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    Wednesday, January 5, 2022   /   by Jenny Carroll

    Changes to the Homestead Exemption

    NEW YEAR PROVIDES NEW BENEFITSFOR PROPERTY OWNERS WITH HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONSProperty owners reminded to file for exemptions on property they own and live in

    AUSTIN, Texas – The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) is reminding property owners who own and live on a property to save money on their property tax bill by filing for their homestead exemptions.
    “On average, a homestead exemption saved Travis County property owners $1,126 on their 2021 property tax bill,” said Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler. “Thanks to new laws and policies, property owners with homestead exemptions are set to enjoy even more reductions in 2022.”
    Several types of homestead exemptions are available, including a general residence homestead exemption and exemptions for people over the age of 65, people and veterans with disabilities, and the surviving spouses of service members or first responders killed in the line of duty. To be eligible for a homestead exemption, a property ...

      home, new, dripping springs, home improvement, bastrop

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

    The Importance of Local

    Supporting your local scene is more important now than ever. Putting those holiday dollars back into your own community means that the very things you love about your area have a better chance of survival in this ongoing time of COVID. We rely on the creators and music makers to entertain and challenge us but the loss of so many service jobs has had huge impacts on those who make Central Texas so unique. Before you go online to the big-name sites for those free shipping perks, consider heading out into your city instead.
    Here are some suggestions:

    Band Merch: Band merch from our local musicians is the best merch around! What better gift could you give to your favorite peeps than a cool coozie, a t-shirt, or an album? Find a list from Austin’s own KUTX here.

    MBE/WBE: (Pronounced me-be-we-be) Here is the City of Austin’s directory to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise establishments. You have a variety of search filters to find what you are looking for a. ...

      family, fun, covid, social distance, new, christmas, dripping springs, freedom, holiday, virtual party, mask

    Thursday, August 5, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

    Back To School In A Pandemic

    As COVID-19 cases rise again in Texas, parents of school age children are stressed, whether they agree with statewide protocols or not, about sending their children back into schools ill equipped to handle the ongoing pandemic. Some school districts, like Austin ISD, appear to be requiring masks indoors despite Governor Abbott’s mandate that masks cannot be required to be worn. It’ll be interesting to see, as we get closer to school start dates in a couple weeks, how these mandates shake out. 

    There is pushback on both sides of the issue across the state of Texas and beyond. Parents on opposing sides of the safety protocol issue are speaking up loudly in district meetings and in parent groups alike. In Arkansas, for example, a group of parents have filed a lawsuit against the state to strike down their ban on mask mandates. Regardless of the arguments for or against vaccines, it cannot be denied that our numbers are rising and school age children do not have D ...

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

    Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly And How Austin Policies Can Help

    Contributed by James Witts
    Edited by Jenny Carroll
     It’s easy being green in Austin. The city is set among the lush trees, the limestone, and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. The city government also offers incentives for people to be eco-friendly — from the paint on your walls, the temperature of your home, to the trash you throw out. Here are some tips to make your home more environmentally friendly, thanks to popular programs that are already in place.
    1. Composting
    The city is happy to pay you to stop throwing out scraps of food and coffee grounds. No, you’re not stuck with rotting garbage. Austin's Home Composting Rebate Program will reimburse you $75 on the cost of a composting system. To take advantage of this program, you will have to take a class and buy from an approved local retailer. The benefit? You create a fabulous fertilizer for your garden — and cut down on the amount of trash in the landfill. It's a win-win!
    2. Zero Wa; ...

      family, home, home improvement, housewarming, gifts