New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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City’s reserve fund continues to grow
the new tax rate will be conducted Sept. 26.
When Mayor Bruce Boyer opened the hearing to public comments, tax activist Wayne Rudolph spoke up. Rudolph, who last year ramrodded the successful effort to get a tax freeze for senior and disabled homeowners, spent a few moments praising Boyer before gently woodshedding the council.
“This budget reflects the campaign promises made by Mayor Boyer,” Rudolph said. “He promised added police and fire protection, and this budget provides that. He promised to reopen the library on Sunday. This budget does that."
With changes proposed Monday night, Rudolph said, the proposed city budget would increase expenditures next year by 16.3 percent — five times more than inflation.
“Although the expenditure side of the budget has expanded dramatically, I believe the council has done the best it can to meet the needs of citizens, city employees and these inflationary pressures,” Rudolph said.
Then, he mentioned the city’s general fund reserves,
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The reserve is increasing, he said, because the city conservatively estimates sales tax revenues and never considers $100 million in likely taxable value because it is under protest in the summer when the budget is prepared — even though typically well over 80 percent of it will be in the certified grand list in any given year.
Sales taxes, Rudolph added, are increasing because the city has placed an emphasis — and spent tax money — on supporting economic development.
lf the city was a little less conservative in its estimates, Rudolph said, it could cut the tax rate by an additional 4 cents per $100 — and still grow the fire and police departments and have the library open on Sundays.
“It is now the time for the home taxpayer to be given the benefit of the sacrifices we’ve made,” Rudolph said. “Let’s give the taxpayer a break."
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West checked into Potters Creek campground Wednesday, Ward said.
Just before I a.m. Saturday, neighboring campers reported he was belligerent and had several weapons, including guns and knives.
Two veteran deputies, who Ward would not identify, responded to the call and shot West when he raised a weapon as though to fire it — and after he was repeat-edly asked to show his hands.
Ward said the response of the officers was appropriate to sheriff’s policies and the training deputies receive.
“They responded to the call like they would have any similar call,” Ward said. “They didn’t do anything different than what they
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Tactically, Ward said, the officers did everything they could have done given the circumstances at a dark campground in the early morning hours.
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