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Area hospital systems invest billions in expansions to keep pace with Central Texas population boom

In the coming years, hospital systems and health care providers in Central Texas will invest almost $2.5 billion to grow their physical footprint by building new facilities or expanding existing ones. Creating capacity

BY CLAIRE SHOOP

in the nation. Andy Davis, the CEO for Ascension Texas, a major health care system that includes Ascension Seton and Dell Children’s, said based on pro- jections, within 10 years the metro area will have a 1,200-bed deˆcit. “The great thing about Central Texas is the community is growing in every direction, and so it presents a unique opportunity for us to make sure that we’re doing all we can to be present in a way that keeps families close to home and together,” Davis said. Bringing care to the community One hospital system making a major investment in physical infrastructure is

Central Texas is on pace to gain more than 600 hospital beds in the next three years, including two new hospitals in growing suburban areas, two new chil- dren’s hospitals in Northwest Austin, a new behavioral health hospital and expansions at seven existing facilities. Combined, three major health care systems are investing almost $2.5 billion in physical infrastructure to increase access to services and meet the needs of the growing region. Hospital o”cials said the additional space is necessary to care for the pop- ulation of a rapidly expanding region, with Williamson and Hays counties ranking as some of the fastest growing

637 NEW HOSPITAL BEDS have been announced or are under construction at 12 hospitals across three health care systems.

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By 2032, Central Texas is projected to need an additional 1,200 HOSPITAL BEDS. 3 FACILITIES 8 FACILITIES 1 FACILITY

SOURCES: ASCENSION TEXAS, ST. DAVID’S HEALTHCARE, TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Many local organizations have ongoing ini- tiatives to address the spike in mental health concerns seen during COVID-19. In the Williamson County 2022 Community Local entities work to address mental health BY HUNTER TERRELL

Health Assessment, Bluebonnet Trails Com- munity Services reported it had a total of 98,296 mental health patients in William- son County in 2020, and that mental health care made up 64.1% of services the nonproˆt health-based organization provided. Other Georgetown mental health providers have also seen and responded to an increased demand for services.

PROVIDING CARE DURING COVID19 Bluebonnet

Mental health: 64.1% Intellectual and developmental disability: 15.8% Early childhood intervention and autism: 14.6% Substance use: 5.5%

Trails Community Services reported that nearly two in three encounters with patients were for mental health concerns in 2020.

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SOURCES: BLUEBONNET TRAILS COMMUNITY SERVICES, WILLIAMSON COUNTY 2022 COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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FROM DENISE: Every June we run our annual Health Care Edition. If you are new to the area and need to know where the closest hospital or clinic is, look no further than our health care section inside (see Page 16). Another timely issue we are facing is the baby formula shortage. Being a mother of two, I can only imagine how scary it must be to not have access to formula. Inside, we explore this topic (see Page 23). Denise Seiler, GENERAL MANAGER

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110 7 Jimmy Vega’s Smokehouse opened its new location at 408 W. Universi- ty Ave., Georgetown, on May 26. The restaurant announced its relocation from 40120 Industrial Park Circle, Georgetown, in September. Jimmy Ve- 6 A1 Auto Wrecking , a supplier of car parts, engines and transmissions, is in the process of relocating its o”ce to a 1,600-square-foot space at 3871 Uni- versity Ave., Ste. 195, Georgetown. The company was previously located at 1204 Rambling Trail, Cedar Park. A1 expects to have the space ready by July. https://a1autowrecking.com 29 Ubiquity and the city of Georgetown broke ground May 25 on an open-access “ber system it is installing throughout Georgetown. According to Ubiquity o”cials, the company plans to invest $75 million to establish “ber connectivity across the city. Installation work will be- gin simultaneously in the northwest and southeast sections of Georgetown. Con- struction is expected to take two to three years to complete. Ubiquity Operations Managing Director Patrick O’Leary said the project will provide connectivity for 80% of residents and 95% of businesses in Georgetown with the “rst customers expected to come online this summer. Georgetown. A company representative said the location is expected to open by September. The national chain sandwich shop o’ers cold and hot subs as well as catering and breakfast options. www.jerseymikes.com https://ubiquitygp.com RELOCATIONS

