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Hays Free Press April 24, 2013 NEWS Page 3A The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: RO. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed 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 Friday deadline. 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 on private 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 writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner 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. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. AyS the election that will at one new face on the le council nears, the District 3 council candidates make their case and appeal for voters' support. The Hays Free Press sent the candidates questions of inter- est to Kyle voters. Each candi- date submitted their answers and are provided here in their entirety. Hays Free Press: Why are you running for Kyle city coun- cil office? Bacon: The next six years are going to be financially chal- lenging for the City of Kyle. I have the maturity, business management and budget experience needed to meet the challenge. I know I can make a difference in Kyle's future and that is why I decided to run for office. Benninghoff:. I have always had a commitment to pub- lic service and work hard to improve the community where I live. As an Army enlisted soldier and now an officer I have served my country in peacetime, conflict and war. I have a proven track record with volunteering in the commu- nity. I volunteer at Hats offfor Hospice events, play a bugle for military funerals and volunteer as a bereavement counselor for children to name a few. I com- mitted to the citizens of this country. I continue this dedica- tion to the residents of Kyle as a council member. Sinor: I want to continue the good work of the current coun- cil and be an active, present voice in helping Kyle grow. HFP: In your opinion, what is the single most important issue facing Kyle and how will you help address the matter? Bacon: I don't believe defining Kyle's future based on a single issue is practical or responsible. However, one area of focus has to be on our infra- structure. We need our roads upgraded, a long-term solution for clean water sources and we need to upgrade our water treatment facilities. Benninghoff: Infrastructure particularly city streets, sewage treatment and water rights, storage and delivery systems is a concern for any growing city. Due to my first hand experi- ence in other countries, I can be instnnnental in recogniz- ing and infrastructure issues. I hope to be able to work with the mayor, council members and city staffto make the best decisions possible to benefit our citizens. Sinor: If you ask me this prior to May 1 lth, I would say roads. If the bond package passes on May 12th I would tell you taxes. I will work with and encourage our economic development team to continue bringing new business to Kyle. I BILL SINOR HFP: If elected, what top three things would you like to accomplish in your first year on the council? Bacon: 1. Ensure that the Road Bond package success- fully completes the design phase. 2. Work with city staff to identify and attract potential light manufacturing devel- opment for Kyle. 3. Improve citizen's ability to communicate with council and staff. Benninghoff: First, I would like to see a percentage of the city's budget dedicated to road maintenance. Ideally, the roads would be maintained or re- placed based on an annual pri- ority schedule. Second, I look forward to working through the budget process. I will be fiscally responsible and work equally hard to protect and add value to the financial interests of the citizens of Kyle. Third, I will establish a good working rela- tionship with my fellow council members and city staff. My experiences, knowledge and desire to work as part of the team will benefit the council and the city of Kyle. Sinor: As I am sure most of the council members both cur- rent and past would agree, the first year I will be busy learning processes and procedures, and holding "Town Meetings" to understand what the voters are concerned with. This will help me be a better representative in years 2, 3 and beyond. HFP: Kyle has about $68 mil- lion in debt (principal), and is in need of several infrastructure improvements. How will you balance the city's needs versus increasing debt? Bacon: This is an area of great concern for everyone who lives in Kyle. We have to make the necessary improvements to our roads and other services. And anyone who tells you that it isn't needed or can be done without creating debt at this time is not being honest with the voters. That said., there are opportunities with our increase in sales tax revenue to make responsible decisions about The key to buying life insurance is working with people you trust, a company you know, and getting a plan that meets your needs. That's why Gcrmania Life is the right choice. We offer a widc variety ofpolicics, flexible terms and range ofprcmiana options. And because we only insure Texans, your local Gcrmania agent knows how Texans live. Contact your local Germania agent to help develop a plan that's right for this stage of your life - and beyond. Find out why, for over 115 years, Gcrmania has been The Insurance Texans Trust. Hays Insurance 512-262-3388 (Buda) Dale Posey 512-398-5948 (Kyle) Germanialnsurance.com I JOE BACON CHAD BENNINGHOFF where our tax money is being spent. I have attended previous city council budget workshops. I am familiar with the process and discussion that takes place. This year's budget is over 400 pages. As the budget workshop for 2013-2014 begins I will be looking closely at every depart- ment to ensure that every dollar spent brings improved services or is used to reduce future costs. Benninghoff: Financial planning for future anticipated infrastructure is a starting point. As a ci~, we need to begin saving money for specific projects from the city's budget. I recognize this is a