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Page 2 The Free Press Current Events August 28, 2003 Beer coming to Buda, Kyle waits aY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer REA-While the possibility of liquor by the drink remains distant in Kyle, beer in Buda could be a reality within a month. Back when voters approved liquor by the drink in Buda near- ly a year ago, business people touted the possibilities of bring- ing in new restaurants to do night business. The idea was big - well-capitalized chains, like the Olive Garden or Chili&apos;s. Instead, it appears the first beer in Buda will be served at the Little Texas Bistro, which should be serving in about four weeks, according to Bistro owner Beth Petersen, who owns the estab- lishment with her husband, Paul Petersen. Beth Petersen said the Little Texas Bistro has applied for a full liquor license, which would allow the recently-opened dell to serve spirits. "We will have a full liquor license," Beth Petersen said. "We could have a full bar, but we will probably just sell beer and wine." The owners turned the appli- cation into the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) about a week ago, Beth Petersen said. The liquor license will ini- tially cost about $15,000, but will decrease annually. The own- ers of the restaurant also have to put up a security bond. Meanwhile, in neighboring Kyle, residents still can't vote on whether to allow alcoholic bever- ages to be served at restaurants in their community. John Hatch of Mountain City, who represents a group of local business leaders, has been trying to change that. Hatch has an on-going "friendly" lawsuit with the coun- ty concerning a petition to have an option placed on the November ballot that would allow voters in Kyle to decide whether restaurants can sell liquor by the drink. Hatch sued based on a Bell County suit in which a Temple group was allowed to strike invalid names from voting roles. Hatch's petition effort last year fell 269 signatures short in Kyle. A federal judge ordered Hatch to offer a settlement to the county. Hatch did not ask for monetary compensation or any admission of guilt on the coun- ty's part. However, he asked for the county to accept petition sig- natures last year that would allow Kyle residents to vote on the issue. Hatch said the county reject- ed the offer because its attorneys don't believe a federal judge has the authority to place the option on the ballot. However, Hatch said he has been informed by the offices of Attorney General and Secretary of State that a federal judge can order such an election. Hatch said difficulties encountered by groups like his Better Business for Hays in try- ing to call for the election in Kyle have led to the passage of House Bill 1199, which goes into effect on Sept. 1. Under the old law, a petition for a liquor option. required signatures from 25 per- cent of the registered voters. Under HB 1199, all that's reeded is signatures from 35 percent of the voters in the last gubernatori- al election. Hatch has frequently com- plained about the difficulty of filling a petition under the old law, since close to 20 percent of the names on county voting roles belong to people who no longer live in the county. The commissioners told Hatch they wouldn't call an elec- tion under the new law, citing their concerns with legal incon-'9' sistenties. Hatch said he hasn't decided if he will continue his law suit or try a new petition drive under the new laws. Pct. 2 Commissioner Susie Carter, who covers Kyle, voted against accepting Hatch's settle- ment offer. Carter, who general- ly is not a friend of growth, has- n't supported Hatch's petition effort. First 100 Mclnbcrs 66% Off Service Fee Carter complaints carry county court BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer OUNTY-To the outside observer, Tuesday's meeting of the Hays County Commissioner Court meeting might have seemed rather petty or inconsequential. The affair ran along the usual lines. To some, Commissioner Susie Carter of Pet. 2 played the role of vigilant public defender. health department and other commissioners. "Susie Carter thinks there is a conspiracy," Molenaar said. "Four people voted for that." Carter also raised questions about several other items on the agenda. For example, the commis- sioners took up a motion to send their combined $3,000 left over from last year's special projects funds to the Hays County Crime Tp others, she was merdy grand'- 'Spperg program. But c aer , . / . , standlng. : said she dldn t want to dispetas In a 4-1 vote, fr example; th RI tier $|,00 th'Sr,=tile commissioners approved the pre- liminary plan for he Silverado Estates, located near Henley. Carter voted against the plan because she believed the subdivi- sion's plan application was incomplete. Carter pointed out that the application does not state how the proposed subdivision would receive its water. Furthermore, she said, Pet. 4 Commissioner Russ Molenaar, whose jurisdiction includes the development, didn't sign the application. Molenaar said he "reviews everything that comes through Pct. 4," and that a preliminary subdivision plan is nothing more than a developers conceptual idea. "(A preliminary plan) is to let the people know a subdivision is online, so we can post it on the Internet," Molenaar said?'