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CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY May 22, 2013 in BY ANDY SEVlLLA $500,000 Kyle's sales tax collections in s4so.o0o fiscal year 2013 have consecu- ,400.o0o tively surpassed records of re- 'cent years past, and the first and ,35o.o0o second quarter totals have seen =300.000 double-digit spikes compared to $2so.o0o last year. =20o.o0o The increased revenue is due, ,tso.o0o in part, to the 38 businesses that opened up shop last year within $ the city; and since Jan. 1, at least $50,000 ten new businesses have rolled =- out the carpet. Meanwhile, 16 commercial establishments are presently under construction, city officials say. Of the 38 new businesses that Opened their doors last year, 11 were in the medical sector and ten were restaurants. This year, ~hus far, four medical sector busi- iiesses, one restaurant/bar, a hair salon, a car rental, a gun store, a ~oncrete/coating business and a professional office have opened in Kyle, according to Building Per- mit Coordinator Susan Hajek. As more businesses come into October City Sales & Use Tax Collections Fiscal Years 2009-2013 November December January February March April May June July August September thecity, sales tax revenues also in- $969,633.64, a 15.22 percent in- 2012. crease. This month, Kyle received crease from FY2012's first-quarter In her February State of the City $413,729.92 in sales tax collec- figure. Address, Kyle Mayor Lucy John- tions, a 12.33 percent increase And continuing that trend, son said FY2012 brought in $3.5 from the May 2012 figure, State the second-quarter in FY2013 million in sales tax collections, Comptroller records show. - January, February and March which was a 12.2 percent increase Kyle's financial gains began a sales tax collections - brought in from the previous fiscal year. The solid stride early in FY2013, with $1,001,855.61, a 16 percent in- first two quarters of FY2013 have first-quarter numbers - Octo- crease from the same reporting brought in almost $2 million, set- ber, November and December periodin F2012. ting the stage to potentially top sales tax collections - reaching Kyle's F2013 began on Oct. 1, FY2012's sales tax collections. BUSINESSES OPENED IN 2013: (Building Permit Coordinator Susan Hajek) Avis Budget Rental Cilly Jordan Therapist Centerfield Sports Bar Gun Guys & Girls Hair Salon @ Creekside John Hall - Professional Office Kyle Family & Injury Chiropractor Kyle Orthodontics Specialty Concrete & Coating of Texas Vision Source BUSINESSES UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 2013: (Building Permit Coordinator Susan Hajek) 7-11 Convenience Store Austin Community College Firestone Hallmark Kyle 1st Baptist Church Sunday School Addition New Haven Assistant Living Orchard Park at Plum Creek OverLook at Plum Creek Oxygen Fitness Plum Creek Bread Basket Ross Safe-N-Sound Storage Sylvan Learning Texas State Optical Water Works Auto Spa Wings to Go , , ,,,,,t ,,,,,ll , Esmeralda Alvarez, owner of Los Vega Mexican Restaurant, is one of the few business owners on Old Highway 81 haven't affected her business. Alvarez says she expects traffic to be less congested and safer for her patrons. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS Ill who says the traffic changes Changes on Old 81 hurting some local businesses BY MOSES LEOS Ill business is necessary. "Well, we know what is going on; people now know where to enter," Natal said. "However, The change to a one-way for- there are many customers that , mat along Old U.S. Highway 81 are hesitant to come in. They (Old 81) in Kyle last month is are concerned the road is still ,not entirely welcomed by local unpaved. That is an issue. As i merchants who line the thor- long as they pave it, we'll be 'oughfare. Unfinished construc- okay." '~tion and safety issues, some Further north on Old 81, near )say, have kept customers away; exit 217, sits Diana's Hair Sa- hurting business, lon. Owner Diana Ramos said i One business affected by her business is not directly af- ::the road change is the Little fected by the construction but Hair Shop, owned by Rose Na- the change to a one-way format tal. It sits directly in front of the made accessing her establish- main construction area but was merit difficult for customers. blocked off when work on the "Some of my clients have roadbegan, complained about the faster "When (construction crews) traffic (on Old 81)," Ramos said. i began to dig out the dirt for the "When customers exit the high- Estimated for completion by fall 2013, the Old Business 35 (Old Highway ,gutters, they brought in 30 or way to enter my business, they 81) will be transitioned into a small feeder road from the new frontage ~so big trucks to do that, Na- have to watch for the traffic that road along IH-35 in Kyle. However, current construction has hindered ital said. "It was difficult to get is going south along the access some of the local businesses along Old 81. i through here." .road. The exit is too close, and , As a result, she said custom- the cars along the access road said. "We need to wait until "I think it is good for busi- : ers were put off. Natal attri- are travelling too fast to make a construction is done to see if it ness. It is more accessible and butes losses in her business to safe right turn." made a difference." safer; I like it that way," Alva- customers not realizing that the While the change has solved But the change has not af- rez said. "(Customers) are con- road in front of her salon was some traffic issues near the fected all businesses along Old cemed that