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2020 PUBLIC EDUCATION EDITION ONLINE AT School districts face the unknown as semesters commence in the fall

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SI D I  O After three weeks of virtual learning, a large portion of Hays CISD students plans on returning to campuses for the remainder of the rst grading period. In San Marcos CISD students will follow suit after eight weeks of online classes. Here is the breakdown of how many will pursue either option in both districts.

BY WARREN BROWN

of virtual learning with the approval of their respective school boards and the Texas Education Agency. But before the semester began, SMCISD elected to extend its rst three weeks of virtual learning for its 7,800 students to the full eight weeks, after which 40% of students will return for in-person lessons. “I don’t have a certain percentage or a threshold for me to feel safe, and maybe it’s just a general gut [feeling] and what the schools are doing to help

Fall semesters began for the cam- puses within San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD on Sept. 8, as both districts contended with the reality that admin- istrators, teachers and students were swimming in uncharted waters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bothdistricts initiallyplanned tostart with three weeks of virtual learning for all students with the option to extend it to four weeks at the discretion of super- intendents. That strategy included the potential for an additional four weeks

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River-based economies in Hays, Comal counties struggling tomake ends meet

In 2020, we are going to have about 15% to 16%of the sales that we had in 2019. That’s howdramatic it is. MARK JALUFKA, SANMARCOS LIONS CLUB GENERAL MANAGER

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Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Rockin’ R in New Braunfels are still rela- tively busy. For the tubing and river outtter business near the Guadalupe River, it remains dicult to tell how acutely the river economy is hurting this season. Cars still ll the lot during peak weekend hours, but the business model has shifted considerably since state-imposed restrictions issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in late June turned the industry on its head. CONTINUED ON 30

Texas State Tubes outside San Marcos has been aected by pandemic restrictions.

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FROMHEATHER: Hello fellow readers. I have managed the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper for three years, and as of this month am also managing the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle edition. I have lived in San Marcos for more than 20 years and am therefore well-acquainted with the community. I look forward to this new adventure covering all of the news, people and events in this vibrant community. In this issue, Senior Reporter Warren Brown examines how our school districts are planning for a return to campus amid this unpredictable pandemic.

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FROMBRIAN: As the new editor for the San Marcos-Buda- Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper , I have already had several opportunities to get to know the community. Despite the pandemic, there are still ample awesome things to do, and I have also already met so many wonderful and friendly people. For my rst edition as editor, I have taken a look at how the local river economies are doing amid the pandemic—how river outtters have adjusted their strategies and how other local industries reliant on river recreation are faring. As one example, hotel tax revenue this summer versus years prior has plummeted, which many local leaders say has much to do with COVID-19.

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number of specials, including box braids, chrocette braids, shampoo and styl- ing, quick weaves and silk presses. The business also houses X’Clusive Boutique, which maintains the same hours as X’Clusive Hair Studio. 512-392-2511. www.xclusivehairstudio.business.site ANNIVERSARIES 4 Patio Dolcetto will celebrate ve years of business Oct. 3 at 322 Cheatham St., San Marcos. Named for its serene patio, this wine and craft beverage bar serves naan pizzas and small plates that accompany wine ights, cocktails, and craft ciders and beers. A celebration will be held at the business Oct. 3 to mark the milestone. 512-366-3605. www.patiodolcetto.com IN THE NEWS 5 The city of San Marcos in late August broke ground on a $44 million Public Service Center on Clovis Barker Road next to the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. A press release issued by the city stated nearly 250 city employees will work in the facility once completed, including sta from the water, wastewater, electric, trac, stormwater, facility maintenance and conservation teams. “We incorporated growth forecasts into the design of this building to ensure it will meet our needs as our community and service levels continue to grow,” said Tom Taggart, public services director for San Marcos. To reduce the center’s environmental footprint, 500 kilowatts of solar panels will generate a portion of the facility’s power, and four 18,000-gallon cisterns will capture rain- water. www.sanmarcostx.gov

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NOWOPEN 1 The downtown small-format location of Target , located at 101 Concho St., Ste. 200, San Marcos, held its grand opening event Aug. 16. The small-format location is one of more than 120 for Target. A press release from the company states the format is ideal for “urban areas, dense suburban neighborhoods and near college campuses—places where a full- size Target store may not t.” The store sells apparel and accessories, Texas State University fan merchandise, home decor, personal care and beauty products, and more. Store hours are Monday through

