The Region

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners approve ‘pause’ on economic incentives

Looking ahead to years of belt-tightening due to property tax limits put in place by the state, Travis County leaders say the county may not be able to afford offering tax incentives to companies to create jobs locally.The Commissioners Court…

Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County commissioners give themselves pay raise

The Travis County Commissioners Court moved to significantly increase salaries for itself and other top elected officials over the vociferous objections of one of its members.On Tuesday, the court voted 4-1 to approve setting aside money in the upcoming budget…

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County approves final application for public defender’s office

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court gave final approval to an application for state funding to set up a public defender’s office.While there are a couple of details that the court hopes to nail down in the coming days,…

Friday, July 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County eyes hotel tax to renovate expo center

The Travis County Commissioners Court made a move Tuesday that could put it in direct competition with the city of Austin for millions of dollars of future revenue from hotel stays.The three commissioners present voted unanimously to ask county staff…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Jack Craver

Despite property tax limits, Travis County remains committed to public defender’s office

The Travis County Commissioners Court took another step Tuesday toward creating the county’s first public defender’s office. The court voted 4-1 to provide additional information to a state agency that is considering providing a multimillion-dollar grant to the county to…

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Jack Craver

County looks at increasing minimum wage

Generally, the city of Austin and Travis County view each other as partners, not competitors. However, when it comes to attracting and retaining talented employees, the two can’t help but compete.That’s why the Travis County Human Resources Department periodically analyzes…

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