Key to the City March 1, 2019
Key to the City March 1, 2019
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Pflugerville City Council passes Resolution in opposition to Senate Bill / House Bill 2 and asks State Legislature to consider Amendments to the Proposed Bill
On Tuesday, February 26, the Pflugerville City Council unanimously passed a Resolution in opposition to Senate Bill / House Bill 2 in its current form, a bill imposing a revenue cap and legislative interference with local services greatly limiting the ability of the City of Pflugerville to manage the City’s portion of the property tax rate.
“The City Council agrees with the concept of managing a jurisdiction in a way that provides the best services to citizens at the lowest possible cost,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. “From 2000 to the present the City has reduced the property tax rate by 30%. However, a 2.5% cap on city property taxes could have a negative impact on our City’s services that will affect how we provide City services including police, roads and quality of life.”
The City Council proposed the following amendments to the bill to reduce property tax burdens in a way that does not negatively impact the City’s ability to provide needed services.
- Add an exemption from the mandated 2.5% rollback for public safety expenses. In most cities, the cost of public safety can range from 40 to over 50% of the general fund operating budget. The cost of new public safety personnel and equipment for FY 2019 would have exceeded the loss of revenue for the City’s jurisdiction. In Pflugerville, 80% of the property tax revenue could be attributed to public safety functions.
- Index the rollback rate to increase with a verifiable municipal cost index (MCI). The previous 8.0% was in response to the inflation that was occurring at the time. Since the future cannot be predicted, an MCI index would provide automatic increases as prices increase.
- Work with the taxing entities to determine a more workable timeline for the tax setting process. The current timeline compresses the City’s time to effectively analyze the budget and respond to citizen input.
Based on Pflugerville’s average home cost of $241,000 and tax rate, under SB2 the average homeowner would save $38.81 a year which negatively impacts the City’s annual budget by $865,000.
“The savings to the local homeowner in the proposed bill is rather minuscule, but the negative impact to the city budget is a reduction of $865,000 annually,” Gonzales said. “We are working to recommend to our legislators that adding an exemption for public safety expenses is essential and to put together a more workable timeline for the tax-setting process.”
To put the $865,000 in perspective, it exceeds the current City’s budget for adding new police officers in 2019.
The amount of a property tax bill that is received by the City of Pflugerville is 19%, whereas the Pflugerville Independent School District receives 59% of the property tax bill. “The restriction is heavy on city governments who are only 19% of the resident’s property tax bill,” Gonzales said.
City representatives are attending Legislative hearings related to SB/HB 2 with recommendations to manage the impact of the proposed bill while still generating the desired outcome of property tax management.
While strongly opposed to SB/HB 2 in its current form, the Council emphasized the opportunity to continue to assist in this process by offering suggestions from the local perspective that will preserve Pflugerville’s ability to provide the level of services expected by Pflugerville residents.
For additional information, graphs and handouts, visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/sb2.
Mayor joins city staff and Pflugerville Youth Advisory Council (YAC) for a summit on leadership
This past weekend the Youth Advisory Council members and Mayor Gonzales attended the YAC Summit. The 19th Annual YAC Summit was a two-day statewide event sponsored by the Texas Municipal League and hosted by the City of Fort Worth. This year’s theme was “Beyond All Limits” and the members had a chance to interact with professional speakers and peers in a fun and safe environment. The Summit each year gives an opportunity for cities, schools and community youth groups to share experiences of their programs and the positive impact that the programs have had locally. YAC members enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to next year’s Summit.
Images of Service: The Youth Advisory Council class project is Images of Service, a collection of photos from Pflugerville Veterans. The group continues to collect photos and stories from Pflugerville Veterans with a deadline to submit photographs of March 29. Submit photos to the project and help us capture the history from Pflugerville residents and relatives who have served our country. Send your photos to PfImagesofService@pflugervilletx.gov or drop them off at the Pflugerville Library. For more information visit, https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/city-council-and-mayor/youth-advisory-council/pflugerville-veterans-images-of-service.
Watch Pflugerville Pfocus for highlights on SB/HB2, information on Old Austin Hutto Road construction and city grand openings this week
This was a busy week in the City of Pflugerville and today's episode of Pflugerville Pfocus features highlights of the past week. First, on Tuesday the Council approved a Resolution in opposition of Senate Bill/House Bill 2 in its current form. Next, the City held an open house on the Old Austin Hutto Road reconstruction slated to begin in Spring. The project includes three phases and the road will be closed to through traffic for parts of the construction. Be sure to slow down and obey traffic signage. Then on Thursday, there was a ribbon cutting for the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services and for the opening of the animal intake facility at the shelter. Mayor Gonzales and the Pfirst Dog Chip were onsite as Chip was adopted a few years ago from PAWS. On Friday, the City opened the Pf Seniors room at the Recreation Center. The newly expanded senior facility space is worth checking out. Watch Pfocus at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.
Sign up for lifeguard training classes over Spring Break
The first two lifeguard training classes are over PfISD Spring Break - March 18-20 and March 22-24. These three-day classes provide the American Cross Certification participants need to be a lifeguard with the City of Pflugerville. Register for classes today at pflugervilletx.gov/lifeguard. The fee is $50 for participants who commit to working for the City of Pflugerville this Summer.
Stage 2 water conservation reminder
Pflugerville is in Stage 2 water restriction enforcement with a two-day watering schedule that allows car washing before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on your designated watering days.
Twice-a-Week Outdoor Watering Schedule: (based on street address)
- Residential homes with an odd number: Wednesday and Saturday
- Residential homes with an even number: Thursday and Sunday
- No watering on Mondays
- Commercial facilities (apartments, condominiums, civic, commercial, industrial and institutional properties) Tuesday and Friday
- All water customers are required to comply with the water conservation schedule.
- Report water restriction violations to the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400.
Visit www.pfreshwater.com for more details.
Announcing this year's Music in the Park lineup and Pfamily Pfloat Nights
Music in the Park is returning this summer for more Friday night pfun. Pfloating Movies are taking a break this summer due to some lighting upgrades, but enjoy Pfamily Pfloat Nights instead on select nights in June and July. On these nights, from 8-10 pm, enjoy all the pfun of Scott Mentzer Pool, plus an inflatable, snacks and more. Find out more here.
The schedule this year is:
May 24 - Music in the Park Movie Night - the Greatest Showman (starts at dark)
May 31 - Bidi Bidi Banda
June 7 - Pfamily Pfloat Night at Scott Mentzer Pool
June 14 - Justin Langston
June 21 - Kev Bev
June 28 - Pfamily Pfloat Night at Scott Mentzer Pool
July 19 - Pfamily Pfloat Night at Scott Mentzer Pool
August 30 - Chandler and the Bings
September 6 - Caboose
September 13 - Steel Betty
Music in the Park is an outdoor concert series hosted at Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd., on Friday nights from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The series hosts a variety of different musical acts. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Dogs, families and picnics are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 and up. No glass bottles, please. For more information on Music in the Park, visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival returns to the Pfield for 2019
The City of Pflugerville will celebrate Independence Day with live music, food, fun and fireworks at its annual Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning to the Pfield (1440 W. Pecan) for the third year, this year’s pfestival will debut a much larger kid’s area on the southwest side of the parking lot.
"The Pfirecracker Pfestival returns to the stadium for the entire community to come out and join in the pfun,” Mayor Victor Gonzales said. "In Pflugerville, we have a ‘pflare for pfireworks’, and one of the best shows in the area. Combine our amazing fireworks show with the food trucks and enlarged kid’s area we have planned for 2019, and it’s a party. It’s always great to partner with the PfISD and hold this event at the Pfield to accommodate the crowd. We hope you all will celebrate our nation's Independence Day in Pflugerville at the Pfield.”
With inflatables, face painters, live music and over a dozen food trucks* the Pfirecracker Pfestival is ready to welcome the entire community. The pfestival culminates in a fireworks show at dark. Enjoy a front row seat to all the excitement from inside the stadium. Admission is free.
5 pm Kid’s Area and Food Trucks Open
6:30 - 8:45 pm Live Music from Suede
8:55 pm Independence Day program (including Mayor’s welcome, National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance)
9:05 - 9:25 pm Fireworks Show
When entering the stadium, please remember to bring clear bags and bottles. Free clear bags will be handed out from Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3 at the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Rd.) and at the event. Alcohol, tobacco products, umbrellas, pets or outside coolers are not allowed in the stadium.
Plenty of parking is available at the Pfield, with entrances on Pecan Street and Swenson Farms Boulevard. The event is also bike pfriendly. Bike racks are available near Gate D.
A reminder, fireworks are not permitted in the city limits, including sparklers. Enjoy one of the best fireworks shows in Central Texas at the Pfield. Visit pfirecrackerpfestival.com for more information.
*food vendor applications available on April 1 at pfirecrackerpfestival.com.
Teen Job Pfair this Saturday
Looking for a part-time or summer job? Come to the Library's 4th annual Teen Job Pfair on March 2, 2 - 4 p.m. Meet local employers and organizations and learn about job and volunteer opportunities. Last year, the 2018 Teen Job Pfair featured 15 employers and had over 200 teens in attendance. The Pfair is open to teens ages 14 to 19, but keep in mind that employers set varying minimum age requirements and that positions for teens under the age of 16 are very limited. This event is free to both employers and teens. Teens do not need to register to attend.
Learn more about the event at pflugervilletx.gov/teenjobpfair.
Job Pfair Tips for Teens
- Don’t be nervous. The employers at the Pfair are excited about the opportunity to meet you.
- Before the Pfair, practice shaking hands, using good eye contact, and speaking clearly.
- Bring copies of your resume. Even if employers don’t require one, it is helpful to have one to refer to when filling out job applications. You will need your address, social security number, relevant education and experience, and references.
- Bring a pen and small notebook to take notes.
- Dress neatly and comfortably. You don’t need a suit, but skip the t-shirt and jeans.
- Silence your cell phone and leave it in your pocket or purse.
- Ask your parents to wait outside the job fair. You will make a better impression on employers if you approach them on your own.
- Don’t chew gum or eat while speaking to employers.
Develop great journaling skills at Journaling Group
Bring your journal or planner to the Library on March 3, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. for Journaling Group. Use the Library's supply of fine pens to write your thoughts and plans. Use decorative Washi tape, templates and stencils to decorate the pages. Materials are available while supplies last. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend. This month's featured tracker: Contact lists.
Learn about the History of the Driskill Hotel with author Monte Akers
Author Monte Akers will be at the Pflugerville Library on March 7 to discuss his book, The Grand Dame of Austin, which details the history of Austin's historic Driskill Hotel. Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Refreshments will be provided. The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.
Wiggle Worm Storytime for Children with Special Needs
On Friday, March 8, children will enjoy fun movement activities, music, and interactive books, followed by sensory activities and crafts. Wiggle Worm Storytime is designed for children that have special needs, whether they have been officially diagnosed or not. The activities are planned at a pre-k developmental level, but all ages are welcome. Wiggle Worm Storytime takes place on the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pflugerville Library.
Regional Fair Housing Community Meeting
Pflugerville is a participant in a regional study on Fair Housing in conjunction with Austin, Round Rock, and Travis and Williamson Counties. A regional Fair Housing Community Meeting is slated for March 9 from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the Allen R Baca Center in Round Rock, 301 W Bagdad to provide information on the project. The event includes local music, free local food, poetry, and two guest facilitators and thinkers, Evan Weissman and Molina Speaks. Transportation to the event, child care and accommodations are available by contacting Kristin at email@example.com. Additional information can be found online at http://centraltexasfairhousing.org/.
Heritage House Open on March 3 - The Heritage House Museum is open on the first Sunday of each month from 1 - 4 p.m. in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. Tour the museum full of memories and facts about the history of Pflugerville.
Save the Date
March 12 & 26 – Early Opening Pfarmers Market, 3-7 pm at Heritage Park. Enjoy local produce and prepared foods at these pre-season markets. Find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket.
March 15 – Pfieldtrippin’ – On the Friday before Spring Break (also a PfISD Holiday) with Pfieldtrippin': McKinney Falls State Park. Participants will enjoy a day out to McKinney Falls State Park where they will hike, participate in a scavenger hunt and play in the falls. Registration is $20 for Pflugerville residents/$25 for non-residents. For more information and to register, visit pflugervilletx.gov/camps.
March 20 - Pet Pfest - Enjoy animal-themed activities and crafts for all ages on Wednesday, March 20, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Library. PAWS will be on site with adoptable animals. Special guests include miniature horses from Northwind Animal Farm, Austin Reptile Show and Starmark Animal Behavioral Center.
March 30 – Spring Pfling – Noon-3 pm at Heritage Park. We’re moving to Heritage Park this year and will have even more fun for everyone. Join us for early Summer Pfun Camp Registration (residents only), free workouts from Camp Gladiator and FIT4MOM, a robotics build, performances from children’s dance, adult tap and the Library’s Ukulele Club, inflatables, the Tiny Tails Petting Zoo and more. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.
April 9 - Greater Pflugerville Job Pfair - The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce, City of Pflugerville, Pflugerville Independent School District, and Pflugerville Travis County Emergency Services District #2 are organizing a Greater Pflugerville Job Fair for April 9 from 4- 8 p.m. at Typhoon Texas, 18500 TX 130 Service Road, Pflugerville Texas to encourage employment in Pflugerville. The public is encouraged to bring their resumes and come learn about job opportunities in Pflugerville. The City is hiring several full-time positions including utility maintenance employees and police officers, and part-time summer positions. The Emergency Services District #2, Pflugerville Pfire, is hiring firefighters and medics. Visit https://www.pfchamber.com/events/details/pflugerville-job-fair-115 for more information.