Connected: A Guide to Round Rock, Pflugerville & Hutto in 2015–16

City & County Information


Round Rock Alan McGraw[/caption]

Round Rock: Alan McGraw, Mayor

The city of Round Rock has a colorful history but is focused on the future as one of the most successful, fastest-growing cities in the nation. We’re recognized nationally for our high quality of life, yet we remain an affordable community. We have an award-winning park system and school district, and we are one of the safest cities in the United States. With its charming, unpretentious atmosphere, our downtown is a welcoming destination for residents and visitors alike. It’s got an easygoing vibe and is just plain fun. Our “Sports Capital of Texas” brand continues to grow, thanks to the rapid success of the Round Rock Sports Center, which opened in December 2013, and the continued success at Old Settlers Park. The city is booming with numerous sports tournaments and events. It is an exciting time to be in Round Rock!


City statistics
2014 population: 112,744
Median age: 31.7
Median annual household income: $69,533
Property tax rate: $0.41465 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected: $64.8 million
City limits: 34.11 square miles




Round Rock Round Rock City Council, from left: George White, mayor pro tem and Place 2; Craig Morgan, Place 1; Frank Leffingwell, Place 3; Mayor Alan McGraw; Writ Baese, Place 5; Kris Whitfield, Place 6; Will Peckham, Place 4[/caption]

City Council
The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, unless otherwise noted, at City Hall, 221 E. Main St., 512-218-5401, www.roundrocktexas.gov


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members serve three-year terms with no limits. The mayor is paid $1,000 per month; council members are paid $750 per month. All receive a $200-per-month vehicle allowance.


Recordings
Live broadcasts and recordings of meetings can be found at www.roundrocktexas.gov/replay


Council members and term expiration dates
Alan McGraw—mayor, 2014-17
George White—mayor pro tem, Place 2, 2013-16
Craig Morgan—Place 1, 2014-17
Frank Leffingwell—Place 3, 2015-18
Will Peckham—Place 4, 2014-17
Writ Baese—Place 5, 2015-18
Kris Whitfield—Place 6, 2013-16


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Pflugerville Jeff Coleman[/caption]

Pflugerville: Jeff Coleman, Mayor

In 2015 the city of Pflugerville finished a “pfar-out” throwback to 1965 to celebrate our 50th birthday. We reflected on our history through historical displays, watched movies from 1965 and held a huge birthday party July 24 at Pfluger Park. In addition to the celebration of our past, city projects leapt forward, including Kelly Lane turn lanes and Black Locust and Pflugerville Heights parks development.

In 2016 as I look forward to my last year serving as your mayor, I’m honored to see several accomplishments over the years, including consecutive property tax reductions and conservative fiscal budgeting. The population boom from 35,000 to over 55,000 has attracted retail, entertainment and hotels. As a result, I’ve watched sales tax revenue more than double from $2.4 million to $6.4 million a year since 2007. I’m proud of the “pfootprint” I have left as your mayor and anticipate more successes for Pflugerville in 2016.


City statistics
2014 population: 54,644
Median age: 34.5
Median annual household income: $76,032
Property tax rate: $0.5405 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected: $6,318,000
City limits: 22.7 square miles




Pflugerville Pflugerville City Council meets at 100 E. Main St., Ste. 500, on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.[/caption]

City Council
The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at City Council Chambers, 100 E. Main St., Ste. 500., 512-990-6101, www.pflugervilletx.gov


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members serve three-year terms with a limit of three terms without pay.


Recordings
Live broadcasts and recordings of meetings can be found at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv


Council members and term expiration dates
Jeff Coleman—Mayor, 2013-16
Wayne Cooper—Place 1, mayor pro tem, 2013-16
Brad Marshall—Place 2, 2014-17
Omar Peña—Place 3, 2015-18
Starlet Sattler—Place 4, 2014-17
Mike Heath*—Place 5, 2015-18


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Hutto Debbie Holland[/caption]

Hutto: Debbie Holland, Mayor

Welcome to Hutto. You may have noticed that Hutto is under construction. As one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, we have new roads, houses and businesses popping up in nearly every nook and cranny of our great city.  So far in 2015, Hutto has been honored as the safest city in Texas—twice. We also took top honors as the No. 1 local commuter community for young couples. We’re eyed by retailers and developers, and we’re on the map for more major growth. We have also been designated as a “Film Friendly Community” by the Texas Film Commission, putting Hutto in the spotlight in another profitable industry. I invite you to explore our community. Old Town Hutto is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, Henrietta the Hippo, one-of-a kind events and The Gin at the Co-Op District. Shop, stroll and have some fun in the heart of Hutto! We hope to see you soon!


