New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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DALLAS (AP) — When he announced last May that debt-ridden Braniff International was shutting down, chairman Howard Putnam knew he had a long war ahead to put his planes back in the air.
Monday, Putnam announced he had won a battle.
“We have really come a long way in five months and five days when you consider this is a billion-dollar bankruptcy,” Putnam said. “We’ve got a chance now.”
At a packed news conference at Braniff’s headquarters, Putnam and Pacific Southwest Airlines chairman William Shimp announced they had signed a preliminary agreement to form a new airline using Braniff planes and employees.
The tentative Braniff-PSA pact has a long way to go before final approval. But Putnam said Tuesday that Braniff planes, repainted with PSA colors, could be flying again with Braniff employees by December, in time for the Christmas travel rush.
“I told a friend that (bankruptcy) is kind of like a head of lettuce,” Putnam said. “You keep peeling off layers until you get down to where you want to get. There won’t be one magic day. We’ll just keep extinguishing parts of the debt.”
For Putnam, who left PSA-like commuter carrier Southwest Airlines to pilot floundering Braniff, the road toward reorganization from the shelter of Chapter ll bankruptcy protection has been long.
Putnam said he privately talked with leaders of eight airlines during the five months since Braniff laid off all 8,500 employees, shut down operations and sought protection from creditors.
Exhaustive talks with Pan American World Airways broke off. Braniff was “very close” to agreement with another undisclosed air carrier in August, but the other carrier backed out.
Calling every airline he could think of, Putnam landed upon PSA, which was eager to expand in the lucrative Southwest air market.
Putnam, Shimp and other corporate officers began secret negotiations in Dallas and San Diego, trying to hammer out a joint venture agreement that might save Braniff from liquidation to cover at least part of its $1 billion debt.
At the same time, Putnam was pleading in court for more time.
A Fort Worth bankruptcy judge, who already
had granted Braniff one extension, had set Oct. 15 as the deadline for presenting a plan of reorganization.
On Oct. 13, a grim-faced Putnam asked for 90 more days. He could not tell the judge all he knew.
“We had a chicken and an egg situation,”
Putnam said. “We couldn’t announce (the plans) until PSA had been before its board and they didn’t want to go before the board until we had an extension.”
Representatives of Braniff creditors and lawyers for the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport opposed another extension and sought to have Braniff’s assets liquidated and its airport facilicities vacated.
Bankruptcy Judge John Flowers gave Braniff 30 more days.
While perhaps not a marriage made in heaven, the Braniff-PSA alliance is not a matching of misfits either.
The California-based carrier, which has recorded losses of its own, began as a commuter and ex-
See BRANIFF, Page I2A
Creditors may buy proposal
DALLAS (AP) — Although a survey of Braniff International’s creditors indicates they will support the airline’s joint venture with Pacific Southwest Airlines, the two airlines probably will face a battle with other airlines if they try to reclaim Braniff’s landing slots before spring.
Six of Braniff International’s primary creditors told the Dallas Morning News they probably will approve the joint venture, which would create a new airline under the PSA name but using Braniff employees, planes and routes.
“I think it has a good chance. It is a feasible idea,” said one lender, who asked not to be named.
But several of Braniff’s rivals said they would take a dim view of relinquishing Braniff’s former landing slots, which the Federal Aviation Administration doled out through a lottery.
More than 360 former Braniff slots have been held by other airlines since Braniff halted operations in May.
Although the slots were distributed with the condition they must be given back on 24-hour notice, airline officials question whether Braniff could reclaim the slots if another carrier — PSA — actually would use them.
See REACTION, Page 12A
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Appraisal district still trying to make November 1 deadline for tax rolls
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks still hopes to have complete tax rolls out by Nov. I, but he’s not guaranteeing anything.
When questioned Monday night by Leroy Goodson, chairman of the Comal County Appraisal District Board of Directors, Brucks said corrections requested by the Comal Independent School District tax office were extensive, and would mean a lot of work before the roll can be made final.
Director Arnold Moos Sr. wanted to know how the computer system, on lease from Thomas Y. Pickett Inc., was working out. Brucks admitted that it wasn’t working to the expectations he
would like,” but that he was working with Pickett to correct problems.
Administrative assistant Pat Fox is working on a list of specific complaints. Goodson advised Brucks to put that list in letter form to Pickett and find out whether the problems could be worked out. If not, directors agreed they might consider another computer service next year.
In his general report on the status of the district, Brucks said many of the difficulties in preparing the final roll came from areas where the City of New Braunfels overlaps the Comal ISD. In past years, city records have been maintained by the New Braunfels ISD, which uses a different system for listing property values.
Personal property records were
especially confusing, but Brucks told directors his staff is getting them straightened out.
Some 1982 office expenses are running over budget. The board agreed to allow Brucks to take $2,050 from the contingency and appraisal funds to bolster copier expense (by $850), office supplies ($600) and subscriptions to property tax publications and organizations (another $600).
The chief appraiser took $1,700 from the contingency fund, leaving $82 until the end of this year. The additional $350 was taken from the appraisal fund, where work actually came in under budget.
Directors dealt with an interesting question Monday night. The appraisal district now has every piece of property in Comal County described on computer
files, along with its value and the name and address of its owner. There are agencies who would like to have access to that information.
Brucks told the board he’d received requests last summer from several Canyon I .ake property owners’ associations wondering if they could get printouts listing names and addresses of everyone owning land in their respective subdivisions.
“I can see why they’d want this information,” said Goodson. Of more concern to directors was a recent letter sent to Brucks by a California firm, apparently some sort of research service. This company wanted a magnetic tape copy of the information in the appraisal
See APPRAISAL. Page 12A
Trustees pass plan over Soechting's protest
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Comal Independent School District trustees made a recommendation Tuesday night on how to become a 7-member board, in compliance with the Texas Education Code. But board member Ray Soechting wasn’t too crazy about his odds The Texas Education of School Boards has “asked” CISD to reduce its board to seven members. The board presently has nine members, because the original election process provided for the consolidation of eight rural school districts, and one at-large person.
