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Community news: Public Health hosts forum Wednesday

Austin American-Statesman - 8/25/2017



Public Health hosts forum

Austin Public Health will host a community health forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin school district's Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.

The forum will begin with a brief presentation by Stephanie Hayden, interim director of Austin Public Health, and will include an interactive format for participants to review findings from the 2017 Community Health Assessment.

Snacks will be served.

For more information: 512-972-5862.

-- American-Statesman staff


ACC district has tax hearing

The Austin Community College District will host a public hearing at noon Monday on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 6.1 percent.

The meeting will be at the ACC Highland Campus, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road.

Individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.1008 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $318.81. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.

-- American-Statesman staff


Center hopes to open in April

The Islamic Center of Lake Travis has once again begun construction in Hudson Bend, rising from the same foundation laid before the building burned down in January.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the blaze, but Islamic Center board member Shakeel Rashed said the community decided to start anew in the same location. Construction started in the last week of June with basic plumbing, Rashed said, and they are waiting on contractors before moving further in construction. He said the building will be 2,800 square feet on the 4.2-acre lot.

Rashed said that while the completion date is somewhat undefined, the group hopes to open before the holy month of Ramadan in April. There are more than 200 Muslim families in the Lake Travis area, he estimated.

-- Rachel Rice/Lake Travis View



Annex groundbreaking Wednesday

A groundbreaking will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the new Williamson County annex building at 151 Wilco Way.

The Georgetown annex will hold offices for the Precinct 3 commissioner, constable and justice of the peace, as well as purchasing, human resources, veterans services and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Due to the growth of the county and the increased demands on county departments, the campus will provide space for those offices and allow other departments to expand into the space they previously used.

Chasco Constructors was awarded the contract for construction manager-at-risk with a guaranteed maximum price of $14,919,081. KAH Architecture is the architect. The project is anticipated to be completed by summer 2018.

-- American-Statesman staff



Chamber luncheon Thursday

The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 400 Olive St.

Robbie Rabe, from Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, will be the keynote speaker. The cost for lunch is $15.

To register:

-- American-Statesman staff



Water hearing Sept. 19

The city of Buda has completed the draft of the 2017 Water & Wastewater Impact Fee Report and will hold a public hearing during the regular city council meeting at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 19.

City Council meetings are in the council's chambers at Buda City Hall, 121 S. Main St.

The city's current impact fee ordinance was adopted in October 2010. In November 2016, the city authorized Freese and Nichols Inc. to perform an impact fee analysis of the city's water and wastewater systems, and develop an update to the 2010 ordinance. As the impact fee update services near completion, Freese and Nichols prepared the draft, which will be available at

The purpose of the report is to summarize the methodology used in the development and calculation of water and wastewater impact fees for the city of Buda.

The methodology satisfies the requirements of the Texas Local Government Code Section 395 for the establishment and update of water and wastewater impact fees.

For more information: 512-295-1025;

-- American-Statesman staff


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