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+ 4 Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 13, 2015 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 * E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 11~ W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Hays White Zone: Water bills move on Continued from pg. 1A on a third reading. Agricultural and residential wells would be exempted by HB 3405. In March, Isaac filed the bill in response to Electro Purifications plan to pump up to five million gallons of water per day from an unregulated portion of the Middle Trinity Aquifer. But the Isaac's bill and Texas Sen. Donna Campbell's companion bill, SB 1440, are under heavy discussion by EP. "We...are not opposed to the Buda-Goforth well project being included in a Ground Water District such as the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District," EP's statement said Sunday evening. EP's seven test wells are located off FM 3237 just west of FM 150. One hurdle remains for HB 3405: the passage of SB 1440. But, Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), who chairs the Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee, appears to be blocking SB 1440, accord- ing to Isaac. Isaac says the bills in the House and Senate re- garding expansion of the BSEACD are considered local legislation. "It is very unique when you have people that are playing in other member's local business," Isaac said in a recent on-air inter- view on AM 580 / 87.7 FM, a Lubbock radio talk show. Isaac told the hosts of "The West Texas Drive" that EP is actively working to lobby senators against the Senate bill. "The money they [EP] are spending on lobbyists is unbelievable," he said. He said Goforth SUD and the city of Buda are also lobbying against the senate bill. Isaac disagrees with language that Perry is trying to add to Camp- bell's bill. Isaac also said if a revised bill passes the Senate, he will try to clean up the language before the House votes on it. Perry went on the same talk show saying it's not just a local issue. He also discussed changes to Campbell's bill that would allow science to be the determining factor, Isaac said final passage of the bill guarantees protection for the Edwards and Trinity aquifers - without additional property taxes. not emotions or political wrangling. "Both sides of the issue believe the science should be the determining fac- tor," he said. One host asked, "Isn't this essentially grandfa- thering in Electro Purifi- cation?" Perry said EP would be grandfathered in based on the same terms and conditions as other well owners. Isaace said final pas- sage of the bill guarantees protection for the Ed- wards and Trinity aqui- fers - without additional property taxes. One point of conten- tion for EP is the writing of the legislation. "EP, the City of Buda and Goforth SUD were not invited to participate in the drafting of the original bill." Three weeks ago, ac- cording to the statement, "those left out of discus- sions finally had a chance to share their concerns." According to EP's spokesperson John Hatch of Buda, several issues - production fees, pipeline ownership and mitigation requirements - were resolved and agreed upon. However, the company says it should be treated the same on its pipeline as a similar one going into Comal County. EP's statement said a similar bill put forth by Campbell, SB 963, would create a groundwater conservation district covering the Middle Trinity in Comal County, but would exempt New Braunfels' $12 million pipeline project and give it a regular, not temporary, permit. Hatch said, "There is no such treatment of the $15 million pipeline project ... in the Hays County version [of Campbell's bill]. We think this is wrong." Hatch said it's a fairness issue. "The bill's similarities to the Hays County situation is almost identical (SB 1440)," the statement said. "Both cover the 'white zones'. Both cover the Middle Trinity aquifer. Both have an existing project that allows a municipality to bring water via pipeline to the city." "Why should one city be rewarded and one group be punished?," Hatch said. "We don't ask for special treatment, only fair treatment." But opponents from Hays CountyWater Facts responded to a Facebook post by Hatch, saying the New Braunfels water utility negotiated being grandfathered in. "In a nutshell, your argument that you're not being treated fairly is not valid," the post said. "You have just as much right to negotiate as N.B.U. does." Kim Hilsenbeck contributed to this report. ESD2 Vote Continued from pg. 1A "The tax increase rate will not go into effect until the 2016 TaxYear," Hucka- by said. "Our ultimate goal is to purchase and staff a 3rd full time EMS unit. We are currently looking at fiscal year 2017-2018 to expand these services." Less than 360 voters, put of the 14,701 who are registered voters in ESD2, participated in the elec- tion for Proposition 1. The final outcome was 215 votes for and 145 against. Huckaby thanked the community for the vote. "Buda Fire & EMS is honored to have the support of our commu- nity. Understanding that raising taxes are never a popular choice, we are pleased that the voters approved the proposition which will allow for us to improve the quality of EMS service that we provide to the Buda area," m m .*agga 'ata,- ..aagga 'ata,-..ea Hagg= 'dd-fdah Aagg,, 'dal-fdah Establishing the Jummah Prayer for Buda Call today 1-512-940-6291 Rusty is a 3-year-old Maine coon mix who's a shy love buQ. He seems reserved initially, but once you give him a little pet under the chin he's all yours! He's easy-going, doesn't ask for much - just a little affection, a warm bed and a window view. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society + [! i llli $[]]il llill i T ii il T ' ' I ,' II ! I1 '711 i I]'TC l ..... ..... 1 .....