The Region

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Mose Buchele

It’s been a bad year for Texas wildfires. It will probably get worse.

Four large wildfires have broken out in Central Texas in about the last week. It’s part of a bad year for Texas fires, and climate researchers say the uptick in fires bears the fingerprints of global warming.Statewide, it started early…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County reveals proposed location for new courthouse

Travis County is negotiating with a private development group to build a brand-new civil courthouse at West 17th and Guadalupe streets.The location was revealed after County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting that she had signed off…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Elfant updates Commissioners Court on Tax Office troubles following arrests

The Travis County Tax Office says that the first of four satellite offices that closed down after a fraud investigation netted seven arrests last month won’t reopen until late July at the earliest.Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant delivered that news along…

Friday, June 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Report shows good, bad and ugly of Travis County economy

People in Travis County are enjoying the fruits of a strong national and regional economy. A new analysis shows that rates of poverty, crime and educational outcomes are moving in the right direction.Between 2012 and 2016, crime dropped by 27…

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court tackles Tax Office troubles as disturbing audit is released

Travis County will have to face “some honest and possibly difficult conversations” during the upcoming budget process if it wants to avoid a repeat of the alleged crimes that have rocked the Tax Office, according to Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant.Elfant…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Elfant to address Tax Office fraud investigation

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant will brief the Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning about the fraud investigation that landed seven people in jail on Friday, four of them Tax Office employees.“There I will be able to provide details on…

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