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Rep. Terry Wilson, RGeorgetown, said he believed public health, public education and public safety will be top priorities this session. SESSION87 TEXAS LEGISLATURE LAUNCHES AMID PANDEMIC

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Williamson County state legislators set priorities as session begins As Texas’ 87th legislative session is now underway, Williamson County elected ocials are setting their top priorities in what they said will be a tough budget year. The largest task the legislators will have to com- plete is setting a budget that will carry the state through the following two years. Made up of 31 sen- ators and 150 House members, the biennial Texas Legislature began Jan. 12, and the biggest obstacle will be addressing the increasing costs of the corona- virus pandemic. So far, Texas, who received about $11 billion in fed- eral coronavirus relief funding, has allocated money for housing and legal assistance for those facing evic- tion and to local jurisdictions that did not receive direct allocation from the federal government, according to the governor’s oce. But local elected ocials said many additional relief eorts will need to be funded, including in education and health care. “[COVID-19 has] been a challenge to all areas of government, but those two areas in particular—our health care system and our public schools—are fore- most on my mind about how we can assist them, and CONTINUED ON 20 BY ALI LINAN

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FROMDENISE: It is the start of a brand-new year, and I could not be happier. It gives me a chance to set new goals while also reecting on this past year. At Community Impact Newspaper we also like to look forward to the next 12 months, which is why the January issue is one of my favorites. We call this our Annual Community Guide, and in this issue you will nd updates to some of the big stories we had in 2020 and extensive guides to local businesses, such as our shopping guide (see Page 10). Here you will nd locally owned places to shop with a map included. I strive to shop local, which will be a continued goal for me: keeping my dollars in town! I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Denise Seiler, GENERALMANAGER

dseiler@communityimpact.com EDITOR Sally Grace Holtgrieve REPORTER Ali Linan GRAPHIC DESIGNER Chance Flowers ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Ann Miller METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Travis Baker MANAGING EDITOR Amy Denney ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Haley Grace CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across ve metropolitan areas providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON

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FROMSALLY GRACE: At a time when it is more complicated to spontaneously travel to a new, far-o place or meet new people, I love the adventure of trying food from a new restaurant nearby. Whether you are comfortable dining in or prefer takeout, I encourage you to use our dining listings (see Page 12) to discover what opened in 2020 and what is coming soon. Find an eatery you have not been to yet, and check it out! It is amazing that such a wide array of businesses opened to the community in a challenging year—cheers to local dining and the owners, servers, chefs and others who make it happen. Sally Grace Holtgrieve, EDITOR

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10 New businesses that opened in 2020 or are coming soon DINING LISTINGS 12 New restaurants that opened in 2020 or are coming soon TRANSPORTATION 15 Area road projects to watch in 2021 EDUCATION 17 News from Georgetown ISD CITY& COUNTY 18 Stories to follow this year from Georgetown and Williamson County DEVELOPMENT 19 Wolf Lakes Village and other area project updates

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IMPACTS

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

Williams Drive, Ste. 101, Georgetown. https://www.facebook.com/ Gtown-Social-109386254300747. 5 Lifestyle store Foundry42 opened its second location on the Georgetown Square on Dec. 8. With its first location in New York City, Foundry42 incorporates food, coffee, gifts, designs and events for the entire family. It is a place where visitors can sit, eat, shop and learn all in one location, according to owner Juliet Mossman. It is located at 712 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-828-9001. http://f42home.com/ 6 Specialty food brand Yummy Chef opened its headquarters and commercial kitchen in Georgetown in October. Yum- my Chef, which expanded in December to sell its products across the country, offers savory and sweet delicacies and exclusive vegan options. The kitchen is located at 608 N. Church St., George- town, but purchases can be made at www.yummychefus.com. 713-259-0844 7 Celtic Viking Studios had a grand opening celebration Dec. 12 at 110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 308, Georgetown. The studio offers lighting equipment, sound equipment, props, and a hair and makeup area for photographers, video bloggers/ podcasters and YouTubers to either bring their clients or create for themselves, owner Nick Austin said. It also has pho- tography classes for adults and children to learn all aspects of photography. www.celticvikingstudios.com 8 Huddle House opened its George- town location Dec. 16. The restaurant, which calls itself a neighborhood diner, offers all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner, with featured menu items including Oreo cookie crunch pancakes, stuffed hash browns and roasted prime rib tips. The first restaurant opened about 60 years ago in Decatur, Georgia. This is the 16th Huddle House location in Texas. It is located at 4610 N. I-35, Georgetown. 770-325-1300. www.huddlehouse.com COMING SOON 9 Grand Living at Georgetown is com- ing to Georgetown in June. The luxury senior living option features first-class amenities, including a library, a lounge, a chapel, a meditation center, a gift shop, a

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NOWOPEN 1 The new Nightingale Bistro opened inside Lark & Owl Booksellers on Dec. 10. The restaurant replaces Bistro at Lark and Owl with menu items of cauliflower steak with romesco sauce, mushroom pate with Easy Tiger baguette and the bistro burger, among others. Regular hours are Thursdays through Sundays 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and began Dec. 17. The bistro is located at 205 W. Sixth St., Ste.

