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Jeff Barton

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

County expects five park projects to vie for $3.5M remaining from bond

Hays County commissioners now have $3.5 million left of the $30 million approved by voters in 2007. Commissioners expect at least five projects to contend for the remaining money.

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.

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

County commissioners considering second straight tax increase

Hays County Commissioners are considering a 1.38 cents increase in the property tax rate for the next budget after adding 1.42 cents to the property tax rate in the present budget. The 2.8-cent increase over two years...

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Interests vie as county park bonds down to $2M

Hays County commissioners are pretty close to spending down the last of their $30 million in parks and open space bond funding granted by voters in May 2007. With just less than $2 million remaining after pending...

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Kyle, county unite to buy Jacob’s Well

After nearly six hours of often volatile discussion, a majority of the Hays County Commissioners Court appeared to agree on Tuesday that the city of Kyle will, in fact, be afforded the privilege of returning about $1.2...

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

County approves $2.7M loan for US Foodservice infrastructure

Hays County Commissioners approved a Chapter 381 agreement to fund $2.7 million in road improvements for a US Foodservice facility outside of Buda. US Foodservice is to pay back the loan within 20 years.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Paper Trail: Hays County campaign finance disclosures

Candidates for state and county elective offices disclosed their campaign contributions and expenditures for the first half of the year in a filing due last week.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Buda receiving free service from HCSO

After opting out of an agreement for a dedicated patrol from the Hays County Sheriff's Office as of April, Buda still is receiving dedicated police service until the city can launch its own police force. The city...

Monday, June 28th, 2010

City work on McCarty could cost county $4M

Hays County Judge Liz Sumter wants San Marcos officials to halt work on East McCarty Lane between Interstate-35 and San Marcos High School, saying the work jeopardizes $15.8 million in pass through funding from the state. The...

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