Latest Headlines for Wednesday, January 24

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Lax oversight in city savings program

City employees overseeing a program to help low-income residents pay for school, buy a home or start a business failed to provide the oversight necessary to prevent waste of city and federal dollars, according to a draft audit from the…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

School district fiscal forecast bleak

Although it did not come as a shock, the precarious position of the Austin Independent School District’s financial future dampened the mood at the end of the board of trustees’ Jan. 22 meeting. The ever-increasing amount of recapture the district…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Sobering Center one step closer

The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a contract on Tuesday awarding Tegrity Contractors the right to construct the Austin Sobering Center. Austin/Travis County Sobriety Center will remain the name of the local government corporation that operates the facility.The contract worth…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here’s what the new city manager’s salary and benefits could look like

When incoming City Manager Spencer Cronk moves to Austin next month, he’ll have some help.City Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a compensation package for Cronk, who comes to Austin from Minneapolis and starts on Feb. 12.When…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City parkland could vanish from soccer stadium consideration

A resolution is in the works that would remove two city parkland sites from consideration as possible locations for a proposed soccer stadium. Council Member Ann Kitchen is sponsoring the resolution, out of concern about and growing opposition to Butler…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

In Hyde Park, urbanists say they’re the ones defending neighborhood character

In Austin’s ongoing battle over development, it’s generally the traditional neighborhood associations that talk about defending “neighborhood character” and developers and urbanist activists who argue that a growing city needs to accept change, whether that is taller buildings or reduced…