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ill ~!LlllliP~lllilllD.I]ialilill[:lmia~ mmm~mi~m-.-~--..-.--.. r .................... Page 6A llEl 3 Hays Free Press August 24, 2011 + BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com The "town meeting will b council chamt City Hall. A Kyle dentist is fighting Last Noveml the dismissal of his lawsuit Hays CISD vet against Austin Community fortable margi: College's planned expansion ACC taxing dis~ into the Kyle-Buda area. brecht filed 1 In addition to his legal a month after appeal, Ray Wolbrecht is frustrating pla taking his challenge to the first campus in court of public opinion. He WhenWolbn has scheduled a community pay a $3 millioi forum for 7 p.m. Tuesday in tinue the law: Kyle to debate the merits of was dismissed his case. the dismissal, hall"-stylea three-judge panel rejected nearby San Marcos, ACC an- , held in the the appeal, nounced plans to expand the ers of Kyle's On Aug. 11, Wolbrecht Kylecampustoa$SS.8milllon, applied for a rehearing. No 100,000-square-foot facility. er, voters in hearing has been scheduled. However, as a result of the d by a corn- ACC's Hays Campus is legal challenge, ACC was to join the planned for 96 acres on Kyte unable to participate in the :ict. ButWol- ParkwaynearKohler'sCrossing federal Build America Bonds is challenge in the commercial portion of subsidy program, which the election, the Plum Creekdevelopment. would have funded 35 per- is for ACC's The college had originally cent of the interest costs for Jays County. proposed a $45.8 million, the campus. cht could not 72,000-square-foot campus, The higher borrowing bond to con- with a target opening date of costs will result in a smaller ait, his case August 2013. Following the campus for Hays County to He appealedsuccessful Hays CISD annexa- the tune of about $10 mil- ut on July 27, lion election, and the defeat in lion, college officials said. ' II' STAFF REPORT Texas driver's l state-issued Beginning next month, in- card and a co dividuals seeking to apply for hide registrati a homestead exemption in their applicatk Texas will need to comply with stead exemptie a new application process. The addres., The recent session of the each of the do Texas Legislature imposed rig- be the same orous new standards of man- for which the datory disclosure for those emption is s, property owners who apply ing to Hays Ce for any one of several kinds of District ChiefA homestead exemptions start- Valle. ing September 1. Those who d In order to receive a home- hide ~ be re stead exemption for property mit a notarize fax purposes, app]Jcant~ ltttlgt ~'il'l~ thai f~lel now provide a copy of their copy of a curre Kyle Finances Continued from pg. 1A :ense or Texas identification of their ve- receipt with for a home- shown on :uments must ; the address omestead ex- aght, accord- ttral Appraisal )praiser David not own a ve- luired to sub- affidavit cer- and provide a zt bill received from a utility company. The for a surviving spouse address on the utility bill must Exemption for manufac- be the same as the address on tured (mobile) home the application for a home- Each of the programs cited stead exemption, above have additional require- The new requirement that ments for qualification. How- takes effect on September 1 ever, the common standard is is required for any one of the that all such applicants must several ways property owners provide the additional docu- can qualify for a residential mentation as noted before re- property homestead. These garding driver's license, Texas include the following: issued identification card, General residential ex- motor vehicle registration, emption and utility billing receipt. Over-65 exemption' Applications dated and Disahilityexemption submitted to Hays CAD by 100% disabled veterans August 31 will be processed o ampti0n undor th0 pro-Soptombor 1 Extension of exemption guidelines. findanyevidenceofanycriminalactiv-. "i 4t. tb" "e,I' o. ,ty, wewoulddefinnelytakealookat t, ~S tzm ve seen n Tibbe said. She said law enforcement agencies such astheHaysCountySheriff'sOf- de of any *llegal *ty " rice typically conduct investigations, ~ ~ce ~ act~~ * not the District Attorney's office. And the sheriff's office doesn't have foren- sic accountants on the payroll, either, | --Sl~rri Tlbbe, Hays County District Attorney Tibbe said. ! ,, "We just don't have those types of wa~ stolen, but that the previous city old news, Lambert said. people on staff for those kinds of inves- ma/~ager may have acted outside of his The city council has proposed a tax tigations," Tibbe said. authority, rate next fiscal year of 48.45 cents per City Manager Lanny Lambert has l, mbert said he is still assessing $100 in property value, an increase of said that previous management ap- wh#ther the state attorney general 6.9 cents over the current tax rate of pears to have used fund balances and mil~t examine whether state laws lira- 41.54 cents. money borrowed through voter-ap- itin[g city managers' discretion to spend The council's budget deliberations proved general obligation bonds to pay, mobey without the council's authori- were scheduled to co rginue with a spe- for capital projects and debt service zati~n were violated. He said the city cial meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24. without