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+ Page 4A Hays Free Press • May 10, 2017 BY LESLY DE LEON The city of Buda may be able to pass water through the Edwards Aquifer and into the Middle Trinity for stor- age if the Texas Legis- lature passes a bill that eases restrictions relat- ing to Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR). House Bill (HB) 3333, authored by State Rep. ]ason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), allows the TCEQ to authorize an injection well that tran- sects the Edwards Aqui- fer within the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD). Water that's injected ward-looking to do it have to deplete our committee approves the The bill could ulti- into wells will meet wa- now when we're not in a other aquifers as muchbill, it will move to the mately allow Buda to ter quality standards for drought, getting pre- when we're in a drought House for a vote. store treated water for public drinking water,pared for when we are in because the water's There was no later use in the Middle which are established by a drought," Isaac said. stored there and readyopposition at the Trinity Aquifer. the TCEQ, Isaac said. Water can also be to be used," Isaac said. committee's meeting Current BSEACD rules "This would give stored to be used during The cost of an ASR and public hearing. state water passing Buda an opportunity toseasonal peak demand, project depends on theCommittee members are through the Edwards provide water for their such as storing water in cost of infrastructurefamiliar with ASR and Aquifer can only be residents and to basi-the winter for use in the and how deep the well is understand its benefits, comprised of untreated cally purchase the rights summer to meet higher drilled, Lillibridge said. Lillibridge said. Edwards water, to that water now and demand, Lillibridge said. Buda officials will Buda city officials The TCEQ could store it beneath Buda to There's all sorts of need to consider the brought the idea to Isaac authorize the injection be used at a later date," flexibility on the size of cost when working on in between legislative of fresh water into a Isaac said. an aquifer storage andthe budget, Lillibridge sessions, asking his well provided it isolates If the bill passes, recovery project and said. office to file the bill. the Edwards Aquifer, is Buda's aquifer storagewhat it does, Lillibridge After an April 19 Nat-"I applaud the City part of an engineered and recovery project will said. He referenced ASR ural Resources Commit-of Buda for their efforts aquifer storage and start small with one well, operations in Kerrville, tee meeting, the bill was to serve the citizens recovery facility, and if said Brian Lillibridge, along with the San Anto- put on the committee'sthat they represent by water is sourced from a Buda's water specialist, nio Water System (SAWS) calendar for a vote, helping me with the TCEQ-permitted public "This is great plan- ASR project, although it hasn't been passage of H.B. 3333," water system, ning, it's great for- "It will mean we don'tscheduled yet. If the Isaac said. / • BY SAMANTHA SMITH A Buda man was in- dicted earlier this month on several felony charges of con- tinuous sexual assault of a child relating to inci- dents that ranged over a six-year BANKS period. Ste - ven Lance Banks, 48, of Buda, was indicted in lanuary on one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual performance by a child and four counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Banks was also indicted on two ad- ditional counts of sexual assault of a child. According to arrest warrants, the dates of the offenses ranged from De- cember 2010 to Novem- ber and December 2016. According to Banks' indictment, there were at least two victims under the age of 17 with abuse starting for one of them before the age of 14. An indictment is not an admission of guilt, but is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime. Banks is being held in the Hays County ]all on 205,000 bond. ,Continued from pg.;1A Texas beer distributor Greg LaMantia, as its own groundwater conservation district that he would "completely control" and could pump as much water as he wanted. 'Any of those proposed bills jeopardizes HB 3405 that we worked so hard to pass during the last legislative session dealing with the protection of our wells," Isaac said. HB 3405 was crafted after Houston-based water provider Electro Purification sought to pump water from what were previously unregulated portions of the Middle Trinity Aquifer in western Hays County. Isaac stressed the importance of not backpedaling on 2015's HB 3405. "We don't want to risk that, we take any chanc- es undoing what was passed," Isaac said. "Any of those proposed bills jeopardizes HB 3405 that we worked so hard to pass during the last legislative session dealing with .the protection of our wells." --State Rep. Jason Isaac Isaac said a version of HB 4122 could make its way to the Senate floor this week. Isaac says State Senator Donna Camp- bell (R-New Braunfels), whom he's working close- ly with, is "keeping watch against people who want to see protections for wells decreased." Property Tax Protest and Appeal Procedures The law gives property owners ~he right to protest actions con- cerning 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 (ARB) that applies to and adversely affects you. Informal 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 ARB If you cannot resolve your problem informally with the county appraisal district (CAD) staff, you may have your case heard by the ARB. The ARB is an independent board of citizens that reviews prob- lems 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 hearing (called a notice of protest) before the deadline, the ARB will set your case for a hearing. You will receive written notice of the time, date and place of the hearing. If necessary, you may request a hearing in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday. Prior to your hearing, you may ask to review the evidence the CAD plans to introduce at the hearing to establish any matter at issue. The law provides that before a hearing on a protest or immediately after the hear- ing begins, you or your agent and the CAD shall each provide the other with a copy of any written material intended to be offered or submitted to the ARB at the hearing. To the greatest extent practi- cable, 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 hearing. The CAD repre- sentative will present evidence about your case. You may cross- examine the CAD representative. The ARB will make its decision based on the evidence presented. In most cases, the CAD has the burden of establishing the property's value by a preponderance of the evidence presented. In certain protests, the chief appraiser has the burden of proving the property's value by clear and convincing evidence. You should review ARB hearing procedures to learn more about evidence and related matters. You can get a copy of a protest form from the ap- praisal district office, Hays Central Appraisal District, 21001 IH 35 N, Kyle, Texas, 78640 or on our website xv-~dha~.ct~a. You should not try to contact ARB members outside of the hearing. The law requires ARB members to sign an affidavit saying that they have not talked about your case before the ARB hears it. Review by the District Court, an Arbitrator or SOAH After it decides your case, the ARB must send you a copy of its order by certified mail. If you are 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 60 days of the date you receive the ARB's order. In certain cases, as an alterna- tive to filing an appeal in district court, you may file, not later than the 45th day after you receive notice of the ARB order, a request for binding arbitration with the county appraisal district. In cer- tain cases, you may appeal to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). An appeal to SOAH is initiated by, not later than the 30th day after you receive notice of the ARB's order, filing with the chief appraiser of the county appraisal district a notice of appeal. Appeals to district court, binding arbitration, or SOAH all require payment of certain fees or deposits. Tax Payment You must pay either the amount of taxes due on the portion of the taxable value not in dispute 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, I: (512) 268-2522. 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