I am appalled and disappointed in the tactics of my opponent regarding two of his (many) mailers. The inaccuracies and misleading information is deceitful.
He states that only he has a record we can trust. Really? After this deceitful flyer?
Wayne says there were 3200 apartment units built in San Marcos during my term on City Council. These units include senior housing on Stagecoach, apartments on the east side of IH 35, and others NOT IN ESTABLISHED SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS. Many of these were already zoned for apartments. The largest of these was 287 units. I didn’t vote to rezone land in established neighborhoods from SF (single family) to apartment zoning. Wayne voted for THREE 1,000 bed units in three votes!
Wayne says there were no major employers attracted to San Marcos during my terms on the city council.
During the years 1996-2002 Hays Energy came to San Marcos, as did Target. Both received incentives as did Pavestone, T B Woods, Inc., Thermon (expansion), and the Genlyte (Wide-Lite) expansion. We didn’t have the Greater San Marcos Partnership to recruit companies.
Regarding Wayne’s claim of hundreds of high wage jobs:
I would like to see a list of these. Might be true, I don’t know. They aren’t listed on the www.greatersanmarcostx.com website, however I find this about Mensor: “The $7.5-million investment will create an estimated 40 jobs over a 10-year period,” said GSMP Chairman Will Conley.” OK, there’s 40. Where’s the rest?
Mailer says this of Jane: Voted to raise property taxes two times during her tenure
When Jane was elected, the tax rate was 46 cents. In Sept 1996 we LOWERED it to 44 cents. In 1997 we LOWERED it to 43.5 cents. In 1998, NO CHANGE. In 1999 we set it back to 46 + .1 cents.
During Jane’s time on Council, councilmembers were hearing many complaints from citizens about needed street repairs. Staff told us how many lane miles they were funded to repair each year. Divide that into the total number of lane miles meant that anyone’s street, on the average, would receive attention once every 50 years. The citizens wanted more and it took a tax increase to do it. We began the Six-Year Street Overlay program and streets were maintained, repaved, as needed. The program continued after Jane left the council.
See Jane’s Page Here: http://janehughson.org/