(The developer) did an underground water availability test. We did it in phases. " Mo!enaar said the proposed subdivision's acreage per unit is very large, and that its residents will use well water. County Judge Jim Powers said the preliminary planning process serves the function that would be served by a planning and zoning commission, if the county had one. Powers added that the county has some of the toughest envi- ronmental regulations in the state. Carter's protest is nothing new. She has been raising ques- tions about the county's prelimi- nary planning process on a regu- lar basis to the befuddlement of the county's environmental commissioners took up the same motion, excluding Carter from having to release her funds. That vote carried unanimously. Carter said she wasn't sure if state law allows for the commis- sioners and the judge to allocate their ending balances from spe- cial project funds to the crime stoppers program. The final action resulted in $1,526 going to the crime stoppers program. Carter also voted against approving a $15,000 federal grant for the creation of a web site for the Hays County Health Department. The web site would be used for citizens to communicate with the health department in times of" emergency and in times of need. It would also be used to educate county residents on health issues and provide and immunization schedules for parents. Carter voted against the item, saying it is unnecessary because the county already has an official ,web site that would most likely be accessed by citizensin:cas,of a bio-emergenccfiei fi- hid the county would be stuck with the web site's administrative costs once the grant is spent to build it. "I think it is needless when we have a web site," she said. "(By adding a. web site) there is always a need for more person- nel." Powers said counties nation- wide are using the grant money for similar projects. Commissioner Bill Burnett of Pct. 3 added that, "If we don't use that money, it goes away." m F 424 N. 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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 Fate: Last year's operating taxes $919,973 Last year's debt taxes $153, i 78 Last year's total taxes $1,073,151 Last year's tax base $302,722,426 Last year's total tax rate 0.3545/$100 This year*s effective tax rate: Last year's adjusted taxes $I ,071.595 (after. subtracting taxes on lost property) This year's adjultec[ ta base " ......... ,<,, :, .L8;71,:, i,(rig value of new property) " "'! ........ : r ...... : ',,. , :, "-'This yearS offeotive tax rate 0.3370/$100 = tg /,,: x 1.03 = maximum rate unless unit 0.3471 /$100 publishes notices and holds hearing This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after $1,503,680 subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any transferred Function, tax increment financing, and/or onhanced indigent health care expenditures) This year's adjusted tax base $317,888,718 ) .: = This year's effective operating rate 0.4730 /$ 100 x 1.08 ffi this year's maximum operating rate 0.5108/$100 *, + This year's debt rate 0.1145/$100 = This year's rollback rate 0.6253/$100 - Sales tax adjustment rate 0.1329 ,IS 1040 = Rollback tax rate 0.4924/$100 Statement of Increase/Decrease If The City orKyle adopts a 2003 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.3370 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2002 taxes by $410,616. Schedule A Unencumbered Fund Balances 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 $800,000 Schedule B 2003 Debt Servlce The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes. These amounts will be paid from property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable). Principal or Interest to be Contract Payment Paid from Other Description to be Paid from Property Amounts Total of Debt pran@,q2y Tffis T,,-,t to he Plld Payment 1989 C.O. $15,000 $13,565 $0 $28,565 Bond 2000 C.O. $35,000 $76,118 $0 $111,118 Bond 2002 C.O. $170,000 $202,930 " $0 $372,930 Bond Total Required for 2003 Debt Service $512,613 - Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in Schedule A $0 - Amount (if any) paid from other resources $0 - Excess collections last year " $8,434 = Total to be paid from taxes in 2003 $504,178 + Amonnt added in anticipation that the unit will $0 collect only 100.00? of its taxes in 2003 Total Debt Levy $504,178 Schedule C: Expected Revenue from Additional Sales Tax In calculating its effective and rollback tax rates, the unit estimated that it will receive $585,041 in additional sales and use tax revenues. 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, Courthouse Annex, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Name of person preparing this notice: Luarme Caraway Title: Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date Prepared: July 28, 2003 I I ! fr llhtration Dodge SE o Dodge 1500 uad Cab 2500 Rebate J 25O0 fr illustration only C3324 " AUTO " OUTLET . SAN MARCOS . Dodge $4500 Rebate $3000 SMAO Disc. C3081 for illustration only $2500 Rebate $5000 SMAO Disc.