New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
14 New Braunfels Hwa\4-Zeitung Tuesday, September 20,1983
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However, Aleshire had to do some research in this area when Travis County governments were getting ready to consolidate their own tax collections.
Realizing that his office couldn’t take on the job if it had to maintain a different collection period for each government, Aleshire talked to Jack Woods, legal advisor to the State Property Tax Board. Woods told him there was no problem.
“He said there’s only one tax year for every jurisdiction in the state of Texas, and it starts Oct. I,’’ the Travis tax assessor said Monday.
Glyn Goff, tax assessor for the joint City-NBISD office, says Woods told him something different four years age, when the Legislature’s Peveto Bill created the central appraisal districts.
At that time, Goff assumed that he’d have to change their tax year to conform with everyone else’s. The City Council and the NBISD board did not agree. They liked the system they had, because it allows both governments to start each fiscal year in the black. (Most Texas school districts have to borrow money to start school in the fall, because taxes for that year aren’t due until January. Even the early ones don’t come in until October.)
Having been told by his bosses to maintain the status quo, Goff went to Woods and asked whether there was any legal way to do it.
“His first reaction was ‘You can’t do this.’ Then he said, ‘Well, by George, you can,’” Goff said Monday. The new tax code, which required all property to be appraised by an independent, central office, said that statements must go out by Oct. I, “or as soon thereafter as practicable.”
“Which leaves it wide open,” Golf said.
Aleahire thinks the “practicable” phrase was put in to allow for unforeseen difficulties, not to cover a jurisdiction which deliberately delays sending out notices until six months later.
Clark asked Golf and Lonnie Curtis if that was what they were doing. They didnt have an easy answer.
“In a way, we’re ahead a year, but in another way we’re behind,” Goff said. “It’s very complicated.”
The only thing he could say is that the off-kilter system saves the taxpayers an estimated $500,000 a year in city and school taxes. Goff fears the savings of a central collecting office wouldnt be enough to offset the losses, if his governments should switch to the standard January-December tax year.
“That (the loss) would only be for the first year, wouldn’t it?” Clark reasoned.
“No, Fred, you dont quite understand it,” Goff and Curtis said together.
Aleshire suggested that if Comal County governments decided central collection was the way to go, it might be worth “another look at the law.”
Precinct I Commissioner J.L. Evans thanked Aleshire for his report, which certainly made central collection look like a good idea.
“I just can’t believe that if Travis County can do it, in spite of the University of Texas being there, that we can’t do it here in Comal County,” he said.
Goff said after the meeting that “it doesn’t make me any difference” when taxes are collected; he’ll do as he’s told. However, as Aleshire pointed out, a government can choose to contract with a central collection agency.
Queen and court u**
Fair queen Carolyn Fey will have as her court Seidel, sponsored by CIMA Club. All three are
Duchess Kay Knippa (center), sponsored by New Braunfels High students.
Comal County Legal secretaries, and Tammi
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received,” Purdum said. “We’re not doing it for the money,” he said, explaining that the association hopes to break even financially this year with the program. If the association does break even this year, it will
consider continuing the program next year, Purdum said.
Purdum said the association has planned other changes to help reduce traffic and parking problems at the festival.
The fairgrounds will close 15
minutes earlier during the week and 30 minutes earlier on Saturdays, he said. Beer stands will close before the concession stands close and concerts end to help even the crowd flow leaving the grounds, Purdum said.
Beer will still be $1 per cup, but the
cup sizes have been reduced from 16 ounces to 14 ounces, he said.
Purdum said he expects the usual crowd (145,000 to 165,000 people) during the festival’s week-long period.
Since 1978, the association has worked to tone down the rowdy image Wursfest had acquired and tried to turn it into a family event, Purdum said. And, for the most part, he said he feels the association has been successful in achieving that goal.
“The whole point of the original Wurstfest was to promote the (German) heritage and offer something in the off-season,” Purdum said. “When you see a 19- or 20-year-old trying to dance the polka next to his grandparents, that’s Wurstfest.”
Scouts invited to schools tonight
Area schools will open their doors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for local Cub pack volunteers to enlist new Boy Scout recruits. Parents are welcome, too.
Participating packs in Comal County will be Pack 133 and 387 at Seele Elementary; Pack 163 at St. Peter and Paul; Pack 320, Mountain Valley Elementary; Pack 381 (Tiger Cubs), Goodwyn Elementary; Pack 381, Frazier Elementary; Pact 548, Bulverde Elementary; and Pact 828, Comal Elementary.
Seven-year-olds are invited to join in a new program called “Tiger Cubs,” while eight-to-ten-year-olds have the opportunity to participate in events such as the pinewood derby, Cub Day Camp and Cub Country.
BY STELLA WILDER TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Bom today, you are quick of body, alert of mind and, in general, give the impression of being highly sensible and deeply sensitive. Though not destined for an easy life, you are, however, slated for an interesting one. During your youth you will know much adventure and many experiences generally considered beyond your years. With maturity should come a kind of calm and a sense of your own hard-won wisdom. You will seldom look back in anger, though you will often long back in nostalgia.
You are a person of principles. You are willing to suffer hardships to proclaim and protect what you believe in. You are not one to give lip service to standards and then abandon them when the going gets rough.
Also born on this date are: Upton Sinclair, reformer, author; Sophia Loren, actress.
To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. I>et your birthday star be your daily guide.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your prejudices may restrict your activities and keep you from progressing as you otherwise would.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Major decisions must be made without further delay. Make an effort to see and report things as they are.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Your kind and sympathetic way of looking at another’s efforts -even when they fail - wins a friend.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Long range projects keep you busier than you expected; consequently, short-range projects fall behind.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Whatever special services you can provide will be greatly appreciated by one who wants to be your friend.
AQUARIUS I Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - lf possible, make yourself known to the power behind the throne. You may help yourself a great deal.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 29) — Remove restrictions and watch the quick development of independence in the young. Allow growth to occur.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) - It matters little whether the door is marked “push” or “pull” just so long as success lies behind it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Celebrations are in order this evening. A young friend and an old family member make this day for you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Ambitious projects take more energy than you have available at this time. Shelve them for later.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) - The world of trade may not be interested in what you have to offer. Allow creative juices to flow in p.m.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. These yield for you a delightful day of high activity and deep feeling.
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