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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 8, 2013 + + raises more BY ANDY SEVILLA $5,000. Strategies. Barton and Buffing- The $36 million road bond ACEC (American Council ton organize"day-to-day activ- would reconstruct Bunton of Engineering Companies) ities and direct support for the Creek, Burleson, Goforth and Texas contributed $3,000 and May 11 road bond," according Lehman roads, and would Keep Kyle Moving, the po- CP&Y, Inc, donated $1,000, to the PAC's website, KeepKy- extend Marketplace Avenue. litical action committee (PAC) both are Austin engineering The website The road bond could increase supporting the $36 million firms. LAN-PACofSanMarcos lists Barton and Buffington Kyle's property tax rate by road bond,has raised more contributed $1,500; Keep Kyle as founders of the PAC, along 20.75 cents if the city has no than $20,000 in donations in Moving also reported receiv- with Seton Hays Vice President growth over the next 20 years support of the bond election, ing four $500 contributions, Herb Dyer, and Kyle resident and stayed at exactly the same The PAC reported accepting one $350 contribution, one and business owner Autumn valuations as current, accord- $21,250 in political contribu- $300 contribution, six $250 Schwartz, among others,ing to city documents. Kyle, tions from April 10 to May 1, in contributions, and two $200 The PAC also reported ahowever, has experienced an its latest campaign finance re- contributions in their latest fi- $1,000.50 advertising expense average 3.7 percent increase port which was due eight days nance report, paid to the Hays Free Press; in taxable property valua- before the May 11 election. The remaining $1,200 inand a sign printing expendi- tions each year of the last four The PAC's $21,250 figure contributions the PAC report- tureof$2,619.65paidtoAustin years, and sales tax collections does not include a $5,000 ed came from individuals - Extreme Graphics. have increased on an average pledge made on April 15 bythe $550 from four different Austin The PAC's finance report 12.4 percent annually over the Kyle Area Chamber of Corn- residents, $300 from two Cedar shows $10,042.24 remains same period, city documents merce. The pledged money Park residents and a $300 con- in their war chest, however, show. has not yet been received by tribution from Allen Crozier of their April 12 finance report Also in Kyle, voters will de- the PAC. Buda. accounted $4,400 in politi- cide the three-way race for The lion's share of the PAC's The PAC reported $11,207.76 cal contributions received Kyle Council's District 3 seat. contributions - $20,050 - in expenditures, which in- between March 15 and April The candidates for District 3 came from business or trade cluded a $7,587.61 consulting 11- that figure was not added include Joe Bacon, Chad Ben- organizations outside of Hays expense paid to Gap Strategies in their total political contri- ninghoff and Bill Sinor. Dis- County. The two largest con- forfundraising, webdesign, ad- butions maintained as of the trict 1 council member Diane tributions came from Dave ministration, filing and labor, lastdayofthereportingperiod Hervol did not draw a chal- Berndt Interest, Ltd., of Irving Jeff Barton, a minority owner for their May 3 report. The PAC lenger and will automatically and M&S Engineering, Inc, of of the Hays Free Press, along should still have $14,442.24 on be returned to her seat on the New Braunfels, each donating with Kara Buffington own Gap hand. council. 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. Joe Bacon's experience in business, traffic management and public service make him the right leader for right now. K) lc Cit,, Co.mill Paid for by the Joe Bacon Campaign Michele G. Waldman, Treasurer 231 Bluestem St. Kyle, Texas 78640 ESD 8 Annexation: Puts district in a bind Continued from pg. 1A to the sales taxissue. /Buda Fire Dept. work together annex property, no discussions What transpired was an inter- as the city and the ESD grows," with the mayor or city manager local agreement. In it, the three Huckaby said in a recent email, prior to the city councilmeeting. parties agreed to allow ESD 8 to "Growth is coming to our area He did receive a letter informing take the full 1.50 percent reve- regardless. The city of Buda and him of their intent but it was too nue.However, ifthecityannexes the ESD must work together to late to do much about it. land in the future, any sales taxes be able to provide the best pos- "They have the right to go from existing or new businesses sible services to the citizens and through with annexation. They would be shared. The parties businesses of Buda and sur- can do that," said Huckaby. agreed that should the measure rounding areas." "We will just maintain our 0.5 pass and sales taxes are raised Yet Huckaby said he hoped percent." to 8.25 percent, each entity will for at least a year or two of the Ruge said that the timing of split 1.50 percent three ways, additional sales tax revenue at the annexation was "coinci- with each gaining 0.5 percent, the full 1.5 percent rate. The dence," that information was According to Ruge, the inter- monies would have helped avaible on the city website and local agreement will help the the department reduce the onpackets. city growand prosper, as well as amount on Capital Improve- Now that the expected tax help all parties involved, ment and Debt Services Loans, revenue will be reduced, Hucka- "The inter-local agreement purchase additional fire trucks by said ESD 8 will need to make gives the city a chance to build for large structures and add decisions about how to raise the infrastructure with it, to build more staff to reduce response rest of the funds needed to ac- the city out," Ruge said. "It also times. According to Huckaby, complish their goals. gives the ESD a chance to grow. keeping property taxes from "If (Proposition 1) passes, we We need to make sure they are rising was a key factor in sup- will need to reassess what rev- not caught short-handed." porting Proposition 1. enue we do get" Huckaby said. Huckaby also understands Yet Buda's faster than ex- "People justneed to realize that therapidgrowthoftheareaand pected ammexation left ESD 8 some things we planned on hav- the need for cohesion between feeling there was a lack of corn- ing will not happen as fast." de parties, munication, this time in reverse. Despite the loss, Huckaby "It is imperative the city of Huckaby said he received no hopes Proposition 1 passes. Buda and Hays County ESD #8 headsupthatBudawasgoingto Election Day is May l l. i; Before being diagnosed, Bob was an active and joyful person. Then, he became irritable, confused and isolated. His quality of life quickly declined and his family struggled. With a need for expert support and care, Bob moved into Silverado. Today, he spends his days gardening, socializing and enjoying life -- his family now has peace of mind. Now enriching lives in Austin SILVERADO SENIOR LIVING - Onion Creek- 11330 Farrah Lane, Austin, TX 78748