Volume 103020 | October 30, 2020
Your weekly news & updates
A stronger TAYLOR is in YOUR hands!
Right now, we have so many distractions -- the virus, the election, the economy, the state of learning for students in our county. It is easy to feel discouraged, disconnected and disheveled.
But you don't have to.
And, in fact, your community NEEDS you not to.
Like many of you, I have been on seemingly endless Zoom calls and webinars and I have learned a LOT recently. Thanks to training from the Texas Chambers of Commerce Executives (and Texas Association of Business) and the US Chamber, I have come to the place where I needed to be.
We can, no, we WILL each have an impact and the survival of local jobs and the stores and business owners that are our friends and neighbors DEPEND on our actions over the coming months.
The future of Taylor lies with you.
They are easy things. Here is the list of what YOU, as an individual can do to help lead the Taylor economy towards rebound and recovery. And none of it is new.
  • Wash your hands. This is one of the most effective ways to combat the common flu, Covid-19 and a myriad other health problems. Sing the song if you need to but wash vigorously.
  • Watch your distance. I know it's colder and we want to be close together but 6 feet isn't really too far away. You might have to speak up and stress your consonants but those of us over 50 will appreciate it when you do that even without your mask.
  • Wear your mask. I know you hate wearing them. I know they make your face break out (believe me, I know). I know it's uncomfortable. But wearing a mask does not make you a sheep. It makes you a super hero for your family and community. Masks have proven to be the MOST effective way to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • Get a flu shot. Call your healthcare provider, stop by a local, chain or store pharmacy or get a free one through the Williamson County and Cities Health District. (Click HERE to register.) Encourage your friends and family to get a flu shot. Click here for information on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
  • Shop Taylor. Local merchants, you know, the ones that support your little league or soccer team, need you. If you aren't ready to go shopping many of them offer online shopping and most would, happily, let you schedule a private half hour shopping experience for you and those in your household or friend bubble.
  • And, finally, Vote. Taylor City Hall is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Your voice matters, well, not to preventing disease, science reigns there, but for the future of our city, city, school, county, state and nation. Make your voice heard at the ballot box.

"In God we trust, all others bring data." Adam Breckler
Taylor City Charter Amendments
PROPOSITION A Shall Article 4, Section 4.1 of the Taylor City Charter be amended to require that Council members be elected by a majority vote.

PROPOSITION B Shall Article 4, Section 4.2 of the Taylor City Charter be amended to state that a conflict of interest between a Council Member and the City Council shall be defined by Chapter 171 Texas Local Government Code as written or subsequently amended and upon compliance with Chapter 171 the conflict of interest shall be deemed properly disclosed.

PROPOSITION C Shall Article 9, Section 9.1 of the Taylor City Charter be amended to allow the City Manager to hire and remove employees of the City.
Please spare 2 minutes and answer our survey
Your Chamber Advocacy Committee is already getting ready for the 87th Texas Legislative Session that begins in January.

And we need to know what YOU, our local business owners and leaders, want and need us to push for and support. This survey will close at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, If you haven't taken it, please do so now.

To do that, we need you to take the 1 minute and 40 seconds (average time) to take our survey.
Information & Education
Host a free booth or donate candy to this trick-or-treat event today. Learn more by clicking here.
Chili supper
Taylor Lions will host the 2021 Chili Supper 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Taylor SPJST Hall on FM619. Tickets are on sale now for $10 to-go only. All profits support Lions’ efforts toward local glasses & vision testing, summer camp scholarships in Kerrville for medically disadvantaged children, and other charitable needs.
Get ready for the new Texas Legislative session
Former chief of staff to the Texas Secretary of State and former Taylor Mayor Jesse Ancira will be our speaker at noon Monday, Nov. 16.
He is going to get us ready for the 87th Texas Legislative Session that begins in January.
Come ask the questions that YOU want the Chamber's Advocacy Committee to ask to those who represent us in Austin.
Tax volunteers needed
Volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeters for their free tax preparation services offered in Williamson County are needed. No prior experience needed. For details contact www.WilcoFreeTaxPrep.org or Ale at ale@unitedwaywilco.org. 512-827-2574