At the last CISD meeting, the district’s attorney Lonnie Chunn was asked to proceed with two possible cures: I» to have the Texas legislature pass corrective legislation; and 2) to go through the courts in a Quo Warranto proceeding. Quo Warranto is a judicial proceeding brought for the purpose of determining whether or not a person or persons are properly holding a public office.
Tuesday night, the board’s recommendation got a little more specific, and a little more heated. On a 7-1 vote, the board passed a motion to seek a Quo Warranto proceeding that would allow for an April 1983 election, based on the following structure:
The school district shall elect one trustee next year for a term expiring in 1986. At the 1984 election, the school district shall elect three trustees, who shall draw lots so that two serve for terms expiring in 1987, and one serves for a term expiring in 1986. At each subsequent election, the school district shall elect either two or three trustees as appropriate for a board of seven trustees with staggered terms of three years.
Soechting voted no’ to that recommendation.
“My term is up in 1983, so my odds next election would be 6 to I. If my term was up in 1984 with three people running, my odds would be one to one, the way I figure it,” Soechting said. “I think if everybody ran in April, that would cure the problem all at one time. I think that’s a better solution.”
But board president Kenneth Wunderlich disagreed. “I don’t think that would cure the problem at all. I think we owe this district some sense of continuity.”
Elected in 1977 and re-elected in 1980. Soechting would be seeking his third term in 1983
The attention on the nine-member versus seven-member board surfaced in a review of GISI) policies by a staff attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards, in July.InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy, windy and cooler today, becoming partly cloudy and cool tonight and Thursday. Winds will be from the north at 15-25 mph today, gusty this afternoon, then diminishing tonight. Sunset will be aU6:56 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:36 a.m.Tonight's the Night
True baseball fans will be glued to their television sets tonight for one of the big events in all of sports. The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals square off in the seventh game of the World Series—a winner-take-all affair. Sports, Page 8A.Gloomy outlook
After, a week of mediation, negotiations to end the NFL strike appeared more fruitless than ever, as the owners removed their $1.6 billion package. Sports, Page 8A.
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Late tax rolls costing CISD money
There was good news for the district, and bad news for its taxpayers, when the subject of taxes rolled around at the Comal Independent School District board meeting Tuesday night.
“I feel confident that we have enough operating capital to go until January, and maybe even February, before it might become necessary to borrow money,” Supt. Edgar Willhelm said, “and we should be safe over this tax thing by then.”
That was the good news. The bad news was that burning the midnight oil in the school district’s tax office over insufficient preliminary tax rolls compiled by the Central Appraisal District has cost approximately $500 per week.
And...“that additional cost to our taxpayers will probably continue for the next three weeks,” Willhelm said.
The preliminary tax rolls received last month did not follow the guidelines CISD had set forth in the early part of 1981. "We outlined for them the same system we’ve used for many years,” CIS!) Tax Assessor-Collector E.W. Neuse Jr., said, “and we were never notified that the preliminary rolls would not follow that same system.”
The preliminary tax rolls were incompatible to the CISD’s computer system, and Neuse concluded there were at least 40 discrepancies he had found in the rolls as they were received.
Since then, Neuse has been working with the chief appraiser, Glenn Brucks, and progress has been made.
“The chief appraiser still maintains we’ll get a final tax roll for the district by Nov. I But it really depends on how fast the appraisal district can place the corrected data into the computer, if we get the roll by then or not,” the superintendent added.
But despite the possibility of not getting its final tax roll by the promised date, the board set Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the CISD Central Office as a special meeting to complete the tax hearing procedure. However, Willhelm stressed if the roll is not available in
early November, that date must be postponed.
At the Nov. 9 meeting, the board will discuss any proposed tax increase, make arrangements for a public hearing on any tax increase, and take a record vote to be published in the newspaper. A notice on the public hearing will also be published at least seven days prior to the hearing.
Tentatively, the public hearing is set for Nov. 16. However, that date also depends on the district getting its tax roll by Nov. I. If the Nov. 9 date is postponed, so must all the dates that follow be delayed.
Staff ohoto by Jackie Smith
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
By the year 1991, there should be 6,209 students attending New Braunfels Independent School District schools — an increase of almost 2,000, or 50 percent, over current enrollment figures.
According to population predictions and figures unveiled by Austin architects before the NBISD board Tuesday night, the district currently has an enrollment of 4,068 students.
But, according to these same reports, NBISD still has a little more room to grow — since the total capacity of the district is 4,324.
Herb Crume, chief executive officer of Jessen Associates Inc., the architectural and planning firm hired by the district, and Richard Martinez, a architectural planner with Jessen, presented these predictions and drawings.
Crume and Martinez both agreed that the district needs another elementary campus. The district has already taken a $10,000 option (down
payment) on a 20-acre tract off EM 725 to be used for this new school.
“What seems to be cropping up in all the elementary schools is the need for air conditioning and increasing the size of the cafeteria,” said Martinez. “A lot of it has to do with the (elementary) schools reaching capacity.”
The addition of the new school will take much of the load off the present elementary schools, which are reaching capacity, the architects indicated.
“This new school, along with Carl Schurz which will accomodate grades 3, 4 and 5, will handle all school children south of San Antonio street,” the architects’ master plan report states.
“Lone Star (kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade) and Seele (3,4,5 grade) will handle children north of San Antonio Street," it says.
Of all the schools, the architects found that the high school campus “had an adequate site” to undergo
See NBISI), Page 12A