Friday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 512-393-5400. www.target.com 2 Kissing Tree , a development built for residents age 55 and older located at 201 Kissing Tree Lane, San Marcos, has announced the grand opening of its new pool and a tness center, which includes lap pool—all of which are now open to residents. The opening marks the com- pletion of Kissing Tree’s 45,000-square- foot amenity center. The grand opening event took place Aug. 15, and a release issued by a Kissing Tree representative states the 12,000-square-foot outdoor

pool area includes a beach entry as well as an innity edge and nearby Jacuzzi spa. The release states homes at Kissing Tree range from approximately 1,000- 3,400 square feet, and prices range from about $228,000-$500,000, with Kissing Tree Golf Club serving as the centerpiece of the community. 512-270-3938. www.kissingtree.com 3 X’Clusive Hair Studio , located at 1904 RR 12, Ste. 103, San Marcos, reopened July 22 after having to close in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maylan Bun, co-owner of X’Clusive Hair Studio, said the studio oers a

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Hurricane Laura created rush on hotel rooms throughout SanMarcos area

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As Hurricane Laura made landfall Aug. 26, the communities of San Marcos and New Braunfels, as well as cities up and down the I-35 corridor in Central Texas, were scram- bling to accommodate an inux of guests. Siri Sinard, a front desk agent at the

Three Six General is now open in San Marcos. (Courtesy Three Six General)

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The Holiday Inn in SanMarcos was one of many hotels that lled up due to Hurricane Laura.

6 Total Primary Care is now oering rapid COVID-19 antigen tests that deliver results in 15 minutes at its primary care clinics, according to a release issued Aug. 3. The Austin-based primary care provider has locations throughout the Central Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth areas, including the Total Care Primary Care location in San Marcos at 200 Springtown Way, Ste. 132. The release states Total Primary Care is only testing asymptomatic people at its Total Men’s Primary Care and Total Primary Care locations at this time. The test is covered by most major insur- ance plans, and patients should visit the The butcher shop specializes in local sourcing, whole-animal butchery, and curing and smoking meats. Three Six General features an array of fresh-cut meats, cheeses, charcuterie, local vegetables and prepared foods in addition to pantry items prepared FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Three Six General , located at 1904 RR 12, San Marcos, opened Aug. 26 but held the grand opening event of its rst retail location Sept. 5. Information from owner Matti Bills states Three Six General began at farmers markets in Austin and currently vends at seven area markets throughout the San Antonio and Central Texas areas.

by many other local vendors from the farmers markets. Owners Bills and Denny Dinsmore do most of the production, and information from the company states they will be at the shop each Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 512-667-6474. www.threesixgeneral.com

do not completely stack up to comparison because many hotels in the San Marcos are not running at full capacity due to the COVID- 19 restrictions and personnel reductions. However, the uptick should create a welcome increase in hotel occupancy tax revenue for commu- nities in Central Texas. In New Braunfels, data on the city’s hotel tax revenue shows sharp declines in May, June and July of 2020 as compared to the same months in 2018 and 2019. In May 2019, for example, hotel tax revenue in New Braunfels was up 3.2% fromMay 2018, but that revenue dropped 79.6% fromMay 2019 to May 2020. The same is true in San Marcos, where in July 2020, hotel tax revenue plummeted by more than 62% over July 2019. “I don’t remember the last time when all of our hotels have been 100% sold out—even last year during graduation, which is traditionally the time when we do sell out,” Ybarra said.

