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Posted on: November 29, 2023

Crowd fills room for Kendall County Behavioral Health Advisory Coalition kick-off

audience fills chairs of council chambers for event

Representatives from eight organizations met Wednesday, November 29 to mark the launch of a county-wide initiative to coordinate and improve mental health response and care across jurisdictions.

The Kendall County Behavioral Health Advisory Coalition is a ...

Learn about the coalition.

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

Staff Profile: Denise Hessler is a bridge-builder in Finance

Denise Hessler

When it’s pay day for employees at the City of Boerne, there’s one person to thank for making sure each check is on time and calculated correctly.

Denise Hessler, Accountant I – Payroll, has been with the Finance Department fo...

Read more about Denise.

City News
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Boerne on Ice: Outdoor ice-skating rink open for holiday season

Family of three skating

The City of Boerne is excited to bring one of the most iconic winter scenes to the Hill Country Mile this holiday season with a picturesque ice rink.

The rink is located at Waterworks Terrace (210 W. Blanco Road), just across from Main Plaza. Skaters can t...

Reserve your spot!

City News
Posted on: November 8, 2023

Arbor Day: City plants 15 trees with help of volunteers

Volunteers plant trees

The City of Boerne celebrated Texas Arbor Day on Nov. 7 by planting 15 trees along the Currey Trail at Northside Neighborhood Park with the help of dozens of volunteers from local organizations.

Burkett Arbor Care and the Rotary Club of Boerne sponsored th...

Read about the event.

City News
Posted on: October 26, 2023

City staff speak on One Water panel with Hill Country Alliance, Cibolo Center

Mike Mann and Jeff Carroll

Staff from the City of Boerne recently served on a panel at the first of what will be the annual One Water in the Texas Hill Country Conference, hosted by the Hill Country Alliance, the Cibolo Center, and the City.

The conference, held Oct. 26 at the Cibol...

Read about the conference.

City News
Posted on: October 25, 2023

Watch the 2023 State of the City

ben thatcher and frank ritchie

On October 19, 2023, Mayor Frank Ritchie and City Manager Ben Thatcher presented the State of the City hosted by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.

Watch the presentation. City News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

City receives TML Excellence Award for Boerne Water Dashboard

City leadership

The City of Boerne was presented with the Municipal Excellence Award for Public Works at the annual gathering of the Texas Municipal League in early October 2023.

The City was recognized for the Boerne Water Dashboard – a tool that combines all publicly av...

Read about the TML award.

City News
Posted on: September 27, 2023

City Council appoints Bret Bunker as District 4 replacement

Bret Bunker

At the Sept. 26, 2023, meeting, Boerne City Council members voted 5-0 to appoint Bret Bunker to represent District 4.

“I wanted to give back to the city that has been such a big part of my life,” Bunker said. “There is no plac...

Read about Councilman Bunker.

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Posted on: September 25, 2023

City continues to advance KCBFO transportation initiatives

Esser Road Re-Striped Lanes

The City of Boerne recently re-striped a stretch of South Esser Road from Blanco Road to Highway 46/River Road to include the addition of a continuous center turn lane along one of the busiest roadways in town.

The striping coincided with recent street reh...

Learn about the project.

City News
Posted on: September 18, 2023

City Celebrates Its Rock Star Employees

Employee Awards

Staff recently gathered for the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony to celebrate shared successes and individual achievements.

See a list of awards. City News
Posted on: August 28, 2023

Approved FY 2024 City Budget invests in bond/capital projects, public safety


The City of Boerne’s budget for fiscal year 2024 was approved by City Council at the September 12 meeting.

A public hearing for the proposed budget and the tax rate was held during the meeting. Both were approved by council as follows:

  • Budget approved in 5-...
Explore the budget.

City News
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Councilman reflects, prepares to step down: 'I have been lucky to serve'

Bryce Boddie

District 4 Councilman Bryce Boddie is preparing to step down from Boerne City Council at the September 12, 2023, meeting after more than three years of service.

Before one of his final City Council meetings sitting behind the dais, Boddie reflected on his ...

Hear from Councilman Boddie.

City News
Posted on: September 11, 2023

City receives national award for collaborative mental health efforts

City Hall

The City of Boerne is a 2023 recipient of the ICMA Local Government Excellence Award in Community Partnerships for the reimaging of the Police Department’s mental health officer (MHO) position and the City’s efforts to collaborate with area partners on me...

Read about the award.

City News
Posted on: July 21, 2023

Boerne Utilities customers enter Stage 2 Water Restrictions

A lawn being watered by a sprinkler system

Amid the ongoing drought and continued triple digit temperatures in the region, Boerne Utilities water customers will enter Stage 2 Water Restrictions effective Monday, August 7, 2023. Stage 2 restrictions apply to potable and reclaimed water customers.

Learn the restrictions.

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Posted on: August 8, 2023

Boerne City Council approves Short-Term Rental Ordinance

City Hall

Boerne City Council approved in a 5-0 vote an updated Short-Term Rental Ordinance at the August 8, 2023, council meeting.

The ordinance establishes updated requirements for any short-term rental (STR) in operation within the City of Boerne and its extra-te...

Read about the new ordinance.

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Posted on: August 8, 2023

Council approves sale of old City Hall, Public Works buildings

Old City Hall and Public Works building

Boerne City Council approved the sale of the old City Hall and the Public Works buildings in two separate 5-0 votes at the August 8, 2023, meeting.

