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September 18, 2003 Current Events Page 3 The Free Press J i i i Hays school board approves ' Below are tax rates, either adopted or.under consideration, by 20 Central Texas school districts. The list, presented by the nickel tax hike more teachers Hays ClSD administration to the Board of Trustees Monday, includes most of the nearby districts, except Johnson City and Lockhart. The tax rates listed show that Hays is in the lower half of local districts, though at the very bottom in Maintenance & Operations (M&O) rate and third from the highest in Interest BY BILL PETERSON showing the Hays CISD rate to the county, hibit police from questioning & Sinking (I&S) rate. Editor be in the lower half of area pro- However, the school district students without parental notifi- The districts are listed here from the highest total property posed school tax fates. Round has grown to the extent that it cation, tax rate to the lowest. AYS CISD-The Hays Rock came in with the highest may, in the near future, be in "If a police officer comes to School District Mgo IgS Total .CISD made the decision it proposed overall property tax position toappointtwomembers question a student, we don't Round Rock $1.50 $0.37 $1.87 figured would be necessary last rate at $1.87, while San Marcos to the seven-member board. The have the authority to tell him he New Braunfels $1.4895 $0.3655 $1.855 month, approving a 4.95 cents ($1.60) and Austin ($1.6137) Hays CISD holds 1,380 of 7,000 can't," London said. "Anything Pflugerville $1.50 $0.35 $1.85 property tax rate increase at proposed the two lowest rates, total votes for CAD members, we do that supercedes the state, Leander $1.48 $0.35 $1.83 Monday night's meeting. However, Hays came in with with only 875 votes needed to we have tO have our attorneys Cereal $1.50 $0.33 $1.83 The new rate of $1.7295 is a the lowest M&O rate. Every elect one member. The board look at it." Del Valle $1.50 $0.2968 $1.7968 penny higher than the figure the other district on the chart except discussed the possibility of Altmiller also proposed that Lake Travis $1.50 $0.2890 $1.7890 board briefly considered at its New Braunfels, Leander and leveraging its additional 505 the section sanctioning students Eanes $1.50 $0.2778 $1.7778 August meeting, before the Dripping Springs is proposing votes for another representative for plagerism be adjusted. Georgetown $1.50 $0.2650 $1.765 Dripping Springs $1.45 $0.3054 $1.7554 administration reported a steep M&O taxes at the state maxi- by dealing with another entity Altmiller said the penalty for Elgin $1.50 $0.23 $1.73 enrollment incline that would mum of $1.50. The Hays CISD for the extra 370 votes needed, plagerism should be automati- Lago Vista $1.50 $0.23 $1.73 require additional funding for could generate another $2.1 mil- "I feel very strongly that we cally no credit for the assign- HAYS $1.3682 $0.3613 $1.7295 more teachers. lion by taxing at the $1.50 max- should have two represents- ment, rather than leaving the Manor $1.50 $0.2291 $1.7291 Hays CISD Superintendent imum. tives,"Trustees President Laurie teacher with too much discre- Wimberley $1.50 $0.19 $1.69 Kirk London said at the August "We could raise another $2.1 Cromwell said. tion. Liberty Hill $1.50 $0.165 $1.665 meeting that the budget included million to address the needs we One possible source could be London said the administra- Taylor $1.50 . $0.15 $1.65 enough money to hire five or six have, but we're trying to be fis- Hays County, which historically tion would look into these and Bastrop $1.50 $0.1430 $,1.643 new teachers, but another five or cally responsible with the tax- gives its 1,358 votes to the City other matters addressed in the Austin $1.50 $0.1137 $1.6137 San Marcos "$1.50 $0.10 $1.60 six might be needed. A penny on payers' money," Hays CISD of San Marcos, which has three proposed code. the tax rate generates $160,000, Board President Laurie voting members on the CAD. enough to pay five entry-level Cromwell said. The board also discussed a teachers. Having passed an $89.5 mil- student code of conduct, which AGE vvN With the approved tax rate, lion bond issue in 2001, hewer- has been delayed while the ' & the district has been able to hire er, the Hays CISD taxes at the Texas Association of School a total of 11 new elementary third highest I&S rate on the list, Boards (TASB) works out the We want you to know the SEVEN Financial Mistakes most seniors make. This is an educational presentation school teachers since the begin- behind only Round Rock (37 implications from the last leg- with no noster obligation. A freemeal will be served. ning of school, bringing the dis- cents) and New Braunfels (36.55 islative session. trict in line with the state-man- cents). San Marcos (10 cents) Altmiller raised particular Join us atthe Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W. Hwy 290. dated ratio of 22 students per and Austin (11.37 cents) pro- questions about students fights Sixmiles East of Dripping Springs. Sessions are: 10:00-11:30am OR 4:00 - 5:30pro on Thurs., OoL 9 teacher in Kindergarten through posed the lowest I&S rates, under the proposed code of stu- Grade Four. "We have facilities needs that dent conduct. He was especially National Estate Services (Austin, TR) will be your host! The new tax rate includes a drive our I&S rate," Scherf said. concerned that the proposed FOR A RESERVATION CALL: 1-888-550-5616 (24/7) Maintenance & Operations Trustee Chip DuPont codedidn't contain provisions (M&O) rate of $1.3862, a 7.45 motioned for the tax rate, with for parents to be notified if their cents increase on the FY 2003 Trustee Henry Altmiller second- children are .questioned by M&O rate. However, the ing and the board going unani- police. Interest & Sinking rate of 36.13 mously in its favor. "I think we need to protect cents, represents a 2.5 cents The district also approved the fights of parents," Altmiller decrease from the FY 2003 rate. Calvin Kirkham, who lives just said. Interim Assistant outside of Kyle, as its represen- Cromwell added that she, Superintendent of Business and tative to the Hays County too, would like language calling Development Carter Scherf pre- Appraisal District (CAD), which for parental notification. sented the Board of Trustees a is responsiblefordetermining However, London said the dis- ',(ou liSt of 20 local school districts, the taxable value of property in trict couldn't go so far as to pro- the moment. , , .... Disce and r minded e voters wisely refused to be stampeded into throw- ing our mayor out of office last Saturday. Mayor Adkins stood tall in his support of the council-manager form of goverment which Kyle voters overwhelmingly adopted less than three years ago. The victory margin, (718 to 262) shows that nearly 75 percent of Kyle's voters believe in fair play and reject attempts by a few zealots to drive a good man from political office. [ In addition to all you good voting citizens, [ we want to express our deep appreciation to all who worked so hard in this campaign. The Tobias family basks in their father's glory at Sunday's dedication. From left to right are Steven, Michael, Anna Maria and Angie Tobias. (photos by Joel San iiguel) Special Thanks are due to David "Picasso" Wilson, Carol Whisenant, Becky Selbera, Frank Ortunio, Virginia Moore, Pete Krug, Lila Knight, Calvin Kirkham, Bob Barton, and Tony Aguirre. Also; Georgia Vivian, Fred Rothert, Ned Arcides, Danny i Ortunio, Sarah Hernandez, Kevin Foley, Craig Young, Chevo Pastrano Jr., Esther Hicks,. Susie Fuentes, Tom and Joan Searcy, Debbie Moore, Paula Alvarez, Angie Tobias, Julie Garza, Mary Saucedo, Carmen Zavala, Bob Young, George Rios, Albert Busse, Debbie Muoz, James Kohler, Pat Van Voorhis, Willie and Daphne Tenorio, Melinda Christ, Chevo Pastrano, Esperanza Orosco, Sandra Tenorio, Peter French, Lupe Torres, Donn Brooks, Dora Pastrano, Jessie Falcon Jr., Adolph Garza, Ed Winn, Lisa Rosalie Tobias received a standing ovation from the crowd that gathered at Tobias Elementary Sunday. Moore and Steve Larson (along with others too numerous to mention) for walking the neighborhoods, putting up signs, car- Tobias Dedication, from page 1 rying anti-recall petitions and all of the other time-consuming 35 on SH 150, the school was High School, Tobias survived a earned a degree in accounting at and monotonous activities that made up our hard-fought and funded from an $89.5 million commercial airplane crash that Southwest Texas State. highly successful campaign to keep Kyle on the right course, as bond issue passed in February killed 82 soldiers on their way Tobias later became the first well as successfully defending Mayor Adkins. 2001. The school board decided to Ardmore, O K, four years Hispanic member of the Hays to name the school after Tobias later. CISD Board of Trustees, for Pol. Adv. by Citizens for the Unification of Kyle; Lila Knight,Treasurer, P.O. Box 784, Kyle, TX 78640 in December of that year. After retiring from the which he served 12 years, four A 1962 gradua.te of Buds Armed Forces in 1970, Tobias as board president. [] AUTO OUT 1 SAN T