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+ CLASSIFIEDS * PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY July 20, 2011 Page 1D BUDA CHAMBER OF Every 10 years after the census is completed, we are required to go through ~e process of"re- districting. This redistricting exercise is brought on because of the growth and population shifts that occur over the 10 year census period. The federal government requires that in any given area, all county commissioners' pre- cincts contain an equal num- ber of voters, within a certain plus or minus percentage, and that there is not a dispropor- tionate number of minorities in any given district. Our Hays Count)r Commis- sioners are currently going through the redistricting pro- cess and are working diligently to come up with a plan that is as fair as possible to all citizens and complies with all of the regulatory requirements. During the last 10 years, Hays County has experienced exponential growth that has more than doubled the population, which I believe is a good thing. The bad thing is that the bulk of the growth has occurred along the Interstate 35 corridor which has led to a disproportionate number d Bur oi Idsr precincts. That is the reason that dra- matic changes must be made in the makeup of our precincts in order for the county to com- ply with federal requirements. I recently attended an open meeting wi~ Commissioner Mark Jones and County Judge Bert Cobb to discuss the redis- tricting exercise that they are going through and to review the various redistricting maps that have been developed so far. It appears that all of the maps have good points and bad points and that they are all able to solve our redis- tricting requirements. I don't believe that everyone will be completely satisfied with the options that are offered but it is critical that we gain consen- SUS. The commissioners are doing good work on develop- ing a plan that will satisfy the majority of our citizens. Don't forget to enjoy the rest of the Tunes and Toons that will take place in City Park on Friday nights in July. Only one month left of this Hot Hot summer. The kids will be back in school before we know it. Take advantage of what is left of the summer. Developer plans senior housing on Kyie Parkway A Dalias-based developer has an op- tion to buy five acres on Kyie Parkway where it intends to build a 100-person assisted living and Alzheimer care facili~ To be built in the commercial po on of the Plum Creek.development between 1~usffexas Bank and theVanmge apart- ment the Ow.ha Pank of Kyie will house 60 assisted-living residents and have a separate, secure wing with capadty for 40 patients withAlzbeimers, dementia and other memory-related illnesse~ The architect is Bedford-based Galier, Tolson and French. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2012, said Josh Rosen, vice presi- dent of the McFarlin Group. ConsmlC- lion will be financed through the U.S. Deparlment of Housing and Urban Development but will be priced at mar- ket rates, Rosen said. Omhard Park will be managed by Me- ridian Senior McFaflin also plans a similar development in GeorgetowrL Another developer recently submit- ted site development plans to the city of Kyle for an assisted living facility on Creekside Trail. See BIZ BRIEFS, pg. 4D COUIWESY PII010 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 Bud#s moldhly WIN lax odleoUons KyWs mwthly miles lax oolleclions " ' City of Hays boasts biggest tax revenue increase over 2010 BY WES FERGUSON Products were flying off the shelves in Buda in May, even as commerce lagged ".m Kyie and San Marcos, accord- ing to the latest reports from the state comptroller's office. In Buda, sales tax revenues climbed by nearly $18,000, or 18 percent, when compared to the same period a year a~o. Revenues fell by about $1,300, or a single percentage point, in Kyle. In San Marcos, where commercial activity dwarfs that of Kyie and Buda, revenues dropped by nearly $30,000, or two percent. The amounts represent sales taxes collected in May and distributed to lo- cal entities on July I I. So far this year, sales tax revenues for all three cities are still outpacing their 2010 totals. A few small shops and restaurants have opened in the city of Buda in the past 12 months, but no major retailers have come to town. That leads Warren Ketteman, the executive director of the Buda Economic Development Corp., to think the Increased revenues repre- sent growth in singie-stbre sales. "Its .... a go~ od, quality sign for our lo- cal economy," I(etteman said. "People are feeling secure in their jobs and cuttin~ loose with their pocketbooks a little hit, and that's not a bad thing. It's a good thing." "It's a good quality sign for our'local economy. People are feeling secure in their jobs and cutting loose with theirpocketbo,oks a little bit..." -Wanwn Ketteman, Buda Economic Development Diirector The Buda economy's most recent banner year came in 2007. Them the Great Recession hit, and people began to spend less and save more. Buda's commercial activity fell in 2008 and 2009 before ticking up slightly in 2010. Commercial activity is continuing its rebound this year, though it still l~asn't caught up to the pace of 2007. To date in 2011, sales tax revenues remain five percent lower than they were in the same period four years ago. CITY OF HAYS HIGH CityofHays Mayor MichaelWarnken knows of a few at-home businesses in 2011 revenue 2010 revenue through July through July Change Kyle pop. 28,016 $1,805,984 $1,682,905 7.3% City of Hays pop. 217 $12,720 $8,770 45.0% Niederwald pop. 56s $11,356 $11,432 -0.7% Uhland pop.l,0~4 $34,940 $28,377 23.1% Woodcreek pop. 1,457 $20,724 $18,787 10.3% iil S0urce: Texas C0t~ of PubUc/coum his town of 217 people. One fellow, for lected $12,720 in sales tax revenue. example, replaces windows for a living. With a tax rate of 1 percent, that means "We don't have the retail like Kyle City ofHays businesses have sold near- or Buda," says Warnken. "We're kind ly $1.3 million in taxable goods and of limited to what we can do, and we services through May. make the most of what we have." The city hall doesn't rely much on But City of Hays does have some- sales tax, though. The majority of the thing to brag about. The dollars might town's budget is funded by munici- not compare to those generated by big- pal water sales to its own residents as get cities around the county, but City well as to residents of the nearby Elliot of Hays' little economy is growing by a Ranch subdivision. whopping 45 percent this year. "We watch the money like it's ours, So far In 2011, City of Hays has col- because it is,"Wamken says. + A sampling of homes for sale in the. Blanco Vista subdivision 811 mmdow Cmck This four bedroom, 2.5 bath home on a corner lot features a chef's kitchen with large island and gas cooktop and a breakfast bar. Detailing includes arches and rounded corners. Square footage: 2,957 List price: $169,900 [] Scan this code with your smart phone to see an interactive map of real estate listings. More real estate coverage at ha~com/realestata g This home, the Hudson plan, also has kitchen upgrades and includes a masonry fireplace" and covered patio. Square footage: 1,624 list imrice: $134,900 152 Black Forest This home, the Raleigh plan, has a breakfast roorm, master bath with separate tub amd shower, and a spacious brealkfast room. Squm 1,65a USt price: $11-72,913 199 Black Forest ThB home, the Hartford plan, is cozy, which is; to say on the smaller side. LOW E2 windows and radiant barrier decking. Square footage: 1,326. List price: $141,990. Single-family homes: May 2011 A comparison of market activity in May 2011 to the same penod in 2010 as reported by the Austin Board of Realtors* Sales Median Days on Active price market listings :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~.~: Kyle-SudA '10 94 $147,030 57 437 ,11 San Mamos '10 44 $146,592 112 N/A Ill W~mbetey '10 22 $256,500 93 202 Dripping '11 i ~i~~i ~ Springs '10 31 $310,000 64 288 Single-family homes: YTD 2011 Kyb-Buda San Marcos Wimberley Ddpping Spdngs Sales '11 '10 415 '11 '10 112 '11 '10 83 '11 '10 )_1 *San Median price $149,900 $148,651 $207,900 17 $30O,000 ~17 1 Marcos data from San Marcos Area Board of Realtors