New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Board discussing bond payments
Texas Education Agency recommends districts maintain a fund balance of 12 to 20 percent of operating costs, said Hill.
There is no minimum required fund balance.
The current school budget has a $10.3 million fund balance, which is 28.6 percent of the operating budget.
“Over the last five or six years, it’s been growing," Hill said.
In 1998 the fund balance was at $3.3 million.
“The fund balance many years ago got down to a dangerous level,” said Ijee Edwards, NBISD board president.
In the past, the school district drained the fund for budget deficits and other expenditures, he said.
This year the fund balance will pay for the current $1.2 million budget deficit.
“We hope by the end of the year to reduce expenditures so we don’t have a deficit,” Hill said.
Last year, NBISD started the fiscal year with a $200,000 deficit and ended up with a $1.5 million fund balance.
No one expected that kind of savings and the district shouldn’t expect that this year, Edwards said.
“With the volatility of the Legislature and funding being in limbo, it’s very important the school district be able to meet possible catastrophe for the failure of the state to fully fund its prior obligations,’’ Edwards said.
A strong fund balance could help earn the district a better bond rating, reducing payments and taxes. But the increase is the district’s “safety net," he said.
“We have to plan on less .than status quo," Edwards said. “If you’re smart, you have to bet on catastrophe.”
In 2001, the district estab
lished a savings plan for depreciating capital.
Still, NBISD must buy buses for the next few years to upgrade its fleet, Edwards said.
The fund balance is not used for recurring costs like personnel or the regular replacement of vehicles.
“You don’t use fund balance for salaries,” Edwards said. “You don’t use fund balance for equipment that you buy every single year.”
Because the district has accumulated a substantial amount of fund balance, the board has discussed making bond payments.
Edwards said when the fund balance reaches 33 percent of the operating budget, the board should consider lowering the tax rate or spending down the balance.
“That means that we’ve been too conservative on our approach and we should go ahead and Hind some things that we may have been (shorting)," Edwards said.
This year’s negative budget encouraged the board to consider hiring a consultant to take an objective look at district spending.
A workshop is slated for Nov. 24 for the newly elected board to hire one.
By Dylan Jim6nez
Ann Rogers was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago.
Her doctor asked her to start a support group.
“I told him, ‘I don’t want to talk about cancer. I want to forget about it,’” Rogers said.
IYvo years later she visited her first breast cancer patient, and she has never turned her back on a fellow cancer patient.
Rogers recently hosted the fifth annual luncheon for a group of breast cancer survivors. Women still in treatment and 20-plus-year survivors meet monthly.
Once a year they have a lunch to tdk about life after treatment and continuing treatment. They talk about family and common friends and about their disease.
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“We’ve found a few arrowheads, but nothing major at this point,” Peel said.
A team of archaeologists would completely excavate the area, the developer added, because it will be covered with an access road when the project is built out.
Peel said the site had received the historic designation that will qualify the project for a preservation tax credit.
“We’re meeting with the state next week down there to go over window issues," Peel said.
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Breast-cancer survivors Terry Burrio, left, and Ann Rogers visit with with members of a survivors' support group Monday.
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The survivors show those going through chemotherapy there is a full life beyond treatment, she said.
More than 70 women have participated in the group over the years, many coming and
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“We've done all the construction drawings, the garden is all designed, the air conditioning and everything’s
going as they need the support, Voges said. Women as young as 16 and as old as 90 have found support and camaraderie.
“This is not a downers group,” White said. “It’s cheerful."
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