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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Bureau criticizes phone solicitations AUSTIN (AP) — A business that directs consumers to dial a “900” number for a list of credit card lenders has come under fire from the Austin Better Business Bureau. See Page 3 Bullock proposes plan to toughen ethics rules AUSTIN (AP) — State Comptroller Bob Bullock, offering a plan to toughen government ethics rules, said the state should have the power to audit both political accounts and federal tax returns. See Page 5 Scott beats LA for league-hwh 70'h win ", T M T ' V A T p.], PAc ie winner in the Jouston Astros :ially eliminat-;ue West race. ie Page 10 New Braunfels --LjgLL Vol. 137, No. 220 Board ratifies budget By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved the Comal Appraisal District budget during Thursday’s special meeting after two entities voted down the same budget. CISD board of trustees is the first entity to approve of the CAD budget. City of Garden Ridge and Comal County Commissioners rejected the budget, mainly on the grounds that the appraisal district continues to participate in the Texas Association of Assessing Officers private retirement plan. The private retirement plan has been a bone of contention with officials and residents in the district since Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox said participation in the plan is unauthorized because CAD is a political subdivision. The budget which CISD trustees approved Thursday includes an increase of $2,100 over 1988, bringing the total budget to $616,724. City of Selma is expected to consider the budget during its Sept. 18 meeting. New Braunfels ISD trustees will also consider the budget in their Sept. 19 meeting. If more than four entities disapprove the budget, CAD officials wil have to work out another budget and present it for approval. The CAD budget was on the agenda for the Sept. 11 City Council meeting, but no action was taken, and the budget automatically was approved. 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday September 15, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 16 Pages Trio jailed for robbery Postman Martin Charles Norton talks with local policemen following the rollover of his U S. Postal Service Jeep. By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer After robbing a local letter carrier of $2 Thursday afternoon and then firing a gunshot at him, causing him to lose control and roll his postal Jeep, a juvenile and two males are in custody facing local, and possibly federal, charges. Arrested and charged with aggravated robbery are Daryl Wayne Smith, 21; Ronald E. Wilson, 20; and a 16-year-old male, all of San Antonio. Postal Inspector T.A. Orona said this morning the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Postal Service would decide today if federal charges would be pursued because the crime was against a federal employee. The incident occurred when Martin Charles Norton, 50, of New Braunfels Prices drop for third month Report supports arguments that inflation under control WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale prices fell for the third consecutive month in August as a big drop in energy costs pushed inflation down by 0.4 percent, the government said today. The decline in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index followed a similar 0.4 percent plunge in July and a 0.1 percent dip in June. It was the first time wholesale prices have fallen for three consecutive months since early 1986. The August price moderation was even better than had been expected and provided further evidence to support arguments that inflation should be well under control in the second half of the year. The three-month string of declines in wholesale prices was particularly welcome because it came after a surge in prices earlier this year had triggered fears of a possible inflationary spiral. Wholesale prices were surging ahead at an annual rate of 9.4 percent through May. However, with the monthly declines since that time, wholesale inflation is now running at a much more moderate annual rate of 4.4 percent through the first eight months of the year. In 1988, wholesale prices rose 4 percent. A broadbased drop in energy costs was credited for the price decline in August. Gasoline prices plunged 12.1 percent, the third consecutive monthly decline. Prices of natural gas were also down, dropping 5 percent, while prices ot home heating oil fell 2.1 percent. Food costs were not as well-controlled, posting a 0.3 percent increase as the costs of beef, dairy products and bakery goods accelerated. The price of eggs and pork rose in August after having fallen in July. Inflation, excluding the food and energy categories, was up 0.5 percent, reflecting in pan higher prices for new cars. Many economists look to price increases of other goods as a better indicator of the underlying inflation rate because food and energy costs are more volatile from month to month. The June-July-August declines marked the first consecutive monthly drops in the Producer Price See PRICES, Page 2 CISD rate to go up by 7 percent Trustees vote for tax hike Taxpayers in Comal Independent School District will pay pay higher taxes this year because the board of school trustees voted in favor of the tax increase in a special meeting Thursday evening. CISD trustees unanimously approved a 7-percent increase above the current tax rate, bringing the tax rate to $1.07 per $100 valuation. The increase was necessary in order to fund a $22.7 million budget for 1989-90, district officials said. According to CISD Business Manager Abel Campos, the average home in the Comal district is valued at $62,100. With the current tax rate, homeowners will pay an average of $478.08 — $28.88 more than last year. On Aug. 21, the trustees approved the $22.7 million budget which included