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BUSINESS Hays Free Press September 11, 2013 Page 4D + Ski Quest wants two million gallons of groundwater a year The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will hold a Public Hearing at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at its office at 1124 Regal Row in Austin. The Public Hearing concerns an application that was submitted by Ski Quest Inc. Ski Quest Inc, located at 10815 FM 16t5, Austin, Texas 78669, filed a well drilling authorization application and a produc- tion permit application on June 26, 2013 with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District for a new nonex- empt well and a Historical Saline Edwards Production Permit to withdraw an an- nual permitted volume of approximately 2,000,000 gallons per year of groundwater from the Saline Edwards Aquifer manage- ment zone. Ski Quest will operate the pro- posed well for commercial use to supply water to maintain a recreational water ski lake. The volume ofpumpage requested was commensurate with an estimate of reasonable demand for the intended use and upon approval, would be required to comply with the provisions of a Histori- cal Saline Edwards Production Permit. Following the public hearing, the Board will consider and may take action on the application. Contact the District office at (512) 282-8441 for more information. Texas Comptroller announces rollout of 'Debt-at-a-Glance' To make it simpler for Texans to look at the finances of local governments in their area- and the magnitude of their out- standing debt- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced the rollout of NEWSBRIEFS new "Debt-at-a-Glance" Web pages, which detail state and local debt in an easy-to- read, shareable format. Debt-at-a-Glance outlines the outstand- ing debt of Texas, as well as the state's 20 most populous cities and counties. It can be found on the Comptroller's recently launched Tell the Truth Texas Web resource which is collecting useful and hard-to- find information on the finances of local governments throughout Texas. In the detailed city and county sections of Debt-at-a-Glance at www.tellthetruth- texas.org/debt/, Web users can pick from any of the largest 20 cities or counties and see debt totals and trends, in addition to details on tax rates, debt elections, autho- rized but unissued debt, certificates of obligation and links to the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for each city or county. "Taxpayers pay the freight when govern- ment asks them to take on debt," Combs said. "These Web pages are part of our continuing efforts to help provide simple ways for taxpayers to find out what they're already on the hook for. The Internet is the new town square, and we want to give busyTexans easy and quick access to information to help them get involved in government." Debt-at-a-Glance also enables users to determine how each of the 20 cities and counties compares in total debt outstand- ing and debt outstanding per capita. The data is updated through the end of fiscal 2012 and comes from the Bond Review Board, which compiles debt informa- tion reported by state agencies and local governments. Debt-at-a-Glance data for the 20 school districts with the largest student populations will be added next, as will additional cities and counties and special purpose districts. After efforts to introduce more trans- parency into local spending and debt never made it to a flail vote in the recent legislative session, Combs announced the creation of the Tell The Truth Texas website, www.tellthetruthtexas.org, which is a one-stop source to collect all available information on local government finances in Texas to give taxpayers the information they need to make informed decisions. Lockhart is booming Business and retail growth is booming in Lockhart. Construction of the Lockhart Retail Center is complete, and close to 75 percent fully leased. You Name It, a yogurt shop, recently opened and new businesses coming to Lockhart in the next 60 days include Great Clips, River Rock Dental and AT&T. Also scheduled to come to Lock- hart is Factory Connection, which offers brand name fashions at discounted prices. First Lockhart National Bank is develop- ing prime property into 4 pad sites, and negotiations are underway which should lead to several additional new businesses for Lockhart. According to Sandra Mauldin, Economic Development Director, downtown Lock- hart is equally active and colorful with restored historic buildings housing an eclectic blend of retail, restaurants, enter- tainment venues, museums and residen- tial choices. The Chisolm Trail Ballroom, located in the oldest standing building in the historic central downtown district is drawing well-known music performers on the weekends, and features movie nights throughout the week on a 19-foot screen. Renovation of the second and third floors of the Eugene Clark annex will be complete by the end of the year. "This is only the beginning of what we expect to be an extended period of high growth," Mayor LewWhite said. "We're taking a proactive