City statistics
2014 population: 21,170
Median age: 31.1
Median annual household income: $72,044
Property tax rate: $0.5285 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected: $2,244,777
City limits: 8.07 square miles




Hutto Hutto City Council, from left: Tom Hines, Place 2; Veronica Quintanilla-Perez, Place 3; Max Yeste, Place 6; Mayor Debbie Holland; Michael J. Smith, mayor pro tem and Place 4; Anne Cano, Place 1; Lucio Valdez, Place 5[/caption]

City Council
The council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at City Council Chambers, 401 W. Front St., 512-759-4033, www.huttotx.gov


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members serve three-year terms with no term limits or compensation.


Recordings
Live broadcasts and recordings of meetings can be found at www.huttotx.gov/councilmeetings


Council members and term expiration dates
Debbie Holland—mayor, 2013-16
Michael J. Smith—mayor pro tem, Place 4, 2014-17
Anne Cano—Place 1, 2014-17
Tom Hines—Place 2, 2015-18
Veronica “Ronnie” Quintanilla-
Perez—Place 3, 2013-16
Lucio Valdez—Place 5, 2015-18
Max Yeste—Place 6, 2013-16


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City & County Information


Williamson County Dan Gattis[/caption]

Williamson County: Dan Gattis, Williamson County Judge

Williamson County continues to be one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas as well as in the nation. It encompasses more than 1,134 square miles right here in the heart of Central Texas and in recent years has grown into a vibrant community where its citizens can live and work. One of the biggest focuses for the county each year is to balance fiscal responsibility while still meeting the present and future needs of a growing population. The Williamson County Commissioners Court prides itself on listening to the needs and wants of its constituents by protecting more green open spaces through our parks programs, providing award-winning emergency services and excellent customer service. Planning for the future involves voter-approved road bond and parks projects, including a new events center to be built in eastern Williamson County. It also includes initiating and promoting water discussions throughout Central Texas to ensure we have enough of this natural resource for the estimated future growth of Williamson County.


County statistics
2014 population: 441,445
Median age (2013): 34.6
Median annual household income (2013): $71,803
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2015-16): $0.481529 per $100 of property valuation
County limits: 1,135 square miles




Williamson County Williamson County Commissioners Court, from left: Lisa Birkman, Precent 1; Cynthia Long, Precinct 2; County Judge Dan Gattis; Valerie Covey, Precinct 3; Ron Morrison, Precinct 4[/caption]

Commissioners Court
Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St., Georgetown, 512-943-1100 • www.wilco.org


Terms and compensation
The county judge and county commissioners serve four-year terms. As of Oct. 1, Commissioners receive an annual salary of $94,037.10. The county judge receives an annual salary of $115,485.


Recordings
Recordings of meetings are available at www.wilco.org


Court members and term expiration dates
Dan Gattis—county judge, 2014-18
Lisa Birkman—Precinct 1, 2012-16
Cynthia Long—Precinct 2, 2014-18
Valerie Covey—Precinct 3, 2012-16

Ron Morrison—Precinct 4, 2014-18


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Travis County Sarah Eckhardt[/caption]

Travis County: Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge

Welcome to Travis County! We have a remarkable park system, home to the world-renowned natural spring at Hamilton Pool Preserve and to rock-climbing cliffs above the Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch Park. We have eight parks on Lake Travis that people from throughout Central Texas visit to swim, picnic, boat, camp, hike, mountain bike and enjoy the Hill Country surroundings. We have more than 60 sports fields and 30 sports courts plus playgrounds, picnic pavilions, trails, a swimming pool, a spray park, a disc golf course and a cricket field. Our park system boasts one of Texas’ largest skate parks and a nationally top-ranked BMX track. Our 9,300-acre park system continues to grow as the county pursues its initiative to build a comprehensive greenway system along major rivers and creeks.


