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Page 8 • The Free Press Current Events March 6, 2003 Buda stepping into 2,000 acres of MUDs BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer UDA-Buda City Council took a small step Tuesday to secure land for four proposed Municipal Utility Districts .(MUD). The council voted unanimously to sign an agree- 'ment to pursue land possibly being released from Austin's Extra Territorial Jurisdiction I(ETJ). Buda City Administrator Bob Mathis said the city isn't trying to pressure Austin, but it is serious about pursuing land released from Austin's ETJ. The proposal for the Winfield MUD, east of IH-35 at "the Travis County line, was slat- 'ed for a look through on Monday, March 3, when the MUD lawyer fell sick. The city and the developers haven't talked since Monday's meeting. The two sides are modifying the MUDs to include Buda's desires within the city limits. MUD No. 1, which will bring the bulk of the sales tax with the possibility of Simon Mall, could become what is termed an "in city" MUD. The city can reap the benefits of sales taxes with an "in city" MUD while forfeit- ing the property taxes paid to the developer of the MUD. Legislation to create the MUDs is scheduled to be intro- duced on March 14. Council could call a special session to take action on the Winfield MUDs sometime next week. Council tabled the agenda item at Tuesday's meeting to wait to hear from the developer, Steve Bartlett. Council also took action on approving an amendment to the budget. The $183,868 trimming of the budget comes on the heels of Buda citizens voting to roll back property taxes from 21.99 cents per $100 assessed value to 13.1 cents per $100 assessed value. Buda EMS loses the entire $20,000 earmarked for its ser- vices, The city said the EMS can raise its own funds, as it is a tax- ing authority. In addition, nearly $10,000 is being taken from the $250,000 payroll. Mathis said the change in payroll is mini- mai. The street maintenance fund, which is used for emergencies, lost out on $20,000 of its $50,000 originally budgeted. Mathis said many of the ser- vices removed could be added back in toward the end of the budget cycle, if higher than expected sales taxes continue. In other developments: • A manufactured homes subdivision ordinance passed council. The new ordinance will apply the same water quality standards to manufactured homes reflected in the Unified Development Code. • The Buda Lions Club will receive $4,000 from the hotel motel tax to apply toward the Country Fair. Dr. David Wiley files for Re-Election for Hays CISD Board of Trustees r. David Wiley has filed for re-election for a third term to Hays CISD Board of Trustees. Wiley has been on the board since 1999, first completing an unexpired term and then being elected in 2000 to serve a second term. He is the parent of an eighth grader at Barton Junior High School. Dr. Wiley is Professor of .Health Education at Southwest iTexas State University and has a rich background in public educa- !tion. He taught health education 'and biology in the public schools *,and remains a certified public i school teacher in Texas. Dr. iWiley is the only member of the icurrent board of trustees that has ',been a classroom teacher. He ',also served the public schools as ia certified athletic trainer, direc- tor of school activities, and bus '.driver! He remains involved in ',the teacher education preparation ':programs at SWT and has served as a student teacher supervisor for both the University of Texas and SWT. Dr. Wiley was a member of the board when the Texas Association of School Boards recognized it in 2001 as a "Top Five School Board" in Texas. During his board service he has been actively involved in numer- ous school district initiatives, including improving teacher salaries and working conditions, developing a master facilities plan, building new facilities, remodeling of existing facilities, and establishing the Hays Well Clinic, a school-based health center project. The Hays Well Clinic provides medical care to families in the community, many of whom have no other access to health care. In addition, the Hays CISD became a "recognized" district by TEA under the leader- ship of the board, administration, and hard work by the faculty and staff. Dr. Wiley's community and professional service has been recognized in a number of venues. The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance named him 1997 Health Educator of the Year. In 1999 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American School Health Association. In 2002 the Texas School Health Association recognized Dr. Wiley with the Martha Licata Service Award. He is a nominee for the 2003 SWT Presidential Award for Excellence in Service and was recently named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addi- tion, to these professional awards, he has served as a parent volunteer for the Hays CISD and little league baseball coach for the Hays YBA. Wiley is currently a member of the Texas Department of Health's School Advisory Committee and the Texas Education Agency's Coordinated School Coalition Committee. He has testified on numerous occasions before the Texas Legislature's Education Committee, Texas State Board of Education, and State Board for Educator Certification. He has also written numerous letters to the editor and provided guest editorials for the Austin American-Statesman. With 29 years of experience, Dr. Wiley is recognized as one of the top college baseball umpires in the country. Through this hobby, he umpires games in the Big XII Conference, Conference USA, Western Athletic Conference, and the Pacific 10 (PAC 10) Conference. He has umpired NCAA post-season play for over ten years and was selected in 2000 to umpire the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The next few years will pre- sent many challenging demands for the Hays CISD. According to Wiley, '`The recently failed bond package sends the message that taxpayers are unsure about how Rustlers heist 10 cattle in Monday night raid BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Associate Publisher REA--Monday night roved a tough one for Uhland resident Albert Busse. Busse received a call around 10:15 Monday night that Hays County Sheriff's deputies were trying to get his cattle off the IH- 35. Only when the cattle were put away did Busse realize that 10 head, three cows, thr heifers, three calves and one Black Angus bull were missing. Busse said the cattle rustlers backed up a trailer after dark, removed two panels and loaded up the stock. He said he knew they worked after dark, and before 10 p.m., because the rustler or rustlers ran over several pipes that are easy to see and remove. Busse had the cattle on the west side of IH-35, just south of Yarrington overpass. '`They weren't real smart" Busse said. "They took two mommas without their babies, and took one baby without its molnlna. "And, they left the gate open?' He said the calves were about two-months old. San Marcos Police Sergeant Byron Mobley said his depart- ment has no leads. "There were no brands on the cattle" Mobley said, which makes it more diffi- cult to identify the animals. Some of the cows did have orange ear tags. Mobley said the offense for stealing these cattle is listed as a theft under $20,000, a third degree felony. Anyone who might have noticed a wailer baclmd up tothe fence Monday night or who might have any other information should call Mobley at 753-2300. world conditions may affect us locally, especially the potential for tax increases. My primary goals have always been and con- tinue to be improved student per- formance, improved staff work- ing conditions With competitive salary scales, and identification and management of the needs of this rapidly growing district, all while remaining sensitive to the taxpayers. It will be my goal to work with all groups in the com- munity to provide a quality edu- cational experience for our school children, while living within our financial means" He notes, "Given the rapid changes in this school district, now is the time to maximize board experi- ence. This is not the time for "on-the-job" training to a new trustee, expecting a new trustee to learn all the nuances of being a board member, while still han- Dr. David Wiley dling the complex decisions that need to be made for the district. The experience and dedication I bring to the board has been an asset to this community and I look forward to continuing to serve my community through my involvement with the board." r,r art imant00 ana Bookkeeping & Tax Service 12 years serving our community Personalized and then Computerized • Year Round Service • Income Tax Service • Bookkeeping • Quarterly Returns • Notary Ph: 295-4586 Fax: 312-0202 204 S. 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