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Page 2 The Free Press Current Events September 11, 2003 (.'aunty moves on additions to Five-Mile Dam BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer COUNTY-Hays is in County the process of drastically expanding parkland on two-sides of Dudley Johnson Park or "Five-Mile Dam," as most peo- ple call it. The county is acquiring an additional 43 acres on the east side of the park, across from Old Stagecoach Road. The county is also nearing completion of Randall Wade Vetter Park. The Hays County Commissioners Court adopted a proclamation on Aug. 26 naming the 17.6 acres of parkland adjoin- ing the southeast side of Dudley Johnson Park in honor of Vetter, a Texas Department of Public Safety Law Officer who was gunned down in 2000 while serv- ing in the county. The county purchased the land two years ago. Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe said the project will be complet- ed very soon. "They'll be pouring the con- crete on the 11 th (of September)," Ingalsbe said. "We do plan on having a grand open- ing for Vetter Park. " Ingalsbe said the park would include covered parking, nature trails, picnic tables, and a view- ing area. "There is a conceptual plan," she said. "A parking lot has already been built, and the park will have ADA accessible trails." Meanwhile, the county has submitted a grant application for $670,000 to purchase 43 acres for the expansion of Dudley Johnson Park. The county would contribute $279,500 to the pro-' ject from a $3.5 million bond designated for park and recre- ational space. The $3.5 million is part of a larger $50.5 million road and park bond package passed by county voters in 2001. Ingalsbe has taken offers to the property owners adjacent to the park to purchase the land. "They have agreed on a price and the landowners are review- ing the contract," she said. County Grants Department Administrator Richard Salmon said the parkland is in the flood plain and that nothing can be built on it anyway. Ihgalsbe-Gonzales said the conceptual plan for the larger park will greatly increase the size of Dudley Johnson Park which will include a covered pavilion, a playground and additional park- ing. The park will also have park offices and a concessions area. The county has set aside 5.2 acres of gravel shoreline along the Blanco River located in. Randall Wade Vetter Park as "open space." The "open space" Hays (00ounty expects 5,000 votes on Constitutional amen, lments Staff Report REA- Millions of dollars are 1)ei lg spent in the closing weeks of the fight between the insurance companies, large corpo- rations and doctors on one side and plaintiff's lawyers and some consumer groups on the other with respect to Proposition 12, which, if enacted, will grant the state legislature power to limit court awards for all civil cases. As a result, slightly more than 1,300 of Hays County's 61,000 registered voters took advantage of early voting over the past two weeks and registered their opin- ions, along with their verdict on 21 other proposed amendments to the Texas constitution. Voters throughout the state will go to the polls Saturday, with voting stations open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. 41 County Election Administrator Joyce Cowan said Wednesday that she anticipates approximately 5,000 votes being cast from the voting districts scattered throughout Hays. That would be slightly more than eight percent of the eligible voters and is in line with what statewide election officials are predicting for the entire state. In Northern Hays County, the voting locations for Saturday's constitutional amendment elec- tion include: Precinct 127 - Quail Ridge and Aztec within the Kyle city limits and the rural areas south and east of Kyle. Their polling place is Hemphill Elementary School at 3995 East FM 150. Precincts 223 and 225 - The remainder of Kyle, including Spring Branch, Old Town, Plum Creek, Steeplechase and The Trails, as well as most of the sub- divisions in the Mountain City area. Their polling place is Kyle City Hall at the corner of Burleson and Center in down- town Kyle. Precincts 224 and 228 - City Limits of Buda, plus suburban area on both sides of IH 35 and extending east along FM 2001. Their polling place is the Senior Citizens Building at 401 Barton's Crossing in Budajust of FM 2770. Precincts 226, 230 and 232 - Areas west of Buda, including V'fllage of Hays and Chaparral Park and Leisurewoods. Their polling place is Hays Hills Baptist Church at 1401 N. FM 1626 west of Buda. Precinct 229 and 234 - Eastern edge of the Hays School District, including the Niederwald and Uhland communities. Their polling place is St. John's United Church on Highway 21 at edge of Uhland. Precincts 442 and 448 - Far west of Kyle and Buda in Driftwood and old "Hays City areas. Their polling place is Driftwood Community Center, County Road 150 in downtown, metropolitan Driftwood. designation should make the county's grant application for the 43-acre park expansion more competitive, Salmon said. There seems to have been a bit of confusion in the communi- ty distinguishing between the two parks. Inalsbe said that Randall Wade Vetter Park is on the left-hand side of Five-Mile Dam, facing the park from Old Stagecoach Road. The 43-acre expansion of Dudley Johnson Park is across the street from the park and is still in the acquisition phase. Dudley Johnson Park is locat- ed along Old Stagecoach Road, or CR 136, just south of Kyle, and is within the extra territorial jurisdiction of the city of San Marcos. Curves is 30-minute fitness, commonsense weight loss, and all . the support you need to achieve your goals. Curvea The power to amaze yourself." 5121295-7505 100-A Houston Street Buda, TX 78610 512/282-4912 12000-A Manchaca Rd. 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To ! impact water bills next summer, reduce I your landscape's thirst by reducing grassy I areas and creating bigger and mulched I beds with native plants. Remember, fall is I I the the best season for planting in Texas I due to cooler temperatures and typically I wetter weather. ! I Sept. 4,9,14,19,24,29 Sept. 1,6,11,1.6,21,26 ! Provided by the Barton SpringsEdwards Aquifer Conservation District ! I (512) 282-8441 www.bseacd.org I I I I _.- cut alon dotted line and put on refrigerator or bulletin board I General Fund Reserves for computer upgrade, for-the Tax Asesso-ts 'Office. , : NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE The Hays Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 6:30 PM, September 15, 2003 in the Jack C. Hays High School Career and Technology Center, 4800 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda, Texas 78610 (lurpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this men!lug or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice. Comnarison of Pronosed Rates with Last Year's Rates Maintenance Interest & Local Revenue State Revenue & Operations Sinking Fund* Total Per Student Per Student Last Year's Rate $1.2937 $0.3863 $1.6800 $3,094 $3,920 Rate to Maintain Same $1.4970 $0.3863 $1.8833 $3,629 $3,375 Levd of Maintenance & Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service ' Propomd Rate $13796 $0.3613 $13409 $3,368 $3,375 * The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district. Comparison of ProPosed Lew with Last Year's Lew on Average Residence Average Market Value of Residences Average TaxableValue of Residences Last Year's Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value Taxes Due on Average Residence Increase (Decrease) in Taxes LastV.r $96,886 $104,232 $76,160 $84,014 $1.6800 $1.7409 $1,279.49 $ t ,462.60 $183.11 Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. Notice of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiting voter approval at an election is $1.8948. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of $1.8948. Fund Balances The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by'a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment: Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance( $4,454,000 Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s) $1,600,000