Community news: Central Health’s $240 million budget approved



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A naming ceremony will be held Saturday for John Trevino Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch.

The Georgetown school district votes to name Middle School No. 4 after longtime district mentor George Wagner.

San Marcos residents are urged to register their block parties for National Night Out on Oct. 4.

TRAVIS COUNTY

TRAVIS COUNTY

Central Health budget approved

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted this week to approve Central Health’s $240 million budget and tax rate of about 11.05 cents per $100 of taxable valuation for the next budget year, which starts Oct. 1.

The tax rate is lower than last year’s rate of 11.78 cents per $100 of taxable valuation, but the average taxable home value this year has gone up by about 8 percent percent to $285,152. This year’s budget is about $55 million less than last year’s.

Commissioner Ron Davis abstained from Tuesday’s vote on the budget and tax rate, saying he was still concerned about Central Health’s financial transparency.

“People want to see certain things on a line item,” Davis said. “They should have the right to do it with the line item, (to know) how did you get the total in that line item.”

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman

AUSTIN

Orphan awareness campaign begins

The Miracle Foundation, an Austin-based nonprofit charity, recently launched the Orange is for Orphans campaign to bring awareness to orphaned children.

The organization, at 1506 W. Sixth St., partners with existing orphanages to implement its method for providing a home where growing children’s fundamental needs and rights are met. The organization works to feed, educate and create a stable environment for orphans as well as provide health care.

For more information or to donate: bit.ly/2cRyVvt.

— American-Statesman staff

EAST AUSTIN

Park naming ceremony Saturday

A naming ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday for the John Trevino Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch, 9501 FM 969.

Trevino became the first Hispanic person elected to the Austin City Council on May 3, 1974. He went on to serve as mayor pro tem and acting mayor over his 13 years with the city.

Trevino led efforts to review hiring practices that promote fair access for women and minorities. He also championed the establishment of health clinics to provide underserved residents with increased access to immediate health care.

For more information: 512-974-2427.

— American-Statesman staff

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

GEORGETOWN SCHOOLS

School to be named for mentor

The Georgetown school district board of trustees unanimously voted at its Sept. 19 meeting to name Middle School No. 4 after longtime district mentor George Wagner.

Wagner has served as a mentor and volunteer in the school district since 1997 and has been involved in various community programs through the years.

The district solicited suggestions for names through an online nomination process. More than 435 people submitted a total of 83 names for the board’s consideration. Each nomination was accompanied by a written explanation that described the person’s accomplishments and contributions to education.

Over the past 18 years, George Wagner has spent thousands of hours mentoring students, as well as working with parents, district staff, the Boys & Girls Club, Brookwood in Georgetown and Head Start.

George Wagner Middle School is under construction on Rockridge Lane and is set to open in the fall of 2017.

— American-Statesman staff

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP SCHOOLS

Adopt an officer program set

The Bastrop school district announced it has implemented an adopt an officer program at its child development centers at Emile and Clear Creek elementary schools.

The students and staff at both sites are partnering with the Bastrop school district police to provide opportunities for building positive relationships between children and the people who protect and serve the schools.

Chief of Police Jeff Yarbrough and officers Dexter Carter, Javier Flores and Zach Lopez will visit classrooms to engage, encourage and interact with the children. Students will get a firsthand look at the patrol car and other police equipment. The plan is for officers to visit each site monthly.

The initiative comes from Frog Street Press, a Texas-based company that provides curriculum and other resources for early childhood. This is the first year of the initiative.

— American-Statesman staff

HAYS COUNTY

SAN MARCOS

Register for Night Out block parties

The city of San Marcos will host block parties for National Night Out on Oct. 4, and residents are encouraged to register theirs to receive a visit from local police officers, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters and city officials.

Neighborhoods interested in participating should register their block party by Friday by calling 512-754-2271 or visiting sanmarcostx.gov/nno.

Around the country, neighborhoods will host porch-sitting and “lights on” areas and sponsor special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from law enforcement, rallies and marches.

— American-Statesman staff


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