New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, October 13,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of CHRIS MILLER
Vol. 143, No. 240
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Chris Miller, Judy Myers, Jack Ralph, Brian Hubertus, Jeremy Harborth, Kristen Lawman, and Jonathan Rodriguez. Happy anniversary to Roger and Dorothy Brinkkoeter.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -266 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.86 feet above sea level, down .01. Guadalupe River— 104c.f.s.
Antique Show and sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin St. Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale. The show and sale will be open three days, Friday. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 13-15. Hours will be from 11 a m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is still only $2.50, which is good for all three days. For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934
Lake Dunlap VFD event Saturday
Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual barbecue-auction-raffle at the River Bend Clubhouse, starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 Adult plate - $4 50, child’s plate - $3.50. Anyone with items to donate for auction or raffle, call Tammy at 609-1204 or Betty at 629-0115.
Community Chorale fall concert
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its fall concert Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4 p m at the First United Methodist Church. The concert will consist of many arrangements from different well-known composers. There will be something for everyone’s musical taste. Tickets may be purchased from any choir member. They will also be sold at the door, China ’n’ Things, and at Johnson Furniture Adult tickets are $5 and senior/student tickets are $4
Benefit for Friends tomorrow
Clothes, kitchen items, knickknacks and more will abound at the second annual Benefit for Friends yard sale on the grounds of Hospice New Braunfels, Saturday Sponsored by the HIV-AIDS Support Group, sale hours are 9 a rn to 4 p m Hospice is located at 613 N Walnut Donations for the sale will be accepted util 4:30 p.m. today, and bake sale items can be dropped off at the Hospice Rock House today and tomorrow
Music boosters meet
Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday, Oct 17 at 7 30 p m. in the Canyon High School Band Hall.
Close vote expected in $18 million bond election
By MELANIE GERIK
Comal Independent School District voters will decide in a tax bond election Saturday if they want the district to spend $17.95 million to build a new school and renovate and expand existing campuses.
As election day nears, both sides predicted the bond issue’s fate would not be decided until the final minutes of the election.
“Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be close,” said Trustee John Clay. “The voters ... should know we need this.”
Clay said the Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake areas will decide if the bond passes or fails.
“They’re the ones to benefit most out of all the district,” he said.
Association of Citizens for Educa
tion members Friday morning distributed materials containing reasons voters should defeat the bond issue.
“People aren’t even aware of this bond issue,” said Joy Williamson, an ACE member.
Early voting for the election was more than 50 percent lower than last year’s tax bond election, in which the voters approved $ 17.6 million to build three new intermediate schools. Almost 1,200 people voted early last year, while 543 voted in the early voting period which ended Tuesday.
“If everybody would get out and vote, the percentage would mn 75-25 percent” in favor of the bond issue, said Board President Jim Middleton. The voters are “going to let a small percentage of the district decide the bond.”
According to the final estimate of
the Facility Development plan, the bond will fund:
• a new 800-student middle school on land already owned by the district on the west side of the county, costing $8 million;
• more than $5 million in district-wide safety code, Americans with Disabilities Act renovations and electrical and mechanical improvements;
• library expansion, six additional classrooms, physical education gym addition, more land and road improvements at Canyon Middle School. Total cost is $1.118 million;
• cafeteria expansion, eight-classroom renovation in the transportation building to replace those lost in the cafeteria expansion and a physical education gym at Smithson Valley Middle School, costing $1,234 million;
• library expansion, IO additional
classrooms, a new cafeteria, stage and kitchen to replace those lost to the IO classrooms, a sidewalk and canopy to the cafeteria and more land at Canyon High School. Total cost is $1.3 million;
• and library expansion, IO additional classrooms, a locker room facility and more land, costing $ 1. 152 million.
But Williamson said even if the bond issue fails Saturday, the idea of tax bonds to pay for district expansion is not going to die.
“If we defeat this one, then (the school board will) just bring it up again in May,” she said.
If the bond issue fails, students may have to go to class year-round, in split-day schedules or in more portable buildings, according to a three-option contingency plan approved by the board on Sept. 27.
Williamson called the contingency plan a “threat tactic.”
“That’s not going to solve our problems,” she said.
But Clay said the thought of using the plan, needed by law, as a scare tactic was nonsense.
“I can guarantee I am going to do everything I can to not make a contingency plan available to the public so we don’t get it thrown back in our face,” he said.
Middleton said if the district were forced into year-round or multi-track systems, it would cost “more than what you have to pay with financing a bond issue.”
He added that the contingency plan would only solve problems for one to two years, after which another bond election would be needed.
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Smith aide sees need for action on immigration
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Taste of the Town
Kim Wilkey, of tho Gristmill, puts tho finishing touch on her dish during last night's Taste of tho Town at tho old Chevrolet Building on San Antonio Street. The annual event raises money for the Children's Museum in New Braunfels.
The number of illegal aliens entering the U.S. is at a crisis point, according to Representative Lamar Smith. That’s why he’s pushing for new immigration legislation to make it through Congress and become law, said O’Lene Stone, district director for Smith.
“Immigration is not a right granted by the Constitution to people of the world,” Stone said as she addressed a group from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning.
Smith was largely responsible for the creation of the “Immigration in the National Interest” bill now before the Full Judicial Committee, Stone said. The House will probably vote on the bill in January or February, she said.
“(Smith) is truly considered to be Capitol Hill’s top expert on immigration law,” she said.
