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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels iii J J—LL Vol 134 No 182 New Braunfels Herald Publishing Company 707 Landa St New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377 BOO) Friday September 18 1987 25 Cents wo Sections 22 Pages Stammtisch Tonight’s the night! The New Bt aunels Republican Women invite the public two join them at the Sizzler at 11 .to a rn Monday to hear State Hep Fdmund Kuenipe! speak on Any and ever> thing you ever wanted to know about the last legislative session " Sounds intriguing Last Nundav s feature story about Expansion 75. Kden Home's growth project taking place this year int or redly said that Sue »■«) had been donatetl by die publit for the pro ject That should have said Dim roo had f*e**n donated This is Kden Home s 77lh year anti the expansion project actually began in I SGS the home s 75th Near Our best wishes anti most likely those of manx Lh a1 citizens ga out to recently retired County F xtemion \gent Bill Schumann who ha* just retumetl home from Humana Metropolitan Hospital after gotni through a successful coronar. angw»pla*ty procedure balloon mH bt til ti«t well soi*n Btl! Hr fall garden is tnTKtximii ITic regular monthly meeting ut the New Braunfels Mig? schotM Band Booster! will t** held Sept a! the bant! flail at L J ” V parents of band member* and a. band boosters are em our agin! to at ten<1 this meeting Tree of lait* Fellowship win hold a v Itching give aw as this Saturday from lo in the morning to t in ttu afternoon They ll have all sun from infants to adults and lots of clothes have fleer, donated Tree of lair is at 13 1 s 81 AA near dairy Queen New Rr.iunfrl* has five Garde: Clubs that are It Bating for mernN r* and lf you are thinking that then s frothing to do if town join a garde” club ami you I! learn af*»uf g ird*** \ng in this will you ll learn about I antis*'aping flower arranging growing s r get ables fruit anti flowers The Garden Clubs al •» arr involved in many civk service ac tivHies sot h as keeping up van* is plantings around town ' all <>** >»f these women >r t ai! the Men * Harden (Tub their clubs are listed too if you neetl more information or want to join them    I agt ie M    lier Comal (larder < Tut' s2f* BC Blanche Nailers Y our Seasons 625 iiaStl Joanne Merman I anda 625 TIN • and Carl I Nihon Men > (i arter i Tut) 629 * * ' Advance tit kefs to Warstfest I k t ii* Nov 8 arr now av.dial Ie at the VV urstfest of fur Wurst jest goers will save ll off Hr- regular ground admission by purchasing adv aru est Im gets pntes are Ii sn advance a ml it at the gate tine fit Met is gtmd for one whole dav vou can g in and out War sir.aile tickets also are now available althougti not at an adv anted pm » The Wurst f» • office is in Kiemhalle dirts tlv Vee ST AMM TISCH Pa^r JA If vttu plan on attending tonight s Waist Bowl take your rubbers umbrella anti a jat Met lur there is a real good chance that some wet stuff will fall this evening arni lf it temps may get a little cool We are under a flash flood watch this afternoon l*,Jt vx teiHls into Bm- evening A u percent chalice of thunderstorms possibly heavy is forecast today with a ho percent chance tonight Winds are expected to change early this evening from the south to Ha* northeast at lo la mph tarws tonight will Im* in the mid to upper bos Satur day stacks up as mostly dourly with a kl percent chance of rain Highs in the mid HOs and staying mostly cloudy tomorrow night with lows in Hr* upper 60s and winds out of lh** northeast The Menu ClASSIflCD    4    10B COMICS    ?B CROSSWORD    3A out AMi    12A tNTifU AIN MINI    3B HIAR N I HI RI    12A OPINIONS ........4A RUK* KRIS FOCUS    I    9A SPORTS    IO    UA WEATHER    2A v-'** , '• .r -'w    ■; inn      ■    i-ra-    ■'/fflPW-f-'-v    - fie moment a a f tf a fa! s havo been . romises to be as hard fought a game as the wading tor has a" .«    rn,    and New    previous*" Wurst Bowl affairs Our ever shaky Braunfe s am ch ng t „»t *    t    r »q*    * at Unicorn u    «;taff has split three to two on predicting who . ' it Uni urn *ac    *    :    •”    •    as    Wi»l come away victorious. For a ooh at the always is a ru a game’    *'    t« ins ac ” '*-y    hr story of this rivalry see Page iQA are in their hrs! week cd District 13*4A play it Shooting restrictions eyed Hearing participants say existing statutes suffice B , DAV ID MAY Dan VV' iff enforce th* (onrritim ■ irdmi rt t ii kit*.