Travis County

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Seth Smalley

The ‘elephant in the room’: How will commissioners set their own pay?

At the June 29 meeting of the Commissioners Court, Todd Osburn, county compensation manager, presented elected officials’ salaries to commissioners. The item will be brought before the court again in late July, at which point commissioners will decide between three…

Friday, July 2, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County presses pause on Palm School, pending community input

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court discussed what to do about the Palm School. On June 15, commissioners rejected the city’s 2020 offer to buy the Palm School building. The news disappointed many in the Latino community who had…

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County deliberates joining city to end homelessness

On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court discussed the cardinal question of how to allocate a considerable amount of money coming to the county from the American Rescue Plan Act. Much of the discussion centered on homelessness, and whether the county would…

Thursday, May 13, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Report depicts the state of poverty in Travis County

On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court fielded discussion from Health and Human Services on the state of poverty in Travis County. Rochelle Olivares, April Klein and Lawrence Lyman, the core informing team of the HHS Research and Planning Division, presented a…

Monday, April 19, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Like Batman, county commissioners waive ethics for greater good

Last Tuesday, the Commissioners Court discussed the prospect of waiving a section of the county ethics policy for the purpose of granting Ascension Seton a contract for the right to aid Travis County in its vaccine distribution efforts. The county…

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Community development grant administrators gear up for 2021 projects

Travis County has received Community Development Block Grant funding since 2006 for the purpose of improving affordability, community facilities and revitalizing county neighborhoods. Last Tuesday, the Commissioners Court reviewed the CDBG funding annual action plan. “This public hearing is to…

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