New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 25,1995
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Paul Munoz, Sandra Munoz, Ruben Anthony Sauceda, Virginia Villalobos, Rosie Castilleja and Donna Leifeste.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer —624.71 feet above sea level, down .01. Guadalupe River — 120 c.f.s.Spaghetti dinner
Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. to raise money for a community youth recreation center. Skits and a silent auction will be held as well. Dinner is $4.Eden Home Country Store
The Eden Home Country Store will be held from 9 a m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Eden Home Friendship Room. Proceeds benefit the resident council project: a gardening deck off the coffee break room. Your donation of baked goods and garage sale items are needed Call 625-6291, ext. 274 for information.Jaycees host haunted house
The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival Oct. 28 and 29 from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Factory Stores (old Lenox store) to benefit Toys for TotsCancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, spon sored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Anyone with Cancer, and their significant other is invited to attend. Call 629-1763 for information.Unttarlans-Universalists to meet
A Unitarian-Universalist orga nizational meeting will be held at 300 Lincoln, the home of Thea Chessher, on Wednesday, Oct.
25 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone inter ested is warmly encouraged to attend.
The group believes in acceptance, freedom of thought, and community service. For information, call 629-4262.Conservation Society to meet
The New Braunfels Conservation Society’s October meet ing will be held Thursday, Oct.
26 at 7:30 p m. in the Forke Store. This will be the last meeting of this Sesquicentennia Year and the group will hold an "Old New Braunfels Night -Show and Tell.” Bring any antique or collectable item and tell about its history. New members welcome. For information call 629-2943.SV Cometary moating
The annual fall meeting at the Smithson Valley Cemetery wil be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 a m. All interested people invit ed.
Herald photos by MICHAEL DARNALLMan pinned under truck
Jason Salkenberg was driving his Ford truck west on Loop 337 Tuesday at about 6:45 a.m., when he lost control near the NBU power station. The truck roiled 325 feet down a ravine. Salkenberg was thrown from the truck and pinned underneath it. He was ticketed for failure to drive in a single lane. He was vaken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he is listed in undetermined condition.
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Commissioners back veterans
housing ballot amendment
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Commissioners are supporting the Texas veterans housing program in the Nov. 7 election, saying it has directly spurred economic growth in Comal County.
The amendment, which is Amendment 5, states it is a “constitutional amendment to increase by $500 million the amount of general obligation bonds issued to augment the Veterans Housing Assistance Fund ll.”
Comal County Veteran Serv ices Officer Gus Culwell said the amendment would simply expand the present program. He said the bonds help Texas veterans receive funding to purchase a house. He said a lot of veterans in the county are already taking part in the program, and he favors the amendment because it will allow even more to buy homes.
"It would allow the program to continue, and thereby allow veterans to continue to take advantage of it," said
‘It’s a way of helping those people find a home to live in. We’re helping them for all the service they gave
Culwell. "Veterans wanting to take advantage of it can still do so if it’s passed.”
The program was created in 1949 by voters as a way to help World War ll veterans buy land. It was seen as a way to thank them for their service. Culwell said the bonds are tax-exempt, and do not cost the state anything. The Texas General Land Office said the program is completely self-sustaining, and veterans pay off the bonds w ith a small fee on their regular mortgage payments.
"It’s a way of helping these people find a home to live in. We’re helping them for all the service they gave us,” said Culwell.
Since the program began, the Texas
United Way drive almost halfway to goal
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Mike Fitsko might just have to kiss a pig — all because the Comal Independent School District employees won the race to meet their 1995 goal for United Way giving.
It seems that Fitsko. NBISD United Way Chair, and Rusty Brockman, CISD chair, made a little agreement last year, according to Brockman — whichever United Way rep's district met its goal first would get to see the other rep kiss a pig.
"The deal's still on,” Brockman said, “if we can find a suitable pig.”
"I might be able to find you a pig,” said Mike Doherty, veterinarian and United Way board member, at last night's mid-drive meeting.
CISD employees set the standard for generosity, surpassing their $20,000 goal only halfway through the 1995 United Way fund drive.
"I'm proud of our staff and their dedication and commitment,” Brockman said. "Last year we exceeded‘The deal’s still on, if we can find a suitable pig.’
— Rusty Brockman
our goal by $7,000. and this year we’ve already exceeded it by about $1,000.”
Overall, Comal County has reached about 44 percent of the $350,000 goal for United Way giving in 1995. “Nobody sets the goals that we do,” said Doug Miller. United Way president. “Nobody raises the money that we do.”
The United Way drive had reached about 64 percent of its goal by the midpoint last year, an extraordinary achievement, said Frances Huff, drive chair. The momentum for this year’s drive has begun to surge, she said.
“We're beginning to see results now; it's starting to come in really well — but we've got to keep on keeping on.” she said.
City council raises pool fees, approves bus system
General Land Office said, 1.045 loans, totaling approximately $23.1 million, have been made in Comal County. It is estimated that every dollar loaned generates another $6 in the local economy. This is because real estate professionals, contractors, and building supply stores will all benefit from the building of the home. The bonds also create a larger buyers’ market for those looking to sell a home.
