Williamson County commissioners have left residents only until the close of business on Monday, March 9, to comment on plans to sell around $20 million in certificates of obligation to finance a sweeping capital improvement program.
There are three days left to file for election for council seats and school board positions. Taylor ISD and Thrall ISD will both see at least one new face. Incumbents in other area elections have drawn opposition.
All city offices will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Garbage services will be moved for only one day, and there will be no service on Thursday, Dec. 25. Thursday’s pickup will be moved to Friday. Friday pickup moved to Saturday.
Williamson County currently has openings for membership in the Williamson County Historical Commission (WCHC). The WCHC is designated to coordinate and supervise historic preservation under the direction of the Williamson County Commissioners Court. The purpose of the WCHC is to preserve, protect, and promote history within the county.
The man killed when his truck collided with an Amtrak train early Tuesday afternoon was identified as Donald Patrick Turner, 54, of Corpus Christi. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on SH 95 and County Road 387 near Bartlett.
Early voting has wrapped up and the numbers peeked Oct. 20 in Williamson County with 7,907 votes cast. As of press time Friday, a total of 50,659 early votes had been cast in Williamson County with the rest of Friday left to go. That makes up 18.64 percent of the registered 271,612 registered voters. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Williamson County casted 55,811 votes, which was 23.5 percent of the 237,763 registered voters. As of Friday morning, 1,761 votes had been cast in Taylor, with a high of 244 votes on Thursday Oct. 30. In 2010, the last joint general election, 10,702 early votes were cast throughout Precinct 4 for the State Representative election. For the County Commissioner’s election, 11,435 early votes were cast throughout Precinct 4. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. As a registered voter of Williamson County you may vote at any vote center on Election Day.
The Taylor Press is seeking information for veterans to include in the Veteran’s Day special section. A complete list of veterans that are on file was listed in the Oct. 19 edition of the Taylor Press. The list can also be found at www.taylorpress.net.
Some of them are wheelchair-bound. Others are fighting a rare form of cancer. And some have learned to live with cerebral palsy. But on Saturday morning the last thing on children's minds were the illnesses or disabilities that limit them intellectually or physically. They knew that from that day forward they have a safe place to play team sports and participate in educational and character development programs.
Parents, teachers and school administrators across Texas prevailed against state attorneys when a judge ruled the state's funding of school districts as unconstitutional, inequitable and inadequate in February 2013. On Aug. 28, Judge John Dietz issued his final decision in the landmark public school financial trial once again ruling the system unconstitutional.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted their budget for FY 2014-2015 this week of $146,684,287.10 for the general fund. The reason for the increase was largely due to a possible four percent merit pay increase for county employees and new personnel. The Commissioners Court also adopted the FY 2014-2015 budget for Road and Bridge of $22,324,329.39. The Road and Bridge Fund budget also included a possible four percent merit raise for employees. The Debt Service budget, which is repaying the debt associated with road, park and other capital improvements, was approved at $74,558,930.43.
The Williamson County District Clerk’s Office wants to warn residents about a phone scam that was reported to that office. People have been receiving calls from someone who claims to be with law enforcement telling them that they failed to appear for jury duty. The caller is giving the name of Lt. Tommy Dawson who says he is calling on behalf of Williamson County District Clerk Lisa David. The caller further states that the person needs to report to the courthouse and is asking for them to bring specific amounts of money or an arrest warrant will be issued. District Clerk Lisa David wants to assure the public that this is not a practice that is used in Williamson County for jurors who do not appear for jury service, and she has not requested that any calls like these be made in her name.
The Taylor Press is now taking submissions for Veterans' birthdays. Beginning March 30, every Sunday edition of the Taylor Press will feature a section dedicated to saying “Happy Birthday” to local veterans. We would like you to submit the names and birthdays of veterans to us in order to give birthday wishes to those who have served our country. Please include name, age (optional), birthday, when and where they served and their branch of the military.