Officials celebrate grand opening of government center in San Marcos

The Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, was declared officially open for business Feb. 2, when officials and residents gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, presented to Hays County Commissioners a flag that had flown over the state Capitol in honor of the facility's opening.

"I personally love it when government comes together to be more efficient and to serve the people," Isaac said. "We need to remind ourselves on a daily basis that we work for you, and we're here to serve you."

Former commissioner Jeff Barton read a letter from Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-District 25.

"Hays County and the project management experts are being commended for their excellent stewardship of public dollars by completing this project under budget, without the need for additional taxes," Barton read from Doggett's letter.

The $64 million project was completed under budget and on time. Commissioners did not raise taxes but set aside funds in each budget to pay for construction.