City Council

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves changes to anti-lobbying ordinance

Early Friday morning, City Council approved what supporters described as a temporary solution to an ongoing battle between Texas Disposal Systems and other waste contractors over city lobbying rules.The measure approved by Council makes a few small changes to the…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council raises homestead exemption to 10%

On a vote of 7-4, Council on Thursday approved raising the homestead exemption from the current rate of 8 percent to 10 percent for the coming year.The resolution’s sponsors included Council members Ellen Troxclair, Leslie Pool, Ann Kitchen and Ora…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Council rejects contract award to contractor who used racial slur

City Council on Thursday used a contractor’s use of a racial slur as an reason to reject his company’s bid to repair two intersections along East Seventh Street.The Austin Monitor first reported that Aaron Cabaza of Aaron Concrete referred to…

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Houston withdraws, and Harding enters, in race for D1 Council seat

Austin’s City Council District 1, which is made up almost entirely of portions of East Austin, will definitely have a new representative in 2019, with current Council Member Ora Houston announcing Wednesday she will not seek re-election. Houston’s decision came…

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Questions arise over CodeNEXT votes

Attorney Bill Aleshire has alerted Mayor Steve Adler that a constituent saw a problem with the new method of counting City Council votes at Tuesday’s work session on CodeNEXT.That method required members to signal their support for an idea by…

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Homestead exemption talk on the agenda

District 8 Council Member Ellen Troxclair is once again working to increase the general homestead exemption for property owners. She has worked on this issue since she was elected in 2014.Although City Council voted for a 6 percent exemption in…

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