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t- + CLASSIFIEDS * PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com February 13, 2013 comparison of top salary earners in Buda and .C BY ANDY SEVILLA nual base salary of $80,340 and wez Moheet falls just under the $65,000, respectively, according six-figure income threshold at andy@haysfreePress'cm to city documents. $97,138.08, while Buda Finance Once the list is expanded to Manager Sidonna Foust is paid Kyle and Buda both have the top 25 highest paid employ- $80,340. gender pay disparities in their ees, Buda and Kyle both emerge The second highest paid top ten wage earners bracket, with seven females on each of Buda municipal employee is though that trend dilutes when the lists, putting each city at a City Engineer Stanley Fees, the top 25 highest paid employ- 65 percent to 35 percent, men taking home a base salary of ees are accounted, to female ratio, in gender pay $91,748.02; meanwhile Kyle City That's according to the latest for their top 25 highest earners. Engineer Steve Widacki earns figures obtained by the Hays It is no surprise the city man- $80,913.82 annually. Free Press in its study of top ger position is the highest paid When totaled, Kyle's top wage earners in north Hays post in each city, with Kyle City ten earners cost the city County. Manager Lanny Lambert tak- $931,769.17, while Buda's top Only one out of the top ten ing home $124,200.18, while ten earners combine for a total wage earners in Kyle is female, the base salary for Buda City of $786,733.53. while Buda has two inits top ten Manager Kenneth Williams is Kyle's top 25 highest paid list of highest paid employees. $115,051.04. earners' salaries equal to For Kyle, Human Resource Only Lambert, Williams and $1,945,426.60. Buda's top 25 Director Sandra Duran made it Kyle Assistant City Manager highest paid employees list to the top ten list, coming in at ]ames Carp earn six-figure in- amounts to $1,576,538.50. number nine, she takes home comes in Kyle and Buda city As way of comparison, the an annual salary of $79,047.02, employment. U.S. Census Bureau estimates according to city documents. Carp earns an annual salary Kyle's population at 29,293 for In Buda, Finance Manager Si- of $115,919.96; his counterpart 2011, while Buda's is listed as donna Foust and City Control- in Buda, Assistant City Manager 7,682 for the same year. Kyle ler Carolyn Reininger made it Robert LaBorde takes home a currently has 155 employees. to the top ten highest paid em- base salary of $88,054.72. Buda's total employee count ployees list, taking home an an- Kyle Finance Director Per- was not immediately available. / A comparison of salaries within the 25 top paid city employees for Buda and Kyle Buda Kyle City Manager $1 ! 5,051.04 $124,20011 ' 8 Assistant City Manager $88,054.72 $115,919.96 : City Ehgi eer $91,748.02 $80,913.82 :': Finance Manager/Director $80,340.00 $97,138.08 Police Chief $8o,0oo.18 Planning Director $74,263.28 $74,404.20 Public Works Director $73,000,20 Parks & Recreation Director $63,653.98 $76,436.10 City retary ..... $52,000.00 rotal ~530.8M 7.3% I' 7.3% City Net Pal,ment This PeriodCom )arable Pa 'ment Prior Year % Change to announce ent transparency, SUBMITTED REPORT Texas Comptroller Susan Combs joined legislative leadership today to announce the filing of legislation aimed at improving government transparency and empowering tax- payers to make informed decisions about taxes and public debt. Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 14, authored by State Senator Tommy Williams and State Representative Jim Pitts and focused primarily on gov- ernment transpar- ency, would provide taxpayers with vital information about government spend- ing and debt. Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 13, authored by State Senator Robert Duncan and State Representative Bill Callegad and fo- cused primarily on public pensions, would require in- creased reporting for all public pen- sion systems and calls for essential actuarial information to be posted on- line so it is readily available and easy for taxpayers to find. "People need to know what their government is doing, and how it spends their mone~;" Combs said. "We need to implement common-sense changes that put vital information about government spending and debt in front of the public." "For government to be held ac- countable for efficiently providing essential services, Texans need to be able to track how and where their hard-earned dollars are spent," said Texas Governor Rick Perry. "I applaud Comptroller Combs' efforts to work with the Legislature on bills that im- prove accountability and provide more information to taxpayers." "We all want transparency in gov- ernment, and with the number