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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council sets stage for last-minute homestead exemption debate

City Council has scheduled one final meeting this month in order to take another crack at fulfilling a key campaign promise many members made during the 2014 elections. Wednesday afternoon’s special called session will feature the third-reading vote on a…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council moves to change demolition rules

Last week, City Council approved a resolution that could change how civic buildings are demolished in Austin. The resolution, which was sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, could require all demolition permits for civic buildings that are 50 years…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City clarifies shelter policies

A clarification about the ownership of shelter animals should keep the city out of legal trouble, though some City Council members had reservations that the changes were moving too fast. Kristen Auerbach, who is the deputy chief animal services officer…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds bilingual services disorganized

An analysis prepared by the Office of the City Auditor shows that although the city spends $2 million per year on bilingual pay programs, the vast majority of city departments do not collect data on the residents they serve. The…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 6.28.16

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. 3. Consider and take appropriate action…

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Monday, June 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Affidavit raises questions about Bastrop ruling

An observer at the trial involving a dispute between the developer of a proposed Bastrop subdivision and three units of government in Bastrop County has sworn that he witnessed the judge in the case talking behind a locked glass door…

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Monday, June 27, 2016 by Cate Malek

Council reaches compromise on charter school land use debate

Last week, City Council voted to apply the same development standards to charter schools that were already required of local public schools, ending months of emotionally charged debate on the issue. In a 7-1-2 vote, with Council Member Ellen Troxclair…

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Monday, June 27, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics complaints over free SXSW tickets dismissed

Complaints against two city officials alleging that they used their positions to acquire free tickets to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival were dismissed quickly by the City Council Ethics Review Commission on June 22. The commission determined that although the…

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Monday, June 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Things happened

So, what’s up with Wednesday?… After last week’s epic City Council meeting that stretched until about 3 in the morning, there were very few people left bemoaning the looming July break. In fact, Thursday was scheduled to be the last…

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