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October 2, 2015

City Council set tax rate at $.5405 per $100 and adopt budget
At the September 29, 2015 City Council Meeting, the Pflugerville City Council set a property tax rate of $.5405 and adopted the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.

The City Council adopted the rollback rate which is a truth in taxation term for a calculation based on current home values and represents 8% more than the property tax received for operations and maintenance in the previous year. The tax rate of $.5405 is an increase of $.0069 from the fiscal year 2014-2015 tax rate of $.5336.  

"The City Council has worked to lower the tax rate more than 10.5 cents per $100 over the last 11 consecutive years, and we are proud to have offered savings to our residents,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. "Last year when the voters approved $53 million in bonds to improve parks and roads, we told them it would likely increase their property tax rate by two cents. Tonight's vote has shown that even with conservative budgeting there was a need for additional revenue, and therefore a property tax rate increase was appropriate.”

The new tax rate adds an additional $12.94 to the property tax bill for a home valued at $187,672, the average Pflugerville home value.

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:
The total fiscal budget for expenses totals $114,309,432.
$28,183,456 for the General Fund
$7,396,628 for Debt Service Fund
$28,802,658 for the Capital Improvements Fund 
$49,926,690 for the Utility Fund 

The budget includes funding for several new positions, technology and software purchases, water utility system upgrades and more. View the full budget at www.pflugervilletx.gov/finance.
 
National Night Out is Tuesday
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The city is excited as 102 parties are coordinated and registered with the City of Pflugerville for National Night Out (as of October 2). The record is 105, so there's still time to register your party with the Police Department.

Last year Pflugerville had 84 registered parties. The Pflugerville City Council join the Pflugerville Police in visiting several neighborhood parties citywide. The goal of National Night Out is to help prevent crime and encourage neighbors to know each other. Is there a party in your neighborhood? Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno for more details.


Get your chili cook team signed up before it's too late!
chili eatingIt’s October, and slots for the Chili Pfest Cook-Off Contest on Saturday, October 17, are nearly pfull and the early-bird registration rate expires on Friday, October 2. Apply today.

Register your team to compete in Pflugerville's largest chili cookoff at the early-bird rate of $40 for a single booth space. Save $20 if you register and pay online by 5 p.m. today.

Final team registration deadline is Sunday, October 11 – unless all spots fill before that date! Don’t delay – pfind that pfavorite chili recipe, pfind a pfew pfriends who want to cook, have pfun and enter a team!

In addition to chili, you'll want to come to the Chili Pfest to enjoy the jalapeno pepper eating contest, Heat Wave Car Show, shoppers village and live music from Scottish Thunder starting at noon. For more details visit www.pflugervillepfallchilipfest.com  or call 512-990-6113.

Enjoy Harvest Fest at the Heritage House
heritage houseBring the family out to Heritage House on Sunday for a tour of the historic museum and a celebration of Pflugerville's Heritage.  The museum hosts a Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. with live accordion music, fall photo opportunities and food for sale including bratwurst. Come see the new improvements to the museum: new floors, screens and updated porch. Enjoy your visit. pflugervilletx.gov/heritagehouse.

Pflugerville’s Seniors take pfield trips across Central Texas and beyond
toyota1The seniors group from the Pflugerville Recreation Center is traveling all across central Texas with recent field trips to the Dripping Springs Vodka Distillery. Pfun Adults Dining Out (PfADO) went to Kreuz, Blacks and Smitty’s in Lockhart this week to try some of the best BBQ around.

On Thursday, October 1, the seniors group visited and toured the Texas Toyota Plant where they are pictured here with the very first Tundra off the Texas line in 2006. Want to join in the pfun? Monday a group is going to Giddings for the Lone Star Country Opry! New overnight trips are currently scheduled for Palo Duro Canyon –Amarillo from November 11- 14 and a trip to ICE! Lone Star Christmas & Vintage Wine Train Grapevine December 10-11. 

Don’t miss out on all the travel pfun! Visit www.pfseniors.com and pfind your next pfield trip. 
 