** conduct criminal trespass and vs some of which «. arrv >tiffer fine* , ■ :nd penalties 1believe laws are in place without placing •irther restrictions on innocent people he said v ounty Mtornrv Bdl Helmet conceded that about ie* *f what would ta* covered by a county resolution is 11 addres*ed by state law •arty order would make enforcement mush some area* such as prev enfmg persons in cer »s from firing a weapon from their property onto elk* s property be va id M. iring out a greater awareness B * SAW AH Due ( Stair wri* f A hsdrueieilr cominues u» ngt pealing to ti e I ( ominissiori A pre hearing N*-t for W.diM* d complaint Dun officials wi!i have jut I '•<1 Guadalupe Biali whufi is bu lid 11 getter ating plan New Bl .millets t lads Duggan hydroelt*! ti u pi for ( LAI A elation by ap dhcr th *erve a part a ula: area I he Ped* rn alts Kle cl rte looperalls** proc iii*** electricity to r< s d**nts in the i any on Lake area Dial cooperative has a Pl ( cer I if u alt* to serve Hie area ti BK A has wiin approval from Hr* Federal Firm gv Keguiatory l oin ill ssRiu the lex as Water Commis s an and the I s Army Corps of F ugli leers to build the generating plant Before licenses and permits were granted a number of federal ‘Bare bones’ CISD budget debate beefy By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Sharp debate punctuated a brief tax hearing at the Comal school district’s administration building Thursday as patrons expressed 'heir opinions about a proposed 4 HS per cent tax increase Why can t we try to make the budget match the income'’ I think we ve got the cart turned around said Comal County resident Doug Dickens as he addressed CISD trustees He asked the board to reduce unnecessary spending thereby reducing the need for more taxes The thing that bothers me is the proposed tax increase won t hurt me It will hurt my children and their children Dickens said Once a homeowner reaches 65 property taxes are frozen Property values can inc rease hut th** tax rate cannot increase for that home owner The trustees pointed to increased enrollment in the school district and state policies as the need for mcreas ed taxes The proposed tax rate of $1 per lino valuation will produce about 111 million of the district s approved J 4 million budget for the 1987-88 school year said CISD Business Manager Abel Campos The budget reflects about ays percent increase over last year s spending in the district CISD patron John Pierson asked the board to eliminate unnecessary expenses I plead we retrench he said adding that the local business community is suffering from economic hardships and this is not a time for taxing entities to increase spending There is no mandate that you have to build a new stadium and such Patrons have expressed concern that the district is building a new football stadium at the new Smithson Valley High School while the old stadium is still useful and nearby We all want to do well Pierson said adding that this is not the time to be placing extra burdens on businesses and homeowners but is a tune for cutting expenses In the in terim. let s not go full speed ahead I^et s slow down and help < reduce the tax load Campos pointed to an increase in 'ax exemptions during the past year and the lack of state equalization aid as two major reasons for the propos ed tax increase While property appraisals in the district increased by some $40 million Campos said that increase was negated by an estimated $55 million increase in agricultural ex emptions leaving the district with a $15 million loss rn taxable value Also he said about $19 million worth of taxable property belongs to residents 65 and older whose tax rates are frozen Trustees will vote on the proposed tax increase during their regular See CtSD Pa9e2A New state taxes go into effect on Oct. I I the problem Kenner said He repeated that enforcement of a new order or existing state law s relies on citizen up** i at ion .md involvement Commissioners are considering passing an order that would prohibit or restrict the discharging of firearms rn populated but unincorporated subdiv tsions of the county a .th limited e\i opt ions specific ally a person s right to de fend himself (Vizens aho have spoken out on the issue have said they See firearms Page 2A Hydro opponents remain active with appeal to PUC and state agencies reviewed anti commented on the projet t ti BK A officials said Thursday they do not need approval from PCC because that would duplicate ap proval from Hr Federal Knergv Keguiatory Commission The Canyon I.ake Area Citizens Association under the leadership of president AA allace t.reene and researcher Lois Duggan complained See HYDRO Page 2A AUSTIN AP More than 64.duo businesses are expected to be added to the Texas tax rolls Dot I when the state sales tax gt**s up three quarters of a cent and is imposed for the first time on many serv ices and items Bill Allaway. executive vice presi dent of the business-oriented Texas Association of Taxpayers said Thursday the increase is going to affect all of us Businesses pay about half the sales tax so their share of the tax increase to 6 cents on the dollar will be about ll > billion Allaway said More than 4Ju UXJ merchants and businesses already collect sales taxes The sales tax increase and expan sion of the tax bas** were major parts of the $5 7 billion tax increase enacted by the 19H7 Legislature The hike is to make up for the centi nuing economic effects of the oil and natural gas price slump and allows state services to continue at about the current level in the two-year budget cycle that began sept I, of (totals said The unfortunate reality of the world is that every tax bill hurts and state government costs money Allaway said The cigarette tax also will go from 20 5 cents to ‘26 cents a pack on Oct I Among the broad categories of ser vices that will bt* subject to the sales tax beginning Oct I are real proper ty services such as landscaping and garbage collection and