City website useful tool for residents

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If you haven’t perused the City of Burnet website ( lately, you may be missing some valuable information.  Whether you are looking for upcoming events, pending ordinances, or just general information about the city, the City’s website is a good place to start.  

The most frequently requested information is conveniently listed on the “Top Topics” tab of the Home Page.  That’s where you will find access to a myriad of topics from meeting agendas, garage sale permits, forms permits and applications, GIS mapping of the city, job opportunities and the staff directory just to name a few.  A quick survey of the other tabs at the top of the Home Page will link you to a volume of information. The tabs on the bottom of the Home Page are quick links to other frequently requested topics including online payments (utility and court), My Permit Now (the permitting module), forms, and the City’s Code of Ordinances.  

You will find that many of the provided links allow for a deeper dive to additional information.  For example, a click on the “Parks and Recreation” link on the Departments tab at the top right of the Home Page opens a list of City Parks and you can then click on any of the individual parks for more information about them or you can get information for renting certain facilities.  You can also see a map of all the City’s parks as well as general information about each one.

Of course, if you are looking for something specific, you can always just enter your search into the search field located on almost all the pages at the upper right.  A search of “parks” will bring up a list of topics regarding the parks system as well as the link to the Parks and Recreation page.  

One of the things that I am always surprised to hear people say is that they didn’t know we have the GIS mapping system, since we’ve had it for a good many years.  If you go to the Home Page and click on the GIS link (it can be found either at the bottom of the page or at the top of the page under “Top Topics”) a link to our mapping system will come up.  (Depending upon which browser you use, you may have to download free software to use it but a window will pop up if you do.) The GIS system can be used to search for properties, see the zoning of properties, the locations of city owned properties and a lot of other information.  If you zoom in and select a specific property, you can click on a link to the Burnet Central Appraisal District data associated with that property. It’s a great tool to use when you need information about properties in the city.  

It doesn’t matter if you are new to town or have been here all your life, you are likely to find something you didn’t know about on the website as staff is continually updating it.  Give it a try.

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