With $237.8 million Hays County bond package approved, planning begins

With $237.8 million Hays County bond package approved, planning begins

  • November 11, 2016
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Hays County voters passed a $237.8 million bond package this week, but it may be at least another six months until ground is broken, County Commissioner Will Conley said Wednesday. The bond package included two propositions: $106.4 million for public safety facilities, including an expansion and renovation of the decades-old jail and the construction of buildings for emergency communications and law enforcement, and $131.4 million for road construction. About 51 percent of votes, or 32,242 votes, cast were in favor…

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Special Use Valuation in Texas – The Basics

Special Use Valuation in Texas – The Basics

Most Texas landowners are aware of the special use valuation methods available to agricultural landowners that allow property taxes to be calculated based on productive agricultural value, as opposed to market value of the land.  Importantly, this is not a “tax exemption,” for agricultural landowners, but instead is an alternative way to calculate property taxes owed. Blog series by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension addresses the basic concept of special use valuation, and will then walk through the three valuation methods…

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Oil and gas drilling brightening the dark skies near McDonald Observatory

Oil and gas drilling brightening the dark skies near McDonald Observatory

  • November 7, 2016
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After a career as a stevedore in Florida, amateur astronomer James Lowrey retired 11 years ago to the Big Bend, drawn by the otherworldly viewing possibilities of its inky night skies. But Lowrey and other astronomers in the region fear that lights from flares and oil rigs in the ever-expanding Permian Basin oil boom to the north may soon endanger their precious dark skies. In late October, Lowrey filed six complaints in Reeves County, claiming Apache Corp. is violating the…

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SAWS closes on financial deal for Vista Ridge pipeline project

SAWS closes on financial deal for Vista Ridge pipeline project

  • November 3, 2016
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The San Antonio Water System announced Thursday that the city-owned water system has closed the financial portion of the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project. With the financial closure construction is set to begin in February. Garney Construction is the lead builder of the pipeline, which will deliver water to San Antonio from Burleson County. Construction is expected to wrap up in 2020. Garney will own the pipeline for the first 30 years with SAWS taking over ownership for another three decades…

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Regional planning will boost I-35 corridor

Regional planning will boost I-35 corridor

  • November 2, 2016
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A recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau found that New Braunfels was the second-fastest growing city in the United States. Pflugerville is No. 11. Previously, San Marcos had been the fastest-growing city in the country. Georgetown claimed that spot in the latest survey.  In addition, the economies of San Antonio and Austin complement one another far more than they overlap. In other words, we have the makings of a mega-regional economy that could rival the Metroplex of Dallas and…

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Rainwater Revival Agenda Now Set: Speakers to Bring Messages of Free, Easy, Dependable Water

Rainwater Revival Agenda Now Set: Speakers to Bring Messages of Free, Easy, Dependable Water

  • October 31, 2016
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The annual Rainwater Revival is the largest gathering of rainwater harvesting businesses and contractors in the state. Now in its 7th year, the Revival continues to evangelize the message of delicious water that comes free from the sky and is so easy to capture, store and use for home or garden. The Rainwater Revival, ever popular with homeowners and businesses alike, is free, family-friendly and set for Saturday, November 5, 10am to 4pm at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The…

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Hays County voters have big choice on $237.8 million bond package

Hays County voters have big choice on $237.8 million bond package

  • October 30, 2016
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Hays County voters will have to make a choice at the polls this year on the county’s largest request since 2008: a $237.8 million bond package. The bond package has two propositions: $106.4 million for public safety facilities, including an expansion and renovation of the decades-old jail and construction of buildings for emergency communications and law enforcement, and $131.4 million for road construction. Officials in Hays County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, say these measures are necessary…

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In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States

In the Growing Battle Against Invasive Plants, Texas Lags Behind Other States

  • October 29, 2016
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“One of the great ironies of battling invasive plants is that many of them are legal to buy and plant in Texas. The City of Austin is one the few cities in the country that keeps a list of locally invasive plants that it works to control. It includes the plants glossy privet and elephant ear. “That’s another one that we’re working to replace with native vegetation, and that’s principally by manual means,” said John Clement with the Austin Watershed Protection Department. “We have crews…

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The Source: Garney Failure Could Mean SAWS Takeover Of Vista Ridge Project

In a turn-about San Antonio Water System CEO Robert Puente said the water utility would take over the construction of the Vista Ridge Water Pipeline if Garney was unable to meet certain deadlines. In May, after the Spanish conglomerate Abengoa went bankrupt, the Kansas City-based firm Garney Construction took over the building of the 142-mile water pipeline known as Vista Ridge. The $3 billion project calls for water to start flowing from Burleson County by the year 2020. Speaking on…

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Video: Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission (9:01)

Video: Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission (9:01)

  • October 24, 2016
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From their winter home in Mexico and north along their amazing annual migration, Monarch butterflies are threatened by deforestation, climate change and drought and agriculture policies. The Nobelity Project’s Turk Pipkin looks at the wonder of the monarchs and what can be done to save the migration. Learn more at monarchconservation.org Learn about The Nobelity Project’s work for education and a sustainable world at nobelity.org Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission from The Nobelity Project on Vimeo.

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