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Tina Mallach’s family opened Cedar Park Fab- rics in 1994. Today, the two buildings where the business stood on Old Hwy. 183 are demolished. The business, now Plush Fabrics with new own- ers, has moved to RM 620. The city of Cedar Park used eminent domain to take and demolish Mallach’s buildings—and several neighboring properties—for the project to realign Bell Boulevard to the Old Hwy. 183 route. As required by law, the city compensated Eminent domain lawsuit surrounds Bell Blvd. project BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN & ALI LINAN Landowner Tina Mallach built this sign as she seeks more money from Cedar Park for land condemned as part of the Bell Boulevard realignment project. TAYLOR GIRTMANCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

4 Laurel Dental , a general dentistry office, opened in April at 10824 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 303, Leander. Dr. Aliisha Choucair opened the practice after having served Leander and nearby communities for 10 years. 512-900-1720. www.laureldentaltx.com 5 Lemongrass by Sip Saam Thai opened May 2 in Cedar Park. The restaurant menu includes curries, fried rice, stir-fry dishes, noodle dishes and more. Online orders, dine-in service and takeout orders are available. Lemon- grass is located at 1320 Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 100, Cedar Park. This is the sister restaurant to Sip Saam Thai, located on Parmer Lane in Northwest Austin. 737-205-8998. www.lemongrass1320.com 6 Nova Vita Wellness Centers , a health and wellness company, opened a Cedar Park location March 13. The business offers IV vitamin treatments and IV ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. It is located at 200 N. Lakeline Blvd., Ste. C, Cedar Park. 512-387-5920. www.novavitacare.com 7 Pedego Electric Bikes opened a Cedar Park location March 12 at 1310 E. Whites- tone Blvd., Ste. 560, Cedar Park. The store sells and rents electric bicycles for those visiting or locals who want to explore their own cities. 512-986-7344. www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/ cedar-park 8 Swish Dental opened a dentistry of- fice in Cedar Park on March 22. The office offers family dental services, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, Invisalign and oral surgery. It is located at 12160 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 110, Cedar Park. 512-866-3184. www.swishsmiles.com/ location/cedar-park COMING SOON 9 Crumbl Cookies will open a Cedar Park store in 2021. The cookie company offers over 120 rotating cookie flavors such as the “staple chilled sugar and award-winning milk chocolate chip,” according to the company. Chilled milk can also be added to orders, which can be picked up in-store, curbside, delivered or shipped. The store will open in

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NOWOPEN 1 Ashley HomeStore opened a Cedar Park location May 5. The third Austin-ar- ea store is the first Texas store to include a new eco-friendly approach, which re- places paper and cardboard displays with monitors, kiosks and wall-mounted video boards, according to a release. The store also has room designs for apartments and smaller footprint homes, an expanded children’s furniture area and an outdoor

furniture area. The mattress and furniture store is located at 1501 E. Whitestone Blvd., Bldg. E, Cedar Park. 737-757-7055. https://stores.ashleyfurniture.com 2 Buff City Soap opened a Cedar Park location April 22 at 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 225, Cedar Park. The company makes handcrafted soaps from ingredi- ents such as gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal and tea tree oil. This is the second Austin-ar- ea location for the business, which also

recently opened in West Lake Hills. 737-757-1150. www.buffcitysoap.com 3 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice opened May 11 in Cedar Park. This is the first Austin-area location for the Florida-based company. Franchise owners Bob and Terra Carilli said they have future plans to open the second area location in Leander. The company sells gelati, Italian ice and soft ice cream treats at 700 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 100, Cedar Park. https://jeremiahsice.com

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EXPANSIONS 13 Williamson County and Cities Health District Clinical Services Division extend- ed its hours at its Cedar Park, George- town and Taylor public health center locations beginning May 17. New hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thurs- day. WCCHD services include child and adult vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccinations for patients 12 years old and older; well-woman services; and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. The Cedar Park center is at 350 Discovery Blvd. 512-943-3600. www.wcchd.org IN THE NEWS 14 Austin Ice Bats are back and coming to Cedar Park. The team will play in the North American 3 Hockey League starting in the 2021-22 season based out of The Crossover in Cedar Park, located at 1717 Scottsdale Drive. The junior hockey team will be owned by Ryan Raya, who also owns Chaparral Ice where the team will play. The Austin Ice Bats previously was a minor league hockey team in Austin from 1996-2008 in the Central Hockey League.

