New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Blasting the past
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Don Tyler, Richard Medrano Jr.. J.C. Stoke, Tommy Kie-sling, Bryan Bright, Rick R. Gomez. Gary Sc heel, Carlos Martinez Sr., Joie Angel Gomez, Paul and Peter Gonzales. Renee Martinez and Darlene Preiss.
Wishes for a happy birthday Saturday to Carmen Espinosa, Christopher Ray Perez, Mike Kiv-iin and Ed Moerbe.
Belated birthday wishes to Robert K cog hart, Lucille Pehl, Julissa Munoz, Javier Hernandez and Joe. R. Saldana.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Fernando and Linda Hernandez.
“Happy anniversary” Saturday to Wally and Susan Peters.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a spaghetti supper Sunday, Sept. 15 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Fire Station #2 on Oblate Drive ai Farm-to-Market 2673. Plates for children under 8 will be S2; adult plates, $330. Proceeds will be used to help buy new equipment.
George A. Garcia VFW Memorial Post #11050 will sponsor a barbecue chicken plate with all the trimmings for $3.50 Saturday, Sept. 21. Rales may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. at the Texas Army National Guard Armory Tickets arc sold by post members.
Canyon High School FFA or Junior FFA member interested in raising swine have a mandatory
meeting Monday, Sept. 16 ai the Agriculture Science building ai CHS at 7:30 p.m.
New Braunfels Kinderchar will begin rehearsals in preparation for Wurstfest performances at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. IS at the Bavarian Village Restaurant stage. For more information call David C. Smith at 629-1785 after 3 pm.
Girt Scouts needed
Girl Scouts are needed for the Comal County Fair Parade Sept. 27. Ray Smith has coordinated this year’s float and all girls are welcome to ride on it. Meet at the float at 8 a m. the day of the parade on Sycamore Street. For more information call Smith at 625-6581. Scout Country Fslr New Braunfels area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will sell Scout Country Fair tickets at a variety of locations Saturday, Sept. 14. The Scout Country Fair will be at McGimsey Scout Park in San Antonio on Oct. 19. At the fair there will be numerous activities, games and exhibits of interest to everyone. Proceeds from die sale of tickets will benefit local packs, troops and the Alamo Area Boy Scout Council.
New Braunfels Newcomers Club will have a potluck supper Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Landa Park Pavilion #16. Bring a covered dish and drinks.
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Low clouds and a slight chance for afternoon or evening thundershowers are included in a forecast that calls for highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid-70s. Similar conditions are expected through the weekend. Thursday’s high in New Braunfels was 89 and the overnight low was 71. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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25 Cents Vol. 139, No. 213
approves pay raise
County sets aside some funds to open fire marshal’s office
September 13, 1991
One Section, 16 Pages
Court denies consolidation bid
Commissioners vote to retain 28.83-cent tax rate
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday approved a 28.83-cent tax rate to fund the county’s $ 13.39-million 1992 budget.
The 28.83-cent tax rate per $100 property valuation, no change from the current rate, means the owner of a $60,000 with no exemptions would pay about $ 173 in taxes, said Commissioners Court Administrator Mary Hitch.
After months of meetings, the court on Wednesday gave final approval to the 1992 budget, up about 3 percent over 1991 fiscal year’s $12.98 million.
The county’s 1992 effective tax rate, the rate that would raise the same tax revenue in 1992 as in 1991, was calculated by a state formula to be 29.71 cents, so not raising the actual tax rate displays the court’s efforts keep the budget total increase down, Casteel said.
Under the budget, salary increases for top elected and appointed officials average about 5 percent, while most county employees will receive 3-percent cost-of-living salary increases and be eligible for additional 2-percent merit increases Commissioners will receive ll percent salary increases, to $25,500 from $22,925.
1991 fiscal year’s $12.98 million. salary increases, to $25,500 from $22,925.
Sales tax rebates now running 8.3 percent ah<
By MARK WARNKEN has garnered $ 1.144 million, compared to
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County’s sales tax rebates so far this year are running about 8.3 percent above the same period last year, according to the state comptroller’s office.
The city of Garden Ridge's sales tax rebate checks are 74 percent higher during the first nine months of this year than during the same period last year, while New Braunfels' collections are tracking I percent higher. Both cities had especially good September rebates compared to the same month last year.
Comal County received a $152,802 rebate this month, compared to $126,328 in September last year. County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew. Since January, the county
has garnered $ 1. 144 million, compared lo $ 1.056 million during the first nine months of last year
The 1991 budget estimates collections of $1.3 million, so the county should make budget with the October rebate. he said. Any rebates collected above the budget during November and December, the last two months of the county’s fiscal year, will go toward retiring the county’s general obligation bonds, he said.
Bartholomew expects the county by year's end to have collected about 6 percent over the amount collected last
It’s been a good summer, especially in the recreation
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By MARK WARNKEN
The Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday decided against consolidating county voting precincts for the Nov. 5 state constitutional amendment election.
Commissioners voted 5-0 against consolidation, clung the importance of the election, which features 13 proposed constitutional amendments, including a change that would allow the state to operate a revenue-raising lottery.
The county clerk routinely recommends consolidation of voting precincts to save money on election judges’ salaries and other election expenses.
Consolidation might contribute to lower turnout if voters avoid the longer drives to their polling places and could be seen as sending a message to voters thai state constitutional election amendments are less important than other elections, commissioners agreed.
In separate action, the court voted to accept a $30,000 grant for a juvenile law enforcement officer in the Sheriff* Department.
