Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council mulls smaller homestead exemption

As candidates, many of the current City Council members promised constituents a 20 percent homestead exemption. As Council members, they looked at the numbers Wednesday and weighed the benefits of a more cautious approach.At a budget work session, Mayor Steve…

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council begins to define budget priorities

Despite needing to fill a 5 to 6 percent hole to bring the city’s revenue in line with what it spends, City Council members continued to bat around a mix of ideas Wednesday about how to generate that money.At the…

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD, others ask state for $3 billion in new funding

Three members from the Austin Independent School District board stood with more than 20 other school districts at the State Capitol on Wednesday to ask legislators for $3 billion in additional statewide school funding.“For AISD, this figure is vital,” said…

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council wades into 2016 city budget

City Council took its first look at next year’s budget Wednesday and got a glimpse of how its members’ campaign promises might cause some complications.The city forecasts that in 2016, the average homeowner will be paying $6.63 more in property…

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council staff proposal up in the air ahead of vote

Despite committee efforts and new cost projections, a conversation among City Council members Tuesday revealed that they still have some work to do on a proposal to increase staffing and resources for the mayor and Council offices ahead of a…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee tweaks, approves Council staff boost

This Thursday, City Council members will once again take up the issue of increasing their own staff.Last week, the Council Audit and Finance Committee considered the proposal for a second time. Members voted unanimously to recommend adding 12 full-time positions…

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