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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 1 cr or l.<*x t lac,    Comp. •ct J I* it ch * circle r . J . DO* it-5 ^3 ft ^dIIps, Tax'0^ 75',^(>New -U—U- BraunfelsHerald-Ztituitft i oo ma 1 aa    on    o____ oo_____ WEDNESDAY September 28,1983 25 cents New Braunfels. Texas    Vol.    92    -    No.    193    30    Pages    -    3    Sections    ^    (USPS    377*80) Edwards board |wu^r \ Standing room only compromises on sixth vote By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Directors of the Edwards Underground Water District couldn’t agree on either of the tax rates that came up in the budget talks. But after six votes and much discussion, they came up with a compromise rate. Property taxes for 1994 will be assessed at 1.3 cents per 9100 valuation. Directors approved the rate Tuesday by a 10-5 vote, only Just achieving the two-thirds majority required for EUWD board actions. The new rate is four-tenths of a cent lower than the present tax rate of 1.7 cents per 9100. But with all Bexar County properties just recently revalued by the Bexar County Appraisal District, the 1.3-cent rate will actually bring in some 9900,000 more revenue than the EUWD collected this year. ’’In all, we voted six different times,” said Oliver Haas, one of three Comal County directors who attended Tuesday's meeting in San Antonio. "It was a stormy session.” At a special meeting two weeks ago, Haas had proposed leaving the tax rate at 1.7 cents. EUWD manager Tom Fox reported that the district could cover its 1904 budget with a tax rate of 0.9 cents per 9100. The 1.7-cent rate would have generated an extra 91.6 million. Haas wanted to channel this money into the district’s surface water development fund, which he feels is crucial to the future of the Edwards Aquifer. A majority of the directors present voted with Haas, and a tax-increase hearing was held in Bexar County. (Property taxes in Comal, Hays, Uvalde and Medina counties wouldn't have been drastically effected, since values in those counties were brought up to date in 1902.) When all 15 of the directors got back together at the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday, only nine of them voted in favor of the 1.7-cent rate. Ten votes were needed for a two-thirds majority. The 0.9<ent tax rate failed, too, with eight votes for and seven against. Haas and the other Comal County board members, Carroll Hoffmann and Craig Hollmig, held out for the higher rate, as did one of the three Bexar County members. With two unsuccessful votes on record, Haas split the difference and proposed a rate of 1.3 cents per 9100. Once again, the group voted 9 to 6 tn favor, but that wasn't good enough. See EDWARDS, Page 12A Staff photo bv Jon* A Santa' Fans line up for tickets outside New Braunfels High School this morning By DAVID KING Sports Editor Neither fog nor rain nor gloom of night... Nor the thought of having to sit on milk crates or crowd in with your neighbor or stand up for four hours deterred approximately 200 fans who lined up for tickets for the New Braunfels-Canyon football game early Wednesday morning. New Braunfels' share of the Cougar Stadium reserved seats — 286 tickets — was gone in 20 minutes, and to 500 general admission seats were sold soon after. But Charlie Smith didn t have to worry about getting a seat — he showed up on the New Braunfels High School front steps at 4 a .rn. “But no one else showed up till six. so I could have slept another hour,” Smith said after getting his tickets. The Ones were long by 7 a rn., and the fans passed the time by grumbling about the lack of space at Cougar Stadium. “They’re going to have to stack milk crates for people to sit on,’* noted police Ii. Felix Roque, who was in line Canyon's share of the tickets sold out in 15 minutes Tuesday morning, and standing room only crowds are expected for the contest Long lines Tickets didn't last very long at New Braunfels High SchoolFive-cent tax hike needed for new exemption lf the Qty of New Brauqfplf decides to grant an extra 40 percent homestead exemption in 191415, it would have to rales the tax rate approximately five cents to make up the difference. City Council members now must sort through the heap of figures they received at Tuesday's workshop, and decide whether the taxpayers would come out far enough ahead to make a difference. The three expert! there agreed on one point. City tax assessor Glyn Goff admitted that the 1982 re-appraisals created something of a “tax shift,” with residential property values taking a bigger jump than commercial and Industrial values. But' Golf, Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks and Comal ISO business manager Hugo Nowotny said the shift in we city rolls was not nearly as disproportionate as it was on CISD and Comal County rolls. So the effect of the 40-percent exemption, designed to lessen the shock to homeowners when their residences were brought up to market value, would be leas dramatic in the city. City Manager E.N. Delashmutt used a 948,000 home (an “average value” calculated from the 1963 tax rolls) as an example. At the present tax rate of 24.3 cents per 9100, the owner of this hypothetical home is paying 9112.87 in taxes. lf the city chose to take 40 percent off the value of this homestead, and kept the same tax rate, the owner would pay 987.72 in tax. But to keep its revenue up, City Council would need to raise the rate to 29.8 cents, said Delashmutt. In that case, the exempted homeowner would pay 981 60. The difference amounts to a little over 931 a year. Owners of highervalued homes, of course, would see a bigger drop rn their taxes. But Councilmember Joe Rogers figured it wouldn't amount to much more tnan 94 or 95 per month. Rogers admits taxes are too high in general. “Having my own business (Rogers Music Company), and paying myself the salary I can afford to pay me, I have to work one month to pay my three taxes — city, school and county,” he said. But he didn't think knocking 94 per month off the city tax on his house would help much. Especially when his business would be making up part of the difference Last spring, when New Braunfels prepared its first budget using the central appraisal district s new tax roll, Golf noted that single-family residential property values in the New Braunfels LSD had gone up 73.7 percent, as opposed to 45 5 percent on commercial and industrial properties Goff didn't have figures for the Qty of New Braunfels, but the two governments cover a lot of the same territory. That 73 7-percent figure included values on new construction, which means the average increase on existing properties probably wasn't quite that high, Goff noted Mayor O.A. Stratemenn Jr brought up another point Not all those sing Ie-family homes would be eligible for homestead exemptions “There are a leg of people rn New Braunfels that have txixU their retirement income on rental houses.” he said A taxpayer can get a homestead exemption on just one piece of property — his principal place of residence If the 40 percent exemption was granted, and the tax rate hiked five cents to compensate, a landlord would pay less lax on his own house and more on the rental properties In turn, he would probably raise the rent, Stratemann said. putting a See WORKSHOP. Page 12ACommunity Council votes to hold quarterly meetings By DEBBIE DsLOACH Staff writer Fur the first time since March, a quorum showed up for a Community Council of South Central Texas meeting. The Tuesday night meeting was at the Wilson County Courthouse in Floresville, “where we seem to have the most luck (in getting a quorum,” Wilson County Judge William Cox said. That could explain why the CCSCT Central Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to change the bylaws to hold all meetings in Floresville Before the amendment, the annual election meeting was always in New Braunfels in March. The 1983 election meeting in March was the last time CCSCT could muster a quorum before Tuesday night. The group tried in May in Pleasanton, and in July in Floresville. To combat that apparent lack of enthusiasm, the directors voted Tuesday night to meet quarterly, instead of every other month. But some audience members felt less frequent meetings might destroy what enthusiasm there was, and others were worried about becoming less informed. When the vote came, quarterly won, 11-7. The fourth Tuesday meeting date remained the same, but the directors voted to change the time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On a more local note, CCSCT Executive Director Michele Rowcroft said Comal County Judge Fred Clark had asked to be removed from his seat on the Central Board of Directors. City Councilman Jose Valdemar Espinosa was nominated to replace him. In her director's report, Rowcroft said she had purchased liability insurance for Central Board of Director members, in effect until June HOI. She also •Md the computer system, purchased earlier this year by CCSCT, was "well on its way in implementation. ” She also reported the Medical Transportation Program, which has been renewed by contract Brough August HOI, continues to provide an average of 2,143 one-way trips per month for See AGENCY, Page UA mJV0i H MHS _ AT- HW I i I KGrfont TsjABjjl rmi' .