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4/15/2014 2:26 PM
Williamson County, together with the City of Cedar Park and Waste Management, are hosting a FREE household hazardous waste collection event.  The event is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gupton Stadium at the corner of Gupton Way and E Park Street.
4/15/2014 2:08 PM
Williamson County received a AAA bond rating from both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s  Ratings Services last week. The ratings reports are available on the County’s website here.
4/15/2014 11:58 AM
All Williamson County offices will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014, for Good Friday.  County operations will resume regular hours on Monday, April 21, 2014. 
4/8/2014 11:41 AM
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. to receive comments on participating in the Secretary of State's Countywide Polling Place Program. The hearing will take place during the regular session of Commissioners Court in the historic courthouse, located at 710 S. Main, in Georgetown, TX.
4/7/2014 10:33 AM
This summer, youth starting at age 16 will be offered a unique opportunity to learn a vocational skill through Williamson  County Juvenile Services.  This will mark the third year Williamson County Juvenile Services has teamed up with Skillpoint Alliance – Gateway to offer vocational training for the youth they serve. 
4/4/2014 9:18 AM
Williamson County is hosting its 4th Annual Learn to Fish event in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 CR 175, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 8 a.m. to  noon.  This is an incredible family-friendly event where children where children of all ages will be able to spend time in the great outdoors learning various fishing tips and techniques from local experts.  See a video about the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4S2AAAuFW0 .
4/3/2014 7:59 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office now offers approximate wait times online for the Georgetown, Round Rock and Cedar Park offices.  Before heading to one of these locations to renew your vehicle registration, title a vehicle, or pay property taxes, check the wait times to see how long you might have to wait at www.wilco.org/countydepartments/taxassessorcollector
3/31/2014 12:42 PM
The Williamson County EMS Tactical Medic Team will receive the 100 Club of Central Texas "EMS Achievement Award" at the Club’s annual awards reception on April 4, 2014.  The Williamson County Emergency Medical Services Department sponsors a highly trained  Tactical Medic Team that consist of  11 specially trained paramedics who work in close proximity with local and regional law enforcement agencies when they operate in high risk environments.
3/31/2014 12:39 PM
The Leander Fire Department and Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car safety seat and booster event for area residents on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Leander Central Fire Station, 201 Brushy St. North, Leander, and are available by appointment only.  Please call (512) 259-9010 to make an appointment.
3/27/2014 3:27 PM
The 100 Club of Central Texas will recognize the individuals who came together to form the Reentry Incident Management Team for West, Texas, following the devastating fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013, with the Team Excellence Award at their 31ST Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, April 4.  The Incident Management Team members from CEN-TEX, Capital Area and Alamo that were deployed to West, Texas, include Aubrey Holmes and Trey Hewtty with Williamson County Emergency Communications.
3/24/2014 12:53 PM

Williamson County Veterans Services Office invites all Vietnam Veterans and their families to attend the dedication of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. on the northeast side of the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin. 

3/20/2014 2:02 PM
The Williamson County Parks Department is preparing for warmer weather by announcing that the Quarry Splash Pad and Champion Park splash pad will open on May 17 this year.  The Quarry Splash Pad, an 8,500 square-foot attraction with water cannons, water jets, and a waterfall, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17 through Labor Day. 
3/20/2014 7:58 AM
Williamson County’s Brown Santa Program will host its 3rd Annual "Givin' & Golfin' Tournament" on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Avery Ranch Golf Club.  Proceeds will benefit families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

3/20/2014 7:55 AM
April 6 to 12, 2014, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Williamson County.  The public is invited to a free recognition ceremony on April 10, 10 a.m., in honor of the victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf.  The ceremony will be held at the San Gabriel Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street, in Georgetown.
3/13/2014 12:41 PM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating their 7th anniversary with $7 adoption rates on all adult dogs and cats.
3/11/2014 10:52 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s offices will be closed next week, March 18 to March 20, on a rotating schedule for training.
3/11/2014 10:39 AM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban in Williamson County on Monday, March 10, 2014.
3/4/2014 5:33 AM

Williamson County offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. due to inclement weather.  The Commissioners Court meeting will start at 11 am.  

Watch for icy road conditions that can exist on bridges and overpasses.  Reduce speed and leave at least three car lengths between you and the car ahead of you.


3/3/2014 10:33 PM

Some Williamson County polling locations will have a delayed opening on Election Day tomorrow, March 4, due to delayed openings of schools.  All polling locations in Round Rock and Leander Independent School Districts’ schools will open two hours later at 9 a.m.  Polling locations at Austin Community College in Round Rock locations will open at 11 a.m. At this time, all other locations will open at 7 a.m.  A full list of polling locations and opening hours is available on the Elections website at www.wilco.org/elections

3/3/2014 9:36 AM

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will celebrate Mardi Paws!  From March 4 to March 9, join the adoption celebration and visit our festive felines and cheery canines. You won’t be able to mask your feelings – you’re bound to fall in love! Then, name the price of your adoption fee to take home your party animal! (Puppy and kitten adoption fee is $75.)


2/25/2014 12:50 PM
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve. 
2/19/2014 2:11 PM

Prime Strategies Inc. and HNTB were once again chosen to lead Williamson County’s road bond construction program as the county prepares to go to sale with road bonds approved by voters in November. 
2/18/2014 3:05 PM

Early voting for the March 4, 2014, primary elections in Williamson County will be held from Tuesday, February 18 until February 28.   Sample ballots for both the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections are available on the Elections website at www.wilco.org/elections.  The early voting schedule along with dates and times for the county's locations is posted on the County Elections website or by clicking here.

2/18/2014 3:02 PM
The deadline to request a Ballot by Mail is this Friday, February 21, 2014, by 6 p.m..  The  marked Ballot by Mail must be received in the Elections Department by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 4. 
2/6/2014 10:15 PM

Williamson County offices will be closed on Friday, February 7, due to the threat of severe winter weather. Please do not travel unless necessary. If you must drive, take caution and slow down, particularly on bridges and overpasses, and leave at least three car lengths between you and the car in front of you in order to slow down and stop. Check office and school closures before leaving your home.