1890 Ranch at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. This will be the fifth Aus- tin-area location for the company. https://crumblcookies.com 10 LocoSnoCo , a Hawaiian shaved ice trailer, will open June 26 in Cedar Park. Over 30 shaved ice flavors and a variety of toppings will be offered. The trailer will be located at 1580 Cypress Creek Road between Cedar Park Middle School and Lake Hills Freewill Baptist Church. 11 Auto Detail Pros relocated its busi- ness from Austin to Leander on May 1. The business will offer auto detailing, ce- ramic coating and paint protection film at 607 Leander Drive, Ste. 300, Leander. It was previously located at 12112 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 1C, Austin. 512-585-9842. www.autodetailpros.com 12 Construction has completed on Hellas Construction Inc. ’s new corporate headquarters in Cedar Park, according to an April 20 release. The company is “the largest full-service sports facility con- struction company in the United States,” it said. The newly built 34,821-square- foot corporate headquarters features a gym with treadmills, cycling bikes, lockers, showers, wellness areas, lab space, conference rooms and outdoor gathering space. The building is located at 12000 W. Parmer Lane, Cedar Park. The former headquarters address was 12710 Research Blvd., Ste. 240, Austin. 800-233-5714. www.hellasconstruction.com www.locosnoco.com RELOCATIONS

Lone Star Circle of Care celebrated the arrival of the new Big Pink Bus on May 22.

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS Through a partnership with ARA Diagnostic Imaging, Lone Star Circle of Care is bringing back the Big Pink Bus, a mobile mammography service operating in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The bus will address the need for aordable, accessible mammography among uninsured and underserved Central Texans, according to a news release. LSCC will oer free or low-cost breast cancer screenings to patients who will receive high-quality 3-D breast imaging performed by a registered mammography technologist. ARA will read the images and serve patients needing diagnostic follow-up. For screening services, while private insurance is welcome, LSCC will qualify eligible uninsured patients for safety net programs, and a sliding fee scale will be available according to household size and income. LSCC also partnered with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin to secure $1 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas as well as funding from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to be able to provide the mobile mammogram

service, the release said. Ascension Seton donated the bus and $2 million in start-up funding for the rst three years of operation to ensure the future of the program, ocials said. According to the latest data reported by the American Cancer Society, only 40% of uninsured Texas women ages 40-64 reported having a mammogram in the past two years. LSCC has the goal of scheduling local screening events to provide 2,700 screening mammograms in the rst year of operation. A LSCC at Cedar Park is located at 1401 Medical Parkway, Bldg. B, Ste. 311, Cedar Park. B LSCC at Whitestone is located at 1730 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 101, Cedar Park. 877-800-5722. www.lonestarcares.org

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AREA FOURTHOF JULY CELEBRATIONS AUSTIN Central Texas’ Largest Fireworks Show held July 4 includes a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Taking place at Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park in downtown Austin, attendees can expect food and drink vendors as well as local arts and crafts vendors. 4-10:30 p.m. Free. 900 W. Riverside Cedar Park’s Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Elizabeth Milburn Park from 5-11:30 p.m. where there will be reworks, music and food trucks. The reworks display begins at 9:15 p.m., and a movie in the park, “The Sandlot,” will play following the reworks. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/ parks-recreation LEANDER Leander’s annual Liberty Fest on July 4 will include reworks, vendors, balloon artists, face painters, henna and stilt walkers. This will be the rst event at the city’s Great Lawn on Lakewood Park. The park will open at 2 p.m., and the rst band will play at 5 p.m. Buses will pick up attendees at nearby parking lots and drop them o at the park. 2-10:30 p.m. Free. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs, Leander. 512-528-2700. www.leandertx.gov ROUND ROCK Drive, Austin. 512-974-6700. www.austintexas.org/events/ 4th-of-july CEDAR PARK The Sertoma Independence Day Parade and Frontier Days celebration will take place July 3 with a full day of activities, including a parade, a carnival, live music and reworks. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Free. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/ parks-and-recreation

