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…

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Chamber groups’ funding would become leveled under proposed process

Austin’s Economic Development Department is in the beginning stages of restructuring how local chambers of commerce are funded by the city, with the goal of making the funding more equitable and available to more groups.A recent memo from interim EDD…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Citizens simply ask for more at budget hearing

A significant majority of those who spoke at Wednesday’s public hearing on the city’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget seemed pleased with the money city staff had recommended allocating to their specific interest. Several praised City Council and City Manager Spencer…

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Lower public safety bill cuts tax growth

Austin taxpayers will catch a break from the typical sharp escalation of city taxes, utility bills and other fees, so that the owner of a median priced home of $332,366 will pay only about $78 more in 2019 than they…

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