civic Center question.
Emergency Medical Service was one that came to the mayor’s mind. "... services that we provide for our citizens. If you want to cut, I can think of 890,000 that can go right now! ” he said.
“I’m saying, put these things on a pairing basis,” Rushing said stiffly.
“You put them on a paying basis, and people aren't going to be able to afford to use them,” Stratemann almost shouted.
Tieken came up with another idea. Could the city set up some kind of tax for private businessmen who profit directly from use of public, city-maintained properties?
“For instance, there’s a tube rental place on every corner,” she said. Those businesses rent inner tubes to people who go into the city parks, and float down the public river, which the city has to keep clean.
“The chief problem I see with that ... is administering it. It would be like a sales tax,” said City Attorney John Chunn. He noted that the city’s existing one-percent sales tax, and the four-percent hotel-motel tax, are processed through the State Comptroller's office. The city wouldn’t have any machinery for seeing that such a tax was collected.
Stratemann suggested a law prohibiting all tube-rental agencies that weren’t city-operated. He was apparently being sarcastic, but Chunn still looked shocked.
“Oh, no. You'd have all kinds of anti-trust suits on you.”
“Well, why not? If we’re going to tax 'em. why can't we just do away with them, and get rid of the administrative problems0'* the mayor said.
After the vote was taken, and the council had settled down to more routine matters, Stratemann said, “I’d like to make this statement to the people in the audience. When we get heated up here, we're not mad at one another—”
“Oh, yes. we are." interrupted Rogers. The mayor, smiling again, gave up.7tm\The Nation
Tornadoes roared through northern Alabama with heavy rain ami hail early today, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others while causing considerable property damage.
The twisters were part of a series of storms that erupted over the central Gulf states Monday and today as a cold front spread from southeastern Texas to Alabama.
The National Weather Service said tornadoes were reported in Walker, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee and Cullman counties in Alabama.
The Walker County Civil Defense office at Jasper said (me person was killed when high winds blew a tree across a mobile home in the Ben-chfield community in Cordova.
Cullman County Chief Deputy E.C. Eilard said 19 people were injured and treated at Cullman Medical Center for injuries suffered when high winds roared through the eastern part of the county. One person, with a back injury, appeared to be the only one seriously injured, he said.
The tops were blown off several homes, power lines and trees were down, and the Berlin Baptist Church was leveled, Eilard said.
NBISD faces light agenda
Other items on the agenda include two student trip requests, as well as a report of the outstanding achievements of students and educators.
Trustees also will hear • report on the revision of policies.
The meeting begins at 7:30 in the New Braunfels High School library.Hwrald-Zeitung
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