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Hays Free Press January 20, 2010 L'W$ Page 3A "CANDIDATE FILINGS Lopez to run for mayor of Kyle City of Kyle Mayor Pro- Tern Michelle Lopez has an- nounced her goal to seek the posi- tion of mayor, which will be decided ina special election on Feb. LOPEZ 13. Over the last three years, Lopez has served as a Kyle city councilmember and is committed to "working to- gether" for Kyle, she said in her candidacy statement. 's a new mother, home- owner and active member of the community, I share many of the same concerns that you, my fellow neigh- bors, have about roadways, taxes, employment and quality of life," she said. "This is why I have taken an active role in develop- ing our city's strategic plan, economic promoting development, initiating the city's legislative priorities, ensuring fiscal responsibility and requesting citizen par- ticipation during my term of office." She believes it is critical for municipal government to provide effective city pro- grams and services in an effi- cient and affordable manner, while meeting the demands of our growth, she said. Most recently, she col- laborated with Mayor Mike Gonzalez, city staff and the city attorney to bring forth a debt management plan for the city council to review and consider for adoption. "This is an example of the type of policy decision- making in which city council should be engaged, ensuring that taxpayers are not over- burdened with thek "fair" share," Lopez said. L6pez serves as Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, a member of both the Library and Recreation Building Committees, and holds the distinction of the only council member to have completed the Kyle Leader- ship Academy, designed to educate citizens about all facets of city government. She also holds the posi- tions of executive board member for the United Way of Hays County and Presi- dent of both the Ladies Altar Society at St. Anthony Marie Claret Catholic Church and the Austin Alumnae Panhel- lenic Association. i AW 1-8 Prescribed by Secretary of State Sections 4.004, 83.010, 85.004, 85 007, Texas Election Code 3/2007 Claeton joins race for Kyle District 5 council slot ]on Claeton, a 38-year- old professional artist from Kyle, has recently announced to run for Kyle City Council District 5. A graduate of Hays High School, Claeton is an unaffiliated .conservative who is against the pro- posed raising of property taxes and will not support the idea of city govern- ment running on a deficit as such actions do not fare well for household or business, his announce- ment stated. As a small business owner and father of a growing family, itis his intention for Kyle to be an environment free of cer- tain unpleasant big city problems and to live up to its motto, keeping this not-so-little city "Simply Charming" by balanc- ing growth and retaining small town values, the announcement said. Though there are many problems facing the coun- try and this state, Claeton feels that the solutions start on the local level and merit a serious and in- formed personal involve- ment instead of blank criticisms and mindless vitriol, the announcement added. Claeton is married with two children and expecting another child in August. His work as an artist has been used by local events, music bands and he ha s designed post- ers for the Texas Forestry Service. He specializes in ink illustrations and all things Texas. He began tattoo- ing professionally in 1995 and has appeared in many national tattoo publica- tions and won several awards for his work. He has also managed several fine tattoo studios, the an- nouncernent said. Cox makes bid for Kyle City Council District 6 Rhonda Cox, a veteran of several Kyle committees, has an- nounced her inten- tion to run for Kyle City Council District 6, slated for a special election COX on Feb. 13. "My vision is for Kyle to be more than just a place to live - we need to shop, eat, worship and create community for our town to continue to succeed," she said in an announce- ment. "I am committed to Making a Difference for Kyle by serving as an ac- tive council member." "I will continue to provide strong leadership while representing the citizens," she added. Cox is currently on the Planning and Zoning Com- mission, Kyle Recreation Center Building Commit- tee and the Library Build- ing Committee. She has served on other city com- mittees since 2001. She has a Bachelor's of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Recreation Management from Southern Illinois Uni- versity at Carbondalv. Since 2001, she has been employed as an Assistant Director for the Division of Recreational Sports at OT-Austin. Her primary areas of responsibility include budget forecast- ing and management for generated revenue, retail operations and managing contracts for the division, the announcement said. After living in Iowa, she and her husband, Mike, relocated to Kyle. They have been married for 9 years. ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal., (requires broadband intemet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2009 Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTIONS (AVISO DE ELECCIONES ESPECIALES) To the registered voters of the County of Hays, Texas: (a los votantes registrados del Condado de Hays, Texas.') Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 13, 2010, for voting in Special Elections to fill the unexpired terms for the following vacancies on the Kyle City Council: Place 5, Place 6, and Mayor. (Notifiquese, por la presente, que las casillas electorales citadas abajo se abrirdn desde las 7:00 a.m. haste las 7:00 p.m. el 13 de febrero pare voter en las Eleccidnes Especiales pare llenar un lugar vacio en el y puesto 5, el puesto 6, y el alcalde del Concilio de la Cuidad de Kyle. LOCATION(S) OF POLLING PLACES: (DIRECCION(ES) DE LAS CAS1LLAS ELECTORALES) Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center, Kyle, TX Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at: La votaci6n adelantada en persona se llevar6 a cabo de lunes a viernes en:) January 27, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM January 28, 2010 Kyle City Hal 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM January 29, 2010 Kyle City Hall I00 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:00PM February I, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 7:00AM-7:OOPM February 2, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM February 3, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM February 4, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM February 5, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM February 8, 2010 Kyle City Hall I00 W Center Kyle, TX 7:00AM-7:OOPM February 9, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: (Las solicitudes pare boletas que se votardn adelantada pot correo deberdm enviarse a:) Jovce Cowan (Name of Early Voting Clerk) (Nombre del Secretario de la Votacidn Adelantada) 401 C BroadwaF (Address) (Direccidn) San Marcos, TX 78666 (City) (Ciudad) (Zip Code) (Zone Postal) Applications for ballots'by mail must be received no later than the close of business on: (Las solicitudes pare boletas que se votardn adelantada pot correo deberdm recibirse pare elfin de las horas de negocio el:) (date) February 5. )010 (fecha) el 5 de febrero, 2010 Property tax deadline Jan. 31 STAFF REPORTS The deadline for paying property taxes is fast ap- proaching. Generally, prop- erty owners have until Janu- ary 31 to pay their property taxes without penalty or in- terest, bat because this year the deadline falls on a Sun- day, it is extended until Feb- ruary 1. 'tAIl the statements have been mailed, so please con- tact our office if you have not yet received a statement," said Luanne Caraway, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collec- tor. "State law says that you are still responsible for the taxes, even if you do not re- ceive the bill." Tax bills are actually con- sidered due upon receipt, she noted. Caraway said property owners can confirm their payment status online at www.tax.co.hays.tx.us or by contacting the Hays County Tax Office at (512)393-5545. Payments can be mailed to the main office at 102 N. LBJ, Courthouse Annex, San Mar- cos, Texas, 78666 or delivered to any of the four tax office locations. The tax office will honor the official postmark as proof of mailing. Payments can be made with cash, check, money or- der, credit card, debit card or electronic check. Credit card and electronic check pay- ments can be made online or by phone. A 2.5 percent convenience fee will be ap- plied to credit card payments made online. The fee for an electronic check payment is $2. This year penalties for late payment begin February 2 at 7 percent. That increases by 2 percent each month until July, when attorney fees are added. Those fees are 15 per- cent of the tax bill; after July another 1 percent is added each month until payment is made. Residents 65 or older and disabled residents may qual- ify to make quarterly pay- ments; no penalties or inter- est are assessed if payments are made on time. For more information on this program, contact the tax office, If you are unable to pay your current taxes in full, the tax office will accept a partial payment before February 1 without penalty and a pay- ment plan can be set up for the remaining balance. How- ever, penalty and interest will accrue on that remaining balance. The tax office does accept partial payments on current taxes and no penalty or interest is added to the amount that is paid by Feb- ruary 1. The Buda tax office is lo- cated at 500 Jack C. Hays Trail and is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Kyle Substation is located at 111 N. Front St and is open from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pigeon Drop Continued from pg. 1A scams that occur both on- line and face-to-face. Typi- cally, the victim is conned into putting up good-faith money to acCess a valu- able object or larger pool of money. In the original ver- sion of the scam, the money is then swapped out while the victim isn't looking. Of- ten, the victim is given the opportunity to sneak away with what he thinks is all the cash - but actually leaves with worthless paper. "Traditionally what would happen is they would come back, give him an envelope, and they would leave," Opiela said. "When they opened the envelope it would be full of paper, not money." One internet version of this trickis referred to as the "Nigerian scam" because the con artists pretend to work for the Nigerian gov- ernment, saying they need a foreign bank account to deposit large sums of mon- ey. They then con victims into paying fake transfer fees, bribes or taxes. Though the man never felt physically threatened, at some point his instincts warned him that he was be- ing scammed, Opiela said. "He realized it," Opie- la said. "He said, 'I knew better. The further along this went on, I knew I had messed up, but by then it was too late to do any- thing.'" H*B UNJ00 or 1-800-580-: Subject to credit approval. Your specific rate will be dependent upon your credit rating, relationship with us and other factors. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. 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