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October 7, 2016

Tax rate calculator lets you see the impact of your taxes
City Council adopted a tax rate of .5399 at the last City Council meeting. What does that mean for your tax bill?confirmrates

The city's rate only affects about 20% of the tax bill that you pay. The rest of your bill goes to schools, the County, the healthcare district and Emergency Services District #2 fire and EMS. If you want to see what the city's budget means for your home, the city has created an online tax rate calculator to allow you to enter your home value, your county (Travis or Williamson) and automatically see where your money is going. 

In the graphic above, the average Pflugerville home valued at $206,287 located in Travis County, would have a total bill of $5593. The city receives $1115 of that total with $860 to Travis County, $198 to Travis County ESD #2, $3177 to Pflugerville Independent School District and $243 to Travis County Healthcare District $243.  The pie chart provides a visualization of where taxes go. 

For city services including police, roads and utilities, parks, special events and the library, the average Pflugerville home only pays $92.91 a month! What a deal. Watch this video to explain how your tax rate is calculated. 

Come dressed up as your pfavorite Star Wars character for Star Wars Reads Day 
Celebrate the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day at the Pflugerville Public Library on Saturday, October 8. Enjoy crafts and games for all ages, including do it yourself light sabers, BB-8 magnets, video games, a sewing craft and more. Plus, take a photo with a Stormtrooper. All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged.

Schedule of activities:
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Star Wars Story Time
1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Crafts and games
3:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening (Rated PG-13, (c) Disney Pictures).


Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace All Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
Does your home have smoke alarms? Hopefully the answer is yes! At a minimum, you should have one in every bedroom, as well as the common area (usually a hallway or living area) just outside of each bedroom, and at least one on each level of your home. smallerfiregraphic

But do you know how OLD your smoke alarms are? Like most Americans, many Pflugerville residents do not know how old the smoke alarms are in their homes, and they don’t know how often they need to be replaced. Smoke alarms are not designed to work reliably after 10 years from the date they were made, even if they are hard-wired and regardless of battery type. The life-saving message for National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-16, 2016 is, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace All Smoke Alarms Every 10 years.” 

The bottom line is that your family probably only has two minutes to escape a home fire with your lives. A working smoke alarm is your family’s best chance of surviving a fire, especially if it starts while you are sleeping. If the small stamp/sticker says 2006 or earlier, it’s time to get a new smoke alarm right away. If it’s not 10 years old yet, make a note of when it will need to be replaced and put it back up on the wall/ceiling. 

To learn more about smoke alarms, please visit www.PflugervilleFire.org, choose the Prevention tab then Public Education, and click on Smoke Detector Safety.   

Take a SAT Practice Test Reading Section at the library
Find out what you need to study before you take the real SAT test. On Saturday, October 8, students in grades 10 through 12 can complete a free practice test for the new SAT Reading section at the Pflugerville Public Library. The practice test will start at 3:30 p.m. After everyone has completed the exam, questions will be reviewed and answered as a group. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit the library calendar to register. 

Can you solve the clues and escape the Teen Escape Room?
Find yourself inside a good mystery at the Library. Each team of 2 to 5 players will have up to 15 minutes to solve a series of riddles and clues and find the key to escape the room. Come as part of a team or be assigned to a team when you arrive. Board games will be available to play while teams wait for their turn. Onsite team registration begins at 1 p.m. at the Pflugerville Public Library on Saturday, October 8. Ages 12 through 18 are welcome to participate. 


What's Happening

Machine Embroidery demonstration and classes – Watch how free standing lace is made on Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. at the Pflugerville Library. The lace is embroidered on water soluble stabilizer and then the stabilizer is rinsed out, leaving a piece of lace. Anyone 18 and up may attend. Participants can take a hands-on machine embroidery class on Saturday, October 22 to make free standing lace. Registration for the class beings October 15. Visit the library calendar to register.

