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ulNNlulIIIIflIIIIilIIINL u,l|t ,, Page 6A + M Hays Free Press May 18, 2011 + Buda Election Continued from pg. 1A "It just took every- ' thing," she said. "I'm ec- static. Halfway scared, to- tally excited and ready to do a good job for the city of Buda." In the race for the Place 6 city council seat, Scott Dodd won 260 votes to write-in candidate David Stewart's 34. Running un- opposed for the Place 5 seat, Dawn Shaeffer col- lected 250 votes. Mangham said she'll be getting up to speed on city budget .deliberations and economic develop- ment, as well as working with Hays County com- missioners to shepherd Buda-area road projects through pre-construction red tape. "The voters made a de- cision, and I'm going to do everything in my power to get some things accom- plished that they want me to get accomplished," she said. Lane, 59, served one term as mayor. Before that, he was mayor pro tem. With so many elect- ed officials being ousted on state and national lev- els in recent elections, he said he wasn't surprised by the result of his race against Mangham. "Maybe I'm kind of at the backside of the wave of change, and maybe people thought change would be good," Lane said. "I've been in office since 2000 as mayor or mayor pro tem. It's just one of those things." Among Lane's achieve- ments were establishing a police department and improving the way the city acquires and treats water. "The things I've always stood for are public health and safety," he said. Lane said Mangham would be a good leader for Buda. "Sarah's a quality per- son," he said. "We both ran very clean campaigns, smooth campaigns, and we treated each other with respect and dignity." PHOTOS BY BOZIENA BARTON Loved ones remembered at Relay for Life It's the walking ... around and around and around the track at Barton Middle School ... that is the main event at the local Relay for Life Celebration and fundraiser. Friday night's event, starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 7 a.m., began, as is customary, with cancer survivors walking around the track, to the cheering of family and friends. From that point on, each team has at least one person walking at all times - throughout the night. This year's Relay for Ufe was special because so many walkers were personal friends of former Hays High graduate and cheerleader, Ashley Henley, who died of cancer Dec. 12, 2010. Hays High cheerleader Brianna Abreo and friend Nathan Bloys (right, wearing shirt with Amber's photo) walk the track in Ashley's memory. BY KOLTEN PARKER lion, Pct. 2 Commiissioner Hays County Sheriff's Of- Mark Jones said, whiich is at fice Capt. Mike Davenport news@haysfreepress.com the upper end of thte range and Constable Pct. 2 James previously discusse.'d. The Kohler. The Hays County Corn- building in the Uptmwn Kyle Another committee missioner's Court picked development on lKohler's member, Brenda Jenkins an architect and builder for Crossing will house; offices of Broaddus & Associates, the future Precinct 2 Office for the commissiomer, jus- said Lott Brothers and GSC Building during its regular tice of the peace, adult and were chosen because they session on Tuesday. juvenile probation eand the showed the best ability to The pre-construction fee tax assessor-collecto)r, meet an aggressive con- of $223,626 will cover the lones said out off the 13 struction schedule while costs of schematic desi.gn, companies that res!ponded saving Hays County money. additional programming to the Request for Qualifi- Lott Brothers' previ- and design and develop- cations, four were chosen ous projects include the ment for the building, for further evaluation and 365,000-square-foot Seton This fee will be paid to the interviews to be conducted Medical Center Williamson design-build team of Lott by the Precinct 2 Steering in Round Rock. GSC Archi- Brothers Construction and Committee. tects has worked on projects GSC Architects. Both corn- This committee consists thatincludethe60-acreACC panies are based in Austin. of nine members including Round Rock Campus and St. Projected costs for the Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark David's Parking Garage and Precinct 2 building ranges Jones, Justice of the Peace Medical Offices Building in from $4 million to $4.5 mil- Pct. 2 Judge Beth Smith, ~ustin. Kyle Fire Dept. Tax Mixup Continued from pg. 1A back it goes or when it start- ed. No one's told us anything about how much we're due. It's becoming somewhat frus- trating." Love noted that Valle has attended several ESD board meetings and worked with commissioners to fix the er- ror. The mix-up may have es- caped notice for several years. Last summer, Jennifer Rodri- guez, an attorney and com- missioner on the ESD No. 6 board, was comparing tax bills with her neighbors in La Ven- tana and noticed that some of the bills had an assessment from ESD No. 5. Commissioners brought the problem to the attention of the Appraisal District. While Valle said his office has cor- rected the issue for 2011, state code only gives taxing entities until June 1 to challenge the appraisal role, meaning ESD No. 6 likely has little chance of getting any back-taxes re- turned for previous years. Valle said his office only researched the error for 2010, and he's not sure how much money was sent to the wrong department over the years. Since ESD No. 5 actually charges a lower rate than ESD No. 6 and its ambulance ser- vice, the homeowners caught up in the mix-up actually ben- efited from the error, to the tune of about $15 per year on a $150,000 home. However, the 16,000 prop- erties in ESD No. 6 may have been paying a slightly higher tax rate over the last three years because of the missing properties on the tax rolls. The sprawling North Hays County Fire Department cov- ers 281 square miles, includ- ing the property-rich slice of the county around Dripping Springs, full of gentlemen's ranchettes featuring half-mil- lion dollar homes. The lost money doesn't rep- resent a huge percentage of the emergency district's $2.2 million budget, but it's not spare change, Love noted. "There's a lot we can do with a $100,000," Love said. "That's two paid firefighters. But it's really more of the principle. Taxpayers pay tax dollars for fire protection, and they ex- pect that tax dollar to go to the fight entity." With increasing costs for personnel and fuel, Love said the district likely wouldn't lower its tax rate of 7.95 cents per $100 of property valua- tion, one of the lowest in the county. However, the extra in- come could help the district avoid a tax increase. Beth Smith, the Kyle-area Justice of the Peace who serves as board president of ESD No. 5, said the lost revenue wouldn't make a huge impact on the Kyle Fire Department's $1.5 million budget. Last year, the fire depart- ment constructed a new $3.6 million station, and has been adding more personnel to keep up with sharp residential growth. "It was nothing that we panicked about," Smith said. "They'll have more money to work with and we'll have a little bit less. We may have to trim a little something from the budget here and there." Smith added, "I guess it was an honest mistake on the ap- praisal district's part. We were just as surprised as anyone else." 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