Neighborhood News

Deadline for 2021 Property Tax Payment Approaching

Media Release is from the Wilco Public Information Office.

  • 20 January 2022
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1894

Image of a blue house front with word TAX on the front from bing.com

Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector, Larry Gaddes, reminds property owners that 2021 property taxes must be paid in full by January 31 to avoid the accrual of penalty and interest.

The most common payment options include: 

· Mail payments to 904 S. Main St., Georgetown, TX, 78626.

· Payments made by check can be placed in any of our exterior drop boxes located at each office.

· Payments can be made by searching for your property online at www.wilco.org/propertytax. Credit cards and e-checks are accepted but incur additional vendor fees.

· In-person at any location, make an appointment at www.wilco.org/taxoffice/appointment.

For a full list of payment choices go to http://www.wilco.org/propertytax   and click on PAYMENT OPTIONS. 

Recycle your Christmas trees at the Williamson County Landfill

Take them to the landfill and recycling is free of charge.

  • 27 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1596

Starting DecImage of the green recycling arrows surrounding a Christmas tree from www.bing.com/imagesember 26, Williamson County residents can dispose of their Christmas trees for free by dropping them off at the Williamson County Landfill, located at 600 Landfill Road in Hutto.

Residents have until January 21, 2022, to recycle their trees at the landfill. Before taking a tree to the landfill, residents are asked to remove all lights and ornaments. Flocked trees are not accepted for recycling.

The landfill will be closed on  New Year’s Day.

For more information, please call 512-759-8881.

Fireworks Safety Map and Safety Tips from Williamson County

Media Release is from the Wilco Public Information Office.

  • 20 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1394

Some people may like to ring in the New Year with the bang of fireworks, but most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.  If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks. In addition, Williamson County provides a map that shows the areas where fireworks are permitted and prohibited by ordinance in the county. Go to http://www.wilco.org/GIS and click the County Map.

There is not a fireworks ban or burn ban in place for unincorporated areas of Williamson County; however, fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks.

Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them; then, follow these safety tips from the Williamson County Fire Marshal Special Operations Division.

Before you shoot:

  2. Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
  3. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  4. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  5. Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass
  6. Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire

Brown Santa brings cheer to recipients, supporters

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 18 November 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1448

Commissioner Cook puts a box of toys into the Williamson County Brown Santa donation box at the Jester Annex in Round Rock

If you’re looking to brighten the holidays for a child or family this season, I have the total package for you: Williamson County’s Brown Santa program.

Although not new to Wilco, this year our sheriff’s office is restructuring Brown Santa to ensure it’s bigger, better and reaches every deserving family they can find.

The program annually aids approximately 600 to 800 families living outside the geographical limits of any town or city within the county that does not already provide a similar program.

Five individuals serve on the Brown Santa Board and approximately 10 are on the committee, and all are employees of the sheriff’s office. The program is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

The board’s goal is to fulfill 100% of any family’s request during the holiday season for things like toys, clothes and books suitable for children from birth to high school ages. All donations must be unwrapped.

Williamson County employees and citizens in the community are also welcomed as volunteers. So, if you’re itching for something to do right now, why not Brown Santa?

Donations aren’t accepted just during the holidays. The program collects items and cash donations throughout the year. So, if you get the holiday spirit in July or August, just remember Brown Santa.

Community events are also held to collect donations. This past Halloween, Brown Santa sponsored its first family-friendly “Trunk or Treat” event outside the sheriff's office in Georgetown on Oct 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They recruited 22 sponsors who decorated their vehicles and filled them with candy. Then the surrounding streets were closed to traffic so kids could safely trick or treat.

The trunk-or-treat was a huge success attended by over 500 people. Plans include adding activities and sponsors to future events.

Look for more fundraisers like a golf tournament on March 28, and the Brown Santa Barbecue Cook-Off being planned for 2022 with local Veterans of Foreign Wars groups.

Commissioner Cook Speaks to Pack 174 Cub Scouts

  • 4 October 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1757

Commissioner Cook is showing Pack 174 Cub Scouts a large poster of what Texas Counties Deliver.Commissioner Cook is explaining what her role is in the county and what counties do for their citizens to members of two Cub Scout dens in Pack 174.

The Scouts are in 4th and 5th grades and attend Great Oaks Elementary.

There are four boys in one den and two girls in the other. 

The meeting was held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Cat Hollow Park Pavilion.


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