Latest Headlines for Wednesday, October 7

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County adopts new tax rate

The Travis County Commissioners Court formally adopted a brand new property tax rate on Tuesday. The unanimous vote marked the last major action in this year’s version of the annual budget dance. It was a relatively placid affair, given the…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Code says STR licenses are a strain on staff

Short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb and HomeAway are a hot-button issue in Austin, and the city is at work trying to fix the problems that residents have drawn attention to in the past several months. Austin Code…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Jo Clifton

City, Junk Yard Dogs to fight in court today

Although the city of Austin has sued the Travis Central Appraisal District over its valuations of commercial and vacant properties, the first test of the lawsuit’s merit will come in court today not from TCAD, but from the commercial property…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD talks prison pipeline; reviews current system

At Monday’s dialogue meeting, AISD trustees took their first look at the state of the district’s “school-to-prison pipeline” system, examining the district’s policies and practices that push students out of the classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Central Texas reacts to new ozone standards

After the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it would be tightening its ground-level ozone regulations, some in Central Texas likely felt relieved, some expressed frustration and others looked ahead. The new National Ambient Air Quality Standards reduce…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Li retires from city but not from public service

After more than 20 years with the state of Texas and nearly 10 years with the city of Austin, Watershed Protection Director Victoria Li has retired. She said some of her proudest achievements include introduction of value engineering to the…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

PUD rules change ambles on

A bid to change the way the city approves Planned Unit Developments is moving forward, sort of, but it appears that no changes will be made in haste. On Thursday, City Council passed a diluted version of Mayor Pro Tem…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA tempers West Austin parking plan

A West Austin homeowner hoping to expand his house will also have to find room for a parking space, after a semi-successful visit to the Board of Adjustment. Heidi Goebel, who is an architect (and former Board of Adjustment member),…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 10.6.15

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. 11. Consider and take appropriate action…

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