101A, Georgetown. 512-677-5513. www.nightingalebistro.com 2 Old Town Veterinary Hospital opened in early December at 701 E. University Ave., Georgetown. “Old Town Veterinary Hospital provides full medical and surgical services for the pets of the community,” Public Relations Coordinator Anna Ulmber said. “Our focus on whole animal health is designed to improve the quality of life for dogs and cats and

strengthen the human-animal bond.” 737-356-2400. www.otvethospital.com 3 Georgetown 3D Dental opened Dec. 7 at 4101 W. Hwy. 29, Georgetown. It is the second location from the owners of Austin 3D Dental on Research Boulevard in Austin. www.austin3ddental.com 4 GTX Nutrition , a smoothie and juice bar, opened in Georgetown in December. The business sells healthy shakes, energy teas and coffee. It is located at 4112

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fitness center, an array of dining options, a pet park and more. It will be located at 1330 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 737-240-2540. https://grandliving.com/ 10 The Hacienda at Georgetown , a senior living community situated on over 13 acres near the south entrance to Sun City, is coming soon. Phase 1 of the resort-style campus will offer 125 inde- pendent-living, 80 assisted-living and 20 memory care residences. A second phase will add 90 independent-living residences, bringing the total residence count to 315. Other amenities include a salon and a spa, multiple activity venues, a state-of-the-art fitness center, club rooms, a theater, a meditation garden and a resort-caliber pool. The anticipated opening date is late 2022. It will be locat- ed at 60 Del Webb Blvd., Georgetown, at Williams Drive. 520-797-4000. www.watermarkcommunities.com RELOCATIONS 11 Furniture business 180 Office Solutions relocated from Round Rock to Georgetown on Jan. 1 and plans to close its Round Rock location around Feb. 1. Located at 3879 E. University Ave., Ste. 101, Georgetown, 180 Office Solutions sells new and used office furniture includ- ing desks; tables; outdoor furniture; seating; and return-to-office safeguards of plexiglass, desk separators and more. 512-992-0392. www.180office.com

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IN THE NEWS 12 The Williamson County and Cities Health District has received $20,000 in All Together ATX grant funding for its Resilient Wilco program, a group that aims to mitigate the impact of toxic stress by building emotional resilience and social connection among the Wil- liamson County community, according to a Dec. 8 news release. Resilient Wilco also provides training, consultation and trauma-informed support to local orga- nizations working to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences and build a more resilient future for commu- nity members, according to the release. The grant was part of a total $3.5 million that was given by United Way of Greater Austin and the Austin Commu- nity Foundation to area organizations. The WCCHD Georgetown location is at

100 W. Third St., Georgetown. 512-943-3680. www.wcchd.org

that might not otherwise be funded in the current budget cycle. Fall grants are awarded to individual teachers for projects up to $500 each. Spring grants may be funded up to $5,000 and are the collaborative effort of more than one teacher or staff member. The founda- tion is located at 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-943-1886. www.gisdedfound.org 15 Wolf Ranch Town Center unveiled its new exterior mural Dec. 2. The mural titled “Dreaming of Papaver Rhoeas” was designed by local artist Angela Effen- berger. Located near Starbucks, the mural features red poppies and will become part of Georgetown’s annual Red Poppy Tour typically held in April. Wolf Ranch Town Center is located at 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown. www.wolfranchtowncenter.com

13 Jon Calvin was named the new CEO of Lone Star Circle of Care effective Dec. 1, according to a press release. Calvin previously served as the chief financial officer for Lone Star, a federally qualified health center operating a network of health clinics for the medically under- served. It has 23 locations in Texas. The Georgetown location was founded in 2001 and is at 2423 Williams Drive, Ste. 113, Georgetown. 877-800-5722. https://lonestarcares.org/ 14 The Georgetown ISD Education Foundation awarded nearly $13,000 in grants to teachers at 12 GISD campuses Nov. 30, according to a news release. The foundation holds two grant cycles annu- ally, during which teachers are invited to submit ideas for innovative programming