2/6/2014 2:47 PM
The offices of Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 will be closed to the public February 10, 11, and 12, 2014, for staff training. The office will reopen Thursday, February 13, 2014.
2/6/2014 9:17 AM
In Texas, property owners can receive a discount on their property taxes on their primary residence as of January 1 of each year through a homestead exemption. Filing for a homestead exemption, senior citizen/disabled person tax freeze or deferral is free of charge and forms are available from the Williamson Central Appraisal District, www.wcad.org or the Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office.
2/5/2014 10:08 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s offices will be closed next week, February 11 to February 13, on a rotating schedule for training.
2/4/2014 5:08 PM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court today approved amending the County’s tobacco-free campus policy to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on County property. The amendment to the policy will go into effect February 11, 2014.
2/4/2014 1:39 PM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car safety seat and booster event for area residents on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1/29/2014 1:57 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector now offers taxpayers a property tax escrow service. If all current and prior year taxes are paid, taxpayers can begin paying their 2014 taxes in equal monthly payments into an escrow account held by the Tax Office.
1/28/2014 6:08 AM
Due to deteriorating road conditions, Williamson County offices will delay opening two hours and will open at 10 a.m. this morning. The Commissioners Court meeting will start at 10 a.m. Please take caution and slow down when driving this morning, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
1/24/2014 5:55 AM
Williamson County offices are closed today, Friday, January 24, due to inclement weather. Roads are icy. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Non-emergency personnel should not report for work.
1/23/2014 10:21 PM
Williamson County offices will have a two-hour delay opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014. Use extreme caution when driving.
1/22/2014 3:01 PM
The Williamson County Parks Department is now accepting registrations for the Spring 2014 softball league. Registration is open until February 12, 2014.
1/17/2014 10:44 AM
A major milestone in the IH 35 frontage road and ramps project is coming. Williamson County’s contractor will be setting the bridge beams for the new northbound frontage road bridge over the South San Gabriel River between FM 2243 and SH 29. Northbound main lanes of IH-35 will be closed on January 21 and 27-30 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for this project.
1/13/2014 9:59 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office reminds property owners that Friday, January 31st, 2014, is the state mandated deadline to pay 2013 property taxes.
1/13/2014 9:58 AM
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating three years of being a no-kill, open-admission shelter. Since December 2010, WCRAS has reached a save rate of 90% and above.
1/8/2014 2:28 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening at 9 a.m. next week for an hour of staff development in the morning. All other locations will open regular business hours. The 9 a.m. office opening schedule is as follows:
•Tuesday, January 14 - Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
•Wednesday, January 15 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
•Thursday, January 16 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor Tax office, 412 Vance St.
12/31/2013 12:04 PM
Williamson County residents can bring their live, undecorated trees to the Williamson County Landfill and Recycling Center, 600 Landfill Road, in Hutto, until Saturday, January 4, for free mulching. Hours for recycling are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. Call the landfill at 512-759-8881 for more information.
12/31/2013 9:32 AM
The Leander Fire Department and the Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, will be conducting a car safety seat and booster event for area residents on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Leander Central Fire Station, 201 Brushy St. North, Leander.
12/17/2013 1:04 PM
Williamson County offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Day after Christmas, Thursday, December 26, 1013
New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
12/16/2013 12:13 PM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is offering reduced pet adoptions through January 2, 2014, as part of the “Home 4 the Holidays” adoption drive. During the holiday event, dog and cat adoptions are available for a donation, while puppies less than one year old are only $75. The shelter will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24, and be closed Christmas Day, December 25. The shelter also will close New Year’s Eve, December 31, at 4 p.m. and be closed New Year’s Day, January 1.
12/11/2013 12:49 PM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is offering an opportunity for families to foster healthy animals over the Christmas holiday. Any family or individual desiring to foster a dog or cat from December 22 to January 2 can apply to be a foster parent through the shelter’s website at www.wilcopets.org.
12/6/2013 4:37 PM
Williamson County’s Office of Emergency Management has hired Michael Turek to fill the position of deputy emergency management coordinator. Turek previously worked for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and has been with the county since September 1997.

12/5/2013 10:39 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening at 9 a.m. next week for an hour of staff training in the morning. All other locations will open regular business hours. The 9 a.m. office opening schedule is as follows:
• Tuesday, December 10 - Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
• Wednesday, December 11 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
• Thursday, December 12 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor Tax Office, 412 Vance St.
11/26/2013 9:31 AM
Santa can be found at Wolf Ranch Town Center, IH-35 and SH 29 in Georgetown, on on weekends starting Sunday, December 1, to take photos with all of his friends! Photos are available at the Christmas tree by the fireplace on Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
11/25/2013 11:48 AM
A new Teen Court has been created under the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Court. Teen Court is an alternative, voluntary program which offers young offenders an opportunity to make restitution for an offense through community service, specialized classes and jury service, thus avoiding fines and keeping their record clear. It also offers exciting volunteer opportunities for teens as well as adults.
11/25/2013 11:09 AM
Williamson County Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, November 26. In addition, the Precinct One Justice of the Peace office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock, will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on November 27, 2013, for staff development. Normal business hours will resume on Monday Dec. 2, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
11/22/2013 4:45 PM
The Williamson County Unified Road System announces the following roads are closed due to high water on Friday, November 22, as of 4:15 p.m.

C.R. 123, CR 152, CR 177, CR 272, and Brushy Bend.

11/15/2013 9:53 AM
Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event on Friday, November 29.  The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in downtown Georgetown. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
11/14/2013 4:53 PM
TexFile, the new official e-filing system for Texas, is now being used by the office of Justice of the Peace Dain Johnson, Precinct 1.  On December 11, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court mandated electronic filing in civil cases in district courts, statutory county courts, constitutional county courts and statutory probate courts on a graduated schedule from January 2014 through July 2016.  The Justice of the Peace Office in Pct.  1 was the first Williamson County office to adopt the program starting on Tuesday, November 12, as that office already utilized e-filing through a different company.  The other Williamson County courts will begin offering e-filing with TexFile in the first quarter of 2014.  