County statistics


2014 population: 1,151,145
Median age (2013): 31
Median annual household income (2013): $58,025
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2015-16): $0.4169 per $100 of property valuation
County limits: 1,034.4 square miles




Travis County Travis County Commissioners Court, from left: Margaret Gómez, Precinct 4; Gerald Daugherty, Precinct 3; Judge Sarah Eckhardt; Brigid Shea, Precinct 2; Ron Davis, Precinct 1[/caption]

Commissioners Court
Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, 512-854-9555, www.traviscountytx.gov


Terms and compensation
The county judge and county commissioners serve four-year terms. The judge’s base pay is $118,373. Commissioner base pay is $98,463.


Recordings
Live broadcasts and recordings of meetings can be found at www.traviscountytx.gov


Court members and term expiration dates
Sarah Eckhardt—county judge—2014-18
Ron Davis—Precinct 1, 2012-16
Brigid Shea—Precinct 2, 2014-18
Gerald Daugherty—Precinct 3, 2012-16
Margaret Gómez—Precinct 4, 2014-18


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Education


Round Rock ISD
300 Lake Creek Drive
512-464-5000
www.roundrockisd.org
Superintendent: Steve Flores
Total students: 47,251

Round Rock ISD

Assessment test scores online in the RRISD Education Focus guide







Education


Pflugerville ISD
1401 W. Pecan St.
512-594-0000
www.pfisd.net
Superintendent: Alex Torrez
Total students: 23,948

Pflugerville ISD

Assessment test scores online in the PISD Education Focus guide







Education


Hutto ISD
200 College St.
512-759-3771
www.hutto.txed.net
Superintendent: Doug Killian
Total students: 6,187

Hutto ISD

Assessment test scores online in the HISD Education Focus guide


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Real Estate


New communities


There are dozens of new and established communities in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto that are consistently adding new houses. This is just a small selection of communities that are growing.


New communities


ROUND ROCK




Paloma Lake Paloma Lake[/caption]

1. Paloma Lake




  • Home values: $239K-$479K

  • 500+ homes

  • Builders: CalAtlantic, Grand Haven Homes, Highland, M/I Homes, Wilshire

  • School district: Round Rock ISD

  • 512-366-5235

  • www.kbhome.com


2. The Park at Legends West




3. Teravista




  • Home values: $210K-$688K

  • 500+ homes

  • Builders: CalAtlantic, Centerra, Meritage, Lennar, Village Builders

  • School districts: Round Rock ISD, Georgetown ISD

  • 512-861-2103

  • www.teravista.com


PFLUGERVILLE


4. Carrington Court Townhomes




5. Falcon Pointe




  • Home values: $215K-$450K

  • 500+ homes

  • Builders: CalAtlantic, Centerra, Chesmar, Lennar

  • School district: Pflugerville ISD

  • 512-861-2104

  • www.falconpointetx.com


HUTTO


6. Legends of Hutto




  • Home values: $180K-$250K

  • 500+ homes

  • Builders: Gehan, Lennar

  • School district: Hutto ISD

  • 512-795-8461

  • www.legendsofhuttohoa.com


Villas at Star Ranch Villas at Star Ranch[/caption]

7. Riverwalk




  • Home values: $173K-$212K

  • 500+ homes

  • Builder: D.R. Horton

  • School district: Hutto ISD

  • 512-759-2435

  • www.drhorton.com


8. Villas at Star Ranch




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Parks


Parks & trails Parks & trails[/caption]

ROUND ROCK


1. Brushy Creek Regional Trail
The Round Rock portion of the trail is both paved and granite, running a little more than 3.12 miles within city limits and about 7 miles beyond the city, and has a rest area with pavilions and benches. The trailhead is at Freeman Park, and parking is available at the Rabb House rental facility located in Play for All Abilities Park.


