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SHELTON'S 503 Shelton to tie legendary Gordon Wood in all-time games coached. - Page 1B FIRE & FINE ARTS Buda festivals feature firefighter challenges and fine arts. - Page 1C + !il . :ii  : ii!! ii!i @Barton Publications, Inc. i:i: : P ,!iii,: m Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County. 75 Hays County adopts budget, holds the line on taxes BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Hays County Commissioners Court last week adopted a 2011 bud- get of approximately $243 million, a number inflated by several big-ticket construction projects and debt ser- vice on road and park construc- tion. The court also set the county tax rate at 46.92 cents per $100 of as- sessed valuation, the same as the 2009/2010 fiscal year, which is about a half-cent lower than the proposed rate of 47.39 cents. The 2010/2011 fis- cal year began Oct. 1. At a rate of 46.92 cents, the aver- age homeowner in Hays County will realize a decrease in his or her county tax bill of about $14, according to County Auditor Bill Herzog, due in part to slightly lower property ap- praisals in parts of Hays County. The 46.92 tax rate encompasses 29.85 cents for general maintenance and operating expenses, 12.63 cents for general debt, and 4.44 cents for road and bridge maintenance and operat- ing expenses. "It's about being smarter, tougher, BARTON COBB and leaner in hard economic times. We found ways to cut without sac- rificing core services. I'm proud of the work we did as a county and as a community," Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton said. Barton's Republican opponent for county judge, Dr. Bert Cobb of San Marcos, has sought to make the county's budget a campaign issue in recent weeks with a rally that targeted in particular planned salary increases for elected officials. The event drew fewer than 50 people to the court- house grounds at mid-day last Tues- day. "It was both financially irresponsi, ble and morally wrong for Jeff Barton and his fellow commissioners to raise their own taxpayer-funded salaries by more than $8,500 while raising prop- erty taxes on citizens. It is unfortu- nate that it took a rally of citizens to keep them from doing it again," Cobb said in a written statement. Barton noted that Hays County voters have approved a tax rate as high as 51 cents per $100 to pay for parks bonds approved in 2007 and a major road bond package approved in 2008. The record of the current commissioners court on taxes is bet- ter than that of former County Judge See COUNTY BUDGET, pg. 6A Dem chief says Cobb behind 'lies' in e-mail BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Hays Cotmty Democratic Party had nothing to do with a widely circulated e-marl criticiz- ing its county judge nominee, Jeff Barton, party chair Katie Bell Moore said this week, and the correspondence may violate state election law. Moore accused Republican nOminee Bert Cobb's support- ers of being behind the letter, the gist of which is that Barton has lied on the campaign trail about declhnang tO ta pay raise, as a county commissioner in  The e-mail is headlined "Important Announcement from Hays County Democrats', and signs off with a small-print disclaimer, "Political announce- ment by Hays County Demo- crats." "That e-mail is a fraud, filled with lies, and sending it out was a crime. It did not eome from the Hays Cotmty Democratic Party and we are outraged at this cheap, dirty political trick. The party is committed to us- ing all its legal options to make sure the perpetrators are held responsible," Moore wrote. Moore's e-mail goes on to ask Cobb to "disavow this kind of classless campaign conduct and keep this election season fo- cused on the issues that matter to the people of Hays County." Cobb denied involvement in sending the e-mail and sug- gested Barton shouldn't blame him for discord in his own party. Cobb said, "Neither I nor my campaign had anything to do with the recent email by un- named Hays County Democrats See PAY RAISE, pg. 3A PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Feelin' the fun at Fire Fest Cotton candy and fire trucks - what more could a kid want? Jonathan Saenz (left) and his brother Jonah came dressed to impress at the Buda Fire Fest. See more Fine Arts and Fire Fest photos on