Archives for August 2016

Taxes Are Going Up in Hondo

Residents in Hondo are facing a an 8 percent hike in property taxes to fund a library and community center.

(Right now, Hondo residents pay just over 45 cents per 100 dolars in assessed valuation. If the city council’s plan is approved, that rate would jump to almost 51.4 cents. The extra money generated would be used to build a 2.5 million dollar library with a community center built in. Last week, a public hearing generated few comments in disagreement with the plan, which also includes drawing another 1.4 million dollars in certificates of obligation to fund upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant. In all, the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home would see a property tax payment increase of about 61 dollars.)

Upcoming 5K to Benefit Police

An upcoming 5K will support law enforcement. The Kendall County Citizens Law Enforcement Academy Alumni Association hosts a 5k trail run September 10th, and it will run through the Kendall County Fairgrounds and the trails of the Cibolo Nature Center. Funds go to scholarships for advanced training for officers. To register or get more info, go to Organizers have graduated from citizens police academies put on by the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department and the Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch police departments.

Gillespie Budget is Posted for Review

The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Gillespie County is projected to raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $1.4 million 11.13%, and of that amount $450,695 is tax revenue would be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year. The number breakdown is posted at They’ve got two public hearings coming up to talk about the tax rate – September 1 and September 8 at the county courthouse – and the budget would be adopted after that.

First Gillepsie County Tax Rate Hearing is This Week

Gillespie County has hearings coming up tomorrow and again next week to talk about the proposed property tax rate for the coming fiscal year. State law requires two public hearings since the proposed rate is exceeds the lower of the effective rollback tax rate. The effective rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Gillespie County. The first hearing is September 1 at 5:15 at the County Courthouse. The second hearing is September 8 at 5:20pm in the same spot.

Bandera Groups Agree on Fountain

The Bandera city council hosted a workshop recently with the Bandera Economic Development Corporation to come up with a master plan. One of the highlights of the workshop was the Polly Texas Pioneer Association requesting the transfer of the fountain currently in Western Trail Heritage Park to the Polly Peak Chapel. The Bandera County Courier reports new drainage and road improvements at the chapel, and says there are events like weddings there just about every weekend. The council unanimously voted to donate a fountain to Polly’s chapel. The EDC also requested the council to approve and move forward with the purchase of the Remington bronze sculpture for Heritage Park, which was approved and will happen in the next two months. The next city council meeting is tomorrow.

City Congratulates Punt, Pass, Kick Winners

On Sunday, August 21st the City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department hosted the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at KISD Antler Stadium for boys and girls ages 6 – 15 years. The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition gives kids around the country an opportunity to come out and display their football skills. Winners are –6-7 years – Wesley Miller; 8-9 years – Caleb Peschel; 10-11 years – Gunnar Abel; 12-13 years – Andrew Eaheart; 14-15 years – Coleson Abel.

Public is Invited to Contribute to New Sculpture

The City of Kerrville Parks and Rec Department and sculpture artist Gigi Miller are offering the chance to make an artistic impression on a Guadalupe Bass sculpture that’s going into Louise Hays Park this fall. You can be part of a special craft session and create scales that will be placed on the Guadalupe Bass sculpture. Plans for installation of a Guadalupe Bass sculpture originated from the Main Street Advisory Board’s Public Art Project last year.

Road Work Continues in Kendall County

Road closures in Kendall County again this week. The good news is, construction is ending on River Bend and that area should be open again now. Other detours and delays will happen this week for concrete work, on roads including Old No. 9 Highway, North Creek Road, River Bend Road, Johns Road, Acker Road, Edge Falls Road, and Kemmer Trail. Concrete work continues on those roads through September 30th.

Backyard Chickens and Rainwater Harvesting Among Workshop Topics

Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County will be conducting it’s Backyard Basics Fall EXPO next month, and Hill Country gardeners are invited. It’s coming up Saturday, September 17 at the San Antonio College Oppenheimer Academic Center. They’ll cover everything from beekeeping, to chickens, composting, Urban wildlife, drip irrigation, rain water harvesting and more. They’ll have some local honey to sell too. Register now with the TX A&M Agrilife Extension office.

Bandera Co. Bank Attempted Bank Robbery is Investigated

The feds are still investigating an attempted bank robbery that happened a week ago in Bandera County. The alarm sounded at a dispatch center that signaled something was wrong at the Wells Fargo 9492 FM 1283, in Lakehills. The burglars took off before deputies arrived, but the FBI has been at the location to process the crime scene regardless. The Bandera County Courier said the thieves attempted to enter the bank by breaking through a cinder block wall on the side of the building but failed, and then they went around the back and tried to peel the metal off the roof and get in that way but couldn’t. There was a lot of damage, but nothing was taken. Anyone with tips should contact the sheriff’s office, which will pass along the info to the FBI.