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GEORGETOWN

The city’s population has grown 34% over the past ve years compared to Williamson County’s 19.8% and the state’s 8.3%. The median household income has also risen since 2014, going from $62,219 to $73,552. Georgetown’s median age, though, remains higher at 46.3 compared to Williamson County and the state, both with a median age of 34.6. Take a look at more Georgetown, Williamson County and Texas data:

*HISPANIC AND LATINO INDIVIDUALS MAY BE OF ANY RACE. THE OTHER CATEGORIES LISTED DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANIC OR LATINO RESIDENTS. SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 2019 5YEAR ESTIMATES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS*

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LARGEST EMPLOYMENT SECTORS** 1 Oce and administrative support 2 Sales and related

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Native Hawaiian or other Pacic Islander Some other race Two or more races

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ELECTRONICS 5 Longhorn Mac Repair 1013 W. University Ave., Ste. 165 512-902-3789 www.longhornmacrepair.com 6 Verizon 1225 I-35, Ste. 101 512-876-2005 www.verizonwireless.com GIFTS Johnson Woods Ranch 702-249-3119 www.johnsonwoodsranch.com 7 Foundry42 712 S. Austin Ave. 512-828-9001 http://f42home.com HOMEOFFICE 8 180 Oce Solutions 3879 E. University Ave., Ste. 101 512-992-0392 https://anchoroors.com 10 Harbor Freight Tools 900 N. Austin Ave. 737-980-9090 www.harborfreight.com 11 Prima Forme 103 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 205 512-915-1187 www.primaforme.com www.180oce.com 9 Anchor Floors 4405 Williams Drive 737-201-7523

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BRIDAL 2 Coreena’s Bridal Boutique

CLOTHESSHOES 4 Versona 1021 W. University Ave. 512-819-1992 www.shopversona.com Hippie West 432-208-5638 www.hippiewest.com

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BEAUTY 1 Jonah Salon & Co. 127 Jonah Loop 512-639-4880 www.jonahsalon.com

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www.coreenasbridal.com 3 To Have and To Hold 215 W. Eighth St. 512-688-2369 www.tohaveandtoholdaustin.com

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Prima Dora opened in August and sells unique gifts by local artists.

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FEATURED RETAILER PRIMADORA This unique gift shop opened its second location on the Square in Georgetown in August. The store, which also has a location on South Congress in Austin, sells gifts by local artists, such as jewelry, T-shirts, souvenirs and more. 411 E. Eighth St., Georgetown 512-915-1187. www.primaforme.com

MEDICAL 13 Hear It All 4859 Williams Drive, Ste. 109 512-357-8000 https://hearitall.us 14 Texas Medicare Shop 3010 Williams Drive, Ste. 138 512-887-1030 www.texasmedicareshop.com OTHER 15 Five Below 1019 W. University Ave., Ste. 800 512-991-3076 www.vebelow.com 16 Georgetown Sign Co. 2522 Shell Road, Ste. D 512-686-4280 https://georgetownsign.com PETS 17 Pet Paradise 716 I-35 512-298-3400 www.petparadise.com/georgetown.htm 18 Wag Heaven 205 W. Sixth St., Ste. 115 512-887-5037 www.wagheaven.com

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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Georgetown has seen several businesses open in 2020. gift shops 3 pet stores 2 bridal stores 2 Tracking T H E O P E N I N G S

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Goodstock by Nolan Ryan opened June 26 at 3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 110, Round Rock. The butcher shop oers custom cuts of two new lines of Goodstock beef and locally made artisan provisions, such as aprons, steak knives, specialty wines, grilling utensils and more. The name Goodstock has several meanings behind it. It is a term in the industry that refers to cattle that is of top quality. The name is also “a reection of our values and what we at Nolan Ryan Beef value as far as the quality of the product and what’s behind that,” said Reese Ryan, Nolan Ryan’s son. 512-582-2333. www.goodstocktx.com

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512-240-5137 www.barkingarmadillo.com $$$ H 22 Kork Wine Bar 815 S. Main St., Ste. 101 512-240-5999 www.korkwine.com $$$$ H GREEK 23 Greek Gyros & Pizza-Subs 1211 Leander Road 512-688-4220 Facebook: Greek Gyro Leander Rd in Georgetown TX $ HEALTHY EATING 24 GTX Nutrition 4112 Williams Drive, Ste. 101 512-948-7310 Facebook: GTX Nutrition $$$ B 25 Yummy Chef 608 N. Church St. 713-259-0844 www.yummychefus.com $$$ ITALIAN 26 600 Degrees Market Place 114 E. Seventh St., Ste. 115 512-963-9272. http://600degreespizzeria.com $$$ 27 The Garden at the Summit 1500 Rivery Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 2175

