Stories by Tyler Whitson

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Biz alliance wants more help for small firms

The Austin Independent Business Alliance is both optimistic and frustrated about the City of Austin’s current efforts to assist small local businesses. The discussion took place at last week’s Council Audit and Finance Committee meeting, following a progress report on…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council debates Pitch and Putt contract

Though City Council members started out Tuesday intending to talk about the entire Parks and Recreation Department budget, most of their discussion Tuesday centered on the possibility that Butler Park Pitch and Putt could change management in the near future. Parks…

Monday, August 18, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy to cut planned 2015 fee increase

Austin City Council members are studying an Austin Energy plan to lower regulatory fees in 2015, which will cut the average monthly residential bill. Utility officials floated the plan Thursday at the Council Committee on Austin Energy. Austin Energy officials…

Friday, August 15, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council punts decision on AE reserves

The Austin City Council decided with a 4-3 vote Thursday to postpone a decision to transfer $30 million from Austin Energy’s Operating Fund to its Strategic Reserve Contingency Fund as requested by staff in order to bring the utility closer to complying…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council committee questions plans for Oak Hill Parkway project update

Austin City Council members questioned Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Department of Transportation representatives last week about their decision not to advance elements of a resident-supported plan to reconstruct the congested U.S. Highway 290 and State Highway 71…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Plan suggests shutdown of Decker power plant

The City of Austin is considering taking the Decker Creek Power Station offline in order to secure access to water from adjacent Lake Walter E. Long in the case of a future drought emergency. The idea is one of several key recommendations set forth…

Friday, August 8, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council settles officer-involved shooting case for $1.25 million

The Austin City Council opted Thursday to pay $1.25 million to settle a claim related to an officer-involved shooting that took place last summer. Mayor Lee Leffingwell cast the only dissenting vote in the 6-1 decision. The claim alleged that former Austin Police…

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council resolution would move city closer to allowing very small units

The City of Austin may soon designate a clear path within its Land Development Code for residents to legally construct and dwell in very small houses pending approval of a resolution to be voted on at today’s regular Austin City Council meeting.…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Homestead exemption could leave $36 million budget hole to fill

A homestead tax exemption as a percentage of appraised value on homeowners could potentially blow a $36 million hole in the next city budget, though it would also put close to $200 back in most taxpayers’ pockets, according to a…

Friday, August 1, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Rideshare supporters meet to discuss ways to legalize services

Supporters of a potential pilot program for commercial rideshare companies to be legally implemented in Austin gathered Wednesday at the Chicago House. The event featured short lectures from two keynote speakers about how Austin could accommodate these companies, followed by…

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