City Council

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin explores a new approach to helping the homeless

Austin leaders are considering whether to try out a simple strategy for helping the homeless: give them jobs.The idea is based on a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that has gained national attention and been credited with connecting homeless people…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Downtown puzzle’ plan sets aside millions for Austin music

City Council endorsed one new plan for hotel occupancy taxes last week. At the end of this month, it will take up another. Last Tuesday’s release of Mayor Steve Adler’s Initial Financing Framework for Downtown Investments – known colloquially as…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar issues call for citywide paid sick days

This Labor Day, a group of community advocates and leaders gathered to celebrate the holiday with a push for more progressive employment legislation in Austin. The group, led by Council Member Greg Casar, issued a call for City Council to…

Friday, September 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council supports reducing HOT funds for convention center, visitors bureau

After a lengthy public hearing featuring scores of public speakers on all sides of the issue, City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday night in support of diverting millions of dollars generated by hotel occupancy taxes from the Austin Convention…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council looks to Waller Creek TIF for homeless funds

City Council is looking to tax increment financing, a tool designed to address urban blight, as a way to address homelessness in downtown Austin.Council is considering extending the life of the Waller Creek Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone for an…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council debates best use of HOT dollars

Some City Council members are clearly more convinced of the role that the Austin Convention Center plays in driving the city’s tourism industry and economy than others.The day after several Council members signaled support for a proposal by Council Member…

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