Latest Headlines for Thursday, July 27

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Push on to ‘normalize’ minority chambers’ funding

Austin’s four minority group chambers of commerce could see their funding from the city of Austin restructured and made more transparent in the coming budget year, a change that is seen as needed to make the groups more equal. The…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County bond proposal continues to evolve

A roiling public hearing at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday muddied the waters on an already complex bond package, part of which voters could decide on this November. More than two dozen speakers signed up to air their thoughts…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas lawmakers may alter property tax collection. But how does it even work?

During a recent committee hearing on a property tax bill, a state lawmaker made an unusual comment: He praised Travis County. “Travis County has the best record on reducing tax rate,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the author of…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Housing bonds may be put to work early

Proponents of three proposed low-income housing projects are looking forward to Thursday when the board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will announce which projects have been selected to receive housing tax credits. Two of the three projects…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

The many balancing acts in Austin’s quest for affordable housing

When it comes to providing housing that is affordable to Austin’s poor and working-class residents, city leaders have very few tools at their disposal. The city is barred by state law from implementing the types of regulations that other major…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

High-rises to fill downtown Austin’s few remaining empty blocks

It’s hard to come by vacant land in downtown Austin these days, and the few empty blocks that remain are quickly being scooped up by developers. One of the area’s latest projects is at 308 Guadalupe Street. Earlier this month,…

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