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512-843-6094 www.hteao.com $ H 16 Rivery Coeehouse & Desserts 1500 Rivery Blvd., Ste. 2155 512-887-1797 www.riverycoeehouse.com $ B DESSERTS 17 The Baked Bear Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches 109 E. Seventh St. www.thebakedbear.com $$$ 18 Crumbl Cookies 1013 W. University Ave. 512-630-0363 www.crumblcookies.com $$$ 19 Nothing Bundt Cakes 1003 W. University Ave., Ste. 120 737-808-7044 www.nothingbundtcakes.com $$$ 20 The Yard Milkshake Bar 940 W. University Ave., Ste. 120 512-688-3634 www.theyardmilkshakebar.com $$$ DRINKS 21 Barking Armadillo 507 River Bend Drive

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www.marisolsmexicangrill.com $$$ H K 31 Mikey V’s Hot Sauce & Tacos on the Square 711 S. Main St. 512-688-5071 www.mikeyvsfoods.com $$$ B 32 Tejas Meat Supply 101 E. Seventh St. 512-763-1000 www.tejasmeatsupply.com $$$ B K Urban Grazing www.facebook.com/urbangrazingtx $$$

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TOP TRANSPORTATION STORY OF 2021

City nalizes projects for potential mobility bond

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

committee stated in a presentation. “We are concerned that a single project—SE Inner Loop—plus alloca- tions will consume all the targeted amount, potentially to the exclusion of other important projects.” In addition to the top 10 projects ranked and recommended, $7 million in allocations are proposed to be included in the bond package for stand-alone projects, including: $2.5 million for sidewalks, $1.5 million for bicycle facilities, $1.7 million for

intersections and $1.3 million for transportation technology. If a transportation mobility bond is to be on the May ballot, then it must be called by the Feb. 9 City Council meeting because the state’s deadline to le for a place on the May 1 ballot is Feb. 12. The item will be on the agenda for the Jan. 26 council workshop, where sta will seek direction on a nal selection of roadway projects and the extra allocations.

Georgetown residents may be voting on a $50 million mobility bond this May. A citizens advisory committee that began meeting in August worked with the public to provide project recommendations to City Council. A nal list was presented Jan. 12 for feedback. “The need for transportation proj- ects in Georgetown far exceeds the targeted $50 million,” the advisory POSSIBLE PROJECTS The following projects are recommended by the Mobility Georgetown Citizen Advisory Committee and listed in order of importance per the committee’s rankings. City Council has not approved a nal list yet. 1 SE Inner Loop | $42.1 million Widen to four-lane minor arterial with bike lanes and sidewalks 2 Shell Road South | $14.2 million Widen to a four-lane major arterial with open ditch drainage and sidewalks 3 Williams Drive Central | $10.2 million Install a median with left-turn lanes and repair and ll in sidewalk gaps

The city is adjusting its transportation service platform this spring.

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City could see rideshare program The city anticipates to change over to a new service platform for public transportation. “We would still be working with CARTS and Capital Metro and utilizing the ‘pickup’ service platform. This would be an on-demand service and utilize the same type of vehicles,” Director of Public Works Ray Miller said. “We anticipate about the same service area as the current xed-route service but planning for 15-minute wait times.” It would be a curb-to-curb service, and riders would be able to use a smartphone application or a call center for scheduling pickups and drop-os, Miller said, adding Capital Metro Pickup has been very well- received in the areas that it has been started. The city along with Capital Metro is still in the planning and discussion phase, and the changes would require council approval. The city would change to the new service platform this spring if approved. Residents can weigh in about transportation impact fee According to city documents, in early 2019, Georgetown City Council authorized a task order to study potential transportation impact fees for development in the city. Such fees are charged by cities to new development projects and used to pay for capital improvements needed as a result of new developments. In late 2019, service areas were identied and approved by council, and the majority of the impact fee study was completed. In early 2020, an impact fee advisory committee consisting of Georgetown transportation advisory board members as well as members of the development community was established to review the study and make recommendations to council. The committee’s nal recommendations are anticipated to be presented to council in February. Sta is proposing to conduct the required public hearing on the matter at the regularly scheduled council meeting Feb. 23.