11/8/2013 1:46 PM
Williamson County offices will be closed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2013. The Williamson County Veterans Services Department has a listing of several events and special discounts that are available for veterans on their web page at http://www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/VeteransServices/tabid/470/language/en-US/Default.aspx

11/7/2013 11:21 AM
At a press conference today, Commissioner Cynthia Long, Precinct 2, announced that Williamson County manufacturing businesses will be released from their 4-year phase out agreement of the Freeport Tax Exemption one year early due to the success of the program.  Instead of paying 20% of their Freeport tax for 2013, they will owe nothing.  Williamson County manufacturing businesses that were paying the Freeport tax have increased in assessed value by $55 million since 2010.
11/6/2013 3:21 PM
On October 30 and into the early hours of October 31, as much as 8 inches of rain fell in parts of Williamson County.  The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management notified 88 homes to evacuate.  In continued response to the Halloween Floods, Williamson County Judge Dan A. Gattis signed a disaster declaration on November 6, 2013, for Williamson County.  The declaration requests assistance with the costs incurred during the response and recovery operations.

11/6/2013 11:11 AM
Taylor ISD Family Support Services and the Williamson County Emergency Medical Services, will be conducting a car safety seat and booster event for area residents on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

11/4/2013 10:59 AM
The Office of Justice of the Peace Judy Schier Hobbs, Precinct 4, will be closed from Wednesday, November 6, through Friday, November  8, 2013 for court personnel training and on Monday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day holiday .  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 9 a.m.  The public may mail any correspondence, use the drop box located in the northeast corner of the building, 211 W. 6th Street, Taylor or pay online at: http://www.wilco.org/JP4.  Citation due dates between November 6 and November 11 will be extended until November 12, 2013, by 5 p.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.
10/31/2013 7:46 AM
From November 1 through 30, WCRAS will hold a “Back in Black,” promotion and offer special reduced adoption fees on all adorable, adoptable black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
10/28/2013 12:53 PM
Residents purchasing a vehicle in Texas must now show a proper form of identification to obtain a title and registration.  If you are buying from a dealer, provide the dealer with your identification. If you are buying a car from an individual, bring your identification and all other required application forms and fees with you to the Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office to apply for the title.
10/18/2013 10:50 AM
Williamson County’s Dino Day at Champion Park, originally planned for October 19, is being rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The event now will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 
10/17/2013 2:14 PM
Property tax statements were mailed October 16, 2013, according to Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector Deborah M. Hunt.  The County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office sends out tax bills on behalf of most of the taxing entities.  Duplicate statements are not mailed to property owners who have their taxes escrowed by their lender.  

10/16/2013 8:12 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office offers a new option for property tax payments.  Taxpayers may now enter into a contract with the Tax Assessor-Collector and make monthly deposits into a tax escrow account.  The payments shall be automatically debited from the taxpayer’s checking or savings account each month. 
10/8/2013 4:00 PM
The Office of Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell Jr., Precinct 3, will be closed on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, for staff development .  Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, October 17, 2013. 
10/8/2013 3:23 PM

The Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office at 350 Discovery Blvd. Ste. 204, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 will be closed for staff training on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.   The office will reopen Thursday, October 17, 2013, with regular business hours, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

10/8/2013 12:54 PM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, October 24, 2013,  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Scott & White Clinic located at 425 University Blvd, Round Rock (on the corner of Sunrise Rd. and University Blvd.). 
10/8/2013 12:53 PM
All four Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector Offices will be closed for staff training on Monday, October 14, 2013.  
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening at 9 a.m. next week for an hour of staff training in the morning.  All other locations will open regular business hours. 
10/1/2013 2:40 PM
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced that Williamson County, Texas, has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.  This is the third consecutive year that the Budget Office has received the award. 
9/26/2013 1:11 PM

The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted the current tax rate of 48.9029 cents per $100 of valuation for 2014.  The total county tax rate is comprised of three tax rates: General Fund, Debt Service and Road & Bridge.  The General Fund or maintenance and operation tax rate was set at 28.1529 cents, and the Debt Service tax rate was set at 16.7500 cents.  The Road and Bridge tax rate was set at 4.00 cents.

9/24/2013 8:32 AM
County voters will have an opportunity this fall to decide on a bond election regarding the issuance of $315 million in general obligation bonds.  Proposition 1 is for $275 million for roads and Proposition 2 is for $40 million for parks and recreation.  
Williamson County will host four Open Houses to provide the public with information on the upcoming road and park bond election, as well as provide voters with general election information. 
9/23/2013 8:49 AM
Cooler temperatures are coming our way, making it a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors while hiking!  Make plans to stretch your legs at River Ranch County Park on Saturday, October 12.  Take-A-Hike Day visitors may hike along the unimproved primitive trails (old ranch roads) from 9 a.m. until noon. 
9/20/2013 3:26 PM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Williamson County today, Friday, September 20, 2013.  
9/13/2013 10:32 AM
The Williamson County Purchasing Office was the recipient of the 2013 Achievement of Excellence in Public Purchasing Award.  This is the 14th consecutive year Williamson County has received this award. 
9/4/2013 9:34 AM
Williamson County, together with the City of Cedar Park and Waste Management, are hosting a FREE household hazardous waste collection event.  The event is Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leander Maintenance Facility Parking Lot, 607 Municipal Drive, Leander, Texas.  Click here to see all items accepted or not-accepted.
8/30/2013 9:02 AM
Since the introduction of the Williamson County free prescription discount program in July 2008, county residents have filled 240,949 prescriptions with the cards at discounts averaging 24% and $11.69 per prescription. In all, $2,821,507 has been saved. Williamson County is ranked 26th in the nation for number of users.
8/28/2013 2:46 PM
The Williamson County Mental Health Task Force today unveiled two new billboards for Suicide Prevention Month.  The billboard vinyl encourages people to “Be a Hero. Save a Life.” with the number for the Bluebonnet Trails Community Services hotline phone number on it.  In addition to the billboards, a Twitter campaign was launched to “Save the number.  Save a life.” encouraging people to tweet the number to the national Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800- 273-TALK (8255).  
8/28/2013 2:41 PM
he Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted their budget for FY 2013-2014 today of $139,289,236 for the general fund, an increase of seven percent over the original FY12-13 budget.  The reason for the increase was largely due to salary increases and new personnel, followed by technology expenses.  The Court proposed the current tax rate of 48.9029 cents per $100 of valuation. 
8/28/2013 1:42 PM
Williamson County offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.  All county operations will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  The District Clerk’s Office will close Friday, September 6, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for staff training. There will be a contact number left at Justice Center switchboard, 512-943-1100, for emergency filings only.
8/23/2013 10:01 AM
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Jollyville Plateau salamander as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.   The Jollyville Plateau salamander lives in springs in southwestern Williamson County and in Travis County.  The USFWS also granted a six month extension on any listing action for the Georgetown and Salado salamanders, also affecting Williamson County.  A 30-day comment period has been opened (closing September 19, 2013) for submission of additional information on the Georgetown and Salado salamanders.

