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Stories by Michael Kanin

Eckhardt leading Brown 53-46 in Early Vote

After an extremely hard fought race, former Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt took a giant step closer to being county judge tonight with an early vote lead of 53.37 percent to Andy Brown’s 46.63 percent.   The Early Vote is…

City officials ponder if Austin Olympics bid is a good idea

Mayor Lee Leffingwell had not yet received a letter yesterday that is supposedly on its way asking if Austin wants to apply to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but he was not ready to jump on the bandwagon. On Wednesday,…

Most charter amendments pass

Voters passed all but two of the remaining City of Austin charter amendments, one of which would have given City Council members more power and the other of which would have made it easier to fund campaigns.   Prop. 6…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Med school money, 10-1 single-member districts up in early vote

Travis County voters appear to be headed toward a 5-cent property tax increase to fund some aspects of a University of Texas medical school. Central Health’s Proposition 1 is winning with 54 percent of the Early Vote. Supporters spent considerable…

Leffingwell urges Austinites to cast ballots as early voting begins

With today the first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 election, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell wants to make sure City of Austin voters are aware of the long list of key items on the tail-end of this year’s…

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City manager slashes cost estimate for proposed civil service plan

City Manager Marc Ott, citing significant changes to a new ordinance passed by Council, drastically revised downward his estimate for how much it would cost the City of Austin to adopt a civil service employment system for its rank-and-file employees.…

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…

Elaine Hart appointed CFO for Austin

City Manager Marc Ott has appointed Elaine Hart to be the city’s Chief Financial Officer. She has served as acting CFO since Leslie Browder retired in February. Prior to taking the City Hall post, Hart served as Senior Vice President…

MAY IT IS

Council votes 4-3 for 3rd time for spring election. Political heavy hitters came out to support both November and May before final vote. Full story coming Monday.

Formula 1 investors to pay city’s share for 10 years

Formula 1 investors told Council members today they would pick up the $4 million in estimated city costs for each of the 10 years the Grand Prix race is projected to be in Austin. The promoters had already agreed to fund the…

City’s taxable sales numbers up for second straight month

Staying strong in the face of a stubborn national recession, Austin saw its taxable sales revenue increase for the second straight month when compared to the same period last year. In a memo sent yesterday to City Council members and…

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