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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health critics turn up the heat ahead of decision

Critics of Central Health have renewed their demand for the Travis County Commissioners Court to require an “independent and comprehensive” audit of the hospital district’s spending. A handful of activists gathered outside of Travis County’s downtown headquarters on Monday afternoon…

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Monday, September 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Visitors bureau budget cut, but still up $1 million

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo won a round Thursday in her battle to use more of Austin’s tourism dollars to promote Austin’s heritage. City Council cut the tourism promotion budget of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau by approximately $1…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro’s budget grows as ridership shrinks

With the beginning of the next fiscal year just around the corner, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff are putting the finishing touches on the agency’s proposed $428 million budget. On Monday, the board of directors will likely vote on the…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council to consider funds for fashion incubator

Austin is known for its live music, its barbecue and Mexican food, its innovative technology companies, and even for hosting the Formula One races. Now, there’s a possibility that Austin will become known as a hub for the fashion industry.…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves $3.7 billion budget

After weeks of back-and-forth with city staff and three days of wrangling for dollars and cents on the dais, City Council approved a $3.7 billion budget Wednesday evening for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Austin homeowners will pay 44.18 cents…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council makes small increases to social services

City Council approved a flurry of changes to the city budget Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to boost funding for social services. Mayor Steve Adler moved to target some of the $2.1 million in funding that Council had approved Monday…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Budget battle day two: Winners and losers

Two battles that played out at Tuesday’s budget session demonstrated that decisions City Council has made throughout the year have left it with few options for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. At one point, Council even voted to reduce the…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council seeks elusive low-hanging fruit in budget

City Council spent hours Monday discussing and debating ways to balance the budget by finding small cuts in each city department. In the context of the city budget, some of the figures Council members are debating are minuscule. But even…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Jo Clifton

APD vows to end DNA evidence backlog

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday that the police department is committed to erasing its backlog of untested DNA evidence, which includes sexual assault kits as well as evidence collected from the scenes of property crimes. Acevedo told City…

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