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A unique public library, more parking, new housing developments and upgraded green spaces are all on the table in downtown Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper) ROUND ROCK

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A 30-acre development already underway will extend Pugerville’s downtown area east and bring a new City Hall and other city facilities. (Brian Rash/ Community Impact Newspaper) PFLUGERVILLE

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Hutto’s Co-Op District is picking up steam with new businesses coming, and a connection between the new development and the city’s historic downtown will help revamp the area. (Carson Ganong/ Community Impact Newspaper) HUTTO INSIDE

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COMING SOON 5 A Cold Stone Creamery location will open in Round Rock at 110 N. I-35, Ste. 135, by early May at the latest, according to a company representative. Cold Stone Creamery has prepared ice cream des- serts on a frozen granite stone in all of its locations for more than 30 years. www.coldstonecreamery.com 6 A third Round Rock location of Dutch Bros Coffee is in early planning stages, according to city and company represen- tatives. A target opening date is not yet set, but the location could open in 2023, according to a company representative. Plans for the site include a 950-square- foot structure at 2630 S. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. www.dutchbros.com 7 Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers will open a Round Rock location in June at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 395, ac- cording to a company representative. The new location will offer patients a holistic, whole-body approach to customized care plans. www.fyzical.com 8 The opening of Hoots Wings at 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 125, Round Rock is delayed from a planned March opening, with a new target date yet to be announced. The family-friendly Hooters spinoff franchise borrows its menu from its parent restaurant, offer- ing dine-in, takeout, an outdoor patio and delivery options to its customers.

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1 The Bar Louie location at 270 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock, opened April 15. The menu includes burgers, pasta, seafood, cocktails and beer. The first Bar Louie opened in Addison, Texas, in 1990. 512-957-8660. www.barlouie.com 2 Hometown Gift & Decor , a local bou- tique owned by Jessica Duarte, Amber Markee and Celise Ketch occupying the historic D.B. Gregg house in downtown Round Rock, held a grand opening April 9. Located at 400 E. Main St., the shop offers home decor and gifts. 512-243- 5847. www.shophometowntx.com 3 The Life Academy at Brushy Creek began offering child care services and private education in west Round Rock on March 3 at 3620 Hillside Drive. Classical and faith-based education; before- and after-school care for public school students; and holiday and summer camps are among the private school’s offerings. 512-757-1059. www.lifeacademyorg.com 4 A temporary Ralph Lauren Children’s pop-up shop opened at the Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 N. I-35, Ste. 807, March 21. The shop is open through July, according to the company. 512-864-1971. www.premiumoutlets.com

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NAME CHANGES 11 Impact Chiropractic, located at 2681 Gattis School Road, Ste. 140, Round Rock, changed its name to Curis Functional Health in early March. Curis Function- al Health offers both chiropractic and functional health services, such as mental health and nutrition. 512-726-2120. www.gocuris.com/round-rock-texas NEWOWNERSHIP 12 The Tiemann Art Gallery and frame shop at 1706 N. Mays St., Round Rock, is seeking a new owner, according to a March 31 announcement. Anyone interested should contact owner Carrie Tiemann via phone. Tiemann stated in the announcement that she is looking

Renovation of the building where Hoots will go began August 2021. www.hootswings.com 9 Hutto-based barbershop Thig’s Dia- mond Kutz will open a second location May 25 following delays from a planned March opening. The new location is at 302 W. Main St., Ste. 102, Round Rock. 512-210-2456. Facebook: Thig’s Diamond Kutz 10 The Round Rock Via 313 location coming to 2111 N I-35, Ste. 380, will open in July, according to a company repre- sentative. The restaurant, which opened in Downtown Austin in 2011, will be the company’s fourth brick-and-mortar shop. Via 313 specializes in Detroit-style pies, has a full bar and serves pizza, salads, appetizers and desserts. www.via313.com

