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Lake Travis ISD Adopts Lowest Tax Rate Ever

The Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees approved a tax rate of $1.074 per $100 valuation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year at its August 2023 meeting. This will be the lowest tax rate ever for the district and comes with an adopted budget $15 million lower than the 2022-2023 fiscal year. A typical home in Lake Travis ISD is expected to pay about $600 less this year as a result …

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Taste Lake Travis

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce will host a “Taste Lake Travis” event, a food festival featuring the area’s food and beverage favorites, as well as makers of artisan goods, on Saturday, September 16, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Meadows at Safe Harbor Marina at Emerald Point on Lake Travis. “With the undeniably beautiful backdrop of Lake Travis at the Meadow of Emerald Point,” attendees can sample foods and …

Bee Cave Named Dark Sky Community

DarkSky International has certified the City of Bee Cave as an International Dark Sky Community. The town, in an environmentally sensitive region west of Austin, has been working towards the certification for years, including by passing a 2022 city lighting ordinance designed to protect the darkness of the night sky. In a release from the IDA, Scott Cronk with the Lake Travis Youth Association Sports Fields said, “Becoming a Dark …

New Library Coming to Lake Travis

The Lake Travis Community Library is opening a second location in 2023. Lake Travis Community Library West will be located at 21209 State Highway 71 in Spicewood on the former site of Pizzeria Casa Nostra. The building is 5,000 square feet and will serve the western portion of the community, such as Bee Creek, Briarcliff, Rough Hollow, Spicewood, Travis Settlement, Sweetwater, and West Cypress Hills. “We are delighted by the …

Master Planned Community to Begin Construction on Lake Travis

Construction is slated to begin in 2023 on a 2,200-acre master planned community on Lake Travis, just off Texas Highway 71 in west Travis County. Thomas Ranch, primarily along the Pedernales River, is expected to include over three thousand single-family homes, multi-family housing, a resort hotel and spa, a network of trails, and over 700 acres of open space, according to Connect CRE. It also will include “250,000 square feet …

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Lake Travis ISD Hosts Presentation on Upcoming Bond

The Lake Travis Independent School District will host a virtual Lunch & Learn style community presentation on Oct. 12, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m. on the upcoming Bond Election. The bond election – set for November 8, 2022 – was unanimously approved as an order by the Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees. “Proposition A” totals $548,410,330 in bonds and would result in a property tax increase. It is …

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Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Addresses Growth at Elementary Schools

In a letter to parents, Lake Travis Independent School District Superintendent Paul Norton addressed potential overcrowding at the district’s two largest elementary schools – Rough Hollow Elementary and Bee Cave Elementary. “The growth in these communities has exceeded our demographer’s projections,” said Norton. “While there will be more students and adults in the building, I can assure you that class sizes will remain within our allowance. Although additional supports are …

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Lake Travis ISD to Raise Staff Pay 7 Percent

The Lake Travis Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to raise staff pay seven percent of the mid-point salary for each position, while administrators will receive a four percent raise based on the mid-point salary for each position, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The increases come at a time when many school districts are struggling to improve retention and combat vacancies and while employees are facing inflationary costs of …

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Special Olympics Kick-Off Reception in Lakeway

The cities of Bee Caves and Lakeway will host the Special Olympics Texas Winter Games 2022, and the public is invited to a free Winter Games Kick-Off Reception on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Lakeway Resort and Spa. Up to 1,200 athletes from across Texas are expected to participate in the Special Olympics Texas games, with events including volleyball, powerlifting, cycling, floorball, golf, and FUNdamental Sports. “These events are one …

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Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce GIVERS Luncheon

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce will host a GIVERS Luncheon celebrating 10 local charities working in the Lake Travis area. The featured guest is Chad Eason of the Special Olympics. Up to 1,200 athletes from across Texas are expected to participate in the upcoming Special Olympics Texas state games, which will be held in Bee Cave and Lakeway from February 18 to 20, 2022. Events will include volleyball, powerlifting, …