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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press April 5, 2017 at state The Lehman High variety winter guard capped off its season with a bronze medal the Texas Color Guard State Champion- ship competition, which was held at Reed Arena at Texas A&M last week. The group, directed by John- hie Green, also won the meet's equipment cap- tion. Lobo senior Caroline Salas was also awarded the Texas Color Guard Scholarship. PHOTO COURTESY JOHNNIE GREEN Freeport" Hays ClSD moves ahead with exemption Continued from pg. 3B : : Buda, the loss. C0mpan es would oa rthee to pay 100 percent e Freeport tax the first year of the agree- ment and would reduce the amount by 25 percent over five years. Ann Miller, Buda Economic Development Corporation executive director, said during public comment March 27 she supported the ex- emption. IVIiller said she hoped trustees saw it as a "win-win not only for the school district, Buda and Kyle and Hays County, but the community and residents in general." While Miller said she understood the ap- prehension of applying the exemption, which is irrevocable, the benefits outweighed potential concerns. Miller used a recent skydiving venture, where she said she trusted the professionals with her safety. Miller said projects were "anxiously awaiting approval" of the Freeport from the board. Both the cities of Buda and Kyle, along with Hays County, have passed reso- lutions implementing the "As an economic development professional, I'm asking you to trust me ... We've packed the parachute. You've got a great team in Buda and Kyle. We're going to bring those new businesses in." - Ann Miller, Buda Economic Development Corporation executive director Freeport exemption. '7ks an economic devel- opment professional, I'm asking you to trust me," Miller said. "We've packed the parachute. You've got a great team in Buda and Kyle. We're going to bring those new businesses in." Kyle Chamber of Com- merce CEO/ulie Snyder said she supported the Freeport exe on. Travis Mitchell, Kyle City Council District 1 member, supported the exemption, but also understood arguments on both sides of the issue. However, with other entities passing Freeport legislation, Mitchell said not having it could push new business away from Hays CISD. "If we don't pass it, new business will not come that utilize (the Freeport exemption)," Mitchell said. "They could go to every city within 15 to 20 miles from here to find much more welcome arms and tax policy." Bryant, however, was hesitant about the ir- reversible nature of the exemption and chose to abstain from the vote. However, Bryant said she understood some of the benefits to businesses in the area. The majority of board trustees also supported the policy. Bert Bronaugh, District 3 trustee, said the measure was a "win-win" for the district. District 4 trustee Merideth Keller said she was excited to move forward with the ex- emption, and was "super excited" at future poten- tial partnerhsips. "We could do some great things if we work to- gether," Keller said. "I see that future and I think it's going to be pretty bright." L Hill Country Conservancy is a community nonprofit dedicated to helping private landowners and other stakeholders preserve the water, wildlife, and unique character of the Texas Hill Country. P R E M I E R P R IVATE E DU C A T I 0 N i (i i::! iJ Become a founding family today! Limited placement available. i:i! i! !!:~ (512) \ ExcE E A M: + i / / ii !iiT ....... i i li I ....