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February 13th, 2008
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A long-delayed road improvement program may have marked a milestone Tuesday with a 4-1 vote of the Hays County commissioners court to issue revenue bonds immediately to restart right-of-way acquisition, engineer and design on the projects. (Which include the first three miles of Farm-to-Market Road 110, the San Marcos loop; widening Farm-to-Market Road 1626; replacing access roads and overpasses on Interstate 35 in Kyle in Buda; and adding turn lanes to a stretch of U.S. 290 near Dripping Springs). The decision clears the way for about $19.5 million to continue work through November when voters will decide whether to fund the rest of the $155 million-plus package. As reported by the Hays Free Press, County Judge Elizabeth Sumter cast the only dissenting vote, saying she did not want to incur debt without residents’ okay. … At their meeting Tuesday evening, Wimberley school district board members changed their minds about withholding part of its property tax revenue from the state under the Robin Hood school funding equity law. In so doing, the district backs down from “what could have been a costly game of chicken,” the Austin American-Statesman reports. In August, the school system’s leaders said they would not remit the $3.6 million it owes the Texas Education Agency for transfer to poorer districts. Had they not agreed to make a payment by the Friday deadline, the school district could have been dismantled and absorbed by the San Marcos, Hays or other neighboring school district. … The Statesman also looks at Texas State’s announcement that its forensics research facility, popularly called the “body farm,” will be located on five acres of the 3,000-acre Freeman Ranch. (See also the university new service’s account, publish here in Newstreamz).

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