WCESD approves agreement with City for accounting services

By Christine Bolaños Commissioners of the Williamson County Emergency Service District #4 approved an agreement Monday with the City of Liberty Hill to fund a senior accountant position that would service both governmental bodies. Per the agreement, the ESD would utilize the city’s financial software known as Incode and participate with the city in the […]

Council hears city department budget requests, proceeds with involuntary annexation plans

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill City Council members have begun the process of working through funding requests from city department heads for fiscal 2015, and are considering an 8 percent increase in the tax rate for maintenance and operations. The proposed rate of $0.527842 per $100 property value will add $7.43 to the tax bill […]

EDC acts on restaurants’ funding requests

By SHELLY WILKISON After a lengthy discussion that has continued for months, directors of the city’s Economic Development Corp. voted last week to reject a request by the Marble Falls-based Bella Serra Restaurant for $163,000 in public funds to help pay for infrastructure and other start-up costs. The business, which has purchased property on Brown […]

Liberty Hill students tackle problem solving at leadership summit in Europe

By Lauren Jette Some Liberty Hill High School students got the experience of a lifetime during an educational tour through part of Europe last month. LHHS Spanish teacher Jennifer Gonzalez took 15 students on a Global Student Leaders Summit through Barcelona, the French Riviera, Lake Como and Davos, Switzerland June 19-29. At the culmination of […]

Boatright continues talks on Liberty Parke PID

By SHELLY WILKISON Although no action was taken Monday, the City Council was updated by staff on various projects that could significantly impact city coffers. City Manager Greg Boatright told the Council that after meeting last week with developers of Liberty Parke and the adjacent Liberty Meadows, he is leaning toward a recommendation that the […]

County, state officials address Liberty Hill business leaders

By Christine Bolaños Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce members gathered June 24 to hear their county, state senate and house representatives talk about accomplishments during the last legislative session. Commissioner Cynthia Long, Rep. Marsha Farney and Sen. Charles Schwertner’s Chief of Staff Thomas Holloway addressed the audience at Beck Chapels & Events. Williamson County Long […]

Fortis Academy opening at LifeSprings Church

By Christine Bolaños  After moving around in the Austin area a few times, Fortis Academy staff hopes it has finally found a permanent home for the Christian-based school at LifeSprings Church in Liberty Hill. “We were coming from Austin and the location that we were at was too small for us. God was blessing us […]

City ends contract with US Water group

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill Council voted unanimously Monday to terminate within 45 days the city’s contract with US Water Utility Group, which operates and maintains the city’s wastewater treatment plant, amid a budget that was 48 percent more than its contracted amount. No discussion followed after the council reconvened from executive session regarding […]

City Council asks staff to continue PID negotiations

By Christine Bolaños The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday asked staff to continue negotiations with Liberty Parke developers and opted not to take action on a letter of interest (LOI) for the formation of a Public Improvement District. The LOI states intentions of both parties to work toward formation of a PID and is […]

Professional reporting of The Independent recognized in state contest

For the fifth straight year, your hometown newspaper has been recognized for excellence in reporting by the Texas Press Association in its Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The awards, which were announced last week at the annual newspaper leadership convention in Austin, recognize the work of newspapers across the state in a number of categories. The […]