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Wed
14
Aug

FISD board votes to leave 2013-2014 tax rate unchanged

By Richard Zowie

For those who were hoping for no increase in Fredericksburg school taxes, there is good news.

At its August 12 regular meeting, the Fredericksburg school board voted unanimously to keep the school tax rates at what they have been for the past seven years.

The approved rates for 2013-2014 will be 1.0400 maintenance and operations and .1062 interest and sinking for a total tax rate of 1.1462.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said another public hearing would be required and that, regarding taxes and its budget, the school district was well within accepted margins.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, added, “All the numbers check out.”

Thu
08
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 13

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Wed
07
Aug

Utility rate increases appear a sure thing

By Matt Ward

 

Utility customers in the city of Fredericksburg will likely see changes in their monthly bills later this fall as the city council prepares to adopt a series of rate changes and hikes.

No decisions have been made on any increases, but they are expected to be in place by Oct. 1 when the city’s 2013-2014 budget will go into effect.

During a special budget workshop July 31, the council received a presentation from Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, the city’s utility rate consultant, who said that deficits in city utility funds need immediate attention to prevent a larger problem.

“To address the deficits in the water and sewer fund, some pretty dramatic action is needed,” Bagwell said. “The fund balances and the trend in fund balance are such that we’ve got to get it fixed.”

Wed
07
Aug

Council to hold election, despite rejection of petition

By Matt Ward

 

A citizen petition seeking to restrict the transfer of enterprise fund reserves without voter approval was unanimously rejected by the Fredericksburg City Council, but the issue will still go before voters next May.

During their regular meeting Monday, council members voted against the petition, but moved to call a charter amendment election in May 2014 on the issue by a 3-2 vote with council members Kathy Sanford and Graham Pearson opposed.

“We decided that we don’t want the validity of the petition to be the issue,” Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said. “Maybe the merits of the charter amendment should be the issue.”

Wed
07
Aug

Water supplies feel stress


“We all have straws in this glass.” – Clinton Bailey, the city's director of public works, on local water supplies. Photo illustration by Walt Biddle.

By Walt Biddle

Special to the Standard-Radio Post

 

When Clinton Bailey says, “We all have straws in this glass,” he means it. 

Bailey became Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Works three months ago. In that role, his responsibilities touch the lives of residents in a variety of ways, none more than the quality and quantity of water used.

The multi-year drought continues and Fredericksburg remains under Stage 4 water use restrictions. In addition to dealing with the current challenge of providing water to city residents, planning for future needs is a “front burner” item. 

“We are going to have to spend some money on additional water,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who drinks a half-gallon of unfiltered city tap water each day (there is usually a jug sitting by his desk), is serious about water conservation. 

Wed
07
Aug

Frantzen, Marquardt crowned koenige at 118th Schuetzenfest


CROWNED SCHUETZENKOENIG for a sixth time, Dean Marquardt was raised high in the air by fellow competitors after win-ning the rimfire division at the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest Sunday evening. First-time winner Sam Frantzen topped the field in the centerfire division. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

A first-time winner and a six-time winner were crowned Sunday afternoon as Sam Frantzen won the centerfire division and Dean Marquardt won the rimfire division to be crowned Schuetzenkoenige at the 118th Annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest at the Bear Creek Shooting Range.

Frantzen won his first centerfire title with a score of 96 as the Hubertus Shooting Club won both Schuetzenkoenige titles at the yearly shooting competition.

In the rimfire division, Marquardt, also from Hubertus, won his sixth individual award with a score of 90.

The centerfire king’s trophy was donated by Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers, and the revolving trophy was donated by Fritztown Diesel.

In the rimfire division, the king’s trophy was donated by Security State Bank and Trust, and the revolving trophy by Moellering Construction.

Wed
07
Aug

Viticulture, fruit lab will support wine industry


NEWLY RENAMED Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viti-culture and Fruit Lab — for-merly the Texas Pierce’s Dis-ease Research and Extension Program lab — is now part of the Texas A&M University System. The building is lo-cated on Business Court near the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and the airport. – Photo courtesy Jim Kamas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently received a contribution allowing the purchase of a pre-existing facility in Fredericksburg by the Texas A&M University System that will support the state’s viticulture and fruit industries, according to an agency official.

Originally opened in 2007 as the Texas Pierce’s Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, the 3,200-square-foot facility is located near the Gillespie County Airport. It includes a main building, three large exterior greenhouses and an adjacent research and demonstration plot.

The facility, which now has been renamed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab, will provide additional education, outreach and research related to statewide fruit production, said Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service director.

Wed
07
Aug

Tax-free weekend to help shoppers save

Shoppers will receive a brief respite from the state sales tax on select items this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

The sales tax will not be applied to most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100.

During the holiday, shoppers can save about $8 for every $100 they spend.

Shoppers are expect to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local taxes during the holiday. 

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Wed
07
Aug

Honor Flight fundraising efforts hit halfway point


ENJOYING a good time with WWII veteran Harold (Hoppy) Tatsch, left, were friends Kay Lucas, Tom Bierschwale and Ron Corbyn. Tatsch spent three years in the Navy and was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Drexler in 1945.

An Honor Flight fundraiser last Thursday at Hondo’s raised $19,000 to help send 34 Gillespie County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials, free of cost.

“Although we have not reached our immediate goal to raise the required $42,000 for this community Honor Flight trip, we are over half way there and we’re confident we will be able to raise the entire amount,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

King thanked the community for their patriotism and generosity in supporting the WWII veterans.

Three WWII vets, Army veterans Ryland Mazur and Bill Scott, and Navy veteran Harold Tatsch, spoke about their military service.

Also speaking were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Gillespie County Commissioner Donnie Schuch, Chairman of Honor Flight-Austin Allen Bergeron, and VFW Post 7105 Commander Jim Bisson. 

Wed
07
Aug

Horse racing on tap this weekend

Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the five-eighths mile oval at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local Class III facility.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. both days.

Admission to the races is $5 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years and free for children under six.

Box seats are available for $9 each.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is the third of four racing weekends scheduled at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this summer.

And after this weekend, only two more days remain on the 2013 season on Aug. 24-25 as part of the 125th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 22-25).

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