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Hays Free Press * August 17, 2011 NE'lm Page 3A PHOTO BY ~ MMIREZ Wreck on Kyle Parkway A woman was injured in a wreck last week on FM 1626 in front of Kohi's in Kyle. The wreck occurred at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Kyle Parkway and Marketplace Avenue, one of the most dangerous intersections in the city. Texas Department of Transportation crews began installing a traffic signal at the intersection this week, City Manager Lanny Lambert told council members on Tuesday. Rodistdcting Approved Continued from Pg. 1A Hometown Kyle and Arroyo Ranch subdivisions from Pre- cinct 2 to Precinct 4 and moves the Steeplechase and Amber- wood subdivisions from Pre- cinct 2 to Precinct 1. In Buda, Precinct 2 keeps subdivisions west of FM 1626, including Ruby Ranch, that would have moved to Precinct 4 under Whisenanfs plan. Of the 14 residents who spoke during the public hear- ir~ none expressed support for Plan M2 and 12 spoke In favor of Plan O, most of them Kyle residents opposed to splitting the city Into three precincts to the extent Plan IVI2 does. One critic of Plan M2 poInted out that only one Kyie city council member, David Wilson, will continue to live in Precinct 2, which has traditionally includ- ed Kyle. The others will live ei- ther in Precinct 4 (Brad Hckett, Jaime Sanchez and Becky Sel- bera) or Precinct 2 (Russ Hueb- ner and Diane Hervol). "Kyie's going to continue to "Kyle's going to continue to grow and generate money for the county, we'll continue to pay our city taxes and our county taxes. However, our voice will be split three ways on how to spend that money," -Joel Kirby, Hometown Kyle resident grow and generate money for the county, weal continue to pay our city taxes and our county taxe~ However, our voice will be split three ways on how to spend that mon~" said Joel ICu'by, who lives in Hometown Kyie. Jones, a Ky]e Republican, said he chose a redistricting plan that would retain as many of Precinct 2's unincorporated areas as pos- sible. He has also argued that he needs to keep the western Buda to keep road projects like the FM 1626 widening and con- struction of SH 25 SW moving. "Residents that live outside incorporated areas depend on the county for more of their services than the citizens of the cities....I have to make a choice between the umcon omt .areas or the incorporated areas. I know you disagree with that If I lived in Hometown Kyie, I'd feel the same way. But I have to be responsible for the community ofPrednct 2 as a whole." This notice concerns the 20-11 property tax rates for Hays County ESD #5. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate is the actual tax 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 start 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 $I00 of property value. Last year's tax rate: Last year's operating taxes $1,776,734 Last year's debt taxes $0 Last year's total taxes $1,776,734 Last year's tax base $1,864,358,867 Last year's total tax rate $0.0953/$100 This year's effective tax rate: Last year's adjusted taxes $1,775,714 (after subtracting taxes on lost property) + This year's adjusted tax base $1,742,277,840 (after subtracting value of new property) =This year's effective tax rate $0.1019/$100 (Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any $1,775,714 transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice mandate, and/or enhanced indigent healthcare expenditures) + This year's adjusted tax base $1,742,277,840 =This year's effective operating rate $0.1019/$100 x 1.08---this year's maximum operating rate $0.1100/$100 + This year's debt rate $0.0000/$100 = This year's total rollback rate $0.1100/$100 Statement of Increase/Decrease If Hays County ESD #5 adopts a 2011 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.1019 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2010 taxes by $52,314. Schedule A - Unencumbered Fund Balance The following estimated balances will be left in the unit's property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation. Type of Property Tax Fund Balance General Fund 207,638 This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates' calculations. You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at 102 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Name of person preparing this notice:Luanne Caraway Title:Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date Prepared: 08/12/2011 STAAR Testing Continued from lag. 1A This year is only a test run for the new standardized test, called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The Texas Edu- cation Agency will use the results of those exams to de- termine what's passing and what's failing. Next year the stakes will be much, much higher. Beginning in the 2012- Out with TAKS, in with STAAR The state of Texas is changing the way it measures academic achievement. Beginning this school year, students in Texas will be required to take a more rigorous set of standardized tests called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. STAAR replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills OAKS), which had been in place since 2003. SlUUIDARDIZED TESTS DIFFER BY GRADE lEVEL Students will participate in the following assessments: Grade 4 Reading, math and writing 13 school year, students in Grade 6 Reading and math the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be re- i quired to pass the end-of- Grade 8 Reading, math, social studies and science year exams before they can advance to the next grade level. And high school stu- dents will be required to pass 12 end-of-course exams - in subjects ranging from Eng- fish to physlcsand geometry to geography - in order to graduate. STAAR replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. Students will take the new exams at the end of classes in the spring. The exam at- tempts to measure a stu- dent's deeper knowledge and critical understanding of the required curriculum, rather than the student's memori- zation abilities or test pre- paredness. "Honestly, I think it's go- ing to be a very good as- sessment," Pool said. "It's education we want for our children. We want them to be critical thinkers and creative thinkers, to solve problems and apply knowledge tO un- familiar circumstances." To get ready for STAAR, she said, the district has been as- sessing students while train- ing principals and teach- ers for the past three years. Pool noted that STAAR is unable to measure less tan- gible traits such as persona] responsibility and citizen- ship. Those things might be important for student de- velopment, but they will not be taken into account when determining which students will be promoted and which will be held back. "It's scary to think that my child is going to have to be successful on the test, or they won't get credit for the course," she said. Algebra English I Biology World geography [~~ Georne~ English II Chemistry World history Algebra II English III Physics US. history RROM TAgS 111SlrA JII The new STAAR exam will be more difficult than TAKS. It will: have more questions per test measure a higher level of thinking in relation to content skills have more items where students will have to write in responses rather than selecting a response from those provided focus more deeply on content taught during the current year instead of testing knowledge and skills learned over multiple years measure readiness for college and career success r HOW Iii RANKS STUDENT PERFORMANCE Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive one of three scores indicating their performance. Level III Level II Level I Advanced Satisfactory Unsatisfactory academic academic academic I~erformance performance performance ff ~'II=EClS 61fADE ADVANCEMEIIff Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, students in grades 5 and 8 will have to pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. High school students may continue to take the exams until they meet the passing standards. High School end-of-course assessment time line: 1st test end of semester \/- SPRING 2nd opportunity July V SUMMER 3rd opportunity October V FALL g IT AFFIfl] HIM SCHOOL 61LtDUA'IIOH Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, students will be required to pass all 12 end-of-course exams in order to graduate. Also, the score on each test will be worth 15 pement of the student's final grade. Source: Region XIII Education Service Center The City of Buda will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 0.26 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code). Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. The first public hearing will be held on August 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Buda City Hall, 121 Main Street, Buda, TX 78610. The second public hearing will be held on September 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Buda City Hall, 121 Main Street, Buda, TX 78610. The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows: FOR: Ron Fletcher, Place 1 Todd Ruge, Place 2 Sandra Tenorio, Place 3 Cathy Chilcote, Place 4 AGAINST: Scott Dodd, Place 6 PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:. Sarah Mangham, Mayor Dawn Schaeffer, Place 5 The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Buda last year was $154,217. Based on last year's tax rate of $0.2567 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $395.88. The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Buda this year is $154,367. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.2659 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $410.46. If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.2666 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $411.54. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views. + + t