Buda City Council

Meetings

The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Terms and compensation

The mayor and council members earn $75 and $50 stipends per meeting, respectively. They serve three-year terms.

Live coverage

Meetings are not televised or streamed online.

Accomplishments in 2012

  • New police officers — The hiring of four police officers brings Buda closer to the state ratio of one officer per 500 residents.
  • Looser liquor laws — Voters passed a proposition that allows bars and liquor stores in the city, and the council created ordinances that dictate where such establishments may operate.
  • Development of parks master plan — This document will help guide the development of Buda's system of parks and green spaces.
  • Development of transportation master plan — The city determined the long-term transportation projects on which it will focus. Areas of focus include walking and bicycling paths in the city, public transportation and improved connectivity throughout the city.

Top issues for 2013

  • Expanded trails — The city is in the midst of a project that will expand its trail system and connect Bradfield Drive with Stagecoach Park.
  • Wastewater facilities — City officials say the growth that Buda has experienced in the past few years means that municipal wastewater facilities will need to be expanded. Possible ways of addressing the issue include construction of a new facility and shifting some wastewater management to the Sunfield Municipal Utility District on the city's east side.
  • Implementation of transportation master plan — One of the most consistently voiced concerns of Buda residents is the removal of shipping trucks from the downtown area, according to Mayor Todd Ruge, and construction on a truck bypass will continue throughout the year.