Monday, September 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council begins final slog through budget today

After hours and hours of budget work sessions, including two such sessions last week, today City Council must at least start to make the hard decisions of what to fund and what to leave for another year. Today is the…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin sales tax revenue lower than expected

City Council has known for months that it would struggle to come up with the money needed to cover many of the programs its members hope to put in place in the coming year. However, the most recent data on…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health discussion once again dominates Commissioners Court meeting

Central Health’s annual budget presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday brought with it a fresh round of familiar complaints from activists about the level of transparency displayed by the hospital district.Freshly installed President and CEO Mike Geeslin…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Budget: Austin weighs in

For the past month or so, City Council has been working through the details of this year’s proposed budget. At their most recent meeting, Council members heard from Austinites in a 2 1/2-hour public hearing that focused on the shape…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council moves toward tax swap with AISD

In an effort to help the Austin Independent School District lower its tax rate and send fewer dollars to the state under the so-called Robin Hood plan, City Council voted 6-4 Wednesday to begin consideration of raising the city’s property…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Adler bashes Texas over ‘state property tax’

During Wednesday’s budget presentation to City Council, Mayor Steve Adler spoke passionately about the state’s system for funding public schools, calling the current system a “state property tax.”It is not city taxes that are out of line, Adler said. If…

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