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Page 4A IlBNS Hays Free Press * August 31 2011 Mixed Drinks in Buda: Let it flow? Continued from pg. 1A Tuesday, members debated the need - and difficulty - in revi- merits of relaxing alcohol regu- talizing the historic downtown lations. It proved to be one of while balancing the desires of the more contentious aspects residents who live there. of the comprehensive plan. "Overall. it's a place that is "To come from being damp surviving, but maybe it's not to becoming wet - which thriving," said Jim Carrillo. means you could have an ice- a consultant who is working house or a karaoke bar that with the city to develop the sold drinks and wings - it plan. would have to go before vot- He recommended using in- ers to consider," Buda Mayor centives to diversify business- Sarah Mangham said after the es, restaurants and entertain- meeting. "For me. personally, ment choices; establishing as long as it does not back up parking policies to promote to current residential areas, it walking;andenhancingparks. should be allowed." plazas and other gathering Some council members, places, among several other such as Sandra Tenorio and suggestions. Cathy Chilcote, questioned Other recommendations whether bars and nightclubs were to target the area's va- belonged downtown, cant lots for "infill" develop- "In my mind, that has to be ment and to promote redevel- part of a restaurant if it's go- opment of aging buildings. ing to be downtown." Teno- "The reality is there are rio said. "If you really want to vacant buildings," Carrillo have a sports bar or pool hall. said. "There are deteriorating it would need to be in a differ- buildings." ent area." Councilman Todd Ruge The debate was part of a noted that absentee landlords much broader discussion had little incentive to renovate about the proposed compre- structures that are already hensive plan. The council generating profits. membersalsotalkedaboutthe "Until we do something about absentee landlords, it's really difficult because you have businesses that have been in there many years and they don't own the build- ing," he said. "Owners of the building don't want to do im- provements because they're collecting rent. Until we do something about that or have turnover, we can talk all we want." What's more, other council members noted, some ten- ants prefer the cheap rents that come with well-worn buildings, Councilman Ron Fletcher called for more specific stan- dards for ensuring that new construction in historic areas compliments those areas' ex- isting heritage. "We really don't have any objective standards for the Historic Commission to use," he said. "Right now it's so sub- jective that developers don't know what to expect. People who live next door don't know what to expect. Members of the commission don't know what they're supposed to use to make that decision." ACC Lawsuit: Class not dismissed Continued from pg. 1A County, Wolbrecht was re- buffed by a judge who dis- missed the lawsuit when the plaintiff failed to post a $3 million bond to cover the cost 0f delays in issuing bonds to pay for a new campus in Kyle. Earlier this month, the state's Third Court of Appeals said it did not have jurisdiction to hear Wolbrecht's appeal. Wolbrecht said ACC's ma- neuvering to have his lawsuit consolidated with one the ing to get trounced in appel- declined. late court," In a written statement is- In calling Tuesday's meet- sued before the meeting, ing, organizers said. "There's ACC spokesperson Brette Lea a big ACC 'town hall' meeting said that no one from ACC with opposing sides 'talking had been asked to attend. it out.'" It also referred vari- The statement said "ACC ously to a "ACC-Wolbrecht 'head-to-head' meeting" and a "showdown in town square." But the only two people who spoke on behalf of ACC at the meeting, in- cluding Hays Free Press Pub- lisher Emeritus Bob Barton. was not included in planning any event to discuss Mr. Wol- brecht's lawsuit .... By not including ACC in the discus- sion and using inflammatory rhetoric like 'head to head' and 'showdown' indicates a disingenuous intent and college district filed in Tra- vis Countywas an attempt to were members of the afldi- seems more of an attempt to end-run the system designed ence who chimed in on their gain publicity." to "keep the merits of the own accord. , The statement went on to lawsuit from being discussed Asked by one of the 25 or say that Wolbrecht's lawsuit in open court." so audiertce members whycaused the college district to "I'm standing up here to- the event was billed as de2 miss out on the federal Build day because I'm pretty an- bate instead of a monologue, America Bond program, re- gry.... I'm angry because Woibrectit initially suggested sulting in a