New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages ir>one section ■ Oct. 7,1993Herald'Zeiti
A A VServing Comal County ■ Home off PENELOPE CHURCH
Vol. 141, No. 229
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Oleta Gottis,
Sue Y eagley, Doug Casio, Darrell Boding, Kermit Vetter, Joe V. Natal, Sr., Paul Flores, Jr., Paul Flores, Sr., Usa Herrera, Magoo Reyes, Jessie Humphries (belated), Teresa Woodard (belated), Penelope Church (belated). Happy Anniversary to James & Laurie Deatherage (belated), Louie & Dorothy VollbrechL
Lioness Club meets Oct. 11 at Ryan’s
The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Lioness Club will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Ryan's Steak House.
Business After Hours set for Oct. 12
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Business After Hours" mixer on Tuesday, OcL 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Mill Store Plaza, Suite 620 (between Stone Mountain and Ribbon MUI).
Laurel Ridge sets free screenings
Mental Health professionals from Laurel Ridge Treatment Center of New Braunfels will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and to participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, today.
The free program will be held at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center of New Braunfels, 1293 East Common St For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 620-1055.
Santa Ross offers free screenings
Mental Health professionals from Santa Rosa Mental Well-ness Center wiU offer local residents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression at a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct.
7 from IO a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wellness Center office, Executive Plaza Budding, (1H-35), Suite 201.
ACB program offers mammograms at low cost at McKenna
The American Cancer Society is spearheading a project to encourage women to practice breast health - breast self-examination, mammography and a yearly clinical exam. Through OcL 15, McKenna Memorial Hospital wUl offer low-cost mammograms.
Women wUl have two weeks to make their appointments and six months to complete their exam.
For further information, call the American Cancer Society at 629-5717.
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Home destroyed by biaxal
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Firefighters work to try to make a safe entry Into a house on fire at 1734 Las Street yesterday at approximately 11:29 ain. The fire, which Is believed to have been caused by a five-year-old playing with a cigarette, caused $40,000 In damage to the home and Ha contents.
Five-year-old playing with cigarette believed to be cause of Wednesday fire, NBFD officials say
Mangum indicted by grand jury
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Comal County Grand Jury indicted Steven Wayne Mangum 49, of New Braunfels, Wednesday on charges of murder.
Mangum was indicted for allegedly murdering New Braunfels resident Linda Brown, 50. The shooting occurred on Aug. 28 at the Das Port Haus townhouses in New Braunfels. Reports show Brown was shot in the back of the head by a bolt-action rifle.
Mangum was arrested at the scene by New Braunfels police officers. His bond was set at $250,000.
Also indicted on Wednesday were Gerardo Galvan, 17, of San Antonio, and Arthur Gallegos, 18, of San Antonio. Both were indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and attempted murder.The two were indicted for their alleged involvement in a shooting/robbery that occurred at 10:45 p.m. Aug. 24 at a convenience store in the 1800 block of West San Antonio Street.
The two men allegedly shot the victim, Rudolph Trevino, of San Antonio, four times and stole his car. The teens were arrested in Bexar County and were later transferred to the Comal County Jail. Bond was 9et at $2.5 million each.
Laurel Anderson Kelley, 40, of
Houston was indicted for her alleged involvement in the April shooting death of her husband Dean Terrel Kelley at Peg’s Place Mobile Home Park in Saltier.
Kelley had plead guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter but was granted a new trial because of a misunderstanding with her attorney about the affirmative finding portion of her plea.
The grand jury also indicted the following:
Ronald Lehmann, 43, of Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense; Christopher Gamez, 20, of San Antonio, burglary of a building; Jessica Plata, 25, of San Antonio, burglary of a building; Robert Rodriguez, 26, of Seguin, theft enhanced to third degree felony -enhancement; Melanie Ulloa, 19, of 211 Bergfeld, credit card abuse; Stacy Brown, 39, of343 East Zipp, theft over $750 but less than $20,000; Miguel Acevedo, 40,320 W. Katy, injury to a elderly individual; Robert Gutierrez, 19, of 227 E. Dittlinger, burglary of a motor vehicle; Hermenegildo Robles, 36, of 1929 Lee, theft over $750 less than $20,000; John Barranco, 51, of 9080 Garden Ridge Dr., forgery; Arthur Butler, 27,2920 W. San Antonio St., unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; and Carlos Uballe, 28, of San Antonio, sexual assault.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels firefighters responded to a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a home at 1734 Lee Street.
According to New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber, the fire is believed to have been caused by a 5-year-old child who was playing with a cigarette in the bedroom of the home. Herber said the fire began when a bed caught on fire.The names of the two juveniles who were in the home at the time of the fire are not being released Herber estimated damage to the house to be $30,000 and damage to the contents to be $10,000. He said the house was destroyed and is uninhabitable because the utilities have been turned off.
The 911 call concerning the fire came in at 11:26 a.m.
Firefighters arrived on scene at 11:29 a.m. Officials said the fire was under control in IO to 15 minutes.
