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" Section D HaysFreePress.com CLASSIFIEDS , PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY December 18, 2013 Water for rocks Buda rock quarry gets two million gallon water permit BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com The Hays Quarry in Buda was successful last week in attaining a two million gallon ground water permit from the Middle Trinity Aquifer, which company representa- tives said they will use to sup- plement their existing water source for dust suppression as work in the rock quarry ex- pands northward. Industrial Asphalt and Ag- gregates, who petitioned the Barton Springs Edward Aquifer Conservation Dis- trict (BSEACD) for the per- mit, operates the quarry and provides raw materials for the construction of roads, bridges, houses and schools, according to its website. The firm already uses about 4.5 million gallons of Buda city potable, i.e., drink- able, water for dust control on roads, work areas, com- mon areas and stockpiles. In a unanimous vote at their Dec. 12 meeting, BSEACD board members easily approved the two mil- lion gallon per year water permit, which seven years ago was turned down on a 25 million gallon ground water permit request from the Ed- wards Aquifer. "l think to go from 25 mil- lion (gallons) to two (million gallons) and have a good operation there, I think is a success." BSEACD board president Mary Stone said just before the group's unani- mous approval. Stone said that Industrial Asphalt's request for about 25 million gallons of groundwa- ter from the Edwards Aquifer seven years ago was "obvi- ously a huge concern to our community." She said the company's successful use of new technology to mini- mize water consumption, and their request for Middle Trinity Aquifer water instead of from the Edwards Aquifer, were welcome changes. Industrial Asphalt rep- resentative Tommy Mat- thews explained to BSEACD board members that a little over a year ago, he met with BSEACD general manager John Dupnik to discuss a water potential ground wa- ter permit request that could pass muster. "We ultimately determined that a more appropriate step would be to take a smaller two million gallons, add that to augment what they're al- ready doing in terms of dust control, provide some flexi- bility during times of drought and some alternative wa- ter sources," Matthews told board members, adding that the additional water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer would allow BSEACD and the appli- cant to collect water quality data. Matthews said trucks hauled Buda city water to the quarry in 2012, at an estimat- ed cost of $35,000. "Long term, the better so- lution for this facility is to have on-site water supply and eliminate all [that] addi- tional truck traffic. It's about 1,700 truckloads a year on that road, and ultimately we'd like to eliminate that, but first we have to answer some questions: How does this (Middle Trinity Aquifer) water - what's it like? How does it apply? And what does it give us?" Matthew said. And water quality is a con- cern for many, specifically the effects water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer could poten- tally have on the Edwards Aquifer as it trickles its way in there. The Hays Quarry is lo- cated in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone and any water used for dust suppression at the quarry could make its way into the aquifer. For that reason, BSEACD staff recommended, and board members approved, special provisions tied to the revised terms. Per the ap- proved permit, Industrial Asphalt will comply with and submit to the BSEACD cop- ies of water quality samplings and reports, allow the district access to the wells and prior to initiating a dye trace study, the company will meet with the district and other stake- holders to discuss methods of evaluating groundwater flow paths, among other is- sues. Because the water permit is not greater than two mil- lion gallons, it is not believed that it would affect pro- duction at any other wells. However the pump test that would identify any such issue was not warranted because: the permit request fell under , the requirement threshold by ll one gallon, Dupnik said. The Middle Trinity Aquifer is a major, and sometimes only, source of water for large