Stories by Jimmy Maas

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Austin and Travis County voters will decide the future of hotel tax revenue: Here’s what that means

Expansion of the Austin Convention Center and the Travis County Expo Center could be on the line with two local ballot propositions this November. At the center of those two propositions is tax revenue from hotel stays – and how…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Austin City Council vote brings new management to Butler golf course after 70 years under one family

The Austin City Council voted 8-3 on Thursday to lease Butler Pitch and Putt golf course to Pecan Grove Partners, marking the end of an era for the Kinser family, who have run the course since construction began in the…

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Lifeguard shortage forces Austin to stagger openings of city pools

With the opening of the Walnut Creek and Mabel Davis pools over the weekend, all municipal pools in Austin are up and running for the summer. The city says it’s waiting until smaller neighborhood pools are properly staffed before opening…

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Paperwork could cost Circuit of the Americas $20 million for last year’s F1 race

The Circuit of the Americas could be out as much as $20 million in incentives from the governor’s office.The office informed COTA officials they missed a critical filing date for a human trafficking prevention plan in advance of the Formula…

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by Jimmy Maas

Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports sign lease for stadium site in North Austin

Precourt Sports Ventures signed a lease with the city of Austin today for 24 acres in North Austin to build a Major League Soccer stadium.“Bringing major league sports to Austin will help bring all parts of our diverse city together,…

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Jimmy Maas

Austin’s bid is in for Amazon’s second headquarters

Austin is officially in the race for perhaps the biggest corporate prize ever.“This afternoon, we formally submitted the Austin-region bid for Amazon HQ2,” Mike Berman, senior vice president at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, said. Austin Texas Region Bid for…

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County seeks new way to appoint attorneys for poor defendants

Travis County is considering revamping its system to assign court-appointed attorneys. For years, its system was a model for defending the poor. But now, judges and staff are looking west for a new model to adapt to the county’s needs,…

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners again delay decision on condo project

Developers of a proposed condominium project on Lake Travis — and those who oppose it — are still waiting for a decision from Travis County Commissioners. For the second week in a row, commissioners heard from neighbors and developers, but…

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Residents complain about development at Commissioners Court

A development near Lake Travis brought a contentious public hearing to Tuesday’s Travis County Commissioners Court.  A developer is looking to create a detached-condominium subdivision tentatively called the Summit at Lake Travis.   The project is slated for land off…

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners vote to spend $15 million on SH45 SW

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved spending $15 million in county funds Tuesday toward a plan to extend the southwest portion of State Highway 45 from the end of MoPac Boulevard to FM 1626. The vote fulfilled Travis County’s part…

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

County may join city in developing local sobriety center

Travis County Commissioners took a step Tuesday toward developing a sobriety center for the Austin area. The resolution passed unanimously, though it came with a few caveats.   Commissioners instructed their staff to work with the City of Austin and…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County still working on finalizing flood buyout program

Four and a half months after the devastating Halloween floods, the county still doesn’t have a definitive buyout plan for all of the affected properties in the Bluff Springs Road area.   After an hour of public discussion, and even…

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

City Council meetings to move to Travis County this summer

The City of Austin is moving. The City Council, at least, will be moving up Lavaca Street to the Travis County building this summer while renovations take place in council chambers to accommodate a larger membership.   The Travis County…

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

LCRA raises permit fees for developers to recover 100 percent of cost

Developers along the Highland Lakes will be paying more for construction permits as part of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s effort to keep what’s left of its water supply as clean as possible.   The LCRA Board of Directors approved the…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

LCRA to consider shifting watershed ordinance fees to developers

For the first time ever, the Lower Colorado River Authority may raise fees to develop within the Highland Lakes watershed. The only question seems to be how much of those fees will be passed on to developers.   The measure…

Friday, February 14, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Report says key to Austin’s economic success is staying on top

Austin’s economy – if statistical rankings can be believed – is currently among the best in the country. Judging by those rankings, the city is at or near the top of many publications’ lists for job creation, business environment, places…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County Commissioners back LCRA emergency drought order

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to back the Lower Colorado River Authority’s 2014 emergency drought order that would again limit the release of Highland Lakes water to agriculture interests downstream.   The three-member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are expected…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners approve plans for new office building

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved design plans Tuesday for the county’s planned office building at corner of 11th and San Antonio streets. The plans for the building, which will house the District Attorney’s Office, were approved by unanimous vote.…

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Gun show a no go with background checks in contract

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to offer the promoters of the Saxet Gun Show a new contract containing language requiring background checks on all gun sales, even private transactions. However, show promoter Todd Beiter said late Tuesday that he will…

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Capital Metro endorses Highland-East Riverside rail alignment

The Capital Metro board officially backed the first phase planned by Project Connect Wednesday. The board voted 7-0 on the resolution with Frank Fernandez off the dais. The plan is the same one Project Connect finalized late last year that…

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