Public Safety

Friday, August 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Energy, water utility rates top Council concerns over 2015 budget

The Austin City Council took on next year’s budget in earnest Thursday. Of the $3.5 billion budget, members’ biggest concerns continued to rest with the city’s water and energy utilities. A proposal from Austin Energy to increase the fuel charge…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Austin Interfaith petitions county to aid unaccompanied migrant minors

Austin Interfaith seeks Travis County aid for migrant minors By Beth Cortez-Neavel Members of Austin Interfaith called on Travis County Commissioners Tuesday to provide social and legal services to the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Central…

Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

TravCo sees dramatic rise in child welfare cases, associated costs

Travis County spent $2,466,295 in private attorney’s fees during FY 2013 due to the rising number of child abuse and neglect legal cases filed in the region. According to a joint report conducted by the County’s Justice and Public Safety…

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves funds for buyout of 140 more homes in Onion Creek

Though some relief is on the way for Halloween Flood survivors, the fact that nearly 15 percent of the funds could be spent on consultants raised some eyebrows at City Council Thursday.   Council members approved all four items related…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City in line for flood buyout reimbursements from Corps of Engineers

Austin City Council members got a bit of good news with regard to buyouts in the Onion Creek floodplain. The city’s governmental relations officer, John Hrncir, told Council members during Tuesday’s work session that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Michael Kanin

APD offers to cut new officer positions to increase 911 call staff

Council Member Bill Spelman’s annual dive into the city’s public safety budget has prompted the Austin Police Department to offer to shed officer positions in favor of more staff in its 911 communications department.   The statement came in response…

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