The immigration bill would seek to control illegal aliens’ entry by:
■ adding 5,000 Border Patrol agents over five years
■ cracking down on those who produce and sell false documents to illegal aliens
■ increasing sentences and fines for alien smugglers and making them subject to prosecution under racketeering laws
■ cracking down on visa overstays by legal aliens.
“Please continue on this route — we need change in
immigration laws,” chamber member Roxolin Krueger said.
Current immigration law works on a first-come, first-serve basis, Stone said. Smith’s bill would give first legal immigration priority to spouses and children of American citizens, doubling the number of nuclear family members admitted during the next five years, she said.
The bill would also eliminate family status for extended family members wanting to immigrate to the U.S.
“Throughout the years immigrant law has said that
‘Throughout the years, immigrant law has said that immigrants would not become public charges — but it hasn’t been enforced.’
— O’lene Stone, aide to Congressman Lamar Smith
immigrants would not become public charges — but it hasn’t been enforced,” Stone said.
Smith’s bill would seek to discourage people from entering the country to become welfare recipients by:
■ requiring legal immigrants to prove that they have a job waiting for them in the U.S. or that they have a financial sponsor to support them,
■ making those sponsorship agreements legally binding,
■ strengthening and supporting existing prohibitions on illegal aliens receiving public benefits.
“Who could oppose a bill which has such sensible policies?” said a chamber member.
The new bill does not change current rules granting children of illegal aliens access to public education. Nor does it deny emergency medical treatment or noncash emergency relief like food and blankets, according to a brief published by Smith.
“The United States is the most generous nation in the world,” Stone said. Stone cited a Center for Immigration Studies report — in 1992 the U.S. admitted 810,000 immigrants, Canada admitted 252,842, and Australia admitted 107,400.
“Congressman Smith has been criticized from the right and the left for this bill, so he figures he must be close to the middle," Stone said.
(Look for a local Democratic response to Smith s immigration bill in Sunday's Herald-Zeitung )
Garden Ridge recycling called a success story
By DAVID DE KUNDER
I Staff Writer
Since its inception a year and a half ago, Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Mil-likin said the city’s curbside recycling program is getting good participation from its citizens.
“I do not know of any other community in the area that supports curbside recycling mote than the citizens of Garden Ridge do,” Millikin said.
The curbside recycling program, which began in April 1994, is predicted to have 75-80 percent participation, Millikin said. Garden Ridge
collects IOO percent of the revenues collected from recyclable products. Alamo Waste Inc. of Schertz goes out with two trucks on first and third Tuesday of each month and collects the recyclable products.
Millikin said he sees several advantages to curbside recycling.
“First, we keep unnecessary trash out of our landfills,” Millikin said. “Second, we get our residents involved in a small, progressive environmental project and we have very active participation in the program.”
The curbside recycling program is figured into the cost of the regular
trash pickup by Alamo Waste Inc. It costs a household $9.71 per month for both recycling and trash pickup. When the recycling program was initiated, a $1.73 tax was added on to the trash pickup costs. The tax is part of the $9.71 bill for Garden Ridge residents. Alamo Waste Inc. receives $1.39 per month out of the $1.73 tax for labor, equipment and trucks.
Residents in Garden Ridge can recycle glass, aluminum cans, steel (tm) food cans, plastic milk and water jugs, newspapers, brown paper bags and magazines.
Fourteen homes to be
auctioned for non-payment of city and C1SD taxes
A plaque wet dedicated at the New Braunfels Wal-Mart yesterday, noting the Introduction of missing childrens poster displays at the store. Pictured are Marvin Cotton, president of the Heidi Search Center, Betty Williams, grandmother of Chance Lee Wackerhagen, who was abducted by Ms father in Lockhart in 1993, Gays Williams, Chance's mother, and Rosie Rojas, Wal-Mart Risk Control officer.
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Fourteen property owners who have not paid their taxes will have their properties put up for sale at the Comal County Sheriff s Sale on November 7 at IO a m. at the Comal County Courthouse.
The notice of the sale for the delinquent properties was issued on Tues-day, according to a press release issued by the law firm of Heard, Gog-gan, Blair & Williams of San Antonio. The law firm collects delinquent property taxes for both the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Independent School Ihstnct The delinquent property owners owe approximately $60, 637.41 in taxes, penalty and interest to Kith the city and the school district.
Heard, Goggan, Blair & Williams has Ken collecting delinquent taxes in New Braunfels since 1987 For fiscal year 1993-94, the law finn collected $853, 240 in taxes, penalties and interest, City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Independent School Distnct Deputy Tax Collector
Betsy Caldwell said
Carleton Donop, Tax Collector for the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct said his office tnes to assist taxpayers with their payments Kfore putting property up for sale
“Taxpayer assistance continues to be our number one pnonty,” Donop said. “By helping citizens resolve their tax-related problems, we can reach our goal of maximizing collection performance Listing properties for sale is a last resort and is not implemented until every taxpayer has Ken notified numerous times of impending action if they do not take steps to correct their tax delinquency.”
Oliver S. Heard, Jr.. partner at Heard, Goggan, Blair & Williams, said his finn also tnes to assist delinquent taxpayers in settling their property taxes
“W hile our program is designed to K aggressive with non-paying taxpayers, the finn is also committed to working with all taxpayers wK> nuke the effort to pay then taxes.”Gingrich leans against White House run. See Opinion, Page 4A.