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Stories by John Davidson

Heeding citizens, Hays Commissioners keep 2010 property tax rate

Hays County Commissioners, under pressure from constituents to keep taxes down during the current economic recession, decided against an increase in the property tax rate in the county’s 2011 budget and voted unanimously to keep the rate at 2010 levels.…

Kyle rejects BSEACD water-permit proposal

Negotiations between the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and the city of Kyle over a lawsuit the city filed against the district in July hit a snag last week when the city rejected a proposal from aquifer district staff.…

Hays taxpayers upset over rate hike, pay raise for elected officials

With an Oct. 1 deadline looming, Hays County Commissioners have yet to pass a 2011 budget after being forced to delay a vote Monday because the proposed $242 million budget had not been posted online, as required by state law.…

Council approves 2010-11 budget despite concerns over WTP4, tax rate

The Austin City Council unanimously passed its $2.8 billion dollar 2010-2011 budget, including the water rate hikes to help fund Water Treatment Plant 4, at a special budget session Monday morning.   The city will close an estimated $11 million…

Featured Collection: Sixth Street

Stream reveals details of six possible new Sixth Street music venues

Stream Realty Partners is eyeing the possibility of turning at least six of its properties on East Sixth Street into music venues, including a plan to convert the former Buffalo Billiards space into a daytime food hall with music in the evenings.…

Declining development revenues hitting city budget hard

The current state of the City of Austin‘s budget is not nearly as bad as it is projected to be next year, according to the city’s budget office. In fact, the most recent budget forecast for FY2010 indicates a $2.1…

Hays County to get settlement money in Hamilton Pool pollution case

Hays County will receive $425,000 as part of a $3.5-million settlement in a lawsuit against a development company and others over the pollution of Hamilton Creek and Hamilton Pool caused by construction at a subdivision on the Hays-Travis county line…

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Plans moving forward to construct Waller Creek tunnel

The Waller Creek Master Plan, unveiled at a town hall meeting April 7 to spirited discussion of how to pay for it, aims to create a luxurious pedestrian- and bike-friendly greenbelt stretching from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.  …

Kyle appeals Aquifer District decision to limit increase in water use

The City of Kyle is appealing a decision by the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District that would only allow the city to increase its annual draw of water from the Barton Springs portion of the Edwards Aquifer by 100.7…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

Hays County issues $71 million in bonds to build government center

Hays County issued $71.2 million in certificates of obligation on Monday for its new government center. The sale happened on a day when the market was “tough,” according to Hays County bond adviser Dan Wegmiller of Specialized Public Finance, but…

Two candidates vie for Barton Springs Aquifer district board post

For the first time since 2002, two candidates are vying for a director position on the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District board—an elected body generally comprised of more scientists than politicians.   This year, Austin bankruptcy attorney Charles Nettles…

Barton defeats incumbent Sumter in Hays County Judge race

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton roundly defeated incumbent Hays County Judge Liz Sumter in the Democratic primary Tuesday, taking 56 percent of the vote. After the win, however, Barton struck a conciliatory tone, saying it was time to bring his…

Austin Energy prepares to meet plug-in electric demand

If you believe the buzz, major automakers will be churning out hundreds of thousands of plug-in electric vehicles over the next decade—some beginning this year—transforming not only the auto industry but also, potentially, the way electric utilities operate.   Austin…

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