smaller campus I've seen what the rich and that the Hays Free Press mis- in Kyle by about $10 million politically connected and reported' the nature of the and a delayed opening date. Lea said. Mr. Wolbrecht powerful have done to us," meeting andthat therespon- Wolbrecht said. sible reporter had agreed to Wolbrecht has filed for a run a correction. Then a rehearing in appellate court spokesperson working for but conceded on Tuesday Wolbrecht chimed in to say that he is unlikely to prevail, that he had invited ACC of- He said. "We're probably go- ficials to attend and theyhad and his attorneys have lost at every level of the court system ... Mr. Wolbrecht has filed another motion, a re- quest fo~;-a rehearing, there- by causing yet more delays." t Dani Hensley Buda Market Manager We are pleased to announce the addition of Dani Hensley as the new Market Manager at our Buda Banking Center. Her strong credentials and commitment to our community will serve customers well. Stop by for a cup of coffee and meet Dani, BROADWAY BANK We're here for good7 BLIDA BANKING CENTER [ 32I N. FM 1626 I 5-I2"29-'8 38 NEIGHBORHOOD BANKING CENTERS I broadwaybank.com MembarFDIC 2011 Property Tax Rates in Northeast Hays County ESD #2 This notice concerns the 2011 property tax rates for Northeast Hays County ESD #2. 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 $100 of property value. 2011 Property Tax Rates in Hays County ESD #8 This notice concerns the 2011 property tax rates for Hays County ESD #8. 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 $100 of property value, Last year's tax rate: Last year's tax rate: $507.597 Last year's operating taxes $1,739,755 Last year's operating taxes $0 $0 Last year's debt taxes Last year's debt taxes $1,739,755 $507.597 Last year's total taxes Last year's total taxes $1.739.755.000 $1.691,990,000 Last year's tax base Last year's tax base $0.1000/$100 $0.0300/$100 Last year's total tax rate Last year's total tax rate This year's effective tax rate: This year's effective tax rate: $1,739,411 Last year's adjusted taxes $507.496 Last year's adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property) rafter subtracting taxes on lost property) + This year's adjusted tax base $1,656,258,754 + This year's adjusted tax base $1,703.396,521 [after subtracting value of new property) (after subtracting value of new property) :This year's effective tax rate $0.0306/$100 =This year's effective tax rate $0.1021/$100 (Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) (Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) This year's rollback tax rate: This year's rollback tax rate: Last year's adjusted operating taxes Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any $1.739.411 (after subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for any $507,496 transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice transferred function, tax increment financing, state criminal justice mandate, and/or enhanced indigent healthcare expenditures) mandate, and/or enhanced indigent healthcare expenditures) + This year's adjusted tax base $1.656,258,754 + This year's adjusted tax base $1.703,396,521 $0.0306/$100 =This year's effective operating rate $0.1021/$100 =This year's effective operating rate $0.1 t 02/$100 $0.0330/$100 x 1.08=this year's maximum operating rate x 1.08=this year's maximum operating rate S0.0000/$100 This year's debt rate $0.0000/$100 + This year's debt rate ~ $0.1102/$100 = This year's total rollback rate $0.0330/$100 = This year's total rollback rate Statement of Increase/Decrease If Northeast Hays County ESD #2 adopts a 2011 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0 0306 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2010 taxes by $22,688. Statement of Increase/Decrease If Hays County ESD #8 adopts a 2011 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.1021 per $100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2010 taxes by $78.738. . ,~.i:~ ~.Sehedtile A -Unencumbered Fund Balance ' The following es'fim~fed',~]a~C~9 ~!lbe:left rathe rent's property tax accounts at the end of i' fiscal y6ar. ire,fi6t eficumbe by a corresponding debt obiigation. : Typ6ofProperty Tax Fund''~ ! Balance General'Fund " 750,000 This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates' calculations. You can inspect acopy oftheNli;)aldtflations at 102N, LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Name 0fperson prep~ing this fl0tice:Luanne Caraway Title:Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date Prepared: 08 '25/2011 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 330.952 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:Luaune Caraway Title:Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Date Prepared: 08/25/2011