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Key to the City September 27, 2019

Post Date:09/27/2019 11:46 AM

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Pflugerville City Council adopt FY20 budget and set tax rate at .4976

On Tuesday, September 24, the City Council approved the City of Pflugerville FY20 budget and kept the tax rate at its current rate of .4976.TaxDollarBreakdown2019_smaller

"The final tax rate is an effort to alleviate resident concerns about rising property taxes and home values, while also producing a budget that is an investment in our community and our downtown," Mayor Victor Gonzales said. "We heard our citizens tell us what they wanted from their City, and we have approved a budget and tax rate that is both fiscally conservative while allowing us to purchase the needs we have that make Pflugerville where quality meets life. City Council dug into the budget and made cuts to preserve the current tax rate for our citizens at .4976 while taking advantage of recent sales tax growth to cover our needs."

First, Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilmember Jim McDonald adopting the FY20 budget as proposed by staff while amending the Transit System Pilot Program from approximately $276,000 to $177,000 and increasing city sales tax revenue projections to $11.15 million. City staff recommended the increase in projected sales tax revenues for FY20 based on actual sales tax revenues received for FY19.

Next, in a vote of 5 to 1, the Council approved a motion by Councilmember Weiss to set the tax rate at .4976, the same rate as FY19.

The City represents 19.7% of a resident’s total property tax bill. The average Pflugerville homeowner with a $254,485 home would pay $1266.32 to the City. For each dollar paid to the City, 34 cents supports law enforcement, 19 cents supports administrative services, 16 cents supports community services, 16 cents supports public works and 15 cents supports development services.

The citizen survey conducted in May 2019 recognized traffic management, transit system development, jobs/economic development, and enhancements to downtown Pflugerville as the four top issues that need emphasis from city leaders. The approved budget addresses many of these resident recommendations.

Budget highlights:

  • Street projects and repairs include Old Austin Hutto Road and Kelly Lane. Additional funds are allocated for maintenance and street repairs.
  • Park improvements include Wilbarger Creek Park, Lake Pflugerville upgrades, a Gilleland Pool Restroom, and Stone Hill Splash Pad.
  • 13 New positions: Senior Planner, Code Compliance Officer, Environmental Specialist, Senior Engineer, Parks Operation Technician and two Patrol Officers, Utility Foreman, Regulatory Operator, two Water Treatment Plant Operators, two Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators.
  • City-wide Comprehensive Plan
  • Downtown Utilities Inventory and Location Analysis
  • American Disabilities Act Transition Plan
  • Traffic Signal Study
  • Phase 2 Drainage Master Plan
  • Transit System Pilot Program

The budget goes into effect starting October 1, 2019

Lake Pflugerville water level is dropping; please obey Stage 3 water restrictions

The City of Pflugerville remains in Stage 3 Water Restrictions as of September 13, 2019, and the City asks residents to continue to conserve water. Due to high water use, with each week the Lake is dropping by a half a foot.

“When we entered water restrictions, usage was at an all-time high citywide and this combined with dry conditions has resulted in the need for these restrictions,” Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said. “We are using too much water right now and Lake Pflugerville is showing the effects. The forecast doesn’t show any rain and we need residents to adhere to the Stage 3 restrictions as September and October are anticipated to be hot and dry.”Lake2019_low

Under Stage 3, all water customers must follow a once a week watering schedule based on the last number of their address.

  • Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may water on Mondays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may water on Thursdays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may water on Fridays before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • No watering allowed on Saturday or Sunday.

Hand watering is permitted on all weekdays, regardless of address, with a hand-held positive shutoff nozzle or up to a five-gallon bucket before 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight. Car washing is only permitted at commercial facilities. All water customers must comply with the restrictions above, or risk a fine.

Watering Enforcement: The City will enforce water restrictions. Customers will receive warnings prior to facing administrative fees. The goal is to educate residents on the proper watering times and to make sure sprinkler systems are set up properly.

  • First violation – customer given a yellow violation notice and information on the water schedule.
  • Second violation – customer given a red notice, letter from the City outlining the water violation and a visit from city staff to discuss how to conserve and comply with the water restrictions.
  • Third violation – customer will receive a letter from the City and a $100 administrative fee added to the customer’s water bill.
  • Final notice – customer will be sent a certified letter from the City notifying them that their water will be disconnected. There is a $50 reconnect fee that must be paid before the water service is reconnected.

Report any watering restriction violations to the City of Pflugerville Public Works Department at 512-990-6400. Tips on saving water are available at www.pfreshwater.com.

Rebates Available for Pflugerville Water Customers

Pflugerville water customers are eligible for a rebate of up to $600 under qualifying conditions. Rebates are available for irrigation evaluations, retrofitting or replacing irrigation system equipment, new pool filters and covers, aeration, compost, mulch and rainwater harvesting equipment. For more information on the rebate and for a step-by-step guide on completing the rebate application, visit the LCRA's rebate page.

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Apply for the Drop by Drop Landscape Rebate for your home garden and pflowerbeds

Beginning October 1, the City of Pflugerville will reopen the Drop by Drop program. The program offers a rebate for Pflugerville water customers off the purchase of native plants, mulch and turf up to $500. Plan out a landscape using plants, trees and turf from the Drop by Drop approved plants list, submit a landscape plan to Parks and Recreation and, once approved, purchase your plants and begin to plant a garden. Now is a great time to start planning your garden so you're ready to plant in the coming months.