to maintain the frame shop inside the gallery. 512-551-9774. https://tagroundrock.com RENOVATIONS 13 In the first week of April, the Planet Fitness gym located at 200 W. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, kicked off a $750,000 renovation, including new locker rooms, bathrooms and an upgraded Planet Fitness Black Card area, according to a company representative. 512-993-2944. www.planetfitness.com IN THE NEWS 14 The Clay Madsen Recreation Center located at 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, reopened with limited ame-

nities April 4 amid ongoing repairs after a tornado damaged the facility. Amenities at the recreation center include gym courts, a pool, racquetball courts, an outdoor fitness area, a game room and group exercise spaces. 512-218-3220. www.roundrocktexas.gov 15 IKEA announced its buyback program, introduced in late 2021, would become permanent at 37 of its U.S. stores, including the Round Rock location at 1 IKEA Way, effective April 1. As part of the program, customers can take some gently used items back to the retailer for store credit. Most textiles, baby items, small kitchen appliances and mattresses will not qualify. A complete list of items that do not qualify is available on the company’s website. 888-888-4532. www.ikea.com

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512-354-3417. www.wellsfargo.com COMING SOON 3 A Billiard Factory location within Stone Hill Town Center at 19116 Lime- stone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville, should be open by May, according to store manager Dominic Sperazza. Billiard Factory sells pool tables and accessories as well as game room furniture, foosball tables, board games, arcade games and bar accessories. 512-271-7000. www.billiardfactory.com 4 A HerKare clinic is coming to 1509 Town Center Drive, Pflugerville, by early summer, according to a representative. The clinic will operate alongside an exist- ing Low T Center. HerKare is a women’s health clinic that specializes in hormone replacement therapy and overall well- ness. www.herkare.com 5 La Quinta Inn & Suites and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndam , a joint hotel located at 1408 Town Center Drive, Bldg. 1, Pflugerville, will be open by May 16, ac- cording to a hotel representative. When open, the hotels will feature an outdoor pool, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. 800-753-3757. www.wyndamhotels.com RELOCATIONS 6 Whole Life Priorities reopened at a new address at 203 W. Main St., Ste. D, Pflugerville, on March 23. Whole Life

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Priorities, which formerly operated at 821 Grand Avenue Parkway, Bldg. 1, Ste. 102, Pflugerville, offers mental health first aid, marriage seminars and retreats, counseling, health coaching and consult- ing among its services. 512-831-7676. www.wholelifepriorities.com IN THE NEWS 7 H2 Health acquired Austin-based Endeavor Physical Therapy on March 1. Endeavor has a dozen facilities across Central Texas, including locations in Bee Cave, Cedar Park and Pflugerville at 1601 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Bldg. 1, Ste. 1202. H2 Health now owns and operates 132 clinic locations nationwide. Endeavor founder Enrique Hazel said the partnership helps the business expand its footprint in Central Texas. 512-955-5257. www.endeavorrehab.com

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Little Italy website. Owner Robert Griffin said his pizzas are made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. https://littleitalybrickovenpizza.net 2 A Wells Fargo branch, located at 1608 Town Center Drive, Ste. 650, Pflugerville, in Stone Hill Town Center opened Feb. 14. Wells Fargo offers several services for personal, commercial, corporate and in- vestment banking as well as wealth man- agement and small-business assistance.

1 Little Italy Brick Oven Pizza opened March 18 in an ice cream cone-shaped building at 2700 W. Pecan St., Ste. 950, Pflugerville. The pizzeria serves whole pies or pizza by the slice, and online or- dering for pickup or delivery is available through various apps featured on the