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Enjoy an open-air concert as the rock band Buckcherry plays a socially distant show. Buckcherry hits include “Lit Up,” “Everything” and “Rescue Me.” Concerts are rain or shine. 6-9 p.m. $20-$44. Haute Spot Venue, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-986-7411. https://cedarparkfun.com/ event/buckcherry

Leander Parks and Recreation hosts a summer sunset music series at Robin Bledsoe Park amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Concessions are available, and pets are welcome on a leash. 6 p.m. Free. 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-2700. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/sunset-music-series-1

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their own blankets, chairs and food, but concessions will be available. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparkparks.com 19 SPENDAMORNING AT VETERANS POOL Cedar Park Parks and Recreation hosts its monthly Special Mornings program at the Veterans Memorial Pool. Special Mornings is an event where individuals with special needs can enjoy the pool in a fun, judgement-free and relaxed environment with their family and friends. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Veterans Memorial Pool, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Blue October, an alternative rock band, will be playing an acoustic set as part of the Lightstream Backyard Concert Series. Hits by Blue October include “Into the Ocean,” “Moving on” and “Hate Me.” Tickets are available for socially distant tables accommodating parties of two to six people as well as general admission. 6:30- 10 p.m. $35-$80. The Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov 20 LISTEN TO BAND BLUE OCTOBER

https://loveandlightstream.com/ hautespot/blueoctober 25 TAKE A GARDEN TOUR This self-guided garden tour explores the landscapes and private outdoor living space throughout the Grand Mesa of Crystal Falls neighborhood. The event, which is followed by a garden party, benets Samaritan Health Ministries and the goal of providing health care to the uninsured. The party will have live music, drinks and a silent auction. 6-10 p.m. $40. Grand Living of Crystal Falls, 1414 Roaring Fork, Leander. 512-850-1712. Facebook search: Grand Living Garden Tour 27 THROUGH 28 WATCHA BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT USA Volleyball hosts a junior beach volleyball open for those 18 and under. There are four age divisions including 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under. Uniforms are not required but encouraged. Times vary. $107. ASC Sand Complex, 1401 Toro Grande Blvd., Cedar Park. https://usavolleyball.org/event/2021- lone-star-bnq-no-3-austin-juniors-open

VINTAGEMARKET DAY This event is an upscale vintage-inspired market taking place at the H-E-B Center. Attendees will nd antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade items and more. Tickets are valid for re-entry all weekend. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free (children 12 and under), $15 (Fri.), $10 (Sat.-Sun.). H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com/ events/detail/vintage-market-days-1 11 THROUGH 13 LIBRARY BOOK FAIR The Cedar Park Public Library book fair wraps up June 13. The online event helps students discover new books, favorite characters and more. Shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25. Free. 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5000. www.scholastic.com/bf/ cedarparkpubliclibrary 11 CONCERT IN THE PARK Enjoy live music by Austin Party Band as part of Cedar Park’s Park and Recreation Concert in the Park series. It is recommended attendees bring

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Construction underway on 183AToll extension fromLeander to LibertyHill

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PLANNED PROJECTS

Leander road projects through 2031 are estimated to cost $320 million. These include: NEW COLLECTOR ROAD PROJECTS 10 INTERSECTION PROJECTS 4

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the now-complete US 183 South and Hwy. 29 East Phase 3 projects. Timeline: April 2021-25 Cost: $277.3 million Funding sources: Mobility Authority revenue bonds, U.S. Department of Transportation

Phase 3 construction began this spring on the 183A Toll extension from Leander to Liberty Hill. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which operates toll roads in Travis and Williamson counties, held a virtual ground- breaking ceremony April 28 for the $277 million project. The 6.6-mile extension project adds two tolled lanes in both direc- tions from Hero Way West in Leander to north of Hwy. 29 in Liberty Hill. A shared-use path will also be added from Hero Way to Seward Junction Loop in Liberty Hill. The project aims to relieve projected trac congestion due to the growth in Williamson County, according to the Mobility Authority. “Our economy and overall quality of life relies on the ability to travel to and from our communities,” William- son County Commissioner Cynthia Long said. “So it’s been an economic engine that has helped drive western Williamson County’s economic development.” Road trac on the extension is expected to open in 2025, according to the Mobility Authority. The project is paid through mobility revenue bonds and a federal loan. The Mobility Authority received a $448.38 million loan in March from the U.S. Department of Transporta- tion’s Build America Bureau for the project, according to the Department of Transportation. The federal loan allows for nanc- ing of the 183A Toll Phase 3 project as well as a renancing of loans for

