In February 2011, the TPWD park officials met with Mayor Homan and some of the city council members about transferring the state park to the city, which was mandated by legislation. The city declined, thankfully, but offered to do something to help the park offset some of the financial costs of park operations. At that time, city officials stated at our community meeting that they would be able to make that happen and do everything they could to help our park. The Blanco State Park brings in over $700,000 on sales in this county and is responsible for the creation of more than 20 jobs in the community. This economic impact provides sales tax revenue to Blanco, thus helping local businesses and the city tax base. The Blanco State Park will not shut its doors but because of the legislation’s cuts to the state park budget, our park, like every other park in Texas, will take a large cut in their budget. Since 1955 the City of Blanco has been using the park property for their city water facility and pumping the water for city use from the Blanco State Park, free of charge. The State Park Interim Park Manager told me that they are making some changes in the park to help conserve water to help with water consumption and looking at other ways to improve their overall expenses. With that being said, when the state park came up on the agenda at the last week’s city council meeting, all five of the city council members, Danny Ray, Al Turner, Maria Guerrero, Martin Sauceda and Rebecca Howerton, all voted to help the state park, waiving the water/waste water bills for two years and coming back to see where everyone is at that time. I am very proud of Blanco’s City Council members for doing the right thing and helping take care of our park.
Jo Nell Haas