approach to growth while ensuring that Lockhart retains all its historic integrity that has made it a special hometown for our 13,000-plus residents and has warmly welcomed its many visi- tors each year." Financial Focus Continued from pg. 1D grandchildren's parents and let them decide how best to employ it for college. But you do have other options. For example, you could establish a 529 plan and name your grandchildren as beneficia- ries. With a 529 plan, any poten- tial earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education ex- penses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes if you participate in your home state's plan. However, 529 plans var so check with your tax advisor regarding deductibility. In all likelihood, you'll be able to contribute as much as you want to a 529 plan, because the lifetime contri- bution limits are generous - although these limits vary by state. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: If your grandchild decides against an eligible college or vocational school, you can generally transfer the unused funds to an eligible family member. A 529 plan is not the only college savings vehicle avail- able to help your grandchil- dren; for other possibilities, you may want to consult with your financial advisor. In any case, once you start taking your RMDs from your retirement accounts, think about putting any "excess" amounts to work for your grandchildren's college educa- tion. Your generosity could provide benefits for a lifetime. This article was written by Edward]ones for use by your local Edward]ones Financial Advisor. Closing Up Shop Continued from pg. 1 D contract. Any personal items remaining in the business after 30 days would become the property of Waldrip. That same building has had only five barbers in the past 101 years. LaCaze bought the business from Sam "Slim" Stockton in 1972. Lois said the business has operated continuously under all the owners, until this month. "We shut it down," Lois said. "It bothers us, but we felt we didn't have a choice." Once they got the notice from Waldrip, LaCaze and his wife asked their three grown children to come home and help them move everything out of the shop - they wanted to get it done quickly so nothing would be left to Waldrip. LaCaze said the landlord tried to claim some of the barbershop furniture, which made LaCaze wonder why he would need it. LaCaze then discovered that one of his former barbers named Rudy was setting up shop. "I talked to Rudy a few times about buying the business," LaCaze said. "But now he doesn't have to buy anything." His comment echoed one his wife made earlier. "Nobody is buying the shop, but we're kicked out," she said. Is he upset at Rudy for how things turned out? "Rudy worked for me 10 or12 years," LaCaze said. "He can have [the shop]. He's had three barbershops and he's never made anything of it." What's next for LaCaze? "I don't know what to do with myself," he said. "I'm going to do something." He may look for a shop to rent in Kyle, but for now, he's taking it day-by-day and focusing on getting healthy again. "Not only is he losing his livelihood," Lois said, "but if he had the option to sell, he's lost that. People wanted to buy the shop. It stopped that legacy of being on the square when he lost the lease." Lois said going back to work was her husband's inspiration for getting well. "He needs something," she said. LaCaze said he would like to keep cutting hair. "I love to barber," he said. A AIRLINE .... M CA R E E RS BEGIN HERE ...... : .......... Become an Aviation Mechanic. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified Housing available. Job placement assistance CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance Dalla s - 800-475-4102 or Houston - 800-743-1392 800-315-3973 HORE WAYS TO WATCH. HORE WAYS TO SAVE. ORDER NOW $1Q00 .l.r HO Public Notices continued The first time I came to PAWS they named me Chance. Well, as hard as we all try, sometimes you need a third chance. 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The hearing will com- mence at or about 6:15 p.m. The hearing concerns an application submitted by Grey Rock Golf Club (7401 State Hwy. 45, Austin, TX 78739-1901) on February 20, 2013 with the Barton Springs/ Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) for a Historic Trinity Produc- tion Permit to withdraw an annual permitted volume of 35,000,000 gallons per year of groundwater from an existing well producing from the Middle Trinity Aquifer. Grey Rock will operate the well as an irrigation well, providing water for irrigation of the golf course and landscape turf grass and planting beds. The requested volume is commensurate with an estimate of reasonable demand for the intended use and, if approved, would be required to comply with permit provisions including curtailment of pumpage during District-declared drought. l I i i / W A V V TexSCAN Week of September 8, 2013 LOOMIX FEED supplements is seek- ing Dealers. Motivated individuals with cattle knowledge and community ties. 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