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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.

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Police seek fourth suspect in death of Lockhart man

Hays County authorities have charged three men in the death of a Lockhart man whose body was found in a car during a traffic stop last week in New Braunfels. An arrest warrant has been issued for...

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.

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 23rd, 2010

City to hold Paso Robles public hearings

The San Marcos City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the proposed annexation of the Paso Robles development, which is in the process of trying to secure city approval.

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...

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