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rant featuring to-go daiquiris, is coming to 117 East St., Ste. 150, Hutto. The menu will include specialty daiquiris, sandwich- es, CBD drinks and nonalcoholic slushies. Patrons will be able to take their orders to go or sit down in the restaurant’s patio area. Owner Roshon Alfred said Frosties is aiming for a mid-June opening. Facebook: Frosties 2 Go 4 Construction is underway on a second location for Austin staple Top Notch Hamburgers . Located across from Southside Market & Barbeque in The Co- Op District, Hutto’s 35-acre mixed-use development, the restaurant is expected to open late this summer, according to a press release. The original Top Notch opened in Austin in 1971, and the new Hutto location represents its first ex- pansion, owner Kelly Chappell said in the release. The new Top Notch in Hutto will

retain the Austin location’s original drive- up ordering system and menu, which includes burgers, fried chicken and onion rings. www.topnotchaustin.com RELOCATIONS 5 Design and build company Blue Dia- mond Remodeling Inc. relocated to 247 Benelli Drive, Hutto, from Provident Lane in Round Rock on April 1. Staff at Blue Dia- mond work on residential and commercial remodeling and expansion projects. Edgar Janjutyan, marketing manager for Blue Diamond Inc., said the company is part of MRucker Industries, which contains Blue Diamond MEP, Blue Diamond Millworks and Exotic Stoneworks. All four businesses are now based out of the new location in Hutto, Janjutyan said. 512-371-1888. www.bluediamondremodeling.com

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HUTTO NOWOPEN 1 Locally owned East Street Tattoo opened in early April at 117 East St., Hutto. Owners Daniel Homann and Kendall Ramsey specialize in a variety of styles, ranging from American traditional to fine line black and gray. 512-642-3300. Instagram: East Street Tattoo Parlor

2 After opening in Round Rock in August, design-centric marketing agency Forty4 Design reopened in Hutto on March 1. Located at 623 W. Front St., Ste. 1000, Forty4 Design provides user experience and digital marketing services to businesses of all sizes. 512-642-6038. https://forty4.design COMING SOON 3 Frosties , a new locally owned restau-

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will read books and sing songs before taking a walk through the Heritage Park trail. 4-4:30 p.m. Free. Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6375. www.pugervilletx.gov 21 SHOP AT A LOCALMARKET DAY Local vendors, artisans and community groups will set up shop and display their high end crafts and products in downtown Hutto for the second Hutto Market Days. The event, from the same organizer as Round Rock Market Days, began in April and takes place on the third Saturday of each month. Hutto Market Days is pet- and kid-friendly, with an array of cafes and food trucks in Historic Downtown Hutto. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 200 East St., Hutto. 512-924-2327. Facebook: Hutto Market Days 26 HAVE ANIGHT OF BOARD GAME FUN The city of Pugerville is hosting a board game night at the Pugerville Recreation Center. Games range from family and party style to intense strategy. All ages are welcome to attend, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 5-8 p.m. Free. Pugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6363. www.pugervilletx.gov

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Indie-folk group American Dreamer will play the rst show in Pugerville’s Music in the Park series for 2022. The outdoor concert takes place at Puger Park and showcases a variety of live bands on select Friday nights. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Puger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pugerville. 512-990-6113. parks.pugervilletx.gov

Hutto’s Sunset Block Party Bash will feature kids’ activities, craft vendors and food trucks as well as live performances from Southern rock groups The Seless Lovers and American Gypsy Band. The event will also include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day. 6-9 p.m. Free. Fritz Park, 306 E. Live Oak St., Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov

MAY 06 TAKEMOMTOADANCE The city of Hutto will host a Cowboys & Moms date night that includes all mother gures at Adam Orgain Park. The event includes live entertainment, a petting zoo, hayrides, refreshments and a craft drink for Mom. Western attire is not required, but preregistration is. 6:30-

8:30 p.m. $10 per person. Adam Orgain Park, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov/recreation 07 WATCHAMOVIE AT THE LIBRARY The Pugerville Public Library is hosting a screening of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Snacks and water will be provided while supplies last, and registration is required online. Children

under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Pugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Puger St., Pugerville. 512-990-6375. http:// library.pugervilletx.gov 10 TAKE THE KIDS TOAN OUTDOOR STORYWALK The city of Pugerville is hosting an outdoor storytime event on the lawn of the Heritage House Museum. Attendees