2. Greater Lake Creek Park Trail
Featuring decomposed granite and paved concrete, the 2.52-mile trail connects to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center, where parking is available.


PFLUGERVILLE


3. Gilleland Creek Trail
The 4.97-mile trail runs from Swenson Farms Boulevard to Northeast Metropolitan Park and has trailheads at Pfluger Park, Gilleland Creek Park and Bohls Park. Parking is available at all of these parks.


4. Lake Pflugerville Trail
The 2.9-mile crushed-granite trail has trailheads at the south parking lot of Lake Pflugerville and at Lake Pflugerville Park. Parking is located on the north and south sides of the lake.


HUTTO


5. Cottonwood Creek Trail
From Hutto Elementary School near Fritz Park, the 3-mile paved trail connects Cottonwood Creek to Nadine Johnson Elementary School. Parking is available at Fritz and Creekside parks.


6. Hutto Lake Park Trail
The trail includes a 1-mile track around a large pond and a 0.25-mile track around a smaller pond in Hutto Lake Park.




Parks & trails Parks & trails[/caption]

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Community Events


Events Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour[/caption]

NOVEMBER 2015


Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour and Christmas Towne
Nov. 30-Dec. 26 • Times and prices available on website
The drive-thru light show features more than 2 million lights with new displays and a longer light tunnel. After driving through the display, attendees can enter Christmas Towne, which features light displays, historic holiday displays, holiday food, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrocktx.gov/rocknlights



DECEMBER


Christmas Family Night
Dec. 4 • 6:30 p.m. • Free
The event includes the illumination of Christmas Towne with holiday lights, an appearance by Santa Claus, dancers, live music, free games, a light maze and a petting zoo.
Christmas Towne/Dell Diamond parking lot
www.roundrocktx.gov


Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade
Dec. 5 • Free
This full day of festivities includes the Downtown Association’s Holiday Stroll starting at 10 a.m., the Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade at dark, hot chocolate, arts and crafts and children’s choirs performing. Santa Claus is available for photographs at the end of the parade.
Downtown Pflugerville
512-990-6113
www.pflugervilletx.gov


Old Town Christmas at Fritz Park
Dec. 11 • 5:30-9 p.m. • Free
Come experience the magic of Christmas in Fritz Park. This year’s event features performances by Hutto ISD school choirs, letters to Santa, arts and crafts, the movie “Elf,” hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and train rides.
Fritz Park, 400 Park Ave., Hutto
512-759-4000
www.huttotx.gov


Old Town Christmas Fair
Dec. 12 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. • Free
Visit local vendors and stop at downtown shops to buy figs, visit downtown restaurants and food vendors, and play in real snow. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day.
Downtown Hutto, East and Farley Streets, Hutto
512-759-4029
www.huttotx.gov



JANUARY 2016


Pfreeze Pflop
Jan. 1 • 9 a.m. • Admission is free with a donation of canned food
Participants shoot down a slide into Scott Mentzer Pool for a cold blast to kick off the new year. The event continues until the last participants go down the slide.
Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin-Hutto Road, Pflugerville
512-990-6358
www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfreezepflop



FEBRUARY


Daddy Daughter Dance
Feb. 6 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. (infants–7-year-olds), 8–10:30 p.m. (age 8 and older) • $7 (per person before Jan. 24), $10 (per person after Jan. 24)
Fathers can take their daughters out for a night of dancing, treats and refreshments. Professional photography is available for an additional charge.
Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock
512-218-3220
www.roundrocktexas.gov



MARCH


Flashlight egg hunt
March 24 • 7:15–8:45 p.m. • $4–$5
Children can fill their baskets with eggs, candy and prizes during hunts held after the sun sets. Special gold eggs can be redeemed for extra prizes. Tickets are available for presale only.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrocktexas.gov


Hutto Easter egg hunt
March 26 • 9–10 a.m. • Free
The city of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department hosts an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages from throughout Hutto and neighboring communities. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and Hutto Hippo.
Fritz Park, 306 E. Live Oak St., Hutto
512-759-4000
www.huttotx.gov