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NOW OPEN 1 Dapper Barbershop opened May 17 at 4410 Williams Drive, Ste. 103, Georgetown. The salon caters to men and children, specializing in razor cuts and simple braiding. The barbershop’s Facebook page says it is known for precision cuts and attention to detail. Complimentary drinks are available to customers. 512-635-3827. www.facebook.com/dapperbarbershopgt 2 Boot Barn Western Wear at Wolf Ranch Town Center opened May 12

1460 150, Georgetown. The practice o’ers a variety of dental services, including dental veneers, teeth whitening, cavity “lling, same-day crown “llings and online dentistry appointments. The o”ce also provides 24/7 emergency dental care via telephone. 737-843-4226. www.leandermoderndentistry.com COMING SOON 5 Jersey Mike’s Subs has leased space at 3303 Williams Drive, Ste. 1050, 4 Leander Modern Dentistry opened May 9 at 19368 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste.

at 1015 W. University Ave., Ste. 100, Georgetown. Boot Barn has over 275 lo- cations, including two Austin stores, and is known for its large selection of West- ern-inspired outdoor and work apparel, footwear and gear. 737-240-4343. www.bootbarn.com 3 Shawarma Press held its grand opening June 7 inside the Walmart at 620 S. I-35, Georgetown. The Mediter- ranean restaurant’s menu follows halal guidelines and features wraps, soups, salads, desserts and vegan options. www.shawarmapress.com

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IN THE NEWS 8 Quarry Splash Pad opened for the summer at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, located at 3005 CR 175, Leander, on May 28. The pad will remain open until Sept. 5. Daily admission is $2 per person. The splash pad is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays with the excep- tion of Labor Day. www.facebook.com/ wilcoquarrysplashpad CLOSINGS 9 Nightingale Bistro closed its location inside Lark & Owl Booksellers at 205 W. Sixth St., Ste. 101, Georgetown, on May 29. According to the Facebook post made May 25, the business was appreciative of its loyal customers but was never able to fully recover from the burdens made by the pandemic.

ga’s is a restaurant that serves smoke- house-style barbecue such as brisket, baby back ribs and more. The restaurant also o’ers catering and food truck

Shontel Mays was named the next leader of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

COURTESY PFLUGERVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS The board of directors of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce , located at 1 Chamber Way, has selected Shontel Mays as president and CEO. Mays has been serving as the president and CEO of the Pugerville Chamber of Commerce for the past four years. “[Mays] brings energy and fresh ideas that align with our mission and vision, and I can’t wait for her to get started,” board Chair Karin Sladek said in a May 20 release.

Mays’ last day at the Plfugerville Chamber will be July 22. She will then transfer to Georgetown. 512-930-3535 www.georgetownchamber.org

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NEW MANAGEMENT Hometown Window Coverings at Georgetown will now be managed by Grady Gri”th, the son of previous owners Michelle and David Gri”th. The family has worked in the industry since 1975 but decided to open its own busi- ness based out of the Gri”th home in Georgetown in March. Michelle said her son reached out earlier this year about being interested in leading the business. 512-947-5120. www.hometownwindowcoverings.com

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TEXAS BACH FESTIVAL VARIOUS GEORGETOWN LOCATIONS

Georgetown's July 4th event will include a parade and reworks.

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Learn about Bharata Natyam, the classical dance that re ects the culture of southern India. 2 p.m. Free. 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. https://library.georgetown.org

The €fth annual festival dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach includes performances by local musicians. $25-$160. Times and locations vary. www.texasbachfestival.org

FEATURED EVENTS GEORGETOWN The Georgetown Sertoma Club’s July 4th event will include live music, vendors, a parade and a petting zoo. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (€reworks at 9:30 p.m.). Free. San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. www.gtxsertoma.org LEANDER Leander’s Liberty Fest on July 4 will include €reworks, food vendors, live music and balloon artists. 3-10 p.m. (€reworks at 9:30 p.m.). Free. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs, Leander. www.leandertx.gov

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18 COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host its 70th annual Juneteenth Festival. The event kicks o“ with a one hour program featuring guest speaker Malissa Sanon. Following that, the festival includes a DJ, a silent auction, vendor booths, bingo, games and barbecue. Juneteenth celebrates the day Union soldiers landed in Texas, bringing news that slavery had ended. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. www.gccmatx.org

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Spend an evening at the Georgetown Palace Theatre enjoying the toe-tapping musical numbers featured in the Jazz Age musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The Tony Award-winning show will play Friday- Sunday. Times vary. $33 (seniors, military, students); $36 (adults). 810 S. Austin Ave.,

Georgetown. 512-869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Woodlake Drive void repaired

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

FILLING A VOID A hole reported at the intersection of Williams Drive and Woodlake Drive led to city crews discovering and repairing an underground void.