Hilton Garden Inn at 2131 N. I-35, said from San Antonio to Austin, the Hilton hotels were booked solid since Aug. 25, and guests had to look as far as Waco for accom- modations because Hill Country rooms have become so scarce. Rebecca Ybarra, director of desti- nation services for the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, said this type of rush on hotel rooms in the area has happened before, but the level of occupancy in late August far surpassed that. “People had to evacuate Harris County and other counties, and in the messaging, [ocials] were recommending people evacuate and go to the San Antonio and Austin areas, and laying between the two communities, we did ll up quickly,” Ybarra said. The San Marcos area has not seen this level of hotel occupancy since before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented, she said, and even then, the numbers likely far surpass any seen in recent memory. Ybarra did add that the numbers

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including for before and after workouts, as well as vitamin supplements. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.- 2:30 p.m and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. The store is closed on Sunday. “We opened the store with the intention of helping people feel their best as far as their health journeys,” Cavazos said. 830-387-8702. www.instagram.com/kyletxnutrition COMING SOON 5 Kids Tooth Team has planned to open Sept. 15 at 1245 Main St., Bldg. B2, Ste. 300, Buda. The pediatric dentistry team’s mission is to provide a fun and engaging environment for its patients with the goal of keeping children happy and healthy. Among other focuses, Kids Tooth Team specializes in practices that include gentle preventive care and minimally invasive restorative services for its young clients. Appointments are available now. 512-355-7030. www.kidstoothteam.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 TexStar Chiropractic celebrated its rst anniversary in July. The Austin-based health care franchise’s Hays County location is at 181 Cimarron Park Loop, Ste. D, Buda. Information from the company states it has brought traditional chiro- practic care—along with other advanced treatment options, such as cold laser, spinal decompression and cryotherapy—to the community. It has already helped more than 215 local residents improve their quality of life through access to more complete health care. 512-523-6433. 7 The Buda Area Chamber of Com- merce is now oering its Taste of Buda Discount Card, which will be valid for discounts from local eateries and other establishments from Sept. 14-Nov. 14. Cards may be purchased at www.tasteouda.com and provide discounts from local establishments, including Buda Soda Foundation, Bandit Tacos, Miss Reds Place and more. Cards may be mailed to the buyer or picked up at the Buda Area Chamber oce, located at 202 Railroad St., Ste. 1C, Buda. 512-295-9999. www.budachambertx.com www.texstarchiro.com IN THE NEWS

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NOWOPEN 1 Austin Regional Clinic opened ARC Center Street , its second facility in Kyle, on Sept. 1 at 22420 I-35, Ste. 203, Kyle. The 15,000-square-foot clinic oers family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and an on-site lab, ac- cording to ARC. ARC Center Street joins ARC Kyle Plum Creek, which opened in 2009. 737-404-0347. www.austinregionalclinic.com 2 Bandit Tacos food truck opened July 4 at 2610 Main St., Buda. Its hours of oper-

ation are Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Owner John Earls started the food truck with his wife, Rocio. He said Bandit Tacos is most known for its Frito Bandito, which is a take on the Frito pie. Bandit Tacos also serves street tacos, breakfast tacos with a sweet and spicy glaze on the bacon, and traditional Ameri- can tacos with a personal twist. 512-748-3932. www.bandittacos.com 3 Following a re March 14 that ren- dered a Buda staple temporarily out of business, Helen’s Casa Alde has opened its new food truck. General Manager Remy Fallon said the grand opening of the Hel-

en’s Casa Alde food truck, located at 569 Main St., Buda, was Aug. 10 at 7 a.m., and hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The former location for the brick-and-mortar restau- rant was at 108 N. Main St. in Buda. Casa Alde is most known for its breakfast taco, the Fatty, which has ingredients including sausage, egg, potato, bacon and cheese. 512-295-2053. www.helenscasaalde.com 4 Health store Kyle Nutrition opened July 28 at 121 Hall Professional Center in Kyle. Owners Jennifer Cavazos, Tina White and Britany Rodriguez said the store sells products centered on herbalized nutrition,

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REGIONAL IMPACTS NOWOPEN 1 Dripping Springs Drive In-Cinema ocially opened Sept. 2 at 30291 RR 12, Dripping Springs. The cinema serves candy, popcorn and drinks during lms and will donate a portion of its proceeds to local nonprot organizations each month. 512-394-4264. www.drippingspringsdrivein.com 2 Evolve Chiropractic opened Sept. 7 at 400 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. B 203, Dripping Springs. The practice treats conditions including muscle and joint pain and neuropathy by oering chiropractic manipulative therapy, various muscular and myofascial re- lease therapies, intersegmental trac- tion and vibratory therapy. In an email to Community Impact Newspaper , the practice’s doctor, Jackson Humphrey, said a mixture of these therapies are used to tailor custom treatment plans for each patient. 512-829-5216. www.evolvechiropractictx.com IN THE NEWS 3 TreatyOak Distillery in July began selling a bottled, ready-to-

drink Old Fashioned Cocktail using its Ghost Hill Bourbon, bitters and orange zest, available for purchase online. The distillery and its attached kitchen, Alice’s Restaurant, are locat- ed at 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, and are open Friday through Sunday from noon-8 p.m. 512-599-0335. www.treatyoakdistilling.com

