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Page 4A Hays Free Press = May 17, 2017 ew munlcl BY SAMANTHA SMITH Two years after voters approved a proposition calling for a new munic- ipal building and safety complex, Buda residents and officials are starting to see results. Last month, construc- tion crews began installing steel columns and beams for the safety complex, while concrete slabs have been poured for the new city hall and librar which will all be located along north Main Street, said David Marino, Buda public information officer. "Our crew is working very hard," Marino said. "Crews are progressing nicely;" Marino said of the construction schedule even with delays due to inclement weather. Marino said residents can expect to see the infra- structure and utilities start to coalesce, as well as curb and gutter installation and lots fqr co ple ' to be added," Ruge said. He "It's one estimated the construction thingtosee is on schedule barring any potential weather delays the vision on over the summer. "With the public safety paper, but building, people would to see the have to walk back around the fences to see the prog- footprint and ress being made but with city hall, people can see how it lays out the beams being erected is completely from Main Street and it gives the public a chance different." to see what they voted for is coming to fruition," -Todd Ruge, Buda mayor Marino said. While there were bumps Marino said the parking in the road, including lot for the safety building moving a large heritage will be constructed before oak, Ruge said seeing the the library then city hall development play out is a with the decorative con- breath of fresh air. crete will be poured last. "It's one thing to see "We are so excited," the vision on paper, but to Marino said, "This is some- see the footprint and how thing we have been plan- it lays out is completely ning on for a long time." different," Ruge said. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge Now the city turns its said he was pleased with focus on the remaining the progress of the munic- four propositions. He said ipal site and the changes the city is going "full steam that occur on a daily basis, ahead" on all propositions, "You drive by every day in order to avoid the pros- and there's something new pect of construction costs , sewers i ............ ..... pg" 1A positions, cluding 11.5 one funding priority, along time eo.Ovalent police with maintaining services, o ce-rs, Sellers said. :: Be n gpolice posi- There are multiple sewer ! tiorts ara i-ojected to cost projects planned, including ($ IT 00l roaproposed the Southside sewer line, $1,28 million line item for the police department. "Every budget over the last three or four years, has been very different in terms of not just the chal- lenges but the opportuni- ties we have," Mayor Todd Webster said. Officials considered the results of the city's house- hold survey; taking into account residents' input. According the survey; re- spondents believe routine street maintenance and re- by the which includes a "massive" lift station, Sellers said. 49.6% While sewer projects are Respondents who paid offthrough impact said the city provides fees, the city must front the the right amount of initial cost. services for the amount From a funding perspec- residents pay in city five, the city has to build taxes. Kyle's current out the wastewater system tax rate is 57 cents per this next year, Sellers said. $100 valuation. Development is simul- taneously occurring in the north, south, east and west side of the city, all requiting wastewater tines, Sellers said. 46% Respondents who said the city provides too few services compared to the amount pairs, water and sewer in- While developers will residents pay in taxes, !; ~tructure improvements build wastewater lines to, and storm water drainage connect to the city's waste- system improvements water system, the city must should be top priorities for expand wastewater lines to reach developing areas. Additionally; the waste- water system must be able to handle additional capac- ity as the city rapidly grows. Kyle is currently plan- ning its expansion of its wastewater treatment 5O% Respondents who said the city's property tax is the right amount 25% Respondents who said the city's property tax is too much 25% Respondents who said the tax rate wasn't enough budget needs, predicting an increase in revenue the city's budget spending. However, only 374 people participated in the survey. Infrastructure improve- ment is "capital heavy" priorities, City Manager Scott Sellers said. According to the survey; residents are highly satis- fied with the services pro- vided by the public library, the municipal court, sewer services and maintenance of parks. City officials also consid- ered the city's rapid growth in the budget. Sellers said officials estimate the city's current plant, which would in- crease capacity from 3 mil- lion gallons per day (MGD) to 4.5 MGD. The expansion is expected to cost $17 million, with $2 million for engineering and design. According to city offi- cials, four developments, including the Anthem development near Moun- population is nearly41,000; tain City, have pledged a from the 2016-2017 fiscal by 2021, the city's popu- combined $8 million that year. lation is estimated to be is anticipated over the next Sellers' budget priorities approximately 45,000. three years to assist with include wastewater CIPs, the cost. "That's the big issue that we facing with our wastewater system," Sellers said. Officials reviewed estimates of revenue and police dash and body cam- era system, new flAl-time positions for the mtmicipal court, engineering services, and GIS, and replacement of the city's financial and human resources system. There will be no increase in fees and charges, except for Texas Disposal Systems' solid waste services, Sellers said. Expanding the wastewa- ter system is the number increasing over time. "We've seen other communities that have run into that, where they pass the bond, but not get to the projects until later, and then they were more ex- pensive than they figured," Ruge said. "We're going full steam ahead and we want to squeeze every bit of value out of the bonds as we can." Marino said if work crews maintain this momentum the public safety building should be complete by November or December of this year and 3310 B FM 967, Ste #Al10 Buda, Texas 78610 Near the corner of FM i626 and 967 ,5124 the library and city hall: should be complete and ................... ........... : ......... ................................. ...................... open byApri12018. ....... "We (the city of Buda) are really happy and looking forward to comple- tion," Marino said. 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