page 1C. DELINQUENT Montgomery judge owes big Hays bill BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Montgomery County Judge Alan Sadler is attempting to pay off more than $50,000 in delinquent tax debt to Hays County, part of $300,000 in unpaid taxes that .Sailer arltI : ..... ":s i busi-. SADLLI :: ::i ner have amassed over the last two years throughout the state. Under the name of Devel- opment II Partners Inc., Sa- dler and his business partner Aslam Kapadia own On the Run convenience store at IH- 35 and Wonder World Drive. The business owes $41,253 in delinquent taxes on the real property account and $9,549 on personal property, said Hays County Tax Assessor-Col- lector Luanne Caraway. The taxes are owed to Hays County, San Marcos ISD, the city of San Marcos and a road district. Taxes for the previous year come due on Jan. 31, and the county initiates legal action against delinquent property owners after July 1, Caraway said. Typically, about two per- cent of property tax owed to the county is delinquent or unpaid. The McCreary law firm filed a lawsuit seeking back taxes for the real property, or land and buildings on behalf of See JUDGE'S TAXES, pg. 6A Subscriber ad r-- COMING UP Rainwater Revival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, food booths, shopping, kid's crafts, information on rainwater harvesting and water conservation, and a col- lection of 55-gallon recycled rain bar- rels transformed into works of art by local artists, which will be auctioned off. Free. rainwaterrevival.com. Roger Hanks Park, Dripping Springs COURTESY PHOTO a00yL 11 a m 6 p m Lve music Stars of Texas Music, A Leg  from'the Jon IeJrce ' 7:30p.m. Randy Rogers shares center stage with the  Band 2-5 p.m. 13 or older Trishas and Walt & Tina Wilkins for a "star filled" night r  t $8,5-12 $4, under 5 free., of distinctly and uniquely Texas inspired music. Free.  II zlll Station No. 1, 210 W. Glade Outdoor Theatre, Moore Street, San Marcos  Moore Street, Kyyle LODGING IN HAYS A look at the monthly revenue from Hays County hotels and motels. - Page 1D Kyie I.D. Fish Fry Hooked on Fishing bass tourney 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tournament open to adults (18+) with a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License. No pets. Catch and release, www. kylepard.com. Plum Creek Preserve, Lehman Road, Kyle Buda Farmers Market 2-6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9. Produce, honey, stained glass art, baked goods, jams and jellies. Downtown Buda. Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 3C. Complete listings at haysfreepress.comicalendar Opinions .................. 4-5A Sports... ............... I&2B Education ............ 3&4B Z Community ......................... 1-6C i Bulletin Boards ............ 3C Obituaries .................. 4C Business News ........ 1, 4D Service Directory ......... 2-3D Classifieds .................. 2-3D Public Notices ..... , ...... 2,4D SHELTON'S 503 Shelton to tie legendary Gordon Wood in all-time games coached. - Page 1B FIRE & FINE ARTS Buda festivals feature firefighter challenges and fine arts. - Page 1C + !il . :ii  : ii!! ii!i @Barton Publications, Inc. i:i: : P ,!iii,: m Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County. 75 Hays County adopts budget, holds the line on taxes BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Hays County Commissioners Court last week adopted a 2011 bud- get of approximately $243 million, a number inflated by several big-ticket construction projects and debt ser- vice on road and park construc- tion. The court also set the county tax rate at 46.92 cents per $100 of as- sessed valuation, the same as the 2009/2010 fiscal year, which is about a half-cent lower than the proposed rate of 47.39 cents. The 2010/2011 fis- cal year began Oct. 1. At a rate of 46.92 cents, the aver- age homeowner in Hays County will realize a decrease in his or her county tax bill of about $14, according to County Auditor Bill Herzog, due in part to slightly lower property ap- praisals in parts of Hays County. The 46.92 tax rate encompasses 29.85 cents for general maintenance and operating expenses, 12.63 cents for general debt, and 4.44 cents for road and bridge maintenance and operat- ing expenses. "It's about being smarter, tougher, BARTON COBB and