New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYSanta Claus is coming to Children’s Museum Nov. 30 - 10A
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Birthday withes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Andrew George Padilla (4 years!),
Ruben R. Leal, Sr., Lorine Startz, Trene Scholz, Raven Gomez, Mark Lyon, Stuart Browning, Carolyn Ruppel, Jocelyn Welsch, Lisa Rutherford. Happy Anniversary to Bernard & Helen Brucks.
Downtown Dollars to be given away again
To thank the community for its business during the year, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away 1,000 Downtown Dollars again this year. Last year, more than 3,500 people registered from all over Texas and six other states.
The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating businesses each week. Registration will begin Nov. 18 during Downtown Discovery Days and continues until the last drawing on Dec. 20
Four winners will be drawn each week on the Plaza, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities.
Winners will receive IOO, 75,
50 or 25 Downtown Dollars. Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window.
Business counseling available on Tuesdays
The Business counselor from UTSA's School of Business is in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business.
Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling 625-2385.
Children's Museum to host Santa Claus
Santa Claus will visit the Children's Museum in New Braunfels on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visits will Santa are free, photos with Santa are available for S8 T he museum is located in the Courtyard Shopping Center, behind Arby's.
For more information, call the Children's Museum at 620-0939.
Business, government closings for turkey day
All city and county government offices, as well as local banks.
LI S. Post Office, New Braunfels Utilities, the Herald-Zeitung will be closed tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
United Way k
Tnank you to the employees and corporation! of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop. Under the leadership of Lorane Higdon, $ 1.332 was donated to the 1995 United Way campaign. This represents an average employee gift of $23.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Dump truck takes a rest
HereM-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A dump truck travelling north on FM 32 In Fischer yesterday was toppled over on He side after Its driver ta Ned to negotiate a tight turn near the Fischer Cemetery. Texes Department of Public Safety Sergeant John Undtay Investigated the accident. No Injuries were reported.
Thanksgiving activities scheduled for area churches, senior center
Water panel hears local concerns at meeting
Business, civic leaders pitch, local cases on aquifer use
By TECLO J. GARCIA
While most people seek solace during the holidays with their families in their homes, several area churches are offering Thanksgiving eve services for those wanting to worship. One local church will also feed some of those who do not have enough to be thankful for. St. John’s Episcopal church will hold a dinner for the community helping out those less fortunate.
■ First Presbyterian Church and the First Methodist Church will hold ajoint service at 7 p m Wednesday at the Presbyterian
Church, 272 S. Krueger, all are invited
■ First Protestant Church will conduct a Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at 172 W. Coll.
■ St. Paul’s Lutheran will hold a 7 p.m. Thanksgiving eve service and a pie social after the meeting. The Church is located at 181 Santa Clara.
■ St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold a community Thanksgiving dinner for the needy at die church from I la.m to 2 p.m.
■ St Peter and Paul Catholic Church will conduct a Thanksgiving eve service Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 386 N. Casten. The church will also hold a Thanksgiving morning service at 8 a m.
■ The Comal Seniors Center will deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the residents it takes meals to
Growth is key factor in NBISD plan
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Monday began the early-voting period for residents of the New Braunfels Independent School District as they determine the fate of a SI 5 million bond package.
There are two propositions on the ballot Proposition I includes the actual approval for the bond package. Proposition 2 includes the authority under which the distria can restructure its debt Officials say both must pass for the tend to work School officials say they are planning to restructure the payment of debt service in order to keep a tax increase at 05 cents. To do this, they need voter approval under Chapter 20 of the Texas Education Code to restructure payment on bonds before 1992.
“We’re one of five districts in the state that can’t operate above a $1.50 cap,” said Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis.
Combining maintenance and operations budget with debt service, the distria cannot rise above the Si .50 ceiling per $100 eval
uation. By operating under Chapter 20, Curtis said the distria would pay oft the old debt. As the old debt is paid off, which he estimates will take three to fair years, all future debt will fall under the SI .50 cap again. *
‘This gives us more room under the SI .50 to finanace the bonds,” said Curtis Curtis said the five-cent increase would drop over the next three to four years as growth in the distria increases the tax base, a key clement in the plan. The five-cent initial increase is with a zero-growth scenario.
“This is why the new HEB, the company-moving to the Isl in Plant and new Target arc important,” he said. “We get revenue off the houses as well as the businesses .”
