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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press January 16, 2013 + + The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087- 9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWSTIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone:.. 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being br ought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication, The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress. com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100- year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY ANDY SEVILLA Council members, along with roads is estimated to cost $5.41 the option to improve all five million, which would raise andy@haysfreepress.com roads, also considered the re- property taxes by $0.0318 or construction of Bunton Creek, $39.77 on the average home. The city's mobility commit- Burleson and Goforth as prior- Including engineering and tee has set the dates to take ity.The mobility committeewill design, the estimated recon- the road bond proposals to the take both options to the public struction costs for Bunton, Bur- streets, for discussion, leson, Goforth, and Lehman The committee will hold the A $35.3 million road bond Roads are $5 million, $8.5 mil- public information sessions on would increase Kyle's tax rate lion, $9.8 million and $8 million, Jan. 19 and26 at CityHallto dis- by almost $0.21 cents per $100 respectively. The extension of cuss the dollar values and tax of taxable property valuation or Marketplace Avenue, from Bur- implications of each road being $260 on the average home val- leson Road to City Lights Drive, proposed in a future bond elec- ued at $125,097. is estimated to cost $4 million. tion. A road bond election geared According to the proposed Bunton Creek, Burleson, Go- to reconstruct Bunton, Burle- timeline for the potential road forth and Lehman Roads are son and Goforth would call for bond election, it is recom- up for reconstruction, while a $23.3 million bond election, mended that the request for Marketplace Avenue could be plus $1.81 million for the en- preclearance be submitted to extended. These five roadswere gineering of Lehman Road and the US Department of Justice identified as priority in the city's Marketplace Avenue - whichby Feb. 11. 2012 visioning process, council has voiced interest in Each public information ses- Should council members engineering should only three sion is schedule to begin at 10 move forward with improving all roads get reconstructed, a.m. and should last about two five roads, as the mobility com- Kyle's current tax rate ishours. The mobility committee mittee recommended and the $0.5244 per $100 of taxable and city staff will be available visioning process calls for, then property valuation, up $0.04 at each meeting to discuss the a $35.3 million road bond elec- from the previous year. proposed projects and answer tion could be called for in May. The engineering of all five questions. I :ll Cen~ | I Proposed road extension per I = comprehensive I Master Plan I = i:i i ! iii!ii!i ii!i!ii!ii!i!i!i!i!i!i!!i!i COURTESY PHOTO Left to right are Constable Precinct 1 David Peterson, Constable Precinct 5 Matt Mancillas III, Sheriff Gary Cutler, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 -Place 1 Jo Anne Prado, Constable Precinct 3 Darrell Ayres, Commissioner Precinct 1 Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Commissioner Precinct 3 Will Conley, Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway, 22nd District Court Judge R. Bruce Boyer and County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D. ize to e .S STAFF REPORT Nine newly elected and re-elected officials took part Jan. 2 at the ceremonial swearing-in held at the Hays County Courthouse. Elected officials who could not attend the ceremony were sworn in separately. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb did the honors for eight of the elected officials, while 274th District Court Judge Gary Steel, who is also the local admin- istrative judge, swore in 22nd District Court Judge R. Bruce Boyer, who replaces retired Judge Charles Ramsay. Senator swears in Senator Judith Zaffirini (center) and other members of the Texas Senate are sworn in during ceremonies at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Senator Zaffirini represents Senate District 21, including all or part of 18 counties. The highest ranking Hispanic and second- highest ranking senator in Texas, she was first elected in 1986. STAFF REPORT Communications Division. 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When you're watching football with fhends, watch your alcohol intake, too. Because a DWI means iail time and up to $1;~000 ~n fines and fees. Want to stay in the win column? Know when to pass up that drink or pass off your keys. IImSave a Life" Tex~s Depamnent o~, r a~Sl:Or~a~c4~ +