tough task and is not part of the current culture. Changing a culture is done slowly. The city has a tight budget, and we need to gradu- ally establish a savings program to save dollars for specific proj- ects. As a city council member I want to ascertain what our city would consider the tax rate too high for attracting new devel- opment?We need to plan and save for infrastructure projects now. Residents of Kyle should have an interest in the cur- rent lawsuit with the company contracted to manage the wastewater treatment plant. There is an opportunity to save the city more than half of what is paid now to the management company. Sinor: By keeping our focus on economic development and encouraging growth because no city can survive on residen- tial property tax alone. HFP: Kyle voters will be presented with a $36 million road bond set to improve five city roads- the reconstruction of Bunton Creek, Burleson, Goforth and Lehman roads and the extension of Marketplace Avenue. If approved, the road bond will increase Kyle's debt by 53 percent. Do you support or oppose the proposed road bond? Why? Bacon:Yes I support the road bond package. While on the City of Kyle's Mobility Com- mittee, I played an integral role in developing the road bond package as it appears on the ballot. The other candi- dates can't seem to make up their minds if they are for it or against it. But here are some facts: neither one of them at- tended a mobility committee meeting during the formation of the road bond; neither one of them attended the public hearings where the final bond package was discussed; and neither one of them spoke before the City Council to voice their concerns or opinions. Why is the road bond pack- age needed? For eight years the city has discussed the fact that these roads need to be re-con- structed. If we don't do it now, these roads will continue to fail and the safety of our citizens is at stake. Benninghoff: I will support the tax payer's decision in the May election. If the road bond passes, the decision to move forward with the roads caus- ing the most safety concerns must be addressed quickly. If the road bond does not pass, the Kyle city council and city staff must work together to determine the best course of action when addressing road conditions and safety concems of our roads. Sinor: I feel we must approve the bond. As it is now, no one can safely travel Bunton, Go- forth, and Lehman roads. These roads are only getting worse and if we do not take care of them now then when will we and how? Police/Fire/EMS will respond slower as these roads deteriorate. Marketplace exten- sion and Burleson must be addressed. Residents who live in the area do not have a quick and easy access to IH-35, and to HEB, etc. HFP: Why should Kyle voters elect you over your opponents? Bacon: I have 40 plus years in the business experience. I know what it takes to prioritize where money is spent. I have turned around failed busi- nesses, stabilized companies that were straggling and started a company from scratch. 14 years ago I started a business with six quality people and grew it to over 30 employees. We started with zero revenue on day one and had over 2 mil- lion dollars in annual revenue when I sold it. And we were profitable. Benninghoff: As a City Council member I ~11 be fiscal- ly responsible while still staying mindful to citizen needs. I will NOT accept pay for my time as a council member. We are living in a tough economy and I will be careful with tax payer dollars. I have valuable civic experience in countries around the world. I have a real estate Broker's license in Texas and California, and have a Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati as a Nurse Practi- tioner. I have the knowledge and background to become a valuable member of the city council. My connection to the See KYLE CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES, pg. 5A Notice of Election for Hays Consolidated ISD Trustee Election (Aviso de Eleccion para el Distrito Escolar lndependiente Consolidado de Hays) An election is hereby ordered to be held on (Por la presente se ordena que se Ilevard a cabo ,: una elelcci6n el) May 11,2013 for the purpose of electing (con el prop6sito de) the school district trustee to Single-Member District 5. Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at (La votaci6n adelan- tada en persona se llevard a cabo de lunes a viernes en): Hays CISDAdministration 21003 IH 35 Kyle, Texas Kyle City Hall 100 W. Center Street Kyle, Texas Buda Elementary School (Upper Campus) 300 San Marcos Street Buda, Texas Between the hours of (entre las horas) 8:00 a.m. and (y) 5:00 p.m. Beginning on (empezando el dia) April 29, 2013 and ending on (y terminando el dfa) May 7, 2013. Additional early voting will be held as follows (Las votaciones adelantadas adicionales se llevaran a cabo de tal manera): Monday, April 29, and Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kyle City Hall, Hays CISD Administration Office, and Buda Elementary School, and Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kyle City Hall. Election Day (May 11,2013) polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the follow- ing locations (D& de las elecciones (11 de mayo, 2013) centros de votacidn estdn abiertos de 07.'00 a 19.'00 en los siguientes lugares): District (D&trito) 5 Wallace Middle School 1500 West Center Street Kyle, TX 78640 District (Distrito) 5 Driftwood Community Center Highway 150W (County Road 150) DriftWood, TX 78619 Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votardn en ausencia deberdn enviarse por correo a): Hays County Elections Administrator Attn: Early Voting Clerk 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1045 San Marcos, TX 78666 Applications for ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business on (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votardn en ausencia por correo deberdn recibirse para elfin de las horas de las horas de negocio el) May, 3 2013. [ I i I I I