APRIL


Hutto Crawfish Festival
April 16 • 11 a.m.–7 p.m. • Free
This event includes live music, children’s activities, a classic car show and arts and crafts booths. Fresh crawfish and sausage plates are available for purchase.
East and Farley streets, Hutto
512-759-4400
www.huttochamber.com


Youth Fishing Derby
April 23 • 7–11 a.m. • Free
Participants are divided into three age groups: Perch Division for children ages 3–5, Snapper Division for ages 6–9 and Redfish Division for ages 10–12. Prizes are awarded for fish caught in each division. The
event also includes demonstrations and other activities.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrocktexas.gov



MAY


Muddy Miler Family Adventure
May 7 • 8:30 a.m. • Free
Participants can run over obstacles and get muddy from head to toe. The event is family-friendly.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrockrecreation.com


Home & Garden Show
May 14 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free
Get inspired at the Central Texas Home & Garden Show. The show features numerous vendors offering products and services, new ideas and general information related to home, gardening, remodeling and home decor. Regional garden experts present educational sessions and demonstrations throughout the day.
Downtown Hutto
512-759-4029
www.visithutto.com




Events Deutschen Pfest[/caption]

Deutschen Pfest
May 20-22 • Free (Children age 6 and under), $5 (Friday and Sunday), $7 (Saturday). • Times TBA
This annual festival includes live music, food, an arts and crafts fair, a carnival, petting zoo, 5K and a parade.
Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville
512-990-6350
www.pflugervilletx.gov/dpfest



JUNE


Kidfish
June 4 • Price and times TBA
Children age 16 and younger compete for the distinction of catching the longest fish and a chance to qualify for the state tournament. Prizes are awarded for the first- and second-place winners in each age group.
Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville
512-990-6350
www.pflugervilletx.gov/kidfish


Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs
June 17 and 18 • Times TBD • Free
Festivities at the event include carnival games, clowns, retail vendors and food. Juneteenth is the celebration of African-American emancipation from slavery in Texas. A cookoff is held at the event.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
www.roundrocktx.gov



JULY


Events Frontier Days and Round Rock parade[/caption]

Frontier Days and Round Rock parade
July 4 • Free
Enjoy a parade, fireworks, carnival rides, a jalapeno-eating contest, children’s games, a re-enactment of the Sam Bass shootout, a movie in the park, live music, Sertoma’s rubber duck race and more.
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrocktexas.gov


Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
July 4 • Times TBA
This celebration includes live music, food, children’s games, bounce houses, swimming, fishing, watercraft rentals and a fireworks show dependent on drought conditions.
Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville
512-990-6113
www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker



AUGUST


5K for Clay
Date and times TBA
The annual event honors Clay Madsen and supports the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. The recreation center is a place where children can safely participate in activities, learn and play. The benefit-driven 5K is open to anyone.
Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock
512-218-5540
www.roundrocktx.gov



OCTOBER


Chalk Walk
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 • Times TBA Free
Community Impact Newspaper Chalk Walk and Festival Benefitting the Arts, features chalk artists, local musicians, crafters, food vendors and activities for children and adults.
Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock
512-218-7099
www.roundrockarts.org/chalk-walk




Events Hutto Olde Tyme Days[/caption]

Hutto Olde Tyme Days
Oct 14-15 • Free
Experience live music, food, rides, a classic car show and arts and crafts booths.
Historic Downtown Hutto, near intersection of Hwy. 79 and East Street
512-759-4400
www.huttochamber.com


Pflugerville Pfall Chili Pfest
Oct. 15 • Noon-5 p.m.
Compete in a chili cookoff and jalapeno-eating contest, browse the car show or arts and crafts vendors, take part in a children’s area or washer tournament and more.
Downtown Pflugerville, Main Street and Railroad Avenue
512-990-6113
www.pflugervilletx.gov/chili



NOVEMBER


Pfall Pfest
Nov. 19 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Free
Start holiday shopping as arts and crafts vendors display their one-of-a-kind items, which include baked goods, jewelry, glassware and more.
Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville
512-990-6350
www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest


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