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WIDENING PROJECTS 2 TURN LANE AND MEDIAN MODIFICATION PROJECTS SOURCE: CITY OF LEANDERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Leander approves transportation plan

road widening projects, two turn lane and median projects, four new collector road projects and 10 intersection projects, accord- ing to the plan. The study also recommends annual allowances for intersections, restriping, trac timing technology and sidewalks. City Council approved the $250,000 transportation master plan contract with Kimley-Horn to look at how city growth is aecting Leander roads and to aid in planning future projects. The contract, funded from trac impact analysis fees, was approved Aug. 6 and took seven months to complete. Timeline: August 2020-May 2021 Cost: $250,000 Funding source: city of Leander trac impact analysis fees

For the fast-growing city of Leander, plans for road projects, corridor studies, bike lanes, city trails and other transportation projects can be guided by the city’s new transportation master plan. Leander City Council unani- mously approved the transporta- tion master plan May 6. The plan will help citizens, stakeholders and ocials make decisions about future transportation projects, according to the approved plan. Current trac volumes, crash data, roadways near developable vacant land and city build-out in 2060 were some of the factors considered. The plan projects about $320 million in road projects over the next 10 years with a few proj- ects for the city to consider each year. The study said total costs could be split with grant funding, development contributions, agencies or other sources. Proposed projects through 2031 include three corridor studies, six

The project spans from Leander to Liberty Hill. (Courtesy Mobility Authority)

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

COMPILED BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

News from Leander ISD

District weighs future school bond, considers $1.5 billion in projects

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Salary comparisons Here is how Leander ISD compares to other Central Texas school dis- tricts’ pay raises. Leander ISD: .............................. 2% Eanes ISD: .................................. 2% Pflugerville ISD: . ...................... 1% Round Rock ISD:. ....................... 1% SOURCES: EANES ISD, PFLUGERVILLE ISD, Board approves 2% pay raise for staff LEANDER ISD District employees will receive a 2% pay increase for the next school year with future options to add an additional 1% increase or one-time stipends. The board approved the 2% base pay increase for all staff in the 2021-22 school year compensation plan. Additional scale and stipend adjustments could be added in the future depending on available funds, officials said. LEANDER ISD, ROUND ROCK ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

LEANDER ISD The school district could add between 10,000-16,000 new students in the next 10 years, according to 2020 growth estimates. District projections anticipate almost 8,000 students to be added by 2026. With this in mind, Leander ISD is considering a November bond elec- tion for construction, technology, renovation and capital projects to meet student growth over the next several years. Projects could total up to $1.5 billion, according to the school district. LISD’s board of trustees received an update from the citizens facility advisory committee May 20 about the committee’s progress. Projects will be narrowed down from $1.5 billion before an election is called, officials said. The total cost is preliminary and pending recom- mendations from subcommittees. Projects will be evaluated individ- ually by the steering committee, said Jeremy Trimble, a steering committee co-chair. The bond election could be called as early as November. If so, the deadline to call a November election is Aug. 16. The steering committee and sub- committees began work in March, and subcommittees presented recommendations to the steering committee May 11 with specific project priorities and tiers. The steering committee will continue discussing and debating projects for several weeks before presenting

a bond recommendation to the school board of trustees, district officials said. Projects are organized into tiers based on need as critical, import- ant or supplemental. According to the district, the bond could span three to five years. In addition, the district is considering schools of choice, cre- ating specialized campuses at an otherwise underutilized campus. Board member Elexis Grimes said May 17 that she wants to see critical feedback of what the steering committee sees as an opportunity on the subject. “I think that’s what we’ve been hungry for in these conversations all along,” Grimes said. “Because I have a lot of great ideas; I could do three right now.” BOND PROJECTS BOND Recommended projects totaling $1.5 billion include: • construction of five elementary schools; • construction of one middle school; • construct New Hope High School building; • complete school renovations and improvements; and • complete other school, services and technology projects. SOURCE: LEANDER ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

