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Karen Ford


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.

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.

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, August 26th, 2010

County gives $150K for regional economic plan

Seeking $800,000 for its first year of operations, the Greater San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (GSMEDC) received $150,000 this week from Hays County. GSMEDC is hoping to receive another $360,000 from the City of San Marcos next...

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, 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 21st, 2010

City, county agree to move forward on McCarty Lane

Hays County commissioners and San Marcos city council members both cast votes Tuesday authorizing the city to move forward on improvements to McCarty Lane, even though the initiative will cost the county up to $5 million in...

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 14th, 2010

Commissioners Court rejects another jail capacity study

The Commissioners Court again erupted into raised voices and rancor during a discussion this week of the Hays County Jail, a topic that has proven to be more durable than even the court’s storied disagreements over road...

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