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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Council blocks $3 million nature center

A contract to design a nature center for the city’s Purgatory Creek Natural Area was rejected on a 3-3 tie last week with opposing San Marcos City Council members saying the costly project should be postponed or scrapped all together.

Monday, September 12th, 2011

San Marcos declines Tanger Outlets plea for more advertising funds

For the first time, the city of San Marcos officials won’t grant money for Premium Outlets a joint advertising program and has slashed Tanger Outlets’ share of funds, saying the money is better spent promoting tourism in...

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

San Marcos approves utility rate increases

The San Marcos City Council gave first nod to a FY 2012 budget and to water, wastewater,and drainage utility rate increases of about $3 per average residential customer.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

San Marcos council members ponder utility rate increases

Under the city’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, the average residential customer could expect a $4.21 increase for the three city-provided utility services — $1.94 more for water service; $1.15 more for wastewater; and $1.12 more for...

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

San Marcos council snuffs out public smoking ban

On Tuesday, four San Marcos city councilmembers shot down a proposal to put a non-binding referendum on the November ballot regarding further restriction on smoking in public.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Guerrero spends half as much as Thomaides in 2010 mayoral victory

Daniel Guerrero, who squeaked past John Thomaides in last November's San Marcos mayoral election, claimed victory despite spending half as much as his opponent. Campaign finance reports from July 2010 to January 2011 show that Guerrero spent...

Monday, February 7th, 2011

City council discusses additional compensation

San Marcos City Councilmember Ryan Thomason said the council could draw on more talent within the city if councilmembers are better compensated. Other councilmembers say the time isn't right for a council pay increase. The council approved...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

City honors Goodwin

San Marcos city councilmembers recently honored Shelley Goodwin, who served as interim city clerk from August to December while the city underwent a personnel transition.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

City council tries to pass building height ordinance

The San Marcos City Council couldn't pass an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that would immediately restrict building heights downtown to 45 feet or four stories. When a temporary ordinance calling for those limits expired in 2008, no...

Monday, December 13th, 2010

San Marcos expects to begin railroad quiet zone project, finally, in 2011

San Marcos city officials say a railroad quiet zone project should get started in 2010. The project has been on the city's to do list since 2006, when the city set aside $700,000.

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