8/22/2013 10:49 AM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a pay increase of $2.00 per hour for election poll workers.  This is the first increase in poll workers hourly pay since 2004.

8/21/2013 12:39 PM
On Tuesday, September 24, the Williamson County Juvenile Board, along with the Williamson County Juvenile Services Department, invites the public to an open house celebrating the 30-year anniversary of juvenile services in Williamson County.  The open house features a tour of the Juvenile Justice Center that includes the history and development of juvenile services in Williamson County from 1983 to 2013.
8/21/2013 8:56 AM
Williamson County is hosting a ceremony “Shine The Light On Hope” in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month on Tuesday, September 10, at 8:30 a.m. on the south steps of the historic courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown.  State Representative Tony Dale will be the emcee.  All interested members of the public are invited to attend.
8/20/2013 9:52 AM
On August 13, 2013, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a contract with Malouf & Nockels, LLP to represent the County in the prosecution of a lawsuit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), MERSCORP, Inc., Bank of America, National Association, and those acting in concert with them in claims arising out of the Defendants’ recordation or failure to record instruments related to promissory notes and/or mortgage obligations on real estate located in Williamson County.
8/15/2013 11:23 AM
The November uniform election will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  For the first time, voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections.
8/13/2013 8:21 AM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, August 22, 2013,  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the St. David’s Georgetown Hospital located at 2000 Scenic Drive, Georgetown.  

8/12/2013 12:53 PM
For the fifth year, Williamson County is opening River Ranch County Park to qualified bow hunters for weekend, two-day hunts.  The hunts will be conducted from September 28, 2013, through December 22, 2013, excluding Thanksgiving weekend.  Hunters may register at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Office, 219 Perry Mayfield, Leander, TX 78641 (located at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park).
8/8/2013 2:27 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s offices will be closed next week, August 13 to 15, on a rotating schedule for training.  While one office is closed, other office locations will be open regular business hours.
7/29/2013 2:57 PM
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office approved Williamson County’s application to participate in the Countywide Polling Place program for the November 5, 2013, Constitutional Amendment Election.  The program will eliminate county election precinct polling places and establish countywide polling places or Vote Centers so that voters can go to any voting location on Election Day.
7/24/2013 2:56 PM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court recognized four employees with Employee of the Year awards for leadership during their meeting on July 23, 2013.  Each employee receives $500, a plaque and a traveling trophy for their department to keep for the year.
7/19/2013 2:33 PM
Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. The increase in county population, along with many people waiting until the end of the month to get their motor vehicle tags renewed, has caused longer lines at the Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s four offices. Click for tips to help vehicle registration renewal customers avoid standing in those long lines.
7/16/2013 8:50 AM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Williamson County today, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. 

7/12/2013 8:37 AM
The Williamson County Election Commission unanimously selected Jason Barnett as the new elections administrator effective July 29, 2013.  Mr. Barnett currently is the deputy elections administrator with the Denton County Elections Office.
7/11/2013 1:43 PM
The Office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 will be closed for court personnel training starting Wednesday, July 17, through Friday, July 19, 2013.
7/9/2013 10:53 AM
On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, the Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for 90 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.
7/9/2013 8:21 AM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the St. David’s Georgetown Hospital located at 2000 Scenic Drive, Georgetown. 
6/27/2013 8:45 AM
Williamson County offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in observance of the July 4th Independence Day holiday.  All offices will resume regular business hours on Friday, July 5.  In addition, the Commissioners Court will not meet on Tuesday, July 2, and will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, July 9, at 9:30 a.m. 
6/12/2013 3:55 PM
Beginning Wednesday, June 12, the pond at Berry Springs Park and Preserve will be closed for public use until September 9, 2013.  Contractors will be making repairs to the dam that was destroyed during the flood event caused by Tropical Storm Hermine in September 2010. 

6/10/2013 2:57 PM
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is going No-Kill with over 1,000 other shelters across the nation for Just One Day. In celebration of this day, WCRAS will waive all adoption fees on June 11, 2013.

6/10/2013 10:41 AM
Williamson County successfully implemented the use of Vote Centers for May’s Joint General and Special Elections.  The County now is getting input on Vote Center locations for the November 5th General Election.  Voters can give their input at an Open House on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the historic County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in Georgetown.

6/10/2013 10:39 AM
Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector Deborah Hunt invites the public to attend an open house showcasing the renovation of the Georgetown Tax Office on Thursday, June 20.  The open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at 904 S. Main Street.  Escorted tours will be available. 

6/4/2013 9:36 AM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution marking  June 15 as United Nations’ International Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Williamson County.  In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness, on Thursday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m., Adult Protective Services is joining with St. John’s Church in Georgetown for a candlelight vigil at the church to commemorate all the victims of elder abuse, especially those fatalities in our local community.
5/31/2013 8:24 AM
One of Williamson County’s most popular recreational facilities, the Quarry Splash Pad at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, is open for the summer!  The splash pad will be closed on Monday, June 3, 2013, for maintenance.  To follow updates on the splash pad operations, including scheduled maintenance, call 512-943-1919.
5/24/2013 3:21 PM
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is the Land of the Free Adoptions this weekend. WCRAS invites the public to their free adoption event this Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 25th to Monday, May 27th. All pets older than 6 months will be available for a free adoption.