one economy in the country, Texas should be the national model for financial transparency;" said Lieutenant Gover- nor David Dewhurst. "Government becomes more ac- cessible and accountable when the public understands how their money is spent," said Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus. "This legislation will increase transparency and help local govemments better communicate with taxpayers." Most voters don't know how much debt they are carrying, and how much debt service they are currently paying before they choose to vote for more debt. This transparency legislation would require that additional infor- marion be included on the ballot when new debt is presented to voters for ap- proval, such as total debt outstanding, "People need to know what their government is doing, and how it spends their money." -Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller debt service, and existing per capita debt obligation. ........ The transparency legislation would also put limitations on certificates of obligation (CO) which governments use to issue debt without voter ap- proval. "Senate Bill 14 will ensure the CO process is not abused and will give the power back to the taxpayers, the people who are ac- tually paying the freight, by requir- ing governments to tell voters how they can petition for an election, and by also reducing the number of voters required to petition for an election," Williams said. Finally, the trans- parency legislation would require all taxing entities to post financial in- formation online, including revenues and expenditures and detailed infor- marion on long- term debt obligations. "When we write the budget each session, we require transparency and access to information," Htts said. "Texas taxpayers deserve the same lev- el of transparency and openness, and House Bill 14 will deliver just that." The pension legislation would re- quire public pensions across the state to publicly report actuarial informa- tion, including net investment returns for each of the last 10 fiscal years, as well as one-year, three-year, five-year, i0-year, 30-year and since-inception rolling rates of return. "It is important for taxpayers to feel confident that public pensions in Tex- as are being managed properly to en- sure long term financial health," Dun- can said. "Senate Bill 13 aims to give citizens the information they need to feel secure about public pensions." In addition to increased reporting requirements, the pension legislation also calls for mandatory education for public pension system administra- tors. "House Bill 13 is aimed at protect- ing the taxpayers who foot the bills for public pensions and the employees who deserve to knOW if their retire- ments are financially secure," Calle- gad said. Both the transparency and pension legislation call for measures similar to the recommendations Combs recently outlined in her series of reports rifled, Texas It's Your Money. Each of the re- ports focused on financial obligations of taxpayers and provided suggestions on how governments could provide more transparency regarding those obligations. For more information, please visit: www.texasitsyourmoney. org. i!i II!? 'C17171 7 COURTESY PHOTO Assisted living/memory care center breaks ground Members of the Kyle Chamber of Commerce along with employees from New Haven Assisted Living ground on the newest assisted living facility in the area on Feb. 1. in Kyle and Memory Care Center broke SUBMITTED REPORT was from business spending-driven sectors including oil and natural gas, Sales tax revenues are up across manufacturing and construction." the state compared to the same time In January, Combs distributed $531 last year, according to Texas Comp- million in monthly sales tax revenue troller Susan Combs. to local governments, representing "Strong sales tax collections con- an overall increase of 7.3 percent tinue in most major economic sec- from last year's January disburse- tors in Texas," Combs said in a writ- merit. The average increase for Texas ten statement. "The strongest growth cities was seven percent. In Hays County, Kyle saw an in- crease of 16.73 percent over last year's January payment. Buda's change was 9.91 percent. San Marcos saw its tax revenue go up 14.37 percent over January 2012. Combs said that state sales tax rev- enue in December was $2.17 billion, up 9.4 percent compared to Decem- ber 2011. Cities $349.3M 7.0% ~ 7.0% Counties $36.6M 11.0% ~, 11.0% Transit Systems $118.2M 7.2% ~ 7.2% Special Purpose Taxing Districts $26.7M 12.5% 12.5% ~I' Buda 349,765.13 318,216.51 9.91% Kyle 286,436.24 245,372.25 16.73% San Marcos 1,979,397.40 1,730,589.60 14.37% Hays 1,106,903.94 94,344.17 17.21% *The sales tax figures represent November sales reported by monthly tax fliers.