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CLASSIFIEDS • PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com October 26, 2011 • Page 1D χ O BY SEAN BATURA news@haysfreepress.com Hays County is on sched- tile to move most of its of- rices and courts into its new 232.209-square-foot Hays County Government Center by the end of December. officials said on Tuesday. The building, located on Stagecoach Trail near Wonder World Drive in San Marcos, is the county's most expensive capita] improvement project to date. The project is budgeted to cost $63.8 million, consider- ably less than the $100-$115 million number being batted around a fewyears ago. "It is a lot of money; but if you think back (and realize) you haven't done any build- ing for 30 years - it's not." said Hays CountyJudge Bert Cobb. '~knd, really; it's a great time to do it because of the economy - building prices are down. So, really, we're getting good values for our dollar by build- ing it now." The new building will be open for business in Janu- ary. Hays County departments scheduled for the move are located throughout San Mar- cos, often in leased space that department heads and elected officials say is far from adequate. Adult Probation is officed ina strip center on Sessoms Drive along with a bar and a smokeshop. Trials are held in a former grocery story converted to the Hays County Justice Center, which has been dubbed the HEB Hall of Justice. To prepare for the move, the commissioners court has been terminating leases and working on other moving prep work for buildings it be vacating, including Adult Probation, the Elections Of- rice and the Hays County Pct. 3 commissioner office in downtown San Marcos. The Personal Health Department, located at 401-A Broadway Street, is not moving to the government center. The county hired CBRE to help sell or lease four build- ings in downtown San Mar- cos. CBRE has conducted an analysis of the properties and is now seeking buyers and renters. The buildings in ques- tion are the Annex Building (14,709 square feet), the Re- New digs The government center, planned as a one-stop- shop for most county services, will house these county offices: • Information Technology • Adult Probation • Juvenile Probation • Grants Administration • Conference Center • Fitness, Cafeteria/Snack • Courthouse Security • Elections • Human Resources • Auditor • Treasurer • Tax Assessor • District Clerk • Constable • Compliance & Collections • Justice of the Peace • County Court at Law • County Clerk • Law Library • Grand Jury • District Attorney • District Court cords Building, (8,014 s.f.), the Max C. Smith Building (3,292 s.f.), and the Justice Center (39,527 s.f.). The county is keeping the familiar domed courthouse in downtown San Marcos where the county judge, Pct. 1 and Pct. 3 commissioners, Veter- ans Services and other offices Hill be housed. The county sold $67.3 mil- lion in certificates of obliga- tion last year for the govern- ment center. The county received $71 million from the bond sale because bidders for the COs gave a premium total- ing $3.7 million, including in- terest. The CO sale represents the most money the county has ever borrowed without voter approval. The county is scheduled to pay about $120.4 million- $67.3 million in prin- cipal and about $53 million in interest - for the government center by the time the county pays offthe note in 2035. Since the project began, the county realized $1.5 million in subcontractor savings over original quotes. One brick at a time ' A webcam focused on the construction site of the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos has captured progress on the $63.78 million project over the past year. The official groundbreaking on the building was held in April 2010 and the 232,209-square-foot building began rising from the former pasture off Wonder World Drive. Year-to-date 2011 revenue 2010 revenue Percent tax revenues sales taxes through Oct. threugh Oct. change BY WES FERGUSON taxing entities on Oct. 14. Kyle's showing in October is wes@haysfreepress.com a strong rebound from Septem- ber, when the city's sales tax rev- Consumers in Kyle and Buda enues dipped 9.6 percent for the are pumping more money into month. the local economy. A more useful measure of a city's Kyle's share of sales tax dol- economic strength is its sales tax lars leaped nearly 25 percent this revenue for the year to date. month when compared to Octo- In that category, Buda and Kyle ber a year ago. are showing more modest, though Buda wasn't far behind, posting healthy, gains. a I9.5 percent increase over the The city of Buda has collected same period ayear ago. more than $2.9 million in sales The amount of moneycollect- taxes through October, a 7.9 Buda $2,911,397.43 $2,699,462.72 7.9% pop. 7,295 Kyle pop. 28,016 Dripping Spdngs pop. 1,788 City of Hays pop. 217 $2,659,121.05 $2,446,429.13 