LEANDER ISD About 3,125 seniors graduated from Leander ISD high schools in the class of 2021. Graduates of Cedar Park, Glenn, Leander, New Hope, Rouse, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge high schools had graduation ceremonies May 27-29. LEANDER ISD Summer meal service began June 7 and runs through July 27. Six-day or seven-day meal kits can be picked up Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Pickup locations are at Danielson Middle, Reed Elementary and Running Brushy Middle schools. LEANDER ISD Starting this summer, Heather Sánchez will be a new area superintendent at Leander ISD. The board of trustees approved the hire May 6. Sánchez previously worked as an executive director of schools in a Seattle-area school district. There are three LISD area superintendents who support, guide and coach campus principals, officials said. Sánchez replaces Devin Padavil, who became the Taylor ISD superintendent earlier this year. Leander ISD board of trustees The board of trustees typically meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m. Meetings are streamed online. Learn more at www.leanderisd.org. Austin Community College The board of trustees typically meets the first Monday of the month at 3 p.m. Learn more at www.austincc.edu. MEETINGSWE COVER

Board sets district mission statement

LEANDER ISD With an intent to connect all families in the commu- nity, the board approved the district’s first mission statement on May 13. The approved statement is: “We will cultivate each individual stu- dent by knowing and appreciating them; creating a safe and supportive environment to nurture their per- sonal growth; and partnering with each family.”

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Cedar Park, Leander & Williamson County

QUOTEOFNOTE “WE NEED TOPLAN TOACCOMMODATE THAT GROWTHAS CITY STAFF IS GOING TOGROWWITH THE POPULATION

Council considers end to Capital Metro partnership LEANDER The future of Leander’s involvement in Capital Metro may lie in voters’ hands. ballot, the deadline to call the election is Aug. 16. BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

Leander City Council previously considered leaving Capital Metro in 2019 and to stop rail and bus services in the city. One percent of the city’s 2% local sales tax goes to Capital Metro, while the other 1% goes to the city. Capital Metro was formed in 1985 with Austin, Leander, Cedar Park and other Austin metro cities. West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Cedar Park, Pugerville and Volente are not members.

Leander City Council voted 6-1 on May 20 to direct sta to begin the process of placing the Capital Metro issue on the ballot. Christine Seder- quist voted against the motion. The item was privately discussed in an executive session. City Council would need to call an election for this item to be consid- ered by voters. If council chooses for this item to be on the November

OF THE CITY.” ROSS BLACKKETTER, INTERIM CITY ENGINEER

NUMBER TOKNOW Additional cost needed to complete the new Williamson Children’s Advocacy Center $1.8million

Capital Metro was formed in 1985. (Community Impact Newspaper sta)

CITY& COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS

Homeowners, 65-plus and disabled to see property tax relief at the county level

CEDAR PARK After more than one year as interim chief, Mike Harmon became Cedar Park’s police chief May 29. Harmon served as the interim chief since February 2020 following the leave of former Chief Sean Mannix. CEDAR PARK City Council approved a $4.3 million performance-based economic development agreement with Firey Aerospace, which develops launch and in-space vehicles, May 27. It requires the company to add 682 jobs and expand with a 45,000-square-foot facility. WILLIAMSON COUNTY More than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the county as of May 21. Doses were rst administered in Williamson County on Dec. 14 to health care workers. Cedar Park City Council Typically meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, MEETINGSWE COVER Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Typically meets the rst and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. 201 N. Brushy St., Leander 512-259-1239 • www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court Williamson County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100 • www.wilco.org

BY ALI LINAN

property tax exemption is set to 1.5% of assessed value or $5,000, whichever is greater. This change to exemptions will have a $5.6 million tax impact on the county’s revenue, ocials said. These exemptions are only applied to county taxes, which make up a portion of an individu- al’s overall owed property taxes. Individuals must apply for the exemption online through the Williamson Central Appraisal District website. The application is free to complete.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY In a unanimous vote May 25, the Williamson County Commissioners Court extended the age 65 and older and disabled individuals property tax exemption as well as added an exemption for all homeowners. The move would increase the existing $30,000 tax exemption for residents age 65 and older to $90,000 and the $20,000 tax exemption for disabled residents to $75,000. The new homestead

Leander City Hall is one of several buildings the city has outgrown. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Facilities plan needed for future growth

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

LEANDER Estimates say the city of Leander will reach a population of 200,000 by 2050, according to the city. To match population growth, city sta is expected to increase, interim City Engineer Ross Blackket- ter said to council May 6. “We need to plan to accommodate that growth as city sta is going to grow with the population of the city,” Blackketter said. City Hall, the police department building, the parks and recreation building and the public works facility are either at capacity or undersized for sta volumes, according to the city. Leander City Council unanimously authorized a contract May 6 for a comprehensive facilities plan to assess stang needs, facilities needs and construction needs to meet city growth. The plan will also consider values of eventually vacated city facilities. A six-month contract with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc. was approved for $62,400.