Ghost-Tactical is moving to the Satterwhite Business Park in Buda.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Ghost-Tactical , a Department of Defense military contractor that had locations in Hawaii, California and Louisiana, is in the process of consolidating its operations and moving to its new location at 1220 Satterwhite Road, Ste. 406, Buda, in the Satterwhite Business Park. Director of Operations Thomas Danks said Ghost-Tactical, which also operates under the name Ghost-Brand, should ocially begin operations in Buda in September. Among many other initiatives, the company has created a proprietary bonding agent called Duritex, which

Danks described as an anti-microbial application that helps keep fabrics sanitized even without being washed. He added that there is potential for Ghost- Tactical to bring 100 new jobs to Buda. 512-937-2817. www.ghost-brand.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Hwy. 21 to bemade safer with passing lanes and shoulders Construction began in July on more than 15 miles of Hwy. 21 between Hwy. 80 and the Caldwell County line.

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ONGOING PROJECT

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Main Street improvement in Buda Construction on Main Street between Cabelas Drive and Railroad Street is ongoing, but two lanes have remained open during construction, allowing trac to move in either direction. Phase 1 was completed Aug. 6, and Phase 2 on the northern half of the project, which is expected to last roughly four months, began immediately afterward. Timeline: July 2019-December 2020 Cost: $4.4 million Funding source: 2014 bond

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The roadway will be converted to a “super 2” highway, which provides a passing lane at periodic intervals for trac in either direction. “The improvements will allow vehicles to safely pass on what is currently a narrow two-lane road,” said Epi Gonzalez, Texas Depart- ment of Transportation area engi- neer. “Ultimately, this project will help motorists arrive safely at their destinations.” Beginning east of FM 1966, two super 2 sections with passing lanes— four altogether—will be built for both eastbound and westbound trac. Paved shoulders will also be added west of William Pettus Road to improve safety between San Marcos and Niederwald.

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“We are committed to doing our part to improve safety and quality of life for all travelers,” Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones said. “This project will help ensure our highway system remains as safe as possible.” Timeline: July 2020-fall 2022 Cost: $17.4 million Funding source: TxDOT

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF SEPT. 2. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SBKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Dacy Lane in Kyle Expected to begin in January 2021, the proposed expansion of Dacy Lane between Bebee Road and Windy Hill Road to four lanes will begin once the majority of utility relocations have been completed. Sewage main reloca- tions on the southern portions of Dacy are already underway Timeline: January 2021-January 2022 Cost: $1.5 million Funding source: 2016 road bond program

River Road still closed for utility work Work on the Main Lift Station Force Main Replacement con- tinues, and River Road between Cape Street and Conway Drive is still closed to trac. Trac access from Cape is still prohibited as well. Drivers may use I-35 frontage sewage main pipes while adding a culvert, reclaimed water line, lling station and storm sewer crossings. A diversion channel that was previously proposed as part of the Blanco Gardens Drainage Improvement Project will also be built. Timeline: spring 2020-spring 2021 Cost: $6.88 million Funding source: city of San Marcos roads to access the northern and southern sections of River Road using Bugg Lane and Linda Drive as a connector to the interstate. The project will replace two

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PHILOMENADRIVE REZONING During the Aug. 18 meeting, ocials also approved a rezoning of another roughly 37-acre plat of land at 601 Philomena Drive. The action changes the plat from straight retail to a combination of 6.4 acres of retail, 17 acres of mixed use and 14 acres of multifamily residential. According to information from the city, the developers now need to submit a preliminary plan to the city and go through the platting process, and there is not yet a denitive time frame for that process. City information states the site, which runs along the east side of I-35 and the west side of Philomena Drive and the east side of I-35, is now largely vacant. The land is primarily located in what is called a “Core Area Transition” district by the city of Kyle, which documents dene as an area of land consisting mainly of commercial and light industrial uses along with some residential uses.