5/22/2013 8:20 AM
Williamson County offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.  All county operations will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.  Several events to honor our military service personnel, both past and present, are being planned in Williamson County during the Memorial
5/22/2013 7:50 AM
Williamson County, the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District, and the City of Cedar Park are partnering on a project to design and construct a ten foot wide permanent alternate trail route for the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. Residents are invited to attend a “Come and Go” Open House that will provide more information on the projects. The Open House is scheduled from 5 to 7 pm at the Pavilions in Champion Park on May 30, 2013.
5/14/2013 10:37 AM
The Williamson County Purchasing Department will move to its new location at 901 S Austin Ave on Friday, May 17.  The office will not be closed for the move.  The phone number will remain 512-943-3553.
5/13/2013 2:23 PM
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) in cooperation with multiple rescue groups will host “Bark N Purr,” a major adoption event from 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 18th, 2013 at their shelter on 1855 S. E. Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX.
5/13/2013 9:36 AM
The public is invited to enjoy Coffee With the Commissioner, a come and go event hosted by Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman.  The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the J.B. and Hallie Jester Williamson County Annex, located at 1801 East Old Settlers Boulevard, in Round Rock.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

5/10/2013 3:39 PM
Voters in Williamson County will vote Saturday, May 11, in the Joint General and Special Elections.  Williamson County will take part in the Texas Secretary of State’s countywide polling place program utilizing vote centers for the May 11 election.   The program will eliminate county election precinct polling places and establish countywide polling places or vote centers so that voters can go to any voting location on Election Day.  Under the program, voting will be all electronic.   A list of vote center locations and sample ballots are available at www.wilco.org/elections
5/8/2013 3:29 PM
On April 17, Williamson County refunded $71,465,000 in limited tax and pass-through financing bonds for a savings of $7,600,832 over the life of the debt.  The County lowered its interest rates on the bonds from between 4-5 percent to 2.982 percent. 

5/8/2013 7:29 AM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, May 23, 2013,  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Leander Central Fire Station located at 201 Brushy Street North. 
4/29/2013 2:15 PM
The Hutto Police Department and Williamson County Emergency Medical Services,  will be conducting a car safety seat event for area residents on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The safety seat check will take place at Nadine Johnson Elementary School located at 480 Carl Stern Drive, Hutto.
4/23/2013 10:18 AM
Voters in Williamson County will be able to begin early voting for the May 11 Joint General and Special Elections on Monday, April 29.  Early voting ends Tuesday, May 7.  No early voting is available on Sunday, May 5.  Williamson County will take part in the Texas Secretary of State’s countywide polling place program for the May 11 election.   The program will eliminate county election precinct polling places and establish countywide polling places or vote centers so that voters can go to any voting location on Election Day.  Under the program, voting will be all electronic.  The early voting schedule along with dates and times for the county's Vote Center locations is posted on the County Elections website at www.wilco.org/elections
4/15/2013 2:42 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Georgetown office location will close to the public two days due to a renovation move on Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  All other locations will operate under normal business hours. We encourage customers needing in-person assistance to visit one of our other office locations.
4/9/2013 8:44 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate closings for staff training. All other locations will open regular business hours. The office closing schedule is as follows:   
•    Tuesday, April 9 - Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
•    Wednesday, April 10 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
•    Thursday, April 11 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor Tax Office, 412 Vance St.

4/5/2013 10:01 AM
On March 19, 2013, the Williamson County Commissioners Court appointed a committee of nine people to serve on the 2013 Bond Advisory Committee.  The first public meeting of the committee will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m., at the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown, in the Commissioners Courtroom.   A copy of the meeting agenda can be found at www.wilco.org/bondcommittee.
4/4/2013 1:00 PM
Taylor Family Services and the Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Old Taylor High School located at 3101 N. Main, Taylor.
4/3/2013 8:25 AM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Williamson County today, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  Even though the burn ban has been lifted, no outdoor burning of combustible materials will be allowed during Critical Fire Danger Days and Red Flag Warning Days.  To view the current fire danger status, go to the Texas Forest Service website and click on Fire Danger/Drought.

3/28/2013 1:31 PM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court proclaimed April 1 as April Pools Day.  On April Pools Day, the Williamson County Child Fatality Review Team and Williamson County Emergency Medical Services work to educate the public on drowning prevention and related water safety issues.   In 2011, Williamson County had nine near drownings and no deaths, and in 2012, the county had 10 near drownings and no deaths
3/28/2013 7:51 AM
Judge Bill Gravell Jr., Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, announces new extended office hours effective Tuesday, April 2, 2013.  The office will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., remaining open during the noon hour to assist walk-in customers with fine payments.  All other transactions will be handled during normal business hours.  
3/27/2013 2:37 PM
Williamson County Precinct 1 Constable Robert Chody graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia, on March 22, 2013.  Chody was among 268 law enforcement officers that graduated in the 252nd Session of the National Academy consisting of men and women from 49 states.
3/27/2013 10:21 AM
Make plans to explore River Ranch County Park, one of Williamson County’s premier native parklands, on Saturday, April 27.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the undeveloped property comprised of more than 1,000 acres of meadowlands, wetlands and hills located between Leander and Liberty Hill off CR 282.  Currently, the park is not open to the public on a daily basis.

3/26/2013 8:40 AM
Grab a two or four-legged running buddy on Sunday, April 14, and head to the 4th Annual Woof Walk & Wrun 5k at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park at 8:30 a.m.  All event proceeds will benefit Jane’s Fund for animals brought to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter with treatable injuries, like Gertie, whose life was recently transformed from pained to pampered.
3/25/2013 12:45 PM
All Williamson County offices will be closed on Friday, March 29, 2013, for Good Friday.  County operations will resume regular hours on Monday, April 1, 2013.  The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will be open on Good Friday and on Saturday, March 30, but will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 31.
3/22/2013 8:38 AM
Williamson County is back on top and once again ranked as the healthiest county in Texas.  The 2013 County Health Rankings list Williamson County as the healthiest place to live among 232 Texas counties.  All of the counties were ranked using a variety of data including health outcomes, in which Williamson County ranked number one, and health factors, in which the county ranked number three.

To read more about the health rankings, click here.
3/19/2013 10:11 AM
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.
3/18/2013 4:02 PM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court today appointed Kevin Stofle as the new Precinct 3 Constable.  Constable Bobby Gutierrez resigned effective March 19, 2013, after serving 14 years in the position. 

3/18/2013 12:13 PM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, March 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To make an appointment for the March 28 event, please call 512-943-1264, before noon on Monday, March 26, 2013.
3/15/2013 3:22 PM
The Texas Secretary of State approved Williamson County’s application to take part in their countywide polling place program.   The program will eliminate county election precinct polling places and establish countywide polling places or vote centers so that voters can go to any voting location on Election Day.
3/13/2013 12:29 PM

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating their 6th anniversary on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, to celebrate six outstanding years at their S.E. Inner Loop location in Georgetown. 

