New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Lobbyists blast plan to increase ‘sin taxes9
AUSTIN (AP) — Cigarette and alcohol lobbyists blasted a proposal by a Texas lawmaker to raise socalled “sin taxes” for public schools and the idea also received a chilly reception from Gov. Bill Clements.
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Commission seeking help to manage wastes
AUSTIN (AP) — State water officials say they want to cut hazardous waste production in half by 1995, but that the Legislature and industry needs to get involved.
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Vol. 137, No. 242
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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October 17, 1989
One Section, 12 PagesCAD has option to sue county for funds
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Because Comal County Commissioners Court recently withheld a portion of its budget allocation to the Comal Appraisal District — pending clarification of a controversial attorney general’s opinion — its payment is now considered delinquent by a staff attorney with the State Property Tax Board.
“We have the option to sue if they continue to refuse to pay, if we should choose to do that,” said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes. “Obviously, for $400 it’s not cost effective to file a suit.”
In September, commissioners voted to withhold $419.87 from their quarterly payment of $31,755.65 because CAD was participating in a retirement plan Attorney General Jim Mattox says is unlawful.
The plan is offered' through the Texas Association of Assessing Officers, a private association. The attorney general’s opinion states because appraisal districts are considered political subdivisions, they can’t join private retirement systems. The opinion ultimately affects 140 districts.
“As of right now, I do not know anything,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Neil Craigmile
Craigmile, who sits on the appraisal district’s board of directors, said he will confer with County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander as soon as possible. Craigmile was the official who requested then-County Attorney Bill Reimer to request the attorney general’s opinion of the retirement plan.
Rhodes said an invoice for the $419.87 plus a 5-percent penalty was sent to Commissioners Court last week.
Rheinlander advised Commissioners Court in August that it would be considered a “knowing, intentional criminal act” to con
tinue to pay public monies into a private retirement system the attorney general said is unlawful.
So commissioners took his advice. Rheinlander was in court this morning and unavailable for comment.
“It’s like trying to change the rules. Because they don’t like the rules they just try not to play — it doesn’t work that way,” Rhodes said. “Supposedly they were trying to follow the letter of the law and what they were doing and in the course of it they broke the law.”
Jeanne Malkani, staff attorney with the Tax
Board, said in a recent letter to Rhodes that because the majority of the taxing entities approved the district’s 1989 budget, all entities are required to pay quarterly payments. Comal County did vote against the 1989 budget but the majority of the local entities approved it.
The State Property Tax Board is not an enforcement agency, said public information officer Mike Estes. “Anything from this point forward would have to end up in court.”
“We have a right to due process,” Rhodes
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Fall weather is here, at least for the next few days. Today’s high temperature will be in the lower 70s with northerly breezes making it feel much cooler. Tonight will be partly cloudy and breezy with the low in the 50s. There will be increasing clouds with a chance of light rain on Wednesday. The high will be near 66 degrees. f-
New Braunfels Christian Academy wil have an open house tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. for families and friends. The campus, buildings and classrooms will be available for viewing. Come meet the staff and let them answer any questions about quality Christian education. Classes start with 3 year olds through 6th grade. The academy is located at 995 Mission Hills at the end of Kerlick. For more information, contact Marcia vail ■_
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The next Canyon Music Booster Canyon and New Braunfels meet for the third time this season on the
meeting has been rescheduled to volleyball court, with District 28-4A championship hopes on the line.
24°— at^Hp^rn at^^ Canyon* Canyon, 9-0, can clinch the district title with a victory tonight. New
High School band hall. A Braunfels, 8-1, will try to avenge its earlier district loss to the Cou-
Wurstfest planning and dessert- garettes and tie them for the top spot in the standings. The match
eating session will take place. For begins at 7 p.m. at Canyon, with a capacity crowd expected. For
more information, call Mary Mor- more details, see Page 9. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
ga at 620-4902....
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STJ*..'™""" new IN BU trustee
The Junior Class at Smithson A fomier mayor will serve a five-
Valley High School is sponsoring year term on the New Braunfels Utili-
Spaghetti Supper al the school ties board of trustees after City Coun-
Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise cil voted 4-to-2 to appoint him.
money for the Junior/Senior Prom. Ottomar A. “Skip” Strateman Jr.
Plates will cost $4 for adults and will replace the position filled by Al
$2 for children 12 and under.... Kosko which expires Oct. 31.
Strateman is a dental technician School reunion past committee and owns Comal Dental Laboratory.
He served on City Council from See STAMMTISCH, Page 2 1979-1985. Strateman served as may
or between 1981 through 1984 and served as the city’s appointment to NBU board of trustees then.