Learn the art of Paper Quilling - On Thursday, October 13 at the Pflugerville Public Library, adults can learn how to use a quilling tool to make various paper shapes. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Renew senior activity club memberships -  Senior Activity Club memberships expire on September 30, 2016. Renew or join with an annual membership starting on October 1 at the Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road. New members are always welcome. Fees are just $3 per year for residents or $5 per couple. Non-residents pay an annual fee of $5 per person or $7 per couple. Activities include classes, games and day trips and overnight excursions. For more information, call 512-990-6350 or view www.pfseniors.com.


This Week 

Friday 10/7: Tween Typing (L)’ Pflugerville Fire Department Art Contest 9/12-11/14 (O)
Saturday 10/8: Animal Shelter Volunteer Class (AS); Star Wars Read Day (L); Machine Embroidery Demo: Free-standing Lace (L); SAT Practice Test – Reading Section (L); Paws & Read (L); Teen escape room (L)
Sunday 10/9: Game On! Board Games (L)
Monday 10/10: Baby Time – Babies 3 to 12 months (L); Baby Times: Babies 12 to 18 months (L); Literacy Luau (L); Senior Crafternoon – Decorative Boxes (L); Pfab Lab Open House – Seniors (L); Paws & Read (L)
Tuesday 10/11: City Council Meeting (B&C); Pfarmers Market (P&R); Heritage House Museum Open (P&R); Bilingual (English & Spanish) Story Time for Everyone (L); Home School Teens (L); Home School Kids (Ages 5 to 8) – Survey & Graphing (L); Home School Tweens (L); Library Board Meeting (L)
Wednesday 10/12: Walk In Computer Help for Adults (L); Paperback Pirates (L); Library Board Meeting (L)
Thursday 10/13: Story Time (L); Kids Crafternoon (Ages 5 to 8) – Paper Jack-o-lantern Craft (L); Adult Craft Night – Paper Quilling (L); Beginning Guitar Lessons (L)

Legend: B&C – Board & Commissions; P&R – Parks & Recreation; L – Library; PD – Police; O - Other

Online City Event Calendar 


SAVE THE DATE

October 15 Chili Pfest - Come to downtown Main Street in Pflugerville for the Pfall Chili Pfest from noon - 5 p.m. Enjoy the annual chili cook-off contest with as many as 40 teams entered, plus vendors, car show and children's area, live music and more. www.pflugervilletx.gov/chili

October 18 Medicare Presentation - Come to the Pflugerville Public Library on October 18 at 2 p.m. for a presentation on Medicare. Angela Herron of the Texas Department of Insurance will walk you through the basics and discuss supplemental insurance and Medicare changes for the coming year. Refreshments will be provided.

October 20 Dia de los Muertos - Work on a craft and watch the film The Book of Life (Rated PG, 20th Century Fox) at the Pfab Lab in the Pflugerville Public Library. Families with children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend. Decorate sugar skulls and work on paper crafts. The event starts at 6 p.m. Materials will be provided while supplies last. For this event, children ages 8 and up are allowed in the Pfab Lab when accompanied by an adult. 

October 26-  Weiss Lane Roadway Improvement Open House - The City of Pflugerville and Travis County will host an open house at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Ln. on Wednesday, October 26 to provide information about the much-anticipated Weiss Lane Roadway Improvements project that is slated to begin in early 2017 with construction scheduled for 20 months.  Throughout the construction, the roadway will remain open with a north and south bound lane of traffic at all times. The open house is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Additional information

October 29 Trunk or Treat - Pflugerville Animal Shelter hosts a trunk or treat event on October 29 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in costume to trick or treat and see the animals ready for adoption at the shelter. 512-990-PETS.

A water sprinkler system malfunction flooded the recreation center gymnasium at 400 Immanuel Road during the Labor Day weekend. Starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 8, the gymnasium and the walking track will be closed as work continues to extract water. The Sunday Volleyball League will postpone the beginning of its Fall season until September 18.

While the Recreation Center facility remains open, classes held in the gymnasium have been suspended until further notice. Please note the air conditioner is off. The game room and Pfitness room are open for member use. For more information, call the recreation center at 512-990-6350.