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Friday, January 30, 2015 by Andy Sevilla

Many on alert over water drilling plan in Hays

Hays County officials and residents concerned over the proposed pumping of 1.8 billion gallons of water per year from the Trinity Aquifer are calling for the Texas Legislature’s help.“Immediate action needs to be taken to fill in that white zone,…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Andy Sevilla

Buda Council makes waves with water contract

Much to the dismay of a standing-room-only crowd at Buda City Hall, City Council members approved a water supply contract Tuesday that would allow up to 1 million gallons per day for city use from the Trinity Aquifer in western…

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Affordable housing projects look to locate in Buda

Unsavory concerns and strong emotions reignited in Buda recently, as city staffers informed the city council that two prospects were looking to develop affordable housing rental units there.Previously failed affordable housing proposals earlier this year in Buda are coming back…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Some San Marcos voters turned away on Election Day

As many as a dozen San Marcos voters were kept from casting a ballot on Election Day due to power outages at polling places, according to the Hays County Elections Administrator.Reports of somewhere between five and 12 voters were turned…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Proposed Buda bonds could triple city’s debt

Buda will hold its first-ever bond election this November. And if voters greenlight the proposed improvements, the city’s debt could more than triple to $80 million.Buda Council members approved a $55 million bond election and its breakdown into five separate…

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Water woes rise as 2,200 homes planned in Hays

An Austin-based developer is proposing 2,200 high-end homes in Mountain City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in Hays County. And with big development projects come rising water concerns in a drought-stricken area where ground and surface water levels are lowering.“The main area of…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County delays jail bond election

Pressed for time and with numerous unresolved issues, Hays County Commissioners postponed calling a $188 million bond election for November that would have funded a new jail, a co-located 911 center, a law enforcement center and a training hub.In a…

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County poised to call $188M bond election for new jail

Hays County officials say a new jail is needed now, and they want to put the question to voters.The jail, plus a communications facility and law enforcement center, could cost up to $188.5 million, and Hays County Commissioners seemed interested…

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Kyle Council member under investigation over campaign filings

Kyle Council Member Becky Selbera is, once again, on the hot seat.The city’s Ethics Commission unanimously voted last week to investigate allegations that Selbera may have violated the Code of Ethics when she allegedly solicited the help of City Attorney…

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Riley, Cole continue to oppose SH45 SW in CAMPO’s 2040 Plan

Austin Council Member Chris Riley and Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole voiced continued opposition to State Highway 45 Southwest toll road project at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board meeting Monday. Riley and Cole opposed including SH45…

Monday, June 2, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County Commissioner says plans for SH 45 SW ‘done deal’

Construction on the estimated $100 million State Highway 45 Southwest toll road connecting northern Hays County to southwest Austin is expected early next year. “It’s been in the works for 26 years now,” Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones…

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Despite hurdles, Hays County, Forestar move ahead with water deal

Hays County Commissioners are moving forward with a massive water supply contract, despite not clearing a legal hurdle called for by the water reservation and purchase agreement. Last October, Hays County officials entered into a contract with Austin-based Forestar Real…

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Kyle Council incumbent’s opponent seeks recount

Kyle City Council incumbent Becky Selbera, who won re-election Saturday by just six votes, is being accused by her opponent in the race of being unqualified to run under city charter rules. Jaime Sanchez also is seeking a recount of…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County plans $1 million study to examine FM 150 realignment

As Hays County’s population continues to grow, officials are scrambling for needed infrastructure and improvements aimed at addressing the projected influx of new residents. Hays County Commissioners previously approved $1.1 million in funding for the realignment study of FM 150. The…

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County, Forestar water contract in jeopardy

Hays County’s attempt to secure a water supply contract from Forestar Real Estate Group has run into a legal roadblock in addition to the fact that Forestar currently can’t deliver the amount of water promised in the proposed contract. Late…

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Water board travels Texas selling Proposition 6 funding plan

Despite some late year showers in 2013, at least one of which caused devastating flooding in parts of Travis and Hays counties, the downpours did little to break the persistent drought in many parts of Texas, putting communities and economic…

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Kyle to issue almost $2 million in debt for capital expenditures

Kyle property owners can expect increases in their property tax rate and city utility bills next fiscal year as City Council members prepare to issue $1.866 million in short-term debt. The city will issue the debt to buy various equipment,…

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Aquifer District ramping up for Habitat Conservation Plan

A decade in the making, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is making progress on a Habitat Conservation Plan aimed at mitigating groundwater-pumping effects on endangered salamanders. The ultimate goal of the plan is to acquire a federal Incidental Take…

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Hays County loses $400K in real estate sale

SAN MARCOS— With the opening of the Hays County Government Center in early 2012, county employees began their exodus to the newly constructed $50 million government complex leaving four downtown county buildings empty in San Marcos.   After nearly two…

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

SH45 Southwest gaining steam with federal funding removal

The construction of State Highway 45 Southwest could come sooner rather than later, bypassing lengthy, stringent federal reviews, now that CAMPO, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, has stripped the $100 million project of federal funding. Without federal dollars, the…

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