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City of Harker Heights (County of Bell, State of Texas) is located 60 miles North of Austin, 150 miles Northeast of San Antonio, 190 miles Northwest of Houston, 163 miles Southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth.

1. POPULATION
Year 2004 (est.)
City 21,000
County 252,247

2000 Census
City 17,308
County 237,974

1990
City 12,841
County 191,088

2. INCENTIVES
Tax Abatement: Yes
Enterprise Zone: Yes
Industrial Foundation: No
Foreign Trade Zone: No
Reinvestment Zone: Yes
Freeport Exemption: No

3. TRANSPORTATION
AIR SERVICE
Nearest Airport: Killeen/Fort Hood Regional
Runway Length: 10,000 ft.
Runway Surface: Concrete
Lighted: Yes
Fuel: Yes
Instrum. Landing Sys.: Yes
Airports Within 1 Hr.
Municipal: Killeen Skylark Field
Regional: Killeen/Fort Hood Regional

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS
Austin – Bergstrom International Airport – Approx. 70 miles
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – Approx. 140 miles
San Antonio International Airport – Approx 150 miles

FREIGHT CARRIERS
Airborne Express
Central Freight
Emery
Federal Express
NW Transport Service, Inc.
United Parcel Service
Yellow Freight

RAIL SERVICE
Provider: Burlington Northern/Santa Fe

4. TAXATION
TAX RATE
(PER $100 ASSESSED VALUE) – Oct. 2003
Bell County $ 0.31210
Harker Heights, City 0.69990
Killeen ISD 1.45800
Special Districts: (Hospital, College, etc.) 0.17970
TOTAL: $ 2.64970

Municipal Sales Tax: 1.5 %
State Sales Tax: 6.25 %
Econ. Dev. Sales Tax: 0 %
Other Sales Taxes: County .5 %
TOTAL: 8.25 %

5. WAGE DATA
OCCUPATIONAL TITLE / Entry Level Mean
Production Classifications:
Aircraft Assembler 14.85*
Aircraft Mechanic
Assembler, General
Assembler, Mobile Homes
Electrician 13.80
Electronics Assembler
Forklift Operator
Janitor, any industry 7.14
Laborer, General 8.06
Machinist/Related Occup. 7.20
Maintenance, General 9.76
Mechanic (Maintenance) 12.06
Molding Machine Operator 8.56*
Semiconductor Processor
Sewing Machine (Garment)
Sheet Metal Worker 11.72
Truck Driver, Lt., any ind. 9.25
Warehouse Worker 8.06*
Welder, Production 10.59
Office, Clerical and Technical
Accountant/Auditor 17.88
Computer Operator 11.80
Computer Programmer 22.68
Customer Service Rep. 7.96
Electronic Technician 19.55
General Office Clerk 8.33
Key Data Entry Oper. 7.88
Secretarial 9.47
Shipping & Rec. Clerk 9.65
Telemarketing 7.51
*related fields

6. GOVERNMENT, CITY
Type: Council/Manager, Home Rule
Mayor: 1
Number on Council: 5
Municipal Police: 37
Paid Firemen: 21
Volunteers: 36
City Zoning Body: Yes
Master Plan: Yes

7. UTILITIES
ELECTRIC ENERGY DELIVERY:
TXU Electric Delivery
Reliability: 99.9754%
Transmission Voltage: 69 KV 138 KV 345 KV
Service Voltage: 120/208 120/240 240/480 277/480

NATURAL GAS: Atmos Gas
BTU Content Per Cubic Foot: 1,050

TELEPHONE SERVICE: Sprint
Digital: Yes
Analog: No
Electromechanical: No
Make and Model: DMS 100/200
Software Level: ELC 008
Fiber Optics: Yes
Switched 56 KBPS: Yes
High Capacity Digital (T-1): Yes
Digital Data Service: Yes
911: Yes
Other Network Services: 13 long distance
carriers, ISDN

WATER SUPPLIER: WCID #1
Source: Surface water-Lake Belton
Max. System Capacity (daily): 6,000,000
gallons
Max. Daily Use To Date: 4,500,000 gallons
Pressure on Mains: 60-85 lbs.
Storage Capacity: 3,400,000 gallons
Size of Mains: 2 inches to 18 inches
System Looped: Yes
Projects Under Const.: The city is in the process of building a new police department, library and community center.

