Special election will determine Buda's new mayor
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Just when you thought all of the electioneering was over, voters in Buda are heading back to polls to elect a new Mayor.
Earlier this year Sarah Mangham, Buda's former mayor, resigned. Her replacement will be chosen in a special election this Saturday. Both candidates vying for the position are currently serving on the city council.
Ron Fletcher says his experience makes him the right choice.
"I've dedicated over a decade of my life to serving the citizens of Buda," he said.
Fletcher worked on Buda's first comprehensive master plan, home rule charter and now serves as a council member.
"I've been a leader on the council in an aggressive annexation policy," he said.
Fletcher says that policy helped Buda move away from its dependence on sales tax for revenue.
"Since 2008 we've increased the city size by half and because it was all valuable commercial and industrial property we've nearly doubled the property tax revenue," he said.
Todd Ruge says his professional background will help him lead the city.
"The fact that Buda is growing so fast and we have rapid expansion that my expertise in finance will really serve the city well,” Ruge said.
He says he's proud of the tax rate the council has been able to maintain.
"We've been able to keep the taxes very low. Buda has really the lowest taxes in the area and I aim to keep it that way," Ruge said.
The mayoral candidate says transportation will be the biggest issues facing the city in the coming years.
"Traffic is really the biggest concern. If we continue to grow at the pace we're currently at we're going to need those roads," Ruge said.
Both candidates say they are committed to maintaining the community's "small-town feel", something they believe is important to residents.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday.