Home rule, council-manager form of government with six council members which are elected from six districts. Council members are elected for three-year terms. The Mayor is elected at large by the citizens of New Braunfels.
The City has an updated comprehensive city master plan supervised by a Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission also oversees the application and enforcement of the City Zoning Ordinance.
The City has 122 police personnel with 66 patrol cars; the Fire Department has 103 firemen, 5 stations, and 5 fully equipped ambulances. Because of the efficiency of the Fire Department, New Braunfels has the state’s maximum good fire record credit of 20% with a key rate of fourteen cents.
The City operates ambulance service with Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. As of 1990, 911 service has been a part of New Braunfels and Comal County.
The New Braunfels area continues to experience growth in the healthcare sector and provides a variety of medical facilities and professionals who offer full-service, state-of-the-art healthcare right here, locally. Everything from a skinned knee to open-heart surgery can be accessed here, with highly-skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who will be with you every step of the way. These comprehensive services minimize the need to travel to Austin or San Antonio. The community provides the latest in diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation and specialized care. Enjoy the convenience of short travel distances, reduced wait times and the support of your friends, family, and community.
According to Texas Comptroller’s Office, it is estimated that prior to the multi-million dollar investments brought to the area by health providers since 2008, more than $125 million (60 percent) of medical services were outsourced to San Antonio or Austin. A healthcare economic impact reported in 2011 that for every $1-million increase in demand for health care services would result in more than $4 billion dollars in direct income and produce 180 direct and indirect healthcare jobs.
New Braunfels offers a wide array of services to fit your medical needs, including:
• Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Acute Care Hospitals
• Thorough Diabetes and Endocrinology Treatment Centers
• Specialty Hospital
• Free-Standing Rehabilitation Hospital
• Dedicated Outpatient Surgery Centers
• Compassionate Hospice Care
• Affordable Home Health Care
• Skilled Nursing Facilities
• Assisted Living Facilities
• Outpatient Therapy and Rehabilitation Centers