apparent authorization from wo/~ld also examine how muchit would The council also hasla special budget the city council, four of whom have cos~ to conduct a forensic audit, meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, since been replaced through election. "~qo one's getting excited about it.,l Sept. 6 and will discuss the budget at Lambert said he doesn't think money guess maybe there's a feeling that it s its regular meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 13. LCRA Snub Continued from pg. 1A "They (a private corporation) aren't (C going to lose money-- their stockhold- We're still committed to this. ers are not going to let them," Cobb said. Bank of Montreal representatives, in their presentation to the LCRA water O~ th Orb committee, saidCorixoffersanextended e vay or e er, we're period rate plan that avoids dramatic rate increases. HaysCountyPct. 4CommissionerRay gOing tO stay zn, Whisenant, who represents the county on the utilities development corpora- don board, declined to comment on the -Pix Howell, board president of the utilities development corporation LCRA staff recommendation. Whisenant said he would comment on the matter at the LCRA board meeting today, st itself of Pll LCRA decided in 2008 to dive ' wk all water/wastewater utilities and focus m! on long-range water availability plan- ning. Spears, on Tuesday, said LCRA loses tai $3 million a year on its water/wastewater m~ systems. Water/wastewater utilities are generally expected to be self-sufficient, lik The Utilities Development Corpora- co: tion was formed by Hays County and the thq cities of Bee Cave, Leander, West Lake Hills and Sunrise Beach and 17 other an entities including the city of Dripping cri Springs and the Dripping Springs Water an Supply Corp. rel The water/wastewater systems LCRA to offered for sale include the West Travis m~ County Regional Water System, which serves 7,000 residents directly in Hays 22 County and others through water sup- sel ~rs and utility districts that buy water including Oklahoma and Alaska; olesale. LCRA seeks one buyer for as Corix has recent experience in tran- lay of the systems as possible, sitioning utilities from public to private SMO representatives, in their presen- ownership; and Lon, offered six reasons for recom- Corix demonstrated a commitment to riding Corix establish a new headquarters in Austin 3Me said Corix's bid presents a high and approximately double the size of its flihood of covering ,most of LCRKs current Austin area staff of 70 employ- !t to decrease debts it incurred from ees. i utilities, with the least risk; LCRA staff, on Tuesday, also recom- ~,orix garnered the highest evaluations mended one system each be sold to two long bidders for non-monetary bidder unspecified buyers - one single system ieria set by LCRA, such as the ability to the City of Leander, and one raw water commitment of a buyer to provide pumping station to Hurst Creek Munici- able and quality utility services and pal Utility District, Lakeway MUD, Travis meet applicable regulatory require- County MUD No. 11 and Lakeway Rough ats; Hollow South Community, Inc. ;orix provides service to more than LCRA officials have said it may take water and wastewater systems, which until mid-2013 to complete the sale of all ~e 650,000 people in North America, systems. Buda residents willing to pay more taxes for water quality, roadwork In surveys to develop the city of Buda's next con~prehensive plan, Buda residents were asked which improvements they would likely support through additional taxes or fees. s=R t Protect water quality Road and street I improvements ---~ Expanded safety services (police, fire and medical) ~ T Expanded services i 1 I I I for senior citizens .... Sidewalk improvements I W ;q i : : i i i IIIII III II i !! ' i i! 1i Revitalizing downtown i i ] i i i i i and Main Street Attracting new businesses i : : ~.,~.~ .~ ....... : Parks and open space acquisition, development :: ] I i i i i and maintenance ~ ~ ...... : : : Build trails that connect i i i i i i ,1 throughout the city -7--- Assist existing ~a businesses to expand Expanded recreation programs and activities : .... - - 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Source: Buda 2030 comprehensive plan draft available online at budatxplan.wordpress.com Buda Comprehensive Plan Continued from pg. 1A It's the city's first com- prehensive plan since 2002. The plan's unveiling marks a year of preparafl6fi, ~/l'd~h included resident surveys and several sessions with stake- holders. The plan includes objec- tives and actions for economic growth and sustainability; toric preservation. An accompanying plan for land development divides the di tflet balm environmental characteristics and existing use of the land. For example, the northwest- ern side of the city is set aside for "green growth" in the environmentally sensitive Ed- transportation; parks, rec- wards Aquifer recharge zone. reation and open spaces; The southwestern side of the housing and neighborhoods; city, where Texas Lehigh and community identity; civic other industries are located, facilities and programs; public is designated for industrial safety; downtown; and his- growth. Zach Barton 484-0921 Independent Distributor Call for into or order online +