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Page 2A The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640, Penodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- press.corn Mail: P.O. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADUNES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Fdday deedllne. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks o0 pdvate individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter wdters are limited to one letter!per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the comer of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building, It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. Dunng its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. 1 J , NEWS Hays Free Press April 14 2010 Kyl00 council carous 1 Fin fl00,,00,e[ectiO?00e!00?00oci00co00nc,00o00000000eeup,n cilmember David Sazar, who did not seek a!d sean@haysfreepn The Kyle City Council has see recently, with fresh faces taking seismology advice will be needt Diane Hervol Age: 48 Job: Legal administrator at Davis Law Firm in Austin Years lived in Kyle: 7 years Explain how your profes- sional background will benefit the city A legal administrator is the liaison between the partners, shareholders, employees and associates. Basically I handle all of the business manage- ment of the law firm. I have to be involved in all of the management and that includes financial management. Do you flurflc t he-ell]7 has acted responsibly in Issuing its current debt, and in what specific situations would you support issuing further debt/ From what I understand, the majority of the debt is due to mobility and infrastructure. As a commuter, quite honestly; I'm very happy to see that bridge (along Dry Hole Drive/CR 210). I'm glad to see the fact that we've been able to resolve some of these mobility issues to trans- port Kyle residents more freely to and from the city. But we're at a crossroads between our past and present and I think that the next few years is going to be challenging but not impos- sible for us as far as the mobility issues. I think the approach is to be proactive. I would have to make sure I had a clear under- standing on how much it costs. Did we exercise all of our efforts to make sure that the price on ' that particular asset is the best price possible? Do you have any ld on how to handle the dty mount- hag debt/How hh do you think the tax rate should goV There are some talks about the long-term debt policy. I also feel like we need to cre- ate a timeline to decrease that debt. How are you going to create viable finandal solu- tions for future expenditures? Whether it's Jason or myself, this is a three-year term and there's going to be several issues that will come before us; the library, infrastructure issues and the police station. For me, I'd create a timeline on how wo're going to reduce the $73 million worth of debt that we're already in. Then I would try to be aggres- sive to be more competitive in our bidding processes for future expenditures and see whether or not there's additional funding on the county, state or federal level, or, if we can re-finance the current debt that we're in. I'm going to exercise fiscal respon- sibility. I want all the citizens of Kyle to be aware ofhow much it costs and if we were diligent in making sure we exercised every possibility that we could to purchase or finance some of these future expenditures. Sometimes you need to spend a ,, n its dais shaken up on new roles. But no d to predict another HERVOL little to get a lot. How much do we have to spend or what will it take to attract more people to Kyle, increase our sales tax and property tax revenue? in your opinion, is Kyte's rapid growth a problem or blessing for the city I feel it's been a blessing as far as the hospital, amenities, parks, mobility and infrastruc- ture. For me, I like the small town feeling. It's a friendlier atmosphere. There's more of a sense of community. I think that has developed because of the growth. You're out, getting more active and more ameni- ties are involved that might have a social situation which helps your community pres- ence. We should promote Kyle like we never have done before. Economic development is very important. How are we going to sell ryle? Is there anything that you think the munch should be doing to encourage more commerdal development in the dty I think them should be some incentive, depending upon each situation. For me, I'd like to stay right here in Kyle. I'd like to have a job that pays a wage similar to what I get in Austin and keep my tax dollars within the city's boundaries and, therefore, hav ing all ofmy needs met. Sustain- ing and maintaining quality of i life within the dty is important I And em,wstodd i someone vote for you? I think the fact that I'm involved in my local HOA (ho- meowners association), I have served two terms on fine Plan- ning and Zoning Commission, went through the Kyle Leader- ship Academy to understand the role of city government. I think that the next likely step is to serve on city council. I feel that I've been a public servant for many years and I can bring that to the table in addition to my professional background. I also feel that I will brfing ac- countabili, transparency and