portions of western Hays County. Kyle barely tops Buda in last year's sales tax collections BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com By less than $20,000, Kyle bested Buda in total sales tax revenues each local government received for the 2013 calendar Year, though both cities took in more than $4 million, Texas Comptroller records show. From January to December, this year, Kyle received $4.106 million in sales tax collections, marking a 12 percent increase from its 2012 collections, while Buda brought in $4.086 million in revenues, up 16 percent from last year, state tax records show. Kyle and Buda have both ex- perienced up- ward trends in sales tax collec- tons, surpass- ing revenues compared to the same collection months last year. Kyle received $321,293 in sales tax revenues this month, a more than seven-percent increase from the $299,073 it received in De- cember 2012. Meanwhile, Buda took in a larger pot this month, receiv- ing $348,136 in sales taxes, a 17.87 percent in- crease from the $295,337 it received in the same month last year. December sales tax alloca- tions represent sales reported in October. Local gov't Buda Kyle San Marcos Hays County to 2013 $348,136.43 '0" 17.87% $4,086,715.38 " 15.99% $321,293.07 " 7.42% $4,106,464.56 ' 11.94% $1,729,318.50 " 5.50% $23,151,925.43 '" 8.60% $1,064,965.44 " 12.65% $13,234,540.85 " 11.00% San Marcos yielded the larg- est sales tax revenues for the whole 2013 calendar year com- pared to any other local gov- "State sales ernment in Hays County, receiv- tax revenue ing more than $23 million in continues collections. San Marcos' 2013 to grow at a sales tax revenue total marks an moderate pace 8.6 percent in- ^l Jtutv'''4''l' crease from the as $21.3 million it Sales tax col- received for the whole 2012 year. lections have ms month, San Marcos took increased for in $1.73 million in sales tax reve- 44 consecutive nues, increasing months." bY2"tePercentalloca- tion it received -Susan Combs, in December Texas Comptroller last year. Hays Count, like Buda and Kyle, saw a dou- ble-digit climb in its total sales tax revenues for 2013, com- pared to what it received in 2012. This year, Hays County re- ceived a total $13.23 million in sales tax collections, up 11 per- cent from the $11.92 million it received in the whole 2012 year. The county's December allo- cation - $!.06 million - also ex- perienced a double-digit jump from what it received in the same month last year- $945,332 - a 12.65 percent increase. Statewide, Texas Comptrol- ler Susan Combs distributed about $580 million in monthly sales tax revenue to local gov- ernments, including cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. "State sales tax revenue con- tinues to grow at a moderate pace as expected," Combs said in a statement. "Sales tax col- lections have increased for 44 consecutive months." Sales from sectors such as wholesale trade, services in- dustries and restaurants con- tributed to the most recent in- "crease in Texas, Combs said, The $579.6 million m sales tax allocations turned to local governments  this month mark a five-percent increase over December's total last year. Hays County Name Occupation DA Supp Longevity Linda Rodriguez County Court at Law Judge $1,500 Robert Updegrove County Court at Law Judge Mark Kennedy General Counsel $470 William Herzog Hays County Auditor $1,650 Jerry Borcherding Hays County Engineer $710 Albert Cobb Hays County Judge Fred Weber First Assistant District Attorney $7,060.80 $360 James Garza Dev and Comm Services $315 Jeffrey McGill Computer Services Director $1,150 Gary Cutler Hays County Sheriff Jamie Page Chief Deputy - Sheriff Cathy Compton Attorney IV District Attorney $2,213.76 $600 Ruby Castilleja District Court Reporter $430 Brad Robinson Captain - Sheriff $1,400 Michael Davenport Captain - Sheriff $1,165 Debbie Ingalsbe Hays County Commisioner $1235 Marisol VlllareaI-Alonzo Assistant County Auditor $545 William Conley Hays County Commisioner $480 Shelly Williams Chief Juvenile Probation Officer $1,815 Mark Zuniga Attorney III District Attorney $3,600 $280 Mark Cumberland Captain - Sheriff $980 Mark Jones Hays County Commisioner utierrez Lieutenant - Sheriff Hays County Commisioner Attorney IV D str ct Attorney County State Supp $145,000.08 $145,000.08 $124,999.92 $115,000.08 $113,622.00 $81,411.00 $15,000 $94,785.60 $3,860 $99,282.96 $87,835.68 $92,126.16 $89,555.76 $80,434.45 $2,840 $85,487.52 $83,788.80 $83,788.56 $68,339.52 $81,021.36 $68,339.28 $76,968.48 $2,448 $75,444.48 $1,560 $79,866.48 $68,339.52 $77,805.36 $68,339.28 $74,811.12 $2,300 $1,495 $525 Travel $12,499.92 $5,400 $5,400 $12,499.92 $12,499.92 $12,499.92 $12,499.92 Total $146,500.08 $145,000.08 $125,469.92 $116,650.08 $114,332.00 $108,910.92 $106,066.40 $104,997.96 $94 385.68 $92126.16 $89 555.76 $86.088.21 $85.917.52 $85.188.80 $84.953.56 $82 O74.44 $81,566.36 $81,319.20 $81,231.48 $80,884.48 $80,846.48 $80,839.44 $79,300.36 $78,849.12 $77,636.12 Pct. 4 Commissioner takes largest of county pay raises BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Though Hays County Judge Bert Cobb is the highest paid member of the Commissioners Court, Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant took in the largest pay hike this fiscal year. Whisenant received an al- most five-percent pay jump this year, while the other four members of the court were given only two-percent salary increases, according to county documents prepared for an open records request by the Hays Free Press. In fiscal year 2013, Whisenant rejected a salary increase, which would have brought his base pay to $67,000, up from just over $65,000, like it did for Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones and Pct. 3 Commis- sioner W'fll Conley. Cobb's salary was $79,815 last fiscal year, up from $77,490 the previous year. With accepting the pay increase this fiscal year, Whisenant's base salary in- creased to $68,340, the same base pay total as the other commissioners. In doing so, Whisenant received a $3,170 pay hike (4.85 percent increase). Ingalsbe, Jones and Conley received a base pay jump of $1,340 (two percent increase) this fiscal year, bringing their base salaries to $68,340. Cobb also received a two percent pay increase, bringing his salary to On top of their base salary, the five members of the commissioners court will also received a $12,500 travel stipend. $81,411. Initially, Whisenant's sal- ary this fiscal year amounted to $66,473.53, almost $2,000 less than the other commission- ers, according to the prepared documents. Hays County Trea- surer Michelle Tuttle told the Hays Free Press that after the newspaper submitted an open records request seeking the county salaries for the highest paid employees, Whisenant's salary was adjusted to reflect the $68,340 the commissioners court approved earlier this year. Whisenant's salary was origi- nally adjusted with a two per- cent increase for this fiscal year, as were the salaries of all other county elected officials. The treasurer's office, however, said that if commissioners accept the salary increase, their pay needs to reflect the amount the court approved - in this case $68,340 - and not a percentage figure. Treasury officials also said commissioners are allowed to reject a salary increase, but they have to submit an affidavit declining the monetary adjust- ment. The county judge, nor any commissioner, did so this year. On top of their base sale W, the five members of the com- missioners court will also re- ceived a $12,500 travel stipend. Ingalsbe and Conley also will receive longevity pay in the amount of $1,235 and $480, re- spectively. Jones and Whisenant do not receive longevity pay as both commissioners are serving their first term in office. On top of his base salary and travel allotment, Cobb will also receive a $15,000 state supple- ment, so long as at least 40 per- cent of the work he performs as judge is classified as judi- cial ftmctons. The county pay, combined with the state mon- ey, will bring Cobb's annual in- come to $108,910.92. The Texas Legislature ap- proved the state supplement for county judges in 1997, though the amount then was $10,000. In 2005, the legislatures in- creased that figure to $15,000. "In order to receive a salary supplement a county judge is required to file an affidavit with the Office of Court Adminis- tration (OCA) stating that at least 40% of the functions that the judge performs are judicial functions," the state resolution says. OCA then sends the filed affidavits to the Comptroller of Public Accounts, and has no other role in the supplement payment process, the resolu- tion states,