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Hays Free Press. May 4, 2011 lien Page 3A + S 111 BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Mayor Lucy Johnson vastly outraised not only her oppo- nent but all candidates for all three city of Kyle races on next Saturday's ballot, according to the most recent campaign finance disclosures filed with the city secretary. A full accounting is not pos- sible, however, because Ron Sherman, a candidate for the District 4 city council seat, did not disclose his donors and expenditures as he is required to do by law. Asked about the missing filing on Tuesday, Sherman said he thought his campaign treasurer, Annette Pickett, council member Brad Pickett's wife, had taken care of complying with disclosure law. Early voting in the May 14 election started Monday and will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May9; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. Johnson, who was elected last year in a special election and is seeking a full three-year term, raised $12,043 this year, most of it at her re-election an- nouncement event in January and a fundraiser in March. Johnson's largest donors in- clude Lucy ]. Hadas of Seattle, Wash. ($2,000); Burdine John- son and Christopher Venghi- attis of Houston ($2,500); Lila Knight of Kyle($500); ]ohn and Keni Neff of Austin ($500); Michael Schroeder of Austin ($500); and Tom Grimes and Joanne Greif of San Marcos ($500). The mayor also raised $1,016 in increments of less than $50, which are not re- quired to be itemized. Her fa- ther, Bill Johnson, gave $2,517 in in-kind contributions for expenses related to a cam- paign event. During the same period, the mayor spent $12,792, the largest chunk of which was $3,500 monthly payments to campaign manager Mark Le- Mense and $1,571 to an Inter- net-based company for cam- paign yard signs. Johnson had $940.32 in the bank as of April 4, according to the report. Johnson's opponent, Gra- ham Mendel, raised $443.13 and spent $99.86/His larg- est contributers include John Page of Kyle ($200); Marsden and Georgena Kelly of George- town ($100); and Jean Putnam of Kyle ($100). Council member Davicl Wil- son raised $1,27.0 and spent $604.55. His largest contri- butions came from Michael Schroeder of Austin ($300), Robert Bayous of Kyie ($150), Lila Knight of Kyle ($150); Jeff Barton of Buda ($100) and Su- sie Ferrell of Kyle ($100). Wil- son also donated $200 to his own campaign. In the District 2 race, incum- bent Becky Selbera raised $760 and spent $587. Her largest contributors include Michael Schroeder of Austin ($300); David Mahn and Linda Camp- bell ($250); Isreallames ($100); and Bob and Tutta Barton of Kyle ($100). Selbera's challenger, Jean Putnam, showed $0 in contri- butions and $417 in expendi- tures, most of it for yard signs. Hays ClSD superintendent " gels renewed Hays CISD trustees unanimously approved a five-year contract with Superintendent leremy Lyon at a special meeting April 25. Under the agreement, Lyon will make $187,096 a year with an automatic four percent raise each year through the 2015- 2016 school year. He also gets a $100 a month cell phone allowance and a $333 vehicle allowance. Lyon was named super- intendent in January 2009 to replace superintendent Kirk London, who retired later that year. Lyon previ- Ously was superintendent of the Hillsboro school district in Oregon. Border War Continued from pg. 1A ment was struck because there the chamber. was never anything in writing. "Let them release their ETJ There was no council action - to us," Porterfield said. it doesnt have the force of the For good measure, council councils endorsing anything member RyanThomason add- - but the people in those meet- ed, "If they weren't dead broke ings agreed that there needed they could buyit from us." to be a common boundary" Earp said the cities would and Yarrington Road would be have to redouble their effort to that boundary, reach an agreement on the dis- Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson putedterritory.Hesaid,"Iknow and council member Russ San Marcus and Kyle want to Huebner met with San Marcos work together and they have a Mayor Daniel Guerrero and good working relationship and council member Fred Terry have been partners on many came away with the impres- levels. We're just going to have sion that Guerrero would seek to sit down and talk it over." to have his council give up Municipal utility districts, by its claim to territory north of defmition, operate almost as Yarrington Road. Kyie is argu- a separate city with their own ing that having such a clear authority to issue debt to build demarcation makes sensd as roads, water and sewer fadli- both cities grow alongside the ties and other infrastructure. Interstate 35 corridor. Some of- MUDs also have taxing anthor- ficials have suggested that Kyie ity and typically levy higher might be willing to cede valu- property taxes than do most able property it lays dalm to city governments. The city in along the Blanco River west of whose ET! the development the interstate, lies would eventually be able But when Guerrero off- to annex the property after the handedly suggested the pos- MUD's debt is retired. sibility on Tuesday, his council "The homeowners pay MUD colleagues were not having any taxes and maybe the taxes are of it. little