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Friday, April 18th, 2014

State recognizes Hays County for financial transparency

State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office on Tuesday awarded the Hays County Commissioners court the Leadership Circle Platinum award, the state’s highest designation for financial transparency.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

County announces $174.5M budget

The Hays County Commissioners Court sannounced a $174.5 million budget last week that holds the property tax rate to $0.4690 per $100 of taxable value.

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Auditor: ‘Most governments would envy’ county’s coffers

“Even during times of economic challenges our Commissioners Court has demonstrated its ability to adapt to those conditions while maintaining services to our citizens without sacrificing the strength of our financial condition," the county auditor said.

Friday, November 4th, 2011

County pocketed $1.2M from guru’s bonds

The District Attorney's office won $1.2 million from the deal — much less than the $11 million in bonds on the table but still, by far, the largest bail bond windfall to ever make its way to...

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Commissioners cut budget, maintain tax rate

Hays County Commissioners backed off a plan to increase property taxes Tuesday, voting to maintain the property tax rate of 46.92 cents per $100 of taxable value. The commissioners made their deadline to set the budget and...

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

County postpones budget adoption after complaints

Hays County commissioners decided to not adopt a fiscal year 2011 budget Monday after citizens said the document was not available online as required by state law. The commissioners will vote on adoption on Sept. 28.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

County court lowers proposed tax rate hike

After first looking at a property tax rate hike of nearly 1.5 cents, the Hays County commissioners agreed last week to propose a property tax rate of 47.39 cents, less than a half-penny higher than the current...

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Commissioners consider $31M in county jail repair

Hays County commissioners paid $2 million for emergency repairs for the air conditioner at the Hays County Jail this week, and now are looking at more than $30 million in improvements to the jail.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

CenturyLink drops county back-billing, adds charges

CenturyLink has dropped its back-billing of Hays County for services since their contract expired, but now has substantially increased new charges. Meanwhile, the county is waiting for an advanced communications system to be set up by new...

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Government center price tag drops $6 million

The price for a new Hays County government center fell to just less than $60 million for everything except interest payments when county commissioners approved the latest proposal from their construction firm. The ground breaking will take...

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