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Key to the City March 8, 2019

Post Date:03/08/2019 4:00 PM

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Key to the City March 8, 2019 
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Senate Bill and House Bill 2 Update: You decide - Does Pflugerville need significant tax relief for the City's portion of your tax rate? 

The Pflugerville City Council passed a Resolution in opposition to the Senate Bill/ House Bill 2 (SB/HB2) in its current form at the February 26 City Council meeting. Since then, we've explored what a 2.5% cap on property tax would mean and how Pflugerville has managed to conservatively control the City's portion of the property tax rate.

Does Pflugerville have a significant need for City property tax relief?

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A home that was appraised at $172,000 ten years ago has increased in appraised value by 40% as of 2019 to $241,000. In this example, the homeowner paid $1050 of their tax bill in City property tax in 2010. In 2019, the same homeowner would pay $1199 at a difference of $149. Despite home appraisals rising 40% in 10 years, City taxes on this real-life example show only a $149 difference in 10 years.

City's portion of the tax rate - When homeowners see their tax bill, it includes several taxing entities, not just the City. The City of Pflugerville is 19% of your overall tax bill. The SB/HB 2 would affect the City's portion of the bill, not these other entities.

What is City Council's issue with the proposed bill? The City Council's concern with the SB/HB 2 is that there may be years where the City does need to exceed a 2.5% rate to provide the services that residents desire. The proposed bill requests the City pay for an election to go above the 2.5% rate. The City Council and city management are attending committee meetings at the Capitol to make sure that Pflugerville's best interest and needs are heard. For additional information on the bill, visit http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/sb2.

Police quickly respond to shooting at Limestone Commercial; suspect arrested

Pflugerville Police arrested Matthew Sheedy, 19, of Austin and charged with Aggravated Robbery and Possession of Marijuana in connection with a shots-fired call. At approximately 6:46 p.m. on March 5, 2019, the City of Pflugerville Police Department received a call of shots fired at the IHOP located in Stone Hill, 18709 Limestone Commercial Dr. Officers arrived to the scene quickly, were able to locate the suspect fleeing the restaurant, and took him into custody without incident. He is identified as 19-year-old Matthew Sheedy of Austin. Investigators believe that Sheedy acted alone when he entered the restaurant and met with the 18-year-old victim, who is an IHOP employee, in the restroom with the intent to rob him of narcotics. When the victim could not produce any narcotics, Sheedy displayed a pistol and demanded the victim's money. A physical altercation ensued and multiple shots were fired. The firearm was removed from the suspect's possession by the victim and the suspect fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries sustained during the incident and subsequently released.

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Chief Jessica Robledo to receive Women of Distinction Award

Chief Jessica Robledo is a recipient of the 2019 Women of Distinction Award from the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the leading Hispanic Business Organization in Texas. Twelve women will be recognized at the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 29. Mayor Victor Gonzales nominated Chief to recognize the many ways that the Police Department has increased transparency and outreach to the Hispanic Community. Congratulations to Chief Robledo.

Chlorinated water was released into Gilleland Creek after mechanical failure; City working with proper regulatory agencies

On March 4, 2019, city water operators discovered a mechanical failure of a dechlorination pump at the City of Pflugerville Gilleland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant which allowed approximately 3.4 million gallons of treated, chlorinated effluent to be discharged into Gilleland Creek. City water operators conduct routine visual inspections of the plant and the mechanical failure occurred between 12 p.m. on March 3, 2019, and 7:45 a.m. on March 4, 2019. The issue was immediately repaired. The City notified appropriate regulatory entities of the chlorination issue including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife who have been onsite to investigate. Gilleland Creek returned to normal chlorination levels by 1:30 p.m.

Weiss Lane closures this weekend

Expect delays overnight Friday and Saturday along Weiss Lane on the south end of the road as there may be some intermittent lane closures during off-peak traffic periods for isolated areas. On Sunday, Weiss Lane will be reduced to one-lane between Pecan Street and the first bridge. Flagging crews will be set up on each end of the road and a pilot car will guide traffic through the work zone.

The closure is to allow for a final layer of asphalt paving for this section of Weiss Lane. The repairs are being done on the weekend to avoid impacting school and commuter traffic along this busy arterial road. The contractor will continue paving the final layer north of the bridge, through the Pflugerville Pkwy intersection, next week without any lane reductions anticipated. Please drive carefully through the construction area or seek an alternate route. All roadway repairs are weather permitting.

Kelly Lane roadway repairs near Costco

The right-turn lane and entrance to the Costco driveway from Kelly Lane near Murchison Ridge Trail will be closed for improvements and adjustments to the driveway radius. Please drive carefully through the construction area. The construction is anticipated to take place on Friday, March 8 and then resume on Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14 weather permitting.

New sewer averages on March water bills

For residential customers on the City’s retail water and wastewater service, the city bases monthly wastewater charges on your water consumption during November, December, January, and February. The city takes the three lowest consumptions, averages them, and uses that average to set your wastewater charge for the entire year.  Residents will see their new average represented on the March utility bill. If you have questions about your bill, please call 512-990-6100.

