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Key to the City August 17, 2018

Maximum tax rate, transit development plan and more.
Post Date:08/17/2018 3:00 PM

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.Key to the City August 17, 2018

City Council specify maximum tax rate for 2018 - at least a 4-cent reduction

On August 14, the City Council took action to specify the maximum tax rate that could be set for fiscal year 2019, and city staff recommended the rollback rate of .4976 from the current fiscal year 2018 tax rate of .5399. While this rate is lower than the 2018 tax rate, the city will receive an increase in revenues due to property value increases citywide of an estimated $569,996.

Two public hearings will be held to discuss the tax rate on September 11 at 7 p.m. and September 18 at 6 p.m. The City Council have until September 25 to adopt a final tax rate, but the action on Tuesday confirmed that the portion of the property tax rate that the City Council manages, about 20% of your property tax bill, will not exceed the .4976 rate.

Home values increased citywide. The average Pflugerville home value in the tax year 2018 was $241,037 and for 2017 it was $224,485; an increase of $16,552. The $224,485 average home paid $1212 in city taxes in 2017 and the same home of $224,485 would pay $1199, a decrease of $13.

Voters to consider a $21.1 million transportation Bond

Council authorized a $21.1 million transportation bond for the November ballot. The bond includes one proposition for Colorado Sand Boulevard, East Pflugerville Parkway, Old Austin Hutto Road and Kelly Lane. Detailed information on these projects is available in English and Spanish online at www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds. Para obtener mas informacion sobre el bono, visite este pagina web, www.pflugervilletx.gov/bonds.

Road Closure Planned Aug. 24 -26 along Weiss Lane at its intersection with Jesse Bohls

Weiss_JesseStarting Friday, August 24 at 9:15 a.m. through the evening of Sunday, August 26th, Jesse Bohls at its intersection with Weiss Lane will be closed for construction associated with the ongoing Weiss Lane project, weather permitting.

Detour signage will be posted for alternate routes. Please travel cautiously through the construction zone as detours will change traffic patterns.

Please contact the Capital Improvement Program staff at projects@pflugervilletx.gov if you have any additional questions and project updates are available on the City’s website at pflugervilletx.gov/projects.

Pflugerville City Council approves Transit Development Plan

On August 14, Pflugerville City Council approved the Pflugerville Transit Development Plan (TDP) which was developed in partnership with Capital Metro and provides for opportunities for the implementation of transit service within Pflugerville connecting to the Capital Metro service area.

The TDP supports transportation goals to have a regional transportation presence to ensure connectivity between emerging destinations and centers both within and external to Pflugerville and to maintain a voice in regional transportation planning and funding cycles; and, to balance land use and transportation infrastructure to make living, working, shopping and playing in Pflugerville safer and more convenient for residents and visitors. As transit pressures in the city and the region increase, this item provides the opportunity to hold additional discussions regarding the TDP and outline transit options for Pflugerville, including the development of pilot approaches to provide on-demand service and assess feasibility.

Pflugerville is participating in Capital Metro’s Service Expansion Program, which provides a process for jurisdictions in the urbanized area, but outside the Capital Metro service area, to access Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for transit projects. An adopted TDP is required for use of FTA funds for transit projects outside the service area. Funding for plan implementation is not included with the City Council approval of the TDP. Funding may be considered in conjunction with the 2018-2019 FY Budget.

“Adoption of the plan allows Pflugerville to partner with regionally-adopted transit plans to further evaluate opportunities,” Assistant City Manager Trey Fletcher said.

Enjoy beverages and a craft on Sunday

Come to Crafty Café on August 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m. to work on a hot glue gun craft. Guests will use creative glue gun techniques and food coloring to make a framed stained glass decoration. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend. Crafty Café is held on the third Sunday of every month. Visit the library calendar to see future Craft Café projects.

Play and learn ukulele songs together at the Pflugerville Ukulele ClubPflUke Club

Meet other ukulele players, learn songs and play together at the Pflugerville Public Library on Tuesday, August 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome (ages 12 and up). Bring your own uke and tuner. Arrive at 6 p.m. to have time to socialize and tune-up, and be ready to play at 6:30 p.m. This club is recommended for intermediate players, but beginners and more advanced players are also welcome. 

The Fiction Writing Class continues at the library

Writer and teacher Tracey Lander-Garrett will instruct you on various aspects of fiction writing at the library. This is an interactive class where participants will get to work on writing exercises. This class will take place on the last two Wednesdays of August from 6 - 8 p.m. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Poetry Writing Workshop

August 22: Part III. Narrative Choices: The Good, Bad, & Ugly: point of view and tense, first lines, last lines (chapter or story endings)

August 29: Part IV. Other Essentials: Keeping the Reader’s Attention: dialogue, suspending disbelief, description and literary devices. 

BotanicalAttend the Master Gardener Presentation: Houseplants 101

Master Gardener Linda Burch will discuss houseplant selection and care at the library on Thursday, August 23 from 6 - 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last. This program is for ages 18 and up only.

