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Page 4A Hays Free Press * September 16, 2015 + Excess Water Continued from pg. 1A But HCPUA, while pro- viding sufficient water to supply of good water. Until then, Kyle and Explanatory Statements for the November 3, 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election Proposition Number I exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property." Proposition Number 4 (H JR 73) HJR 73 proposes a constitutional amendment that would grant the legislature the authority to pass statutes to allow a professional and manage wildlife and to preserve the future of hunting and fishing. The proposed amendment would establish hunting and fishing as the preferred method of managing and controlling wildlife in Texas. The its participants, is trying San Marcos signed a con- to find a steady supply of tract early onwith the water until the delivery GBRA to use its delivery system from the Car- system, and has been rizo-Wilcox is complete in paying for use of GBRP/s the early 2020s, possibly existing facilities - pipe- by 2023. The undertaking lines and storage tanks. is large; capital costs are Until Kyle and San Marc0s expected to be around need all of this water, they $200 million and it should have an excess to sell to give the region a 50-year Buda. Buda Secures Water Continued from pg. 1A the Kyle City Council ben- efits Buda, Kyle and San Marcos. In addition, it pro- vides Buda water during the interim period of the Hays Caldwell Public Util- ity Agency's Carrizo -Wil- cox project, which is projected to go online by 2O23. The first part of the agreement, which HCPUA Exec- utive Director Graham Moore helped negotiate, allows for the use of GBRA existing facili- ties and infra- structure for the delivery of water. The second part of the agree- get Buda access to water it needs," Moore said. "It gives them a level of com- fort that they have access to this water." The key to the entire agreement is that neither Ruge said Buda is still a contracted customer of EP, but that the company has until Oct. 20 to prove the quantity city feels like it is subsi- dizing the water use of the other's residents. Everyone benefits, Moore said. Buda gets water and Kyle and San Marcos get some revenue offwater that they've been paying for and not using. and quality of What the their water, cost of the ment, still under negotia- tion, will come up with a payment plan for the cost of the water. Moore said a consultant who special- izes in rate work will put -together a formula to make sure each city is paying for its water and that its cus- tomers are not subsidizing the water consumption of the other town. Kyle and San Marcos signed a contract early on with GBRA to use its deliv- ery system, and has been paying for use of GBRXs ex- isting facilities - pipelines and storage tanks. Until Kyle and San Marcos need all of this water, they have an excess to sell to Buda. Because of the compli- cated nature of the agree- ment- involving the GBRA, Kyle and San Marcos - all entities had to sign a letter agreement allowing Kyle and San Marcos to make available to Buda their ex- cess water on a temporary basis via GBRXs existing infrastructure. The move provides relief for Buda, as its recent water scramble comes to a partial end. Prior to this contract, the city had contracted to Electro Purification (EP), a Houston-based private water supplier, to purchase 1 million gallons of water when Buda forecast that it needed water as early as 2017. EP had contracted to pump the water from the Cow Creek Formation of the Trinity Aquifer in western Hays County. But protests sprang up in the spring over EP's wells, which sat in a "white zone," an area without any over- sight. State Rep. Jason Isaac and local residents came together against the wells, legislation was passed and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conserva- tion District (BSEACD) was put in charge of the "white zone area. John Dupnik, General Manager of the BSEACD, said EP has publicly stated it would apply for a tem- porary permit for its wells in the district's expanded boundaries. Dupnik said EP has not yet submitted a permit. Ruge said Buda is still a contracted customer of EP, but that the company has until Oct. 20 to prove the quantity and quality of their water. Despite the contract's complicated nature, all entities feel it is a workable solution to get Buda the water it needs. In addition, it allows Kyle and San Marcos to collect money for their reserved capaci , of which they are making payments to GBRA. "This agreement will (S JR 1) Proposition Number 2 sports team charitable foundation to proposed amendment is not intended SJR 1 - Current law provides an (H JR 75) conduct charitable raffles under the to affect any law or provision exemption of $15,000 from the ad HJR 75 - In 2011, voters approved terms and conditions imposed by related to trespass, property rights valorem taxation for public school a constitutional amendment to general law. The laws passed under or eminent domain, and would purposes of a residence homestead, allow a surviving spouse of a this authority may provide that the not prevent the legislature from The proposed amendment would 100 percent or totally disabled professional sports team charitable authorizing a municipality to increase this exemption to $25,000, veteran an exemption from ad foundation may use proceeds regulate the discharge of a firearm starting in the tax year beginning valorem taxation from all or part from such charitable raffles in a populated area in the interest of January 1, 2015. In order to reflect of the market value on the disabled to pay reasonable advertising, safety. the increased exemption on the veteran's residence homestead, as promotional, and administrative homestead of a person 65 years of long as the surviving spouse had expenses. Any law enacted by this The. proposed amendment Will I age or older or a disabled person, not remarried. The amendment did provision only applies to entities appe~aF"on .the balloi 'ff~"'!i~ll~!.