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Hutto, TX – Here's a quick run-down on the top happenings from the August 2 City Council Meeting.

Outside Agency Funding: Nine agencies presented to the City Council. A total of $150,200 was requested by all the agencies. The City Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to execute all interlocal agreements established with the Outside Agency Funding for 2018-19. The agencies that were approved for outside agency funding are: Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce, Hutto Education Foundation, Hutto Lutheran Church, Keep Hutto Beautiful, Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet counties, Hutto Community Food Pantry, Round Rock Serving Center, Texas Success Scholarship Campaign with the TSTC Foundation and Hutto Has Heart.

Mayor Pro-tem Tom Hines said, “I was extremely impressed with the presentations. This is important because the money is going back into the community to help out residents.”

Proposed Bond Election: The City Council unanimously passed the first reading of consideration for calling a bond election for Nov. 6.The propositions were presented by Assistant City Manager Helen Ramirez and Bond Counsel. The proposed bond election includes three propositions.

  • Proposition A projects include roads and drainage improvements.
  • Proposition B is for public safety and communications facilities.
  • Proposition C is parks and recreational facilities.

A scientifically valid survey of public input contributed to development of the proposed 2018 Bond Election propositions. More than 400 residents participated in the city-wide survey run by researchers at Texas State University. Surveys allow for objective information for city planning and decision-making process. 

The survey, along with the master plans, council work sessions and community outreach, provide feedback on growth requests for future growth, helping to ensure our community is supported with activities for all ages while maintaining the safety of our citizens and visitors.

City-Wide Customer Service Program: Executive Director of Human Resources Allison Hosgood presented objectives, execution and measurement of a City-Wide Customer Service Program. In an effort to remain focused on the strategic focus area from the City Council approved strategic focus area of Quality of Life & Services. This program encourages positive and prompt experiences for residents and city employees.

Other notable presentations included a presentation and discussion of the proposed 2018-19 Annual Operating Budget, and the City of Hutto Business Plans for 2018-19.

Council approved board and commission appointments as well as a proposed Ad Valorem tax rate. Public tax hearings are scheduled for Aug. 23 and Sept. 13 and the vote on the tax ordinance is scheduled for Sept. 6 and Sept. 20.

For a look at the entire city council meeting, visit the city council agenda's page.