Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Cuts to arts groups brings call for changes to funding mechanism

Local arts groups facing dramatic cuts in their funding levels from the city could get some relief this budget year, and possibly an earlier heads-up in future budget years if their funding allocations appear headed for a decrease.The city’s Arts…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts space assistance doubles in new budget, but is it enough?

The city has revived the Arts Space Assistance Program that was created in 2017 and received overwhelming demand from local arts groups facing a loss of space, but was discontinued in the current budget due to lack of funding.The Fiscal…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

Commission calls on Austin to ban cat declawing

The city Animal Advisory Commission has unanimously recommended that the city ban cat declawing.The commission unanimously approved the resolution on Monday after hearing an hour of testimony from veterinarians and animal rights activists, most of whom described declawing as a…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Claire McInerny

On the eve of East Austin school consolidation, community still has questions

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees will vote in a little over a week on how to consolidate three elementary schools in East Austin. Students at Metz, Zavala and Sanchez elementary schools will combine into one school, which…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

City boosts spending on homelessness, but advocates still disappointed

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget approved by City Council on Tuesday includes a $3.4 million increase in funding for homelessness services. City staff estimates that the new funds come on top of more than $26 million in annual city spending…

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…

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