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the city look into alternate funding sources, such as Texas Department of Transportation grants to help fund the project. The project will return to council as an action item at an upcoming meeting. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding sources: city of Hutto, William- son County

Benton presented an update on the project to Hutto City Council on April 7. He recommended the city resume design work on the suspended project. According to Benton, William- son County is conducting design work on its portion of the project with no estimate on when it may begin construction. Benton said some previous project designs may need revising, as they centered around the then-planned Perfect Game development, which has since selected Cedar Park for its location. Council took no action regarding the project on April 7, but several council members agreed with Benton’s assessment that the project should be a priority for the city. “It’s probably going to be the most expensive non-water-wastewater project we’re going to have in the city for the near future, but we need to gure out how to get it done,” Mayor

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between the city and Williamson County, would create a new arterial roadway largely along existing CR 132 and CR 133. The city is responsible for design and construction on the central stretch of the road between Limmer Loop and CR 199, while the sections to the north and south fall under the county’s purview. When completed, the roadway would act as a connector between the city’s northern and southern regions, similar to FM 1660 to the west. The road would run adjacent to several existing and future develop- ment sites, including the approxi- mately 1,400-acre megasite. “This is a very important project for Hutto for a number of reasons,” said Wade Benton, the city’s interim public works and engineering director. “It’s kind of at the core of the

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FM 685 intersection upgrades The city of Pugerville conducted an online survey in April to gather public input on proposed improvements at Copper Mine Drive and FM 685, and Pugerville Parkway and FM 685. Proposed improvements include new turn lanes, driveways and sidewalks throughout the two intersections. Pugerville City Council will discuss the improvements at an upcoming meeting. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: city of Pugerville

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WORK BEGINS ONAPARTMENTS NEAR CROSSING AT PALMVALLEY BOULEVARD DEVELOPMENT Crews began work in February on a development anticipated to bring a minimum of 420 units of housing to the intersection of A.W. Grimes Boulevard and Palm Valley Boulevard. Though construction is beginning, a representative for site developer Weitzman Group said a completion date has not yet been set. City documents state the 14-acre development will have a minimum of 30 multifamily units per acre and bring balconies, garage parking, open space and landscaping. Ocials rezoned the site from commercial to a planned unit development, or PUD, in 2021, but some adjacent lots in the PUD with street frontage remain available for commercial use. As part of the PUD agreement, the city of Round Rock will construct a 30-foot-wide road along the property’s eastern boundary, connecting it to existing access to Palm Valley Boulevard.

COUNCIL REZONES 40ACRES FOR SABEY DATA CENTERS PROJECT IN FORMER SEARS BUILDING City ocials rezoned just under 39.71 acres in Round Rock to allow for a data center to be built where a former Sears regional oce now stands. Sabey Data Centers entered into an economic development agreement with the city of Round Rock in February. As part of the agreement, SDC will demolish the existing structure and construct its data center on the property. The agreement stipulates SDC must bring 20 primary jobs to the city within ve years and make $185 million in real property improvements. SDC will also invest $5 million in business personal property at its 1300 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock oce. Responding to concerns from Place 6 Council Member Hilda Montgomery, Planning and Development Services Director Brad Wiseman said SDC also plans to construct an electrical substation. “The additional electrical capacity is needed for the general area, but also for the data center,” Wiseman said. “I think that solves two issues from the electrical standpoint.” Site plans for the data center state that up to two separate buildings may be built at maximum heights of 110 feet. The plans also include a right-of-way reservation for an extension of Bryant Drive to connect the two existing parts of that roadway.

