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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas .jfik New (fetaifcnNFELS 20332 MOO9 10/22/00    7    b SO-UEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903-Herald-Zeitung ......... -- Vol. 148, No. 211    20    pages    in    2    sections    September    IO,    1999 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsTax dollars will pay for defenseJudge says Hartwig is eligible for aid By Heather Todd Staff Writer Taxpayer dollars will help pay for the defense of capital murder suspect Adele Hartwig, accused of deliberately trying to kill her husband by setting fire to their home earlier this year. Judge Jack Robison of the 22nd Judicial District ruled Thursday Hartwig was eligible for indigent aid after she testified she did not have sufficient income to afford hiring an attorney. State law requires counties to provide for the defease of persons financially unable to provide an adequate defense. Comal County District Attorney HARTWIG Dib Waldrip said counties determined a person’s eligibility for indigent aid by examining income and assets. Hartwig, 61, was arrested on June 3 after she was indicted for the May 4 death of her husband, 72-year-old Harold Hartwig. She is accused of killing Harold Hartwig by setting fire to the log cabin they shared on Hueco Springs Loop Road in the early morning hours of May 4.See DEFENSED Man indicted for June murder By Heather Todd Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury indicted a 35-year-old West Texas man Wednesday on a capital murder charge for the death of a New Braunfels man found strangled in his apartment in June. Douglas Edward Joumeay of Mel van is accused of killing 62-year-old Ted McReynolds, whose body was found in his apartment on June 9 in the I OOO block of Sanger Avenue. Family members found McReynolds’ body at his home in the Mill Bridge Apartments after he failed to appear at a family function and did not respond to phone calls. McReynolds probably died sometime in the early morning hours of June 6, investigators said. Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the grand jury also indicted Joumeay on a charge of indecency with a child by contact, which is second degree felony, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a state jail felony. Waldrip said the charge of indecency with a child stemmed from a separate incident rnSee MAN INDICTED/3A JOURNEAY United kickoff NBISD bonds bring increase in tax bills By Heather Todd Staff Writer A district-wide plan to renovate school campuses could mean more modem facilities and better educational opportunities for students — but not without a price. lf voters approve the $75 million bond package proposed by New Braunfels school district, the average homeowner’s tax bill would go up $270 by 2003. Patrons will go to the polls on Oct. 2. Early voting begins Wednesday at the Education Center, 430 West Mill St. Early voting runs until Sept. 28. Voting hours at the Education Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lone Star Primary. The $75 million package includes recommended expansion and renovation projects at all district campuses and auxiliary facilities. More than $35 million w ill fund campus improvements; $4.8 million will be used to repair and renovate maintenance, kitchen and business office facilities; and $12.7 million will be used for technology needs. No new campuses are being proposed in the bond package. Duane Westerman with Southwest Securities said district patrons could see a total increase of $270 on their tax bills during a four-year period. The average homeow ner w ill pay $1,127 in school taxes for the 1999-2000 school year. Westerman said the district planned to sell the bonds in $25 million increments beginning in 2(XX) and ending in 2003. During years when the bonds are sold, the debt service tax rate would increase, which would, in turn, increase taxpayers' property tax bills. But Westerman said a fluctuation in the debt service tax rate would result because the bonds would not be sold in 2002. The years bonds Superintendent outlines plan at forum — Page 3A are not bought, the debt service tax rate would decrease, he said. Westerman estimated the debt service tax rate would increase 12.8 cents in 2000, followed by an increase of 15.5 cents in 2001. But the rate would decrease 1.3 cents in 2002 w hen no bonds would be sold. In 2003, the debt service tax rate would increase 12.7 cents. The tax rate would drop by 1.6 cents every year thereafter until the bonds are paid back in 2023, he said. The average home in New Braunfels has an estimated value of $83,000, Comal Appraisal District reports. The average tax bill currently is $ 1, 176. The ow ner of an average home in New Braunfels would see an increase of $87 per year, during the first year the bonds are sold. The second year the bond are sold, in 2001, will see the average taxpayer paying $105 more on his annual tax bill. In 2002, when the bonds are not sold a 1.3-cent decrease in the tax rate would mean a decrease of $8.84 on the average tax bill. In 2003, taxpayers w ill see another increase on the tax bill. The 12.7-cent increase on the debt service rate will mean an increase of $86 on the average homeowner’s tax bill. A I 6-cent decrease on the tax rate in 2004 w ould mean a decrease of $10.88 on the average homeowner’s annual tax bill. Taxpayers then would see a decrease on their tax bills for every year until the bonds are paid oft' in 2023. Superintendent Ron Reaves said the $75 million package included enough funding for inflation or See TAX BILLS/3A CISD trustees lend support to battle for pregame prayer By Heather Todd Staff Writer BULVERDE: — Comal Independent School District trustees took a stand on the issue of pregame prayer Thursday night by publicly supporting one Texas school district’s fight to allow student-led prayers before football games. CISD trustees voted 6-0, w ith trustee Dora Gonzales abstaining, to support the Santa Fe Independent School Dis trict’s appeal of a recent court ruling against prayer at high school games. Superintendent Jerry Major said CISD would be joining in a grass-roots movement with a number of other school districts across Texas and the country to get a decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed. “A number of districts have jumped in to say they support the Santa Fe effort. And if we do this, we will put aSee PREGAME PR AYER/4 AInside Abby...................................7A Classifieds.....................5-1    OB Comics...............................8A Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................7A Religion.........................9-10A Sports..............................1-3B Today.................................2A Television...........................8A Key code 76Pilot makes emergency landing near airport; no injuries reported From staff reports A flight student from San Antonio was forced to land his plane in a field near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport on Thursday. The student was not injured and the plane, which experienced engine problems, was not damaged, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Max Sink said. “The pilot took precautionary action and landed,” Sink said. Airport manager Darrell Phillips said the plane, a Cessna 150, started to lose altitude WAI Ll/Herakj-Zeitung City officials tow an airplane from a field where it made an emergency landing. about I p.m. Thursday during a touch and go exercise. City stall members were working in the field northwest of the airport at 5 p.m., trying toSee LANDINGS WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung United Way of Comal County president James Dunks gives the opening presentation Thursday night at the organization’s kickoff at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. United Way begins 1999 fund drive with $425,000 goal By Erin Magruder Staff Writer United they met. Volunteers, directors and committee members of United Way of Comal County gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the kick off of their annual fund-raising drive. United Way president James Dunks began by thanking all of the volunteers who helped raise $400,000 last year through floods, fires and drought. This year, United Way lias a fund goal to raise $425,(HK) by the end of November. Dunks said the United Way could easily surpass that amount w ith the help of the community. “Every year, we set our goal higher,” Dunks said. “We feel we can exceed our goal and raise close to a half a million dollars.” WAI Ll/Heraid-Zettung Leah Dunks, 7, daughter of United Way of Comal County president James Dunks, listens to her father’s presentation. And with 98 cents of every dollar staying in the county, that is a lot of bang for the buck, Dunks said. United Way is a national charitable organization that raises money for children, the elderly and the disadvantaged. In Comal County, United Way supports 29 local agencies including Adult Literacy See UNITED WAY/5A ;