SEWER SYSTEM:
Type Treatment Plant: Activated Sludge
Maximum Capacity: 3,000,000 gallons
Max. Daily Use To Date: 2,800,000 gallons

8. EDUCATION
KILLEEN ISD
Public School Budget: (2004) $ 256,048,181
Schools – Enrollment
Elementary: 28 – 18,313
Middle/Jr. High: 11 – 7,212
High Schools: 4 – 7,627
Private: 7
Special/Head Start: 4 – 388

AREA UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES:
Central Texas College, Killeen
Tarleton State University Central Texas, Killeen
Temple College, Temple
Texas A&M University, College Station
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton
University of Texas, Austin
State Industrial Job Training: Yes
Vocational Program: Yes

9. COMMUNITY INFORMATION
HEALTHCARE
Total Hospital Beds: 436
Total Doctors (medical): 208

MEDIA
Papers: 1 – daily / 1 – weekly
Radio Stations: 6
TV Stations/TV Cable: 5 – Local/Yes

AREA CHURCHES/REPRESENTED DENOMINATIONS
Adventist, Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Disciples of Christ, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church of the Nazarene, Episcopal, Interdenominational, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lutheran, Methodist, Non-Denominational, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Unitarian

RECREATION
Parks: 15
Area Lakes: 2
Country Clubs: 0
Health Centers: 11
Public Golf Courses: 1
Theaters: 1
Tennis Courts: 9
Bed & Breakfast Facilities: 1
Hotel & Motel Rooms: 1,291
Libraries: 1
Other: Community Center; 2 gymnastics/
dance studios

AREA ATTRACTIONS:
Two area lakes (Stillhouse Lake and Belton Lake) - fishing, water sports, hiking and biking trails; two Fort Hood Museums: 1st Calvary Division and 4th Infantry Division; three
golf courses

CLIMATE
Annual Average Temperature: 67 F
Mo. Average High Temperature: 77 F
Mo. Average Low Temperature: 57 F
Annual Average Precipitation: 30.7 inches
Elevation: 700 feet

FINANCE
Eisenhower National Bank
Extraco
First National Bank Texas
First State Bank Central Texas
First Texas Bank
Fort Hood National Bank
Fort Hood Military Federal Credit Union
Guaranty Federal Bank
Heart O’ Texas Federal Credit Union
Texas Partners Federal Credit Union
Killeen Teachers Federal Credit Union
National Bank
Union State Bank
United Central Bank

11. MAJOR AREA EMPLOYERS
EMPLOYER PRODUCT EMPLOYEES UNION AFFILIATION
Central Texas College District
Education System – 2,043
Convergys Customer Service Center – 1,200
Dyncorp Government Contractor – 805
Express Personnel Temporary Staffing – 300
First National Bank Texas Banking – 700
Fort Hood Civilian/Federal/Contract – 14,500
Fort Hood Military Soldiers – 47,000
Killeen Daily Herald Newspaper – 142
Killeen ISD Public Schools – 4,200
Killeen Mall Shopping Mall – 500
Lockheed Support Systems
Government Contractor – 398
M/A/R/C Group,
The Marketing & Research – 372
Metroplex Hospital Hospital – 900
PRC Systems Engineering Services – 160
Sallie Mae Loan Servicing – 705
Sprint Telephone – 160
Tarleton State University Central Texas
Education System – 64
West Telemarketing Marketing & Research – 405
Zip Cleaners Dry Cleaning – 100
Demographic information supplied in this publication and on the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce website has been provided by a variety of sources.

 


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