Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County regroups, contemplates upcoming budget

Budget season is well underway at Travis County. However, since the Travis County Commissioners Court approved budget guidelines in February, the coronavirus crisis has upended the initial projections from the county’s Planning and Budget Office.Three months ago, the budget forecast…

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Committee IDs employment, accessibility among priorities for next budget

The city board overseeing services for the disabled wants funding for better accessibility at City Hall, improved street crossings and more employment opportunities included in the next city budget.Last week the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities moved forward with…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission discusses proposed FY21 budget

In a virtual meeting convened April 27 to discuss its proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget, the Library Commission recommended a 3.2 percent (or $1.7 million) increase over Fiscal Year 2019-20, including an increase to the materials budget by 3.6 percent…

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County freezes hiring for remainder of the fiscal year

In search of steadier financial footing amid the economic turmoil triggered by Covid-19, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to authorize staff to pursue an immediate hiring freeze for nonessential personnel. Commissioners will permit county staff to return on…

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Forecasters size up city’s lost tax revenues from sales, hotels, alcohol due to Covid-19

Early analysis shows the city will lose $1 million per month in mixed beverage taxes while the local bar and restaurant industry is shut down, with a forthcoming economic model expected to give a picture of the loss in sales…

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, county taxes could climb 8 percent under emergency declaration

A provision included in the Texas Legislature’s “property tax transparency” bill could offer jurisdictions across the state, including the city of Austin, the financial flexibility necessary to deal with some of the economic impacts of COVID-19.According to an update from…

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