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July 13th, 2009
Buda attorney denies petition bid

STAFF REPORT

BUDA – A proposed petition drive to prevent US Foodservice from building a regional headquarters and distribution center in Buda’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) has been rebuffed by the city’s attorney.

In a short release Monday afternoon, Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams said the city’s attorney has opined that a land use change approved by the city council is “does not qualify as council action that is subject to a referendum.”

Williams could not be reached for comment.

US Foodservice is hoping to build the facility on 95 acres in the Sunfield Municipal Utility District (MUD) east of Buda. The Buda City Council voted unanimously in March to deny the company’s request for a land use change to light industrial. In June, however, the council approved that change by a 5-2 vote.

Opponents of the change say US Foodservice will pour too truck traffic into Buda and that the company won’t deliver as many sales taxes as a use under the former retail designation. Proponents say US Foodservice will bring up to 400 living wage jobs to the city at full build-out.

Citizens pushing a petition hope to place the land use change on the November ballot. Petition advocates, who have indicated they will go to court, if necessary, could not be reached for comment Monday.

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