Councilmember James Goodbread voted against Strateman and beforehand nominated George Erben. Coun-cilmcmber Bill Arnold also voted for Erben.
The Code of Ordinances requires that the appointment be made at the first regular meeting in October.
Gunman kills judge in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A federal judge waiting on a street corner for a ride to work was shot and killed this morning in Medellin, apparently by drug traffickers.
Police said Judge Hector Jimenez Rodriguez was shot six times by a passenger on a motorcycle.
The gunman got off the motorcycle, walked up to Jimenez and shot him, the Colombian radio chain Caracol quoted witnesses as saying in a report from Medellin, the base of the country’s most notorious cocaine cartel.
No one immediately claimed
responsibility for the killing, but drug traffickers were suspected.
There are varying figures on the number of judges that have been killed in Colombia, but the Justice Ministry says that about 50 judges and 170 judicial employees have been killed since 1982.
The Association of Judicial Employees says 1,600 of Colombia’s 5,000 judges have been threatened with death in the last 12 months.
Meanwhile, the newspaper Van-guardia Liberal of Bucaramanga, heavily damaged by a bomb on Monday, hit the streets with a 16-page edi-
Fund set up for boy recovering from shot
A fund has been established for a 3-year-old New Braunfels boy shot in the head last Thursday with a BB gun.
Bobby Ray Salazar is recovering at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital intensive care.
Friends have established a fund at San Antonio Savings Association to help pay the medical expenses for the youngster, whose family has no insur
ance. Persons wanting to contribute to the fund should drop by SASA, 501 Landa, where the teller will credit the account.
The incident took place around 11 am. Thursday when the victim’s 9-ycar-old brother was playing with the gun in their house in the 1200 block of Glenbnxik Drive, police reports said.
Police reports indicate the bullet penetrated the left side of the forehead and skull to lodge in the boy’s brain. An investigation is being conducted, but police spokesman Martin Mayer said the incident appears to be an accident.
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Office handles millions of dollars each year
Child support big business
lion today. The newspaper had joined in a condemnation of cocaine barons.
There had been doubts that Van-Ruardia Liberal would be able to publish today. The paper usually publishes 24 pages each day. Four employees of the newspaper were killed when a car bomb wrecked its building in northeastern Colombia.
The newspaper’s publisher blamed drug traffickers for the bombing in Bucaramanga, a city of 400,000 people 175 miles north of Bogota.
Four journalists were assassinated by unidentified gunmen last week in the cities of Medellin and Monterria.
Child support cases increase every year and in Comal County more than $1 million dollars is collected each year. In the seventh of a series on child support, District Clerk Margaret Herbrich talks about child support.
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stat! Writer
Child support in Comal County is big business with the disbursement of millions of dollars a year.
District Clerk Margaret Hcrbrich said she estimated about a year and a half ago she took in $1.8 million. She estimates it is going to be much more than that at the end of this year.
Fed faces questions on rescue
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve, after engineering its second stock market rescue effort in two years, faces questions today on whether the $2 billion it pumped into the banking system could pose its own set of risks for the U.S. economy.
Some private economists expressed worries that by pumping up the U.S. money supply, the Fed ran the risk of making inflation worse and weakening the value of die U.S. dollar. But Fed officials discounted those fears and said they stood ready to supply more money if needed to insulate the banking system from the stock market turmoil.
The dollar withstood an early test today with release of a report showing that the merchandise trade deficit widened sharply to $10.77 billion in August, compared with a revised July deficit of $8.24 billion.
Such a big jump in the trade deficit has in the past put the dollar under heavy selling pressure. While the U.S. currency dipped immediately following release of the report, analysts said die decline was not alarming.
“The currency market took the Dade number in stride," said Michael Evans, head of a Washington forecasting firm.
For its part, the Bush administration was playing down any worries over the dollar or inflation, preferring
Currently there are approximately 3,500 acuve and dormant child support cases in district court. About 1,300 of the cases are active, she said, adding her office receives up to IOO payments a day.
For the month of September the district clerk’s office recorded 805 transactions, Herbrich said.
Ex-spouses are required to pay child support by sending it to the district clerk, who then mails it to the receiver.
"It’s very important that the payments be given through this office,” she said. “A lot of times they will make pa> -merits to the spouses in cash. If that happens there is no
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The great pumpkin
Claudia Martinez, left, and Amber Asher took advantage of the warm afternoons last week to take care of the seedlings in the pumpkin patch in the fall garden at New Braunfels Child Development Center. The pumpkins ought to do well under the watchful eye of the friendly looking scarecrow nearby. (Photo by Deryl Clark)