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Friday, July 31, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council talks budget affordability and city services

There are some things that the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-16 city budget does and some things that it does not do. Aside from raising the property tax rate, along with utility rates and fees for many homeowners, one of the…

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Friday, July 31, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin water bills going up, electric bills decreasing

Residential customers of the Austin Water utility are projected to pay $4.94 more per month in Fiscal Year 2016 than they are paying this year, but the same customers should see a decrease of $2.22 in their monthly Austin Energy…

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Friday, July 31, 2015 by Jack Craver

Land Use Commissions look for more cooperation

What does the overhaul of municipal commissions mean for the future of city planning in Austin? Those involved in development policy at City Hall hope that a larger City Council, which has led to more appointees to both the Planning…

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Friday, July 31, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission blesses Castle Hill change

A Castle Hill development delayed by bureaucracy got some encouraging news at the Historic Landmark Commission on Monday. Historic Landmark commissioners voted unanimously to recommend modification of the Castle Hill Local Historic District’s preservation plan and design standards. Previously, the…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Proposed city budget includes tax, fee hikes

City management is proposing a budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that includes 85 additional police officers, 12 new paramedics, 19 new 911 call takers and 27 new employees for the beleaguered Development Services Department. Under a proposal presented this morning…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Can Austin help save Austin music?

Amid concerns that Austin’s rising costs may be driving out the music industry that has been so integral to the city’s popularity, Austin Music People released its Biennial White Paper yesterday. As a supplement to the paper’s extensive policy recommendations,…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA announces MoPac project delay, again

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told board members Wednesday that the MoPac Improvement Project is expected to be fully operational sometime in the second half of 2016, a far cry from its originally stated Sept.…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission reverses Mt. Zion church decision

Confronted with new information about zoning regulations related to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., the Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reverse a decision it had made in June aimed at helping the church sell…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman suit could undo campaign finance law

City Council Member Don Zimmerman, who plans to run for re-election in 2016, has filed suit in federal court against the city of Austin, seeking to overturn four important provisions of the city’s campaign finance rules. If he wins, the…

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