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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels T THerald SATURDAY September 22, 2001 16 pages in 2 sections MKXMXXKKXMXX** ALL TOR ADC 780 *01 1000571 09/19/02 LIZ C/0 SOUTHWEST HICROPUBLISHERS 2627 1 yakdell EL PASO TX 7990? UNG Vol. 150, No. 270Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Taliban Ambassador Abdul Salem Zaeef gestures during a news conference in Pakistan Friday. Afghan’s Taliban rulers refused Friday to hand over Osama bin Laden. AP photo Taliban snub demands By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON — The Pentagon committed more aircraft to the Persian Gulf region and the gathering war on terrorism Friday as Afghanistan snubbed a demand from President Bush to turn over Osama bin Laden and others blamed for last week’s deaths and awesome destruction. “This is not the time for negotiations or discussions,” warned Bush’s spokesman. One day after the president delivered a nationally televised message of reassurance and resolve came a new warning about more terrorist attacks. “Everybody knows that if you take a look at this group and Osama bin Laden that there will be a next attack ... It’s not a matter of if, but when,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., emerging from an FBI briefing in a secure room of the Capitol. The economy suffered further aftershocks from the attacks that killed more than 6,000, brought down the World Trade center twin towers and wounded the Pentagon. The stock market fell See DEMANDS/3A Property tax rate decreases slightly By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners formally adopted the property tax rate for 2002 Thursday in commissioners’ court. The adopted tax rate of 32.3747 will be 4/100s of a cent lower than the 2001 rate. Still, with growth in Comal County this year and increases in property tax assessments, the tax rate will raise nearly 9 percent more for county coffers next year. Commissioners voted 2-1 on Aug. 30 to adopt a $21 million general fund budget for 2002 that will see a $2 million spending increase from current levels -three-quarters of that to meet unfunded state mandates. The “no” vote on the county budget came from Pct. 2 Commissioner, Jay Minikin, who has voted against each budget adopted during his three-year tenure in office. Minikin has opposed the budgets for two reasons, he said. First is the $30,000 county subsidies that go to the county’s six fire and EMS districts — all of which have authority to levy their own taxes. Minikin said taxing entities such as fire districts should set tax rates that pay their own way and not depend on the county. The second reason is that Comal County supports outside pubhc service agencies funded by United Way. “I’m on the United Way board,” Minikin said. “I strongly support United Way agencies. I just don’t support Comal County taxpayers paying to support them. Likewise, I have no lack of support for fire and EMS services. They just have to be See TAX/3A Security remains tight •— MILLIKIN AP photo Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jason Melson, left, talks with a state senator before passing the vehicle through a gate to the Capitol on Friday in Austin. Security at the Texas Capitol and other areas will continue to be toughened this weekend after warnings from the federal government that more terrorist attacks could have been planned. See the story/4A County partnering with H-E-B for motor vehicle registrations K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakJ-Zeitung Comal County will partner with H-E-B to enable residents to renew vehicle registrations at the supermarkets in New Braunfels and Bulverde beginning next month. Renewals can be processed at H-E-B business centers. Shown are New Braunfels H-E-B Store Manager Ken Faifer, left, and Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector, Sherman Krause. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County is about to open a pair of new offices to process motor vehicle registration renewals — and they won’t cost taxpayers a dime. County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause announced at Commissioners’ Court on Thursday that residents will soon be able to renew auto registrations at the two H-E-B supermarkets located in Comal County. The new service, tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. I, especially will benefit Bulverde residents, who will no longer have to drive to New Braunfels to renew motor vehicle registrations. Officials, including County Judge Danny Scheel, believe the move will enable the county to put off building an office in the Bulverde area by a couple of years. The registration renewals will be performed at the business center counters where H-E-B shoppers now return merchandise and pay utility bills. H-E-B will collect $1 from vehicle owners on each renewal it processes — which is the same fee the county tax assessor collects for mailed-in renewals. Anyone renewing a registration in person at the county tax office on Seguin Avenue or at the satellite office in Sattler can save the $1 fee. When Krause ran for the tax assessor/collector’s post last year, one of the things he said he would do would be to See REGISTRATIONS^ NBU: Water supply secure By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities already has security measures to protect the city’s water supply in the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, officials said. The FBI issued warnings Thursday to companies that supply water across the nation — asking them to make sure the water supply was safe from possible conta- are requesting precautionary measures to safeguard the nation’s water supply after teams of terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At NBU, the company installed security measures as a matter of routine when the facility was built, NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said. NBU placed several strict security measures before the attacks. “We have cameras at the water plant,” she said. “And its manned 24 hours a day.” New Braunfels water wells are all underground, she said. That makes it harder for someone to purposely contaminate a well. “We check for tampering on a daily basis,” she said. ‘These were things we did before the attacks — and we’ll certainly keep doing them now.” The best line of defense against possible contamination is the customers and residents of New Braunfels, Reuwer said. ‘They’re our eyes and ears,” she said. “We have houses around our water treatment plant and around our wastewater treatment plant. We encourage people to report any suspicious behavior around the facilities.” NBU emphasizes that anyone should report suspicious behavior to the utilities’ 24-hour phone line at 625-8486 or to the police at 608-2179. 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