bit higher," Schroeder said "What is it she's offering?." in San Marcos on Tuesday and, council member Chris Jones answering a question from said as laughter broke out in Porterfield, said that means 10-15 cents per $100 more In property value than San Mar- cos' tax rate of about 53 cents per $100. fin fact, he has told the Kyle council that the esti- mated tax rate for property in the MUD would fall in the 80 cent range). "But the people who are go_ ingto live there are going to get to make that choice and they're going to get something for it. They're going to have facilities that the~fre not going to have in a small community," Schroeder said. All this is taking place against the backdrop of a May 11 deadline to submit local bills for consideration in the Texas House. Caught between the two expansionist cities, Schroeder conceded to the San Marcos council on Tuesday that it was unlikely he would get lawmak- ers to approve construction. Instead he said he will pursue an alternative MUD process through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Said Schroeder, "I would love to have the chance at the Legislature but I'm realistic about where we are. I'm aware that we're asking for something that probably is too short of a tirneline." 295-9444 295-6008 ADWARE • SPYWARE MALWARE • VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband ioternet access) • Notion Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 • Mfr Rebates Available to Previous Owners COLOR SALE: • Open 7 Days a Week • Cost~ltler&com • Paul Mitchell Colorl @ Buda Next to HEB 512-295-8295 COST GETONE Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures The law gives property owners the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals. You may follow these appeal procedures if you have a concern about: • the market or appraised value of your property • the unequal appraisal of your property • the inclusion of your property on the appraisal roll • any exemptions that may apply to you • the qualification for an agricultural or timber appraisal • the taxable status of your property • the local governments which should be taxing your property • the ownership of property • the change of use of land receiving special appraisal • any action taken by the chief appraiser, appraisal district or appraisal review board that applies to and adversely affects you. laform~ Review Please attempt to discuss your problem with a staff appraiser, before the date you are scheduled. He/ she may be able to help you resolve your problem and avoid the formal hearing with the ARB. Review by the Appraisal Review Board If you can't resolve your problem informally with the county appraisal district (CAD) staff, you may have your case heard by the appraisal review board (ARB). The ARB is an independent board of citizens that reviews problems with appraisals or other concerns listed above. It has the power to order the CAD to make the necessary changes to solve problems. If you file a written request for an ARB heating (called a notice of protest) before the deadline, the ARB will set your case for a hearing. You'll receive written notice of the time, date and place of the hearing. If necessary, you may request a hearing in the evening, Saturday or Sun- day. Prior to your hearing, you may ask to review the evidence the CAD will use to uphold their determina- tion. The CAD may ask you for a copy of tbe evidence you plan to present. The hearing will be informal. You or a designated agent may appear in person to present evidence or you may send notarized evidence for the ARB to review at your heating. Tbe CAD representa- five will present evidence about your case. You may cross-examine the CAD representative. The ARB will make its decision based on the evidence presented. The CAD has the Ixu'den of establishing the property's value by a prepouderance of the evidence presented. You can get a copy of a protest form from the appraisal district office at 21001 [] 35 N, Kyle,Texas 78640. Note: You, shouldn't try to contact ARB members outside of the hearing. The law requires ARB mem- bers to sign an affidavit saying that they haven't talked about your case before the ARB hears it. Review by the District Court or an Arbitrator After it decides your case, the ARB must send you a copy of its order by certified mail. If you're not satisfied with the decision, you have the right to appeal. If you choose to go to court, you must start the process by filing a petition within 45 days of the date you receive the ARB's order. As an alternative and within the same time period, you may file a request for binding arbitration with the county ap- praisal district in certain cases. Tax Payment If you appeal and your case is pending, you must pay either the amount of taxes due on the portion of the taxable value not indispute or the amount of taxes due on the property under the order from which the appeal is taken. More Information You can get more information by contacting your appraisal district at Hays Central Appraisal District, 21001 IH 35 N, Kyle, Texas, 78640, (512) 268-2522. You can also get a pamphlet describing how to prepare a protest from the appraisal district or from the State Comptroller's Property Tax Divi- sion at P.O. Box 13528, Austin, Texas 78711-3528. 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