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+ CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY July 17, 2013 A rendering of the new Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital (above) shows the facility to be located on the southwest corner of Kyle Parkway and Philomena Drive, just across the street from the Seton Medical Center Hays campus (below). BY ANDY SEVILLA and Alliances Tom Gallagher. "Our partnership with Post Acute Medical is a significant step in Hays County toward A two story, 54,500 square- reducing health care costs." foot hospital, specializing The rehabilitation hospi- in rehabilitation for serious tal will open its doors on the medical conditions is slated southwest corner of Kyle Park- to open its doors in Kyle next way and Philomena Drive, just summer, across the street from the Se- Warm Springs Rehabilita- ton Medical Center Hays cam- tion Hospital, a joint venture pus. The financing closed on between Post Acute Medical the capitalization for the proj- and Seton Healthcare Family, ect in May at a cost of $16 mil- will house a 40-bed inpatient lion. Construction is planned rehabilitation center special- to begin this month and the izing in stroke, brain injury, project is anticipated for corn- spinal cord injury, amputa- pletion in June 2014. tion, major trauma, move- "The joint venture is a merit disorders and orthope- perfect fit given Seton Hays' dic conditions, growth and the market domi- "Health care will change nance Post Acute Medical has dramatically in the years with its Warm Springs Reha- ahead - with Seton working bilitation and LTAC facili- with patients so they recuper- ties in Luling, New Braunfels, ate in a lower-cost rehabilita- San Antonio and Victoria," tion hospital or at home, in- said President and CEO of stead of in more-costly acute Post Acute Medical Anthony hospital beds," said President Misitano. "Together we can and CEO of Seton Ventures achieve clinical integration and a more seamless care de- livery system which results in excellent patient care, as well as optimal preparation for ac- c0untable careful_ .................. Post Acute MediCal, based COURTESY PHOTO in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, runs 18 facilities in four states. The Seton Healthcare Family is the largest healthcare pro- vider in Cen~alTe~s, serving an 11-county area. .S cal" .es in STAFF REPORT Sales of new vehicles in Hays County increased 22 percent through May com- pared to the same period a year ago, driven mostly by a 34 percent increase in local consumers who purchased new passenger cars. Sales of new trucks and sports- utility vehicles, by contrast, increased a relatively anemic three percent. Dealers in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda sold 2,870 new vehicles during the first five months of the year compared to 2,350 in 2012, according the Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based company that compiles vehicle registration data. More than two-thirds of those sales - 1,933 (67A per- cent) - were passenger cars while 937 (32.64 percent) were trucks or SUVs. Be- tween January and May 2012, trucks and sports-utility ve- hicles comprised nearly 39 percent of all sales in Hays County. Meanwhile, dealers in the seven counties centered around Austin, including Hays, sold 48,241 vehicles between January and May this year. Of those, 35,289 (73.2 percent) were cars and 12,952 (26.8 percent) were trucks or SUVs. Vehicle sales in the region exceeded 100,000 last year for the first time since 2007, according to Freeman's data, and are on course to post another in crease in 2013. iWCAR SALES AS OF MAY 2013:1,933 2013 YTD Chrysler 279 i m62! Ha30 R23 821 m21 [ Sulmw p e 5 I ..p,, 100 200 300 500 1400 :5N "Other" new cars include (in order of number year-to-date sales): Lexus, Porshe, BMW, Lincoln, Acura, Freightliner, GEM, Infiniti, Kia and Mercedes. :937 2013 YTD Teysta Nissan Mack 169 m mso m21 VII 11 ~9 18 17 International 1 =he,, / 200 "Other" includes: GMC, Accura, BMW, GEM, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen. 394 i:i ! ! : 3oo su Inflniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Interest $2,010,934 Possible $800K shortfall doesn't worry Buda officials BY MOSES LEOS III Buda has budgeted a $1.15 million wastewater treatment facility in Garlic Creek into the wastewater utility fired. The anticipation of large, Several council members looming projects over the next heralded the idea of using year has the Buda City Council funds for the wastewater plant asking one question: to help offset the cost of Be- How do they fund it all?nita Vista roads, then borrow- During the 2013-14 bud- ing the money for the plant at get workshop on July 11, the alater date. city pored over the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, along with the proposed bud- gets for the individual depart- ments. Currently, the city estimates a shortfall of over $800,000. Yet, despite the prospect of go- ing "in the red," the city is op- timistic they can work around the issue. 