HUTTODESIGNATES 390ACRE TRACT FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE A 390-acre tract of land near Hutto’s eastern edge, known as the Waymaker Stromberg Tract, is now planned for commercial and residential use. At an April 7 meeting, Hutto City Council approved an amendment to the city’s future land-use map, changing the tract’s designation from agricultural/ open space to mid-density residential/commercial. Materials from landowner Waymaker Ventures LLC indicate plans to use the land for a mix of single- family, commercial and mixed-use development. Preliminary plans also include park space and a potential school site. However, these are still very early plans and are subject to change, Development Services Director Ashley Lumpkin said. According to Lumpkin, the future land-use map amendment is only the rst step toward developing the Waymaker Stromberg Tract. “We’re on about A out of the alphabet on what this development will have to go through,” Lumpkin said.

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OFFICIALS APPROVE ZONING FOR 31ACRE HUTTO LANDING DEVELOPMENT A 31-acre multifamily residential development near Exchange Boule- vard is one step closer to coming to fruition following action by Hutto City Council. Council approved planned unit de- velopment zoning for Hutto Landing at an April 7 meeting. PUD zoning allows for adjustments to the development requirements included with standard zoning, according to the city. In the case of Hutto Landing, Maver- ick Development requested a change to the usual landscape requirements for multifamily developments,

However, the land was already zoned for multifamily use—the zoning approved April 7 only changed land- scape requirements. Additionally, Brown said the develop- ment will utilize trees and strategi- cally distanced apartment buildings to preserve the privacy of neighbor- ing homes. Kimley-Horn commissioned a sight line study to ensure Hutto Landing residents living on upper oors would not have a view into nearby homes or yards. Council approved the rezoning a second and nal time at its April 21 meeting.

specically regarding the required density of trees. According to Amanda Brown, a representative of design rm Kimley-Horn, the usual requirement for tree density would conict with Hutto Landing’s planned layout, inhibiting the health of the trees and the capacity for open space. “One of the priorities of our devel- opment is to provide some mean- ingful open space—kind of cleared space where people can go throw a ball—and that’s not possible with the current tree planting requirements,” Brown said. The city received several letters from citizens in opposition to the rezoning, mostly opposing the devel- opment on the grounds that it would bring multifamily housing next to existing single-family housing.

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A new active adult community, Jovie Pugerville, will open this fall at 1305 E. Wells Branch Parkway, Pugerville. Construction on the 182-unit community is expect- ed to be complete in October, according to Jovie Pugerville Community Manager Rosalee Rahm. Jovie Pugerville’s one- and two-bedroom units will rent starting at around $1,856 per month, Rahm said. The community will oer a variety of amenities, events and classes catered to residents age 55 and older.

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HUTTO ISDACCEPTS APPLICATION FOR AGREEMENT ON POTENTIAL $2.4 BILLION APPLIEDMATERIALS PROJECT Applied Materials, a California-based company that provides supplies and services to semiconductor manufacturers, may bring a $2.4 billion research and development laboratory to Hutto. At a March 31 meeting, the Hutto ISD board of trustees accepted an application for a tax incentive agreement in connection with the project. Sara Leon, an attorney for HISD, said accepting the application was only the rst step in a longer review process that will last several months. Neither the project nor the agreement are nal at this time. “We’ll be coming back as this progresses along—or

doesn’t—and see where we’re at,” board President Billie Logiudice said. Leon said Applied Materials would invest approximately $2.4 billion in Hutto in connection with the project. The proposed value limitation agreement would require Applied Materials to invest the rst $80 million within a certain time period, after which the project’s valuation for HISD maintenance and operation taxes would be capped at $80 million for a further period of time. Attorneys for the district and Applied Materials will nego- tiate more precise terms as a part of the review process, according to Leon. Applied Materials is already in Austin, but it is not clear if a deal would mean the company would add a new facility or relocate. District ocials also could not conrm a location for the project but said more information will be made available soon.

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EDUCATION Pflugerville ISD facing financial woes due to property values

A GROWING TAX BASE Rising values of new and existing properties mean Pflugerville ISD collects more taxes each year. From 2011 to 2021, the district saw an approximately 131% increase in tax revenue collected.

