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Monday, November 2nd, 2009

County meets jail deadline with Friday letter

Hays County officials said last Friday that they met a 30-day deadline with a letter on that day to show the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) progress on bringing the county jail into compliance with state regulations. The TCJS indicated that it would accept a letter for the purpose of meeting the Oct. 31 deadline.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

County tries to avoid jail closure

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously last week to initiate an expenditure of $1,455,388 to avoid a possible closure of part or all of the Hays County Jail by state authorities.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

County chooses gov center builder

Hays County commissioners unanimously chose Balfour Beatty and HDR Tuesday to design and build the largest and most costly structure ever attempted by the county. But the building won't be as expensive as once thought.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Hays County Jail headed for sanctions

The Hays County Jail remains out of compliance with state standards. If the problems aren't fixed by the end of October, the jail may have to shut down its kitchen and the county may have to send...

Friday, September 18th, 2009

County sets budget, ups tax rate 1.42 cents

Hays County commissioners approved a $162 million budget this week, raising the ad valorem tax rate from 45.5 cents to 46.92 cents per $100 of taxable value.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

County moves on government center

Hays County officials took two more steps in their 14-year-old quest for more office space earlier this month, narrowing their list to five teams of construction firms to undertake the county's largest ever building project, then authorizing...

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

County picks $89.5M office option

The Hays County Commissioners Court, presented with three project scenarios for a new county office building Tuesday, opted Tuesday to go with the most expensive in a 3-2 vote.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Old Hays County jail in for restoration

The old Hays County Jail in San Marcos is soon to be restored as a museum.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Court continues mulling facilities projects

Hays County Judge Liz Sumter said "all options are on the table" as the commissioners court continues work towards county building projects in tight times while pressure mounts to open new facilities.

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