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Page 4A HEWS Hays Free Press January 25, 2012 q= Kohler's Charge: No D.A. investigation Continued from pg. 1A Incumbent Sheriff Gary Cutler outraised and outspent his challeng- wiJJ occur if he is later found er, former Sheriff Tommy Ratliff, by a wide margin in the second half guilty on any one or all of these of 2011, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. allegations." ContributionsExpenditures Other county officials dis- GaryCutler $16,609 $8.380 missed Kohler's accusation as Tommy Ratliff $6,041 $1,571 election-year mudslinging: Koh]er has been the Kyle areas Cutler's top donors: The Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, $8,350 in barbe- constable since 1978, but he has cue; Richard R. Scott 1991 Trust, Houston, $2,500; Dolores Juarez, drawn a challenger in the Ire- Wimberley, $1.000 cinct 2 Democratic primary this Ratliff's top donors: S.R. Green, Wimberley, $1,500; Mike Ruther- spring. Cutler, a Republican. has ford. Buda, $1.000 also drawn a prhnary challenger in former SheriffTommy Ratliff. 'All we have to provide is offi- other out. Kohler is the one who is sup- cers to watch them while they're "I think miscommunication plying misinformation, accord- there, and we pay the food cost." is definitely the word." he said. "I hag to Cutler. he said. don't think there was any misin- "In response to Constable By comparison, Cutler noted, formation. The agreement is still Kohler's letter these allegations Guadalupe County charges $50 a work in progress and not set in are baseless and without merit, per inmate per day to shelter stone yet." and they appear to be politically Hays County's inmates. In some regards, it's a moot motivated," said Cutler. who re- Travis County's sheriffwas un- point: CommissionerWfll Conley ferred additional questions to available for comment, but his said the sheriff can decide how Hays County District Attorney spokesman.RogerWade, saidthe much to pay other jails to house SherfiTibbe. agreement calls for each county Hays County's inmates, so long as "Our office is not doing any- to reimburse the other for all ex- he does not exceed his budget. thing because there was nothing penses, not just food. Very likely, "The dollars allocated to the to investigate.'Tibbe said. however, those expenses would sheriff's office for the transport Commissioners unanimously be minimal.Wade added, ofprisoners to different locations voted Dec. 6 to authorize the "If it's something quick and when our jail facility is full is a county judge to enter into the short-tenn, there may not be any specific line item in the sheriff's agreementwiththeTravisCounty cost to each other." he said. "It's budget," Conley said in response sheriff.Beforethevote.whichwas just an agreement between each to a public comment about the recordedonvideo.Cutlertoldthe county to hold them for a few allegations during the Dec. 10 court he would be responsible days and take them back when commissioners court. for the cost of food, transporta- it's all clear, and we'll do the same "The sheriff has to live within fion and manpower for his jailers foryou." that budget whether he's paying to supervise the inmates during In an emergency S'ltuafion, $4 or $100 per prisoner, and the times when they're housed in the Wade said, the sheriffs believe it sheriff is responsible for manag- .neighboring county's jail. is "good business" to help each hag that line item." Kyle Tax Hike: Rate hikes and bond election possible Continued. from pg. 1A Kyie 1rail System Continued from pg. 1A enough, even if people can't bring their dogs or crack open a beer. "We've never had a place in Kyle where you can go fishing or where you can go hiking," he said. A WALK AROUND THE TRAIL In the hot middle of last fall Urbanowicz took this reporter on a quick tour of the partly complete walking trail. The mulch was soft un- derfoot, and you could see the arches of trees receding in front of you and behind you, dark green against the prevalent ashy brown of the dead leaves and brush. The trails follow the course of Plum Creek. which wasn't much to see that day. What water was there had a green film over its surface, the same kind of algae that the parks workers wanted to keep from invading Lake Kyle. All the same. the trail was till of pleasant shade. And for a town where you can nearly always hear the high- way or the railroad, it was, quiet enough to imagine being in the woods. After getting back in his car, Urbanowicz smiled. "I tell people I don't get a chance to build parks and build a city too many times in my lifetime," he said. "This is it." A VEE CORPORATION PRODUCTION ATRF he Frank Erwln Center.~ Tickets: Texas Box Office 512-477-6060 or 800-982-2386 www.Texas m has not officiallyvoted on the next development did, too. The ira- increases. She also wants public round ofufilityincreases, pact fees stopped flowing. The feedback on proposed uanspor- Prior to last year, Kyle had not city also completed a $2.8 rail- tafion improvement projects, raised its water utility rates in a lion expansion on its wastewater specifically Goforth, Bunton, Bur- decade. According to spokesman treatment plant in 2006.leson and Lehman roads. Hervol Jerry Hendrix, the city had relied A 2011 analysis of the finan- said she has also received corn- on funds from the impact fees it cial picture for the city revealed plaints from residents about the took in from developers to keep the utility fired was running out amount of debt the city owes. residential water rates down. In of money. Wilson proposed asking for addition, city leaders transferred Henddx said that residential public feedback on the city's pri- money from the utility fund into waterutilityratesonlycoverabout orities, then providing estimates the general fund to maintain 80 percent of services provided, on how much each investment lower property taxes, though commercial rates cover would raise taxes. "Kyle lowered its property tax- 120 percent. The rates don't bal- Johnson said a public input eseveryyearforl0yearsbecause ance each other out anymore, he fomm is targeted for Febmary. of the transfer," City Manager said, becauseofdecreasedimpact Transportation work and Lanny Lambert said. fees and the wastewater plant up- other issues will probably come The utility fund stayed high grade. Hendrixsaidthe city's over- up for a bond election and will with the steady influx of new de- all debt now stands at $70 million, likely necessitate higher proper- velopment. Over the next eight At the same time, the council ty taxes, according to Lambert. years, Kyle grew exponentially to has begun talking about the pos- Hendrix said it seems urtrealis- around 30,000 people, sibilityofaproperty taxincrease, tic to hold a bond election this But Hendrix said when the Hervo] suggested gathering sprmg, but the city may be ready economy screeched to a halt. public input on the water and tax for the November elecfion. Broadway Bank welcomes Mark Hankins to Commercial BankTeam P N MARK DAMMERT, Allergy & Hearing Dizziness We are pleased to announce the addition of Mark Hankins as Business Banker in our Commercial Banking Division. Mark will be supporting Hays County and brings several years of commercial banking experience servicing the business clients in this community. Please give Mark a call at 512.805.0982 to learn more about what Broadway Bank can do for you and your business. B ROAD WAY ,, B ANK We're here for good? 2I'283"65- I 8'~3L765 38 NEIGHBORHOOD BANKING CENTERS MemberFDIC