The grant, awarded through governor’s office, will allow the department to fund one specially trained deputy to focus on dealing with the victims and perpetrators of juvenile crime, allowing the department to be more efficient and better serve the public, Sheriff Jack Bremer said.
“Because it’s such a sensitive issue, it’s sometimes hard for a typical depu
ty on the street to be able to sift gears to handle situations involving juveniles,” Bremer said.
By accepting the gram, the county has agreed to participate in a five-year declining grant program. Bremer Mid.
The state will pay IOO percent of the $30,000 annual costs for the office beginning Jan. I, and the gram amount will decline by 20 percent each year thereafter, he said.
In other business, the court
awarded contracts for indigent health care pharmaceuticals to Mountain Valley Pharmacy and IGA Pharmacy. Bids were sought from providers in the lake area and in the New Braunfels area, and only one was received from each area.
Admiring • New Orleans trave! potter are Wilton Warnecke, left, manager of Ascot Travel Associates, and Estelle McWilliams, winner of a trip to that city from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show. The trip, with accommodations at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and airfare provided by American Airlines, was •warded in cooperation with Ascot Travel. The trade show was Tuesday and Wtdnesday. (Photo by Annelids Schlickenrieder)
By MAIM WARNKEN Staff Writer
County officials have taken the first Hep toward establishing a fire marshal 'I office to investigate possible arsons in the rural areas of the county and to perform other duties to ensure the public's safety.
Commissioners Court unanimously voted on Wednesday to add $15,000 to the court’s contingency fund for the eventual start of a county fire marshal’! office, but the exact nature of the proposed department has yet to be worked out.
District Attorney Bill Reinter and Sheriff Jack Bremer originally suggested the court consider funds for an arson Investigator during the just* completed county budget process, County Judge Carter Casteel Mid. And county volunteer fire departments have for many years been pointing out the need for a county fire marshal, she said,
Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, after recently meeting with volunteer firefighters and studying the office in surrounding counties, recommended the court establish the fire marshal position.
“I think there's a need for this now, and it’s a fairly common office in many of the counties of our size,” Evans laid.
Casteel said the fire marshal likely will end up not only investigating fire-I for possible arson but inspecting day-care centers and nursing homes out in the county.
The fire mashal also may be assigned the duties of Federal Emcrpcncy Management Agency coordinator and could help beef up the county's employee Mfcty program to reduce worker's compensation claims.
“I would expect that baaed on the law enforcement and the prosecution of the offense, plus the volunteer
departments, we’re going to sec a county fire marshal. They My we need it, and therefore the need is out there,” Casteel said Casteel said the county will look into s possible cooperative arrangement with the city of New Braunfels, a move which might make the county eligible for some federal funding.
The sheriff’s department has access to several trained arson investigators, but needs a fire marshal with special equipment and training to be available to immediately investigate and cordon off s site so the county doesn't lose its legal case bocauiac evidence has been disturbed, Bremer said.
The fire marshal also might serve as a coordinator for the various volunteer fire departments, he Mid.
Because the county fire marshal also would need to be a certified peace officer, a full- or part-time fire
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COUNTY I Home
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees approved, on a 6-1 vote, a pay raise for teachers and all employees and unanimously enacted a new tax rate to pay for it.
“Here in Comal County none of us like taxes, none of us like to see our taxes go up or sec a larger amount of our spendable income go to taxes,” Trustee Adon Hermes said. “The employees of this district arc entitled to a salary increase. We arc nm an extremely poor county nor are we overly reliant on government jobs.”
The new tax rate for NB1SD is .5339 cents per $100 valuation. This figure includes .22 cents for debt service and .3139 for operating expenses, said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance.
The pay raise will be eight percent of the midpoint salary for employees at midpoint or below, eight percent of salary for employees above midpoint and a $500 increase for anyone who has reached the maximum ceiling of the pay scale. Pay for substitute teachers will also be increased from $38 to $40 per day.
“I’m going to vote against it,” Trustee Margie Rabom said in casting the lone dissenting vote. “I’m very concerned about where our reserves arc and I’m scared to death about laying off teachers next year if we can’t meet chit budget.”
Several districts around the state arc laying off teachers this year in reaction to lower state fmuling.
“Last week we had to go borrow $1.5 million to meet our payroll,” Board Treasurer Dick Robinctt said. “Money to pay you (teachers) comes from the state.”
The amended budget total is $21,771,544. This new figure includes the pay raises arui extra teachers that had to be hired at Memorial Primary, Memorial Elementary, New Braunfels Middle School and a teacher for one additional math period at New Braunfels High School.
“There’s a possibility we’re going lo have to look at another session or two at the high school,” Superintendent Charles Bradberry said. “We need more at the middle school but there is no space ”
Enrollment at NBISD is currently 5,132. This amount is 102 students more than last year, mostly at New Braunfels Middle School, Bradberry said.
Robinctt asked if the budget also included an adjustment for workman’s compensation costs.
“You may end up saving more on workman’s comp,” Curtis said. “We’re still working on that ."
Homes made a presentation to the board, complete with overhead projector, to show that Comal County citizens can afford a tax increase. Figures he provided showed the per capita income for the county lo be $ 16,653 in 1989. The suite average was $15,512. Hermes said that if that figure is multiplied by the 2.66 persons
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Sandblasting the image of a cowboy from the wall of the okJ Heidelberg Halle is Randy Faucette. The baldling has been purchased by Bums and Karen Cieiand for their nationwide firm, Insignia. (Photo by Annexes Schlickennedef)
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