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Key to the City August 30, 2019

Post Date:08/30/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City August 30, 2019
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Council discusses Fiscal Year 2020 tax rate 

The budget process is well underway for the City. One of the ways the City determines the annual budget is by estimating the amount of revenue the City will receive for the coming year based on the tax rate. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a Resolution specifying that the Fiscal Year 2020 tax rate will not exceed .5045. The current tax rate is .4976 per $100 valuation. If the City Council approves the .5045 rate it reflects a .69 of a cent increase, and assists in funding the 2018 voter approved roadway projects including Kelly Lane, Colorado Sand Boulevard, East Pflugerville Parkway extension and Old Austin Hutto Road. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the tax rate on September 10 at 7 p.m. and on the tax rate and budget on September 17 at 6 p.m. The final action, adoption of the tax rate and budget, is scheduled for September 24. Watch the Council meetings online at pflugervilletx.gov/pftv. The proposed 2020 budget is online at https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/finance.

Residents provide pfeedback to the City in the community survey 2019

The City of Pflugerville selected Texas State University to conduct the 2019 Citizen Survey to gauge resident satisfaction with the quality of city services, provide feedback on residential desires and trends, and give resident input to set priorities for future goals and policy decisions based on resident desires and viewpoints.survey graphic

Surveys were sent out to a random sample of Pflugerville residents citywide and 225 respondents participated for a 6.5% statistically-valid survey. An additional 353 respondents took the survey online for a collective sampling. The Survey Report contains a summary of methodology for administering the survey and major findings.

The City exceeded benchmarks in the following areas: 

  • Satisfaction with employee interaction
  • Safety
  • Neighborhood quality and overall quality of life
  • Garbage and recycling
  • Water/wastewater service
  • Library and recreation programs
  • Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS)

Top 4 issues that need most emphasis from city leaders: 

  1. Traffic Management
  2. Transit system development
  3. Jobs/economic development 
  4. Enhancements to downtown Pflugerville

The City Council is currently working on budget priorities for the coming year that addresses several resident recommendations. For traffic management, the City Council approved Phase 2 and 3 engineering design on Kelly Lane, Pfennig Road construction is underway, Weiss will be complete this fall and Old Austin Hutto Road construction is anticipated in the new year. A traffic signal study is anticipated as the City gets ready for the April 2020 census which, based on Pflugerville’s anticipated population size, will have the City assuming responsibility for traffic signal responsibilities citywide. In addition, the City is holding a Transportation Master Plan Open House on September 17 at Kelly Lane Middle School. Funding for street repairs in the current budget for ongoing maintenance of streets and roads.

For transit system development, the City has been in discussions with Capital Metro for a pilot program for limited transit services. For jobs and economic development, the city-wide comprehensive plan and the fiscal impact model and land use analysis from the August 13 City Council meeting look at future corridors and zoning related to growth. In addition, several enhancements to downtown Pflugerville are anticipated as the City implements the Downtown Action Plan and most recently with the opening of the Best Little Plaza in Texas this year.

This is the fourth consecutive citizen survey and data from 2012, 2015 and 2017 help provide benchmarks to measure the City’s progress and movement in the right direction. View the entire survey online at Pflugervilletx.gov/2019survey.

Scott Mentzer Pool closed this weekend; Gilleland Creek Pool is open Gillland_web

Scott Mentzer Pool will be closed for Labor Day weekend (August 31 - September 2), due to a mandatory repair. Gilleland Creek Pool (700 Railroad Ave) will be open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1-8 p.m. For more information on our pools, including pool rules, visit pflugervilletx.gov/pools.

Watch Pfocus for updates on your city news

Today's Pfocus features the tax rate, budget and Youth Advisory Council. Check it out at www.youtube.com/cityofpflugerville.

Don't be alarmed if you hear hunters - Dove season is Sept. 1 - Nov. 4

Starting Sunday, September 1, dove hunters may begin to hunt around Pflugerville as dove season begins. State law allows hunting on a tract of land of 10 acres or more, so you may hear hunters in the city limits. As always, the Police will respond to any shots-fired calls to investigate if any laws have been broken.  Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. To report a concern, call the Pflugerville Police Department at 512-990-6700. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

City facilities closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday; trash pickup not affected

City offices, the Public Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center and Recreation Center are closed Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday. Trash and recycling pickup is not affected. If you need assistance when the city is closed, please call the Police Department at 512-990-6700.

