Latest Headlines for Thursday, May 28

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Climate action plan blows past committee

Climate action advocates can rest assured that a proposed 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emission plan will go before City Council in June, though it will not come with a committee recommendation. Due to a lack of quorum, the Open Space,…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic District wins Planning Commission support

The proposed Bluebonnet Hills preservation district was back at City Hall this week. This time, it won the support of the Planning Commissioners. On Tuesday, commission members voted 5-1 to recommend creation of the Bluebonnet Hills Historic District, with Commissioner…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin General Fund forecast strong

Austin’s sales tax revenue is up 7.2 percent this year compared with the previous fiscal year, and city financial officials are forecasting that the city will bring in $2.1 million more than was budgeted, for a projected annual growth rate…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Library budget talks reveal Council divide

Last week, City Council dug into the Library Department’s budget, and it became clear that there are some deep ideological divides on the dais. As part of their budget work session, Council members grilled Austin Public Library Director Brenda Branch…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano
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TipSheet: Austin City Council 5.28.15

The Austin City Council will meet Thursday. Below is a list of items we’re watching. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The Office of the City Clerk hosts a copy at its…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Judge dismisses Pressley election contest

Visiting Judge Dan Mills dismissed former City Council candidate Laura Pressley’s election contest lawsuit against Council Member Greg Casar on Tuesday, citing a lack of evidence that would throw into doubt the outcome of the December runoff election for Council’s…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Regional leaders sound off on appraisal challenge

In preparation for tomorrow’s decision, City Council members sat down with leaders from regional taxing entities Tuesday to discuss the pros and cons of challenging the Travis Central Appraisal District’s valuation of Austin commercial properties this year. Those in attendance…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Snipes resigns

Yesterday, Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes resigned. Snipes had arranged the March training event designed to help staff deal with the deluge of female City Council members. That training drew national ridicule to City Hall and sparked widespread outrage. In…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners kick off overhaul of special events permitting

Travis County Commissioners Court took a big step Tuesday toward reforming the mass-gathering permitting process for large special events. The commissioners voted unanimously to open the issue to public comment for the required 30 days before making any final changes.…

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