RM 150 REZONING Another plat of land located at what was formerly 703 Rebel Drive was also approved for rezoning during the Aug. 18 City Council meeting. As part of another agenda item during the Aug. 25 meeting, council voted to temporarily call the road RM 150 until a committee can permanently rename the roadway. Two parcels within the tract were changed—one being a 6.7-acre plat from single-family detached zoning to retail services, and the other being an 8.2-acre plat rezoned “to reect a slightly lower density and larger residential lots,” according to city information. Combined, the parcels run along the north side of Gregg Road and the west side of Rebel Drive. Since the approval was unanimous, landowner Ky-Tex Properties LP will now need to submit a preliminary plan and go through the platting process. Regarding a set timeline for when those steps will happen, city sta have said there is not yet a denitive deadline for when that will happen.

KOHLERS CROSSING UNNAMED PROJECT

During its Aug. 18 meeting, Kyle City Council approved actions that moved forward several development projects. Among them is a 15.5-acre multiuse development located at I-35 and Kohlers Crossing, for which Kyle City Council approved the development agreement. The project will border the west side of I-35, the southern portion of Kohlers Crossing and the east edge of Kyle Crossing. City documents show the 15.5-acre development will house retail lots along I-35 and Kohlers Crossing, and residences will account for the rest of the area. The project developer for the as-yet-unnamed subdivision is Kalterra Capital Partners LLC. The next step, according to city sta, is for the development to go through platting from the city, but there is no denitive date or deadline for that process.

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News from San Marcos, Buda, Kyle & Hays County

CITY HIGHLIGHTS Buda Stage 1 water restrictions went into effect Aug. 24 due to a lack of rain, a press release from the city stated. Lawns may still be watered twice weekly, but additional waterings could draw a fine of up to $2,000 per offense in addition to a surcharge on the resident’s utility bill. Sprinkler systems, both in-ground and hose-end styles, may only be used between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. Residential properties with odd-numbered addresses may use sprinklers on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Thursdays and Sundays are delegated to even-numbered addresses. Kyle City Council approved a resolution organizing its upcoming bond and charter elections during a Sept. 1 meeting. The resolution effectively provided that the propositions for the bond election will appear before those of the charter election on the ballot and renames the charter propositions C through G instead of A through E. Bond Proposition A will ask voters if they want to fund a proposed 64,000-square-foot Public Safety Center for $37 million. Proposition B seeks voter approval to finance $10 million for property acquisition toward a regional sportsplex and festival grounds for the city. SanMarcos There are now five finalists for the role of San Marcos chief of police. The candidates are Robert Brown, Adele Frese, Bob Klett, Brad McKeone and Stan Stanridge. Each candidate has had extensive careers in law enforcement. A release from the city of San Marcos states that starting in mid- to late September, candidates will be interviewed by five interview panels consisting of groups of community stakeholders, community criminal justice partners, police department employees, city executive team members and City Council. San Marcos City Council Meets first and third Tuesdays each month at 6 p.m. 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos 512-393-8000 www.sanmarcostx.gov Kyle City Council Meets first and third Tuesdays each month at 7 p.m. 100 W. Center St., Kyle 512-262-1010 • www.cityofkyle.com Buda City Council Meets first and third Tuesdays each month at 6 p.m. 405 E. Loop St., Buda 512-312-0084 • www.ci.buda.tx.us Hays County Commissioners Court Meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. 11 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos 512-393-2205 • www.co.hays.tx.us MEETINGSWE COVER

Second voting site at Texas State nixed by county

Day ballots were cast in election Precinct 334, which encompasses both the proposed rec center polling location and the approved polling site at the Performing Arts Center. Democrats won that precinct in 2018 with 969 of 1,212 votes. According to Election Administrator Jennifer Anderson, the campus has been the county’s fifth or sixth busiest polling location in the past.