"This program has made a difference in Comal County, not just for veterans, but for all of us,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. "It helps veterans realize the dream of home ownership, and in turn they build neighborhoods, create jobs, and boost our local economy "
Opponents to the proposition say voters should be weary of increasing the state debt, veterans already have access to a multitude of benefits, and at the current rate, the annual bond issuance could reach more than SI billion by the turn of the century .
Early voting on the proposition runs from Oct. 18 through Nov. 3.
Highlights from Monday's City Council Meeting
■ Fees for the Landa Park sw imming pools w ere increased.
■ Funds were approv ed to create two "reflection areas" in the Comal Cemetery, including benches and landscaping.
■ The city council approved to contribute up to S30.(XK) to a household hazardous waste collection in
the spring of 1996, including adding a SI per pound fee charged to those disposing of hazardous waste.
■ The city council approved a one-year trial of a mass transit system for New Braunfels, offered by the Community Council of South Central Texas for a minimal cost to die city of SI 0,000.
■ Community' Development Block Grant aw ards for the 1996 program year w;ere approved.
Police say driver in River Road crash was drunk
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A Canyon Lake resident who was involved in a one-car accident on Riv er Road on Friday night w as charged w ith DW'I by law enforcement officials yesterday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety office in New Braunfels charged John Arthur Myers. 33, w uh DWL It was incorrectly reported in yesterday’s edition of the Herald-Ac thing that Myers was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
DPS Trooper Randy Wells said that Myers blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of 0.10.
Myers was airlifted to Brooke
.Army Medical Center in San Antonio because he suffered a broken right leg, a hip, left arm and jaw. Myers was later treated and released. The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. when Myers was traveling a half mile northwest of the Mountain Breeze Campground & River Outfitter, where he works, on River Road According to the DPS report. Myers lost control of his pickup after he failed to negotiate a left turn He then swerved onto the right side of the road, w here he ran straight into a tree His car wrapped around the tree.
W ells said the accident showed the importance of wearing a seatbelt Myers was not traveling at a high rate of speed. Wells said
Sales tax rebates show strong growth throughout area
By DENISE DZIUK
The October sales tax rebates for Comal County and the city of New Braunfels showed an increase over last year’s payments at a rate that was above the state average. However, Garden Ridge saw a large decrease in payment, both in the payments to date, and the net payment for this period.
State Comptroller John Sliarp delivered a total of $ 141.1 million in October sales tax rebates to 1,077 Texas cities and 111 counties. The rebates were from taxes collected in August. These payments represented a 4.9 percent increase over rebates from a year ago, and Sharp stated the increase was tied to the increase in employment throughout the state.
"Employment in Texas has reached
another all-time high of more than 8 million jobs, rising by 3.2 percent in the past year,” he said.
New- Braunfels received a sales tax rebate of $344,781 in 1995, w hich was a 7.66 percent increase from last year’s $320,231. The city also saw an increase in the amount of payments to date. The 1995 payments to date total $3,145,135, up from the 1994 payments to date of 2,969,644, which represented a 6.51 percent increase.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said that the rebate does not include October, which means the rebate is still based on the 7.75 percent tax rate. The city sales tax increased one half of a percent on Oct. I.
"Because of the summer and tourism, it’s higher than the state average. June, July, and August are always
good months for us in sales due to tourism,” he said.
Meek said that because of school starting early, August is not even as good as June and July in terms of tourism and sales He said the chamber of commerce realizes the effect school starting has on the industry', and they are looking at that issue right now However, Meek said the economy of New Braunfels is not solely dependent on tourism, and the increase in the rebate includes other factors as well. He said a lot of industries and companies are moving into town and expanding and these also have a positive effect on the economy.
"Our economy is good, and it continues to be strong They all have a impact on the economy," said Meek.
The rebate for Garden Ridge show ed a marked decrease from last year. Gar
den Ridge receiv ed a rebate of $1,863, down from $5,366 last year. This represented a 65.28 percent decrease. The payments to date also decreased, from $43,905 in 1994, to $28,821 in 1995, a 34.35 percent decrease
Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Mil-likin said he noticed the reduction in the rebate, and had already been in contact with the comptroller’s office. He was told the large decrease was due to two factors. First, several companies were a payment behind last year, and made two payments in one period Second, two companies moved out of the city this year.
"They told me a year ago we got double payments from several businesses, and tw o business closed They said that’s what the decrease was from," said Millikin.
Millikin said the space vacated by
one of the businesses has been rented out. The only problem, he said, is that they have not been there long enough to hav e a v isible impact on the rebate
The total county rebate was $346,643, compared to $325,597 last year. This was a 6.46 percent increase. The total payments to date also increased by 5.9 percent, from $2,969,644 to $3,145,135.
Guadalupe C ounty also increased by 31.21 percent, with a rebate of $298,672, compared to the 1994 rehate of $227,619. The city of Marion saw a 35.88 percent increase from $3,947 to $5,363. Marion's payments to date increased by 20.61 percent, and went from $40,424 to $48,756 Hays C'oun-ty had a 5.14 percent increase in the size of the rebate, and went from $666,383 to $700,685.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.