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+ April 20, 2016 Page 1D PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Above, a worker with Great Big Signs in Kyle positions a large sign of a cowboy on the side of Milt's BBQ on Center Street in Kyle. If you've driven down Center Street toward Interstate 35 in Kyle within the past week, you've probably noticed a tall Texan in full rodeo wear and a ten- gallon hat greet you. The sign is one of several projects that are part of the city,s Downtown Revitalization Grant Program, which helps businesses improve facades in the downtown sector. A story updating the project can be found online at www. revenue increase ,.,,.oo +,.o,. Karen Gallaher, Five Star Concrete is the city's main sales tax contributor. Uhland also receives sales taxes from the Ben Ton Grocery and Sassman Equpiment. Wimbefley collected the second highest increase from last April as the city saw an uptick of 36 percent. More information can be found online at www. STAFF REPORT A 96.8 percent increase in sales tax collections from last April gave Uhland the top spot over all other Hays County cities. Uhland collected over $14,000 in sales taxes this month, with the city col- lecting over $54,000 so far in2016. According to Uhland Economic Development Corporation vice president Ddpping Spdngs 1.25% $134,549.77 +13.38% $605,842.79 +13.02% Kyle 1.50% $443,310.32 +31.12% $2,093,300.76 +22.67% Niederwald 1.00% $2,025.40 +24.51% $9,365.58 +22.16% San Marc0s 1.50% $2,098,997.65 +18.12% $9,747,050.52 +9.66% Uhland 1.50% $14,937.29+96.89~ $54,373.11+49,80% Wimbedey 1.00% $58,422.01+36.99% $279,768.97 +23.03% Woodcreek 1.00% $2,874.89 +20.30 $13,087.96+13.34% i~ii~i~i~i~i~iiiiiiiiiiiii!ili~@!ii!ii~ BY MOSES LEOS III Keys on making a municipality attractive to bus']- nesses and visitors Was one point Texas Secre- taryof State Carlos H. Cascos CASCOS spoke on during the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon April 14. For Cascos, who toured 37 Texas cities in 2015, the importance of every city in Texas, large or small, is vital to the state. "Every community plays an integral role in Texas, whether it's Hous- ton or Bullard," Cascos said. "There is no role that is too small." According to Cascos, a community's ability to find its "niche" to draw vistitors is one major component. Cascos said one difficult challenge cities have is to overcome "trying to be all things to all people." "It's nearly impossible, especially for smaller communities, because they don't offer a lot of big time retail stores, but a lot of small morn and pop operations," Cascos said. "But that's what sets small towns apart, the morn and pop operations." Cascos cited cities such asW maberley and Kerr-ville, which he said are a"tourism Mecca" due to their adherenace to small bus'messes. While Cascbs wasn't sure what the niche is for all small cities, he said economic development corporations and cham- bers of commerce should take up the task. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the city is "heading in the right direction" in terms of finding its niche. With the addition of Cabela's in 2010, Ruge said the city gave itself the moniker of"outdoor capital of Texas." Focusing on eco-tour- ism could be an avenue Buda may explore in the future, Ruge said. He cited the city's recent acquisition of Garison Park and the city's plans to rode city park. "Every community plays an integral role in Texas, whether it's Houston or Bullard ... There is no role that is too small." -Carlos H. Cascos, Texas Secretary of State "Wdre blessed to have parks.., there's no mason to not attract visitors to our parks," Ruge said. But for cities such as Buda, where small businesses are starting to compete with big box stores, finding a balance can be a challenge. He said it's a"tough call" as big box stores can buyin larger volumes and offer lower prices than smaller businesses. "That's something the locals have to find a way to overcome," Cascos said. "The days of walking into a store and knowing the owner by a first name basis are slowly disap- pearing." Ruge said the city plans to use its parks sys- tem to continue to build the "small town charm." "Our small town charm is important to us and we can build upon that with the parks system," Ruge said. "It's an avenue we can discuss." But Cascos said cities should follow four main principles that could help draw more business to the area. Focusing on improving infrastructure was one aspect, with a second involving tax rates, which can range from ad valorem to ESD taxes. Education and health- care were two important sectors Cascos said cities could focus on to attract more business. 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