Latest Headlines for Monday, December 17

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Red-tape mishap causes frustrations at the BoA

For six years, a dock has been jutting out into Lake Austin without technically having the proper permitting to do so in its current form.Since October, Kathleen Huff of 3117 Westlake Drive has been appearing monthly before the Board of…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission pushes for broader use of hotel tax dollars

Austin’s Tourism Commission wants to see the city push for more latitude in how to spend local hotel occupancy tax dollars, with an eye toward next year’s session of the state Legislature.At Monday’s meeting, the commission approved a recommendation for…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council ponders ways to make meetings shorter, less confusing

As part of its ongoing efforts to make government more efficient and productive, City Council is discussing potential changes to how meetings are run.The conversation was kicked off by the city’s CFO Elaine Hart, who highlighted a number of ways…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County delays decision on criminal district attorney’s office

The Travis County Commissioners Court is considering a merger of the County and District Attorney’s offices into a criminal district attorney office that may considerably lower the number of jail bookings for misdemeanor offenses.County Attorney David Escamilla and District Attorney…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City’s federal housing funds in jeopardy

The city of Austin could lose a significant amount of federal funding if President Trump follows through on his threat to shut down the federal government on Dec. 21. Various national publications reported Trump making the threat if Congress refuses…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin ISD budget document suggests consolidating 12 schools to cut costs

Facing a shortfall and declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is considering consolidating schools, among other options, to cut its deficit by as much as $55 million over the next few years.A budget document sent to the Austin school…