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Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. April 19, 2017 Page 1D An official at Tuesday's event present First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott's vision of Main Street Buda during the official kick off of Buda's Main Street Program. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH BY SAMANTHA SMITH When the governor's wife shows up to reveal a rendering of downtown Buda, you know it's big. And on Tuesday morn- ing, the city of Buda was inducted into the Texas Main Street Program by the First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott at a special ceremony with Abbott unveiling a rendering of her vision of the future look of downtown Buda. A section of Main Street was closed off from San Antonio Street to RM 967 far the event with a stage for the honored guests and a few dozen seats for the audience members, which numbered close to 100 people. The Buda Main Street Manager Maggie Gillespie thanked the sponsors and other supporters of the event. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams, Buda Mayor Todd Ruge, Jennifer Brooke-Davidson and John Crain listen as Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott discusses Main Street on Tuesday. "Today, Buda takes its Texas Historical Commis- Abbott, the first His-his pride on Buda being place as an official Main :, sion John Crane and the panic First Lady of Texas, named a Texas Main Street City," Gillespie saidl" State Coordinator for the was welcomed by Buda Street City. Abbott was joined by Texas Main Street Pro-City Manager Kenneth Buda was one of only the Vice Chairman of the gram Debra Drescher. Williams who expressedtwo cities to receive the Main Street Program designation in 2017. "It is such a pleasure to be here today to celebrate Buda as a Texas Main Street Community," Ab- bott said, praising Buda for preserving its his- torical past'while dealing with growth in the city. "Buda knows the importance of a historic and vibrant downtown," Abbott said. "Main Street communities represent the best of what our state has to offer." Abbott noted that the city could have additional resources at its disposal for further improvements to its downtown. "I congratulate you on all you have already done to make Buda shine even brighter through historic preservation and economic development," Abbott said. MAIN STREET, 4D CURRENT NET % CHANGE 2017 % CHANGE TAX PAYMENT APRIL 201GPAYMENTS FROM RATE THIS PERIOD TOAPRIL 20t7 TO DATE 2016T0 2017 BY MOSES LEOS III Drinking establish- ments in rural areas of Hays County now have the chance to keep their doors open until 2 a.m. after commission- ers extended alcohol sale hours last week. The change, ap- proved by a unanimous vote April 11, allows businesses that have an existing mixed bever- age permit from the Texas Alcoholic Bever- age Commission that are located in unin- corporated areas of the county not deemed dry to apply for a late- hours permit. By doing so, busi- nesses will be allowed to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. Hays County ordinances previously required drinking es- tablishments to close up shop at midnight, "This is answering a question that hadn't come up before ... It's come up and we have to solve it." -Bert Cobb, Hays County Commissioner, on approving later bar hours for unincorporated areas of Hays County per TABC rules. According to one The commissioners' county official, if an es- decision applies a rule tablishment is outside change cities along the of city limits, they're Interstate 35 corridor at a "disadvantage of have enacted in recent competing against the years, city." San Marcos city lead- By extending hours, ers approved extending officials believed it alcohol sale hours until would equalize busi- 2 a.m. in 2009; Kyle city ness in the area. leaders approved an But the decision was ordinance extending partially influenced by sale hours in the city in an appliCation submit. 2014. ted by Robert Badger, In 2015, 58 percent of who owns Buck's Back- Buda voters approved yard, located in the city a proposition extend- Buda's extraterrito- ing alcohol sales until 2 rial jurisdiction. a.m. in that city. Badger said April 11 he called TABC before signing a lease and said it wasn't going to be a problem to obtain a liquor license for his business. But Badger said his business, which has 200 to 300 people in the building listening to music during the week- ends, could only stay open until midnight. He sought to extend hours to "equalize" things. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb said the pur- pose of the ordinance was to "help this man out and help his busi- ness." "This is answering a question that hadn't come up before," Cobb said. "It's come up and we have to solve it." RayWhisenant, Hays County Pct. 2 commis- sioners, said wedding LATER HOURS, 4D Buda 1.500% $474,378. I4 23.98% $1.933.832,55 8.10% $633,220.584.5t % .' 1.50% $490.365.25 10 36% $2.284,199.99 9,1 t % Niede~ald i' ..i:~, " 1.00% $2;38I .40 17.57% $10,877,63 16.14% San Marcos 1.50% $1.963.640.61 -6.44%$9.333,417.51 -4.24 Uhland' 1.50% $14,296.31 ~4.29oA $62.149.24 14.30% Wimberley 1.00% $59.325.95 1.54% $: 2~64% Woedoreek 1,00% $3.302.49 14.87% $14,844,13 13;41% Hays County $1.245.743.76 5.23% $5.676.914.77 0.78% Most cities see minor sales tax revenue increase A 23 percent rise in sales tax collections in Buda over a year period highlighted an increase in collections county wide. Buda brought in over $400,000 in sales taxe, which adds to its $1.9 million collected so far in 2017. Kyle collected $490,000 in sales taxes last month, which added to its $2.28 million collected in 2017.