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+ 4A Hays Free Press • January 25 2017 J~ uda to offer support for state legislature priorities BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress com With the 85th Texas Legislative session kicking off earlier this month, Buda city leaders are contemplating which items of legislation they plan to support or possibly introduce in the future. Earlier this month, Buda Assistant City Manager Chance Sparks provided a list of legislative priorities for the Buda City Council to review and decide on by Feb. 7. As a member of the Texas Municipal League (TML), Buda has an opportunity to support legislative priorities designed to benefit all Texas cities, as well as those that could be advantageous to the city. Out of the 14 different TML legislative priorities on the agenda, Sparks identified at least two that are more Buda driven in interest. STORING WATER FOR NOT-SO-RAINY DAYS IN BUDA Sparks said the passage of legislation to support implementation of Aquifer Storage and Recovery, (ASR) was an area that Buda was focused on due to the city's need for a backup water rates that come with hosting largeOPPOSING CAPS ON APPRAISAL VALUES supply, sporting events." ASR is the practice of storing a Sparks said the HOT fund has Sparks said Buda could also back items that oppose the passing of measured amount of potable water limitations on what kind of expenses within an aquifer, which creates a sort can be drawn from it, which forwards certain legislation. On example would of pocket or "bubble" that can travel the need for legislation to removebe potentially opposing legislation along the aquifer, but can be drawn by certain HOT fund limitations, that puts a cap on appraisal values and an entity during peak demand. "There are projects that could revenues. "We're trying to make ASR a more promote higher hotel occupancy that "We aren't opposed to capping affordable and viable option that do not qualify for funding through the appraisal values necessarily, but we can help with things like drought HOT fund because they may not meetthink it should be a local government contingency planning and peek the eligibility standards," Sparks said. decision, not a state government one, demand issues," Sparks said regarding since local governments have more removing restrictions to ASR, "It's BRINGING BUDA DOWN T0 SPEED direct contact with the public," Sparks scalable." In addition to the Buda driven said: legislative priorities, Sparks said YES TO MUNICIPAL LOBBYING HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX POTENTIALLY Buda might be pursuing legislation USED FOR SPORTS/EVENTS FACILITIES in support of a statewide law setting Another priority council could Sparks said legislation to potentially speed limits in neighborhoods to 25 support is opposing legislation that allow Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) to miles per hour. restricts municipal lobbying, Sparks be used for improvements to Sporting "The reality of it is that the said. and Events facilities would offer difference of 5 miles between 25 mph Municipalities are often represented flexibility to utilize those funds to speed limits and 30 mph speed limits by organizations like TML who finish building out the Buda sportsplex makes a huge difference in pedestrian represent their interests at legislative and encourage more league sports safety," Sparks said. hearings and try to prevent unfunded events there. Sparks referenced National mandates being passed down from the "The sportsplex needs improvement Highway Traffic Safety Administration State level, Sparks said. to be a tournament quality facility," statistics that were presented via city It's unknown at this time what items Sparks said, "The Buda hoteliers are documents that showed a three-foldcity council members plan to pursue. actually pursuing this legislative increase in pedestrian fatalities from The legislature is scheduled to adjourn priority due to the high occupancy 25 to 30 mph. in May. Fluoride: On hold for now Continued from pg 1A lease, fluoridation won't take place prior to the public hearing. "We felt that it would he disingenuous of us to fluoridate the water be- fore the public hearing," Ruge said in an interview on the decision to halt the scheduled fluorida- tion. "I received multiple emails calling for a public hearing on this issue so that's what we are doing," Ruge said. In December 2016, Buda city leaders chose to resume adding fluo- ride to the city's water supply. Buda's surface wa- i:: ):/~ :: ;i: .... i::i:/ • -il !SAVE~ ":'::!::TILE source at the San Marcos DATE treatment plant. The city's decision to restart fluoridation, how- ever, ignited a firestorm of controversy as numer- the ous residents spoke out during public comment at the Jan. 3 and Jan. 17 city council meetings to express their concerns over the type of fluoride being used. "At this time we are s*ijl ter portion of its water supply had been contin- uously fluoridated since they became customers of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority in 2002, according to the release. The fluoridation stopped in November 2015 when the GBRA stopped fluoridating the supply working out what will appear on the agend for the Feb. 7 city cou fl meeting, but no actior!. can be taken by councii during a public hearing," Ruge said. Property Taxes: Pay by Jan. 31 Continued from pg 1A Taxpayers who are which holds an approxi- not able to pay the full mately 2.25 percent plus amount by Jan. 31 are en- 30-cent fee, at www.hay- couraged to pay as much, which as possible so that they also accepts Discover and accrue as little as possible, American Express. according to the release. The county also Accounts that have provides a drive-through 65-or-older. disabled per- lane on the east side of son or disabled veteran the Government Center exemptions paid quarterly in San Marcos and drop and have made their first boxes at our San Marcos payment on or before ]a. and Dripping Springs 31 are not assessed penal- locations. ty and interest. All locations are open Payments can be made 'through the lunch hour, in person at any of the but prepare for a wait on off~ce locations below. ]an. 31, one of the busiest Payments made by mail days for the office. must have a post office There are also drop cancellation mark of Jan. boxes for tax payments 31, 2017 or earlier to be at the San Marcos and considered on time and Dripping Springs loca- should be addressed to tions and payments can the San Marcos Office be dropped off anytime location only. on or before Jan. 3"1. To Payments can also be receive a paper receipt, made with an e-check, enclose a stamped, which has a 50-cent fee, or self-addressed envelope with a credit/debit card, with your payment. YOU CAN PAY AT: San Marcos Main Tax Office and mailing address: 712 S. 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