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Paving on Woodlake Drive took place May 13 following an investiga- tion that lead to the repair of a void located under the roadway. After a hole in the roadway was reported May 6, city crews discovered a void area under the roadway, which led to its temporary closure. Public works crews and a contrac- tor excavated the hole to understand what may have caused it. According to a release, no natural karst feature—or eroded limestone area that leads to sinkholes—was found under the road after an evaluation by a geotechnical rm, Georgetown’s Public Works and Engineering departments, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Downtown sidewalk improvements The city of Georgetown completed sidewalk improvements along Seventh Street, Rock Street, Eighth Street, Main Street and Church Street earlier this year. Work included new ramps, pedestrian rails, drainage improvements and crosswalks. Timeline: May 2021-April 2022 Cost: $964,975 Funding source: 2015 transportation bond

May 11-12: Crews investigate the void’s cause

May 13: The void repairs were completed

A void on Woodlake Drive was reported on May 6. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

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Underground boring involves the extraction of dirt and rock material, which likely removed loose ll from an abandoned wastewater manhole, causing the void to form. Moving forward, city engineers will evaluate the incident to prevent similar problems in the future. The cost to excavate, rell and

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Chandler Road extension study Williamson County and consulting †rm Huitt-Zollars are conducting a study to plan new roads for future growth. The purpose of the study is to help identify a route for extending Chandler Road from SH 95 to FM 619 and identifying a north-south connection from Chandler to US 79. Timeline: study to be completed by October Cost: TBD Funding source: TBD

The city of Georgetown started construction on two right-turn lanes at the intersection of Williams Drive and Wildwood Drive during the week of May 9. According to a tra†c improvement agreement approved by City Council in 2020, Georgetown Retail Partners III LP—the devel- oper behind the Cedar

Breaks West Shopping Center—is responsible for constructing a right-turn lane from eastbound Williams onto Wildwood as well as a right-turn lane from northbound Wild- wood onto Williams. The shopping center developer agreed to do the road improvement project to avoid the delays

and costs associated with a tra†c impact analysis that otherwise would have been required. Georgetown Retail Partners III LP is controlled by Durhman & Bassett Realty Group. The rm is responsible for all design and construction costs associated with the new turn lanes.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Projects underway in the Georgetown area

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CEDAR BREAKS WEST SHOPPING CENTER The Durham & Bassett Realty Group and Georgetown Retail Land III LP began construction of a new shopping center in May. Known as the Cedar Breaks West Shopping Center, the development is located at the northwest corner of Williams Drive and Wildwood Drive. Anticipated to be completed in November, the development consists of an approximately 30,000-square-foot gym and more than 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The project costs around $10 million and will be done in two phases, with Phase I located closest to Williams Drive. Phase II will border the Terraces at Woodlake neighborhood.

The œrst phase has almost 19,000 square feet of rentable space available, according to documents from the developer. According to the city of Georgetown, the project’s œnal plat was approved in 2020. Also included on the site will be a Chase Bank branch, which was approved by the city in 2019. The developers started construction on two right-hand turn lanes on Williams Drive and Wildwood Drive on May 9 as part of a traŒc improvement agreement previously made with the city. Durham & Bassett has two other developments in Georgetown—the Cedar Breaks Centre and Georgetown 5.0.