leaner in hard economic times. We found ways to cut without sac- rificing core services. I'm proud of the work we did as a county and as a community," Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton said. Barton's Republican opponent for county judge, Dr. Bert Cobb of San Marcos, has sought to make the county's budget a campaign issue in recent weeks with a rally that targeted in particular planned salary increases for elected officials. The event drew fewer than 50 people to the court- house grounds at mid-day last Tues- day. "It was both financially irresponsi, ble and morally wrong for Jeff Barton and his fellow commissioners to raise their own taxpayer-funded salaries by more than $8,500 while raising prop- erty taxes on citizens. It is unfortu- nate that it took a rally of citizens to keep them from doing it again," Cobb said in a written statement. Barton noted that Hays County voters have approved a tax rate as high as 51 cents per $100 to pay for parks bonds approved in 2007 and a major road bond package approved in 2008. The record of the current commissioners court on taxes is bet- ter than that of former County Judge See COUNTY BUDGET, pg. 6A Dem chief says Cobb behind 'lies' in e-mail BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Hays Cotmty Democratic Party had nothing to do with a widely circulated e-marl criticiz- ing its county judge nominee, Jeff Barton, party chair Katie Bell Moore said this week, and the correspondence may violate state election law. Moore accused Republican nOminee Bert Cobb's support- ers of being behind the letter, the gist of which is that Barton has lied on the campaign trail about declhnang tO ta pay raise, as a county commissioner in  The e-mail is headlined "Important Announcement from Hays County Democrats', and signs off with a small-print disclaimer, "Political announce- ment by Hays County Demo- crats." "That e-mail is a fraud, filled with lies, and sending it out was a crime. It did not eome from the Hays Cotmty Democratic Party and we are outraged at this cheap, dirty political trick. The party is committed to us- ing all its legal options to make sure the perpetrators are held responsible," Moore wrote. Moore's e-mail goes on to ask Cobb to "disavow this kind of classless campaign conduct and keep this election season fo- cused on the issues that matter to the people of Hays County." Cobb denied involvement in sending the e-mail and sug- gested Barton shouldn't blame him for discord in his own party. Cobb said, "Neither I nor my campaign had anything to do with the recent email by un- named Hays County Democrats See PAY RAISE, pg. 3A PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO Feelin' the fun at Fire Fest Cotton candy and fire trucks - what more could a kid want? Jonathan Saenz (left) and his brother Jonah came dressed to impress at the Buda Fire Fest. See more Fine Arts and Fire Fest photos on page 1C. DELINQUENT Montgomery judge owes big Hays bill BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Montgomery County Judge Alan Sadler is attempting to pay off more than $50,000 in delinquent tax debt to Hays County, part of $300,000 in unpaid taxes that .Sailer arltI : ..... ":s i busi-. SADLLI :: ::i ner have amassed over the last two years throughout the state. Under the name of Devel- opment II Partners Inc., Sa- dler and his business partner Aslam Kapadia own On the Run convenience store at IH- 35 and Wonder World Drive. The business owes $41,253 in delinquent taxes on the real property account and $9,549 on personal property, said Hays County Tax Assessor-Col- lector Luanne Caraway. The taxes are owed to Hays County, San Marcos ISD, the city of San Marcos and a road district. Taxes for the previous year come due on Jan. 31, and the county initiates legal action against delinquent property owners after July 1, Caraway said. Typically, about two per- cent of property tax owed to the county is delinquent or unpaid. The McCreary law firm filed a lawsuit seeking back taxes for the real property, or land and buildings on behalf of See JUDGE'S TAXES, pg. 6A Subscriber ad r-- COMING UP Rainwater Revival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, food booths, shopping, kid's crafts, information on rainwater harvesting and water conservation, and a col- lection of 55-gallon recycled rain bar- rels transformed into works of art by local artists, which will be auctioned off. Free. rainwaterrevival.com. Roger Hanks Park, Dripping Springs COURTESY PHOTO a00yL 11 a m 6 p m Lve music Stars of Texas Music, A Leg  from'the Jon IeJrce ' 7:30p.m. Randy Rogers shares center stage with the  Band 2-5 p.m. 13 or older Trishas and Walt & Tina Wilkins for a "star filled" night r  t $8,5-12 $4, under 5 free., of distinctly and uniquely Texas inspired music. Free.  