4th of July Weekend Celebration
The City of Lakeway 4th (Fourth) of July Celebration will take place throughout the weekend, with activities starting this evening. The theme this year is "America, the Beautiful - A Symbol of Freedom." Here is a full list of activities planned this weekend:

Fireworks Show: Fireworks will shoot off near Rough Hollow Elementary School in the Rough Hollow area north of the intersection of Bee Creek Road and Highlands Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. this evening (Friday, July 2). CLICK HERE for a map of the launch location and parking options.

Parade: The famous Lakeway 4th (Fourth) of July Parade will start at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, July 3). The parade route will travel down Lakeway Drive, starting at the Live Oak Golf Course and ending at the Lakeway Activity Center, where there will also be a hot dog reception from 10 a.m. to noon. CLICK HERE for a map of the parade route, parking options and also a pre-staging map for parade participants. Because of the possibility of heavy rain and storms that morning, please check lakeway-tx.gov between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. for any parade updates.

Swim Center Activities: The Lakeway Swim Center will open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 with a special $4 entry all day long. On Sunday, July 4, the Lakeway Swim Center will host another "Mermaid Day" from noon to 6 p.m. Come out for a chance to see and learn how to swim with some Lake Travis mermaids.

CLICK HERE for more information on the festivities taking place over the 4th (Fourth) of July holiday weekend.

Additionally, the City's Parks & Recreation Department placed hundreds of American flags along our popular local roadways to celebrate our nation's upcoming birthday. As a reminder for the upcoming holiday, residential fireworks are prohibited within city limits, so please respect your neighbors. Also, please practice the holiday safely, and drive responsibly this holiday weekend.

Happy 4th (Fourth) of July from the City of Lakeway!
June Special City Council Meeting Recap
City council met in special session this past Monday, June 28 at City Hall. Here are a few highlights from that meeting:

Wildfire Mitigation Project Update:
Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Chris Rea with Lake Travis Fire Rescue gave an update on the wildfire mitigation cleanup project happening in local greenbelts throughout the City. City council approved spending $350,000 in the latter portion of 2019 to remove dead and downed brush and create shaded fuel breaks in some of our large area greenspaces (focused mainly on Hamilton Greenbelt I & II) to limit the potential for a wildfire to spread to neighboring homes. There were some delays in the project due to weather-related issues and COVID-19. The cleanup project is now about 83% complete in Hamilton Greenbelt I, with a full completion expected in August. Hamilton Greenbelt II will be the next focus of the project. Currently that portion is about 15% complete, with full completion expected in March 2022. A recently secured FEMA grant in the amount of $37,088 will help cover cleanup costs for 5.2 acres in North Lakeway Village. The estimated completion in that area is between April and June of 2022. With $191,517 spent to date on the entire project, Rea expects the full wildfire mitigation project will come in under the approved $350,000 once complete.

Initial FY 2022 Budget Discussion:
Budget planning season begins now and runs through the remainder of the summer. City council will adopt the budget by the end of September and the FY 2022 budget will officially begin on October 1.

At the first budget discussion, the City's health insurance provider gave an update on an upcoming rate increase for staff health insurance costs covered by the City. Representatives with the provider gave a presentation showing a proposed 3% increase to rates for the upcoming budget cycle. A high amount of COVID-19 related claims created a high loss ratio in the current plan year. However, the COVID-19 claims did not factor into the calculation for the rate increase, according to the provider.

City Manager Julie Oakley also gave an initial presentation of the upcoming budget, showing revenue is projected to be higher than previous years at $16,222,594 in the upcoming FY 2022 budget cycle, compared to the FY 2021 current year projected revenue of $15,827,272. This is partly due to higher sales tax revenue collected this fiscal year, and a higher amount of collections anticipated in upcoming months. Also, an estimated increase in appraised property values already on the tax rolls is 7% due to residential properties. With a great number of residential properties outpacing commercial properties, the tax burden in Lakeway is shifting more to residential.

Projected expenditures in the preliminary FY 2022 budget is estimated to be $16,197,566 with all department budget proposals included in the projections, except for some committee budget items. This current expenditure projection amount would still leave $25,029 in surplus when comparing to the projected revenue. When adding in the annual $350,000 transfer to the Capital Reserve Fund, the City of Lakeway would sit at an ending fund balance of 45% in cash reserves, which is well above the roughly 30% target threshold. These numbers will continue to adapt over the course of the next few months, so stay tuned in upcoming meetings for more details on the budget discussion.

CLICK HERE to watch the video and review the agenda from Monday night.
COVID-19 Update
A total of 84,770 cases have been reported to date in Travis County. There have been a total of 2,733 cases in the Lakeway area (zip codes 78734, 78738 and 78669) since the start of the pandemic (up 12 cases from the same time last week). There are currently 295 active cases at this time in Travis County (up from 239 last week) and 57 individuals hospitalized in the region (down from 65 last week). CLICK HERE to review the COVID-19 case dashboard. CLICK HERE for more details on hospitalizations. CLICK HERE for information on vaccinations.

NEW: Summer Adult Classes

Don't let your kids have all the fun this summer! There are several adult summer classes available at the Lakeway Activity Center. Programs include a self defense training class starting next week, pickleball classes starting in late July, and two-step beginner classes starting in just a few days. There are also various yoga classes and defensive driving classes as well. Special rates apply for members of the Lakeway Activity Center. If you're interested in participating or just reviewing some of the available programs, CLICK HERE. You can also reach out to the Lakeway Activity Center by contacting us at (512) 261-1010.
NEW: Parks & Recreation Month

July is Parks & Recreation Month. It's a time to celebrate the places we gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special moments and spots of respite and healing. The theme this year is "Our Park and Recreation Story," and there is a special hashtag to use on social media to celebrate your story with our area parks (#OurParkAndRecStory). CLICK HERE to learn more about this special month. CLICK HERE to connect to our parks & recreation page for information on our local parks & trails, historical & cultural arts, parks programs and the many other activities going on throughout the City.
Friday, July 2 - Sunday, July 4
Holiday: City Offices Closed Monday, July 5 (ALL DAY)
Thursday, July 8 @ 9 a.m.