Police hold Facebook Live press conference to encourage Spring Break Safety

On March 14 at 2 p.m. the Police Department will hold a Spring Break Safety Facebook Live event to promote safe driving practices and share several safety tips for Spring Break. The event is to highlight Texas Department of Transportation traffic initiatives the Department will be enforcing over the Spring Break holiday. Watch online at www.facebook.com/pflugervillepolice  on Thursday at 4 p.m. live or on replay from the Police Facebook Page. Make sure you and your family stay safe this Spring Break.

City Events

Poetry Contest deadline March 25Poetry Writing Workshop

Anyone age 18 and up with a Pflugerville Public Library card may enter the contest. Submit your original poem to the library by end of day Monday, March 25 for a chance to win a gift card from Half Price Books. Entries will be displayed in the Adult Wing of the library throughout the month of April. All entrants will receive a framed copy of their submission, and can attend the Poetry Reading on April 27, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., to read their poem aloud. Download the entry form and read the contest lines here.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Gear up for National Poetry Month with a writing workshop on March 16, 2 – 4 p.m., presented by creative writing professor Tracey Lander. This class is open to adults and teens, ages 12 and up. Register online to attend. This is a great opportunity to work on your poem for the poetry contest. 

Pfarmers Market returns for special Early Opening Markets

The Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is returning for four preseason markets before the regular market season begins in May. These Early Opening Markets are March 12, March 26, April 9 and April 23 from 3-7 pm in the Green Red Barn (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.). Along with your favorite vendors will be new vendors on Tuesday selling everything from produce, herbs, farm fresh eggs (and quail eggs) and spicy jams.

The Pfarmers Market brings fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community. Vendors sell a variety of produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, okra, garlic, melons, peaches, and grapes; artisan baked goods; honey; flowers; eggs; free-range meats; jarred salsas, pickles and jams; fruits and plants. By shopping at the Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses. The Heritage House will also be open for tours during the market.

For more information visit pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket 

Tween Hangout Night for ages 8 -12

Come to the library on Tuesday, March 12 for Tween Hangout Night. Ages 8 – 12 will make a secret surprise lamp. Refreshments and craft materials available while supplies last. This is a come-and-go event from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the event in order to participate. Tween Hangout Night is held on the second Tuesday of each month. View the event calendar for future tween activities.

Learn more about the birds of Lake Pflugerville

On Thursday, March 14, from 7-8 pm join us at the Lake Pflugerville Pavilion for the Birds of Lake Pflugerville, a program put on by local birder Sebastian Casarez. Enjoy a bird walking tour, bird guide raffle and bird craft. The event is free and open to all. Find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/classes under "Outdoor Programs" or contact Daulton Mobley, Recreation Program Coordinator at daultonm@pflugervilletx.gov

Spend your Spring Break at the LibrarySpring Break at the Library

The Pflugerville Public Library has several free events planned during the week of Spring Break. Younger age groups can enjoy special performances, a family craft night, a scavenger hunt, ukulele classes and more. For adults, there will be a presentation by kYmberly Keeton about women in jazz and a Paint and Sip watercolor craft. All ages can enjoy Pet Pfest on March 20. Special guests this year include the mini horses from Northwind Farms, Austin Reptile Show and Starmark Animal Behavior Center. Please note that registration may be required for some of the programs. Follow the events on Facebook or check out the library calendar for more information.

What's Happening

Spring Pforward this Saturday - Don't forget to set your clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning for daylight saving time. The switch in time will increase daylight hours later into the evening.

$20 adoptions at PAWS - This month, enjoy $20 adoptions an all animals at PAWS.

Vendors wanted for Deutschen Pfest - Anyone interested in having a booth at the Deutschen Pfest from May 17-19, 2019 at Pfluger Park is encouraged to visit www.deutschenpfest.com and sign up today.

Register for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run - Mark your calendars for the Deutschen Pfest 5K Pfun Run and Kids K on May 19, 2019. Registration for the race is only $25 before February 28 and includes a T-shirt that gives you free admission to the Deutschen Pfest. Registration for the Kids K is $15. For more information, including race preparation classes, team information and registration visit www.deutschenpfest.com.

Game On! – Borrow board games to play at the library every Sunday afternoon, from 1 – 5:30 p.m. There are games for all ages, from Candy Land to Settlers of Catan. Board games are rotated each week. View the list of games that are currently available.

Save the Date

March 15 - Pfieldtrippin' - The Friday before Spring Break is a PfISD holiday, so don't forget to plan something fun for your kid. Join us for a special trip to McKinney Falls State Park for hiking, swimming and a scavenger hunt. Ages 6-12 are welcome. Registration is @20 for Pflugerville residents and $25 for non-residents. Space is limited so register today at pflugervilletx.gov/camps

March 30 – Spring Pfling – Noon-3 pm at Heritage Park. Spring Pfling moves to Heritage Park this year and will have even more fun for everyone. Come 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, the Library’s Ukulele Club, inflatables, the Tiny Tails Petting Zoo and more. For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/springpfling.

March 30 - Star Wars Reads Day - Enjoy storytime, saber training with Saber Guild-Jakku Temple, and crafts at the library on March 30, 2 - 4 p.m. Special guest artist Vo Nguyen will be offering Star Wars drawings for children and will be providing children's guest passes to Greater Austin Comic Con. All ages are welcome to attend.

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.

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