Old City Hall

Council approved the sale of the old City Hall (402 E. Blanco Rd.) to Ridan, Inc. for the list ...

Read about the sales.

City News
Posted on: July 13, 2023

Oak Wilt mediation underway at City Cemetery

Tree removal

The City of Boerne has begun conducting oak wilt mediation at the City Cemetery. The biggest thing people will see are numerous tress that have been tagged with color-coded tape to indicate the type of treatment they have received. Furthermore, these acti...

More on oak wilt.

City News
Posted on: June 21, 2023

City of Boerne named a Best-In-Class Employer

Human Resources staff

As an organization rooted in service and excellence, and with a goal of remaining an employer of choice, the City of Boerne is proud to announce it has been named a Best-In-Class Employer in Gallagher’s 2022 U.S. Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey....

Learn about the award.

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Posted on: June 13, 2023

City’s Communications Office wins 2 statewide awards

Robert Taylor and Chris Shadrock

The City of Boerne Communications Department brought home two awards from the annual conference of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO).

The City won first place in the Best Strategic Plan category for the Boerne Family Tree rebr...

Read about the awards.

City News
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Boerne City Manager recognized with certification by international organization

City Manager Ben Thatcher

With a continued investment in professional development, Boerne City Manager Ben Thatcher is leading by example as the City continues to aim to be an exemplary Hill Country community.

Thatcher recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICM...

Read more about the recognition.

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Boerne Takes Four Top Honors In the 2023 Texas Travel Awards

Shops in downtown Boerne

Four Boerne destinations were crowned “best of” in the 3rd annual Texas Travel Awards. Launched by the publishers of Austin Monthly, San Antonio Magazine, and Texas Music, the awards were created to celebrate the top travel destinations and attractions ac...

See the awards.

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Posted on: June 12, 2023

Boerne dedicates new memorial, hosts Women Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Plaza

Athena's Prayer Statue

A special celebration in honor of women veterans was held Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Veterans Plaza — just ahead of Women Veterans Day.

A highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of “Athena’s Prayer,” a bronze monument created by world-renowned artist ...

Read about the ceremony.

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Posted on: March 29, 2023

Boerne City Council approves minor updates to Thoroughfare Plan

Boerne City Hall

On Tuesday night, April 11, 2023, Boerne City Council voted unanimously to approve minor updates to the City’s Major Thoroughfare Plan.

State law allows cities to create these plans per Local Government Code, Title 7, Chapter 213. The City of Boerne create...

See the updates.

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Posted on: March 1, 2023

Patrick Heath Public Library Receives Excellence Award from Statewide Agency

Ben Thatcher, Kelly Skovbjerg, Ty Wolosin, Tim Handren pose with award

The City of Boerne’s Patrick Heath Public Library has received the 2022 Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA), an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League.

“The staff at the library continuous...

Learn about the award.

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

Boerne Parks and Recreation announces new department leaders

Lissette Jimenez and Donnie Bergmann

The City of Boerne Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the promotion of two longtime leaders to be the department’s next Director and Assistant Director.

This week, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Lissette Jimenez took over as...

Read about these leaders.

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

City breaks ground on large sidewalk extension, utility improvement project

City leaders pose with shovels at groundbreaking ceremony

City leaders braved the colder weather on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, to break ground on a much-need sidewalk expansion and utility improvement project in central Boerne.

The Capital Improvement Project will see the addition of nearly one mile...

Read about the project.

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Boerne Utilities customers can now pay bills by text message

Graphic reads: Pay your utility bill via text

The City of Boerne now offers a new text message payment option for Boerne Utilities customers. This option gives customers another safe and secure payment method available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are interested in this option, please fol...

Learn how to sign up.

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

City hosts Oak Wilt Management Workshop

Ryan Bass presents at Oak Wilt Management Workshop

The City of Boerne hosted a workshop Nov. 16 to provide information about oak wilt and what resources are available for treatment and prevention.

The Oak Wilt Management Workshop, co-hosted by the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas A&M AgriLife...

Learn about oak wilt.

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Posted on: October 14, 2022

City rolls out new online chat feature for utility customers

graphic reads "new live chat for utilities customers"

Boerne Utilities customers have a new way to connect with a Customer Care representative in the form of an online chat feature.

The new live chat feature can be accessed by visiting the Boerne Utilities Customer Care and Billing webpage and clicking on the...

Learn about Live Chat.

City News
Posted on: August 24, 2022

Notice of Public Hearing on 2023 Tax Rate

Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Public Hearing Date and Time

The following information is a Notice of Public Hearing on the 2023 Tax Rates.

A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will be held September 12, 2023, at 6 p.m. at 447 N. Main St. in Boerne.

Read more about the Public Hearing.

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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed FY 2024 Budget

Public Hearing on Budget

Public Hearing Date and Time

The following information is a Notice of Public Hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2024. View this information in a downloadable PDF.

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Boerne will hold a pub...

Read the public notice.

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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Notice of 2023 Tax Rates for the City of Boerne

Notice of Tax Rates

This notice provides information about two tax rates used in adopting the current tax year's tax rate.

The no-new-revenue tax rate would impose the same amount of taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. In most cases, the voter-ap...

Read the notice.

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