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TOP EDUCATION STORY OF 2021 Georgetown ISDprepares for possible future bond

BY ALI LINAN

BOND COMMITTEE PLANNING PROCESS

Georgetown ISD voters could see a bond on the November ballot. The school board voted to convene a bond committee in December that would look into the district’s need for additional facilities and upgrades. The citizens advisory committee, known as a CAC, is made up of stake- holders who also look at enrollment projections and other data before providing the board with recommen- dations on whether a bond should be called or not. While a committee is formed, it does not mean a bond election will be called, ocials said. Instead, upon evaluating the district’s needs, the committee will make a recommendation to the board by August. Then the board will decide whether to accept that recommenda- tion and call a bond. The deadline to call a bond is Aug. 16 in order to appear on the November ballot. “[The CAC] will allow us to engage the community in a process that will extend all the way until August to determine whether or not to pursue a bond election in November 2021,” Superintendent Fred Brent said. GISD is currently on a three-year bond rotation calling its last two in 2015 for $160.6 million and in 2018 for $150.5 million. GISD Chief Financial Ocer Scott Tipton said that unlike regularly collected tax dollars that fund the district’s maintenance and operations budget, bonds allow the district to keep each dollar collected. This diers fromM&O dollars where a portion is given to the state through recapture—a system that takes locally collected property taxes from wealthier districts and redis- tributes it to poorer districts in order to create more equitable education across the state. School bonds are voter approved by those living within the school district. “While there’s a lot of things we are uncertain about, we are certain that this is something we need to keep on our radar,” Brent said. “Going through the process is something that will allow us to get community feedback, allow for a

With a bond committee called, here is a general timeline of when events will occur.

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February-June: CAC prioritizes potential projects, develops a consensus on how to address the district’s needs and conducts a community survey.

Aug. 16: Board is required to take action on calling a bond by this date.

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going to start the legislative process determining how to fund schools in the future. Also, due to the impact of the pandemic of COVID-19, predicting our student enrollment is going to be a challenge for us, [as] enrollment is down statewide. So what does the future hold? Are [we] going to have everybody return [to on-campus learning], or are there still going to be holdouts? Those are all unknowns that we really have to plan for. HOW HAS COVID19 IMPACTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE DISTRICT’S BUDGET? We’re going to have more expenses. Through the mitigation process with COVID[-19], we do what we can to keep everybody well. We are very safe with our students and our sta and family members, but when we participate in the quarantine process with guidelines from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], we have people that are missing work, and therefore you have sub costs that you typically would not normally incur. The state has provided certain grants for us to submit for a reimbursement, … however, many districts are getting things denied because it’s not tting the proposal [the state] wants. And there is no clear explanation of why things are being denied. [GISD hasn’t] received any money as of [Dec. 10], but we have applied for everything that we could apply for. HOW DOES THE FUTURE LOOK FOR HOUSE BILL 3 AND THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION? That’s the great unknown question. HB 3 has not really been fully funded to survive [beyond] the biennium to begin with, and then the amount of COVID[-19] expenses that all districts have incurred in trying to do right by their kids and putting technology in their hands so they can still access the education that they need, it becomes a billion-dollar question of, ‘How can we survive this?’

June-July: The CAC presents

Nov. 2: Election Day, if a bond is called.

recommendations to the board for the board to discuss and consider.

The purpose of a citizens advisory committee, or CAC, is to evaluate existing district facilities, enrollment projections and other data and provide facility and equipment recommendations to the board. The CAC is made up of community members who represent the diverse and multifaceted interests of the district and will be aided by district sta. The formation of a CAC does not guarantee a bond will be called. WHAT IS A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE?

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community survey [and] engage the community in the process to help us determine the course of the future.” Melinda Brasher, GISD executive director of communications, said the district has managed to pass the last two bonds without an increase to the taxpayer. She added that the district has been intentional in their bond recommen- dations to select projects that can be funded through GISD’s current debt capacity, so that taxpayers do not have to foot the additional bill. “I believe that that’s been appealing to our voters in the past and part of why they have wanted to support the

bond projects that have been pre- sented to them,” Brasher said. She added that a district’s nance system is designed for bonds, and with the increase of pace in GISD’s growth, bonds are occurring more often. “We know that the funding that comes in for school on an annual basis is not enough to run day-to-day opera- tions and pay for capital expenses like new buildings as districts grow, so the bond process is designed to be able to fund that,” she said. “Not every school district is having to use the bond process as often, like in rural areas that may not be seeing the same level of growth [as GISD].”

If the board votes to call a bond, GISD will continue on its three-year bond cycle. Here is a

look at the last two bonds. PAST BONDS

$160.6MILLION 2015 Passed with 59.9% of the vote.

$150.5MILLION 2018 Passed with 67.4% of the vote.

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