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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Public Memorial to Honor Fallen San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam

PUBLIC MEMORIAL

The San Marcos Police Department will host a public memorial honoring Officer Justin Putnam on the first anniversary of his death, Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021, at Five Mile Dam Park’s soccer complex, 4440 South Old Stagecoach Road. The event will begi...

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Posted on: April 10, 2021

I-35 Incident Results in Officer-Involved Shooting

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The San Marcos Police Department responded to an incident along Interstate 35 in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 10, 2021, that resulted in the shooting death of the suspect.

At approximately 12:19 a.m. San Marcos officers were alerted to a male...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Suspect Uses Kitchen Knife in Aggravated Robbery

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The San Marcos Police Department is searching for a suspect involved in an aggravated robbery that occurred early in the morning on Monday, Apr. 5 and is asking the public for assistance. 

At approximately 3:29 a.m., the suspect entered the Sunoco...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Brush Drop-Off and Community Clean Up Scheduled for April 10

Brush Drop Off Mulch Pick Up

The City of San Marcos will host its brush drop-off and community cleanup for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, April 10. The drop-off location, 750 River Road, will be open between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The site can be accessed...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Awarded $1.16 Million for Transit Operations

Funds awarded towards transit operations

The City of San Marcos has been awarded $1.16 million in federal funding to support transit operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be allocated by the Federal Transit Administration as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2021

San Marcos to Enter Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

Water Restrictions for City of San Marcos

Due to dropping aquifer levels, the City of San Marcos will enter Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Sunday, April 4 at noon. Stage 1 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 660 feet above mean sea level (ms...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Tour Hours Extended at San Marcos Regional Airport

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Beginning April 1, the operational hours of the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at San Marcos Regional Airport will extend by two hours each day to meet the logistic needs generated by increased air traffic. The ATCT will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m....

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 25, 2021

New Website Offers Feedback Opportunity for Section of Hopkins Street Improvements Project

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On Monday, March 29 the City of San Marcos Engineering & Capital Improvements Department will launch a new interactive website that will give residents an opportunity to learn about proposed improvements for a section of Hopkins Street, between Guadal...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Volunteers Keep Tons of Trash Out of San Marcos River

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On March 6, nearly 900 volunteers participated in the 36thAnnual Great Texas River Clean Up and picked up tons of trash and debris in and along the Upper San Marcos River to Stokes Park, its tributaries, Plum Creek, and the Blanco River.

During the event, ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Public Comments Requested for CDBG-Disaster Recovery Amendment

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Beginning April 4, 2021, the City of San Marcos invites the public to provide comments regarding proposed amendments to the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Action Plan (CDBG-DR Action Plan).  Residents are also encouraged to...

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

City Seeks Artist for New Mural in San Marcos

Call for Artists

The San Marcos Arts Commission is looking for artists to design and paint a mural on an exterior wall of the Papa John’s Pizza located at 216 E. Hopkins Street. The project is part of the City’s Mural Arts Program.

“The new mu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Work to Begin on Sessom Creek Natural Area Restoration Project

Sessom Creek Natural Area

On Monday, Mar. 22, 2021, City-contracted crews will begin work on the Sessom Creek Natural Area restoration project. Crews will remove invasive trees, stabilize eroding slopes and introduce native seeds and plants to restore biodiversity to the Sessom Cr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2021

City of San Marcos Advocates for Residents, Businesses

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City of San Marcos staff and elected officials continue to increase their legislative participation on behalf of residents and businesses as the 87th Texas Legislative Session reaches key deadlines. Following the 60-day bill filing deadline marked on Frid...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

SMPD Officer Attends Racial Intelligence Training

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Last month, the San Marcos Police Department reinforced its commitment to safety, accountability and community engagement by attending a Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE) class hosted by the Austin ISD Police Department. The nationally re...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2021

San Marcos Police Arrest Murder Suspect in San Antonio

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San Marcos Police have arrested 42-year-old Kiril St. John Sokoloff (DOB 06/03/1978) in San Antonio for the murder of a San Marcos woman on Friday evening.  

On Friday, Mar. 12, 2021, at approximately 8:34 p.m., SMPD officers responded to...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

City Launches Home Improvement Equipment Lending Program

HOME IMPROVEMENT EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE

The City of San Marcos Neighborhood Enhancement Department is launching the Home Equipment Lending Program (HELP) to provide residents the opportunity to check out items to complete basic outdoor home improvement projects. Through the program, City reside...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2021

City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards & Commissions

Boards and Commissions Vacancies Open for Applications

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications to fill vacancies on City boards and commissions with volunteers from throughout the community.

