Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners Court considers its options, postpones Central Health budget vote

Public protest and confusion surrounding the Sept. 12 Central Health Board of Managers vote to dissolve Sendero Health Plans has the Travis County Commissioners Court questioning how to move forward.Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin presented its Fiscal Year…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts space assistance doubles in new budget, but is it enough?

The city has revived the Arts Space Assistance Program that was created in 2017 and received overwhelming demand from local arts groups facing a loss of space, but was discontinued in the current budget due to lack of funding.The Fiscal…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

City boosts spending on homelessness, but advocates still disappointed

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget approved by City Council on Tuesday includes a $3.4 million increase in funding for homelessness services. City staff estimates that the new funds come on top of more than $26 million in annual city spending…

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

With stunning speed, Council approves budget

For the first time in years, City Council spent less than a day deliberating on its fiscal year budget.Council approved a $4.1 billion budget that will raise the effective property tax rate by 5.4 percent. Austin property owners will pay…

Friday, September 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Mental health team faces funding crisis

Mental health professionals accompany police officers to all SWAT calls in Houston and Seattle, but Austin’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, which operates alongside the Austin Police Department, does not accompany officers on high-risk calls, such as when a weapon is…

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council members talk about the budget

As City Council begins its final work session on the budget this morning in preparation for next week’s budget setting meetings, the Austin Monitor asked Council members to tell us the most important aspects of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget.Both…

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