Enjoy national vegetarian month with a trip to the Pfarmer's Market
marketYes, October is national vegetarian month and the Pflugerville Pfarmer's Market is a great place to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meats, jams, jelly and more. The Pfarmer's Market runs weekly through October 27. The market will return November 3 and 17 and December 1 and 15 for Festive Markets for the holidays. Hurry to the market this Tuesday to catch one of the final weeks of the season! Tuesdays from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket


International Walk and Bike to School day October 7 
walk and bike to school dayOften in the hustle and bustle of our morning schedules, we scurry out the door, drop the kids off at school and go on our way. During the month of October, the City of Pflugerville and Pflugerville Independent School District encourage you to take a day and see how easy and fun it is to slow down and walk or bike with your child to school.  Communities are using the walk or bike to school day as the first step to change community culture and create environments where walking and biking to school are daily activities.  Not only is it good exercise, but walking or biking to school improves air quality and the environment and reduces traffic congestion around schools. 

The Pflugerville Police Department's new Pfreeze Pflugerville initiative is underway with officers giving students "tickets" for a pfree pfrosty when they are seen using the crosswalk properly. A reminder: Walk your bike when on a crosswalk and you might earn a ticket.

What's Happening
Pfennig Lane water utility project work; Project duration: 10-12 weeks
Temporary closure and flagging operation of one travel lane of Pfennig Lane (between Railroad Avenue and Justice Center Drive) is anticipated during weekday business hours to allow for construction of a water line as part of the Pfennig Lane and Pflugerville Parkway Water Transmission project.

In the event of such a lane closure, minor traffic delays during business hours should be expected.  The construction along Pfennig is anticipated to last up to 12 weeks (weather permitting). Since Pfennig Lane is a two-lane road, drivers should watch for traffic delays or consider an alternate route along Pflugerville Parkway.

Pfamily Pfestival and Expo - 
Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual expo on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls. Be sure to visit the city booth! The event includes merchant booths, live music and public safety displays. pfchamber.com.

Voter registration deadline October 5; Registrarse para votar el 5 de Octubre -  If you want to vote in the November election, make sure you are registered by October 5, 2015. If you have recently moved to Pflugerville or need to register, visit this site for more information. http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/you-must-register-by

The city of Pflugerville has two bonds for voters to decide in the November election: one to widen Weiss Lane and one for a new Animal Shelter. For more information visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds. 

Si quieres votar en las elecciones de noviembre, asegúrese de que está registrado el 5 de octubre de 2015. Si usted se ha mudado recientemente a Pflugerville o necesidad de registrarse, visite este sitio para más información. 

La ciudad de Pflugerville tiene dos proposiciones en la boleta electoral: un enlace de transporte para Weiss Lane y uno para un nuevorefugio Pflugerville Animal. www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds.

Hear the beep where you sleep: A reminder from Travis County ESD #2, Pflugerville Pfire that every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. http://www/pflugervillefire.org.

Register for fall classes with Pflugerville Recreation Center
pflugervilletx.gov/classes

This Week
Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other
Online City Event Calendar 

Saturday 10/3: 17th Annual Pfamily Pfestival & Expo (O); Story Time (L); Paws & Read (L)
Sunday 10/4: Heritage House Harvest Fest (P&R)
Monday 10/5:  Baby Time for Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Time for Babies 12 to 18 months old (L); Homeschool Teens: Video Games (L); Paws & Read (L); Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting (B&C)
Tuesday 10/6:  National Night Out (PD); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time (L); Home School Kids tweens (L); Homeschool Kids (Ages 5 – 8) (L); Lego Club (L); Awesome Occupations: Paleontology (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R);
Wednesday 10/7: Kawaii Club (L); Pfnitters (L)
Thursday 10/8: Adult Craft Night – Fall Wreaths (L); Story Time (L); Kids Club Ages 5 to 8 (L)

SAVE THE DATE
October 10 Fire Department celebrates 60 years - The Fire Department hosts its 60th Anniversary celebration with a BBQ dinner, casino and silent auction from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Pfluger Hall. Visit www.firstinpfoundation.org for more details and to get tickets. 

October 17 Chili Pfest - It is time to get ready for the Pfall Chili Pfest! Get your team's recipe together now and plan to participate in the fun. Visit pflugervilletx.gov/chili for details. 

November 21 Pfall Pfest - Come ready to shop for your holiday gifts from arts and craft vendors, jewelry and more at this juried show at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfallpfest.