Here are some things to know this week in and around Georgetown.


1. Average Georgetown property tax expected to rise 5 percent


The owner of a home valued at the city’s current average of $279,521 could owe $1,174 in property taxes to Georgetown next year, which would be about a 5 percent increase from 2018.

Georgetown City Council unanimously approved initial readings of ordinances Aug. 28 to adopt the city’s $354 million budget and property tax rate for fiscal year 2018-19, which begins Oct 1. The city’s proposed tax rate for next year is $0.42 per $100 valuation.

City Council adopted the same rate last year. The proposed rate is about 3 percent greater than Georgetown’s effective tax rate for FY 2017-18.

Georgetown will generate about $2.5 million, or about 9 percent, more in property tax revenue in FY 2018-19 than during the previous year, according to city documents.

Final votes by City Council on the new tax rate and budget are scheduled for Sept. 11.





2. City Council moves forward on Airport Master Plan update


City Council approved an initial vote last week amending the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan and adopting an updated master plan for the Georgetown Municipal Airport.

The updated plan includes close to $60 million in proposed projects that could be considered by City Council over the next several decades.

Recent growth at the Georgetown airport, 500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown, has concerned some neighbors living near the facility. Read more here.





3. Austin Avenue bridges proposal gets OK


Council members also approved a preferred city staff recommendation last week for the city’s Austin Avenue Bridges Project, which considers repair or replacement options for the two cantilevered suspended-span bridges that cross the San Gabriel River north of downtown Georgetown.

The staff recommendation calls for both bridges to be rehabilitated and a new pedestrian bridge to be added along the east side of the original bridges’ spans. Work would cost an estimated $7 million-$10 million. Read more here.





4. Inner Loop roadwork improvements now complete


Williamson County officials will celebrate the completion of a yearlong project to widen portions of Inner Loop from Maple Street to Belmont Drive with an event Wednesday.

The $5.5 million project, which was completed by Chasco Constructors, also added new turn lanes at WilCo Way and Rockride Lane as well as at the entrances to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and the county Central Maintenance Facility.

Design work on the project was done by Rodriguez Transportation Group and Bridgefarmer & Associates, according to the county.