“There was a lot of heat and smoke but it was pretty much confined to the one bedroom area,” said Herber.
Herber said some of the fire had extended into the attic area and some portions of the ceiling had to be pulled out in order to stop the fire.
No injuries were reported Initial reports to firefighters stated that the two children were still in the home. However, upon arrival, firefighters found both children were out .Three engines and two Emergency Medical Service vehicles were on the scene. Support vehicles were also called to the site.
The family was given emergency shelter last night and was to speak with American Red Cross personnel today to discuss further needs of the family.
New trial date set for James Goodbread
From staff rsports
A new trial date has been set for Nov. 15 to decide the fate of city councilman James Goodbread.
Goodbread was elected by 2,400 voters to his fourth term of office in the spring, however a term limitations amendment, passed during the same election, prompted a suit filed by resident Peter Lingamfelter.
"I'm just ready to get this over
with," said Goodbread this morning. "I remain optimistic that we will be vitorious. But my real concern is for the 2,400 whose vote may not count."
Lingamfelter could not be reached as of press time.
A beast of burden
If you think you’re paying high taxes, consider the taxes your neighbors are paying
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
A tax of any kind is not a popular thing, but if your tax bite seems too big to swallow, consider the taxes your neighbors are paying.
First, the biggest bite is taken by the school districts. In Comal County, that amounts to $1.47 in the New Braunfels Independent School District and $1.58 in the Comal Independent School District. In neighboring Guadalupe County, taxpayers are paying $1.29 in the Navarro Independent School District and $1.56 in the Seguin Independent School District. In Hays County, San Marcos Independent School District taxpayers arc paying $1.38, Wimberley taxpayers pay $1.72, the Hays school district patrons pay $1.53 and Dripping Springs patrons pay $1.72.
‘‘Just with homestead exemptions alone, for instance, NBISD set their rate at $ 1.47 and CISD set theirs at $1.58,” said Lynn Rodgers, Chief Appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District. ‘‘If you have a $100,000 home in CISD versus one in NBISD you’re probably going to pay over $200 more in taxes in NBISD than what you would in CISD. Of course what that means is if you’re a business owner you’d probably rather be in NBISD because they don’t get a homestead exemption.
‘‘Exemptions don’t forgive taxes, they just shift the burden of taxes to a different category of property. However, category A property is such a big part of all school districts, that it really has an impact on the rate. So, if you got rid of the 20 percent homestead exemption (in CISD) you would probably impact the rate possibly to the degree
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where it would match NBISD. Category A property includes any single family residential property, including mobile homes.
“That’s a simple mathematic formula. They can take a look at it themselves. You can use $100,000 as the benchmark for your value and calculate it and I guarantee that the exemption is what you’re looking at as a homeowner."
The average category A property in Comal is probably $60,000 according to Rodgers. In Hays, the average is estimated to be between $60,000 and $70,000 and in Guadalupe, it’s estimated at $70,000 by their respective appraisal districts.
Herald Zeitung graphic* by MARK LYON
County taxes account for $0.30 in Comal County and $0.39 in Guadalupe County. In Hays County taxpayers pay $0.35. Hays is the largest county population wise with a 1993 count of 65,614, Guadalupe has 64,873 citizens and Comal has 51,832. By area Guadalupe is the largest with 713 square miles, Hays is next with 678 square miles and Comal is 555 square miles.
“Some counties give exemptions and some do not,” said Rodgers. ‘‘Comal County gives a 20 percent homestead exemption, a minimum of $5,000 or 20 percent. So, if you have a $100,000 home you’re going to get a $20,000 exemption. A
lot of counties don’t give exemptions. Whatever your value is, you’re taxed on IOO percent of that value. In the counties, exemptions reduce the revenue off of their rate — they shift the burden from residence owners to business owners.
For a school district, when they give up 20 percent of their taxable value and influence their rate, the funding formula that determines how much they get back from the state does not recognize that exemption. It reduces the benefit from the state, but whether it washes out or not I don’t know.”
lf you happen to live in an incorporated area of any of these counties, you pay an additional city tax. In Comal County, citizens of New Braunfels and Garden Ridge pay $.41 and $.26 respectively. In Seguin the tax rate is $.60 and San Marcos the city tax rate is $0.59. New Braunfels has a population of 27,334 and Garden Ridge has a population of 1,430. San Marcos has 28,173 citizens and Seguin has 18,853.
Rural resident taxpayers also pay taxes levied by fire districts, emergency medical services districts and water conservation districts.
‘‘The primary thing you need to consider is the bottom line,” said Rodgers. ‘‘Everybody is looking at rates. Let’s look at tax levy. That’s what a person should look at. lf you talk to pea pie out here they say ‘golly, look at our rate, even in San Antonio it’s less than that ’ Calculate it — how many dollars in taxes would you pay a year versus what you would pay if you were living in the Northeast ISD or whoever. In most cases you’ll find for the residential property owner CISD is probably one of the cheaper school districts to be in."Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 4 - 5- - - 50 Jackpot $17 million!