Fire Chief: Revenue from sales tax will fund second station

By SHELLY WILKISON As unprecedented growth envelops the Liberty Hill area, local emergency responders say they need revenue from a 1 cent sales tax to help support the operations of a second fire station. The Board of Commissioners of the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4, which provides fire and medical response in a fire […]

Council considers budget that includes pay increases

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council is considering adoption of a $1.8 million budget that includes a 3 percent pay increase for city staff, funding for a code enforcement officer and monies for the development of pocket parks. Funding for the fiscal 2014 spending plan will come primarily from property taxes. The Council […]

Trustees adopt $32.6 million budget, set tax rate

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees voted unaninously Monday to adopt a $32.6 million budget for fiscal 2014 and approved a tax rate of $1.54 per $100 property valuation. Liberty Hill ISD Chief Financial Officer Frank Watson said the budget came in “in the black” with about $2,700 under projected revenues. “It’s not by […]

LHISD employees return to school

By SHELLY WILKISON Seemingly energized and enthusiastic about the start of a new school year, hundreds of school district employees returned to work Tuesday marking the official end of summer vacation in Liberty Hill. The majority of the district’s 435 employees met in Liberty Hill High School’s Auditorium Tuesday morning where they learned that more […]

Disabled veteran surprised to receive mortgage-free home in Santa Rita Ranch

By SEAN SHAPIRO When Clifton “Ray” Coffee and his family arrived at Dell Diamond on Aug. 15, he knew he was going to be honored before the Round Rock Express game for his military service. But he had no idea that his family would be receiving a life-changing gift before the start of the third […]

City, EDC working to make Liberty Hill a destination

By SHELLY WILKISON Through its Economic Development Corp., the City of Liberty Hill is sending a message that the once-rural community now on the verge of a population explosion is finally open for business. As the promise of more rooftops in the school district changes the landscape, city leaders are anxious for commercial development to […]

Operation Liberty Hill tackles area hunger, adds summer snack program

By Dana Delgado There is no pause for Operation Liberty Hill Director Susan Baker. There can’t be. The humble mission of the non-profit organization to help those in the area who are struggling to make ends meet is simple and straightforward enough. It’s the scope and scale, which have become increasingly evident, that are unsettling. […]

Council adopts Comp Plan, approves Consent Agreement for MUDs

The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the City, received a clean report on audits for fiscal 2013, and approved a Consent Agreement for two municipal utility districts. Following a one-hour workshop on goals and planning (see related story above), the Council a Comprehensive Plan for the City — a […]

Update on new rental developments raises discussion on water availability

By SHELLY WILKISON With the news that two rental communities are preparing to break ground in the coming months, City Manager Greg Boatright said Monday that water is available to service the additional 176 customers. Liberty Trails Townhomes has all of the permits in place to build 101 rental units on acreage across from Dahlia […]

Trustees vote to refinance bonds, close budget gap

Liberty Hill school trustees on Monday voted to refinance bonds issued in 2006, which administrators say should bring in the revenue needed to put the school district in the black for the upcoming fiscal year. Chief Financial Officer Frank Watson said budget projections, which could change as soon as next week when Williamson County certifies […]