New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Council to review maps before vote
Mayor: Possible approval of city’s redistricting maps on Oct. 10 agenda
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The Herald-Zeitung Maps of proposed New Braunfels City Council districts will get a little closer scrutiny before council votes on them.
Atanacio Campos of the city's Redistricting Committee recom-
mendefl a[)f)roval of thf' new district maps, whi( h wer(> drawn u[) by redistricting tonsultants ('luinn and Morrison of W.h o anrl reviewed by the lotal (ommit tee. Mayor Gale i’os[)isil said (ity staff and city council members wanteii more time' to rc'view fh('
maps, which they rineived on Monday.
She said the maps will likely b(' taken up for (X)ssil)le approval at the counc il's f)lanned Oc I. 10 meeting. N(*w boundaric's for th(> city's six ( ity courK il distric ts are recjuired l)y the federal govern
ment Imause of population shifts seen in the c ity's 2010 Onsus.
The new ma[)s arc* r(‘ciuirc>d to give each district rough y 9,62 5 rc'sick'nts and <'nsurc‘ minority voting rights are [)rot(H tc'd.
See COUNCIL, Page 3 Pospisil
»■ CAMPAIGN 2012
Eccleston to seek re-election
Realtor is incumbent for Comal’s Precinct 1
Donna Eccleston, Comal (bounty commissioner in Prcxrinct 1, said Monday she plans to s(*ek re-election.
Eccleston's Precinct 1 covers central Comal (bounty, stretching from New Braunfels to C'anyon 1 ake to the Spring Branch area.
A New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Realtor, I ( cleston won her first four-\ear term in 2008, taking 71 [)ercrnt of the vote in the Rc'public an [>rimary el('c tion run-off and 77 per-c ent in the following November general election.
"I am a firm believer in local government as the most effic ient, nimble and rt‘spc3nsiv(* form of government," Eccleston said. "Local government works and not at a deficit. At its nt*ighbors rs. Tliat is i ¡ant to me, particularly as we face the challenge of our rapid growth.
"Our official population count from the 2010 census is 108,472 and close to SO percent of the population is in the unincor[X)rated areas of the county."
The GOP primary election will be March 6, 2012. The general elec tion is Nov. b, 2012. Candidate filing bc'gins this Nov. 12.
No other candidates have announcc^d for the seat.
Marric‘d for more than 31 years w ith two grown sons, Eccleston 52, has livc'd in Comal County since 1999.
She has served as president of the Rotary Club of Canyon Lake and is a graduate of the Comal C'ounty ( itizen Sheriff Academy. She serves on multiple boards, including the United Way of Comal County, the Gorge Preser\/ation Soci-c^ty ancl the Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disability Cc*nters.
OIL REFINERIES SEEK LARGE TAX REFUNDS
heart, it is nt*ighbors serving neighbors, mat is im[)or-
The BP Texas City Refinery is shown in this Nov. 5, 2009 photo
KEVIN M COX ‘ Galveston County Daily
School districts could have to return millions
See CANDIDATE, Page 3
Associated Press PASADENA
Some of the nation's largest oil rc'fineries are sc^eking huge* tax refunds that could force sc hool districts and local governments across Texas to give back tens of millions of dollars they were counting on to pay teachers and prcjvide other services.
The refineries want the tax breaks in exchange for buying pollution-controlling c*quipment. But the cost to public schools would be dear, coming only months after lawmakers slashc'd education s[)ending by morc> than $4 billion.
If a threc‘-member commission appointed by Gov. Rick Perry grants the rc^funds, nearly half the' money would be taken from schools. Classrooms in cities with refineries would be hurt most.
"We were already cut at the knees as it is, but more cuts? It's appalling," said Patricia Gonzales, a single mother of twins at l^^rkView Intermediate School in Pasadena, a refinery town just
Texas refinery tax refund requests
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is considering granting some of the nation's largest refineries massive tax refunds for their purchase of pollution-controlling equipment. If approved, counties and school districts could have to pay back more than $135 million.
Below is the list of local entities affected by the requests and the amount they would have to pay back.
Harris County: $50.7 million
■ Houston ISO; $13.3 million
■ Pasadena ISD: $11.3 million Howard County; $3.3 miliion
■ Big Spring ISO: $1.5 million El Paso County. $17.7 miliion
■ El Paso Schools: $8.6 million.
■ Moore County: $15.8 million
■ Dumas School District: $4.8 million
Galveston County. $13.8 million
■ Texas City ISD: $2.4 million
■ Jefferson County: $23.7 million
■ Port Arthur ISO $14.9 million Nueces County. $10.1 million
■ Corpus Christi ISO: $6.2 million
Total: $135.2 million Schools: ^2.8 million
SOURCE: AP analysis of county tax rates, TCEQ application information.
south ot Houston.
She is president ot the [)arent-te.icher organization, which was created this past summer after budget c uts Ic'lt the sc h(K)l without basic suppliers such as pencils and pa|)er towels.
The R'xas ( ommission on I nvi-ronmental (.Quality is evaluating 1() refund rc'(|uc'sts that could add up to more than $MS million,
according to county tax data and a|)plication documents analv/c'd by The Assoc iated Press.
What's more, it the (.ommission grants the recjuests, at least 12 other refineries that have' iu)t sought a retuiul also (ould (jualify.
On Monda\, about a (K)zen See REFUNDS, Page 3
Living people on stamps: Who would you choose?
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Who would you put on a stamp? Charlie Sheen? Lady Gaga? Yourself?
Hoping to boost sagging revenue, the U.S. Postal Service on Monday abandoned
its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature pcH)ple who are still alive and is asking the public for suggestions.
It's a first that mc*ans living sports stars, writers, artists and other prominent — or not-so-
[)iominent — [H'ople could take their places in postal history' nc'xt to the likc's of Ck'orge Washington, Martin I uther King |r., and Marilyn Monroe.
"This c h.inge will enable us to pay tribute to individuals
► FORMER COACH
Former OakRun teacher pleads in improper relationship charge
By Dalondo Moultrie
ihe Herald Zeitunq
A formi'r OakRun Middle School teacher and (oach |)lc'ad(‘d guilty Mond.iy to a ( harge that hc> sent improp-t'r text message's to .i stu-d('iit, a ( omal ( ount\ pros-(’(utor said.
('Union David B(>ck,
J(), who also had been indi( ted on a ( ounf ot online' ''olic i-t.itioii ot a minor, pleach'd guilu to im[)rof)er rc’lationsh if) between (‘duc.Uor and stu-ck'nt. He will undt'rgo a pre-scntc'iu (' investigation and then appc'ar at sentc'iic ing hi'aring, said |ennifc‘r Smith, assistant criminal district attornc\.
Sh(' said no date has lH>t*n set for sentenc ing. Nov. 7 is post('d on C omal ( ounty's wc'bsit(' as the date ot Bc'( k's punishment hearing.
Smith said Bc'c k pleadc'd to a sc‘( ond-degrtH' lelonv and could tace up to it) vc'ars in prison.
Polict' arrt»st(*d Bt*ck |an. 4 in connection with his sc'nd-ing sexually explicit text messages to a I 5-year-old temak' student.
See BECK, Page 3 WEATHER, 8
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