Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: Hard (hiring) Freeze Forecast for Kyle

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. February’s sales tax numbers have been posted and, simply put, they border on being disastrous — over $56,000 below projections which more than doubles the city’s budget gap. What makes this even more troubling is what happened last year when the city’s sales tax receipts fell drastically below projections in the last months of the year. But the city was...

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State Slaps Hays Schools with a Grade of D, District’s Response Rates an F

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. The Texas Education Agency confirmed today what U.S. News and World Report has been reporting for years and what most objective observers already knew — at least intuitively — and that’s the public schools around these parts aren’t very good. They aren’t adequately preparing students for a life after public school. This is the first year the TEA will be...

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The Kyle Report: How Many Times Will Kyle Force a Homeowner to Pay for the Same Infrastructure?

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report.                     The above video tries to explain in wildly esoteric terms exactly what it is the company calling itself HDR, Inc., does. I’m not sure that I get it, but I also must admit subjects like engineering consulting are way above my head. My Hero will get it. She’s both an...

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The Kyle Report: That Pesky Rollback Tax Thing

The Kyle Report is an opinion column written by Kyle resident, Pete Oppel, that covers city leadership issues. You can follow The Kyle Report here on the Kyle Life or by subscribing to Mr. Oppel’s blog, The Kyle TX Report. The rollback tax rate was instituted, I’m guessing (I researched the “why” of the rate and came up with nothing) to prevent taxing authorities from raising taxes exorbitantly high every time a new budget was due. If the taxing authority raises the rate above the rollback amount, the citizens could petition for an election during which voters could decide to...

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The Kyle Report: Mitchell Easily Wins Council Runoff

Challenger Travis Mitchell soundly defeated incumbent Diane Hervol Saturday collecting 58.6 percent of the vote in a runoff in which more residents voted than cast ballots in the original May election, although, still, only 7 percent of Kyle’s registered voters turned out. The May 7 election ended in a tie with each candidate receiving 510 votes. Hervol actually wound up with one less vote, 509, this time around. Mitchell was favored by 722 voters. Hervol is a two-term council member, having won her seat for the first time in 2010. Mitchell, making his first foray into politics, is the...

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