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+ BY SAMAnmA SMrrn regarding the change in New dr|ve-in location for the drive-in. The theater plans on theater detours showing 35-millimeter as well as digital films. from Buda to The Blue Starlite drive- in movie theater originally opened at a location on East According to The Austin Cesar Chavez Street in 2010 Business Journal's website with a move a few years ago to, the the old Mueller Airport Facility Blue Starlite Drive-In Movie on East 51st Street. theater will no longer be The Hays Free Press relocating to Buda but instead published an article in Dec. a few miles north of Buda on 2016 announcing Frank's Lowden Lane in Manchaca. decision to relocate the drive- According to the article in theater from the Mueller posted on Mar. 3, the theater's Airport Facility in Austin to owner Josh Frank wasn't Buda due to an inability to available for comment expand there. March 15, 2017 Page 1D ! Funds not avai ble for service agreement with RPS Klotz and Associates to create a design schematic and related preliminary studies for the segment 5 of the Main Street improvements project. Allen Crozier with HDR Engi- ricer'rag informed council mem- bers that the firm had gone to RPS Klotz and Associates with the councils' directions and recommendations and they had come up with the scope of the project and the fee that City En- gineer John Nett had approved. Crozier explained to council members that the connector would cost roughly $3.5 million and the city "just doesn't have the funds for the project right now." However, Crozier did tell council members that if they were to secure the right-of-way as well as other preliminary ac- tions, they would be more prepared to complete the job in the future when funding is available. The 2014 Bond projects currently total $1.4 million without the Cabela's connector. Council member George Haehn made a motion to ap- prove the service agreement Crozier explained to council members that the connector would cost roughly $3.5 million and the city "just doesn't have the funds for the project right now." with RPS Klotz and Associates, with Mayor Todd Ruge seconding the motion. Council members agreed they want .to see the process for the con- nector get under- way after almost 10 years. "I've always wanted this con- nector," Haehn said. "Let's do as much as we can now to see this done." At this point it is unknown whether or not funds for the Cabela's connector will be included in the FY2017- 18 budget. PHOTO BY PAIGE LAMBERT Sommelier Erika Fritz, whose family owns Solaro Estate Winery in Dripping Springs, inspects a glass of wine at her family's vineyard. Fritz is the youngest person in the nation to earn a sommelier certificate from the International Wine and Spirits Guild. Solaro Estate is one of many area wineries that would be effected by the proposed legislation. concern over BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ A Texas House Bill sent to committee last week could impact the wine industry, starting September 1, 2017. House Bill 1514, filed Feb. 2, would require wineries looking for a Texas wine distinction to use 100 percent of the grapes grown on Texas farms and produce it entirely in the state to qualify. The current benchmark for consid- eration was 75 percent of the volume, said Terry Franks, chief of staff for Texas Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). the wine in- dustries grows and becomes more sophisti- cated in Texas, we really need to do a lot more to protect and bring the industry into more of a recognized status so when you buy a Texas wine, you're buying Texas grapes," Franks said. Isaac and his staff used the wine industries in Califomia, Oregon andWashington State as a model for the bill. All three states require more than 75 percent of the volume to be produced in the state, Franks said, The bill was referred to the licensing and ad- ministrative procedures committee March 9, though Franks said the ,y we know the way to the point where a number of wineries and the bill is written would be very vineyards could go out of business," Fritz said. difficult, almost unobtainable in "That was the thought behind the vote." its current form, which is why The le slation would it's a proposal We're working place an extra burden "'" on the Texas agricul- on some language with the tural system, tasked with keeping up with industry to stair step up and the rising demand of get close to that 100 percent grapes. If the bill passes, Fritz is unsure if Texas over the next five or six years." can sustain the winer- ies' individual needs at - Terry Franks, chief of staff for Texas Representative the rate the industry is Jason isaac growing. "My personal opin- provision of the bill call- ing the law by Sept. i of ion is that the industry ing for !00 percent of this year is "unrealistic." should be left alone and the wine volume to be "That would just have the freedom to produced in-state will crush a lot of the winer- grow," Fritz said. '7had likely be unobtainable ies," Franks said. "We've at some point when it in the near future, heard from a lot of the gets bigger, then maybe "Obviously we know wineries and they'vethere should be some the way the bill is had some serious regulations. Right now written would be very concern and heartburn as a whole, for the good difficult, almost unob- over that. We don't want of the industry, we tainable in its current to hurt the industry, should leave politics out form, which is why it's We want to help the in- of it." a proposal," Franks dustry, so we are going In the meantime, said. "We're working on to substitute in some legislators and local some language with the language to help outwineries will continue to industry to stair step up with that." move towards a working and get close to that 100 Robert Fritz, a winepiece of law to benefit a percent over the next maker at Solaro Estate wine industry that pro- five or six years." Winery in Dripping vides more than 12,000 The bill, as currently Springs, joined in op- full-time jobs, according constituted, would position of the proposal, to the Texas Wine and cause Texas wineries to Fritz is a member of the Grape Growers Associa- decrease the import of Hill Country Wine Asso- tion. California grapes, which ciation, which includes "Folks out there say are generally cheaper 53 Texas wineries as'we see where you're go- by the ton than Texas members, ing, but we need to have grapes. Franks said busi- Fritz said the associa- a longer discussion on nesses arent prepared tion overwhelmingly this, Franks said. We to make this adjust-voted in, opposition ,:: happy to do that. ment on the accelerated thebill:~ .... : ....... ....... :~' .... ~is(bill) has brought calendar called for in "The worry is that this issue to the fore- the bill. For this reason, any legislation at all front and the discussion Franks said implement- slows down the industxy has begun in earnest." Buda 1.500% $414,146.24 Orippi.. ,,gs 4.39% $1,459,454.41 3.78% 1.25% $140,699.42 3.47% $491,301.83 4.24% Kyle 1.50% $510,619.29 13.82% $1,793,834.74 8.78% Niederwald 1100% $2,411.83 4.87% San Marcos 1.50% $1,946,495.29 -9.34% Uhland 1.50% $15,158.218.96% $8,496.23 15.74% $7,369,776.90 -3.63% $47,852.93 21.34% Wimbefley 1.00% $58,867.10 Woodcreek 4.27% 19;76% Hays County $1,213,918.71 -2.61% $227,830.30 2.92% $11,541,64 $4,431,171.01 13.oo% -0.42% | Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $619.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 5.8 percent more than in March 2016. Hays County will see $1.2 million of that total, as sales tax revenues dropped slightly this month. Smaller cities Woodcreek, Niederwald and Uhland continue their seasonal upticks, while the county's larger cities saw minimal revenue increase over last year. 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