Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Offers Spring Fling Weekend Fostering

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Offers Spring Fling Weekend Fostering

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) invites the public to foster a medium-to-large adult dog for the weekend. After this “spring fling,” the family can decide to either bring the animal back to the shelter or make them a permanent member of the family! To preview the adoptable dogs and cats at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, visit wilcopets.org.

Friday, March 3, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (470)/Comments (0)/
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Homestead Exemption Filing Now Open for Williamson County Homeowners

Information from the Wilco Public Information Office and the Williamson Central Appraisal District

Pixabay graphic of a house/cottage with A-line roof and 4 windows with planters and a front door. A tree, bench and bicycle are on front lawn.The Williamson Central Appraisal District offers online applications for homestead exemptions and other filings. Annual exemption/special valuation forms are filed between Jan. 1 and April 30.

Business personal property renditions are filed between Jan. 1 and April 15.

There is no charge to file for any exemption. It is easy to file with no need to pay a company to file for you.

Visit the website for more information on applying for available exemptions.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (514)/Comments (0)/
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March 2023

March 2023

WilCo is getting ready to celebrate its BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Learn more about the upcoming festivities in this edition of WILCounty Line. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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One heck of an ice storm

Column by Commissioner Cook

Ice from storm Mara split a large tree in front of Jan Pelosi's house in Williamson County Precinct 1.

Jack Frost doubled down on Central Texas this month — not with extreme cold, nor extreme rainfall, but with temperatures primarily 30 to 32 degrees and every drop of moisture freezing. This layered on our already stressed woody plants from Mother Nature’s onslaught over these past two years and brought them to their breaking point. Long-timers in this area were in total agreement of never having experienced such widespread destruction.

Texas, long used to hurricanes and tornados, experienced broad assault from this cold front, Winter Storm Mara, with up to 1.5” of ice on roads. Trees tumbling and being stripped of large branches downed power poles and lines, and blocked roads. Darkness ensued. Life was jolted back for many to 1880, although those hardy settlers were better prepared for those conditions. 

Although several customers were still struggling Feb. 10 in those no-power areas where extensive repairs were needed, Austin Energy finally restored power to all remaining customers Saturday, minus those who needed electrical home repairs.

On Jan. 31, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell issued a local disaster declaration for our county. Later, the governor issued a disaster declaration for Texas. What does that mean for us citizens? Almost nothing. 

First, damage estimates and costs to address the disaster must pass thresholds for the county, then the state. While the county has passed its threshold, the state is near $48 million for its threshold of $51.5 million, which could mean funds for disaster response work and costs incurred, and possibly some assistance for qualifying residents with property damage, not debris pickup.

All involved need to generate and maintain careful records and receipts: costs for fuel, overtime, salaries, damages to buildings and equipment or any other related costs. Our Williamson County auditor is ensuring county employees are reporting all possible eligible reimbursements. Other entities such as independent school districts, emergency service districts and cities must do the same.

Note: We did all this for the tornados in 2022 and didn’t reach the necessary damage thresholds for county or state and received no FEMA reimbursements for expenses incurred by the county. Much of the damage was within Round Rock. Individual property owners who applied received financial assistance for damage to their homes, outbuildings such as barns and sheds, and businesses. The FEMA-determined threshold for Wilco is $2.7 million based on $4.14/person from the 2020 census of 609,017 residents. Reimbursement of expenses does not exceed 90% of costs incurred. If we’re lucky, reimbursements for the ice storm could start within six months.

Friday, February 17, 2023/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (572)/Comments (0)/
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Williamson County Breaks Ground on C. Bud Stockton Loop Extension

Williamson County Breaks Ground on C. Bud Stockton Loop Extension

Williamson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Russ Boles was joined by others to break ground on the extension of C. Bud Stockton Loop from FM 487 to CR 305. The project includes constructing two lanes of a future four-lane roadway connecting CR 305 to FM 487/C. Bud Stockton with turn lanes.

Thursday, February 16, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (788)/Comments (0)/
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