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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

City budget includes utility rate hikes

The San Marcos city budget that took effect last month projects that the city's expenditures will increase by $7.6 million (5.4 percent), while revenues will increase by $8.7 million (6.5 percent). The $147.8 million budget keeps the property tax rate at 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable valuation for the fiscal year.

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Pettijohn to start on Dec. 6

Jamie Lee Pettijohn, the city secretary in Gonzales, has accepted the same position in San Marcos and will begin work on Dec. 6. Pettijohn will be responsible for official records of city council meetings, records management, board...

Friday, November 19th, 2010

City moves towards recycling for apartments

The San Marcos City Council has approved, on first reading, a recycling program for apartment dwellers, which would go with an existing recycling program for single-family homes. Now, the council must decide on a new rate structure.

Monday, November 8th, 2010

City agrees to not annex property for solar plant

The San Marcos city council agreed last week to not annex 137 acres intended for a solar farm until as late as 2022. Thus, about $67 million of the $74 million project will be stay off the...

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Despite bad publicity, Guerrero surges to win on Election Day

Daniel Guerrero actually ran better after an Austin newspaper reported last week that his political advertising was misleading. Guerrero claimed 100 more votes than opponent John Thomaides in Tuesday's voting to win election as the next mayor...

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

San Marcos council tabs Pettijohn as clerk

Jamie Lee Pettijohn, the city secretary in Gonzales, has been tabbed by the San Marcos City Council as the new city clerk. The council expected Pettijohn to indicate if she will accept the offer on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Porterfield, Prather, Scott hold huge funding leads

Three city council candidates supported by outgoing San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz hold substantial fundraising advantages in Tuesday's election. Two of them, incumbent Councilmember Kim Porterfield and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jude Prather, hold fundraising leads of...

Friday, October 29th, 2010

EAA to hold off on well rules until next year

The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is holding off on enforcing certain well rules, which involve expensive costs for homeowners, until next year. The representative for the local EAA district is up for grabs in the Nov. 2...

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Finance reports show candidates close in funds

On the two campaign finance reports filed in November, San Marcos mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero has raised the most money, but his opponent, John Thomaides, has spent the most. An analysis of the reports show large discrepancies...

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Buie tract wins final re-zoning approval

Developers of the Buie tract received their final re-zoning approval on 2.23 acres this week, but not without some final jabs about the episode, which once again shortened tempers in the San Marcos city council chamber.

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