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Current Events September 18, 2003 Page 8 The Free Press Just say Count00i counters state on P--00position 12-vote Staff Report REA-Hays County vot- ers disagreed with the statewide electorate Saturday, sending the highly controver- sial Proposition 12 down to a 4,312-4,002 defeat in last Saturday's constitutional amendment balloting This propOsition will grant the legislature the power to set limits on the amount of money juries can award citizens in medical lawsuits and also opens the door to similar restraints on other types of suits. In addition, a majority of Hays Countians vetoed three other amendments that passed muster in the state as a whole. Proposition 3, which exempts religious organizations from property taxes on unused land, lost 4,285-3,612. Proposition 18, eliminating elections for local office when there are no opposing candidates, went down 4,012-3,896. Proposition 20, which creates a bond program that will grant loans to defense-related com- munities, also lost by a vote of 3,821-3,745. All of the other 18 amend- ments got favorable votes in the county. Statewide, all 22 were victorious, with the law suit amendment passing by a slim 623,225-616,577 margin. The opposition to Proposition 12 was even stronger in the northern end of Hays County. All four polling places voted it down, defeat- ing it by a combined vote of ,1,583-1,181. The combined Kyle- Mountain City box went 560 against and 405 for, Buda and the eastern rural areas voted 156 against and 135 for and the three west of Buda boxes registered 417 votes against and 360 for. East of the Interstate's two voting areas totaled 207 against and 94 for, while Driftwood's vote was 247 against and 187 t;or. The anti majority racked up 57.3 percent of the votes cast in this area. Mayor James Adkins, left, receives a plaque made from an anti-recall yard sign as a gesture from the Citizens for the Unification of Kyle (CUK) - the group that supported and campaigned for the mayor in the recall election. Presenting the plaque is CUK Treasurer Lila Knight. (photo by Bill Peterson) Mayor beats recall, from page 1 However, Kyle was only a town of 2,000 people When more than 800 people voted in that election. Today, Kyle is a town f about 12,000 People, expected to triple in population ir the next five years. A group calling itself Kyle Concerned Citizens (KCC) began working for Adkins' recall this spring after the city agreed to pay Saturday's election, with Adkins joined by Councilmembers Mike Moore and Becky Selbera in his own support, while Council- member Lon Taylor said he didn't support the recall. Taylor, along with Council- members Troy Bearden, Todd Webster and Cris Martinez, form a council majority that advocates greater council participation in a $130,000 fine to the Barton the writing of legislation, as iSprings/Edwards Aquifer Co '! Opposed to the )kns faction" tservation District for ovuxnv- . . IY,  ,  mg ts water permt'l'as'c year. The group collected more than 400 signatures in a little less than 90 days to force the election. CUK attempted numerous challenges tQ the election, includ- ing the _iq,ofr0re !bn 500 signature's' in"kiflaan tffo weeks to petition fcJr the suspen- sion of the election. But City' Attor. BarrA. ey Knight/and the councii turned' back CUK s efforts so CUIurn6d tithe cam- paign trail. ' : '  A majority of the council expressed disagreement with the recall in the days le'ading to which believes council should set ' VA  broad policy and order Mattis to work out the details. Bob Barton, publisher of The Free Press and leader of the elec- toral movement to defeat the recall, said the election put the lie to a purported split between old town Kyle which was said to sup- port the Adkins-Mattis establish- ment, and new town Kyle, an alleged demographic block that has sextupled the town's popula- tion in the last 12 years and was supposed to crave change. Barton said that even if 90 percent of old Kyle voted.agains! the recall, the total margin indi- cated that 60 percent of the rest of town must have voted against the recall, as well. FARMERS INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES Buda, Texas 78610 512-295-6464 "]/bur local one stop insurance agemy "' Located behind HEB next door to Pizza Hut! AUTO HOME LIFE BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MORE! Karen's Kountry hours our hours on Sunday and their p services. 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Brisket Plate with Rice, Beans and Potato Salad $5 oo per plate September 20, 2003 Pick up at 210 Ash Street, Buda, TX across from Buda Elementary School 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Larry or Julie at 512-268-0574 , i m -- I ' [] A I .1 A V I" m m o m Local Library Events Kyle Community Library Children's Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Buda Public Library Bilingual Storytime, Mondays 11 a.m. Pre-School Storytime with crafts, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. San Marcos Public Library Free Spanish Classes, Thursday evenings from Sept. 18-Nov. 20, 7:00 p.m. Hours of Operation: Basil Anthony Moreau Library Kyte (Buda Public Library) Community Library Monday 10am-8prh Monday' 11am-5pm Tuesday 10am-7pm Tuesday 10arm8pm Wednesday 10am-7pm Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday 10am-7pm Thumday 10am-8prn Friday 10am-5pm Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10arn-5pm Saturday 9am-3pm " Sunday Closed Sunday Closed San Marcos Wirnbedey Village Public Library Library Monday 10am-gpm Monday 10am-8pm Tuesday 10am-gpm Tuesday 10am-6prn Wednesday 10am-9pm thlnesday 10am-8prn Thursday 10am-gpm Thursday Closed Friday 10am-6pm Fdday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday lpm-6pm Sunday Closed