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Recapture When a school district reaches a certain threshold of property value per student, it enters what is called recapture, according to PfISD Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Land. When in recapture, rather than receiving money from the state, a dis- trict must send its excess tax revenue to the state. Money sent to the state via recap- ture is purportedly used to assist less property-wealthy school districts, earning the program the nickname “Robin Hood,” according to the Texas Education Agency. Land said PfISD is what is called a “gap district,” a district that is considered property wealthy but does not quite meet the requirements for recapture. She said she expects PfISD to enter recapture within the next two to five years. Land said it is difficult to predict the precise impact entering recapture would have, but the state would likely take between 2%-10% of the district’s tax revenue. “If we look 20-30 years out, I think … over half of the school districts in Texas would be in recapture if nothing changes,” Land said. Killian identified two potential sources of relief for the district. The first is through a voter approval tax ratification election, or VATRE. A VATRE would allow the district to convert some of its tax revenue to maintenance and operations tax, which is not subject to recapture. According to Killian, however, a more lasting solution will have to take place at the state level. Killian said he would like to see an increase in the amount of funding per student a district is allowed to raise before going into recapture as well as a change to determine the allotment based on enrollment instead of attendance. Attendance has diminished over the last two years because of COVID-19, and Killian said the district is taking a financial hit for encouraging sick students to stay home. “The system is very antiquated,” Killian said. “Especially in light of a pandemic, it doesn’t work.”

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With local property values on the rise and more development coming by the day, Pflugerville ISD’s tax base is larger than ever—but officials said the district may not be better off finan- cially because of it. According to the Travis County Appraisal District, the median taxable value of a home in Pflugerville ISD went up from $257,557 in 2021 to $287,944 in 2022, an 11.8% increase. However, PfISD Superintendent Doug Killian said the rising property values have created more problems for the district than they have solved. “[High property values have] exactly the opposite effect of what you’d think for our school finance,” Killian said. “The more property wealthy we are, the less state aid we receive—we just collect more of it local.” This is because of the way school finances work in Texas: Each district is allocated a set amount of funding based primarily on its attendance, and the state provides funding to make up the difference after property tax revenue. Since PfISD’s enrollment is not increasing at the same rate as its prop- erty values, Killian said the district does not have much more money to work with than it did before—it just has to cover more expenditures using its own property taxes. “If we don’t see a large number of students as well, …we won’t get any wealthier,” Killian said. “We won’t have any extra money to do pay raises or anything.” Several other factors present financial challenges for the district as well, including ongoing staffing shortages, the failure of its tax ratifi- cation election last November and the general financial stresses that come with inflation. All those factors together account for the nearly $10 million shortfall projected in the district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, he said. However, Killian said if the trend of property value growth outpacing enrollment growth continues, the district is headed toward another challenge: recapture.

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Terms to know

Many factors play a role in school finance. Officials at Pflugerville ISD say the district is facing a financial situation that could put it into recapture. Here are a few key terms to know: • Basic allotment: The amount of money per student a district is allowed to raise. For districts that do not raise their full allotment via property taxes, the state makes up the difference. The allotment for districts is $6,160 for each student in average daily attendance.

• Average daily attendance: A district’s attendance is used to determine its funding cap. It is equal to the sum of attendance counts divided by days of instruction. • Recapture: Chapter 49 of the Texas Education Code, also known as “Robin Hood,” states when a district raises more property taxes than its allotment, the state takes the excess revenue to fund other districts. • Tax ratification election: An election a school district must hold to raise its tax rate above the voter-approval rate.

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

RISING PROPERTY VALUES Both the median market value, or the estimated price a home can sell for, and the median taxable value, or the value at which property owners pay taxes, in Travis County has steadily increased over the last several years. Median market value of a home in Travis County Median taxable value

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