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4~. 5 April 5, 2017 Page 1D BY MOSES LEOS III Rapid growth along the P35 corridor was a primary factor for a major medical employer to announce the arrival of a new clinic to open in Kyle later this year. Baylor Scott & White Heath, which opeates a sys- tem of 48 hospitals and has more than 44,000 employ- ees, announced construc- tion has begun on a 7,285 square-foot primary care clinic that will be located in the 4000 block of Cromwell Drive, off FM 1626 near the Plum Creek golf course. The facility, which is slated to open in Fall20!7 will be the first Baylor SCott & White clinic to open in Hays County. Baylor Scott & White recently opened clinics in Travis and W'flliamson counties and broke ground on a medical center in Pflugerville in February. "Making our debut in Hays County is a great milestone for Baylor Scott &.White," said Colleen Sun- BAYLOR SCO'I'I" & WHITE, 4D The Baylor Scott & White primary care clinic will open in Fall 2017. i i i i i~iiii~!iiii COURTESY RENDERING In March 2017, newly-opened Buck's Backyard more than doubled last year's highest mixed beverage sales tax re- ceipts for Buda while The Marc and Casa Garcia's continue to lead in receipts for San Marcus and Kyle. In March 2016, Pinballz Kingdom led Buda with $3,138 in receipts, Casa Garcia's led Kyle with $4,661 and The Marc led San Marcus with $8,691. Pinballz Kingdom and Casa Garcia's were also the leaders for their respective cities in March 2015. Top five mixed beverage sales tax receipts, March 2017 LU Desperado's Applebee's Centerfield Evo Casa Garcia's Brooklyn's Pinballz Kingdom Brooklyn's Willie's Joint Buck's Backyard Chimy's San Marcus 54th Street Pluckers Wing Bar Zelicks The Marc $2,000 $6,000 $10,000 PHOTOS BY DAVID WHITE BUDA ::i::iiii:::::iiii:? :::i ::~!:: ::~i !i~ ii~ii:. :~:::~: ii :::: i ::i :: :.:: ii::ii::::i i::i:: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Willie's Joint $3,891.36 Pinballz Kingdom $2,805.22 iiii ii :~::~:~:~:~:~::~:i~:::~::~:~i::i :::::~:~ii~:::i~: ~ ~::~:::~::::: ::ii ::ii:: i:::: i::i ii i::ii iii ::::i ::i:: :::: ii:?:::i:::~i::ii ::?:::ii i:::: Chili's Grill & Bar $2,500.30 Logan's Roadhouse $1,945.54 Super Slick's Tex Mex Bar & Grill $682.93 Chavelo's Mexican Restauran $206.02 KYLE Evo Entertainment Center $3,700.34 Applejam Beverage (Applebee's) $1,632.25 Grind House Coffee & Cocktails $1,312.~2 ii!iiii!iii ii! ii ii ii Piscis Seafood & Mexican Restaurant $820.14 Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant $656.66 Cabana Beverages, Inc. $283.34 Pho Thaison $144.25 SAN MARCOS Zelicks $8,003.01 54Th Street Restaurant & Draft $6,093.51 Black Rabbit Saloon / Shade Rooftop $6,005.81 Chuy's San Marcus $5,637.78 Stonewall Warehouse/Barfish Lounge $5,153.23 iiii!iiiii!il Nephew's $4,904.66 !ii!ili;iiiiii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii;iii!i The Tavern $4,611.47 STAFF REPORT So you are about to pay your taxes, and with Texas not hav- ing an income tax, most taxes paid during this time is federal income taxes. According to the on- line company, WalletHub, there is a disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount of money they pay in and how they view the ultimate return from the government. Nearly three out of five U.S. adults feel they p~ay too much in taxes, and Americans estimate that Uncle Sam wastes slightly more than half of every tax dollar - higher than what they approximate state and local govern- ments squander. However, the taxpayer return on investment (ROD varies significantly based on geography. Federal income-tax rates are uniform across the nation, yet some states receive more federal funding than others. Depending on how you look at things, it is interesting to look at the disparity among states on their dependency on federal dollars. The findings are based on several fac- tors, including the states residents' dependency and the state govern- ment's dependency (fed- eral funding as a share of state revenue). So how does Texas rank? It actually ranks 35th overall in depen- dency on federal taxes, ranking 42nd in the states for the residents' dependency, and 28th on the state government's dependency on federal tax monies. Texas sits right in the middle and doesn't actually rank in federal contracts received. States with the lowest amount of federal con- tracts (per $ in Federal taxes paid) include (in order) Delaware, Arkan- sas, NewYork, Ohio and New Jersey. States receiving the most federal contracts: Mississippi (46), Alabama (47), Maryland (48), Vir- ginia (49), and the state with the most federal contracts is New Mexico. How do the states lean as far as the political "Red vs. Blue" categories? Blue states are less dependent on the fed- eral government (20.10 average rank), while Red States are more depen- dent (33.65 average rank). But when you look at Return on Investment "Efficiency is not a main goal of government spending. Money should be spent effectively in accordance with priorities set by the state or local ...... government chosen by the people." - Mattia Landoni, assistant profession of finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (ROD, Texas ranks much higher than its depen- dency on federal tax dollars, coming in at 9th place on the Taypayer ROI. This ranking was based on five key government- service categories: 1) Education, 2) Health, 3) Safety, 4) Economy and 5) Infrastructure & Pol- lution. Texas comes in 12th in the total taxes paid per capita rank and 28th in overall government services rank. To get to the overall government rank, Texas is ranked 16th in Education 27th in Health 41st in Safety llth in Economy 38th in Infrastructure and Pollution Mattia Landoni, assis- tant profession of finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, explains some of conun- drums between states. How can state and lo- cal governments use tax revenue more efficiently? "Efficiency is not a main goal of government spending. Money should be spent effectively in ac- cordance with priorities set by the state or local government chosen by the people," Landoni said. "In my experience, most government of- ficials (at least the ones who make decisions) are competent and honest. Since public spending (like verything else) has decreasing marginal returns, a good rule of thumb would be to be very fiscally conserva- tive, thus ensuring that only the projects with the highest bang for the buck get funded." +