Northwest Austin Edition | May 2021

QUOTE OF NOTE

UTILITY SAVINGS PfISD is looking into a utility conservation program that may save millions of dollars.

MEETINGSWE COVER Austin City Council meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-974-2250. www.austintexas. TEXAS Public school districts, counties, cities, public health authorities and government officials cannot require people to wear masks after June 4, following a May 18 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Current mask- wearing guidelines may remain in place through June 4. HIGHLIGHTS AUSTIN A federal judge in early May struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions, which previously were scheduled to be in place through June 30. Neither Travis County’s nor the city of Austin’s orders will be affected by the ruling, according to representatives from the county and the mayor’s office. AUSTIN Following the passage of Proposition B, city staff on May 18 presented council with a list of more than 40 city-owned parks, utility facilities and other properties that could house designated encampments for people experiencing homelessness. WILLIAMSONCOUNTY Alvin Lankford, the chief appraiser of the Williamson Central Appraisal District, said the county is expected to experience a $14.6 billion year-over-year increase in taxable property value, a 19% jump. In 2020, the year-over-year increase was $4.59 billion from the year prior. “WE DIDHEAR FROMA LOT OF FOLKS INOUR COMMUNITY ... THAT THERE IS A LOWLEVEL OF TRUST INAPD. IT’S JUST NOTWHEREWEWANT IT TOBE ANDWHERE IT SHOULDBE TOKEEPOUR COMMUNITY SAFE.” ALISON ALTER, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 10 gov/department/city-council Travis County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org

TOTAL: $2,433,000 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 SOURCE: CENERGISTIC/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER $367,600 $491,600 $513,600 $530,600 $529,600

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Facing budget issues, district exploring new utilities program

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PFLUGERVILLE ISD District officials are looking into a pro- gram that they hope will help the district save millions on energy utility costs. A representative from Cen- ergistic, a Dallas-based energy consumption consultancy, on May 6 told the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees that the district could save more than $2 million in utility costs in the next five years. “We go after waste and energy consumption based off behavior methods and usage methods,” Cenergistic Regional Vice President Doug Bilyeu said. According to Bilyeu’s presenta- tion, the district can accumulate savings through establishing con- servation behaviors districtwide and tracking real-time utility data from across its facilities. The plan includes some cost-saving measures, such as shutting off utilities in sections of buildings that are not occupied and finding ways to conserve energy through- out campus kitchens. According to projections from Cenergistic, PfISD would save $367,600 in energy cost savings under the first year of its conser- vation program. Over a five-year plan, PfISD would see a total net savings of $2.43 million to its energy budget. Trustee Brian Allen said that amount of money equates to eight or nine teacher salaries for the district.

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Vaccination Options in AUSTIN

Online Appointment Scheduling covid19.austintexas.gov Phone Scheduling

Call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000 and leave your name and phone number. APH will call you back to schedule an appointment. Walk-Up (No Appointment) Clinics* Delco Activity Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr Southeast Library 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd Little Walnut Creek Library 835 W Rundberg Ln For walk-up (no appointment) clinic days & hours, see the upcoming events on austintexas.gov/COVID-19 or call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000. Mobile Vaccination Program If you are homebound, call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000, leave your name and phone number, and APH will schedule a visit for you, your caregivers and household. Other Providers Visit VaccineFinder.org for other vaccine providers and availability near you.

Information subject to change. Published 5/4/21

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