3/13/2013 10:58 AM
Williamson County is hosting its third Learn to Fish event in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 CR 175, on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  Children of all ages will be able to spend time learning various fishing tips and techniques from local experts at this free event. 
3/11/2013 10:46 AM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban in Williamson County today, Monday, March 11, 2013.
3/7/2013 8:26 AM
The Office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 will be closed for staff training starting Wednesday, March 13, through Friday, March 15, 2013.  All due dates and Criminal appearance dates are extended to Tuesday, March 19.
3/6/2013 4:40 PM
Williamson County Precinct 3 Constable Bobby Gutierrez resigned effective March 19, and the Commissioners Court will be appointing a new constable to replace him.  Anyone interested in submitting their resume for the position should send it to the office of County Judge Dan A. Gattis by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.
3/5/2013 9:01 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s offices will be closed next week, March 12 to March 14, on a rotating schedule for training.  While one office is closed, other office locations will be open regular business hours.
3/1/2013 8:45 AM
Williamson County Veterans Services has started an official Facebook page.  The direct link is www.facebook.com/wilcovets/ .
2/26/2013 10:21 AM
The public is invited to attend a ceremony and reception for newly appointed Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell Jr. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the 425th District Courtroom in the Williamson County Justice Center, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Georgetown.
2/26/2013 10:04 AM
On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, the Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.
2/25/2013 9:19 AM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted today to appoint Bill Gravell Jr. as Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace effective March 1, 2013.   Judge Steve Benton is retiring effective February 28, 2013.   His term ends December 31, 2014.
2/20/2013 2:32 PM
Williamson County Juvenile Services (WCJS) has received a grant for $12,500 from the Mustang Heritage Foundation. This partnership will provide a collaborative framework of creative programs to draw attention to the plight of the American Mustang while promoting emotional and behavioral change in the juveniles participating in a variety of grant activities.

2/20/2013 1:27 PM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the St. David’s Georgetown Hospital located at 2000 Scenic Drive, Georgetown. 

2/19/2013 12:38 PM
Williamson County is accepting applications for funding through the Community Development Block Grant program now through April 2, 2013.  A public hearing will be held by the Williamson County CDBG office on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamson County Historic Courthouse located at 710 Main Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626.
2/15/2013 5:04 PM

All Williamson County offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2013, in observance of Presidents Day.   County operations will resume regular hours on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

2/6/2013 3:56 PM
In hopes of making heartwarming matches, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will be posting Canine Cupid & Purrsonal Ads for selected special cats and dogs in their shelter. From February 11th to 17th, adopters can browse through the ads, go on speed dates at the shelter, and find the companionship they have always wished for. Plus, the adoption is free for these furry valentines. The adoption fee for all other pets during this week is $14.
2/6/2013 3:27 PM
Williamson County will hold a public hearing to receive comments on participating in the Secretary of State’s Countywide Polling Place program on Monday, February 11, 2013, in the Commissioners Courtroom in the historic courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in Georgetown from 6 to 8 p.m.  The program will eliminate county election precinct polling places and establish countywide polling places or vote centers so that voters can go to any voting location on Election Day.
2/5/2013 3:51 PM
Williamson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Steve Benton today addressed the Commissioners Court and submitted a letter announcing his retirement effective February 28, 2013.  The Commissioners Court will appoint a person to fulfill the remainder of his term which ends December 31, 2014.  The County Judge’s Office will be accepting resumes for individuals interested in serving in this position.
1/31/2013 1:53 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor Collector’s Georgetown office location will close to the public two days due to a renovation move tentatively Tuesday, February 5, and Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
1/24/2013 3:19 PM
Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister has had an audit conducted of the County’s Official Public Records (OPR).  This audit is the first of its type for the State of Texas; however, these audits have been conducted in other states.  The results of the audit revealed hundreds of issues involving suspect robosigning, suspect surrogate signing, suspect notary fraud and suspect forgery.
1/24/2013 9:35 AM
The National Weather Service is looking for volunteers who want to become trained storm spotters.  These spotters learn to identify and report severe weather conditions and potentially dangerous storm activities before they occur.  The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management will host the Basic SKYWARN course on Wednesday, January 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the JB and Hallie Jester Annex, 1801 East Old Settlers Blvd in Round Rock.
 
1/23/2013 8:22 AM
Mark Nayden was awarded the new contract as tennis pro manager for the Williamson County Tennis Center at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 C.R. 175, Leander.
1/23/2013 8:20 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office reminds property owners that Thursday January 31, 2013, is the state mandated deadline to pay 2012 property taxes.  Any payments postmarked or carried into the office on or after February 1 will be charged penalty and interest.  Mailed payments should be sent to 904 S. Main St., Georgetown, TX, 78626.

