Round Rock Edition | September 2022


News from Round Rock & Williamson County

Round Rock City Council Meets Sept. 8 and 22, 6 p.m. 216 E. Main St., Round Rock 512-218-5401 Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown MEETINGS WE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS ROUND ROCK The Round Rock Police Department held its rst Step N2 Success event Aug. 14. At the event nearly 200 Round Rock students received a new pair of shoes and a pair of socks for free. The students also received day passes for Kalahari Resorts and Round Rock Express tickets. NUMBER TO KNOW contract to replace a 552-foot-long wastewater main near Brushy Creek approved during a July 28 meeting $221,256 The total cost of a

Contract approved for new wastewater plan

Rent allowance raised for county nonprot

COMMUNITY CENTER Prete Plaza is frequently used to hold community events, including: • Music on Main • Yoga on the Plaza • Round Rock Market Days • Pop Up Art Shows


FY 2021-22

PLANNING FOR GROWTH Costs to create a master plan taking stock of existing infrastructure and wastewater needs of future populations break down as follows:

budget $525.4M Tax rate: $0.397 per $100 of valuation

Round Rock City Council is required to vote twice to approve its proposed budget and ratify its proposed tax rate. Here is how the 2022-23 rate and budget compare to the previous year:



FY 2022-23

budget $555.5M Tax rate: $0.342 per $100 of valuation

ROUND ROCK City Council on Aug. 11 approved a $302,578.34 contract with K. Friese & Associates to complete a master plan for the Brushy Creek Michael Thane said the plan includes Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and Round Rock, which will all contribute to the plan and are a part of the BCRWWS. “With the rapid growth we received from the four cities, we need to make Regional Waste Water System. Utilities Department Director sure we get ahead of the game,” Thane said. “So we’ll get a good report of that when we start that design for the next expansion there.” Both BCRWWS treatment plants are located in Round Rock. The total cost of the contract is $497,989.37. As Round Rock has a 60.76% ownership stake in BCRWWS, the $195,411.03 dierence will be split among the other three cities based on share of ownership. Under this contract, K. Friese &

WILLIAMSON COUNTY O cials unanimously approved increasing the budget allowance for rent for area nonprot Opportunities for William- son & Burnet Counties at an Aug. 16 Commissioners Court meeting. Williamson County will increase the contribution to Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties by 15% to $100,000 in scal year 2022-23. “[Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties] served 189,678 meals in Williamson County, so we are deeply appreciative of what they are doing for our local community,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said. OWBC Executive Director Marco Cruz said the organization will spend the extra savings on food. He added the nonprot attempts to meet any annual budgetary short- falls through donations from cities and fundraisers.

Total cost: $497,989.37 $302,578.34 Round Rock cost (60.76% share)




Downtown Round Rock’s Prete Plaza is closed through Oct. 4

Council proposes property tax rate for new scal year

of $0.326408. The rate is $0.055 lower than the tax rate ratied in 2021, but rising property valuation means tax bills will not decrease in some cases. However, most homeowners with homestead exemptions will likely see a decrease in their tax bill, according to city sta. The $0.016 increase will provide additional funding for public safety with $0.006 per $100 of valuation as well as a $0.01 debt service rate that will contribute to the new Round Rock Public Library. A second hearing for the resolution to adopt the budget and ratify the proposed tax rate is set for Sept. 8.

$195,411.03 To be paid by other partner cities (Austin, Cedar Park and Leander)


In February, Round Rock City Council approved a $68,111 contract for the structure that will be 20 feet wide, 47 feet long and 10 feet high once completed. The contract for design, materials and installation was awarded to The Playwell Group Inc. This contrac- tor previously provided the city of Round Rock structures and amenities for projects, including the Lake Creek Park Pavilion, Play for all Park and Rabb Park.


ROUND ROCK Sharon Prete Plaza, located at 221 E. Main St., Round Rock, in front of City Hall, will be closed to the public Aug. 22-Oct. 4 to facilitate the con- struction of a stage covering. According to the city, all plaza amenities, including the splash pad, will be inaccessible during this time. Prete Plaza is home to the city’s Music on Main concert series as well as many other local events.


ROUND ROCK Ocials approved the rst reading of a resolution setting the proposed tax rate for scal year 2022-23 as well as dates for a public hearing and ocial adoption of the tax rate at its Aug. 25 meeting. The proposed FY 2022-23 budget approved that night includes a pro- posed maximum tax rate of $0.342, exceeding the no-new-revenue rate

Associates will collect data from the whole system, perform a hydraulic model and capacity analysis for the regional system, and develop a long-range plan for treatment and collection systems. The wastewater plan contract will be paid out of the city’s Regional Wastewater Projects fund.


ROUND ROCK 201 University Oaks Blvd 512-341-9066 GEORGETOWN 1013 W University Ave 512-868-6696 CEDAR PARK 13530 Ronald Regan Blvd 512-986-7681

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