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SONRISA MEDICAL OFFICE Construction on a new medical oŒce building at 3626 Williams Drive, Georgetown, is expected to be complete this summer. Known as Sonrisa Medical OŒce, the 15,000-square-foot, two-story oŒce costs an estimated $3 million. Proprietors Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown and leasing company Brinegar Properties are looking for tenants. “This beautiful new building will have amazing visibility and would support any business due to the location within an established complex [that includes] an oral surgeon, a chiropractor, an orthodontist, a cosmetic dentist and a therapy center,” said Mandy Holley, a

doctor of dental surgery with Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, in a news release. Holley’s practice neighbors Sonrisa Medical OŒce. The building is anticipated to open in July. Space: 15,000 square feet Timeline: January-July

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UTILITIES New water treatment plant to double city’s production capacity

BY HUNTER TERRELL

the North Lake Treatment Plant, the city hopes to produce 93.9 mgd in the next decade. Additionally the city currently contracts with other water producers for up to 10 mgd and is looking to contract for another 31 mgd. The new plant will be located on the south side of Lake Georgetown at 1010 Crockett Gardens Road, near

In order to keep up with the city’s growing population, Georgetown broke ground on a new water treatment plant May 10. The South Lake Water Treatment Plant will double the treatment capacity of the water utility. Construction is expected to be completed in two phases from 2025- 26, according to the city. “With more

City of Georgetown, PLW Waterworks, CDM Smith and other ocials broke ground on the new South Lake water plant May 10. (Hunter Terrell/Community Impact Newspaper)

YEARTOYEAR MEASUREMENT The city of Georgetown is rapidly expanding. Data provided by the Georgetown Water Department shows how many connections, both residential and commercial, have been added each year. Water connections added 60K +4,787

Cedar Breaks Park. The city purchased the 18.5-acre site in 2020 and began design work in 2021. The site will not only include the water treat- ment facility, but also a raw-water

“IN DOUBLING THE TREATMENT CAPACITY OF OUR WATER UTILITY WITH THIS PLANT, WE WILL BE READY TO SERVE THE WATER NEEDS OF OUR GROWING CITY.” JOSH SCHROEDER, MAYOR

than 5,000 new residents coming to Georgetown last year, the demand for water continues to increase rap- idly,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said

+4,375

+3,313

50K

+2,228

40K

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at the ground-breaking ceremony. “In doubling the treatment capacity of our water utility with this plant, we will be ready to serve the water needs of our growing city.” In December, the Georgetown Water Department reported that the city added 4,787 new connec- tions in 2021. This represents a 114.86% increase from the number of new meters added in 2018. As of 2021, Georgetown has a total of 53,185 residential and commercial meters—10,000 more than the city had in 2018. Of“icials said this expansion will help the city’s water department ful“ill its mission of providing essential water services to all residents. “We made the decision to build a second water treatment facility— doubling our total, daily capacity to 88 million gallons—because it is the most responsible choice for our projected growth,” Director of Water Utilities Chelsea Solomon said. Georgetown produces 39.6 million gallons of water per day, or mgd, at city-owned assets. Once completed, the new water treat- ment plant will have the capacity to produce 44 mgd, making it the largest of Georgetown’s facilities. With more expansions in the works, including an expansion at

intake location on Lake George- town; a raw-water transmission line; and an administration building that will house a secondary control center, control labs and of“ice space. PLW Waterworks was awarded the construction contract for the plant. According to PLW Waterworks, the South Lake plant is the largest project in the water infrastructure construction management “irm’s history. CDM Smith is the design engineer for the new plant. The estimated contract cost is $175.3 million, which will be funded by various sources, including regulated customer water rates, impact fees developers pay to install new meters and lines, and 30-year revenue bonds—which the city issues to fund a variety of major capital projects.

2018

2019

2020

2021

WATER CAPACITY There are several water treatment facilities already in Georgetown and several expansion projects underway. Combined, Georgetown could have water capacity of 134.9 million gallons per day by 2040. Future water capacity Current water capacity

UPCOMING EXPANSIONS Domel: 1.5 mgd North Lake: 8.8 mgd

South Lake Phase 1: 22 mgd South Lake Phase 2: 22 mgd

POTENTIAL CONTRACTED WATER Round Rock Rabbit Hill: 3 mgd Round Rock CR 175: 3 mgd Future opportunities: 25 mgd

CONFIRMED CONTRACTED WATER Round Rock Highlands: 1 mgd Leander: 3 mgd Round Rock Rabbit Hill: 3 mgd (as needed) Round Rock CR 175: 3 mgd

