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Hays Free Press July 27, 2011 NEWS Page 3A + .S n: STAFF REPORT Hays CISD administrators have named two additional elementary school principals for the 2011-2012 school year, pending board of trustee approval next month at their regular meeting. Ann Conlee will be principal at Kyle Elemen- tary where she has been assistant principal for six years. Charla Salmeron will be principal at Buda Elementary, where she has been assis- tam principal for five years. Conlee started her career as a coach and physical education teacher in 1973 in leffer- son County, Colo. She has taught elementary school students in New Mexico and George West, between San Antonio and Corpus Chris- ti. She has worked at Hays CISD since 2000. Conley has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Denver and a master's degree in education with a reading specialty from New Mexico Highlands University. She received her principal certification from Texas State University. Conlee replaces Elaine Meyers, who worked at Kyle Elementary for most of her 34 years in education. Salmeron started her career in 1996 as a first- grade teacher in Dallas. She taught elementary and middle school in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and started at Hays CISD in 2005. Salmeron has a bachelor's degree in educe- CONLEE SALMERON tional leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. Salmeron replaces Patricia Tyler. Meanwhile, Cyndi Davis, who had been named principal at Elm Grove' Elementary, has decided instead to take a job at Judson In- dependent School District near San Antonio. Superintendent Jeremy Lyon will fill the vacancy before school begins next month through a process that will include input from a committee of parents and faculty. The district previously announced two other new elementary school principals: Ja- son Certain at Carpenter Hill and Irma Flores- Brothers at Blanco Vista. Buda Rate Hike Continued from pg. 1A "I would rather have very small rate increases than no increases at all for a few years, and then have to do double-digit increases," Mangham said. In neighbor city Kyle, Mangham noted, city offi- cials are considering drastic rate hikes in the coming budget year. To help pay " down municipal debt, a preliminary budget in Kyle is calling for a 30 percent increase in water rates and a 25 percent increase in wastewater rates. By comparison, Buda's consulting firm is suggesting a 3 percent hike beginning in October, followed by four years of 4 percent increases for residential customers and 5 percent increases for com- mercial customers. The biggest water and wastewater expense looming in Buda's near future is a $10 million project that would double the capacity of the city's wastewater treatment plant. Other expenses in the city's capital improvement plan call for nearly $8.8 mil- lion in debt to pay for water projects and an additional $10 million of debt for waste- water projects. "That is really what is put- ting most of the increased pressure on water and waste- water rates," Grady Reed, an HDR Engineering financial analyst, told Buda City Coun- Buda rate hike? A study commissioned by the city of Buda recommends five years of water and wastewater rate increases. Here's how those suggested increases would affect a residential customer using 5,000 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of wastewater, as well as a commercial customer using 50,000 gallons of water and 50,000 gallons of wastewater. CurrentFY2012 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 Resident $68 $70 $73 $76 $79 $62 Business $482 $496 $521 $547 $575 $603 cll members on July 19. "If you get through this period where you're constructing lots of projects, at that point your expenses will become a little more stable" and rates can level off a bit. Under Buda's recommend- ed rate increase, a residential customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of wastewater every month pays $68 under the current rate plan. If the city council approves the recom- mended increase, that cus- tomer would pay $3 more per month in the next fiscal year and $14 more per month in the 2016 fiscal year. Commercial custom- ers would be tapped a little harder. A business that uses 50,000 gallons of water and 50,000 gallons of wastewater a month pays $482 under the current monthly rate plan. That customer's bill would reach $492 in the next fiscal year and $603 per month by 2016- 25 percent more than under the current rate. The average residential customer in Buda uses 7,000 gallons of water a month, while the average commer- cial customer uses 36,000 gallons a month, according to Assistant City Manager Brian LaBorde. Healthy population growth in Buda will offset some of the projected costs, Reed said. The city has been add- ing about 250 new water users every year. In coming years, the city is expected to purchase less of its water from the increasing- ly sensitive Edwards Aquifer. Water from other sources, such as the Guadalupe-Blan- co River Authority, is more expensive than water from the aquifer, and that will also put pressure on water rates, Reed said. The city council will decide on new water and wastewa- ter rates during the 2011-12 budget adoption process. HAVING MORE RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS When it comes to the number of retirement accounts you have, the saying "more is better" is not necessarily true. 