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New low income housing development approved

The San Marcos City Council approved an affordable housing development, The Springs, that are not required to pay property taxes due to the submission of an application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the creation of a partnership with the San Marcos Housing Authority at the regularly scheduled meeting last week. There was an item on the agenda that involved a discussion on Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects, particularly those with property tax exemptions, and the policies governing council approval of those types of projects as well as the need to balance the availability of affordable housing while not putting the burden of funding city processes solely on other property tax paying residents.

County plans new road bond

Hays County is looking to improve roads, and they will need voter support to do it. Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra announced that there will be a road bond on the November election ballot at the regularly scheduled Hays County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday.

Two-thirds of Public Defenders Office clients back in community

The Public Defender’s Office has only been in operation in Hays County for one year with the mission of providing legal defense for low-income people accused of crimes. The Hays County Commissioners Court heard a presentation by Neighborhood Defenders Service Texas Hays County Criminal Defense Team on the Public Defender’s Office progress and “positive impact” on the community at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

Court will hear impact of public defenders office

The Hays County Commissioners Court is set to recognize June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, commemorate the 18th anniversary of the death of U.S. Army Private Kristin Menchaca, accept a grant award in order to update and create a historical resources survey and receive a presentation regarding the first year of the public defender's office at the regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. today.

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Nonprofits receive funding boost from CDBG grants

There are many nonprofit organizations around town, which survive solely off of donations. A big boost comes in the form of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Community Development Block Grant. The San Marcos City Council allocated $1,405,990 of CDBG funds to various nonprofit organizations in town at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.


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