City of Horseshoe Bay


Horseshoe Bay council sets hearings on 2019/20 tax rate

From staff reports

Horseshoe Bay City Council will hold two public hearings on a proposed not to exceed tax rate of 29 cents per $100 valuation, which exceeds both the effective and rollback tax rate for 2019.

The first public hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, while the second will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Both will be held at City Hall, 1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay.


Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue chief resigns

File Photo
Horseshoe Bay City Manager Stan Farmer and Fire Chief Joe Morris, on the left, shared a moment during one of the city's council meetings. After being with the city since 2015, the fire chief announced he will retire to move to South Carolina.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Horseshoe Bay is looking for a new fire chief after Joe Morris announced his retirement from the position Friday, Aug. 9. His last day with the city will be Friday, Aug. 23.


Republican leader, Highlander columnist Dorothy Crockett dies

Special to The Highlander/Star Republican Women
Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan declared Nov. 14, 2017 “Dorothy Crockett Day” at the Star Republican Women's special tribute to the long-time Republican, who helped found the Texas Federation of Women as well as SRW. The mayor's declaration was met with a standing ovation by more than 140 who attended the special event.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The name Dorothy Crockett became synonymous with Horseshoe Bay, thanks in large part to her tireless chronicles of the comings and goings of local residents through her weekly “Horseshoe Bay Happenings” column in The Highlander.


HSB agrees to share FM 2147 widening cost


Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan, left, presents a plaque at the Jan. 16 city council meeting in appreciation of many years of service to the community to Norm Long, right, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy. Long served as chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission from its inception in 2009 until term limits required him to step down at the end of December. He also is a former member of the Parks Committee and a former member of the Llano County School Board.







By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The Horseshoe Bay City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, approved a final funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regarding improvements to Ranch to Market Road 2147 and bids could b e let as soon as next spring.

The city will contribute $120,000 in matching funds toward the $2 million improvement project to widen the road and include turn lanes from Big Spur to Bay West Boulevard.

Last year, Mayor Steve Jordan announced the city and received notification of a committment from TxDOT to widen the thoroughfare through the heart of Horseshoe Bay to Llano County.

Former Texas House Speaker and current Texas Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland owns a home in Blue Lake Estates and reportedly was instrumental in convincing TxDOT to add the project to the priorities list.


Horseshoe Bay City Council approves slight property tax increase to 26 cents

Melissa Kanz/The Highlander

Teresa Moore accepts a plaque from Mayor Steve Jordan to thank her for her excellent service to the City of Horseshoe Bay. Moore will retire Sept. 30. Jordan also declared Sept. 26-30 to be Teresa Moore Week.


By Melissa Kanz

The Highlander

Horseshoe Bay residents will see a slight increase on their property taxes after city council members voted to increase the tax to offset utility costs. Members also approved the 2017 budget.

Increasing from $0.25 per $100 valuation to $0.26 per $100 valuation, the city is expected to use the funds exclusively for its rate stabilization fund, which will then be used to offset some of the utility increase.

“This is something council has been considering. The issue was what we have and what we need to balance the budget. It was inevitable that it could be greater,” Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan said.

The increase comes after council members were advised there would be around 9 percent increase in utilities to include water and wastewater.


Water change temporary in Horseshoe Bay

If you have noticed a subtle change in Horseshoe Bay water, there is a reason and it is temporary.
The City of Horseshoe Bay will be making a temporary change to its water treatment process in order to maintain water quality throughout the distribution system.
The city announced that Tuesday, May 3, it will switch disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine for a period of four weeks to help prevent nitrification in the distribution lines.
This process is regular maintenance which is performed every year or on an as-needed basis after field observation. Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant than chloramines and will help rid bacterial growth from distribution piping, which can place a demand on the city's disinfectant residual.
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