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Jason Isaac, wide- ly thought to be considering a run for Congress in the newly redrawn District 25, says he is focused on keeping a seat in the Legislature he has held for a scant seven months. Republicans~ out for U.S. Rep. Lloyd DoggeU's scalp re- drew his District 25 as a COP stronghold that stretches from western Hays and Travis coun- ties north to Johnson County in suburban Fort Worth picking up a slice of Fort Hood along the way. Although signed into law by Gov. Rick Perr~ the re- districting map must still pass muster with the Department of ]ustice and, ultimately, the fed- eral court system. "I think the maps are go- ing to change. That's what I'm hearing and what people a whole lot smarter than me are saying," Isaac said this week. "I think it's a little premature right to now to look at a congressio- nal race. I'm not saying it's pre- mature in terms of years, but at least for a couple months" until the wide-open District 25 race shapes up more. Still, Isaac left little doubt that he is actively exploring the possibility. He said, "I ce~ainly have a lot of people encourag- ing me to look at a congressio- nal race. I'd just hate to jump in too early. I'm just trying to meet people and keep ray op- tions open. Another possible Republi- can contender, State Rep. Sid Miller likewise sounded like he thought District 25 might be a good fit. "I know the district well and I've represented part of it for more than 10 years. It's a good district for me to run in. It's kind of nice the way it turned out," Miller said, noting that when the Legislature is in ses- sion, his Austin home is also within District 25. Elements of the tea party movement, so pivotal in 2010 Texas elections, will still be a on the heels of a disappointing force in next March's primary, fundraising haul for his con- Miller said. He proudly noted gressionalbidfortheAflington- his ranking by Rice Univer- centered District 33, through a sity political science professor spokesman this week, denied Mark P. Jones as the seventh media reports that he was con- most conservative in the Texas sidering switching to District House based on 1,000 votes 25, which includes his Austin cast this year. home. "I think Jason's 53. Some- "District 33 is an Arlington where in the middle," Miller district. Michael Williams is said. from Arlington and he's run- Underscoring the fluidity of ning to represent District 33 in the race, former Railroad Corn- congress," saidWilliams' politi- missioner Michael Williams, cal consultant, Corbin Casted. Phone Discounts Available to CenturyLink customers The Texas Public Utility Commission designated CenturyLink as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier or ETC within its service area for universal service purposes. 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The City's proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Annual Budget will require raising more revenue from property taxes than in the previous year. The City's proposed Annual Budget will also require raising more revenue from wa- ter and wastewater rates and charges than in the previous year. The pro- posed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Annual Budget for all City expenditures totals approximately $37.0 million from all City funds; which includes approxi- mately $12.3 million for the City's General Fund expenditures. The City Manager will present the City's Fiscal Year 2011-12 Annual Budget to the City Council on August 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the Kyle City Hall, 100 West Center Street. The Public Hearings will be conducted as part of special called and regu- lar meetings of the Kyle City Council on the City's proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Annual Budget, Property Tax Rates, Fees & Charges, and Water/ Wastewater Rates at the Kyle City Hall, 100 West Center Street, Kyle, Texas, on the following dates and time: Monday, August 1,2011 at 7:00 p.m.- Special Called Meeting Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. - Special Called Meeting Wednesday, August 10,2011 at 7:00 p.m. - Special Called Meeting Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.- Special Called Meeting Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.- Special Called Meeting Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting Tuesday, September 13,2011 at 7:00 p.m. - Special Called Meeting All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearings and provide their comments to the City Council. Copies of the City's proposed Fiscal Year 2011-12 Annual Budget document will be available during Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pan. (except on a City holiday) beginning August 2, 2011 for public inspection at the Kyle City Hall, 100 West Center Street, Kyle, Texas. City Secretary City of Kyle, Texas +