Topics covered include selecting houseplants according to your home environment, type of media for growing houseplants, containers for houseplants, re-potting, and care of special-potted plants.

Digit CardNew library resource for PfISD High School Students

There is a new type of Pflugerville Public Library account for PfISD high school students who do not currently have a card and are unable to make it to the library in person. Students can now apply for a DigiT, a type of account that will grant them access to the Pflugerville Public Library's digital resources. With a DigiT, students have access to e-books, streaming music and movies, audiobooks, homework help, academic journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, genealogy resources, test preparation, language resources, Wi-Fi hotspots and more. Applications are available from all PfISD high school libraries. The card is valid throughout the student's high school career. For more information, call the Pflugerville Public Library at 512-990-6376 or visit your high school library.

Pfloating movies will return next year

The City Parks and Recreation Department hosted a series of movie nights at Scott B. Mentzer Pool for the 2018 summer season. Families were invited to relax and swim in the water while watching some favorite movies. Over a hundred of our friends came out to see Madagascar and Ice Age. While last weekend’s showing of Ice Age was the last Pfloating Movie of the year. We look forward to seeing you next summer. Movie lovers are encouraged to check out Coco on September 7 at Pfluger Park.

It’s time to plan and register your National Night Out party with the Pflugerville Police Department

Pflugerville’s National Night Out is Tuesday, October 2. Register your neighborhood National Night Out Party with the Pflugerville Police Department so police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel can schedule a visit and meet local neighbors.

National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to join forces to promote crime and drug prevention awareness and to strengthen the police and community partnership.

On Tuesday, October 2, neighborhoods throughout Pflugerville will be asked to join forces with thousands of communities throughout the United States for the 35th annual National Night Out against crime. It’s easy to participate in National Night Out. Neighbors are encouraged to turn on porch lights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 and organize a block party. The event provides an opportunity for Pflugerville Police Officers to meet the residents of the neighborhoods they patrol. NNO_35

The Annual National Night Out (NNO) is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
 National Night Out is designed to:
 (1) heighten crime prevention awareness
 (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
 (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
 (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods
are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many cities, towns, and neighborhoods ‘celebrate’ NNO with a variety of events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and fire department, parades, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs. NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night. Register your party with the City of Pflugerville Police Department, and City Council and first responders will stop by. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/nno to sign up today.

What's Happening

Pfarmers Market opens every Tuesday - Visit the market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park. The market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. To learn more about the market, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.

Kitty Café - Come enjoy a beverage and meet adoptable kittens on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10 a.m to noon at Pflugerville Public Library. Volunteers from the shelter will be on hand to answer questions and assist with adoption paperwork. Anyone 5 and up is welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pfood Truck Pilot Program - The City of Pflugerville launched a Pfood Truck Pilot Program to encourage food trucks in the city limits. Food trucks and trailers are invited to the Development Services Center offices at 201 B East Pecan on Monday, August 20 to obtain a free permit and health inspection between noon – 3 p.m. to participate in the pilot program to operate in the Pflugerville city limits for the remainder of 2018. Click here to learn more about the program.

Chili Cooks Wanted - Applications are being accepted for chili cooks for the 2018 Chili Pfest on October 20 in downtown Pflugerville. There are four chili competition categories this year. Visit www.pfallchilipfest.com for more details. 

This Week

Friday. August 17 - No city events scheduled 

Saturday, August 18 - Pflugerville Poetry Society (L); Movie Matinee: Avengers Infinity War (L)

Sunday, August 19 - Game on Board Games (L); Crafty Cafe (L); Pfab Lab Appointments (L); Sewing Project Classes (L)

Monday, August 20 - Intermediate Computer Class for Adults (L)

Tuesday, August 21 - Adult Fitness (P&R); Heritage House Open (L); Pfarmers Market (P&R)l Pfknitters (L); Pflugerville Ukulele Club (L); Friends of the Library (L)

Wednesday, August 22 - Zumba (P&R); Gymnastics (P&R); Fiction Writing Class Series (L); Conversational English (L); Laser Cutter Crafts (L); Board of Adjustment (B&C)

Thursday, August 23 - Kitty Cafe (L); Ballroom Dance (P&R); Beginner Chair Yoga (P&R); Adult Fitness (P&R); Master Gardener Presentation: Houseplants 101 (L); Zumba (P&R)

Friday, August 24 - No city events scheduled 

Save the Date

September 1 - Little Women Celebration - Celebrate the 150th publication anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel Little Women with a screening of the 1994 film at the library on Saturday, September 1, 2 - 4:15 p.m. There will be tea and pie served before the movie. Ages 8 and up are welcome.

September 7 - Music in the Park Movie Night: Coco - Visit Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, for a movie night featuring Coco. There’s no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, pfurry friends, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. The movie will start when it’s dark enough to see the screen (approximately 8 p.m.).

September 8 - Pfurry Splash Party - Join us at Scott Mentzer Pool for a special splash day for your dog. Admission is $5 per dog (includes 2 humans) and $3 per extra human. All dogs must be current on vaccinations and have proof. For more rules and information, visit the event website.

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