-.-I I - jgfp *». w - Redrawn 21 st District adds GOP votes to Loeffler Loeffler's 21 st District-bigger than some states By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor Tom Loeffler apparently strengthened his hold on his 21st Congressional District in the wake of Tuesday's redistricting ruling by the Justice Department. And that district will continue to include Comal County, a spokesman for Loeffler* Washington office said Wednesday. Loeffler (R-Hunt), whose district stretches from Comal County on the east to within 50 miles of the New Mexico border on the west, picked up approximately 37,000 residents of mostly Republican north Bexar Count) and lost a similar number when mostly Democratic Val Verde County was shifted out of his district. The shifts also will help 23rd District Rep Abraham (Chick) Karen, D-Laredo, who picked up Val Verde County and lost the portion of Bexar Continental walkout eyed HOUSTON (AP) - Union leaders for the pilots of Continental Airlines, the Houston-baaed carrier now flying under protection of federal bankruptcy laws, are meeting today to discuss a work stoppage action against the airline Guy Casey, an administrative aide to the Continental Master Executive Council, the leadership group of the airline’s union pilots, said the group waa decide today whether or not to walk out on the shingling airline. "The primary iaaue is whether we will withdraw our services from Continental,’’ fin Caney The action came the day after Continental management asked a federal judge to void four union contracts which UM company attorneys claim could kill the earner The airline said in papers filed Tuesday the pacts are “not merely burdensome, they are fatal.” Continental resumed business at 12:01 a m. Tuesday. 54 hours after it grounded its planes and asked a federal bankruptcy court in Houston to protect it from creditors while the airline reorganised. Passengers were scarce on the new airline’s early flights Tuesday, but busine— picked up through the day, spokesman Bruce Hicks said. Continental is offering 948 one-way fares to any of the 25 UA. cities it now serves. The offer is good until Friday, when ticket prices will jump to 975. That fare will hold until Oct. 15. Company officials have announced no plans for prices beyond County that Loeffler gained The plan approved Tuesday replaces a plan drawn by a three-judge federal panel in Austin for the 1962 elections The court drew its own boundaries after the Justice Department threw out the plan adopted by the Texas Legislature rn 1961 Comal County was included ut lAieffler's district in both the 1962 plan and the remap proposal passed by the Legislature However, before the legislature adopted its plan, it considered alternates which would have moved Comal out of Loeffler's district The latest ruling apparently complete* the changes in Loeffler s district since the 1980 census I Atef Aer lost all of Glasscock. Sterling, Coke, Hun riels and Concho counties under the 1962 plan, and also lost the portions of Medina, Jeff Davis and Reeves counties which had been in his district In exchange, he picked up Midland and Presidio See LOEFFLER, Page UA that date Continental’s first flight from Houston left a fog-shrouded Intercontinental Airport at 7:31 a rn COT for Lafay ette and Baton Rouge, La The DC-9, with a 90-person capacity, had six people aboard A similar flight to Denver left IO minutes later with 18 passengers But Hicks said more than 60 percent of the seata were filled on some later flights Union attorneys responded angrily to Continental’s effort to shed its contracts John B Clarke Jr., a lawyer for International Association of Machinists, said that union wrill join with the Union of Flight Attendants to file papers saying “the Continental bankruptcy petition is simply to abrogate union contracts ”InsideToday s Waa thor Comal County slue* will become partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, with a 39 percent chance of showers and tiundershowers Fair skies early tonight, becoming cloudy late tonight and Thursday morning, and partly cloudy Thursday afternoon Wind* will be from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour today. becoming light tonight Sunset today will be at 7:88 p m., and sunrise Thursday at 7:23 a.m. CLASSIFIED ....,..... 7168 COMICS................  BC CROSSWORD...................., SC DEAR ABBY.......................28 ENTERTAINMENT.................IBA HOROSCOPE .....................SA KALEIDOSCOPE...............1-34-78 OPINIONS........................SC SPORTS....................B-10A.    IC WEATHER........................SA ;