will be very committed. Only one of the council races, b, and Diane Hervol, will be conteste, after former councilmember Mich make a bid for the mayor's seat ag Brad Pickett, a financial mare the other race for the seat being lasonWelch Age: 33 lob: AT&T sales m Years lived In Kyle: Explain how ]Cot sional background the dty?. I've been in sales 19. Dealing with pe eral, you get into di dons.You have to bt and deal with peopl and I think that's goi asset on the council when dtizens want me with their conce also developed a set beliefs that I would 1 in the council. I thin politics are lacking t, Doyou thinkthe acted responsiblyh its cm'rent debt, an specific situations support issuing fur I don't support th debt that has been don't blame the city He provided inform suggestions by the c don't think that the, really looked closely I support [Kyle City q cilmember] Huebn, freeze idea and putd limit on when it sho We should pay dov this debt before issu keep the property ta and create a savings to pay for projects, sl library. There are alg roads that are in dire repair. Patching som the meantime, or fm temporary solutions some of this debt pa Do you have any: howtohandletlmC tIkdebff How high themxmtest The debt freeze is Based on the ctmn tween Jason Welch ]. The seat opened Ue Lopez resigned to finst Lucy Johnson. ger, is on his own in vacated by coun- mager 31/2 years rprofes- will benefit ;ince I was pie, in gen- erent situa- lid rapport  directly ngtobean especially :o approach ms. I have of core tse publicly that's what )day; dtyhas dsmg iinwhat ouldyou her debt? current ;sued. I manager. tion from 3uncil. I :ouncil at the debt. bun- r's debt agafime fld stop. some of ng more, es low, tccount tch as the some need of roads in ding other until we get doff. Ion tm_OUllt- u anidea. :debt, the WELCH term in office. tax rate will probably go up to 60 cents and that's too much. There have been several other councilmembers wanting to put a limit on the amount of debt in percentage of what we payin taxes. I would supportin doing this and making it as part of the city charter. Early voting for municipal and school board po lions runs from April 26 to May 4. Election Day is 1 The Hays Free Press recently sat down with tt only two competing candidates in Kyle and her what they had to say. In your opinion, is Kyles rapid growth a problem or blessing for the dty? I think it's been a blessing. With the additional people moving in, it's bringing in more businesses - the things we had to drive 30 minutes to get to just a few years ago. My general phi- losophy is maximum individual freedom with little government influence. If I was a member of the council I would never limit the growth that is happening in the ci Is there anythin 8 that you think the coundl shodd be doin8 t0,eacourase more com- mercial developnnmt in the dty? conservativ Ifyoue loo I'm definitely a pro-business to  tlmKyle dty goven guy but I dofft think that the take more cOntrol arid exp government should be phying its powers, thenI prob favorites when it comes to what not the candidate for you. si- day& e e's types of businesses come aere. I don't think that's a role  at government should be d ing. Especiallywith the growl fiat we have right now, it's not ard to attract business in this ! )e of environment. I don't th ak that there's a need to offer tax rebates. I think with the bi anchor stores, likeTargeL Y_.B and the hospitalis going aw in business. I don't think fl ere's a need to offer special ino n- fives for businesses. I thirt it should be alevel playing f ld for whatever type ofbusi s moving here. And final, why shoul, someone vote for you? I tryto make people un er- stand what my core belief, are so that theyunderstand h, w I willvote. There are certain ines that I won't cross because fthe core beliefs i have. The cot .' be- liefs that I hold, as I studiec his- tory; philosophy and econ mics, I kind of focus back on the )rin- ciples that our founding fa ers believed in. Like the pursu : of happiness, maximumindJ dual freedom, right to property. We've seen it here with the invok ntary annexation in order to ma] :e the borders of the citylookbet Ier, which I don thinkis area,, on to do something that a pro perty owner doesn't want to hays done. My main thing is tha[t I want people to get involvet here at the dtylevel. I wan( people to get out and vote md actually take a look at the to choices that they have and[who they align more philosopb4cally with as far as their politics I]O. I consider myself more libertar- ian than conservative. I'm/pore about gettg the govemm nat out ofourliv dianmost i Meet the Board 0000didates ,koril 27 After PEC Board candidates are announced on April 19, they will share their views and speak with members at an April 27, 5 p.m. public forum at PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Members can watch a live video stream of the forum or find directions to the venue at Pedernoles Electric 1-888 - 554- 4732 RANDOLPH * BROOK F DERAL CREDIT UlO / ply today- 512-833-3300 I 1-800-580-3300 32% APR applies to new loans and th0s financed from ether institutions. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice, Some restrictions may apply. Loans are sutct to credit approval. Federally insured by t I NCUA.  /