by ANDY SEVILLA
The San Marcos City Council appointed Round Rock City Manager Jim Nuse to the city’s top administrative job Tuesday night and green lighted the annexation of Paso Robles, as well as its development agreement and zoning change requests.
Starting at a salary of $180,939.20, Nuse is set to take on the city manager position in San Marcos on Dec. 6. Nuse also will receive a $500 per month car allowance, a monthly telephone stipend and benefits including vacation and sick leave, retirement pay, and health, dental and life insurance.
The council cast a unanimous vote for Nuse. Outgoing Mayor Susan Narvaiz requested to be the last vote during roll call so that her vote could be “in support of my colleagues,” as she no longer will sit at the dais after the November election.
Narvaiz decided earlier this year against re-election, setting the stage for either Councilmember John Thomaides or former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero to take the mayor’s seat in November.
As expected, Paso Robles gained unanimous approval in its annexation request of 906.5 acres. However, the proposed development agreement and zoning change requests encountered opposition from Thomaides and Councilmember Gaylord Bose.
Thomaides voiced the strongest opposition with the Tax Reinvestment Increment Zone (TIRZ) called for by the development agreement.
Carma Texas, the developer of Paso Robles, has identified about $175 million in infrastructure improvements for the project and is asking the city to pitch in $20 million through a TIRZ.
A TIRZ works by allocating new tax revenue generated due to property improvements in the zone towards the debt service to pay for those improvements.
Carma Texas General Manager Shaun Cranston said that, according to his market analysis, Paso Robles is expected to be at full-build out anywhere from nine to 11 years from the start of construction. He said about 300 homes per year are expected to sell, with proposed homes ranging between $200,000 and $400,000. Carma proposes to build 3,450 homes on 1,340 acres.