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1' MAY 8, 2013 HAYS SWEEP Lady Rebel softball team advances to Regional Quarters - Page 1B STRAIGHT A KICKERS Kickball team made up of mostly teachers strives to have the most fun. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. !iii t ............ HaysFreePress.com ii ;ii-... ........ ....... Vol. 111 No. 06 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Police make arrest in alleged robbery that left woman in critical condition BY ANDY SEVlLLA first-degree felony charge, pun- Road in Kyle for the report of an Beth Smith set Granados' bond ishable with five to 99 years or unconscious woman found ly- at $150,000 and he remained in andy@haysfreepress.com life in prison. Criminal inves- ing next to a garbage dumpster, custody as of Tuesday. tigation detectives, according The 34-year-old victim was Hays County Jail records An Austin man is in Haysto Hays County Sheriff (HCSO) taken to University Medical show Granados has an ICE (U.S. County custody and has been Sergeant Phillip Taylor, arrested Center at Brackenridge where Immigration and Customs En- charged with felony aggra- GranadosatanAustinresidence she remains in critical condi- forcement) detainer, which is vated robbery after an April 21 following an investigation by tion due to a head injury, Taylor a notice that the U.S. Dept. of incident that ]eft a woman un- the HCSO Criminal Investiga- said. Homeland Security issues to conscious and in critical con- tion Division. The investigation is still in law enforcement agencies to dition. At approximately 5:52 p.m., progress and no further details inform them that ICE intends to ]aime Beltran Granados, 22, HCSO deputies responded to have been released. Hays Coun- assume custodyofanindividual was arrested April 25 on the the 5300 block of Yarrington ty Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace in the agency's custody. GRANADOS BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com Last Wednesday, the Buda Po- lice Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted an investiga- tion of the deadly crash that took the lives of two local residents. For those left behind, questions linger, including this one: how did the accident happen? Investigators shut down a portion of FM 2770 for about an hour to find that and other an- swers, such as what were they looking for at the scene? What equipment did they use? Why was the investigation neces- sary? For Buda Police ChiefBo Kid& the answer to the last question draws most importance. 'After last week's accident, one of the media members asked me, 'why is important to know how the accident oc- curred?'" said Kid& "I was over at Creekside Villas ]where one of the victims lived]. That's what they want to know. They lost a dear friend over there and they want answers. I think that it is our duty to give them the an- swers." He said the investigation pro- cess is also important for insur- ance companies, who require "sound and accurate" accident can be a problem if you cannot continue the investigation in a Above, a sheriff's timely manner," said Buda Po- deputy uses the reports, lice Officer Patrick Cheatham. latest technol- ~e investigation, which Getting an investigation ogy to help with is mandatory in fatality colli- started is about is tremen- accident scene sions, begins once police fin- dously important, according to reconstructions. ish assessing the scene. Before Cheatham. Police departments The Total Station the vehicle(s) are removed, the battle roadway conditions and is a laser technol- ogy device that police mark where the vehicles changing weather - which can creates com- stopped with spray paint. They destroy vital evidence, puter-generated also search for tire marks or any "Weather can be huge. (Rain) images of an evidence showing how or where can wash awayalot of evidence," accident scene. the vehicles traveled pre and he said. The device was post collision. Once theinvestigationbegins, used to aid in the The utilization of spray paint officers reconstruct the scene, investigation of a is important, as it lasts longer mapping out the direction the deadly accident on FM 2770 than chalk does, which was the vehicle(s) traveled. They do so (right) that left preferred way of marking points using two different formats. The two dead and six in days gone by. first requires investigators to injured last week. l like to use spray paint - it stays. Chalk is soluble, which ~IClIBff~I~'IION, pg. 3A PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAYS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Central Texas Green Home & Living Show "It's going to be as big as Texas!" The Texas Green Home & Living Show will present demonstrations of green products, as well as present exhibits geared towards saving money and ~.___ promoting a cleaner, more sustainable environment. The ~n~ event will be held at the San '~' Marcos Conference Center, ~=.'~IL. ..~,. g 1001 East McCarty Lane in San dV'~'. ~~, Marcos. Admission to event is i ~ free and will be held on Satur- ~ ~ day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. =~ " BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Understanding Buda's debt service requirements is no easy task, but the most recent figures show the city has $26,821,813.54 in combined tax-sup- ported and utility-supported debt. Of that total debt, almost 25 per- cent is owed in interest charges and the remaining $20.78 million is the principal. Buda's debt book was last updated in FiscalYear (FY) 2011, and in order to stay abreast of the latest numbers, those interested in that figure must resort to their own calculator. The city's debt book provides insight into Buda's scheduled pay- ments - date and amount - through year 2030. See BUDA DEBT, pg. 6A ESD 8 in bind BY MOSES LEOS Ill moses@haysfreepress.com Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 8 officials are scratching their heads over the city of Buda's recent an- nexation- a move that leaves ESD 8 in the lurch for a potentially significant amount of expected sales tax revenue. On April 30, over 650 acres of land were annexed into the city limits. Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby, who hopes voters will support Proposition 1, said, "I didn't think they were going to annex as fast as they did." Proposition 1, if passed, would allow ESD 8 to increase the amount of Sales and UseTaxrevenue theyreceivein un- incorporated areas of Buda. Currently, businesses outside the city limits have a sales tax of 7.25 percent. Of that, ESD 8 collects 0.5 percent revenue, bring- ing in $867,000 a year for ESD 8. Inside the city, the tax rate is 8.25 percent. Only voters who reside outside Buda, but within the 75-square mile coverage area of ESD 8 are eligible to vote on the proposition. Before the annexation, ESD 8 would have raised an additional $1,047,601 in revenue. Now, that amount will be significantly less, though formal estimates are not yet available, according to Huckaby. "I think our estimate brought to light how much money was out there," he said. "Of the one million dollar estimate, I could not even speculate how many businesses we lost [to annexation]." The fight over sales tax revenue in unincorporated areas outside the Buda city limits is not new. Rewind to 2011 when ESD 8 first introduced the same proposition. At the time, the Buda City Council and the city's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) felt they were sideswiped by ESB 8's efforts to grab the additional sales tax in those unincorporated tracts of land. The lack of communication between the par- ties left some council members feeling betrayed by ESD 8. What followed was animosity, name calling, political mudslinging and al- Ulll~4F- ---m ___,.m__=__ legations of tanking elections. Perhaps Enjoy the Spring Carnival IIglILUI'~III ~l'l]i~lllllg as a result, the proposition failed to ~1~ In Kyle, beginning Thurs- day evening and running |il|t|11 a@@ant|~| n||@ garner the support of voters. through Sunday night. The wwuLum ~,~mwmmLmum ~mm~ Ill February, Huckaby, representing Mighty Thomas Carnival If you have been wanting to control common garden ESD 8, met with Buda City Manager presents a family atmo- pests.and weeds naturally and organically, using recipes Kenneth W-flliams and Mayor Todd (~ ~ ~ sphere full of rides, games, conta=mng common household ingredients and essen- Rutze alon|z with the city's EDC staff to food and fun at the Central tial oils then the free workshop at the Buda Library on ..Y. ~ .. ~ ........ =.~ ....... :.... 0~ ~ Texas Speedway located at Saturday from 2-4 p.m. =s for you. Pre-reglstrahon =s en- "~ - ;~ U, N 24801 IH-35 in Kyle. couraged, and you can do so at the library or by email- ?~ ing martha@budalibrary.org or calling (512) ANNEXATION, pg. 295-5899. 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