8.7% $903,648.45 $712,261.34 26.9% $17,007.92 $12,411.20 37.0% Mountain City $4,327.22 $4,406.22 -1.8% pop. 648 l Niederwald $16,413.59 $16,794.53 -2.3% pop. 565 I edinBuda--$326,300--wasstill, percent gain over the same 10 San Marcos greater than the nearly $269,900 months in 2010. $16,816,689.79 $15,742,659.87 6.8% collected in .Kyle in October, al- In Kyle, the city has collected pop. 44,894 thought Kyle has been gaining almost $2.7 million on the year, • ............................................................................................................................................................................... ~ ..... ground as the city's commercial up 8.7 percent from the same pc- Uhland $52,224.49 $42,835.01 21.9% sector develops, rind in 2010. pop.1,014 "Consumers and buying and Sales in Kyle and Buda are ...................................................................................................................................................................................... spending money," said Buda City growing faster than San Marcos Wimberley $477,589.57 $455,160.84 4.9% Manager Kenneth Williams. 'Evi- -- which has increased by 6.8 pop. 2,626 dently they're Confident in their percent so far in 2011 -- although incomes right now." What's more, San Marcos' tax roll still dwarfs ....................................................................................................................................................................................... ~-"- he added, "some of (the increases) its northern neighbors, generat- Woodcreek [ $28,458.28 $27,662.98 2.9% could be due tonew development ing $16.8 million in revenue so far pop. 1,457 annexed over the last year."°r some of the properties that we thiSMost of the cities in Hays Coun_ Hays Countyyear. " ...................................................................................................................................................................................... I~ililii~5~;9/il $8,290,421.16 10.3% The dollar figures represent ty are showing healthy growth, pop. 157,107 taxes on goods and services sold The exceptions are Niederwald .......... I .................. i ................. [ ....... :':ii 1 ............ ~[ ................. i ................. i ................. 1 .................. I ................. i ......... in August, collected by the state and Mountain City, a residential -10% -5% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% comptroller in September and area with no brick-and-mortar Percent change in sales tax revenue in 2011 through October compared to 2010 through same period. paid out to local cities and other businesses. Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts STAFF REPORT The number of people seeking unemployment ben- efits in Kyle ticked up a bit in September. The city's unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent. compared to 6.1 percent in August and 5.5 percent in September 2010, according to the Texas Work- force Com- mission. Kyle's changing The jobless rate statewide unemploy- ment rate held steady September at 8.5 percent 6.1% last month, below the August national un- employment rate of 9.1 Sept. 2010 percent. "Texas job seekers have reason to be encouraged," Ronny Cong]eton, workforce commissioner represent- ing labor, said in a prepared statement. 'Although Texas, like the rest of the country, contin- ues to face challenges, many industries continue to grow here, creating opportunities for those lookjpg for work." On a brighter note in Kyle, the city added 84 jobs from August to September. But the labor force also grew by 118, outpacing the job gains. kiays County's unemploy, meat rate fell to 7.4 percent ' in September. That's down from 7:5 percent in August but up from 6,8 percent in September a year ago. The workforce commission does not report the unem- ployment rate for smaller cities such as Buda. KYLE The month of Octo- ber is designated as Chamber of Commerce month in Texas and we have definitely been having a great month. Next month begins with our popular business mixer known as the Ambas- sador's B.A.S.H. at the new Dickey's BBQ in Kyle featur- ing BBQ tastings, cold adult and kid-friendly beverages along with some great mu- sic. The B.A.S.H. is flee and open to the public, providing an opportunity for business professionals to learn more about the goods and services other businesses provide in our area. We Hill also hold our last Kyle Chamber luncheon of the year on November 22. To RSVP, please visit http:// kylechamber.org/EventCalen- darItem.php?Events_ID=508. Finally, although the Kyle Visitor's Center will be moving to a new temporary home at the end of November while our Train Depot gets some much needed renovations, we continue to serve tour- ists and locals alike Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. +