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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press May 1,2013 + BY MOSES LEOS III Increasingly heavier traffic along the frontage roads of In- terstate-35 is not a new trend for those travelling in the Buda / Kyle area. However, as a majority of those roadways transition to O n.,way, the need to break up~ traffic at area bridges - specifically easing the switch from one side of the frontage road to the other - becomes a greater concern, according to Hays County Pct. 2 Commis- sioner Mark Jones PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON For the county, the solution Texas turnarounds, such as this one on the overpass near Cabela's in comes in the form of "Texas Buda, moves traffic through the u-turn faster. Turnarounds," or "Texas U- Turns." The future construc- says Jones, as the one-way comes from Proposition 12, tion of these connector por- transition between FM 1626 which was approved by the tionsonbridgesisformobility, and FM 150 has increased Texas Transportation Corn- Jones said. traffic in downtown Kyle. mission in September 2011, "This is huge for us," Jones "We know that the one-way to improve road conditions said, "This will keep conges- transition created a lot more along IH-35 in Kyle, Buda and tion along (IH-35) to a mini- traffic," said Jones. "These San Marcos. The Hays County mum. We know we need the turnarounds will make things Commissioners court passed turnarounds." so much easier." the proposition on March 27, This two-part project will Part two of the project will 2012. Hays County was re- encompass the area along transition northbound to sponsible for hiring the en- IH-35 from Cabela's Drivel southbound traffic at the FM gineering firm HNTB, which FM 2001 to FM 150/Center 2001 bridge. In addition, the helped with project design. Street in Kyle. In addition to entrance ramp to IH-35 at Jones said the construc- the improvement on existing mile marker 220 and the exit tion is slated to begin in bridges, Hays County will also ramp at 217 on southbound October, provided the Texas implement new entrance and portion will be removed. Four Department of Transporta- exit ramps for easier access to new ramps, two entrance and tion lets the final contract in the highway, exits, will take their place. August ofthisyear. Currently, Part one will see two turn- On the northbound side, the budget for the projects totals arounds built along the CR entrance and exit ramps be- $11.5 million. Jones esti- 132/Robert S. Light Bridge, tween Kyle Parkway and Kyle mates the construction will and a turnaround that moves Crossing, the entrance south take approximately two years northbound to southbound of the CR 132 Bridge and exit to complete, but ensures traffic along the Kyle Parkway 220 will also be removed. Six that many of the bridges are bridge, new exits and entrances will ready for the additions, say- In addition, two turn- be constructed, with two exit ing, "many of the bridges arounds will be added to the and entrance ramps between were built with studs, making Center Street bridge. The latter Kyle Crossing and FM 2001. them ready for the addition portion is of most importance, Funding for the projects of Texas Turnarounds." Building Kyle for Today & Tomorrow As our population continues to grow, Austin & San Antonio grow nearer, and the demand for roads, water & public safety increases, we need seasoned leaders to make informed choices for our town. Kyle Road Bond Based on $36 million bond sale, with debt service of $2.9 million at end of 6-year sale Growth Scenarios * * based on average annual growth Kyle experienced In preceding four years, 2009-2012 on sales tax and assessed valuations $125,097 Average home price in Kyle [] Tax Rate [] Tax Bill I it-~75 : I arowth ~a 48 / averaue home , J Bond finances: Raising most funds for election Continued from pg. 1A amountofmonies. Cobb Fendley, who owns an same period, city documents District 3 Kyle Council can- engineering and surveying show. didates Joe Bacon, Chad Ben- firm, contributed $500.In its road bond educational ninghoff and Bill Sinor report- The PAC's six remaining do- material, the city put forth es- edly brought in $2,165.94, nors gave donations of $300 or timated property tax impacts $89.34 and $100, respectively, less:JohnLandwermeyer,$300; on homeowners depending on according to their campaign Winton Porterfield, McGray & various tax base growth sce- finance reports. McGray, K Friese & Associates, narios. District 5 Hays CISD school MWM Design Group and Ter- Ten Texas cities are hold- board candidate MartyKanetz- racon, each contributed $250. ing bond elections in May, ky reported no political contri- If approved, the road bond including Kyle, for a total dol- butions, while her challenger would increase Kyle's $66.72 lar amount of $335,063,000. Debra Munoz reported accept- million principal debt by 54 There will also be 63 school ing $2,584, according to their percent. City Finance Direc- district bond elections total- campaign