NORTH FORK SAN GABRIEL RIVER

CEDAR BREAKS PARK

THE SOUTH LAKE WATER TREATMENT PLANT

EXISTING CITY-OWNED FACILITIES Domel: 1.5 mgd

South Side: 3.2 mgd Park Plant: 6.3 mgd North Lake: 28.6 mgd

SOURCE: CITY OF GEORGETOWNˆCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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GEORGETOWN EDITION • JUNE 2022

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Georgetown ISD

COMPLIED BY HUNTER TERRELL

QUOTE OF NOTE

Foundation gets donation

HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN ISD Summer meals are available to students age 18 or younger through July 29. Students do not need to provide a Georgetown ISD ID to participate, and meals are provided at no cost. Breakfast is available Monday-Friday from 7:30-9 a.m., with lunch available 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participating locations include Cooper Elementary, Purl Elementary, Williams Elementary, Tippit Middle and East View High schools. GEORGETOWN ISD The board of trustees named Heather Stoner executive director for campus and student services on May 24. Stoner had been working as Georgetown ISD’s director for campus operations and Title IX since 2020. In her new role, Stoner will be responsible for monitoring, coordinating and supervising district operations including counseling services, health services, Title IX and student attendance. Georgetown ISD board of trustees Meets June 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning, 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown • 512-943-5000 www.georgetownisd.org MEETINGS WE COVER “MY GOAL IS TO ENSURE OUR CHILDREN HAVE MULTIPLE PATHS TO SUCCESS AND THE TOOLS REQUIRED TO COMPETE AND ACHIEVE AT THE NEXT LEVEL.” JAMES SCHERER, UPON BEING SWORN IN AS GEORGETOWN ISD PLACE 1 TRUSTEE

GEORGETOWN ISD The Education Founda- tion received a donation of $450,000 and a 2.7-acre parcel of land located o Shell Road valued at $343,568 on May 12, according to a release. This is the largest individ- ual donation the foun- dation has received in its seven-year history. The donation was made by the now-dissolved Vil- lage Homeowners Associ- ation, which encompassed 549 homes in the Village neighborhood. The Village HOA was originally created in 2008 by the developer to build and operate a commu- nity pool. After years of homeowner discussions

and a lack of funds to construct the neighbor- hood pool, voters cast ballots in the winter 2021 in favor of dissolving the organization, according to the release. The donated funds will be used to support the GISD Education Founda- tion’s initiatives, which help fund innovative learning experiences. “We are honored that the homeowners and parents in the Village community entrust us with this gift. It is a game- changer for our organi- zation,” Greg Bowden, founder and chair of the Georgetown ISD Educa- tion Foundation, said in the release.

The Village HOA donated $450,000 and a plot of land to the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation.

COURTESY GEORGETOWN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

SUPPORTING GISD STUDENTS A $450,00 donation to the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation will help the organization fund its key initiatives, including:

Innovative teacher grants Providing new teachers with gift cards to purchase new school supplies

The Hammerlun Leadership Academy The SeaPerch STEM program

The annual State of the District showcase

SOURCE: GEORGETOWN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATIONž COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

New school board members sworn in GEORGETOWN ISD New school board members James Scherer and Cody Hirt as well as incumbent Elizabeth McFarland were sworn in for their three-year terms May 16, following the May 7 election. On May 16, the board also elected its leadership for the next year. McFarland was named president; Melanie Conner was selected as vice president; and Stephen Benold was selected as secretary.

Georgetown ISD holds rst Special Olympics GEORGETOWN ISD The district held its ›rst Special Olympics at Birkelbach Field on May 19. The event was an opportunity for both elementary and secondary students in the special education program across Georgetown ISD to participate in track and ›eld events. About three dozen student athletes participated, according to a district release. Parents, community members and other stakeholders came to support the event.

ELECTION RESULTS Three Georgetown ISD trustees were elected May 7.

PLACE 1

9.3% Brian Flachs

44.66% Eric Lashley 46.04% James Scherer

PLACE 2

43.51% Allen Brown

56.49% Elizabeth McFarland*

PLACE 3

5.18% Eric Marin 49.34% Cody Hirt 45.49% Tania Easton

* INCUMBENT

SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENTžCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2022

Join us at GISD: Home of the most inspired students, served by the most empowered leaders.

