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# HaysFreePress.com May 10, 2017 Page 1D PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III May the 4th be with you! That theme resonated last week at the Kyle Chamber of Commerce annual Business Expo as hundreds of local residents toured booths set up by local business. Bringing together the Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars theme seemed to be a hit as business owners dressed up in all kinds of costumes while handing out good- ies and partying to the pounding music. And, to add to the theme, the Lehman High mariachi band entertained attendees at the end of the event. See more photos online at www.HaysFreePress.com. |m Financial Focus contributed by Jon Albright, CFP~ WDth Mother's ay around the orner, you might wonder if you should go beyond chocolates and flowers this year and give Mom something that can help her far into the future. What sort of financial gift can improve her life? You could, for instance, encourage your mother to fund her IRA. As long as she has any earned income, she is eligible to invest in a traditional or Roth IRA (although a Roth IRA does have income limits which, if exceeded, will reduce and eventually eliminate contributions). FINANCIAL FOCUS, 4D BY SAMANTHA SMITH A survey meant to gather what Buda residents want in their downtown is the first pri- ority of an advisory board that assists the city's newly appoint- ed Main Street program. The survey, created by the Main Street Advisory Board, is to get direction from residents for the downtown sector and narrow the focus for planned projects, said Maggie Gillespie, Buda Main Street manager. "They (MSAB) are newto the job so getting this survey out kind of helps with the process of trying to narrow down our focus and the things that we should tackle first," Gillespie said. Gillespie said with admit- tance to the Texas Main Street program comes certain require- ments for the state's resources and funding. "It's a contract," Gillespie said, "Whenever a city becomes a Main Street City they enter into a contract with the state for resources and funds, and in return we have to show them we are working towards historic preservation, and every month we have to send them a month- ly report of our progress." Gillespie also mentioned cre- ating a work plan for each year that's focused on one of the four points in the Texas Main Street program, then submitting it to the state for approval. Above are renderings presented at the Gillespie said the downtown survey is less about the sche- matics of downtown and more about the "feeling." "The survey is more about feeling, how do they want to PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH Main Street Program kickoff in April that shows a vision of future Main Street. feel when they come into down- town and how can we help cre- ate that feeling," GiUespie said. Gillespie said survey ques- tions range from asking what time of day residents come into downtown Buda and why they go to the downtown sector. In addition, the survey asks how residents would like to see the MAIN STREET PROGRAM, 4D 4~ " !i ili i! ' :