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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, Texas #75?-flic ropier # Inc. ~tt: Hitch bomble P.O. box <$5*06 Comp,Comal ISD raises tax rate,By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal Independent School District trustees approved a tax rate of 68.5 cents per $100 valuation Tuesday night, and set Dec. 2 as the public hearing date. The 68.5-cent rate, set into motion by an 8-0 vote (with trustee David Boatner absent), represents a 7.1 percent increase over last year’s effective tax rate of 63.635 cents per $100 valuation. However, CISD Business Manager Hugo Nowotny said most patrons will not see any significant changes in their tax statements, because of the 40 percent homestead exemption enacted by the board last spring. The board had the option of passing a 65.5-cent tax rate, which would have been a three percent increase over the last year’s effective tax rate, eliminating the need for a public hearing. However, that choice wasn’t ^ very big one. “The proposed rate of 65.5 would be convenient, without the General Portland problem," Supt. Edgar Willhelm said. GPI has filed suit protesting its appraised value from the Comal County Central Appraisal District, tying up more than $580,000 in taxes. “We don’t know if GPI will pay its taxes, and if not, when that amount is subtracted from our carry-over balance, we’d only be left with $57,406 in our contigency fund," Willhelm added. “That’s not much to operate a school district on, but we can do it if we have to.” CISD Tax Assessor-Collector E W. Neuse Jr. said that GPI and Texas Industries Inc. (TXI), owe the district about $651,000 in taxes from last year. "Last year, GPI filed suit, and TXI followed right behind them. If they do the same thing this year, we’d find ourselves dipping into the not tax bills budget with the 65.5 rate," Willhelm added. “In view of the litigation, I think the only prudent thing to do is pass the 68.5 cent rate," said trustee David Way. The determining factor as to when CISD’s tax statements will go out evolve around the Central Appraisal District. “(Glenn) Brucks (chief appraiser) said he could get specific amounts of assessed evaluation to us by Friday, Dec. 3," Willhe detailed. “Then those amounts go to our computer firm, involving a 10-15 day turnaround. Then Mr. Neuse will need 4 or 5 days, so the earliest we could send out tax statements would be right before or right after Christmas. “But every day that Mr. Brucks doesn’t meet that promise will push us back, too," Willhelm said. Brucks delivered a certified tax value of $709,383,315 to the CISD board at its Nov. 16 meeting. Until the tax value was certified, a tax rate could not be proposed, and the tax-rate setting process could not begin. The public hearing on the 68.5 cents per $100 valuation tax rate will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the CISD Administration Building. A New Ll Ll I. tis ■•SI New Braunfels, Texas No deal Braniff s plans down the drain GRAPEVINE (AP) Braniff International Chairman Howard Putnam says the refusal by pilots to accept new work rules apparently has scuttled a proposed joint operating venture with Pacific Southwest Airlines Braniff failed to meet a PSA deadline of midnight Tuesday for reaching agreement with the Air Line Pilots Associations and William Shimp, PSA chairman, refused to "work out some new terms,” Putnam said early today. “The pilots, unfortunately, walked out twice tonight,” Putnam said. “I called Mr. Shimp both times and tried to work out some new terms, but he couldn’t budge.” Putnam said he did not expect any new negotiations w ith San Diego-based PSA. “As far as I'm concerned, we missed the deadline set by PSA." Putnam said. “The talks are over." Putnam said he would not rule out another reorganization plan for the grounded carrier. • I am not going to give up. I just can’t," he said. “I won t rule out a joint venture with another airline, bul I don’t have anything definitive now.” Putnam said the Teamsters signed a new' contract early today and the flight attendants had agreed to sign. The dispatchers’s union earlier reached agreement. Braniff has asked a federal bankruptcy judge in Fort Worth to throw out its contract w ith the International Association of Machinists. The machinists, who did not participate in Tuesday night’s talks, earlier said they were opposed to the revised seniority rules. William E Hastings, 1*SA director of public relations, told The Dallas Morning News the talks “are off ” "Anything is possible, but it is highly unlikely,” Hastings said. “It would be up to the board of directors ... This is a holiday period and it would be hard lo get in touch with every member of the board. They are spread across the country. And I don’t think they would consider it if asked to extend the deadline.” The proposed joint venture with PSA was announced Oct. 18 and would have created a new airline based in Dallas. The new carrier would have rehired at least 1,500 Braniff workers and flown from 25 to30 Braniff 727 jets under PSA's name. “It was incredible to me that the pilots wouldn’t See BRANIFF, Page 16A Herald-Zcituna -TT—-T—  SP WEDNESDAY November 24, 1982 25 cents Vol. 91- No. 228 24 Pages —2 Sections (USPS 377-880’ Sp/ish splash With its chilly winds and cloudy skies, the cold front brought rain with it to New Braunfels Tuesday. In the last 24 hours approximately three fourths of an inch has been recorded in this area Soviet presidency still vacant after meeting in Kremlin Inside Staff photo by John Senior This truck found more rain than three fourths of inch, however, on Union Street. JU alk 6 MOSCOW IAP) The national Parliament adjourned its fall session today without naming a new president to succeed I-enaid I Brezhnev in his secondary, primarily ceremonial, post. Yuri V. Andropov, who assumed the all-powerful position as Communist Party general secretary following Brezhnev's death on Nov. IO, had been considered a top candidate for the presidency. On Tuesday, Andropov was