II zlll Station No. 1, 210 W. Glade Outdoor Theatre, Moore Street, San Marcos  Moore Street, Kyyle LODGING IN HAYS A look at the monthly revenue from Hays County hotels and motels. - Page 1D Kyie I.D. Fish Fry Hooked on Fishing bass tourney 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tournament open to adults (18+) with a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License. No pets. Catch and release, www. kylepard.com. Plum Creek Preserve, Lehman Road, Kyle Buda Farmers Market 2-6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9. Produce, honey, stained glass art, baked goods, jams and jellies. Downtown Buda. Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 3C. Complete listings at haysfreepress.comicalendar Opinions .................. 4-5A Sports... ............... I&2B Education ............ 3&4B Z Community ......................... 1-6C i Bulletin Boards ............ 3C Obituaries .................. 4C Business News ........ 1, 4D Service Directory ......... 2-3D Classifieds .................. 2-3D Public Notices ..... , ...... 2,4D OCTOBER 6, 2010 SHELTON'S 503 SheRon to tie legendary Gordon Wood in all-time games coached. -Ige 1B FIRE & FINE ARTS Buda festivals feature firefighter challenges and fine arts. -PagelC Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 108 NO. 26 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Hays County adopts budget, holds the line on taxes BY BRAD ROLLINS rate of 47.39 cents. The 2010/2011 fis- brad@haysfreepress.com col year began Oct. 1. At a rate of 46.92 cents, the aver- age homeowner in Hays County will The Hays County Commissioners realize a decrease in his or her county Courtlastweekadoptoda20ll bud- tax bill of about $14, according to get of approximately $243 million, a County Auditor Big Herzog, due in number inflated by several big-ticket part to slightly lower property ap- construction projects and debt ser- praisals in parts of Hays Count The viceonroadandpark eonstruc- 46.92 tax rate encompasses 29.85 tion. cents for general maintenance and ]31e court also set the county tax operating expenses, 12.63 cents for rate at 46.92 cents per $100 of as- general debt, and 4.44 cents for road BARTON COBB sessed valuation, the same as the and bridge maintenance mad operat- and leaner in hard economic times. 2009/2010 fiscal year, which is about ing expenses. We found ways to cut without sac- a half-cetn lower than the proposed "It's about being smarter, tougher. the work we did as a county and as their own taxpayer-ffinded salaries by a community," Pc,. 2 Commissioner more than $8,500 while raising prop- IeffBarton said. erty taxes on citizens. It is unfortu- Barton's Republican opponent note that it took a rally of citizens to for county judge, Dr. Bert Cobb of keepthemfromdoingitagaln,"Cobb San Marcos, has sought to make the said in a written statement. county's budget a campaign issue in Barton noted that Hays Comity recentweekswitharallythattargeted voters have approved a tax rate as in particular planned salary incteases high as 51 cents per $100 to pay for for elected officials. The event drew parks bonds approved in 2007 and a fewer than 50 people to the court- major road bond package approved house grounds at mid-day last Tues- in 2008. The record of the current da commissioners court on taxes is bet- "It was both financially irresponsi- ter than that of former County Judge ble and morally wrong for left Barton rificing core set,rices. I'm proud of and his fellow eomnflssioners to raise See COUNTY BUDGET, pg. 6A Dem chief says Cobb behind 'lies' in e-mail BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The Hays County Democratic Par had nothing to do with a witiely circulated e- mail criticiz- ing its county judge nominee, Jeff Barton, party chair Katie Bell Moore said this week, arid the correspondence