Citizens may fill out volunteer interest applications online by Friday, Apr. 2, 2021, to be considered for appo...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Uhland Road Improvements Project Begins March 15th

Uhland Rd Improvements

Beginning Monday, Mar. 15, the Engineering & Capital Improvements Department will begin construction on the Uhland Road Improvement Project. Work is expected to be complete by late 2022, weather permitting.

The project will correct drainage issues alon...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Nominations Open for Rogers Family Tourism Awards

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The San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau is now accepting nominations for the Rogers Family Tourism Awards. There are two awards open for nomination: The Rogers Family Tourism Award and Rogers Family Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2021

City Fire Marshal Receives Designation from Commission on Professional Credentialing

City Fire Marshal Receives Designation

Last month, City of San Marcos Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner became one of only 198 people worldwide to receive the official Fire Marshal designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. 

The designation program recognizes career excell...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 8, 2021

San Marcos Hosts Music Friendly Community Workshop

Music Friendly Community Workshop

The City of San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau will host an online Music Friendly Community Workshop Wednesday, Mar. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and is sponsored by the Texas Music Office. It will include a presentat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Stronger Together: City Staff, Partners Help Community Through Unprecedented Cold

Winter Storm By The Numbers

As people in San Marcos and all across the state faced challenges related to the historic winter weather event last month, the City, its staff and its partners worked tirelessly to meet the community’s needs with compassion, care, and understanding.

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2021

City Reopens Facilities to the Public, Masks Required

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The City of San Marcos reopened all public facilities including park pavilions and picnic areas today, Wednesday, Mar. 3, following closure to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, and Rio Vista pool will rem...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Completing Manual Utility Readings for Customer Assurance

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The City of San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU) is completing manual meter readings at all customer addresses not automatically reporting into the billing software system to ensure exact usage numbers following our recent winter weather event.   &...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Police Investigate Weekend Deadly Conduct Incidents

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED

The San Marcos Police Department is asking the public to assist with providing information related to four deadly conduct incidents that occurred on Saturday and Sunday.  There were no known injuries in these incidents.    

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2021

March City Hall Calendar

March City Hall Calendar

Meetings listed below are subject to change. Please check with the City Clerk’s office for official postings.

Monday, March 1, 2021 

Charter Review Commission- 5:30 p.m. Virtual meeting. Contact tmoreno@sanmarcostx.gov for more i...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Chief’s Advisory Panel to Meet on March 3

Chief's Advisory Panel on March 3

The San Marcos Police Department Chief’s Advisory Panel will host a virtual public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. Public meetings with the Advisory Panel are held on a quarterly basis.

The Chief’s Advisory Panel aims...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2021

City to Reopen Activity Center on March 1 with COVID Protocols

ACTIVITY CENTER REOPENING

The City of San Marcos will reopen the Activity Center to the public on Monday, March 1, with COVID safety protocols.  

The Activity Center gym, pool, and other recreation rooms will reopen on the same modified schedule as was used in late 2020. &...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2021

San Marcos Residents Urged to Report Winter Storm Damages to FEMA

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As temperatures rise, people across the state have begun to assess problems caused by the unprecedented winter weather experienced this past week. From busted water pipes to roof repairs, the City of San Marcos asks its residents and businesses to report ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan Kicks Off with Virtual Community Workshop

VISION SMTX VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

The City of San Marcos invites the public to participate in a virtual community workshop to kick off the Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The comprehensive plan rewrite project, known as Vision SMTX, was directed b...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Boil Water Advisory Lifted & Plumbing Permit Fees Waived

BOIL WATER ADVISORY CANCELED

Effective today, Sunday, February 21, 2021, the City of San Marcos has lifted the boil water advisory for all City of San Marcos water customers as testing has confirmed that our water is safe to drink. 

As of yesterday afternoon, all City water s...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City Urges Water Conservation Through the Weekend

HELP US CONSERVE WATER

The City of San Marcos is urging water conservation for all City of San Marcos water customers throughout the weekend to help stabilize the water pressure within the water distribution system.  Reducing water usage is the only way to increase wat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Lift Station Generator Failure Causes Wastewater Spill

WASTEWATER SPILL

A generator failure at the City’s Main Wastewater Lift Station, near River Road and the I-35 Frontage Road, caused untreated wastewater to discharge into the San Marcos River in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. The City&rs...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City Issues Boil Water Advisory & Urges Residents to Conserve Energy

BOIL WATER ADVISORY

Effective today, February 17, 2021, the City of San Marcos is issuing a boil water advisory for all City of San Marcos water customers due to water pressure dropping within the distribution system. It is also critical that residents conserve electricity a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 13, 2021

Mayor Signs Disaster Declaration & Public Urged to Avoid Travel

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With additional wintry precipitation expected later today and throughout the weekend that may make road conditions even more hazardous for motorists, Mayor Jane Hughson signed a Declaration of Local State of Disaster today that will be in effect for seven...

