FYI Taylor County Texas

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Getting Started

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So, you’re moving to the area. Congratulations! Now that you’ve found one of the nicest places in Texas to call home, you may need some help getting settled.

Finding A Home

If you’re looking for a place to live, there are several real estate agencies serving both Taylor and the surrounding areas. The following are among them:
• Brasfield Real Estate (512) 365-6500 www.brasfieldrealestate.com
• Cornerstone Real Estate (512) 365-9548 www.cornerstonerealestate.com
• McMakin and Associates (512) 365-8563 www.mcmakinrealestate.com
• Patschke and Patschke (512) 365-1905 www.patschkeproperties.com
• Terra Properties (512) 365-5555 www.terraproperties.biz

Looking to build a home?

• DR Horton Homes (512) 759-1235
• KB Home (512) 365-3262
• Lexor Homes (512) 454-5692
• Nanco Homes (512) 365-1979

If you’re not quite ready for a house yet, there are several apartment complexes, including:
• Arbors of Taylor, 201 Highland Drive, (512) 365-8571
• Burnett Place, 405 Sloan St., (512) 365-2500
• Mallard Run Apartments, 1000 Mallard Lane, (512) 352-8660
• Park Meadows Apartments, 2700 Sunny Lane, (512) 352-8944
• Park Place Apartments, 1213 Vance St., (512) 365-9865
• Taylor Square Apartments, 1005 Cotton Bowl, (512) 352-8753
• Tejas Apartments, 2106 Holly Springs, (512) 365-6400
• The Gardens of Taylor, 319 Sloan St., (512) 633-4217

After your move, you may need to return your U-Haul. You can do that at 209 W. Second St. in Taylor, which is U.S. 79. Call them at (512) 352-2310. If you are closer to Hutto, you can return your U-Haul to 646 Front St. The phone number there is (512) 759-1074. You also can rent flatbed trailers and moving equipment at a few locations in the area, including:
• Armadillo Rental, 818 W. Second St., (512) 365-5525
• Main Street Rental, 1811 N. Main St., (512) 352-7368
• The Home Depot, 600 W. U.S. 79 (Hutto), (512) 759-3688


Electricity


In Eastern Williamson County, residential and commercial electrical service is provided by a number of companies following deregulation of the retail energy market. Consumers have a choice of several utility providers that offer a number of different plans and rates. For a full list of providers visit www.powertochoose.org online. This Web site provides a list of providers offering residential and commercial service, the plans they offer in this area, current rates per kilowatt hour and contact information. If you have questions about choosing a provider or do not have Internet access, call (866) 797-4839. While the power may come from different sources, transmission lines are managed by Oncor Electric Delivery. If you have a power interruption due to something other than a billing issue, the number to call is (888) 313-4747.

The entire billing and power management process is handled by the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is based in Taylor and is one of the area’s largest employers. Because ERCOT centralizes billing for all of the providers, switching companies should not mean switching
billing or payment processes.

Water & Sewer

You’re also going to need water and sewer service. In Taylor, call the City of Taylor Utility Department, (512) 352-2066.
For many surrounding cities, a call to city hall also will get water and sewer service started. Following are those phone numbers:
• Granger (512) 859-2755
• Hutto (512) 759-4055
• Thrall (512) 898-5306

• Coupland, contact Manville Water at (512) 856-2488 and they’ll be glad to get you hooked up.

Garbage Collection

To establish garbage collection in Taylor, contact the Utility Department at (512) 352-2066. The company holding the solid waste service franchise in Taylor is IESI.

Recycling

The City of Taylor Recycling Center is located at 1606 N. Main St. and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Accepted at the site are: Newspapers and magazines, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass and cardboard. Not accepted at the site are: Plastic bags, light bulbs, broken glass and hazardous waste.

The Williamson County Recycling Center is located next to the landfill on FM 1660, north of Hutto. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Natural Gas

If your new home includes natural gas heating or appliances, Atmos Energy is the provider in this area. The company’s customer service number is (800) 460-3030.

Repair Work

Eastern Williamson County has dozens of options for every need from house painting to plumbing to remodeling and electrical repair. The Taylor Daily Press Marketplace online search is the fastest way to find any service and it is free and only a click away. Either scan the code in our Marketplace ad on page 2 from your smart phone or go to our search page at www.taylordailypress.net/marketplace/.

Employment

You have a place to live but how about a job?
If you need a place to get started, try the classifieds in the Taylor Daily Press or The Hutto News. You may also visit the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, 1519 N. Main St., or call the chamber at (512) 352-6364.

The Texas Workforce Commission is an excellent resource for those looking for work or recently unemployed. The TWC has a workforce center at 516 N. Main St., Suite 6, inside Temple College at Taylor. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the office, call (512) 365-8750.

There also is a regional full-service office available in Round Rock, 1611 Chisholm Trail, Suite 600. To contact the Round Rock office call (512) 244-2207.

Changes

Now it’s time to get some things changed. One of the neat things about living in a small town is everything’s close. In Taylor, you can go by the post office on West Fourth Street to get your mail forwarded and register to vote. Right down the street from the post office is the driver’s license office, 412 Vance Street. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 5 p.m. Driver testing is done in the afternoon. It’s always advisable to bring proof of insurance in any transaction involving operating a motor vehicle. The office, which serves residents from throughout Eastern Williamson County, can be reached by calling (512) 352-4160.

If you just need to renew your license, you can do that online at texasonline.state.tx.us.

Banking

You may want to set up a bank account in your new town. Taylor, Coupland, Hutto and Granger are served by several financial institutions offering a wide range of services.

  • Austin Telco Federal Credit Union is located at 3705 N. Main St. in Taylor. The main branch number is (512) 302-5555. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The drive-thru is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. all five days. The lobby and drive-thru are open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Chase Bank is located at 3709 N. Main St. in Taylor. The main bank number is (512) 352-5421. The main branch phone number is (512) 846-2438. Hours at both banks are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Citizens National Bank also provides services in Taylor from its main office at 316 N. Main St. The main number is (512) 352-7641. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motor bank hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • City National Bank has three locations in Taylor, including its main office at 212 N. Main St., and several ATMs around town. The main bank number is (512) 352-8523. Main lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The drive-through bank is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Compass Bank is located at 1701 N. Main St., on the corner of Hwy. 95 and Lake Drive. The main bank number is (512) 352-3623.
  • First Convenience Bank is located inside the Taylor Super Wal-Mart store, located at 3701 N. Main St. The phone number is (512) 352-8422.
  • First State Bank Central Texas has several locations in Eastern Williamson County. The Taylor branch is located at 813 N. Main St. The phone number is (512) 352-5880. In Granger, the branch is located at 119 E. Davilla and the number is (512) 859-2293. The bank’s Hutto branch is at 120 Ed Schmidt Boulevard and the phone number is (512) 846-1442. Hutto residents have several banking options.
  • A+ Federal Credit Union is located at 141 Ed Schmidt Blvd. The phone number is (512) 302-6800. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drive-through hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Chase Bank is located at 506 W. U.S. 79. The phone number is (512) 846-2438. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • First State Bank Central Texas is located at 120 Ed Schmidt Blvd. The phone number is (512) 846-1442.
  • Regions Bank is located at 500 U.S. 79 West. The phone number is (512) 759-5000. Lobby hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drive-through banking hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wells Fargo Bank’s branch at 604 W. US 79 can be reached at (512) 846-2816. Lobby hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. In Coupland, the main office of Independent Bank is located at 102 Hoxie St. The phone number is (512) 856-2404. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The drive-through window also is open Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

In Granger you will find Granger National Bank, in addition to the First State Bank Central Texas branch. Granger National Bank is located at 201 W. Davilla Ave. and can be reached at (512) 859-2202.

 

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