COVID-19 Update
Late last night, President Trump indicated both himself and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The information was disclosed through a tweet, and retweeted by the official White House Twitter account. Here is the tweeted statement from the President: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" News reports also indicated the President is showing 'mild symptoms' as of this morning (October 2, 2020).

The number of new reported cases rose here in the Lake Travis area this week. However, the number of hospitalizations continues to dip slightly across the Central Texas region. There are 80 individuals hospitalized in our region with COVID-19, down from 86 reported last week. The number of daily hospitalizations on a seven-day average in our five-county area also declined to about 12 average daily hospitalizations, down from close to 16 last week. Click here for more details on hospitalizations.

There have now been a total of 29,576 cumulative COVID-19 cases reported in Travis County. That number is up by 672 compared to this same time last week, 692 the week before that, and 788 the week before that one. It's estimated there are 629 active COVID-19 positive cases in the county according to the state dashboard, which is down from 739 reported last week. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 621 cases identified to date, which is up by 45 compared to the same time last week, and up by 26 comparing with the week before that. Click here for more details and to view the tracking tool, which includes an interactive map to see cases by your zip code.

Travis County continues with Stage 3 guidelines, including keeping gatherings to no more than 10 individuals and wearing a face covering in public. Also, please continue to social/physical distance between individuals not in your household, and wash your hand regularly. Thank you for continuing to follow these guidelines during this difficult and unusual time.

City Council Votes To Keep Current Tax Rate & Approves FY 2021 Budget
City Council voted to adopt the FY 2021 budget and keep the current tax rate of .1645 at Monday night's Special City Council meeting (September 28, 2020). By keeping the same tax rate as the previous fiscal year, the City will be collecting less tax dollars overall from property owners. The .1645 tax rate approved Monday night is below the .1653 No New Revenue (NNR) tax rate discussed at the City Council meeting the week before. Basically, the NNR tax rate produces the same amount of tax for the City if applied to the same properties in both years. The reason the NNR tax rate (.1653) was calculated higher this year than the previous year is due to the fact that total taxable values (minus any new properties added in the past year) actually decreased. The average home value in Lakeway is currently $563,010, which equates to an average city property tax bill under the current and approved .1645 tax rate of $926. City Council also approved the FY 2021 budget Monday night, with expenditures for the coming fiscal year set at $15,061,751. Click here for more information.
Virtual National Night Out Tuesday
National Night Out here in Lakeway is this coming Tuesday, October 6. Traditionally, many residents have celebrated with neighborhood parties and events, along with cookouts. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, group events were not able to be organized this year. However, we still want to celebrate this important evening with our community. It's a time to get to know your officers and officials, along with receiving important tips on neighborhood safety. We'll be doing a special Facebook Live event on Tuesday, October 6 starting at 6:30 p.m. on our Lakeway Police Department Facebook Page (, which is also accessible from our police department website. You don't need to log into a Facebook account to watch the video. The live presentation will feature Police Chief Todd Radford and other special guests. Residents will be able to ask questions during the live broadcast, which can also be submitted beforehand to So enjoy a cookout at home this year, and grab your family for this special broadcast. We hope you can tune in! And if you have any special messages or supportive artwork for our police officers you would like to submit, send them over to us at so we can share them on the broadcast. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.
NEW: 'Drive-Thru Boo' Event Planned For Halloween Eve

It's October, and as the scariest holiday of the year approaches, the City is preparing for a safe way to celebrate with your little goblins. The city's parks & recreation team is organizing a special drive-thru trick-or-treat event for your family on Friday, October 30 starting at 7 p.m. Families will be able to dress up and drive up to special areas at three locations: the Lakeway Police Department; the Lakeway Activity Center; and the Liebelt Cabin next to City Hall to pick up some special treats. We'll have more details in the coming weeks, but you can click here for the latest.
NEW: Public Works Director Celebrates 25 Years

Public Works Director Dale DeLong celebrated 25 years with the City of Lakeway this week. He started working in the Public Works Department in October of 1995, and became director in 2013. The Public Works Department provides maintenance for our city street, drainage systems and provides brush recycling opportunities. Dale has lived in Texas his entire life, being born in El Paso and graduating high school in Midland, Texas. He currently lives here in Central Texas with his wife and two children. Congratulations Dale!
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (Sept. 27 - Oct. 3)

  • 2457 BC: South Korea's National Foundation Day; legendary formation of first Korean state
  • 1553: Coronation of Queen Mary 1 of England
  • 1590: Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen Pope; shortest papacy in history
  • 1777: Lancaster, PA; U.S. capital for a day after Philadelphia evacuated in American Revolution
  • 1789: U.S. Department of War establishes a regular army
  • 1789: The 1st U.S. Congress adjourns
  • 1822: Jean-Francois Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone
  • 1825: Stockton & Darlington Railway opens as first public railway to use steam locomotives
  • 1863: President Abraham Lincoln declares last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day
  • 1882: First commercial hydroelectric power plant by Thomas Edison begins operation
  • 1890: Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress
  • 1891: Stanford University opens its doors in California
  • 1908: Production of Model T automobile begins at Ford plant in Detroit, selling for US $825
  • 1924: First aerial global circumnavigation completed by a team from the US Army
  • 1928: Alexander Fleming notices bacteria-killing mold in his lab, leading to penicillin discovery
  • 1932: Iraq gains independence from the U.K.
  • 1935: The Hoover Dam is dedicated
  • 1939: 1st televised American football game is broadcast on NBC
  • 1946: Nazi leaders are sentenced in the Nuremberg trials
  • 1952: U.K. becomes the world's third nuclear power after successful test of nuclear weapon
  • 1956: USAF Cpt. Milburn G. Apt becomes first person to exceed Mach 3
  • 1957: 1st appearance of "In God we trust" on U.S. paper currency
  • 1964: The Free Speech Movement is launched on the University of California, Berkeley campus
  • 1967: Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1971: Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida
  • 1982: The compact disc (CD) and CD player is launched by Sony and Phillips
  • 1985: Space Shuttle Atlantis makes maiden flight
  • 1995: O.J. Simpson murder case ends with a verdict of not guilty
  • 1998: Birthdate established for Google
  • 2017: 58 people killed; 869 injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas

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