Hutto City Council cancels July 18 meeting, schedules budget workshops

Hutto City Council has cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for July 18, according to a tweet posted to the city's official Twitter account July 9. Regularly scheduled meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month.

At a July 11 special called workshop, Michel Sorrell, the city of Hutto assistant city manager and chief financial officer, presented three options for an increased tax rate to the council. The current tax rate of $0.51 per $100 taxable value would increase to either $0.62, $0.64 or $0.68.

With meetings running from August 1 to September 19, city council will hear outside agency funding presentations, host two public hearings on tax and budget-related legislation along with two readings of budget and tax ordinances.

City officials pointed to Senate Bill 2—state legislation that provides a cap on how much a city can increase its tax rate without voter approval—along with the passage of its November 2018 bond election projects as reasoning behind the proposed tax increases.

Following the public hearings and related meetings, Hutto City Council is expected to approve and set a tax rate for its adopted FY 2019-20 budget in September.

Budget Workshop Schedule:

August 1: Regular City Council Meeting — Record vote on tax publication

August 15: Regular City Council Meeting — Outside agency funding presentations

August 15: 1st public hearing on tax and budget

August 22: Special Called City Council Meeting — 2nd public hearing on tax and budget

September 5:  Regular City Council Meeting — 1st reading of budget and tax ordinances

September 19: Regular City Council Meeting — 2nd and final reading of budget and tax ordinances

Editor's note: The headline was changed to reflect the cancelled status of the July 18 meeting.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County adds 571 COVID-19 cases; new restriction put in place ahead of holiday weekend

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

A photo of a person wearing a medical mask
Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

After Gov. Greg Abbot's statewise mandate to wear masks that cover mouth and nose, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe voiced his support.

Williamson County has now recorded 2,388 total COVID-19 cases, including 1,342 that are currently active. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County reports 49 additional confirmed coronavirus cases July 2

Currently, 107 patients are hospitalized and 32 are in intensive care, per the report.

Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texans must wear masks in public starting July 3

"COVID-19 is not going away," Gov. Abbott said. "In fact, it is getting worse."

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Episcopal Health Foundation
Survey: Texans support emphasis on improving economy, safety, pollution to address overall health

“COVID-19 is clearly showing what Texans already know: the state needs to address underlying, non-medical conditions that have a dramatic impact on their health,” Episcopal Health Foundation President and CEO Elena Marks said.

In the course of a month, the number of patients admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 has increased more than fivefold, according to Austin Public Health data. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Deluge of new COVID-19 cases forces Austin-area health officials to limit testing, shift tracing strategy

Fighting antiquated fax machines and a sharp rise in the demand for testing, officials said contact tracers are not able to get in touch with residents quickly enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

CommunityCare Health Centers drive-up coronavirus testing site
CommUnityCare will no longer test asymptomatic people for COVID-19 as testing demand swells

CommUnityCare Health Centers is now only testing individuals who show symptoms, those who have a known exposure to the coronavirus or those with other existing health conditions.

The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks will not take place this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (Courtesy Ricardo Brazziel)
Read the latest on 4th of July celebrations in Central Texas

Area cities have canceled or modified their Independence Day events.

In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

Families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8 with sessions led by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James.

The original St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church was built in 1910 by the Historic Colored Addition's original settlers. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville, Friends of the Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Public Library)
Preserving history: A look at Pflugerville's Historic Colored Addition

Known as the Historic Colored Addition, the land stands a reminder of the city's history, a period of time when Black residents were barred from living within the city limits.