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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Compensatory contract for retired employee finds little purchase with Eckhardt

The Travis County Commissioners Court found itself deeply divided on Tuesday over a proposal to award the county’s recently retired purchasing agent with $30,000 she hasn’t earned. On Feb. 28, Cyd Grimes quietly stepped down from the post she had…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Dukes dunks county’s North Campus plans

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ surprise support for a competing project hobbled Travis County’s quest for tax credits for an innovative mixed-use development on Airport Boulevard. “We’re not thrilled,” Economic & Strategic Planning Director Mark Gilbert told the Austin Monitor on…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 3.07.2017

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. 8. Receive Racial Profiling Report for…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State of the County speech features state drama, innovative bonding and a surprise setback

In the early months of her third year in office, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is still bullish on the state of Travis County. On Wednesday evening, she told a large crowd gathered inside the Commissioners Court chambers that the county…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s North Campus plans to squeeze out Tax Office workers

Travis County is moving forward with plans to raise a multistory mixed-use project in North Central Austin. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously endorsed a staff recommendation to cap at three stories the planned office component that would be added…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Immigration discussion stokes heat at Commissioners Court

The issue of immigration enforcement caused sparks to fly at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, a rare moment of tension on a dais largely distinguished for its pragmatic cooperation on mundane issues of county administration. The weekly voting session…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 2.13.17

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. 1. Receive comments regarding the petition…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Immigrant Affairs commissioners debate legality of Travis County policy

Disagreement broke out at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Commission on Immigrant Affairs as to whether Travis County or the city of Austin would face criminal or civil prosecution for violating federal immigration law as inferred by President Donald…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County kicks off damage control after Abbott yanks funding

The Travis County Commissioners Court has given county programs whose funding was recently axed by Gov. Greg Abbott a new lease on life, albeit a temporary one. On Tuesday, the court voted to keep all nine programs running through May…

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