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+ Page 4A Hays Free Press June 21, 2017 BY SAMANTHA SMITH No action was taken Tuesday on a proposed amendment to Buda's city charter that could po- tentially designate single member districts in the city. Council member Wiley Hopkins, who requested the agenda item, said he did so to gather city leaders' thoughts on the matter. "I requested this item so the council could voice their opinions and we get a consensus and ~s it on to the commit- review com- Hopkins said. current elec- is an at-large elected officials by a simple iority of all voters in r limits. With sin- .member districts, run from the district Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said that the milestone for many neighboring cities such as San Marcos and Kyle, which have a single-member format has been a population of 20,000 people. Census Bureau estimates have Buda at 15,000 residents. said the move to single member districts for the neighboring cities of San Marcos and Kyle came when the cities reached a population of 20,000 peo- ple. Census Bureau esti- mates have Buda at 15,000 residents. "By the time the census happens in 2020, I think this will be possible," Ruge said. Council member Lee Urbanovsky said single instead of November, when it could coincide with a national election. Hopkins agreed that single member districts were a good idea, Council member David Nuckles added that with further research into the methods of redistricting; he would support single member districts ........... Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams said Hays County is in charge r reside. Addi- member districts had of the redistricting pro- ionally, voters who live in been on his mind, but felt cess. County officials will rtain district can only Buda wasn t quite there enlist the assistance of a for the candidatesyet. citizen committee and are on their specific Council member Eileenmost likely hire a con- Altmiller was in favor of sultant or perform the uda, along with single member districts, required research of a 'mberley and Dripping However, Altmiller also region in-house, Williams ings, are all cities that requested the Charter Re- said. off~cials on an at- view Committee discuss "Right now, it's too early basis, the possibility of moving to take anything off the uda Mayor Todd Ruge Buda's elections to May table," Ruge said. arter School: Proposed for Kyle New PEC President Continued from pg. 1A as board president during the past year, addressed members, citing achievements and improvements for members as costs have continued to decrease. "In 2016, PEC add- ed 12,000 new meters -- that's the size of a regular electric coop- erative. With those new meters came new poles, wires, transformers and substations. Low-cost power, delivered to you safely and reliably: This isthe core of what we do at PEC every day," Pataki said. "It's an exciting time to be a PEC member, and it's an honor to serve you." However, PEC's board elections come at a time of tumult as Pataki, along with other members of the board of directors, faced in- tense scrutiny following the resignation of John Hewa, PEC's former against comments made CEO. by board director James Prior to his resig- Oakley in 2016. nation, Hewa alleged Board officers will be employees and officials elected during the co- at PEC faced intimida- operative's regular July tion after they spoke out 17 board meeting. * Yield effective 06/19/2017. subject to availability. Yield and market value may fluctuate if sold prior to maturity, and the amount you receive from the sale of these securities may be less than, equal to, or more than the amount originally invested. Bond investments are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds can decrease and the investor Can lose principal value. Any bond called prior to maturity results in r, einvestment risk for the owner of the bond, Municipal bonds are free from federal income taxes, but may be sub ect to state and local taxes; as wel as the A ternat ve Minimum Tax (AMT). Municipal bonds may have original issue discount: Some of the available issues of bonds are callable. Contact your local Edward Jones financial adVisOr for more information about maturity dates and applicable call provisions. To invest in tax-free bonds, call or visit your local financial advisor today. pg. 1A Jon Albright, CFP ;/~: Financial Advisor be~:the first in their fami- ors where facilities are into the Austin Ameri- 251 N FM 1626 Bldg 2 Ste B graduate from col- located must sign. can-Statesman, which Buda, TX 78610 Tackett said. Webster believed IDEAthey said services Hays 512-312-2840 EA, which has been wouldn t be the last char- County and the Kyle area. | i Janet R--- www.edwardjones.com i~eration for almost 17 ter school that could Tackett said the posting ~. i u~ Member SIPC , t and has over 30,000 make its way to the Kyle was not just for property l Financial Advisor ~,~ ............ ~v~,., ,~ ents, has considered area. Webster said charter in Kyle, but also Travis ['},', 251 N FM 1626 B dg 2 Ste B = ~~i~,~,',~,~,~i t~Ky]e area for some schools are consumer County. ~ ] Buda, TX 78610 time, Tackett said. The driven, and that it gives "I don't read the States- } j 512-312-2840 ~~ charter school receives families a "high quality man," Tenorio said. "I was' 90 percent of its funding choice for parents anda little surprisedthat we ~*~.,~,,,~,~',~=~ ............. , ,,~.~,~ ................. ..................... .,, ~,.~,-,,.~ ........... . .., ................. ~ ~,i: frgff, a the state and is open families here to choose weren't notified of this." t~yone who applies, something different" than Tenorio also claimed but II:)EA can choose who what's currently available. Hays CISD officials were Can get into the school. Webster, who has spentnot invited to ~ciay's " " Teachers who work at 23 years in education and city council meeting to IDEA are selected after currently works as a lob- take in the disc~]bn. . a"thorough" interview byist, said on the dais he Tackett said he:reached process, with the system has no ties to IDEA public out to board president attracting educators from school. Merideth Kellertwo days the community they are"The school wouldn't ago and informed her serving. He added IDEAbe coming here throughthey were approaching goes through a lot of their analysis if they hav- the community. He said training to help educators en't determined there was IDEA would welcome an and principals prepare, a sufficient number ofopen dialogue and em- Kyle Mayor Todd students to populate the braces feedback. Webster kick-started the school," Webster said."We appreciate the discussion when he intro- Council member Shane feedback and we are duced at Tuesday's coun- Arabie said Tuesday hecommitted to being cil meeting an item that advocates for charter transparent, from officials required his signatureschools as his son is a to the parents we serve," for bond financing docu- product of a charter Tackett said. ments for IDEA's campus, school education. He Tackett said IDEA is In May, IDEA held a supported an "intense .... just building" the rela- public meeting in Aus-college prepatory cam-tionship with Hays CISD tin where $220 millionpus. and is committed to any in bonds were issued, Council member opportunity to partner on Cathleen Chang, bond Daphne Tenorio, howev-behalf of students. While counsel for IDEA, saider, was concerned about he understood concerns Tuesday. According to city what she claimed was amany have regarding documents, the bonds lack of public notice of charter schools, people won't be a debt or liability IDEA's bond issuance, ultimately are for good to the city. Only $20 mil- She cited a recent Mayschools. "regardless of the lion would go to the Kyle 10 IDEA board meeting school they're in." campus, where $220 million in "When adults work Webster said the dec- bonds were approved, together, students win." ument relates to an IRS Chang said a public Takett said. 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