Author: Pete Oppel

The Kyle Report: City Realizes Second Consecutive Positive Sales Tax Report

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 city is slowly pulling itself out of the budget gap caused by far lower than anticipated sales tax receipts for the first three months of the fiscal year with the second consecutive month of higher than projected sales tax numbers. Although it still doesn’t completely compensate for the disastrous December figures, when sales tax receipts were $43,000 below the...

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The Kyle Report: City Council caves to NIMBYs

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 Kyle City Council, with explanations that, for the most part, if they are to be believed would bring all development in the city to a screeching halt, voted 5-1 last night to deny a request for a townhouse development located only a half a mile from City Hall. Council member Shane Arabie was the only council member to vote...

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The Kyle Report: Mitchell Says He Plans to Run Against Hervol

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. City council candidate Travis Mitchell confirmed on Sunday what many observers expected would transpire from the moment he announced his candidacy: He hopes to unseat Place 1 council member Diane Hervol in May’s municipal elections. Although he admitted he sided more with Hervol on major issues, most notably property tax relief, than his other potential opponent, council member Shane Arabie, Mitchell...

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The Kyle Report: Mitchell Motorsports Owner Plans City Council Run

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. Travis Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell Motorsports, a self-proclaimed “family-owned and operated trike, motorcycle, atv/utv, auto and outdoor power dealer.” announced today he is running for the Kyle City Council in May. Mitchell faces an uphill battle because he is likely to face an entrenched incumbent regardless of which place he runs for. Mitchell said he has yet to make...

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The Kyle Report: P&Z to Disregard Comprehensive Plan again, Consider a Comfort Suites behind Target

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. A company called Ameristar is seeking to build a facility on Goforth Road just east of Dacy and Comfort Suites would like to locate a three-story, 71-room hotel directly behind Target. Both will be seeking approval from the Kyle’s Planning & Zoning Commission during its meeting scheduled to begin 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Council chambers. Ameristar is seeking to...

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