Property tax rates, class size waivers and more: 6 things to know Sept. 18-22 in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

A number of important city and school board meetings are set to take place in the coming week. Here is what you need to know:

1. The city of Pflugerville has a specially called meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the proposed tax rate of 53.99 cents per $100 valuation of property value. This will be the second reading before the council approves the rate for adoption.

2. At the city of Hutto's council meeting on Thursday night, the council will discuss a number of weighty issues including the Mobility Master Plan and the Wastewater Master Plan. In addition, the city will take action to adopt the annual budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018.

3. Pflugerville ISD will give an update on the Pecan District Project at its Thursday night school board meeting. It will also discuss the use of class size waivers from the Texas Education Agency for elementary school classes.

4. Round Rock ISD will hold its regular board meeting Thursday night. The district will discuss a number of topics, including further debate on how it should proceed with class rank for those students who do not fall into the top 10 percent that qualifies them for automatic admission. When the trustees debated this topic previously, they discussed that they are not bound to any exact specifications by the TEA other than identifying a top 10 percent of students.

5. The city of Round Rock met last Thursday to approve its property tax rate of 43 cents per $100 in property value. The city also approved its $330 million budget and took the first step in updating its garbage pickup policy. At the end of the meeting, long-serving city council member Kris Whitfield announced she would be stepping down, effective in early October. The city is projecting it will hold a special election to fill her seat.

6. Hurricane Harvey is still leaving a big impact on the Houston area and the Salvation Army is still encouraging people to donate. On Friday, Central Texas will play host to a benefit concert featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges and more artists. Proceeds will benefit those affected by the storm.


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