Approved plant listings and applications can be found online at pflugervilletx.gov/dropbydrop, at the Parks and Recreation Office and at local nurseries. Make sure to follow the steps to get your project approved before making any purchases. After your garden is planted, City officials will come out to inspect for the rebate. This program is available to City of Pflugerville water utility customers only. For more information, call or email the program manager, Eddie Garcia, at 512-990-6360.

City Events

4th Annual Lib Con at the Pflugerville Public Library

Tomorrow, September 28, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the Pflugerville Public Library is hosting its 4th Annual Pflugerville Lib Con! Join the Library in celebrating a day of comics, anime, gaming, pop culture and cosplay. All ages are welcome, and the event is entirely pfree and pfamily pfriendly! From 10 a.m. - noon, the activities will be pfocused on kids 10 and under; and from noon - 6 p.m., the activities are for ages 11 and up.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to meet authors, artists, voice actors, cosplayers, webcomic creators, and local comic shop owners and participate in Q&A panels! There will also be crafts, drawing lessons, face painting, artist sketch-offs, cosplay contests and more! Additionally, teens ages 11-17 are invited to display a piece of their original artwork up to 9"x12" in the Amateur Artists Gallery. From start to pfinish, Lib Con is packed with pfun for everyone. For more information, a full list of guests and activity schedule, visit pflugervilletx.gov/libcon!

National Night Out is this Tuesday

Tuesday, October 1 is National Night Out (NNO). This year, there are 58 parties registered across the city. On National Night Out, Pflugerville neighborhoods city-wide turn on their porch lights and meet their neighbors. Pflugerville Police, neighborhood associations and Pflugerville citizens come together for a night of community building and awareness. While NNO is a recognized event across the country, the City of Pflugerville has been recognized in previous years for its success with participation and engagement. Help keep the City’s record up and make new friends by going out to meet your neighbors this Tuesday evening!

If your neighborhood doesn't have a party for NNO, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Pflugerville Public Library are holding parties as well. Stop by the Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Best Little Plaza in Texas (next to City Hall in Downtown Pflugerville) and meet your pfellow residents there! During the event, the Library will also be providing supplies to make your own poster/sign for Kindness Rally on October 2.

For more information, visit pflugervilletx.gov/nno or the Tuesday, October 1 is National Night Out (NNO). This year, there are X parties registered across the city. On National Night Out, Pflugerville neighborhoods city-wide turn on their porch lights and meet their neighbors. Pflugerville Police, neighborhood associations and Pflugerville citizens come together for a night of community building and awareness. National Night Out is supported by the National Association of Town Watch and in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and the U.S. Department of Justice. While NNO is a recognized event across the country, the City of Pflugerville has been recognized in previous years for its successful participation and engagement. Help keep the City’s record up and make new friends by going out to meet your neighbors this Tuesday evening! Visit pflugervilletx.gov/nno the National Night Out event page for more information. National Night Out event page.

Pflugerville Library's 2nd Annual Kindness Rally

On Wednesday, October 2 from 8-9 a.m., Library staff will be meeting at the corner of 10th and Pecan for our 2nd annual Kindness Rally. Everyone is welcome to come join the fun. Simply bring a homemade poster with an encouraging message for commuters. If you can't make it to 10th and Pecan, just step outside with your poster wherever you are. Pflugerville chooses kindness!

Yappy Hour at Stone Hill Dog Park next Friday

Friday, October 4 from 6-9 p.m. we're hosting a Yappy Hour at Stone Hill Dog Park (1124 Town Center Dr.). It's B.Y.O.D.D. - bring your own dogs and drinks. The event includes dog vendors and giveaways, food and a costume contest. Give your dog the night out they deserve! Pfind out more on our website and follow our Facebook event.

What's Happening

Weekly Pfarmers Market - Every Tuesday through the end of October, Pflugerville Parks and Recreation holds the Pfarmers Market at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park. Shop local goods from 3-7 p.m. and support your community! Find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/pfarmersmarket

Apply to be a cook team at Chili Pfest - Pfall Chili Pfest is still accepting Chili Cook Team applications through October 4. 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 jalapeño and pickle eating contests. We accept all cook teams - whether you're a seasoned professional or just learning to cook. Pfind out more and apply today here.

Save the Date

October 11: Ukulele Club Performance - Join the Library for a performance from the Pflugerville Public Library's Ukulele Clu from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

October 12 - Pfloating Pumpkin Patch - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Gilleland Creek Pool. It's almost time for the third annual Pfloating Pumpkin Patch. Swim out to your pumpkin of choice, take part in pumpkin decorating and stay for the pfun and games. Admission prices are $10 per person (includes one medium pumpkin), $5 per person (includes one small pumpkin) and $3 per person (no pumpkin), cash or check only. The pool will also be open for recreational swim during the event.

October 19 - Pfall Chili Pfest - Join pfellow residents in Downtown Pflugerville for a day of chili, music and fun! Chili Pfest runs from noon - 5 p.m. and will pfeature the chili cook-off, live music, chili tasting, jalapeño and pickle eating contests and more.

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