New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Officers take property in I st drug stamp case
AUSTIN (AP) —Texas comptroller's officers have placed a lien on property and other assets of a man they say owes the state more than $40,OCK) in taxes on marijuana police claimed to have found in his car.
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Texas test scores are lowery but still stable
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas students’ scores on the country’s two major college entrance examinations remained lower than the national average this year, but followed a national trend in staying stable since 1988, according to the Texas Education Agency.
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Defense dominates in Players of Week
Comal County teams surrendered a total of 14 points in Friday’s season-opening football games. Because of the tremendous pressure applied to oppos-ing offenses, the Herald-Zeitung's Players of the I Week all came from the defensive side of the line.
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Vol. 137, No. 217
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
September 12, 1989
25 Cents One Section, IO PagesCounty approves $12.6 million budget
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court Monday approved a $12.6 million budget for 1990, giving employees a 4-pcrcent cost-of-living raise and keeping the current tax rate.
“Unlike many taxing entities, Comal Coun-tians will not see an increase in the tax rate for 1990,” said County Judge Fred Clark.
The tax rate is 0.2850 per $ IOO valuation. “The good news is, is that Comal County is not going to have a tax increase to fund the 1990 budget,” Clark told citizens who attended the meeting. “The bad news is that some of the funds will show a deficit.”
The biggest deficit was approximately $200,000 in the general fund. County officials project a surplus of about $200,000 at the endSee salary chart on Page 2
of 1990 based on a 94 percent collection of ad valorem taxes.
“Last week, they went through and made changes and made decisions on what they wanted to do on the budget,” said County Auditor Bate Bond. “Over the weekend, we
calculated the effect of those changes gave it to them this morning ... and it showed a deficit.”
So to cure the deficit, some cuts were made. “They could have raised taxes,” Bond added.
To meet the shortfall, commissioners voted to take from the 1990 budget, $94,000 from microfilming, SI89,000 from computer hard
ware in the sheriffs office for stage seven of the computer implcmentaton plan, and $7,000 from the commissioners’ contingency fund.
The two biggest increases in the budget were in law enforcement and the road department.
Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans told the group of taxpayers to attend
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Murder attempts Spree sprinter
Weekend violence in the West End erupted early Sunday morning with the reporting of two attempted murders.
At midnight two ambulances and police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Bridge Street to a victim who was stabbed and cut numerous times.
The victim lost quite a bit of blood, but survived the incident, said police spokesman Martin Mayer. The victim doesn’t want to prosecute, he said.
Later Sunday morning a man was shot at while he was in his vehicle.
“(The victim) was driving down Hickory Street when he saw a car coming at him and a black revolver coming out of the window,” Mayer said. “He fired three rounds. One hit the car the other two missed completely.”
Hie victim went immediately to the police station and reported the shooting, he said.
“The victim has a suspect but he can’t identify die trigger guy,” Mayer said. “He thinks it’s some guy that he owes $300 to for cocaine. But he has no proof of that.”
Police continue to investigate both incidents.
How much territory could 67-year-old Lillie Linnartz of New Braunfels cover at Kroger's in just three minutes? Well, she covered enough to gather $750 in groceries during the spree, which she won in a contest sponsored by Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. Linnartz was one of 80 winners in the nation to win the contest which allowed a maximum of $750 in groceries from the store of the winner's choice. Lilhe and her husband Bernie, who used to own Linnartz Foods here, mapped out a strategy for her to cover the store within her three minutes. For every spree, Oscar Mayer donated $200 to Family Service America, a national association of organizations dedicated to strengthening the family unit through local counseling, educational workshops, and support of legislation to benefit family life. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Council considering increase for local ambulance service
Ambulance rates in New Braunfels will be on the rise soon if city council members decide that is the route to help offset increasing expenditures to operate the service.
"One of the unique items about this is it’s one way we can generate money without negatively affecting our public here in New Braunfels," said City Manager Paul Grohman.
Council members passed the first reading of the ordinance raising the current ambulance transfer cost within New Braunfels city limits from $70 to $115. Three readings are required before an ordinance is enacted.
lf the ordinance passes, each basic transfer outside the city limits will increase from $70 to $150 plus $2 per mile.
City staff estimates the current rates will bring in revenues of about $200,000 in 1989-90 against expenses of $509,123. Grohman said approximately one-third of all ambulance calls are outside the city limits and approximately $100,000 a year is subsidized by city taxpayers.
Grohman said the city is also going to be incurring more costs because of McKenna Memorial Hospital’s decision to not purchase bedding and linen
Water district to monitor quality, level of Glen Rose
The Edwards Underground Water District will monitor groundwater movement, water quality and water levels in the Glen Rose Aquifer, an aquifer similar to the Edwards Aquifer that extends into the Edwards district.
Communities like Smithson Valley, Bulverde, Fair Oaks Ranch, Helotes and Timberwood Park rely on the Glen Rose Aquifer as their primary source of drinking water. This aquifer produces a hard water with a higher mineral count than Edwards water, and some of this water actually enters the Edwards Aquifer.
“(Glen Rose Aquifer water) has very little effect if any,” said Mike Albach, environmental analyst for the Edwards Underground Water District. “We don’t know
how much or little.”
In order to find out how much water is flowing from the Glen Rose Aquifer into the Edwards Aquifer, the district is installing a monitoring well approximately five miles north of the intersection of Blanco Road and Loop 1604 in San Antonio. A continuous recording device will be installed and data will routinely be collected by members of the technical staff of the district.
