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Williamson County Tax Rates Decrease - 09/29/11 10:13 AM
Williamson County residents will be happy to know that County Commissioners recently voted to decrease the property tax rate by approximately 0.002312 per $100 in assessed value. The decrease will make the 2011–12 adopted tax rate 0.487687 per $100 in assessed value. The decrease in the property tax rate will help offset the increase being seen in property values in the area. It is estimated that Williamson County residents will end up paying about the same in taxes in 2012 as they did in 2011. The county has also cut $2.6 million from the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Precinct 3 Commissioner (0 comments)
Job Market In Austin Remains Strong - 09/27/11 09:21 PM
A recent report by Manpower Employment Outlook Survey showed that employers in the Austin area plan to have higher levels of hiring this fall. The housing market in the Austin area continues to remain among the best in the country. The list of U.S. cities with the most healthy employment outlooks ranked Austin as fifth. The state of Texas as a whole ranked as third best in the country. The survey serves as an indicator as to what to expect when it comes to hiring in the next quarter of the year. The survey also showed that 71 percent of companies will not be (2 comments)
National Homebuilder to Build 700 New Homes in Austin - 09/22/11 05:52 PM
New construction of homes is suffering in many parts of the country, but the same cannot be said for Austin and the surrounding area. National homebuilder Pulte Group Inc.recently announced that it will be adding two large developments to the Austin area that will add a total of 700 new single-family homes . One of the new developments will include Preston Village in North Austin with a total of 376 homes, and Cold Spring development in Leander with 329 new homes. A home in Preston Village will begin at $170,000, and a new home in Cold Spring will start in the (2 comments)
Plans in the Works to Open a New University in Georgetown - 09/20/11 03:04 PM
In today’s down economy, more and more Americans are looking to further their education to make themselves more marketable in today’s job market. Residents of Georgetown will soon have more access to higher education. National American University recently announced plans to build a new campus in Georgetown.National American University is a regionally accredited school that currently has 32 campuses across the country, with two being in the Austin area. The university plans to be located at Wolf Ranch Town Center at 1013 W. University Ave., Ste. F27A. At this time, the university is unclear of when the campus will open and what (0 comments)
Large Townhome Development Approved by Austin City Council - 09/15/11 10:38 PM
At a recent City Council meeting Austin council members gave their approval for Cypress Real Estate Advisors to go ahead and begin the development of Tarlton 360 Townhomes. The development will be built on the site of the vacant Cinemark Movie Theater adjacent to Barton Creek Square Mall at Walsh Tarlton Lane and Capital of Texas Highway. Construction time frame for the development was approved from three to 10 years. The new development will be a mix of residential property and office complexes. John Burnham, Cypress Real Estate Advisors Vice President of Investments said, “The site is a wonderful piece of real (2 comments)
Is Your Home Protected From Wildfires? - 09/13/11 08:56 AM
The historical drought in Texas has caused many fires across the Austin area. Do you have a personal wildfire action plan? Wildfires are the culprit of many homes lost each year. Studies have shown that 80 percent of homes that were lost to wildfires could have been saved if a few simple fire-safe practices were set in place by homeowners.Our local fire departments are doing a great job taking every precaution to keep us safe during this drought, but there is just not enough manpower to go around to protect every home, if a wildfire breaks out. Tips for protecting your home (2 comments)
Home Prices in Austin Stronger than in Other Parts of the Country - 09/08/11 04:26 PM
Many housing markets across the country are experiencing plummeting home prices, but that is not the case here in the Austin area. The CoreLogic Inc. Home Price Index report for July showed that home prices in the Austin area actually rose by 0.1 percent with distressed homes sales included when compared to home prices of July 2010. If not factoring in distressed home sales, home prices in the Austin area rose by 0.7 percent compared to the same time period last year. Austin home prices may be holding steady but the same cannot be said for many other areas of the (0 comments)
Georgetown City Council Sets Goal to Cut the Budget - 09/06/11 09:47 PM
The Georgetown City Council is looking to make every penny count and has set a goal of cutting $400,000 from the 2011–12 general fund budget.The budget for Georgetown during this time period is currently set at $40 million. The budget for the 2011-12 year is fine and shows no shortfalls. However, the following fiscal year of 2012–13 is estimated to have a shortfall of $980,000, which is why the City Council is looking to do something now.The City Council is looking to increase the tax rate of homeowners. Currently, the average value of a home in Georgetown that is taxable is $184,959. (2 comments)
Liberty Hill High School to Break Ground on September 18th - 09/01/11 08:58 PM
September 18th is the day that ground will be broken for the new Liberty Hill High School, and construction is set to begin the following day. Construction is expected to be completed by June of 2013. Last fall voters approved the $ 85.6 million bond package that would allow for the much-needed new high school. The Liberty Hill School District has grown by 20 percent since 2006 and is expected to grow another 35 percent by 2025. The rapid growth has left many schools in the district at or near capacity.The estimated cost of the project is set at $60,023,406. The (0 comments)
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