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+ LOBOS TOP REBS Lehman boys ring in New Year with hoops win over Rebs. - Page 1B Locals ring with annual - Page lC in the New Year polar bear swims. t~ tgt Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFm-~Press.com Vol. 108 NO. 39 Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 BY JENNIFER BIUNDO help of Build America Bonds, which provide federally subsidized low-inter- jen@haysfreepress.com est loans to governmental agende~ But the federal program expired at the end Delayed by a pending lawsuit filed of2OlO, just three weeks afterWolbrecht by Kyie dentist Ray Wolbrecht, Austin filed suit against ACC, arguing that the Community College is missing out on college failed to adequately inform vet- more than $20 million in interest re- ersofthepossibletaximpacttheyfaced duction from a recently-expired federal by annexing into the ACC district. program and may have to scale back "The suit prevented ACC from avail- the scope of its Hays Cotmfy campus, ingitselfoftheBuildAmericaBondpm- ~.hool officials said this week. gram for the Hays Campus," said ACC ACC had planned to finance con- attorney Cobby Caputo. "Our financial stmction of the Hays campus'with the advisor estimates it will cost ACC's tax- payers an additional $21 million over the 25 year term of the bonds." Voters in the Hays and Elgin school districts approved a proposal in No- vember to annex into the ACC tax- ing district, while San Marcos, Bas- trop and McDade ISDs shot down a similar ballot option. The annexation elections proved to be controversial, with supporters passionately outlin- ing the benefits that a college institu- tion could bring to their region, and opponents arguing that the short- term benefits of in-district tuition rates didn't stack up against a lifetime of higher property taxes. Wolbrecht, who had campaigned against the annexation, filed suit against ACC on Dec. 10, saying that the college failed to tell voters how high a pmperty tax bill they could eventually be on the hook for. While residents in the ACC district now pay 9A6 cents per $100 of property valuation in the June 2 service plan, the lawsuit argues that ACC did not publish the ~um tax See ACC LAWSUIT, pg. 2A Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson announces her intentions to run for another term. She spoke to almost 100 supporters at Bordeaux's Monday night. PHOTO BY BRAD ROLLINS son announces e mayor STAFF REPORT word; I believe we (the city council) Johnson pointed to the .85 cents have made Kyle a better place to shaved from the city's property tax Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson an-live," the mayor said. rate, which decreased this fiscal year nounced her Candidacy for re-elec- Johnson was elected in February to 41.54 cents per $100 from 42.4 tion on Monday, opening campaign last year to fill the the unexpired term cents in fiscal year 2009. City staff season ahead of the May municipal of former mayor Mike Gonzalez, who had recommended an increase to election, resigned to pursue the Republican 45.39 cents. "I have sought to make manynomination for Hays County Pct. 2 The city has also made strides in positive changes since my election, commissioner.VotersinMaywillpick increasing transparency, Iohnson but I feel there is much work still to a mayor for a full three-year term. said. Kyle received a Gold Leadership accomplish. I have been true to my In an announcement statement, Award from the State Comptroller's office for Transparency in Govern- ment, one of only 58 in Texas. "We are one of the fastest growing cities in the country right now but 1 also believe we have the opportunity to be one of the best. This is why after careful consideration I have decided to run for re-election," Johnson said. Council members Becky Selbera and David Wilson will also be up for re-election in May. Murder suspect's attorney seekS insanity evaluation BY SEAN KIMMONS ' sean@haysfreepress.oom The court-appointed attomeY for Buda murder suspect Mark David 'Simmons has asked a judge to review whether he is competent to stand trial, possibly laying the ground work for an insanity defense. Simmons, 51, went on the run in April after he allegedly killed his business part- ner Steven Woefel and burned the SIMMONS body in the garage of the victim's Buda home. In late June, Simmons was captured holed up in a Branson, Me. motel follow- ing a lengthy standoff with police. See INS/~rrY EVALUATION, pg. 2A Chinese restaura - medical building win Kyle STAFF REPORTS The Kyle City Council voted 6-0 to approve a site plan, a variance request " and conditional use permits for a Panda Express at its regular meeting on Tuesday night. The 2,737-square-foot building will be located in the Kyle Crossing Shop- ping Center at the southwest comer of Interstate 35 and Kyle Parkway. Developers of the fast food Chinese restaurant asked for a variance from landscaping requirements to fit 11 ad- ditional parking spots on their lot. The council also approved site de- velopment plans and related permit- ting for a 15,830-square-foot medical office building to be built on the north side of Bunton Creek Road at Inter- state 35. Council members approved a vari- ance to landscaping requirements requested by the office project's developers, Green, Herrington and Howell, ~ and Onair Development. The company will plant fewer trees than otherwise would have been re- quired, 61 instead'of 78 but will plant significantly more shrubs than codes mandate, 651 instead of 157. 8u~cdl~t aOdte~ I~OT0 BY ~ KIMMON$ Beekeeping 101 Learn all about honeybee biology, basic beekeeping equipment, honey pr0duc- tion, Central Texas honey plants, and other bee-related topics at the San Marcos Public Library, 7 p.m. Blood Drive The Ashley Henley Memorial Blood Drive will take place from 11"~0 a.m.-3:30 p.m, at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. GriefShare Seminar A faith-besed support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them at Manchaca United Methodist Church from 3-5 p.m. The Gingerbread Man The San Marcos Public Ubrery puppeteers present The Gingerbread Man, a favorite folktale that is just fight for children ages 2 and up. Show times are Tuesday, January 11 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday, January 14 at 10 and 11a.m. Kyie Ubra Groundbreaking Ground breaking will take place at the new Kyle Library site at the corner of Meyer and Scott streets at 1 p.m. FORE... CLOSED? Banking woes could force Plum Creek Golf Course into foreclosure. - Page 1D Z I Opinions ..................... 3A Sports ........................ I&2B Education ................... 3&4B Community ..................... 1-2C Obituaries .......................... 2C Bulletin Boards ............... 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ..................... 2D Public Notices ............ 3-4D +