elected to the Presidium, the body that conducts day-to-day affairs between tw ice-yearly session of the Supreme Soviet, and some observers had speculated the move was a formality in advance of his election as president. The vote had been widely expected during the second day of the two-day session of the Supreme Soviet. The next gathering of the Parliament is expected around Dec. 20, IO days before the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Soviet Union Brezhnev became president in 1977,13 years after he took over as party general secretary. If An dropov, the 68-year-old former head of the KGB secret police, had moved into the president’s job today, it would have indicated the extent of his control in the Kremlin, observers said. The president, formally called chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, is head of state. But the post is restricted primarily to protocol meetings w ith visiting world leaders. But the only major personnel change announced at the final session was the appointment of Geidat A Aliev, 59, as first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers a position equivalent to vice-premier under Premier Nikolai A Tikhonov. Aliev was elevated last Monday from non-voting to full membership iii the ruling 12-member party Politburo, replacing long-time No. 3 man Andrei P Kirilenko, whose retirement for health reasons was announced Monday . Aliev hail served 13 years as chief of the Azerbaijan Communist Party. Today's Weather A stockmen’s advisory and an area lake advisory are in effect today for Comal County. It will be cloudy, windy and cold with rain likely today, and cloudy and cold tonight and Thanksgiving Day with occasional rain or showers. Winds will be from the north at 15-20 mph and gusty today, shifting to the northeast at 10-15 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 5:33 p.m., and sunrise Thanksgiving Day will be at 7:03 a.m. Probability of rain is 60 percent today, 70 percent tonight and 80 percent Thursday Herald Holiday The Herald Zeituny offices will be closed Thursday so that employees may spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families Because of the holiday, Thursday’s paper will be distributed Thursday morning instead of Thursday afternoon. Wacker to TCU Southwest Texas State head coach Jim Wacker confirmed published reports that he will be replacing fired coach F A Dry at TCU next year Wacker led the Bobcats to their first Division II national title last year, and his team is undefeated and in the playoffs again this year. Sports. Page 6A CLASSIFIED..........12    14A COMICS ......    15A CROSSWORD    15A DEAR ABBY.......... 2B DEATHS      3A ENTERTAINMENT    ITA HOROSCOPE .............2A KALEIDOSCOPE    1    8B OPINIONS    4A 6 7 A 16A TV LIS TINGS..    15A WEATHER..............3A Honors Hall contributors get pat on back By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Who better to dedicate the building to than to those most responsible for its creation? This was the phiiosphy behind dedication ceremonies held Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce’s newest addition — Honors Hall, an audio visual conference center. “The bottom line is people...and it is very appropriate that Honors Hall is dedicated to people...those who have willingly given of themselves and their money for the betterment of this community,” said Tom Purdum, Chamber executive vice president. “So w hat better way can we say thank you to those who have set the pace. What better way to recognize their invaluable contributions to our quality of life and to our continuing prosperity than to dedicate to them this beautiful new facility,” he noted. “It is because of them that we need it,” Purdum continued. ".. And as usual, it is because of them that we now have such a facility.” Pointing to those responsible for the creation of Honors Hall, Purdum said during a slide presentation shown at dedication ceremonies that “as in most successful community projects it takes many many individuals, many business firms and several civic organizations.” He specifically mentioned, however, a few of those most responsible.Locals injured in two crashes Two New Braunfels men received emergency treatment at McKenna Memorial Hospital after an auto collision on Texas 46 Tuesday. Shelby Coleman Jr., a driver for Packer Supply Corporation; and 16-year-old .student Terry Douglas Hester were picked up by the New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service Coleman had a bump on the head and glass in his back. Hester .suffered lacerations and a bruised left knee. Both were driving pickups. Coleman was traveling north on 46 At Cadded Avenue, he collided with Hester, who pulled out of the side street and attempted a left turn to head south on the highway Hester was cited for failure to yield right of way, but the police report indicated the speed of the other vehicle may also have been a factor. Gerard Jose Rodriguez, 19, was taken home by a friend after his Chevrolet Impala struck an Econoline van, slid off Seguin Avenue and hit a concrete bridge over a culvert. Rodriguez complained of slight injuries. Robert Lee Gerhardt, 31, driver of the van, reported none. This accident occurred on dry pavement at 6 :40 Tuesday. According to the officer’s report, the Impala was in the right lane and the van veered in front of it, causing the Chevy to hit the back end and go out of control. Two cars were reported stolen Tuesday. An 1980 Mazda, orange with white top, disappeared from the back lot at Krueger Chevoroiet between 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a m Monday. The other car, reported missing at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday, was taken from Consignment Auto lot at 544 U.S. 81. It was a 1975 brown Chevy Vega, bearing the license plate EFN 437. Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Robert Pfeuffer (left) visits with Tom Burrus, head of the Chamber's building expansion committee, at See HONORS HALL, Page i«A dedication ceremonies for Honors Hall ;