finance reports, tor Perwez Moheet said that in ing $3,694,395,000, including For Keep Kyle Moving, the his conservative estimate, the a $77 million capital improve- largest PAC contributions road bond could raise prop- merit program for San Marcos came from HalffAssociates, an erty taxes by almost 21 cents schools. Austin engineering and plan- per $100 of assessed property The May 11 Kyle election ning firm, and Michael Nich- valuation, if Kyle values did will also decide a three-way ols of Freese and Nichols, an not increase at all over the next race between candidates Joe Austin engineering firm, each six years. Bacon, Chad Benninghoff and donating $1000. Kyle's tax rate is presently Bill Sinor for the District 3 seat Cyndy Slovak-Barton, Hays 52.44 cents per $100 of as- and will return incumbent Di- Free Press publisher, and her sessed property valuation, ane Hervol to a second term in husband, Jeff Barton of Gap Kyle's annually certified tax- office after not drawing a chal- Strategies, contributed $500 able property valuations have lenger for the District 1 seat. in-kind for newspaper ad- increased on an average of Hays CISD voters will also vertising. Gap co-owner Kara 3.7 percent over the last four decide between Marty Kanetz- Buffington, and her husband, years and sales tax collections Icy and Debra Munoz in the Kevin, donated $500 in-kind have increased on an average race for the District 5 spot on for newspaper advertising. 12.4 percent annually over the the school board. Wimberley MUD: Needmore Ranch fight goes on Continued from pg. 1A velop the land for about 1,500 protecting private property support and approval of the homes without the MUD.With rights. Private property owners Whnberley City Council and it, he could develop almost have a right to request a MUD, the Hays CountyCommission- 7,000 homes. And that, Was- but not a right to obtain one." ers Court. senich said, is one reason her Weber said he is also con- Hays County Judge Bert organization does not support cerned with Isaac's bill related Cobb and Pet. 3 County Com- the MUD. to eminent domain, referring missioner Will Conley sent But she also opposes the to text in the bill's preamble letters to Isaac and Campbell MUD because it would give a that does not match text later earlier this month expressing private property owner special in the bill. their disapproval of the MUD, rights, not traditional property Weber also said the original as well as their disappoint- rights as argued by Isaac. Isaac bill would not allow the MUD ment that the legislators filed told the Hays Free Press earlier the power of eminent domain the bills without local support. in April that he was choosing if there is not a two-thirds vote Both commissioners attended the harder right over the easier in support in the state House last week's meeting at which' wrong in supporting the legis- of Representatives. Conley spoke. lation. "But then the flip side of that Some opponents question Attorney Andrew Weber, is that if it does get the two- the timing of filing the bills, a Wimberley resident, also thirds vote, would the MUD which according to Texas leg- spoke at the town hall meeting have eminent domain?" Weber islature records, show the bills last week. He said that grant- asked. "The language used in were filed just days before the ing the MUD to an individual his bill creates ambiguity and deadline to file new bills dur- ; would allow that person to conflict." ing this biennium. raise taxes and have the power Isaac told attendees at the "It may look to residents of of eminent domain - which meeting that he is working on Wimbefley that the bill was are the powers generally grant- an amended version of the bill. filed late so there would be less ed to governments, not private That version was not available time for those who disagree individuals, at press time. with it to organize an opposi- "Isaac said anyone who According to CARD, a Hays tion," Weber said. opposes the MUD is not in County volunteer organiza- If the MUD does not pass support of private property tion, another key point of in the house and senate this rights," Weber said in a recent contention is that Isaac and spring, it would be at least interview. "But I am absolutely Campbell filed legislation to another 18 months before the aligned with promoting and create the MUD without the bills could be filed again. (,Hv(,ouncfl Joe Bacon's experience in business, traffic management and public service make him the right leader for right now. Paid for by the Joe Bacon Campaign Michele G WaMman, Treasurer 231 Bluestem St. Kyle, Texas 78640 B ON E D E N S I T YEVLT FOR VAR X-RAY U T~R| N E FI B ROIQL.EM BOL|ZAT ION ,~: "I ' i::;::::,"::"i p E T l C T ULTRASOUN + Hot Meal e e Guest Speaker: Ford Power Stroke Specialist- The Importance of Diesel Maintenance Griffith's Certified Diesel Technician and Parts Consultant on site Griffith's Certified Sales Team on site 15 IodGttonc fo erve /oc{ indud[nrj tv 'o Wor n' Cerrler gcbe4.& 5[2-.,t6& I00 wvvw,, ucr ad,eom WOMEN'S ~ IMAGING +