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+ CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com April 3, 2013 Downtown Buda could be eligible for a Main Street Project, if the city council can find funding to hire necessary personnel and if the city is one chosen by the state program. PHOTO BY MARY STONE BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com The continuation of further restoration in downtown Buda could be on the horizon, say members of the Buda City Council. After many attempts to implement the much talked about "Main Street" movement, the council is once The National Main Street Program is a 30-year initiative that works at the national, state and local level. The goal is to aid in revitalizing the main economic thoroughfares in local towns and cities, as well as maintain the historical aspects of downtown areas. again bringing up the issue, city, further revitalization of downtown that changes made in the city council, properly, leadstobeneficialresults,"Sparks The National Main Street Program is a key point of contention for the city along with a stronger economy, provides said. "We anticipate Buda benefiting is a 30-year initiative that works at the council, good timing to re-introduce the program, siguificantlyffomthisprogram." national, state and local level. The goal is "(The Main Street program) provides a The commitment is long-term. Cities Buda stands to gain much from the to aid in revitalizing the main economic rallying point for grass roots organization, must participate for a minimum of three implementation of the Main Street thoroughfares in local towns and cities, coupled with goals, objectives and a years, aswellaspayanannualfee.But, what Program, according to Sparks and Ruge. as well as maintain the historical aspects statewide support network to invigorate the program brings to cities is the largest The organization aspect of the program of downtown areas. The program, is a historic downtown like Buda's," Buda reason Buda is looking at the Main Street is one way to help the community and a derivative of the privately funded Planning Director Chance Sparks said. program. "From a program perspective, it the civic government work together to non-profit National Trust for Historic However, in previous years, the Buda costs$400to$535annually,whichgivesthe create a solid city identity. "Places like Preservation. City Council shot down the incorporation city access to a number of state resources historic downtowns are where so much of "The Main Street Program is an of the Main Street project. According (architects, funding expertise, training a community's identity is derived from - economic development approach that to Buda City Manager Ken W'dliams, and access to the statewide network of their historic role as civic, economic social focuses on historical preservation," said the recent recession, along with budget participating cities)," said Sparks, in an and cultural centers remains as important Norma Miess, Senior Main Street Service constraints, severely hindered the process, emailed response. He and Williams both today as it did at the city's founding," Officer. Additionally, an interest in starting a acknowledge the success the program has Sparks said. For a city such as Buda, obtaining tourism department forced Main Street to had in other cities, such as San Marcos, And, on the Economic Development further expertise in aiding development in fall through the cracks. Lufkin and Georgetown. side, the city would be able to have "more thedowntownareaisanenticingprospect. "Now is the time to change that," said "The Main Street Program provides a With more and more people moving to the Buda Mayor Todd Ruge, who pointed out framework and resources that, if followedSee MAIN STREET, pg. 4D THE PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHES THIS BY FOCUSING EFFORTS OF CITIES AND TOWNS ON FOUR MAIN POINTS: Organization: Dealing with the civic aspect of local government, where the community must work together to revitalize downtown Design: Taking a look at the physical aspects of downtown, aiding in restructuring and improving existing buildings by working with property owners Promotion: Looking at the ability of local towns to improve the overall image of downtown. Economic Development: Working with property owners to make use of space, bring in new businesses and lift the economic face of downtown. $2 million fundraising milestone Marbridge stakes ground for new community center SUBMITTED REPORT More than 300 support- ers and residents gathered on March 27 on the Marbridge campus in Manchaca to mark a milestone in the planned con- stmction of a new community center for the residents and the special needs community. The "ground staking" cer- emony provided the attendees a first look at the footprint of the building's perimeter as well as significant areas planned for the interior. "This is a day for the residents of Marbridge and for the spe- cial needs community to come together and celebrate a new resource that will be created to further enhance their lives," said Tom Leyden, a member of the Marbridge Board of Trust- ees who is spearheading the ef- fort to raise $2.6 million to build the athletic and events center. Currently, the Austin area lacks an athletic and performing arts facility dedicated specifically to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. He chairs a committee com- prised of community leaders that includes Gary Manley, See MARBRIDGE, pg. 4D COURTESY PHOTO Tom Leyden, left, and his son, Kyle, survey the perimeter of the planned Victory Hall Athletic & Event Center at Marbridge. Behind them at left are Marbridge residents and at right is Dr. Alan Jones, a member of the facil- ity's planning committee. BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle and Buda are seeing double-digit jumps in their sales tax allocations compared to the previous year, with Buda nearing a 30 percent increase and Kyle claiming a more than 20 percent increase in reported January sales. Texas Comptroller reports show that Buda took in $299,538.53 in sales tax revenue for March, a 28.46 percent uptick from the same month last year. The same report shows that Kyle, too, saw an increase in sales tax collections for March, totaling $275,359.97, a 22.51 percent jump from March 2012. The March sales tax figures represent sales reported in January, according to the Texas Comptroller's website. With March's numbers included, Kyle has received $1,001,855.61 in sales tax collections for 2013, up 16 percent from the same reporting period - January, February and March- in 2012. Buda also has seen a jump in revenue, totaling $1,065,920.95 for the first three months of 2013, a 14.13 percent jump from the same reporting period last year, according to the comptroller's office. As a whole, Texas saw a 12.2 percent jump in March sales tax allocations from the previous year, totaling $531.3 million, the comptroller's office reported. Lffife is rill of ups and owns - and the finan- ial markets are no dif- ferent. As an investor, you're no doubt happy to see the "ups" - but the "downs" can seem like a real downer. Isn't there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your in- vestment portfolio? First of all, to cope with volatility, it's helpful to know what causes it- and there can be many causes. Computers that make trades in millisec- onds, based on mathemati- cal models, are sometimes blamed for intraday volatil- FINANCIAL FOCUS ity, but large price swings can also occur following the release of government eco- nomic reports, such as those dealing with unemployment and housing starts. Global events, such as the European economic malaise, can also send the financial markets into a tizzy. By being aware of the impact of these events, you can see that the workings of the markets - especially their volatility- may not be as mys- terious as you thought. Still, while knowing the causes of volatility can help you prepare for market swings, it won't blunt their impact on your portfolio. 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