The construction and installation of this monitoring well and the data it will provide will make possible the further study of storage trends in the Glen Rose Aquifer. With this information, decisions can be made about
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Truckers find body in ditch
The body of a 36-year-old man was found in a ditch Monday afternoon under the Interstate 35 bridge off Kuehler Avenue, New Braunfels police said.
“A couple of truck drivers were on their lunch hour and walked around to see what it would take to get down to the river and they discovered the body,” said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
The body was found in a ditch around noon, he said, adding police believe the man was dead about one
day when he was found.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard ordered an autopsy.
"No statements arc in the report about anything out of the normal so that’s when they ordered an autopsy,” Mayer said. “They didn’t speculate on the cause of death."
The man was carrying his birth certificate. His driver’s license listed a New Braunfels address. Mayer said the next of kin have not been notified pending positive identification.
Man sentenced after plea deal
A Comal County man was sentenced in district court Monday to 15 years in Texas Department of Corrections after a plea bargain for the burglary of habitation charge he was indicted on last week.
Robert Delgado, 34, will have to serve at least two-thirds of the sen
tence before he will be eligible for good time and considered for parole, said Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer. ‘That’s really about 15 years hard time.”
At the time of the offense, Delgado
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Rainfall boosts level of Edwards Aquifer
for ambulances and provide nurses on patient transfers.
He said the city will be responsible for about $4,200 annually for bedding and approximately $20,000 for overtime pay for transfers.
“One way or the other, we’re probably going to have to pay these costs from city coffers," Grohman said. “This is one way to do it without negatively impacting our public here."
“I don’t like to raise rates, but I think it’s very essential that we also
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Edwards Aquifer is on the rise again as it enters its sixth day of increasing level measurements at the Panther Canyon test well.
Bill Tepe, assistant engineer at New Braunfels Utilities, reported the aquifer’s level today at 621.13 feet above mean sea level, up 0.06 from yesterday and 0.08 from Saturday.
New Braunfels city officials have said they will wait to see if the aquifer’s level will remain above 621 feet amsl before changing the current policy of partial mandatory conservation. Currently, residents are asked to water their lawns only between 6 and IO a.m
and 7 and 11 p.m.. They are also not to let water run onto the streets or driveways. Restaurants still are not to serve water except upon request.
The increasing aquifer levels caused by rainfall in the watershed also are boosting the flow of the Comal River. Today, the river is flowing at 86 cubic feet per second. On Saturday, the river was flowing at 76 cfs.
The Guadalupe River received a big drink of water this weekend from some rains in the Kerrville area which netted 0.49 inch for that area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported an inflow of 91 cfs into
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School trustees set special meetings
Taxpayers in the New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal ISD will be interested in school board meetings held this week concerning their future tax rates.
A committee meeting of the NB1SD board of school trustees will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Education Center to dicuss the possibility of a fall bond election. Trustees will review the $4.5 million bond issue which would help finance the construction of a sixth-grade facility and renovations throughout the district.
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance, said passage of the bond issue may result in an additional six cents on the tax rate. This addition to the tax rate will be in effect for 13 years from 1991 until 2004.
Business destroyed by blaze
Volunteer firefighters from the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire-Department were called out of their beds early Sunday morning iii response to a garage fire off FM 306.
According to wimcss reports, an explosion and fire consumed Canyon Lake Garage owned b> Ralph Tice around 3 a.m Sundae morning. Firefighter Earl Wilkins, who was the first man on the scene, said an arson mvestigatoi from Austin could be called in lo help determine the cause of the fire.
Four trucks and one pumpt-truck were dispatched to the file, along with approximately 20 firemen.
Comal County sheriffs depan ment officials also were present on the scene. Officers Rick Poindexter and Carl Davis responded to the call to the sheriffs department ai 3:25 a.m.
Wilkins estimated $20,OOO in damage was done to Tice’s tools and supplies. Another $15,000 in damage was sustained to the build ing. The building was burned almost completely to the ground.
Comal ISD board of trustees will vote on a proposed tax rate of $1.07 per $100 valuation for the fiscal year in a special meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m in the Central Administration Office. During Monday’s regular hearing, no one spoke to the board concerning the tax rate. Public Information Officer Sandy Jackson said the board may not let anyone speak about the tax rate during Thursday’s meeting.
“If someone had something they wanted to say, this was the time to do it," she said.
Following the tax meeting on Thursday, the CISD board will conduct another special meeting to discuss and vote on the Comal Appraisal District budget.
It looks like more rain is in store for the area with a 30 per cent chance of precipaiion predicted for today and tomorrow The high temperatures are expected in the low 90s today. Tonight, the chance for rain drops to 20 percent with lows in the mid 70s. Look for highs approaching 90 degrees tomorrow along with some possible rains. For the rest of the week, widely scattered afternoon showers are forecast
with highs in the 90s and lows sn
Fitness Made Fun — an aerobics class — began Monday at Canyon Lake. Part of the Comal ISD’s Community Education prog ram for the Mountain Valley Elementary School area, the class will meet at the Start/ Community Center in Startzville, not at the school as previously announced Morning and evening classes will be offered by instructor Shearon Crane. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, participants may exercise from 9 to 10:15 a m. or from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuition is $35 with no discounts given for this class. To register for this or any other CISD Community Education class, call
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