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CITY & COUNTY

News from Georgetown & Williamson County

QUOTE OF NOTE

WilCo ups property tax exemptions for homeowners WILLIAMSON COUNTY Commissioners voted unan- imously in favor of increasing the general homestead property tax exemption as well as the exemptions for homeowners age 65-plus and homeowners with a disability during its May 17 meeting. BY CLAIRE SHOOP INCREASING EXEMPTIONS Williamson County commissioners voted to increase the property tax exemptions for all homeowners, those who are age 65 and older and those with a disability for the 2022 tax year.

Georgetown City Council Meets June 14 and 28 at 6 p.m. at 510 W. Ninth St., Georgetown. 512-931-7715. www.georgetown.org Williamson County Commissioners Court MEETINGS WE COVER GEORGETOWN The city was accepting applications from local nonpro‚t agencies for Strategic Partnerships for Community Services grant funding through June 8. Organizations will be eligible for grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000. An advisory board will review the applications and make recommendations for City Council to approve for ‚scal year 2022-23. CITY HIGHLIGHTS GEORGETOWN Through a partnership with the Georgetown Animal Shelter, the ‚re department installed microchip scanners at stations across the city during the week of May 16. If a found animal has a microchip, ‚re‚ghters can collaborate with partners to obtain the owner’s contact information with the goal of returning the pet. “WE’RE SEEING UNPRECEDENTED TAX BILLS BECAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMICALLY PROSPEROUS REGIONS OF THE WORLD.” BILL GRAVELL, WILLIAMSON COUNTY JUDGE

The greater of 1.5% or $5,000 The greater of 5% or $5,000 General exemption

Homeowners 65 and older

Homeowners with a disability

The motion, which passed with a vote of 4-0, increases the existing tax exemption for residents age 65 and older as well as residents with a disability to $125,000. The general home- stead property exemption was increased to 5% of assessed value or a minimum of $5,000. The increased exemptions will be in e ect for the tax year beginning Jan. 1, 2022. This action comes after Williamson County voted last year to increase exemptions for residents age 65 and older to $90,000 and exemptions for residents with a disability to $75,000. In 2021, the court established the general home- stead property tax exemption at 1.5% or $5,000, whichever was greater. Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long, who spearheaded the e ort to increase the exemptions, said this is the county’s opportunity to help reduce residents’ property tax burdens. Additionally, Long said she also expects the county to lower its tax rate during the budget cycle later this year. These exemptions only apply to taxes assessed by the

2021

$90,000

$75,000

2022

$125,000 $125,000

SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY—COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

county. Residents in Williamson County also pay taxes to other entities, including school districts, cities, municipal utility districts and emergency services districts. Due to rising property values, County Judge Bill Gravell encouraged other entities with the ability to o er homestead exemptions to do so.

City modies summer pool schedule due to lifeguard shortage

WilCo allocates $72.5M to water improvements

SPENDING SUMMER POOLSIDE Georgetown’s four city pools are open according to the following schedule: Recreation Center: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. River Ridge: Wed.-Sun. 1-7 p.m. Village: Thu.-Mon. 1-7 p.m. Williams Drive: Tue.-Sun. 1-7 p.m. SOURCE: CITY OF GEORGETOWNƒCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY CHLOE YOUNG

WILLIAMSON COUNTY More than $72 million in federal funding will go toward 15 water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Williamson County, according to a plan approved by Commissioners Court on May 24. The projects will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. Among the proposed projects is a $16 million water line that will run from North FM 1660 to SH 130 in Round Rock and Georgetown.

BY HUNTER TERRELL

GEORGETOWN Two of the city’s four pools opened Memorial Day weekend with a modi–ed summer schedule because of a shortage of lifeguards, according to a release. All four pools will be operational by June 10, according to the city. The city is still hiring lifeguards and swim instructors. Lifeguard pay ranges from $10.50-$16.50 an hour

Meets June 14, 21 and 28 at 9:30 a.m. at 710 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-943-1550. www.wilco.org

depending on experience. Lifeguard certi–cation will be provided.

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