Precinct One Events

Commissioner Cook encourages eligible Wilco residents to get free tax help

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program - information from United Way for Greater Austin

  • 24 January 2023
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 31

Tax season starts on January 23!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to Wilco residents who generally make $60,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance preparing their own tax returns. These services are free and 100% of the tax refund goes to the customer.

For more information, please log onto: Wilco Free Tax Prep - United Way For Greater Austin - Fight Poverty (unitedwayaustin.org)

  • VITA Site Managers help raise awareness about critical tools like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
  • The EITC is considered the largest federal anti-poverty program in the country, yet one in five eligible families with low income in our community are not receiving it!
  • The EITC increases families’ overall income, and the CTC offers up to $2,000 per child–which can be life-changing.

Commissioner Cook encourages Wilco residents to search their hearts and wallets and give generously to Brown Santa

The Williamson County Brown Santa Program helps local families by donating toys, clothes, books and adopting families for the holiday season.

  • 18 November 2022
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 380

If yGraphic of a green Christmas tree with a gold star on top and red ornaments - https://pixabay.com/illustrations/christmas-ornament-2971001/ou would like to donate, volunteer or adopt a family this holiday season please consider the    Williamson County Brown Santa Program sponsored by our Wilco Sheriff's Office.

For information, please visit Williamson County Brown Santa (wcbrownsanta.com)

Brown Santa toy collection barrels will be available at several county buildings for people to drop off new, unwrapped toys, including in the Jester Annex, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock at the main entrance and by the Tax Office.  

On the website you can click on the Amazon Wishlist icon and buy toys and items selected by kids and their families, or you can donate directly on the website via VENMO & PayPal.

Commissioner Cooks shares Hiring Red, White & You Event

By Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

  • 9 November 2022
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 432
Hiring Red White and You Statewide Veterans Hiring Fair

The 11th Annual Hiring Red, White & You! (HRWY) Statewide Veterans Hiring Event is being held in-person and online on November 10, 2022, to enhance career opportunities for veterans, transitioning military, and their spouses.

Virtual Hiring Fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Job Seeker Registration: https://bit.ly/wsrcahrwyvirtualfair

Round Rock In-Person Event


9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Early Admission for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Spouses)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Open to the Public)


Round Rock Sports Center

2400 Chisholm Trail

Round Rock, TX 78681

Job Seeker Registration: https://bit.ly/wsrcahrwyroundrock

Our Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Career Centers will have resource areas open to help you log in to take part in the virtual event. 

The statewide Hiring Red, White & You! hiring event connects Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers that value the experience, discipline, and other exceptional qualities inherent in a military background.

Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative supported by all 28 Texas Workforce Solutions development boards, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission.

There are nearly 1.7 million veterans throughout Texas, of which 967,000 are working or actively seeking work, according to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 79,500 of those veterans call the Rural Capital Area home. 

By hiring more veterans and spouse candidates, employers can reduce turnover, maintain a more stable workforce over time, and may be eligible to earn up to $9,600 in federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Cre
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Commissioner Cook encourages all Wilco residents and Wilco friends to attend this year's Fair and Rodeo

Event to be held at the Williamson County Expo Center at 5350 Bill Pickett Trail in Taylor.

  • 17 October 2022
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 516

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Note: Information from our Wilco Public Information Office and Williamson County Fair and Rodeo web page. 

Williamson County Fair and Rodeo - Oct. 26-29:

The Williamson County Fair and Rodeo will kick off with a Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Gate admission is free for all on Family Night. Carnival rides will require ticket puchase.

On Friday, Oct. 28, catch Ram Herrera & Yayo Castillo y Rumores during Tejano night.

You won't want to miss this year's final act Mark Chesnutt on the main stage Saturday, Oct. 29.

So, come join us for an action-packed rodeo, live entertainment, mutton bustin', carnival rides, a beer and wine garden, pig races, a petting zoo and much more!

To buy tickets to the Fair & Rodeo, or to learn more about what to expect, click here: https://www.wilcofair.com

Commissioner Cook encourages Wilco residents to consider WGU Academy in pursuing a college degree

Information from Western Governors University (WGU) is an online nonprofit private university.

  • 3 October 2022
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 552

WGU Academy is a great place to start

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WGU Academy provides the ideal launching pad for future degree success at WGU. Their courses align with WGU's degree programs and in as little as 2 months you can earn guaranteed admission to WGU with fully transferable credits to take with you! 

Guaranteed admission to WGU

Finish in as little as 2 months

Tuition: $150 a month      

Enroll:  https://academy.wgu.edu/enrollment/start

Call:  888-210-8880


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