security ser vices including private investigators Debt services, including reposes sions and information furnished by credit bureaus w ill be under the sales tax that also applies to information services including financial research and insurance services such as damage appraisals A plan to tax insurance premiums failed to win final legislative approval when insurers mobilized a massive campaign against it Items that will be subject to the sales tax include custom computer progtarris labor on installations to tangible property telephone services and membership and dues to priv ate clubs there is no increase* in the I per cent local option tax collected in some areas of Texas Businesses need to reprogram cash registers and alert workers and staff of the new rate taking eft**ct Oct I,” Comptroller Bob Bullock said Alma Faulkner of the Texas Association of Business which fought a proposed large increase rn and prepayment of the corporate franchise tax said I don t know that the sales tax is going to hurt us It; Hi* .ald tit ..ppoiwnt of Hr* jeel and r»*s«*arcfR*r i LAI A is trying to ensure that t i BK A abides by th*' sup ply agreement f»**tw«*t*n Hr* rivet auUtunty and Ute City of Nev* Braunfels I (littles Board Dr* agree inent states that ti BUA will obtain regulatory and contractual authorization* to Hr* extent if am. required foi implementation of tills project A iemfu ate of publu eon ventence ami necessity from the Publu I Kilty t oinimsMon is among Hr* authorizations listed in Hr* agree merit A PCC spokesman this week said Hr* commission has jurisdiction ovei the Guadalupe Blain o Kiver Authority or we have at least the obligation to heat certain complaints about the rivei authority VA hat we know so far is we got a complaint on behalf of the Canyon I ake Area Citizens Association The complaint slates CBK A is building a power plant without tun mg first obtained a necessary cer tifuate from the state agency PUC issues certificates of need and necessity to utility companies to Day in court for Bad Schloss and city stalled for immediate future »» DAVID MAY Stall Writer Federal court personnel in San Antonio said Wednesday it will be at least several months before a lawsuit brought by Bad Schloss Inc against city of New Braunfels w ill go to trial Reasons given by Hie court i>ersnnnel included a backlog of criminal cases and older civ ii cast's that will take precedence over the three year old Bad Schloss litigation It will t*e either late this year or early next year tiefore a trial date will fie set for that case ” said Judy Dieback federal ci*urt coordinator in san Antonio Wednesday That is my understanding also ’ said Cecil Bam attorney for the R K Henry family, owners of St hlitterhahn anti I,anda Resort The Henrys are seeking damages from the city for what has been alleged as an "orchestrated campaign of recrimination ami investigation designed to in flame public sentiment” against the family T’he reasons are. one, it is a very busy court and two with Judge William Sessions nom ma Hon to head the FBI, they are one judge short ” said Bain AAe are still in the pre trial and discovery stages of the lawsuit I don t think anyone is ready to go trial There are still numerous depositions to be taken ” CS District Court Judge H F "Hippo” Garcia in April grunted a motion to consolidate two lawsuits filed by th** Henry family against the city. one file*! in 1984 ami the other in 1986 and to ex elude former Mayor O A Stratemann Jr as a eo-defendent The trial was postponed eartmr this year by Garcia because of a lengthy trial that culminated earlier this month involving Tesoro Petroleum Corporation The 1984 Henry suit was filed in December following the family's dissatisfaction with the cl ty ’s compliance of a 1983 out-of-court agreement concerning what was then determined as an intr ingement by Hr* city on the Henry s rights conter rung parking oi dmances The 1984 suit claimed that a city employee w as instructed to drain the city s spring fed pool to allow the city to divert water from the Comal River and therefore from the Henry s watermark downstream The suit also alleges the city con ducted a campaign of false reports to the media that the water quality in the Comal River was un safe The I98t» is similar to the 1984 suit. but clears up certain language and adds more charges The 1986 version seeks $4 million from th** city to cover business losses reputation damages and preven Hon against further illegal action (rom the city The filing of the suit rn federal district is due to the allegations ol conspiracy and racketeering in the Henry s petition Racketeering is a crime under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act The Act also covers people or groups who have banded together to violate the rights of others The latest consolidated lawsuit also charges that Rivers and la»ke Action Committee and th* Coalition of Rivers environment P rot tv tors knew of the water qualit misrepresenaUon to the public her delendents to destroy mess along the Comal and conspired wit the tourist relate River " City official dollar dam several oct and ready .V A M. Ain 12 Moo * fenoants in the million said previously on ire ready to testify iy come out ;