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Section D 1- + CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com ~a~s ~ree ~ress January 16, 2013 BY VERONICA GORDON tricts their January local sales tax allocations totaling $530.8 voronica@haysfroopress.eom million, up 7.3 percent com- pared to January 2012. Sales tax figures for Decem- Hays County's total was up ber reflect an upswing in rev- 13.78 percent over last year. enue locally and statewide. The county received $2.7 mil- Texas Comptroller Susan lion in December 2012 com- Combs said today that state pared to $2.4 million the prior sales tax revenue in Decem- year. ber was $2.17 billion, up 9.4 Kylesawa16.73percentdif- percent compared to Decem- ference in a year. The city re- ber 2011. ceived $286,436 in December "Strong sales tax collections 2012 compared to $245,372 in continue in most major eco- 2011. nomic sectors in Texas," said Buda was bestowed Combs. "The strongestgrowth $349,765 in December com- was from business spending- pared to $318,216 the prior driven sectors including oil year. and natural gas, manufactur- All other cities in Hays ing and construction." County saw in increase in Combs will send cities, sales taxes for 2012 except for counties, transit systems and the city of Hays which saw a special purpose taxing dis- decrease of 48 percent. HAYS COUNTY SALES TAX RECEIPTS FOR DECEMBER 2012 County/City Current Rate Net Payment Comp. Payment % Change 2013 Payment 2012 Payment % Change This Period Prior Year to Date to Date Buda 1.500% 349,765.13 318,216.51 9.91% 349,765.13 318,216.51 9.91% Ddpping 1.250% 102,351.82 90,468.99 13.13% 102,351.82 90,468.99 13.13% Springs Hays 1.000% 1,189.88 2,298.60 1,189.88 2,298.60 -48.23% Kyle Mt. City 1.500% 1.000% 1286,436.24 1640.04 1,944.05 245,372.25 471.09 -48.23% 16.73% 35.86% 34.66% 286,436.24 640.04 245,372.25 471.09 16.73% 35.86% Neiderwald 1.000% 1,443.65 1,944.05 1,443.65 34.66% san Marcos 1.500% 1,979,397.40 1,730,589.60 14.37% 1,979,397.40 1,730,589.60 14.37% Uhland 1.500% 4,626.28 4,433.00 4.36% 4,626.28 4,433.00 4.36% Wimberley 1.000% 42,454.14 39,981.57 6.18% 42,454.14 39,981.57 6.18% Woodcreek 1.000% 2,936.18 2,573.00 14.11% 2,936.18 2,573.00 14.11% TOTAL 2,771,741.16 2,435,848.26 13.78% 2,771,741.16 2,435,848.26 13.78% t- GUEST Alnyone who's put a oved one to rest knows at death is not cheap. According to the National Funeral Directors Asso- ciation, the average adult funeral cost $6,560 in 2009 (their most current data). That doesn't include such common add-ons as a ceme- tery plot, headstone, flowers, obituaries and limousine, which can add thousands to the bill. Because death is a fre- quently avoided topic, many people aren't armed with information about the many variables - and costs - in- volved in planning a funeral. Thus, just when survivors are grieving and most vulner- able, they're bombarded by decisions that must be made quickly, often without even knowing what their loved one would have wanted. The key message for the living is to decide on pre- ferred funeral arrangements ahead of time and to convey those wishes to your family - ideally in your will. Another important lesson: Know your legal rights and what funeral-related goods and services cost so you - or your survivors - don't feel pressured into buying things yon don't want or need. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversees "The Funeral Rule," which regulates how funeral providers must deal with consumers. Among its provisions: Upon request, funeral homes must provide an itemized price list of all their goods and services, whether you call (even anonymously) or visit in person. You have the right to choose among their offerings (with certain state-mandated exceptions) and are not re- quired to purchase package deals containing unwanted items. Prior to purchasing a cas- ket or outer burial container from a funeral home, they must share descriptions and prices before showing you stock on hand. Providers that offer cre- mations must make alter- native containers (besides caskets) available. Note: The Funeral Rule does not apply to third-party sellers such as casket and monument dealers, or to cemeteries that lack an on- site funeral home. If your beliefs don't require following specific funeral protocols, here are a few See FUNERAL pg. 4D PHOTOb BY C~ItlDY SLOWU(-B/~roN Hays County Precinct 2's new offices on FM 2770, just south of Hays High School, should open to the public in February. Pct. 2 employees are currently in a portable building adjacent to the new building. Offices include a satellite office for the Tax-Assessor Collector, Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner and other county employees. | BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com The Hays County Precinct 2 offices are slated to open in Kyle in February, though they have been conducting county business in the city in tempo- rary buildings. The Pct. 2 offices closed for good at the downtown Kyle location on May 30, 2012, as the city needed that space to house the police department. The county was leasing the old Wells Fargo Building from the city. Kyle Police Chief left Barnett said his department will be moving in to their new headquarters between Jan. 22 -25, depending on when the phones and computers are installed and ready. Hays County is currently build- ing new permanent Pct. 2 offices on FM 2770, on the south side of Crystal Meadow Drive, across from Barton Middle School. The estimated total cost for that projects is $4.35 million The builders "have managed to ex- cel under the very tight timetable that was provided to them. Through their hard work and dedication to this proj- ect, the departments of Hays County Precinct 2 will move into the new fa- cility in mid-February. Many of the employees in this office have waited a long time to see this project come to fruition," said Pct. 2 County Commis- sioner Mark Jones. The new building was expected for completion about eight months after the Pct. 2 offices closed in downtown Kyle. Since June, the offices for Jones, tax offices, and Justice of the Peace Beth Smith have served residents from temporary buildings. "As the Buda and Kyle areas continue to grow rapidly the (new) building will help each department to provide ser- vices for years to come," Jones said. names top SUBMITfED REPORT. Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year. This year's "top ten scams" list was culled from a variety of sources, including consumers, federal agencies and other reliable information sources. Here are BBB's Top Ten Scares of 2012: 1. Top Overpayment/Fake Check Scam: Car Ads 2. Top Emergency Scam: Grandparent Scam 3. Top Employment Scam: Mystery Shopping 4. Top Advance Fee / Prepayment Scam: Nonexistent Loans 5. Top Phishing Scam: President Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bills 6. Top Sweepstakes/Lottery Scam: Jamaican Phone Lottery 7. Top Identity Theft Scam: Fake Face- book Tweets 8. Top Home Improvement Scam: Sandy "Storm Chasers" 9. Top Sales/Rental Scam: Real Stars, Fake Goods 10. Scam of theYear: Newtown Charity Scams Additional seam details: Top Overpayment/Fake Check Scam: Car Ads: A well-known com- pany is offering $400+ per week to anyone willing to drive around with the company's logo on their car. They send you a check to deposit and then See TOP SCAMS OF 2012, pg. 3D +