1/15/2013 3:42 PM
All Williamson County offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2013, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   County operations will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 22.
1/9/2013 3:38 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening one hour later in the morning at 9 a.m. for staff training. All other locations will be open regular business hours. The office 9 a.m. opening schedule is as follows: 
• Tuesday, January 15 - Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
• Wednesday, January 16 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
• Thursday, January 17 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor Tax Office, 412 Vance St.
1/8/2013 12:51 PM
County Judge Dan A. Gattis lifted the burn ban in Williamson County today, Tuesday, January 8, 2013. 
1/3/2013 11:34 AM
Waste Management offers free tree recycling at the Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center through January 12.  The Williamson County Landfill provides the mulch to Williamson County residents at no charge.
1/2/2013 9:26 AM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The safety seat check, sponsored by Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare, will take place at the Leander Central Fire Station located at 201 Brushy Street North.
12/19/2012 12:12 PM
On Tuesday, December 18, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an extension of the current burn ban.  The burn ban is extended for 30 days from Tuesday until January 18, 2012.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.  Due to extremely dry and windy weather conditions, which increase the potential for wildfires, the Texas Pyrotechnic Association has voluntarily agreed not to sell fireworks with “Sticks and Fins,” which pose the greatest wildfire danger.
12/19/2012 11:17 AM
The public is invited to attend each of the swearing in ceremonies for Williamson County elected officials.   The first ceremony for multiple officials will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  Constables will be sworn in on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 10 a.m.  Commissioner Lisa Birkman will be sworn in at January 2 at 3 p.m.
12/19/2012 10:49 AM
Williamson County Constables’ Offices in Precincts 2, 3 and 4 will open at noon on January 2, 2013, following their swearing-in ceremony. Only the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers, Round Rock, will open at regular business hours at 8 a.m.  The public is invited to attend the constables’ swearing-in ceremony at 10 a.m. on January 2, 2013, at the Justice Center, 405 MLK, in Georgetown.  The constables and their deputies will be sworn into office in mass by Judge Tim Wright in his County Court-At-Law #2 courtroom.
12/19/2012 10:46 AM
The Office of Justice of the Peace Steve Benton, Precinct 3, will be closed from Monday, December 24, through Wednesday, December 26, 2012.  Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 9 a.m.
12/19/2012 10:44 AM
The offices of Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 will be closed to the public the week of December 24 to 28, 2012.    The office will reopen January 2, 2013.  All appearance and due dates are extended to January 11, 2013. 
12/18/2012 4:14 PM
Williamson County offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Christmas Eve  Monday  December 24, 2012
Christmas Day Tuesday  December 25, 2012
New Year’s Eve  Monday  December 31, 2012
New Year’s Day Tuesday  January 1, 2013
12/12/2012 8:41 AM
Due to extremely dry and windy weather conditions, which increase the potential for wildfires, the Williamson County Commissioners Court has issued a burn ban.  However, there is not a fireworks ban in place for Williamson County.  State law allows for a commissioners court to ban the use of certain fireworks normally referred to as “Sticks and Fins” if the Keetch Byrum Drought Index (KBDI) reached a county average of 575 by December 15.  Currently the KBDI is 564, which is below the mandated level, so no ban can be implemented.  While residents are still able to buy many types of consumer fireworks, the Texas Pyrotechnic Association has voluntarily agreed not to sell “Sticks and Fins,” which pose the greatest wildfire danger. 

12/11/2012 3:54 PM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening one hour late at 9 a.m. for staff training.  All other locations will be open regular business hours.
12/6/2012 12:20 PM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has teamed with thousands of animal organizations from around the world to participate in the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign through January 2, 2013.  The shelter offers $12 adoptions for all dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens placed in homes in December as part of the promotion.
12/6/2012 9:54 AM
Inspired by the book by Greg Kincaid and Hallmark movie “A Dog Named Christmas”, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will be offering an opportunity for families to foster healthy animals over the Christmas holiday.  Any family or individual that would like to be a foster home for a dog or cat from December 22 to January 2 can apply to be a foster parent through the shelter’s website at www.wilcopets.org.
12/4/2012 1:47 PM
On Tuesday, December 4, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a burn ban for 30 days.  The County Judge was given the authority to lift the burn ban during this time if conditions improve.
11/28/2012 4:12 PM
The Office of Williamson County Constable Robert Chody, Precinct 1, will be conducting their annual Brown Santa Toy Drive Thursday, December 6, at the intersection of Avery Ranch/Parmer Lane (Walgreen's) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash donations and unwrapped toys for all ages and genders would be graciously accepted.
11/27/2012 2:33 PM
Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa during the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) Santa Paws event, Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2.  Purchase gifts for your pets and loved ones during the shelter’s Neiman Barkus shopping event Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9.
11/21/2012 2:48 PM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an allocation of approximately $35 million in remaining road bond funds for road improvement projects.  According to Mike Weaver with Prime Strategies, the County’s road bond manager, there is $35.99 million in available funding remaining from the 2006 voter approved road bonds from unallocated funds, outstanding invoices with partnering governmental  agencies and from projects that were completed under budget.
11/19/2012 10:56 AM
Williamson County and Waste Management announced the Williamson County Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed on the following dates in observance of the holidays:
• Thanksgiving:   Thursday, November 22
• Christmas Day:   Tuesday, December 25
• New Year’s Day:  Tuesday, January 1
11/19/2012 10:52 AM
Santa rides into Wolf Ranch Town Center, IH-35 and SH 29 in Georgetown, on Saturday, November 24, to light the Christmas tree and take photos with all of his friends!  The event includes music and refreshments 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Christmas tree by the fireplace.  Santa will be available for photos after lighting the tree at 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Photos are $7 and benefit the Williamson County Brown Santa program and the Simon Youth Foundation.  Santa will be escorted into Wolf Ranch Town Center by the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club. 
11/16/2012 10:00 AM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) has started its own YouTube channel to showcase promotions and pets.  The link is http://www.youtube.com/user/WilcoPetsTX.  The first video posted to the new site is a Thanksgiving special running now through November 22.  All pet adoptions are just $20. 

11/16/2012 9:29 AM
Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event on Friday, November 23.  The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in downtown Georgetown.  The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
11/9/2012 8:36 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening at 9 a.m. next week for an hour of staff training in the morning.  All other locations will open regular business hours.  The 9 a.m. office opening schedule is as follows:
• Wednesday, November 14 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
• Thursday, November 15 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor Tax Office, 412 Vance St.
• Friday, November 16 – Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
Information about the Tax Assessor/Collector’s office, including approximate wait times at various locations, can be found at http://www.wilco.org/tabid/1912/language/en-US/Default.aspx.
11/8/2012 4:12 PM
Wednesday, November 14, is National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, the annual salute to geospatial technology.  On this day, users of GIS technology demonstrate real-world applications that are transforming our society.  As part of National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day and Geography Awareness Week, Williamson County staff will be hosting a map gallery in the District Courtroom in the Historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, on the square in Georgetown on Tuesday, November 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. The map gallery will showcase maps used by many different county departments, and staff will be on hand to explain the different maps and applications of GIS technologies.

11/5/2012 1:38 PM
Williamson County offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2012, for the Veterans Day holiday.  Offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, November 13.  For a list of Veterans Day activities and specials, visit the Veterans Services website,   County offices also will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22, 2012, and Friday, November 23, 2012.  The Commissioners Court will not be meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
11/5/2012 10:48 AM
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) has committed itself with working towards and maintaining a no-kill status. However, the number of animals coming into the shelter is steadily increasing, while the support from other rescue groups and owner’s reclaiming their animals is decreasing. This is putting the dogs and cats of the shelter at risk for euthanasia due to space constraints.

