- City Website: www.cityofburnet.com
- 2000 Population: 4,735
- 2009 Estimated Population: 6,011
- Median Family Income: $51,786
- Median Home Value: $105,700
- 2010 Tax Rate: 2.2715 per $100
- ZIP: 78611
Burnet zealously guards and protects its heritage and rural
lifestyle while preparing for and embracing the growth coming as the
Austin spillover approaches from the east and more people discover the
charm and allure of the Highland Lakes region.
Burnet remains the kind of Texas town where you can still drop by the
local newspaper to show off the fish you caught and replay Friday
night's high school football game with someone you meet on the sidewalk.
Its people are friendly and they're proud of this town, which began
life in 1849 as Hamilton Valley, just across the creek from an Army
Today, Fort Croghan is preserved as a museum with several restored
buildings and annual re-enactments of frontier life. Just to the east,
business is still done in buildings that have occupied the Burnet
County Courthouse square for more than a century, guests sleep at a bed
and breakfast once a stage stop, and restored steam engines chug into
the train depot each weekend.
Excellent public schools and a Seton hospital are among outstanding
community facilities, which also include a public golf course and a
recreation center offering everything from games and swimming to
Its airport serves private aviators and is the base for the Highland
Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, whose vintage air show
is one of the year's big events along with the Bluebonnet Festival and
the fair and rodeo.
Although the Austin metropolis is creeping nearer, optimists believe it
won't disturb Burnet's small-town values centered on family life,
schools, church, and civic activities.
By the way, it's pronounced BURN-it, not Burr-NET!
Pct. 1 area: west of US 281
Pct. 2 area: downtown Burnet area, then east of US 281 & north of SH 29
City Hall: 1001 Buchanan Dr., Suite 4,
Mayor: Alan Smith
Interim City Manager: David Vaughn,
512.756.6093, ext. 3208
City Council: Bill Flynn, William DeLeon, Pat Riddell, Paul Shell, Milton W. Phair, Gary Wideman, Christy Warwick Fath
Commissioners: Pct. 1, Bill Neve; Pct. 2, Russell Graeter
Constables: Pct. 1, Mike Harnisch; Pct. 2, Chuck Caraway
Electric, Water, Sewer & Garbage: City of Burnet 512.756.6093
Gas: Atmos Energy 888.286.6700
JPs: Pct. 1, Calvin Boyd; Pct. 2, Lisa Whitehead
Newspaper: Burnet Bulletin
Planning & Zoning: 512.715.3208
Post Office: 508 E. Jackson St.
School Enrollment: BCISD, www.burnet.txed.net 512.756.2124
Cable/Satellite, Internet, Phone:
Dish Network 877.736.7774
Northland Cable 830.693.7500
Time Warner Cable 866.863.4856
Phone: Sprint 866.866.7509
Internet: Zeecon 830.798.9388
281 Communications 830.798.9041
Police: Chief Paul Nelson
Fire/EMS: Chief Mark Ingram