Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD board calls for budget to be more voter-friendly

A budget can be financially sound and make economic sense, but if it doesn’t make sense to the public, it’s worthless. That’s the point that some Austin Independent School District board trustees tried to drive home to district administration and…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Mayor suggests changes to public safety pay

Paying for Austin’s public safety needs could add more than $75.9 million to the city’s General Fund budget over the next five years – with more than two-thirds of that funding going to the Austin Police Department, according to the…

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Public Safety Commission weighs in on tight city budget

In advance of what promises to be a budget process full of tough choices, the Public Safety Commission received a briefing from the Budget Office on Fiscal Year 2017-18 at its meeting May 1. The presentation included information and findings…

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City employee pay raises an open question

Studies, both nationwide and in Texas, project a 3 percent increase in salaries this year, including wages for public employees, according to data presented to City Council during Wednesday’s budget work session.Last year, all city employees got a wage hike…

Friday, April 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Homestead exemption unlikely to change

After hours of budget presentations and discussions Wednesday, City Council took up the always controversial issue of homestead exemptions. They have heard for several months that this year’s budget will be tight, leaving no room for additions without corresponding subtractions.Council’s…

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Growth slows, making city budget tighter

The days of Austin’s turbo-charged growth are over – at least for now. City Council got that message from the city’s economic adviser, Jon Hockenyos, as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo, at Wednesday’s financial forecast and…

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