Evan Bookman, a student representa- tive of the Black Presidents Council, NAACP and Black Men United at Texas State University. According to Precinct 3 Commis- sioner Lon Shell, Texas State reported that 7,000 students would live on campus this fall, more than enough voters to swing the county in either direction. During the midterm elec- tion in November 2018, 542 Election

BY WARREN BROWN

SanMarcos budget approved by City Council at first reading deserves full and safe access to the polls on campus without the stress of waiting in long lines for hours or fear and anxiety of overcrowding in the middle of a global pandemic,” said HAYS COUNTY Three weeks of animated debate on the Hays County Commissioners Court dais and dozens of public comments proved fruitless for Democrats in a battle for a second polling location on the Texas State University campus for the Nov. 3 election. On Aug. 25, the Hays County Com- missioners Court voted 3-2 against an additional polling site located at the Student Recreation Center, with Democrat County Judge Ruben Becerra and Democrat Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe voting for the site. “The Texas State community SANMARCOS San Marcos City Council voted unanimously to approve the budget and tax rate ordinance for fiscal year 2020-21 at its first reading during the council’s Sept. 1 meeting. Though both were approved, a second public hearing and reading of the tax rate ordinance and proposed budget is planned for City Council’s next scheduled meeting Sept. 15. If approved, the budget will officially be ratified for the next fiscal year. The proposed tax rate for FY 2020-21 is $0.593 per $100 of appraised property value and is a step down from $0.6139 in last year’s budget, but it is an increase of 4.9% over the no new revenue tax rate—or the tax rate the city could impose to raise the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year. Projected revenue for the 2020-21 budget is expected to increase by 6.6% from the year prior, but the proposed budget of $258,714,410 is an 8.22% increase from the 2019-20 budget of $239,058,972. BY WARREN BROWN

7,000 Number of students projected to live at Texas State University within Precinct 334 this fall 542 Number of Election Day ballots cast in Precinct 334 in November 2018 1,212 Total votes cast in Precinct 334 during the November 2018 midterm election 228 Total Republican votes cast in Precinct 334 during the November 2018 midterm 969 Total Democratic votes cast in Precinct 334 during the November 2018 midterm

PRECINCT POLLING Texas State University is within Hays County's Precinct 334.

SOURCE: HAYS COUNTY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Virtual open houses, other outreach coming for $37millionPublic Safety Center inKyle

Jeb Buie of public relations firm Buie & Co., which was hired in May to help develop a communi- cations outreach strategy toward the project, said that over the last three months, his company has met with city staff, constituents, police officers and others. Buie & Co. Vice President Patti Hixson said it will be critical to remind residents that any tax rate impact on the project, which has an estimated 14-month construc- tion timeline that could begin spring 2021, would be deferred until October 2021. Buie & Co. has already devel- oped numerous educational tools regarding the project, which Hixon said also contain general election information. Next steps include a series of virtual open houses that will be held each Thursday at 7 p.m. from Sept. 17-Oct. 15, which will be recorded, as well as the creation of an informational video, signage to be placed throughout the city guiding residents to online information and an informational direct mailer.

BY BRIAN RASH

KYLE A proposed $37 million Public Safety Center that is part of a November bond election in Kyle will be the subject of an ongoing, ramped-up information campaign for residents and other stakeholders. An update regarding the project was put forth during a presenta- tion to City Council on Sept. 1.

SCHEDULE OF OPENHOUSES

Virtual open houses on the Public Safety Center are planned. Updates may be found by emailing 2020bond@cityofkyle.com or calling 512-843-8940.

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2020 PUBLIC EDUCATION EDITION

H AY S C I S D  S A N M A R C O S C I S D S N A P S H O T DISTRICT DATA

COMPILED BY BRIAN RASH

Students in the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area are served by Hays CISD and San Marcos CISD. According to the United States Census Bureau, both districts have seen enrollment numbers increase since the 2016-17 school year. Data shown below dives deeper into enrollment trends and teacher statistics.

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201920 TEACHER STATS

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

201920SUPERINTENDENT ANNUAL SALARY

TOTAL NUMBER OF TEACHERS

1,329.71

NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON

570.7

NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON

New Braunfels ISD: 551.62

Comal ISD: 1,574.89

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NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON

201920 ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

201920 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS 17.88%

New Braunfels ISD: $57,055

Comal ISD: $55,996

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MALE 10,640 10,153

MALE 4,259 3,965 FEMALE

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Comal ISD: 5%

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