Upcoming fun or solemn events

The fall weather has started to grip Lakeway after a brutal summer heat. It arrived just in time for fun events to come in the coming weeks.

First, we hope you were able to join us this month for National Night Out. Not only did we visit several neighborhood events in Lakeway, but we also had the chance to visit the community during our expanded open house at the police department. We appreciate everyone who was able to join us. If you didn’t have the chance to meet our officers and officials at National Night this year, you will have another opportunity this month on Public Safety Day. This event will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lake Travis Elementary School, near the intersection of MR 620 and Kollmeyer Drive. It’s always a fun event, with live demonstrations by area first responders, food, live music, and even activities for your kids. I’m planning on stopping by as well, so hopefully I can meet you at this free event.

Tom Kilgore

Halloween is right around the corner, and our city’s Parks and Recreation team is bringing back a popular event we launched last year: The Witches’ Ride, Roll, and Walk. This event will take place on Saturday, October 22 starting at 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to sign up, wear their favorite costumes, and ride, walk, or stroll down Lakeway Drive from the Live Oak Golf Course to the Lakeway Activity Center to throw candy. to spectators along Lakeway Drive. If you don’t want to be in the parade, join us along Lakeway Drive to check out some of the neat costumes and grab some candy. Then, enjoy lots of treats and games in the Lakeway Activity Center parking lot for a wrap-up party. It’s a fun event to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Speaking of Halloween, the party falls on a Monday this year. As usual, if you’re planning on going out that night with your family, be sure to prepare accordingly, making sure your little ones stay safe while out and about. Remember, it’s always a good idea to inspect their candies as a precaution. We will soon be posting more safety tips on our website at Lakeway-tx.gov.

Veterans Day will take place on Friday, November 11, and we will once again have a special ceremony to honor our veterans. This ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center. Again, this ceremony is free and open to the public.

We also have important business to pass on from the town hall. The budget and tax rate were approved by the city council last month, and the new fiscal year took place in early October. Good news for homeowners, City Council has approved a tax rate of .1290, which is 17% lower than the previous tax rate and the lowest in Lakeway’s history. This tax rate will save the average homeowner an additional $40 on their property tax bill. The approved budget also allows us to add a few new additions this year, including an assistant parks manager, a multimedia specialist and three new replacement vehicles to our city’s fleet.

The November election is right around the corner, and Lakeway has an item on the ballot called Proposition A. This is a transportation bond election that City Council approved in August. It includes 11 expected projects totaling $17.5 million. Items on the planned list include culvert upgrades, resurfacing of many of our local roads, and new traffic lights, among other projects. I encourage you to visit our website (Lakeway-tx.gov) for more details, including a short video outlining the expected projects. Early voting will take place from Monday October 24 and Election Day is Tuesday November 8.

Finally, I invite you to follow our municipal councils which take place on the third Monday of each month. Over the past few months, your City Council has approved some major developments in the heart of Lakeway that will usher in big changes to the town. Over the next few years you will see a new Main Street, as well as new retail and living options on the property behind HEB. We will also soon be selecting a new City Manager. We value your input, so come share your voice at our meetings or email us at [email protected]

Tom Kilgore is the mayor of Lakeway.

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