may violate state election lave Moore accused Republican nominee Bert Cobb's support- ers of being behind the letter, the gist of which is that Barton has lied on the campaign ttafl abt tiecgatag to accept a pay raise as a county commissioner in 2008: The e-maD is headlined "Important Announcement from Hays County Democrats" and signs off with a small-print disclaimer, "Political announce- ment by Hays County Demo- crats." "That e-mall is a fl'aud, filled with lies, and sending it out was a crime. It did not come from the Hays County Democratic Party and we are outraged at this cheap, dirty political trice The party is committed to us- ing all its legal options to make sure the erpatrators are held responsibeC, " Moore wrote. Moore's e-mall goes on to ask Cobb to "disavow this kind of classless campaign conduct and keep tffis election season fo- cused oil the issues that matter to the people of Hays Count" Cobb denied involvement in sending the e-mail and sug- gested Barton shouldn't blame lure for discord in his own party Cobb said, "Neither I nor my campaign had anything to do with the recent emall by un- named Hays County Democrats See PAY PISE, pg. 3A PHOTO BY .PEN OIUNDO Flln' the fun at Fire Fest Cotton candy and fire trucks - what more could a kid want? Jonathan Saenz (left) and his brother Jonah came dressed to impress at the Buda Fire Fe. See more Fine Arts and Fire Fest photos on page 1C. DELINQUENT Montgomery judge owes big Hays bill BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Montgomery County ludge Alan Sadier is attempting to pay off mine than $50,000 in dellnquem tax debt to Hays County, part of $300,000 in unpaid taxes that .Sadinr ld is usi- S/M.Bt i : net have amassed over the last two years throughout the state. Under the name of Devel- opment II Partners Ine,, Sa- dler and his business partner Aslam Kapedia own On the Run convenience store at IH- 35 and Wonder World Drive. The business owes $41,253 in delinquent taxes on the teal property account and $9,549 on personal property, said Hays County Tax Assessor-Col- lector Luanne Caraway. The taxes are owed to Hays County, Sail Marcus ]SD, the city of San Marcos and a road district. Taxes for the previous year come due on fan. 31, and the county initiates legal action against delinquent property owners after luly 1, Caraway said. lypieally, about two per- cent of property tax owed to the county is delinquent or unpaid. The McCreary law firm filed a lawsuk seeking back taxes for the real property, or land and buildings on behalf of See JUDGE'S TAXES, pg. 6A 0 W N N COURTESY PHOTO Stars of Texas Music, A Lega yl 7:30 p.m. RaedyRogersharescanterstagewiththe Trishas and Waft & Tina Wlkins for a "star tilled" night of distinctly and uniquely Texas inspired mus}c. Free. Glade Outdoor Theatre, Moore Street, San Maroos COMING UP Rainwater Revival t o a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, food booths, shopping, kid's crafts, informatn on rainwater harvesting and water conservation, and a col- lec5on o 55-gallon recycled rain bar* rels transformed into works of art by local artists, which will be auctioned off. Free. rainwat ervival.com. Roger Hanks Park, Ddpping Spdngs lyle I.D. Fish Fry 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Live music from the Jon Pearce Band 2-5 p.m. 13 or cMer $8, 5-12 $4, under 5 tree., Station No. 1,210 W. Moore Street, Kyyle Hooked on Fishing bass tourney 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tournament open to adults (18+) wgh a valid Texas Freshwater Fiing Ucanse. No pets. Catch and release, www. kylepad.com. Plum Creek Preserve, Lehman Road, Kyle Buda Farmers Market 2-6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9. Produce, honey, stained glass art, baked goods, jams and iellies. Downtown Buda. Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 3C. Complete listings at haysfreepress.com/calendar LODGING IN HMS A look at the monthly revenue from Hays County hotels and motels. -PagelD Opinions .................. 4-5A Sports .................. I&2B Education ............ 3&4B Community ......................... 1-5C Bulletin Boards ............ 3C Obituaries .................. 4C Business News ........ 1,4D Service Directory ......... 2-3D Classifieds .................. 2-3D Public Notices ............ 2,4D