The Williamson County Sun

The Sun is an award-winning community paper based in Georgetown, Texas. It covers the city of Georgetown and Williamson County. Founded in 1877, it is the oldest paper and business in the county.

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Georgetown council approves historic home tax exemption

Historic homes primarily in the Old Town and downtown areas doing certain outdoor repairs of $10,000 or more will receive a tax exemption starting at 25 percent. The program was approved on its first reading during the regular meeting of Georgetown City Council at its September 12 meeting. Council Member Mike Triggs, District 3, opposed the measure. The exemption was established to assist…

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Court, deputies association clash over numbers needed to protect county

• Charles Duval, third from left, the president of the Williamson County Deputies Association was joined by supporters as he spoke to the press on August 29. (Photo by Kaitlyn Wilkes)

The Williamson County Deputies Association spoke out against the Williamson County Commissioners Court during the Tuesday commissioners court meeting over the amount of funds the Sheriff’s Office will receive for the 2024 Fiscal Year budget. The association claimed the department is facing a shortage of deputies

Georgetown water and wastewater users face 13 percent hike

To help fund the water department’s capital improvement plan and rising inflation costs, Georgetown City Council voted unanimously to raise the city’s water and wastewater rates 13 percent in Fiscal Year 2024. During the Tuesday August 22 council workshop, Matthew Garrett, managing partner at NewGen Strategies and Solution, presented an update on the 2022 water and wastewater cost of service…

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City council reviews pedestrian bridge designs for Austin Avenue bridge

• The first bridge design features a lower railing for pedestrians and cyclists. (Courtesy Rosales + Partners, Inc.)
• The second bridge design takes inspiration from historic bridges. (Courtesy Rosales + Partners, Inc.)
• The third bridge design features one main structural tower. (Courtesy Rosales + Partners, Inc.)

The Georgetown City Council was presented with the three final bridge design ideas for the Austin Avenue pedestrian bridge that will help connect downtown to other parts of the ci

Georgetown City Council place $130 million bond package on November ballot

Georgetown City Council has finalized its November bond package, and during a special meeting Tuesday, August 15, officially placed $130 million worth of projects on the November 7 ballot. Split into four propositions, if approved in the election by voters, the bond would fund a city partnership with the YMCA of Central Texas, the building of a new City administrative building, the r

Georgetown discusses tax rate for 2024 budget

For Fiscal Year 2024, Georgetown city staff projects the city’s revenue will be $97.59 million, a 9.3 percent decrease from the city’s 2023 budget. City Manager David Morgan gave an overview of the next fiscal year’s budget and received input and feedback from the council at a workshop August 8.This is the city council’s second presentation and feedback session about the 2024 budget. The…

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Georgetown working to secure long-term groundwater supply

The City of Georgetown will work with a water utility company to secure a minimum of 35,000 and a maximum of 75,000 acre-feet of groundwater for the city. City council unanimously moved to work with EPCOR, which has a presence in Round Rock, on a future Groundwater Reservation Agreement at a special meeting Wednesday, August 9. The agreement would give the city access to the new water source. …

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Blue Hole Park improvements may not make November bond package

As Georgetown City Council continues to look at projects to include in a possible $136 million November bond election, council members discussed removing Blue Hole Park improvements from a package in favor of using Certificate of Obligation to fund the work. The proposed Bond Proposition B, as of Tuesday, included $6 million for Blue Hole Park work and $49 million for the expansion and…

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Expenditures down 11 percent in proposed Georgetown FY 2024 budget

The plans for Georgetown’s Fiscal Year 2024 general fund as well as other funds for city departments were presented to city council members during a budget workshop Tuesday, July 11. The general fund is the primary source of money for Georgetown. Departments that are included in the fund are parks, safety, streets, city administration, water and electricity among others. “I do want to remind…

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Applications open for Home Repair Program

Georgetown, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, is accepting applications for the City of Georgetown Home Repair Program. The website for the Home Repair program states it was established to “provide home repairs to homeowners who are residents of the City of Georgetown and have limited resources.” Those interested in the program must live within the city limits of…

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