10/30/2012 10:19 AM
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Williamson County.  In 2012, an estimated 43,920 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and 37,390 will die from the disease.  Approximately 2,240 deaths will occur in Texas.  The fight is on to help find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.  Please show your support during the month of November, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, by adding a little “PURPLE” to your day.   
10/29/2012 10:06 AM
Property tax statements will be mailed October 25th, 2012, according to Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector Deborah M. Hunt.  The County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office sends out tax bills on behalf of most of the taxing entities.  Duplicate statements are not mailed to property owners who have their taxes escrowed by their lender.  

10/29/2012 10:05 AM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services and Baby Earth in Round Rock will have a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.
10/24/2012 1:11 PM
The Williamson County Purchasing Office was the recipient of the 2012 Achievement of Excellence in Public Purchasing Award.  This is the 13th consecutive year Williamson County has received this award. 
10/24/2012 8:33 AM
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Williamson County will hold its National Public Lands Day event that was rescheduled due to weather.  The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, along with Discover Green – Young Environmental Leaders and REI-Round Rock, will be removing weeds from planting beds, maintaining a playground area and removing litter at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.

10/22/2012 3:27 PM
On Monday, October 22, the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, on behalf of Williamson County, will be submitting its official comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) in the form of a 200-plus page technical response to the Proposed Rule to list three species of salamanders affecting Williamson County.  It summarizes and updates the best available scientific information on the status of the Jollyville Plateau salamander (Eurycea tonkawae), Georgetown salamander (E. naufragia), and Salado salamander (E. chisholmensis).  

10/22/2012 1:46 PM
Williamson County Juvenile Services, in conjunction with the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Williamson County Mental Health Taskforce, is hosting the 2nd Annual Mental Health in Schools Conference.  The conference will be held October 25 and 26, 2012, in the Main Training Room of the Juvenile Justice Center, 1821 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.  This year’s conference is titled Assessing Needs and Building Strengths: Collaboratively, and conference presentations include, “Motivational Interviewing”, “Empowering Responsible Student Decision-Making”, “Community Resource Coordination” and “Improving Student Outcomes through Facilitated Self-Assessment”.  
10/18/2012 8:11 AM
Voters in Williamson County will be able to begin early voting for the November 6, 2012, Joint General and Special Election on Monday, October 22.  During early voting, voters are allowed to vote at any polling location in their county.  On Election Day, voters must vote at their specific precinct location.  The early voting schedule along with dates and times for the county's locations is posted below and on the County Elections website at www.wilco.org/elections
10/17/2012 9:23 AM
The Office of Justice of the Peace Judy Schier Hobbs, Precinct 4, will be closed from Monday, October 22, through Wednesday, October 24, for court personnel training.
10/15/2012 11:39 AM
The Office of Justice of the Peace Steve Benton, Precinct 3, will be closed from Monday, October 22, through Wednesday, October 24, for court personnel training.  Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 9 a.m.
10/15/2012 11:33 AM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Williamson County District Clerk’s Office is honoring those who have fought or are currently fighting the disease.  In the District Clerk’s Office, a wall has been decorated to celebrate and honor those who valiantly fought breast cancer with their names placed on pink ribbons.
10/10/2012 7:31 AM
Enjoy a fun filled day of exploration at the 4th Annual Dinosaur Day at Champion Park!  The event will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  All the activities will be free and open to the public. Commemorative t-shirts will be sold for a reasonable price.
10/10/2012 7:24 AM
The Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Offices will rotate opening at 9 a.m. next week for an hour of staff training in the morning.  All other locations will open regular business hours.  The 9 a.m. office opening schedule is as follows:
• Tuesday, October 16 - Round Rock Tax Office, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.
• Wednesday, October 17 - Georgetown Tax Office, 904 S. Main St.
• Thursday, October 18 - Cedar Park Tax Office, 350 Discovery Blvd., and Taylor tax office, 412 Vance St.
10/5/2012 4:29 PM
The disc golf course at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park will reopen for play on Saturday, October 6, 2012. 
10/3/2012 1:26 PM
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services and Taylor ISD Family Services will be conducting a car seat safety event by appointment for area residents on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Old Taylor High School located at 3101 North Main, Taylor, TX.
10/3/2012 9:36 AM
The Williamson County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Williamson County.  In 2012, 468 adults and 20 juveniles were prosecuted for domestic violence assault cases.  Individuals needing assistance or wanting to help victims of domestic violence can contact Hope Alliance at 1-800-460-SAFE (7233) or www.hopealliancetx.org

10/2/2012 1:31 PM
October is Adopt-A- Shelter Dog Month at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS).  This month, the shelter offers reduced adoption fees that correspond to the day of the month, i.e., on October 7 all dog adoptions will be only $7.
10/1/2012 10:43 AM
Prepare to be scared at Williamson County Brown Santa’s Nightmare on Jail Hill, a haunted house held in the old jail.  The event will be held two weekends on October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m.  The price is $10/adults and $5/9-12 years.  Children 8 and under are not allowed.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
9/27/2012 11:20 AM
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter will be expanding its hours to better serve the community.  Starting Monday, October 1, the Regional Animal Shelter will be open Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To celebrate the new hours, all animal adoptions will be free on Monday, October 1.
9/24/2012 12:09 PM
Join the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter’s third annual Denim and Diamonds Fur Ball at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th. The gala will be held at La Frontera’s Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas, and will include dinner, a silent auction, and music by JC Productions.
9/19/2012 2:16 PM
The Clean Air Force of Central Texas (CAF) has issued an Ozone Watch alert for Thursday, September 20. As a participant in the CAF, Williamson County urges citizens, businesses, schools, and government offices to observe this watch condition. Reminder signs will be posted at public buildings and strategic locations throughout the county.  Individuals with chronic lung disease, such as asthma and emphysema, as well as the elderly and young children, are particularly sensitive to ground-level ozone and should attempt to avoid exposure by minimizing exertion outdoors.
9/13/2012 3:54 PM
Williamson County Judge Dan A. Gattis has lifted the burn ban for Williamson County effective 5 p.m. on September 13, 2012.
9/13/2012 2:09 PM
Enjoy a fun filled day of exploration at the 4th Annual Dinosaur Day at Champion Park!  The event will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and includes free hot dogs and chips, entertainment, an inflatable playhouse and other activities for the children.  All the activities will be free and open to the public.


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