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Travis County fiscal picture for Tuesday, June 24

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Each week the Monitor reports on Travis County spending habits. From here on out we’re changing it up a bit. Moving forward, we’ll be giving you the weekly expenditures, gained revenue and grant monies received. We hope this gives you a fuller picture of week-to-week fiscal action.


For the week of June 24, 2014 the County approved the following expenditures, for an estimated amount of $1,204,958.89.


  • $2,000.00 for STAR Flight services rendered to Ginger Gould and $3,464.34 for STAR Flight services rendered to Idris Hasan.

  • $134,072.88 to go to AG Construction Management for the Richard Moya Park Shelter and Bathroom Repairs Project. This project will repair park shelters and bathrooms damaged during the October 2013 floods. An estimated 75 percent of the funds are expected to be reimbursed through a FEMA grant.

  • $37,630.00 to go to International Building Services for Transportation and Natural Resources Parks ground maintenance for a contract period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

  • $3,600.00 to Easy Access, Inc. for enhancements to electronic voting systems EZ-VIP and EZ-VOTE, contract with Easy Access, Inc. for Tax Office Computer System.

  • $844,172.67 for reimbursement to United Health Care for claims paid for participants in the Travis County Employee Health Care Fund for the period of June 6 to June 12, 2014.

  • $180,019.00 for Travis County’s share of an interlocal agreement among the county, the City of Austin and the City of Westlake Hills to fund a wildfire detection program.

The County approved two as-needed contracts that are exempt from County Purchasing Act Requirements:

  • Contract with KG Empowerment Group, LLC for the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department for a Job Readiness Training Program and GED Program. The job readiness program will serve as a vehicle to help youth to “regain focus, develop employable skills, and position them to transition to the community upon release.” The GED program will provide direction and tutoring in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. The contract runs from June 24, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015, for 30.00 per hour for 12 students per class.

  • Contract to give Trauma Focused Therapy to youth who have been identified and referred by the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department in coordination with the Collaborative Opportunities for Positive Experience Mental Health Court and/or Travis County Juvenile Probation Department Crossover Unit. Talking Points Psychotherapy will receive $65.00 per hour for clients on an as-needed basis. The contract runs from June 24, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2014.

Travis County’s revenue for the week:

  • The Travis County Juvenile Probation Office received $24.42 from interest accrued on a program grant by the Meadows Foundation. The Court approved for the extra money to go back into the grant to fund regular employee salaries for the department.

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