San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

Liz Sumter

Monday, January 10th, 2011

New commissioners court signals likely change

The former Hays County commissioners court spent at least $300 million on public projects, with most of the debt approved by voters. A new court seated last week will face spending issues of its own.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

County approves criminal justice streamlining plan

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously this week to approve a 12-month plan for streamlining the county's criminal justice system while creating a committee to help coordinate the changes.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Commissioners fume as TxDOT disses traffic light

Anticipating traffic snarls at Stagecoach Trail and Wonder World Drive when a $72 million Hays County administrative building opens there in January 2012, Hays County commissioners are upset that the Texas Department of Transportation will take three...

Monday, December 20th, 2010

TCEQ drops three-county groundwater proposal

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has backed off a proposal to dissolve a western Hays County groundwater district and fold it into a three-county agency including portions of Travis and Comal Counties. However, the idea...

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Despite protests, county purchases 50 acres adjacent to Jacob’s Well

Hays County's plan to purchase of 50.199 acres adjacent to Jacob's Well came under fire last week from the deal's opponents, who include at least two incoming commissioners court members and some Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District...

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Eggs and Issues Breakfast to focus on Hays County

The next Eggs and Issues Breakfast sponsored by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce will be an update on Hays County on Dec. 9. Early bird registration ends on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

County funds Harrison Ranch, waits on the rest

During a 12-hour meeting last week, Hays County commissioners agreed to fund a share of the Harrison Ranch project in Dripping Springs, but decided to put off a decision about Purgatory Creek and 11 other projects now...

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

As election nears, Cobb, Barton take questions

Hays County voters are closing in on a decision between the two candidates for Hays County judge, San Marcos Republican Bert Cobb and Kyle Democrat Jeff Barton. Each answered the same set of questions posed by San...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

County provides $125K for struggling water district

Hays County commissioners increased their annual allocation to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in the 2011 budget. However, the district continues to struggle with administrative, political and funding turmoil.

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...

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