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+ + TARR ON TRIAL Local realtor on trial for intoxication manslaughter/murder charges. - Page 5A NEW CONSTABLE Newly elected official eyes community outreach, improvements. - Page 1C BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. ....... ........ ..... Vol. 121 No. 6 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 STAFF REPORT More than 2,000 new homes and 49 new com- mercial structures has led to the rise in prelim- inary market value of ,property in the county, according to a Hays County press release. The preliminary market value of the average household in Hays County rose by 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. Overall, the county's market value went from $21.32 billion to $23.46 billion in a year's time. Commercial and in- dustrial property values rose by 10.45 percent during the course of the last calendar year, ac- cording to the release. Meanwhile, residential multi-family property values in the county con- tinued to see double-dig- it increases, as value rose by 14.07 percent, from $2.01 billion in 2016 to $2.22 billion in 2017. Total new improve- ments added more than $637 million to the tax- able value for 2017, with the average market value for homes increasing by nine percent. Market values in Buda rose by roughly eight percent from last year, while Kyle's market values rose close to 10 percent. The city of San Marcos saw the highest jump in market values with an 11 percent increase from 2016. PROPERTY VALUES, 4A ~ r PHOTO BY MOSES LEO8 !II r; shuts its:d d BY MOSES LEOS III Entering the motor- sports world was an easy decision for Kyle resident Sean Folsom. While working as a photographer at what was Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle six years ago, Fol- som grew tired of seeing his race car driver friends have all of the fun on the track. As a result, Folsom in- vested in his own racecar and regularly competed at the venue, later known as Central Texas Speed- way. But Folsom and many others were shocked when CTS officials an- nounced they were shut- tering the track, raising a red flag on one of the last short-track asphalt speedways in Texas. "It's sad to see CTS die and go away," Folsom said. "I would love to see it reopen, but the way it sounds, I don't think it's going to." SPEEDWAY, 6A Racers careen around the track at a 2016 race at Central Texas which has recently shut down, served Central Texas racers. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Speedway. The raceway, | Relay for Life Hundreds of Buda, Kyle and San Marcos residents will take to Barton Middle School Saturday as they participate in the annual Relay for Life event, which is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event, which goes from 4 p.m. to midnight., is meant to remember and honor those who have passed away from cancer, but also raise funds for cancer research. During the event, Hays CISD will honor Iongtime Barton Middle School nurse Susie Kana by dedicating Kana Field at 6 p.m. HCISD 50th Join Hays CISD on Saturday, May 6 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hays CISD. The parade will be from 10-11 a.m., beginning at Live Oak Academy and ending at Bob Shelton Stadium. All 23 campuses will be represented. Mark Jones will serve as emcee and Bob Shelton will be Grand Marshall. A cupcake reception will follow at the stadium. Kyle Business Expo Get to know your local business owners at the annual Kyle Business Expo on Thursday at Texas Old Town from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. BY MOSES LEOS III For the second time in the span of a year, a law- suit has been filed against the city of Buda and at least one ofits police officers accusing the use of excessive force. According to the suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. Western District Court of Texas Austin Division, Leonard Miguel Garcia, of Buda, accus police offi- cers DeMemelYoung and Kellie Metz of violating his 14th amendment rights. The'claim comes after the officers are shown on body camera footage re- straining and tasing Garcia during an altercation while BUDA POLICE, 5A SUBMITTED REPORT The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) water conservation period began Monday and extends through the end of September, according to a press release. The five month period is the time when water use is at its peak, according to district officials. Since ]anuary 2016, groundwater levels in the district have been above drought thresholds. Recent wet weather has helped augment water supplies, but there is still a need to conserve water resources, according to the release. Starting May 1, the BSEACD initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees. CONSERVATION, 4A m MARTIAL ARTS. News ............... 1-4A BestBets ............ I Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1-4D New studio brings a Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ 2D taekwondo to Kyle. Education ......... 3-4B Service Directory ..... 3D - Page 1D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ...... 2D 7 .... Ii|i,q i| :- ||