construction will still in service, exit, specifically the dangerous 81. affect our business, but that is "[ lost half of what I make in a yield sign that was in place, Ra- LosVega Mexican Restaurant, not the case." month," Natal said."Normally, I lOS maintains the road is still situated south of the construc- According to Hays County, bring in anywhere from $3,500 "scary" to travelon andhas hurt tion zone, has not seen a large when completed, driveways to $4,200. In April, I maybe her business, drop in customers, according to that were once serviced by Old cleared $2,200." "I have lost close to 30 per- owner Esmeralda Alvarez.81 will be extended to the new Yet Natal believes the change cent of business since the roads "There has been some slow- IH-35 frontage road. A new aided the traffic situation go- changed," Ramos said. "The down, but it does not affect our drainage system will improve ling into downtown. Prior to the first week, l lost nearly 50 per- business," Alvarez said. "We conditions on the frontage road access road changes, Old 81 cent of my business. It was re- have our regular customers; and the driveways. Traffic along i was constantly clogged by traf- ally bad." they know how to get here." Old 81 between Martinez Loop ,tic, which made merging onto Ramos harbors mixed feel- She said less traffic conges- and Center Street will continue the two-way street a challenge, ings about the transition, tion and easier accessibility to to service two-way traffic. :However, a need to complete "I don't know what to say her restaurant has kept busi- Construction is expected to .construction in front of her about the new road," Rarnos nessbooming, be complete by fall 2013. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Highrise structures, like the Microtel Hotel, are something the Buda City Council is adamantly fighting to keep away in order for Buda to retain its small town charm. BY MOSES LEOS Ill character of the city for popu- lation growth does not make sense to me," Haehn said. "The whole idea is that (Buda) is a It is no surprise to Buda City small town. Yes, we have rapid Council members that their growth; it's astronomical. But fair city is expanding at a rapid we still have a small town feel. pace. But for some, forsaking Ifwegotgreedyandwentafter the city's small town fee] and all of that retail, we would be- charm negates any thought comejustanotherbigcity." of turning Buda into another Buda Mayor Todd Ruge be- bustling suburb, lieves developing vertically is Such thoughts were brought not something the city is ready to the table at the May 7 city to do. council meeting, where the Pe- "The citizens of Buda do not gasus Planning Group released want (vertical development). findings from their"Economic As mayor, l don't want to see Development Strategic Plan it," said Ruge. and Retail Leakage Study." Avoiding overwhelming The group, hired by thegrowth is a primary reason Buda Economic Development Ruge disapproves of the mea- Corporation (EDC) in February sure. He wishes to keep Buda 2013, was tasked with finding frombecominganotherRound the strengths and weaknesses Rock or Georgetown. of the city's economic model. "The question becomes, 'do Pegasus' study found that we want to become like Round thelowtaxrateof0.27percent, Rock, with an explosion of a fast growing, youthful com- highrises?' or 'do we keep the munity and an educated work small town feel?' Ruge said. 'At force aided the city's rapid thistime, it is not advantageous growth, for Buda to bring in highrises. However, the study con-Not at this point." firmed that a major drawback The council's goal is to focus for the city is the lack of room on responsible growth, Ruge toexpandhorizontally.Accord- said, specifically, the need to ingtothereport, thecityhasan maintain the 2030 Compre- opportunity to take advantage hensive Plan and stick to the of a potential $247,967,000 city's existing goals. worth of revenue in retail leak- "I love the idea that we are age, which is when members growing. I don't think any- of a community spend money one in the city is complaining outside that community. In about growth," Haehn said. Buda's case this could mean "However, we need to stick people shopping and spend- withthe2030plan.Wespentso ing money in Austin or Kyle or much time and money getting beyond, the plan together. It's a won- Yet, as the city expands dos- derful plan. If we focus op "hat er to the Austin and Kyle Extra- and accomplish those goals, territorial Jurisdictions (ETJ), we can see a marked increase Buda is nmning out of space to in commercial activities in the contain the leakage, city limits." Sean Garretson of Pegasus, Both Ruge and Haehn who presented the findings understand Buda is in the to the council, encouraged crosshairs for rapid growth. vertical development to take Currently,therearethreebuild- advantage in the office and in- ings in Buda that are three sto- dustrial sector, ties high, all hotels. "There is limited space to "In Buda, anything above do all of this," Garretson said. four stories is a highrise," "There is a need to go vertical." Haehn said. "l would not want This measure did not sit well to see anything higher than with council member George three stories." Haehn. After the presenta- Ruge said ensuring develop- tion, he said, "If I wanted to see ment remains in check is the highrises, I'd move to Austin." goal. Seeing the city lose its small "We just want to focus on re- town feel and charm was a sponsible growth," Ruge said. sticking point for Haehn. "We want to keep our small "The idea of sacrificing the town charm." dl