Youth Advisory Council Applications Now Open

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Pflugerville residents who are at least 17 years old and are currently enrolled in high school are encouraged to join. YAC strives to educate students about the importance of city government and participation in one’s local community. YAC members will volunteer at city events, tour city facilities, attend various board and commission meetings and will visit the annual YAC Summit. Applications can be accessed here.

Always Take, Lock and Hide. Avoid vehicle break-ins

    Take, Lock & Hide 1 Vehicle break-ins can ruin your day. Help avoid them, by securing your belongings and remembering to Take, Lock and Hide.
  • The Pflugerville Police remind you of these tips to prevent theft.
  • Always keep your vehicle locked.
  • Completely close all windows and sunroofs.
  • Hide garage door openers, keys, and other home-entry devices.
  • Do not keep purses or other valuables in your car. Stash purchases and items before you go, so it is not obvious if you put items in your trunk or are hiding items just before you exit your parked vehicle. Secure items in your trunk or hidden trunk compartments.
  • Consider security cameras and outdoor motion lights.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t leave loose change or money in your car.
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles or persons.
  • City Events

    Music in the Park pfeaturing Chandler and the Bings tonight

    Music in the Park returns to Pfluger Park tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with 90s tribute band Chandler and the Bings. Bring your family, friends, pets, blankets and picnics to Pfluger Park for free fun. Come early and pick up a snack from this week's food vendors Flavorlicious Shaved Ice and Garbo's.

    For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/musicinthepark.

    2019-09-07 Movie Matinee Avengers Endgame

    Movie Matinee: Avengers End Game at the Pflugerville Public Library

    Beat the heat with a pfree movie screening on Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m. The movie is rated PG-13, ©Marvel. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the film. Synopsis: The remaining Avengers must gather their strength to defeat the mad titan Thanos. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson.

    What's Happening

    Apply to be a cook team at Chili Pfest - Applications for cooks and vendors for the 12th annual Pfall Chili Pfest are now open. This year's Pfest is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from noon - 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Pflugerville. It features the chili cook-off and tasting, live music, food and vendors, a kid's area and a jalapeno eating contest. We accept all cook teams - whether you're a seasoned professional or just learning to cook. We also accept food vendors, arts and craft vendors and local businesses. Pfind out more and apply today at pfallchilipfest.com.

    Plan your National Night Out Party - Now is the time for homeowners associations and neighborhoods to begin to plan National Night Out parties. Organize a block party in your neighborhood. Complete a Registration Form for your party and submit it to the Pflugerville Police Department so police, city officials, and other emergency personnel can visit. There is a new online form this year that makes signing up even easier. Check it out today at pflugervilletx.gov/nno.

    Teen Ukulele Club - Teens ages 12-18 are invited to come to the library for the first meeting of our new club for beginner ukulele players on September 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. Attendees will vote between two song options and learn (very slowly) to play the winning song. Please note that this is a club, not a class. Although we will take time to make sure everyone knows how to play the chords, there won't be formal instruction. If you need help tuning your ukulele, please arrive 5 minutes early. Attendees must provide their own ukuleles.

    Dog Pfriendly Mystery Afternoon - Friendly dogs and their humans ages 10 & up are invited to solve The Great Canine Follicle Debacle at library on Sunday, September 1 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Sign up as a team or individual. Teams should consist of one canine mascot and at least four human assistants. To participate without a dog or team, sign up as an investigator and try your hand at solving the mystery. For more details about the event see the library's event listing.

    Save the Date

    September 6 & 13 - Music in the Park - 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Pfluger Park. Music In The Park is an annual outdoor concert series that showcases a variety of live bands Friday nights. There's no admission charge, so bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation.

    September 14 - Public Safety Day - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pfield (1440 W. Pecan St.). Come join us for a bicycle rodeo, meet our Pflugerville PD K-9 officers, see police vehicles, learn about our programs and events and more.

    September 17 - Transportation Master Plan Open House - Receive updates on the Transportation Master Plan for the city at Kelly Lane Middle School, 18900 
    Falcon Pointe Boulevard, from 5-8 p.m. The Open House follows the interactive Wikimap feedback the City received earlier this year recording resident feedback on areas of congestion, increased inter-modal options and maintenance and safety recommendations. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pforward for more information. 

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