News

What was Williamson County’s role at T. Don Hutto?

Aug. 19, 2018
 – 
Ali Linan

Williamson County’s relationship with the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor will end in early 2019, but officials doubt the change will have a noticeable effect on day-to-day county business.

County commissioners voted 4-1 on June 26 to end a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and CoreCivic Inc., the private prison operator previously known as Corrections Corp. of America that runs the facility. The contract’s termination is effective Jan. 31, 2019.

Continue reading »

‘Resistance warriors’ gather as Dems debate midterm strategy

Apr. 12, 2018
 – 
STEVE PEOPLES

Hundreds of liberal candidates, most running in state and municipal elections this fall, are streaming into Washington this week as the Democratic Party’s left flank intensifies in its push to seize control of Congress, statehouses and local governments across the country.

They are excited. They are angry. And animated by opposition to President Donald Trump, they are ready to fight any calls to moderate their liberal passions.

“We’re at a moment when we need to be unapologetic,” said Greg Edwards, one of a half dozen Democrats running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th district, which is considered a prime pickup opportunity for his party.

Continue reading »

Wilco issues same-sex marriage licenses

July 01, 2015
 – 
Brad Stutzman

Although some Texas counties, such as Travis, began issuing same-sex licenses on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling, Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister requested an opinion from County Attorney Dee Hobbs.

Continue reading »

New elections administrator hired

March 18, 2015
 – 
Brad Stutzman

Joining Hunt in approving the hire were her fellow commission members: County Judge Dan Gattis, County Clerk Nancy Rister, Republican Party Chairman Bill Fairbrother and Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve Williamson County in this capacity and will do my best to make the county, its voters and its entities proud,” Davis said in a press release.

Continue reading »

County weighing legal options after $1 million loss of document fees

January 31, 2013
 – 
ELIZABETH PAGE

Continue reading »

FY19 Williamson County Budget Could Call For Higher Property Tax

Aug 8, 2018
 – 
Tony Cantu

Overall, the proposed budget stands at $329.3 million, officials said — a $1.6 million increase from the last fiscal year. Budget and tax rate approval is contingent on a pair of public hearings on Aug. 14 and Aug. 28. County commissioners on July 31 approved the setting of the maximum 46.65 cents per $100 valuation for the coming fiscal year.

Continue reading »

Terry Cook: Balancing Williamson County needs with mandates

Aug 15, 2018
 – 
Terry Cook, Williamson County Precinct 1 Commissioner

Hear ye, hear ye taxpayers! We are very cautious in this delicate dance of the budget. We pray for wisdom to discern the “need” from the “want” of departments. It takes many, many meetings to understand the ever-changing world of this fast-growing county called Williamson.

I encourage you to view a video on unfunded mandates at tinyurl.com/yasoqb26 or read the 2016 Unfunded Mandates Survey results at tinyurl.com/ycglx9hx.

By the way, we hear and understand the cry, “Reduce my tax burden.”

Continue reading »

Activists want more recovery resources in Williamson Co.

August 23, 2018
 – 
Spectrum News Staff

Experts say a successful recovery involves many components like overdose treatment options, sobering or detox centers, and peer support groups.

They say Williamson County has some of those components, but not all in one place.

Continue reading »

Williamson County Judge Suspended After Sheriff's Office Threat

Aug 18, 2018
 – 
Tony Cantu

The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended the Williamson county judge from judicial duties with pay following a threat he made to strip the sheriff's office of funding in a spat, according to a published report.

Williamson Co. families remember lives lost to drug addiction

August 25, 2018
 – 
Chelsey Trahan

Life Steps Council held their third annual event to raise awareness for drug overdoses on Saturday. The International Overdose Awareness Day is next Friday.

The Council said about 20,000 people in the county are currently abusing opioids.

Continue reading »