On a S50.000 property, the mtial five-cent increase would be approximately $25 NBISD residents did not feel the average eight-percent increase on property values on the NBISD tax rolls this year because of the distria's earlier collection times. They will, however, feel that increase next year.
Interest rates are always a factor, and have been rising steadily this year, five times thus far.
Duane Westcrman of Southwest Securities said rising interest rates are not good for entities such as school districts that are selling bonds
“If it goes up, it hurts the distria,” said Westerman, whose company is handling sales for the recently-approved Comal Independent School District bonds.
Curtis said the law allows school districts the opportunity to refund the tends should interest rates decrease in order to save money If the interest rise continue to nse atter tends are sold, it does not affect tile bonds.
“Anytime you can prove you can save taxpayers money. It you can do that, you can refund it (with the Attorney General’s approval),” said Curtis.
What exaaly will happen next year with those interest rates is a matter of opinion, professional and otherwise.
“Who knows?” said Westerman
Members of the New Braunfels Rotary Interact Club at Naw Braunfels High School took tim# yesterday to load up turkeys and food baskets for needy families as a result of their successful food drlva bald on Halloween. From left are Donalisa Alvarado, Christi Barlow and Clarissa Tarry.
HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The region’s version of the water power brokers gathered in New Braunfels Tuesday to discuss the future of water, specifically the Edwards Aquifer.
A nine-member panel convened by a federally-appointed water monitor listened to reports and testimony from various local water-related business representatives and residents. The pane), which includes representatives from entities such as the San Antonio River Authority, Edwards Underground Water District, Nueces River Authority, etc., is touring the region, meeting each week a different location.
“We are preparing a plan to reduce demand on the aquifer...” said Joe G. Moore, the water monitor. Senior U.S. Distria Judge Lucius Bunton appointed Moore in the ongoing suit (Sierra Club, tx. a1, vs. Bruce Babbitt, ex. a1.) over endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs, “...unless there Is significant recharge between now and Feb. I, we may have a far more critical situation in 1995 than in 1994.”
Moore said the panel was formed to prepare Incidental J%ke , Permit guidelines under the Endangered Species Act, although there must be a habitat conservation plan, and perhaps a surface water supply as pan, and an emergency plan in case of drought.
A plan may
IVX be ready until Herald Zertung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL the late spring of Water monitor Joa Moore.
Moore, who added that “a plan must be enforceable,” and that some version of Senate Bill 1477 would have to be confirmed by the State Legislature for that to be enforceable.
Mayor Paul Fraser said more than $150 million of direa money is received from tourism each year. “All of this is because we have the water,” said Fraser.
Doug Miller, water negotiator for the county and New Braunfels Utilities, said water was important to all persons living over the aquifer in this county He said $200 million worth of property outside the city could be damaged by loss of water, $75 million in property direaly along the Comal River in the city.
“We arc strong property rights advocates, but object when one property owner is allowed to devastate a neighbor’s property,” he said “...We do na want to ruin San Antonio’s economy. We have a direct relationship to their economy.” Preston Kennedy works ta NBU but spoke to the panel as a landowner near Cibolo Creek in the area of Natural Bridge Caverns. He* said lie had to extend his well IOO feet several years ago but has only extended pipe 20 feet out of that IOO thus far. He said he wanted the panel to know there were many people outside the large water powers, the “little guy” that were concerned.
“One of these days, when he can’t ga water, it’s going to be a problem,” said Kennedy, who added in this case, he was na opposed to government property regulations “...I think I have a right to have water, too I appreciate has ing the right to protea my water.”
Gary Henry, one ofnhe owners of SchJitterbahn Water Park which employs several thousand during the summer, said the effea of tounsm multiplies into more than $750 million for the community and county The park uses water from the Comal River plus city watei, although it re distributes water from the Comal.
“A seriously-diminished spnngllow would have a devastating effea on the community,” he said “I kixiw it would my business...the cost of operating, maintenance, advertising would na make it cost-effeaive.”
After the 1984 drought, NUU built an $8.1 million surface water treatment plant and negotiated to purchase water from Canyon Lake. NBU still pumps from IO to 20 percent from the aquifer dunng the summer months Mix>re said un/ens may have to further conserve in times of drought “I appreciate what tile people of New Braunfels have done to some degree, getting off the aquifer," said Moore “...(but) will the people of New Braunfels sit still for their grass turning brown, or lawns drying up? ..That may be the critical question for every city of the Edwards ”For subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846)
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