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Posted on: February 13, 2021

SMPD Urges Drivers to Avoid Travel & Slow Down on Roads

TRAFFIC ALERT

The San Marcos Police Department is urging drivers to slow down and to avoid traveling as ice is present on bridges and roadways throughout San Marcos. Ice has also begun to form on some non-elevated sections of I-35.

Currently, bridges on Wonder World Dr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2021

City Offices Closed for President’s Day Holiday

Extended Closure through March 1

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, and Utility Offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for President’s Day. Since City facilities are already cl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Great Texas River Clean Up

Volunteers Needed for Great Texas River Clean Up

The City of San Marcos and Texas State University are calling on volunteers to register for the 36th Annual Great Texas River Clean Up happening from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 6, 2021. 

The Texas Rivers Protection Association started the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

I-35 Crash Results in Double Fatality on Sunday

Deadly Crash Investigation

On Sunday, Feb. 7 at approximately 10:24 p.m., the San Marcos Police Department, Fire Department and Hays County EMS were called to a crash on southbound Interstate 35 near mile marker 208 that involved a Jeep and a semi-truck pulling a trailer. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Major Work Completed on Wonder World Drive & Hunter Road Improvements

Wonder World Construction Update with Map

This week, City contracted crews completed major construction work on intersection and safety improvements at Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road.  Drivers will note that barricades have been removed and signal timing has been revised for regular ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

SMPD Searches for Teenage Shooting Suspect

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On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, the San Marcos Police Department responded to a shooting that occurred at the Whispering Oaks community, formerly Siesta Mobile Home Park, 503 Uhland Road. 

Officers arrived to the scene and discovered two gunshot victi...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

City Hosts Virtual & Socially Distanced February Events

City of San Marcos Events for the month of February

City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of February but the City will offer the following virtual, drive thru, and socially distanced special events for residents. 

February Extended Events 

Book Reading Contest &a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Facilities Remain Closed to Public Until March 1

Extended Closure through March 1

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within San Marcos and Hays County continue to be on the rise, City facilities will remain closed to the public through the end of February.  Facilities are scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, March ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2021

SMPD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect

SMPD Arrests suspect for armed robbery at Spirit Pit Stop

The San Marcos Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at Spirit Pit Stop, 1214 IH 35 South, that occurred December 11, 2020. The suspect has been identified as Miguel Perez (DOB 01/19/2000) of San Marcos, TX.

Perez was arr...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Suspect Arrested for Murder at San Marcos Hotel

Murder suspect Melvin George Nicholas Jr arrested

At approximately 8:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, San Marcos Police were called to the Econo Lodge Hotel, 811 S. Guadalupe Street, and upon arrival located a deceased male inside one of the rooms. 

The decedent was identified as 33-year-old An...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Hays County Opens Online Portal for COVID-19 Vaccines

Hays County Opens Online Portal for COVID-19 Vaccines

On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, the Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) received a shipment of 1,950 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. It also launched an online portal where individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations can sign up for appointments: ht...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City Earns GFOA Award for Financial Reporting

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For the 41st time, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of San Marcos the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award is for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The Cert...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2021

Downtown San Marcos Street Signs Get Makeover

New signs coming to Downtown San Marcos

Starting the week of January 25, 2021, the City of San Marcos will begin installing new street signs in the downtown area. The branded street signs are part of the Main Street Program’s ongoing efforts to showcase downtown’s rich histo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Construction Update: Phase 4 Begins on Wonder Drive and Hunter Road Improvements

Intersection Improvements Begin Nov. 30

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, construction work begins on Phase 4 of the intersection safety and improvement project at Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road. This is the last major phase of the project, which will focus on the corner of the intersection closest to t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2021

City Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

City Hall Closure MLK Jan 18

City of San Marcos Offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Municipal Court, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, and Utility Offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Since City facilities are a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2021

SMPD Receives Safe Policing for Communities Certification

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On Monday, January 6, 2021, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation certified the San Marcos Police Department’s compliance with President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order No. 13929. The certification makes SMPD eligible for di...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Kalka Hired as City’s New Finance Director

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City of San Marcos is announcing the hire of Marie Kalka as the City’s next director of finance. Kalka will begin her career in San Marcos on January 19, and was chosen from a nationwide candidate pool of 53 applicants.  Ralph Andersen & Asso...

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Posted on: May 1, 2018

San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

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With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area.

The Capital Area Council of Governments deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide in Octobe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

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The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how the City grows in the coming years.

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four...

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