'Tm pleased with the way things are going," Mayor Todd Ruge said. However, the elephant in the room during the meeting was the $2.2-2.6 million dollar BonitaVista road project. At is- sue, the council debated over just how they can foot the bill. Yet at this point, absorbing the cost of the roads continues to be the focal point for the city. "We must go through with a certificate of obligation for Bo- nita Vista," City Manager Ken- neth Williams said. The implementation of the BonitaVista project has affect- ed other projects planned for 2013-14. However, the city ex- pressed an interest in building the WestsideWell in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Con- servation District (BSEACD). With the west side of the city expanding at a rapid rate, the construction of the well will curb water needs from The project, which tallied the Hays C6unty Public Utility into the city's general fund, Agency (HCPUA)until at least could push estimated cash 2018. balances of the fund over rev- Buda has the Westside enue by $1.1, . , :~.~.:,~:! Well project million. "We are not in budgeted at While the $750,000 in council be- lieves they can absorb the fund through a certificate of obligation, they did look at funding the project in dif- ferent ways, primarily bor- rowing money. Buda's cur- rent debt load is $27.5 mil- lion. Com- pared to other cities, such as Kyle's $94 mil- lion current debt load, the council feels confident it can borrow if need be. "Previous councils did a great job of spending and bor- rowing conservatively," Ruge said. "They did not handcuff us [with excessive debt] 7 One council member re- quested a report on the levels of money the city could bor- row and how it will affect fu- ture finances. However, the benefit of bor- rowing moneywas greatly out- weighed by the consequences. Just borrowing $2 million, enough to help pay for Bo- nita Vista, would incur annual payments of $152,000 over a 20-year span. The city would have to pay over $1 million in interest, and raise tax rates by $.0214. Council also looked at the financial impact of borrow- ing $5 million and $82 mil- lion. $5 million would pay for the 2013-14 planned Capital Improvement Projects (CIP); $82 million would be enough to complete every project cur- rently planned. "The consensus of the council was borrowing more money is not completely nec- essary," Ruge said. Ruge said council also dis- cussed the possibility of plac- ing the Bonita Vista expense out for a bond vote. Yet, with bond proceedings, plans to reconstruct the road may be placed on hold for a year or more. Buda hoped to com- plete Bonita Vista roads by year's end. In addition, city property tax rate increases would be in: cluded, something the council understood will not sit well with the general public. The city also does not want to dip into an estimated $4.3 million total cash balance gen- erated by wastewater revenue. dang 2013-14; the a rozi3 well adds to sltuatlon,'~he___ .., the total of $2.8 million said. "We have in expendi- tures from the been conservative water utility fund, placing it in OUF spenamg, over budget by Everything looks $900,000. "We will ~UUttl-t~rJ---J'--~t~lo~o." have to take a harder look at the water - Sidonna Faust, utility fund," Buda Finance Director Sidonna Faust, Buda finance director, said. Other projects include a re- write of the Unified Develop- ment Codes (UDC), costing $150,000, which will be split three ways, with $50,000 from each of the general, water and wastewater funds. Plans to complete the Brad- field Park project are also in the works, as the city has set aside $570,000 to finish the project; $195,000 will be reim- ' bursed from Hays County. As a result of the high dol- lar amount for these and other projects, the city transferred $3.13 million dollars from its investment account through Texpool Investment into the general fund. Last year, the general fund generated a little more than $5 million in rev- enue. "We needed to transfer funds from [the account] in order to offset the CIP proj- ects," Faust said. However, frugal spending by the city entities allowed the amount of expenses to stand at a substantially low amount. "Outside of the CIP proj- ects, the only other expenses are the addition of two new police cars, along with up- dates to older computers," she said. "Overall, all of our departments have been very conservative in their spend- ing." Buda Police projected the cost of the two police cars to be $50,407. According to Faust, the cost to update com- puters will not be a substan- tial sum. Despite the shortfall, Faust said the city is in relatively strong financial standing. "We are not in a danger- ous situation," she said. "We have been conservative in our spending. Everything looks good right now." The council will finalize the budget in August.