CHANGESMADE County commissioners approved changes to exemptions May 25. SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Increased to $90,000 Increased

65-plus

Disabled

to $75,000 Introduced 1.5% or $5,000

All homeowners

Rising costsmay stall newadvocacy center WILLIAMSON COUNTY The building of a new Williamson BY ALI LINAN

Court meeting, Butler informed the court that building the new center would cost an additional approximately $1.8 million on the already $5.5 million project. About 75% of the new building’s design is complete but remains in a holding pattern as it awaits further direction on funding from commis- sioners, he said.

County Children’s Advocacy Center sees a potential stalling as the increasing cost of lumber tacks on an approximately 30% cost increase, Williamson County Facilities Director Dale Butler said. During a May 25 Commissioners

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HEALTH CARE SNAPSHOT

COMPILED BY ALI LINAN

COMPARING COUNTY HEALTH These rankings are updated annually but include data from previous years. There are other factors included that are not listed below.

COMBATING COVID19

Nearly half of Williamson County residents are fully vaccinated. See how it compares to area counties and Texas. Data is accurate as of June 3.

COUNTYVACCINATIONS

PEOPLE AGE 12+ WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

700,328 - 64.08% 303,422 - 61.52%

COUNTY CASES

HAYS COUNTY TRAVIS COUNTY

In more than a year since the pandemic began in Central Texas, Williamson County has reported 478 deaths.

108,780 - 55.50%

State average 12,638,634 - 52.51%

Active 451 478 Deaths

Total 39,702

PEOPLE AGE 12+ FULLY VACCINATED

240,893 - 48.84% 562,528 - 51.47% 86,675 - 44.22% 10,146,184 - 42.16%

38,773 Recoveries

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Active 262 1,025 Deaths

HEALTH OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

Total 83,765

State average

• LENGTHOF LIFE • QUALITYOF LIFE , such as the number of poor mental and physical health days reported

VACCINATION DEMOGRAPHICS

82,478 Recoveries

9.60% 8.00% 2.03% 3.98% 3.58% 2.52% 14.92% 20.06% 24.41% 48.65% 46.27% 46.71% 13.63% 13.18% 9.31% 9.22% 8.91% 15.02%

Asian

HEALTH FACTORS INCLUDE:

Black

• HEALTHBEHAVIORS , such as smoking, obesity, physical activity, excessive drinking, alcohol- impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births • CLINICAL CARE , including health insurance coverage; number of physicians, dentists and mental health providers; preventable hospital stays; and u vaccinations • SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS , such as educational attainment levels, children in poverty, income inequality and violent crimes • PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT FACTORS , such as air pollution, drinking water violations, housing problems and long commutes

Active 189 216 Deaths

White Hispanic

Total 18,880

Other

18,475 Recoveries

Unknown

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78641

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See how COVID-19 data in Leander and Cedar Park ZIP codes compare to each other.

78613

78717

2021 STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE RANKINGS OUT OF 254 COUNTIES

3,359 1,195 3,531 666

78613 78726 78641 78717

HEALTH OUTCOMES

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78726

7 8

5 7

3 2 2 3 2 3 2

Length of life Overall

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Quality of life HEALTH FACTORS

VACCINATIONS BY ZIP CODE

PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED 78613 44.61% 78641 44.37% 78717 56.62% 78726 46.30%

At least one dose Fully vaccinated

VACCINATION STATUS

26 12 26

4 7 4

Overall

Health behaviors

8,330 6,500 22,418 17,358

47,187 36,555 40,822 31,984

78717

78613

Socioeconomic Physical environment Clinical care

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15

78726

78641

153

209

168

SOURCES: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN POPULATION HEALTH INSTITUTE, COUNTYHEALTHRANKINGS.ORG, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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