City Coun­cil en­dorses tax rate in­crease

Pro­posed rate would add about $113 to bills; cap­i­tal im­prove­ments out­lined.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Rachel Rice rrice@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

The Lake­way City Coun­cil held a special meet­ing Mon­day and ap­proved a pro­posed tax rate of 17.14 cents per $100 prop­erty val­u­a­tion for the com­ing bud­get year, up from the cur­rent 16.12 cents.

The tax rate is not fi­nal­ized, and two pub­lic hear­ings will be held Aug. 21 and Sept. 11 be­fore both the tax rate and the bud­get are up for fi­nal ap­proval by the City Coun­cil dur­ing its Sept. 16 meet­ing.

Based on the tax­able value of an av­er­age home of $498,844, the pro­posed 17.14 cent tax rate would re­sult in an an­nual tax in­crease of $113.

City staff also made a pre­sen­ta­tion on the city’s draft Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ments Plan at Mon­day’s meet­ing.

Projects in the draft Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ments Plan in­cluded an ad­di­tional re­stroom and con­ces­sions area for the city park at the lower level at a cost of $352,584 po­ten­tially in 2018, and re­plac­ing the up­per level re­stroom fa­cil­i­ties at a cost of $310,949, pos­si­bly in 2019. City staff rec­om­mended that the city’s pool be up­dated, in­clud­ing resur­fac­ing, re­plas­ter­ing of the pools, re­plac­ing depth mark­ers and lights and re­pair­ing the frog slide, at a cost of $126,129 in 2018.

Pos­si­ble cap­i­tal im­prove­ment projects also in­clude a plan to cre­ate a BMX park near the city’s skate park at a cost of $285,291, po­ten­tially in 2020.

“Due to im­per­vi­ous cover rules, we can’t do any­thing on this lot,” City Man­ager Steve Jones said. “BMX will al­low us to be in com­pli­ance with im­per­vi­ous cover rules. Cur­rently, we get BMX (rid­ers) in the skate park, which we don’t al­low but they do any­way, and they grind on the rails and they tear them up. We’d like to give them an al­ter­na­tive recre­ation site.”

Other projects in the draft plan in­clude new trails at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $1.2 mil­lion, a fourth arm on the Lohmans Spur traf­fic sig­nal at a cost of $117,000 po­ten­tially in the 2018 bud­get year, ren­o­va­tion of the cur­rent Jus­tice Cen­ter at a cost of $500,000, and re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of City Hall and a new an­nex build­ing at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $3 mil­lion. Gen­eral obli­ga­tion bond projects in­clude an over­lay of Lake­way Boule­vard for about $3 mil­lion and im­prove­ments to RM 620 for $6.5 mil­lion. Projects in the plan and their costs are spread over a five-year time­line.

The City Coun­cil took no ac­tion on the Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ments Plan.

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