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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Commissioners kill pay raises for elected officials

Hays County commissioners agreed this week that the time isn't right for elected county officials to take pay increases. By removing the two-percent increases, commissioners have freed money to increase pay for constables and justices of the peace.

Friday, September 17th, 2010

US Foodservice breaks ground near Buda

Following a long battle of lawsuits and lawmaking, U.S. Foodservice broke ground Thursday on its $50 million regional distribution center east of Buda. Representatives from U.S. Foodservice were joined by officials from Buda and Hays County for...

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, 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...

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

City still pursuing sculpture projects from permanent arts fund

Between $115,000 for a sculpture between the San Marcos Activity Center and the San Marcos Public Library, and a proposed $100,000 to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lyndon Baines Johnson, San Marcos officials are moving ahead...

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 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.

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...

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