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September 25, 2003 Current Events Page 3 The Free Press Two years later, county issues $3.5M parks bonds BY DANIEL MICmL Staff Writer OUNTY-The Hays County Commissioners Court has finally gotten around to issuing the $3.5 million in parks and recreation bonds approved by voters in 2001. At the suggestion of First Southwest Company, financial consultant for the county, the commissioners voted to issue the bonds along with the refi- nancing of $8.5 million worth right-of-way road bonds issued in 1994 and 1995. According to Daniel WegmiUer, financial ana- lyst with First Southwest Company, the county will save $435,000 in eight years by refi- nancing the bonds at 4.4 per- cent. Wegmiller reported that Moody's Investor's service assigned a favorable finan- cial rating for the county. Hays County's assessed value grew by 8.5 percent between 2002 and 2003, to $6.2 billion. The county's unemployment rate for 2003 was 5.8 percent, lower than the state average of 7.1 per- cent. Moody's expected the county's growth to continue at a moderate rate as more traditional agricultural land is transformed into suburban cOmmunities. In other developments: The commissioners are growing increasingly upset with the county's building mainte- nance department for approving contracts before obtaining pur- chase orders. Commissioner Bill Burnett of Pct. 3 asked, "How many times have we had this exact situation? ...Yet it continues to happen. The policy is in place for reason." The commissioners reluc- tantly agreed to pay $II,000 worth of invoices for refurbish- ments to the county justice cen- ter, though commissioners said that money for the project has run out. Kyle City Council approves 10% property tax decrease The Hays County Elections Commission present- ed the court with three electron- ic voting systems. Federal law mandates that the county must switch from a punch card vot- ing system to an electronic vot- ing system by 2006. The com- missioners took no action on the matter. The county accepted $69,612 from the Texas Department of Health for local health services. No matching funds were required. Commissioner Susie Carter of Pct. 2 said she met with Robert McDonald, devel- oper of Circle N Ranch subdivi- sion. Carter said that McDonald has until Oct. 6 to repair road deficiencies in the Circle N Ranch subdivision, or the coun- ty will withdraw the develop- er's maintenance bond. The commissioners called a public hearing regarding traf- fic regulations (stop signs) at the intersection of Kai Vista Drive and Petras Way, as well as the establishment of traffic regulations in the Sawyer AGE 60*-- We want you to know the SEVEN Financial Mistakes most seniors make. This is an educational presentation with no costor obligation. A freemeal will be served. Join us at the Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W. Hwy 290. Six miles East of Dripping Springs. Sessions are: 10:00 - 11:30am OR 4:00 - 5:30pm on Thurs., Oct. 9 National Estate Services (Austin, TX) will be your host! FOR A RESERVATION CALL: 1-888-550-5616 (24/7) Ranch subdivision. ,: The final 1 "was approved for section 2, Creekside subdivision in Wimberley, and for Wimberley Heights Ranches, Lot 13A. The commissioner accept- ed Brady Pass into the county's maintenance system. Just Say NO to the Garlic Creek West (Gibersou-Rae) Tract Development! Kyle Mayo[ Jfimes Adkins, left, fp,tb,Counc,lembrdTroy Bearden, Todd Martinezand Lon Taylor about the budget and tax rate. (photo by Bill Poterson) BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE - Ending a drawn-out process, the Kyle City Council decided to stick with a 10 percent property tax cut and meet late budget priorities with cuts in other parts of the budget. In a special meeting last Thursday to meet the city's char- ter-imposed budget deadline, the council voted, 7-0, to tax proper- ty at 31.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, a decline from last year's rate of 35.35. It's the seventh consecutive year Kyle has reduced its property tax rate. Last week, Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis informed the council that changes needed to be made in the budget after he discovered that $233,000 from the swimming pool budget hadn't been added into the bottom line. The total budget already was the largest in city history, $12.8 mil- lion, with about $5 million to fund capital improvements from a bond approved late in 2002. To close the gap, the city is figuring on an additional $88,000 in revenues, a decrease of $162,000 in expenditures and a distribution of $50,000 from the city's unencumbered reserves, which total $5.6 mil- lion. Council pushed to meet ends by cutting $15,000 out of the budget for furnishings in a new administration building, which is unlikely to open in the next year, anyway. In addition, Mattis recommended delaying several hires until Jan. 1 to save $19,160. The cuts will allow the City to spend another $15,750 with People for Animal Welfare (PAWS), which is asking the city for a $24,750 animal control contract. Mattis had originally budget- ed $10,800 for the PAWS con- tract, but Councilmembers Todd Webster and Lon Taylor insisted that the city budget for the entire contract, just ,in case the city agrees to that deal. The council also concluded the issue concerning Kyle Interstate Business Park, which had been denied a change to commercial C2 zoning from agricultura ! . The developers fixed the problem bY applying for ware- house W zoning, one of the new designations recently adopted by the city council. REBEL ' HOMECOMING' t I FESTIVAL Saturday, September 27 from 4 to 11 p.m. in front of Oran Bales Gymnasium Z003 Fmlll0rH lUnn Webster Cris  .., When the council change added the new .zoning cate- gories, the old categories still remained available, since the zoning code hadn't been wholly amended. Kyle Interstate Business Park originally applied for a designation on the old menu. Council turned down the original zoning change request, saying it would prefer a designa- tion from the new set of options. The Buda City Council is set to approve a massive new deveopmentQn Garlic Creek West (the Giberson-Rae tra] which will result in: i TRAFFIC CONGESTION, adding 23 thousand more cars to our roads each year. 'i' OVERCROWDED SCHOOkS,,addir4hs i ........... ofonewsehooFch to-o schools! :,,,,,,,,, , ,,,,,, I ,I .... : , i A TWO-FOLD INCREASE IN WATER/ WASTEWATER infrastructure which current, resident will have to pay for. In INCREASED .COSTS TO EXISTING RESIDENTS, Current residents have seen a 40-50% increase in their water bills in the past year. If Buda hasto double the existing capacity for .new development won't the existing residents be.the ones to pay for it? How much more can our Water bills be increase to? Contact the Bu.da CityCouncil to ' Say .Oto this development! -- AUTO -- 2004 Dodge Neon SXlr 2990 IH-.qS. McCnrlg Lone IExit 201) I for klltrcak dy A: StCN3O0 IS% dtrl-R.,   WAC. B: S 15% cklwl"ll. 72 i, WAC. C, StlcVN269.15% dcm'L, 72 nl WAC b: 5rk#C4075. 5ak Price $15 040 less $2 000 Rebate 72 nl  4.25%/d>R, WAC. E: 5553. Sel PHcc $21,160, leSS $2 bote, 15% dOCTL, 72 nl  4.24% APR, WAC F: 5tldt'193. Sale Price $23,370, less $2 OO I>oclte, 15% dm*TTL. 72 tool I 4.25% PR WACj , . , , , "t1 m,