Council takes steps to balance budget

By SHELLY WILKISON In an attempt to close a $76,325 gap between proposed expenses for fiscal 2013 and city income, the Liberty Hill City Council voted Monday to delay employee raises until 2014, increase its projected sales tax revenue, and take uncommitted money from utility funds. On Sept. 16, the Council voted to keep the [...]

Council sets tax rate, discusses 2013 budget

By SHELLY WILKISON The Liberty Hill City Council approved an ordinance Monday setting the 2013 tax rate at the current rate, and discussed ways to cut a proposed budget that they hope will bring expenditures more in line with revenue. On Sept. 9, the Council voted 3-1 to reject a 5 percent tax hike proposed [...]

Council rejects Mayor’s proposed tax hike, hires Greg Boatright

By SHELLY WILKISON  In an unusual move Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council voted 3-1 to reject a 5 percent tax increase that was to fund a proposed $1.1 million budget for fiscal 2013. The tax rate of $0.563735 per $100 valuation, which was proposed by Mayor Jamie Williamson, would have meant an average increase [...]

Council approves job description, but delays action on Boatright contract

By SHELLY WILKISON As if tempers were not already high enough between some council members and supporters of the City Manager, the Mayor ejected three citizens from a meeting Monday after they applauded and verbally affirmed a statement made by another Council member that was critical of the Mayor. Supporters of interim City Manager Greg [...]

Businesses seeking professionalism from city government look to Boatright

By SHELLY WILKISON Looking for professionalism in city government and an improved image for Liberty Hill, more than 150 business owners and city residents have signed petitions and will place signs on their property this week supporting Greg Boatright as City Manager. Boatright, a business owner and former county commissioner, was hired in May to [...]

Former migrant provides permanent home, keeps promise to his family

By Dana Delgado After years of living and eventually emerging successfully and safely from a life as a migrant working family, both Yamantina Ledezma, married for 39 years and her daughter Oralia “Cookie” Ledezma-Rodriguez welled up with tears as they told the story of their family’s patriarch, Jesus Ledezma. As the family patriarch and eldest of [...]

3 speak out against proposed city tax hike

In two public hearings within the past week, only three people spoke against a proposed 5 percent increase in the tax rate for property owners within the city of Liberty Hill. The Liberty Hill City Council has given preliminary approval to an ad valorem rate of $0.563735 per $100 property value. The proposed rate is [...]

LHISD employees to see average 3% pay hike, Trustees adopt tax increase

By SHELLY WILKISON Liberty Hill school trustees voted unanimously Monday to give employees an average 3 percent pay increase — a move that will make local salaries more competitive with area schools. The pay increase is part of a $30 million budget for fiscal 2013 that will require a tax increase of $0.09 per $100 [...]

Liberty Hill goes back to school

  “Notice anything different?” The first question of the school year from the Superintendent was answered Wednesday with cheers and applause from the 428 employees of the Liberty Hill ISD. Teachers and staff met for the first time in the new auditorium at the new Liberty Hill High School — a 900-seat facility that was [...]

109 sign petition to keep Boatright as City Manager

By SHELLY WILKISON Business owners and Liberty Hill residents are signing a petition urging the City Council to keep Greg Boatright employed as City Manager. Boatright, a former Williamson County Commissioner, was hired by the City of Liberty Hill in May and given an employment contract that expires at the end of September. He was [...]