Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the Sept. 6 City Council meeting -

Hutto, Texas — Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the Sept. 6 City Council meeting -

October 2 is National Night Out in Hutto: Mayor Doug Gaul called upon all citizens of Hutto to join the Hutto Police Department and celebrate National Night Out on Oct. 2. Hutto Police Department Chief Bryon Frankland, Assistant Chief Paul Hall and Officer Suzanne Glass joined the Mayor and City Council for the proclamation of National Night Out at the City Council meeting.

National Night Out is a crime and drug-prevention event designed to promote positive police-community relationships and neighborhood spirit to make our neighborhoods a safer, more caring places to live.

The City of Hutto and the Hutto Police Department encourage neighborhood organizations, residents and families to reach out to others in their neighborhoods and plan to make this a night to celebrate our small-town roots, while learning more about new neighbors and those who serve the City.

For more information on National Night Out, please contact Officer Suzanne Glass at 512-759-5984 or visit https://natw.org

Proposed Budget: The City of Hutto held the first of two public hearings for a proposed 2018-2019 budget. The proposed budget, which remains fiscally conservative at 24% less than last year’s proposed budget, keeps the property tax rate the same as last year.

Operating expenses have decreased in part due to efficiency gains such as contracting and operating the water system itself, as well as performing maintenance internally on Hutto streets and drainage systems.

The proposed 2018-19 budget also holds the ad valorem rate of $0.515171 per $100 of valuation. Property taxes make up a significant portion of the revenues, followed by sales tax. Increased commercial and residential development is slated for the upcoming year and beyond. This new development will reduce the City’s reliability on residential property tax revenue as more sales tax is collected and the tax base continues to diversify.

The City Council will hold another public hearing on the budget and tax rate Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.  

Sidewalk Project on Limmer Loop: The City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the City Manager to terminate the contracts for the design and construction of the Limmer Loop sidewalk project. The project is delayed until the Limmer Loop and FM1660 North intersection improvements are completed.

For more information on the City Council meeting, please click here for agenda, packet, and video.