increases for teachers, health insurance, teaching supplies, equipment, contracted repairs, insurance, health insurance, workers compensation, food, drug prevention and new construction. During a special meeting called on Sept. 11, no taxpayers came forward to speak on the proposed tax rate. The special meeting on Sept. 14 only included a vote on the tax rate. U.S. trade deficit narrows to smallest gap in 5 years Volunteers and members of the board of the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter invite the public to attend an open house this evening from 4 to 8 p.m. to help celebrate the shelter s move into a larger home. Tim Flach and Esther Mendoza were among the folks helping move furniture and other household items into the new home at the corner of Loma Vista and the northbound side on the Interstate 35 access road. The move was made possible through contributions from many area citizens and organizations. (Photo by Deryl Clark) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed for the second straight month in July, to $7.58 billion, the smallest gap in nearly five years, the government said today. The Commerce Department reported the July deficit represented a 5.3 percent decrease from a revised June deficit of $8.01 billion. The narrowing gap came from a 2.5 percent decrease in imports to $38.32 billion and a 1.8 percent decrease in exports to $30.74 billion. The trade deficit is the difference between imports and exports. Tile overall July deficit of $7.58 billion was the smallest since a $6.79 billion imbalance in December 1984. Economists had been expecting the deficit to widen as imports fueled by oil purchases rose while the higher dollar cut exports by making them more expensive overseas. America’s foreign oil bill rose 2.9 percent to $4.3 billion in July. The amount of imported oil rose to 8.14 But despite the July improvement, economists are predicting that the deficits will begin rising in the second half of the year as American exports suffer from the rising value of the dollar. million barrels a day from 7.93 million in June and the price per barrel fell to $ 17.12 from $ 17.67 in June. The decrease in exports included such manufactured goods as auto-mboiles, machinery and materials while shipments of airplanes increased. In addition to oil, increased imports included clothing and footwear and general industrial machinery. Decreases included automobiles and trucks and electrical and specialized industrial machinery. Analysts had been looking for an imbalance of between $8.5 billion and $9 billion in July. But despite the July improvement, economists are predicting that the deficits will begin rising in the second half of the year as American exports suffer from the rising value of the dollar. Analysts also say oil imports will continue to rise as U.S. consumption increases and domestic production falls, becoming a major factor in producing a widening deficit in coming months. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, reported imported oil in July accounted for more than Sh TRADE, Pay* 2 was sorting mail in the 1500 block of Mary Preiss Drive around noon when the males approached him in an older model Oldsmobile Cutlass and asked him for the time, said Comal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alar. Trollinger. “A black male then walked up to him, produced a chrome revolver, told him to give him his money,” he said. “He quickly brought his wallet out.” Norton pursued the vehicle down Mary Preiss and onto Ervendberg Avenue when a male in the vehicle shot at and missed the postman s vehicle, Trollinger said. “He was still in motion when they fired at him — he locked it up” and rolled the 1975 postal Jeep, said New See ROBBERY, Page 2 Good day Sunny and mild conditions prevail today with the high temperature reaching 83 degrees. Overnight, the temperature will drop to a cool 58 degrees. Weekend high temperatures will edge back up toward 90 with the lows staying around 65. There is no rain in the forecast for the next four days — just beautiful days and cool nights. Inside: CLASSIFIED ..........................11-15 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY...............................16 ENTERTAINMENT.........................9 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................6 SPORTS..................................10-11 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch New Braunfels Tennis Association will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rec Center in landa Park. This is a general membership meeting and members will discuss the location a new- tennis facility. All concerned persons arc invited.... Drug Free San Marcos will be sponsoring the “High on Running, Not Drugs 5K” in San Marcos Oct. 21. There wiwll be a IK for children 11 years old and younger. The 5K will begin al 8 a.m. with the IK at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at the Hays County Courthouse. Preregistration fee is $8 until Oct. 16 and $10 thereafter. This is a certified course and proceeds will benefit a drug-free society. For more information, call Tim Hooker at 625-8620, Moe Johnson at 392-2584, or Drug Free San Marcos at 245-2449.... The Canyon Music Boosters will meet Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Middle School band hall. “Taste the Topping” will be the topic of discussion. Booster members will have the opportunity to taste several loppings in order to choose their favorite for the funnel cake booth at Wurstfest. The Canyon Music Boosters support the Canyon High School and Canyon Middle School bands, choirs, and the Canyon High School dance team. lf you are interested in the music program, join the group Tuesday night. For more information, call Mary Mor-ga at 620-4902.... If you’re going to the New Braunfels High School Unicom S** STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Welcome home ;