Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: Selbera, Wilson Will Not Seek Re-Election

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 two most senior members of the Kyle City Council – District 2 mainstay Becky Selbera, the longest-serving council member in the city’s history, and District 4 stalwart David Wilson – individually revealed Tuesday they would not seek re-election. Selbera’s decision caps a council career of more than 15 years that began when she was first elected in May of...

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The Kyle Report: Mayor Webster Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

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. Saying there’s an opportunity now for the city to receive an injection of “fresh energy and fresh perspective” as well as ” an opportunity for another generation of community leaders to step forward,” Mayor Todd Webster said today he would not seek re-election to a second term, thus bringing an end to a 15-plus-year career as a Kyle public servant....

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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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