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February 11th, 2012
Two community open houses ahead

Left to right: Joel Potter, San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams, and San Marcos Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Clark discussing city services at a Feb. 6. level of service open house. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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San Marcos residents who wish to give input on city services have two more opportunities to attend open house meetings this month.

The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland. All residents are welcome, though the city particularly invites those from Sector 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Alamo, Highland, Holland Hills, Hughson Heights, Sierra Circle, Tanglewood, North LBJ and North Craddock.

City staff members are asking residents to review services in the areas of parks and recreation, police and fire protection, library, streets and roads, and future water supply.

Each department illustrates the “Corolla,” “Camry” or “Lexus” level of service for their area and outlines the costs associated with each level on large poster boards. Staff is on hand to explain the information and answer questions. Copies of all the presentations are available online on the city’s homepage at www.sanmarcostx.gov.

At the conclusion of each session, attendees may fill out hardcopy or computer surveys that will show the impact of their choices on their property tax bills. Corresponding property tax increases or decreases will be shown based on the “Corolla,” “Camry” or “Lexus” level of service chosen.

The city has held level of service open houses at Cuauhtémoc Hall, Goodnight Middle School, the State of the City event at the Embassy Suites/City Conference Center, Dunbar Center, the Activity Center, the First Lutheran Church, and Travis Elementary.

The community meetings are a prelude to the fiscal year 2012-13 budgeting process. The sessions allow residents to see the city’s current service level and to communicate what their dreams are for these six key areas. Information received from residents will be used in planning the city’s budget and establishing long term programming goals.

Refreshments are served at each community meeting and the format is “come and go,” so residents can spend a few minutes or a few hours at the sessions. Spanish translators will be available at each session.

Schedule of remaining Meetings

• Feb. 13: 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church 130 W Holland St. Sector 3: Alamo, Highland, Holland Hills, Hughson Hts., Sierra Circle, Tanglewood, N. LBJ. N. Craddock.

• Feb. 23: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer, City Park Recreation Center, 170 Charles Austin Dr.

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