~, I the proposed amendment would not apply to surviving spouses of defined as professional sports team "The constitutional amend~,~: I provide a reduction to the current veterans who died before 2011. ' ' ' ' " " ...... ~ ~ ": charLtable foundatmns on January 1 4 'reeogamngt~R ~tght of~ limitation on the total amount of This amendment would extend 2016. Additionally, any law enacted to hunt. fish. and harv~'ld~iree~T~ ad valorem taxes. The proposed the exemption in such cases. The by this provismn may only allow subject to laws thai promote amendment would protect school proposed amendment would apply charitable raffles to be conducted wildlife conservation." districts from all or part of the only to ad valorem taxes imposed at games hosted at the home venue revenue loss by authorizing an for a tax year beginning on or after of the professional sports team Proposition Number 7 appropriation of funds according to January 1, 2016. associated with a professional sports (S JR 5) formulas set by the legislature. In team charitable foundation addition, the proposed amendment The proposed amendment would S JR 5 proposes a constitutional would authorize the legislature appear on the ballot as follows: The proposed amendment would amendment to dedicate a portion to prohibit a political subdivision "The constitutional amendment appear on the ballot as follows: of revenues from (1) the state sales from reducing or repealing a authorizing the legislature to "The constitutional amendment and use tax, and (2) the tax imposed homestead exemption adopted by provide for an exemption from ad authorizing the legislature to on the sale. use. or rental of a motor the political subdivision. Finally, valorem taxation of all or part of permit professional sports team vehicle, to the State Highway Fund the proposed amendment would the market value of the residence charitable foundations to conduct (SHF). Under current law. these prohibit the imposition of a tax on homestead of the surviving charitable raffles." funds would be deposited to the the conveyance of real property, but spouse of a 100 percent or totally General Revenue Fund. Money Would not prohibit the imposition of disabled veteran who died before Proposition Number 5. deposited to the SHF is intended to a business tax measured by business the law authorizing a residence (S JR 17) be used only to construct, maintain. activity, a tax on the production of homestead exemption for such a SJR 17 proposes a constitutional or acquire rights-of-way for public minerals, a tax on the issuance of veteran took effect." amendment which would increase roadways other than toil roads: or to title insurance, or a change in the from 5,000 to 7.500 the maximum repay certain transportation-related rate of a tax in existence on January Proposition Number 3 total population threshold of a debt. 1, 2016. (S JR 52) county that is allowed to construct S JR 52 proposes a constitutional and maintain private roads as long The proposed amendment would The proposed amendment will amendment to repeal the as the county imposes a reasonable appear on the ballot as follows: appear on the ballot as follows: requirement for the Comptroller of charge for the work. "The constitutional amendment "The constitutional amendment Public Accounts, the Commissioner dedicating eertain sales and use increasing the amount of the of the General Land Office, the The proposed amendment will tax revenue and motor vehicle residence homestead exemption Attorney General, and any other appear on the ballot as follows: sales, use. and rental tax revenue from ad valorem taxation for officers elected statewide to reside "The constitutional amendment to the state highway fund to public school purposes from in Austin, Texas, the state capital, to authorize counties with a provide funding for noutolled $15,000 to $25,000, providing for Under current law, these statewide population of 7,500 or less to roads and the reduction of certain a reduction of the limitation on elected officers are required to reside perform private road construction transportation-relateddeht." the total amount of ad valorem in the capital of the State of Texas and maintenance." taxes that may be imposed for while in office. This amendment those purposes on the homestead would not apply to the residency Proposition Number 6 future water will be is still being negotiated. But, with the cost of water rising all the time, all parties involved seemed happy to take the step toward assured water rather than risk running out in the near future. of an elderly or disabled person requirement for the Governor. (S JR 22) to reflect the increased exemption S JR 22 proposes a constitutional amount, authorizing the The proposed amendment wilt amendment that would add the right legislature to prohibit a political appear on the ballot as. follows: to hunt. fish and harvest wildlife. subdivision that has adopted an "The constitutional amendment including by use of traditional optional residence homestead repealing the requirement thai methods, in the Bill of Rights exemption from ad valorem state officers elected by voters of the Texas Constitution. This taxation from reducing the statewide reside in the state right would be subject to laws and amount of or repealing the capital." regulations intended to conserve Published by Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos. ~, 1-800-252- VOTE/8683). BROADWAY BANK We're here for good? Buda Banking Center ] 321 N. FM 1626 ] 512.295.8000 ] 800.531.7650 Kyle Banking Center [ 5809 Kyle Pkwy. [ 512.268.2021 I 800.531.7650 39 Neighborhood Locations [ [ MnmberFI}lC [ E L I~i + Jill i!) iiiii ;I I !illll :!i