UPDATE: Current Court Likely to Vote on Purgatory Expansion
The citizens’ committee tasked with advising the Hays County commissioner’s court on how to spend the $3,200,000 remaining parks bond funds has submitted their feedback to the court on 12 proposed projects. The competition is very intense and commissioners are hearing from proponents of other projects including advocates of a swimming pool in Wimberley and a shooting range east of San Marcos. We expect the current court to identify which projects will be funded.
SMGA supports a Trust for Public Land (TPL) proposal that requests only $950,000 to purchase 600 acres adjacent to Purgatory Creek Natural Area. (TPL expects to raise the approximately $8 million in additional funds for the project from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and other entities.)
Given the intense competition, we strongly encourage you to email your current slate of county commissioners. Tell them you want your parks bond money spent on the expansion of Purgatory Creek Natural Area. What a jewel this 1100 acre green space would be for our county! Of all the projects vying for park bond funds, we feel this one gets the county the most bang for the buck and best reflects the language of the bond bill passed by county voters in 2007.
Here’s a related article from San Marcos Local News http://www.newstreamz.com/2010/11/11/park-wetlands-back-in-shooting-sports-request/