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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton
Morrison calls Austin Energy governance debate top 2013 issue
She says the discussion
“You can look at numbers like the
Morrison says that
“We made some progress with CURE and some other density bonus programs. On the other hand… the rewrite of the PUD ordinance, slashing affordable housing portions of that, was very unfortunate,” said Morrison. “They were slashed.”
Morrison is optimistic about the “next generation” of incentives offered to
Is she worried about the new incentive requirements driving
“I don’t want to disparage
Morrison also points to this year’s budget process as a year highlight, particularly the success of not raising the tax rate while, at the same time, exercising their ability to shift additional funds to Parks and social service programs.
“Our process for budgeting has really come along in terms of
There are several smaller things that Morrison has on
Like others, Morrison points to ongoing affects to the community of the
Some of this year’s progress is groundwork, says Morrison. For example, Morrison says that next year is going to be “huge” in terms of moving Project Connect
“That work was really important,” said Morrison. “I’m an absolute believer that we need to present to the community how this is
Morrison says that though
“It was most significant that
Morrison has already gotten a jump on the new system, asking for a map of
Morrison is also excited about several technological advancements on the horizon, namely the approach of
“You put all that together, and I think there is the opportunity for some really exciting movement
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Key Players & Topics In This Article
Austin Energy: As a municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy is a rarity in the largely deregulated State of Texas. It's annual budget clocks in at over $1 billion. The utility's annual direct transfer of a Council-determined percentage of its revenues offers the city a notable revenue stream.
Year in Review 2013: Each December, the Monitor offers a series of interviews with local policymakers about the highs and lows of the year gone by.