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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press August 9, 2017 J The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Peri- odicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing of- rices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. Box 339, Buda, IX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 612-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, IX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflec- tion upon the charac- ter, standing or reputa- tion of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to pub- lication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 BY MOSES LEOS III Items stolen from the Hays CISD include a Suburban, seven golf carts and six iPads. Two adults and two juveniles were arrested Monday after authorities caught them joyriding in a Hays CISD-owned SUV Jeff Barnett, Kyle police eventually connected the items that were taken they had allegedly stole, chief, said officers located four with the theft, included $50 in cash and The SUV is one of a a Hays CISD Chevy Tim Savoy, Hays CISD a personal camera. list of items, including Suburban that had been public information offi- Savoy said the district seven golf carts, the four reported stolen around cer, said the items were maintained a location for are suspected of stealing 10:20 a.m. Monday. taken from the central of- the Suburban via a GPS from the district over the Officers conduct- rice complex of buildings transponder beacon that course of a few days. ed a traffic stop in the along 1-35. Savoy said the had been installed. He Juan Daniel Bardales, parking lot of the EVO suspects did not break said the district was able 17, of Kyle, was booked Entertainment on Kyleinto or get into the main to keep an eye on where it into the Hays County Jail Crossing. When the ve- central office building, was at all times. on one count of theft, hicle stopped, one of the They did, however, get However, GPS beacons which is a third-degree juvenile occupants exited into the transportation were not installed in the felony. Fabian Noel Crum, the car and fled the scene building, as well as two golf carts. 17, of Kyle, was booked on foot into an open field portables, one of which In addition, Savoy said on one count of theft, adjacent to Interstate 35. housed the office of the district is planning to a third-degree felony, Barnett said officersschool leadership, upgrade internal securi- and one count of unau- surrounded the perimeter Savoy said items thatty measures in order to thorized use of a motor and caught the suspect in were stolen include the avoid similar problems. vehicle, which is a state some bushes in the field. Suburban, seven golf That upgrade will jail felony. After the arrest, officers carts and six iPads, three include storing golf cart The two juveniles, who recovered reportedly of which were brand keys in a secured lock- have not been identified, stolen golf carts hidden in new. The suspects also box; Savoy said he didn't were booked into the the woods off of Goforth allegedly stole a laptop believe the keys were in Hays County Juvenile Road and one in Stee-that didn't store any data. a lockbox when the carts Detention Facility. plechase Park. Officers Other miscellaneous were stolen. BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY Large-scale security measures will be looked at when the district constructs its new trans- portation facility, which was approved by voters as part of the May 2017 bond. The current ad- ministration and trans- portation facility wasn't designed with today's security measures in place, Savoy said. However, the district won't begin work on the new facility for the next two years. "There are things we can be more vigilant on that will get us through until we can get into the new facility," Savoy said. "That will be much better equipped to keep bur- glars out." Kyle Police continues to investigate the crimes. Bardales is being held at the Hays County Jail on $20,000 bond, while Krum is being held on $25,000 bond. Safety was the top reason for Kyle city leaders to ban parking on Lox Drive near Tobias Elementary School Aug. - Jennifer Crowl, Kyleresident 2. The decision, made by a 7-0 Kyle City Council entrance to the Post Oak and how it affects vote, came after the city subdivision, everyone in the row. took on another parking Resident Jennifer "It's an accessibility ordinance during Crowl spoke during and safety issue," Crowl its first meeting of public comment said. "The road is not August. City Manager Tuesday and was wide enough." Scott Sellers presented concerned about The reading of the first reading of the congestion on Lox as a ordinance was presented ordinance which would result of cars parking on with the intent to make prohibit parking on the side of the road. conditions safer for Lox Drive from East She cited the example school traffic and has FM 150 to Stennis, near of a person getting up already received support Tobias Elementary and moving out of a from residents and School. That road is the crowded movie theater, council members. "It's an accessibility and safety issue ... The road is not wide enough." "It's been something that's needed to be done for some time and glad to see it finally being addressed," said Daphne Tenorio, Kyle city council member District 6. "I'm glad to see us protecting those children as they walk to school." The council also passed a motion to accept an amended version of the city's parking ordinance regarding the designation of "one way" parking streets. The amendments included allowing the Kyle Fire Marshall to present his opinion on which streets to be deemed as "one way" parking before having the city council make a final decision. Kyle city leaders' decisions came after the approval of a parking ordinance in late July. However, the ordinance generated frustration from residents as some believed it didn't reflect the city's specific needs. words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verifica- tion. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Police Arbitration: Suspended officer in third hearing Continued from pg. 1A and the city of Kyle. the City of Kyle will not Hurlston's suit claimed stop persecuting Ser- Barnett, who was at the geant Espinoza for his time the Princeton Police attempt to do the right Chief, abused his author- thing," Goodwin said in a ity by harassing Hurlston statement. "It's apparent while Barnett was having the City of Kyle will not an affair with his wife. stop sending lawyers and That lawsuit was even- spending taxpayer dol- tually dismissed "with lars until they completely prejudice" in 2016. crush Jesse Espinoza." However, Goodwin Espinoza's upcoming claims the city failed to hearing continues a saga investigate Barnett and that's enveloped the city instead placed Espinoza for the past three-plus on administrative leave, years. which was then followed Espinoza was initially b.y an indefinite suspen- placed on administrative stun. leave by the city of Kyle Goodwin alleges the in 2014. He was then city, through its legal placed on indefinite counsel, illegally ob- suspension following an tained protected infor- investigation completed mation not relevant to by an outside firm in the case at hand. May 2015. In late 2016, Espinoza An indefinite suspen- filed a federal lawsuit sion equates to being against the city of Kyle terminated. The inves- for violating his and his tigation claimed Espi- wife's civil rights, noza engaged in acts of "It is apparent that misconduct, including Bishop is a 5-year-old male Rottweiler/Heeler mix who loves to play with his playmates in the play yards and loves other people. Look at those ears! This sweet guy is almost too perfect. Bishop is great with other dogs and people of all ages. If you haven't stopped by to meet him, do so today! Chrysler is a 9-year-old male shorthaired brown tabby with white who loves to sun bathe and greet you with "meow" and a loving look from his bright green eyes. This senior is fit as a fiddle and would fit purr-fectly into a new family that needs a couch snuggle buddy. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. insubordination and untruthfulness. The in- vestigation also included Espinoza's relationship to Hurlston. Espinoza appealed his suspension in 2015, with an arbitration hearing held in November of that year. An outcome to that hearing was not ren- dered, however, as the hearing examiner in the case passed away. He was then placed on indefinite suspension for a second time in 2016 following new allegations of misconduct. The Hays Free Press reached out to the city of Kyle for comment on this story. City officials did not comment, but said they have not received Good- wins press release. Espinoza's arbitration hearing begins Aug. 14. 2017 Property Tax Rates in Plum Creek Conservation District This notice concerns 2017 property tax rates for Plum Creek Conservation District. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate is the actual rate the taxing unit used to determine property taxes last year. This year's effective tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. This year's rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate the taxing unit can set before taxpayers can start tax rollback procedures. In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base (the total value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value. Last year's tax rate: Last year's operating taxes $897 ~266 Last year's debt taxes $0 Last year's total taxes $897 266 Last year's tax base $3,901,155,924 Last year's total tax rate 0.023000/$100 This year's effective tax rate: Last year's adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property) $897,311 +This year's adjusted tax base (after subtracting value of new property) $4,159,057,341 =This year's effective tax rate 0.021500/$1 00 This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice mandate and/or enhanced indigent health care expenditures) +This year's adjusted tax base =This year's effective operating rate x 1.08 = this year's maximum operating rate +This year's debt rate $897,311 $4,159,057,341 0.021500/$100 0.023200/$100 0.000000/$100 =This year's rollback rate 0.023200/$100 Statement of Increase/Decrease If Plum Creek Conservation District adopts a 2017 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of 0.021500 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2016 taxes by $40,028. This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates' calculations. You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at 211 Bufkin Ln., Lockhart, TX 78644. Name of person preparing this notice: Vicki Schneider Title: Deputy Tax Assessor/Collector Date prepared: August 2, 2017 + II~i i I i il