8:00 AM Jul 29, 2020 CDT

Decreased tax rate on the table in Pflugerville's fiscal year 2020-21 budget discussion

Pflugerville City Council is considering a potential tax rate decrease, from the current $0.4976 per $100 valuation to a potential $0.4970 per $100 valuation.


Travis County announces preliminary tax rate, setting stage for 2020-21 budget talks

County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.


Austin Public Health confirms 232 new coronavirus cases July 28

Travis County's top health authority said recent progress was encouraging, but cautioned against premature celebration.




Texas Dept. of State Health Services now using death certificates to count COVID-19 fatalities

This change standardizes death reporting across the state but will cause the number of deaths on the Williamson County dashboard to be out of sync with the Texas DSHS count until the WCCHD fully transitions to the DSHS reporting method, which will happen later this week.


American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo rescheduled to 2021

Previously scheduled for Oct. 22-24, 2020, the fair and rodeo will debut Oct. 21-23, 2021.



Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.


'Things are different this year': Amid COVID-19, Williamson County tees up fiscal year 2020-21 budget cycle

“I appreciate the fact that we have a lot of question marks in the future, and I think we need to be smart about that and we need to be prudent about that," Commissioner Valerie Covey said.



Round Rock City Council will not hold a 2020 election. Here’s why

From public health concerns to logistical and legal hurdles, here is a look at how events unfolded from February through July.



Austin area's COVID-19 hospital admissions hit lowest levels since June

An average of 47 coronavirus patients have been admitted daily to Austin-area hospitals in the past week.


Austin moves forward with phased-in Project Connect plan, including $300 million to prevent displacement

Austin City Council could officially call the election sometime between Aug. 12 and 14 to put Project Connect on the fall ballot.



OVER THE WEEKEND: Williamson County adds 163 coronavirus cases, 9 deaths

Of the total cases, 4,680 have recovered, and there are 587 active cases.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.


Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.


Williamson County mosquito traps test positive for West Nile virus three weeks in a row

The samplings were taken near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.



Avoid voting-by-mail mishaps by submitting application, ballot early for November election

“The sooner we have applications, the sooner we can process them, the sooner we can have them on the list ready to be fulfilled as soon as that ballot it ready," Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis said.



Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.


Round Rock cancels 2020 Chalk Walk and Arts Festival

Each year, the festival garners 60,000 attendees and creates an estimated economic impact of $1.8 million.