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+ LOBO MOMENTUM Victory gives Lobos momentum for Homecoming matchup with Hays. - Page 1B WHERE'S THE BEEF? You won't find any beef at Plum Creek's new vegan food delivery service - Veggytopia. - Page 1D Ct, Oq tt~ I1 O, ....... HaysFreePress'com @Barton Publications, Inc. No. 24 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 w City also OKs tax rate, budget BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Buda City Council mem- bers on Tuesday voted to raise the tile city's property tax rate nearly one penny, approved a citywide comprehensive plan and handled several other points of business during a busy night at City Hall. The council also voted to join a coalition of cities opposing a private utility's efforts to raise and consoli- date water rates for customers around the state. Buda joins five other cities, including Kyle. that are fighting to block Monarch Utilities LC from increasing rates as much as 62 perce:nt. "I am really concerned they will raise their rates and then not do a thing for their infrastructure," Mayor Pro Tern Sandra Tenorio said. "It's detrimental to us and our economy that their infrastruc- ture is so bad." Monarch has exclusive rights to provide water to an area that Buda is targeting for commercial growth, but city leaders said the company's infrastructure and high rates could slow growth there. The City Council also hoped to ensure that Monarch would not raise rates in Buda to pay for improvements made elsewhere. HEW BUDGET, TAX RATE INCREASE The council unanimously approved a new budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year. Under the new tax rate of 26.66 cents per $100 of property value, the owner of an average home valued at $159.000 will pay about $424 in city property taxes, or about $16 more than last year. See BUDA COUNCIL, pg. 2A II I i ~ L i . . CROSS-TOWN RIVALS MEET PHOTOS BY BRUCE RUCKEL, www.chaparralphoto.com When crosstown rivals meet this Friday, will the Lehman Lobos finally beat the Rebels? Or will Hays High extend its record to 6-0 in the battle for dominance of Bob Shelton Stadium? SEE iNSIDE FOR SPECIAL SECTION ning BY WES FERGUSON 'A rivalry is fine in terms of friendly competition," said Tim Savoy, the dis- wes@haysfreepress.com trict spokesman. "But the administration doesn't want it to be something that would Come Friday night, there will be no lead to vandalism or fights or anything brawl for Bob Shelton Stadium. No havoc like that. so they're careful about how they in Hays. No bedlam in Buda. shape it. To many people, football is a metaphor "I think everybody from the superinten. for war - from ground attacks to aerial as- dent on down is aware of it and wants to saults, to blitzes, bombs and batfles in the make sure (the game) stays safe and fun for trenches. But as the Hays High Rebels and the kids." Lehman Lobos take the field this Friday, Lehman High and Hays High share a district administrators are downplaying references to a batfle between the schools. See TONING IT DOWN, pg. 6A County threatened to stop work BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com A conciliatory Kyle City Council on Tuesday official- ly acknowledged that it owes as much as $2 million for an ongoing widening of Dacy Lane but asked for a pay- ment plan to meet its share of the project. Council members said they hoped the move would Jaime Sanchez voting nay, to be enough to convince Hays execute the Dacy Lane con- County to resume work on tract, which allows the city to the road, which was halted shareinanycostsavingsifthe this week along with other project costs less than the es- projects in an ongoing dis- timated$8.2 millionpricetag. pute about how much the But since the city does not municipal government owes have the money budgeted or the county. County Judge readily available. Huebner's Bert Cobb said on Mon- motion included a provision day that he would move to that the city ask the county abandon both the partially 'for a loan with payments not completed Dacy Lane and being due until at least Octo- a planned rerouting of FM ber next year. 150 East unless the cash- Commissioners Debbie strapped city agreed to pay Gonzales Ingalsbe and Will money it owes the county. Conley "both told me that On a motion from coun- unfortunately the judge's cil member Russ Huebner, the council voted 5-1, with See ROAD DISPUTE, pg. 6A BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com The decomposing body of a man discovered Friday under the Interstate 35 bridge along the Blanco River in San Marcos is being investigated as a ho- micide, authorities say. The body of Frank Allen Urrutia, 51, of San Marcos. was found in a brushy area by a local game warden on patrol for hunters, according to San Marcos po- lice. which is leading URRUTIA the investigation. Urrutia sustained blunt force trauma, said San Marcos Police Commander Penny Dunn. Around 6 p.m., a game war- den came across the body after a strong odor surfaced in the air. "He smelled something de- composing and thought it was an animal carcass," San Marcos Police Chief How- ard W'dliams said. "He then found the body." The body has been sent for ex- amination to Cen- tral Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, police say. "We're pretty posi- tive it was a murder," Williams said. Police are search- ing for Urrutia's white 2000 GMC single-cab See BODY FOUND, pg. 2A Subscriber aaaress St. Anthony Fiesta This 102nd annual Fiesta will feature food, games and live music beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle. CONNG UP Arsenic and Old Lace The Wimberley Players will feature an uproarious comedy about a disfunctional, murderous, but entertaining family known as the Brewsters. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2:30 matinee on Sunday at the Wimberley Playhouse. Boot Scootin' Foodie Come out for the second annual Taste of Hays County, Boot Scootin' Foodie at Texa ,~ Old Town. Restaurants and food vendors will be there serving up signature trea{s to raise money for United Way of Hays County. Sunday from 5-9 p.m. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. NOTICE TO READERS Over the next four weeks, the Hays Free Press will be mailing an extra 2.000 newspapers to lucky residents in Kyle and Buda. Some subscribers may receive two copies of the paper. That's okay. Feel free to pass along your second copy to a friend. 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