Travis County

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County indigent defense grant still on the table

Austin is currently the largest city in the country with no traditional public defender office. Travis County wants to change that, but efforts so far have been unraveled by personal and political disagreements within the Indigent Legal Services work group,…

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County says affordable housing should be priority in Del Valle PID

Public improvement districts are becoming more prevalent in eastern Travis County, but commissioners are worried that not enough is being done to ensure that lower-income residents will benefit from the opportunities PIDs bring to their communities.Before voting next week on…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

No opposition to county food inspection frequencies update

In the absence of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, the Travis County Commissioners Court talked food Tuesday morning.Following the city’s implementation of a risk-based food inspection system last November, Austin Public Health is now asking Travis County to do the same.…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County to issue non-voter approved debt for courthouse

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved the use of Certificates of Obligation to fund its new civil and family courthouse Tuesday morning.“This is not something that we just want,” said Commissioner Jeff Travillion. “This is a statutory responsibility that is…

Monday, January 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Gómez acknowledges challenges ahead, says county is equipped to handle them

Looking back on 2018 and at the year ahead, Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez says she is feeling pretty good.The past year brought some frustrations for the commissioner with the time-consuming necessity of briefing new county employees and residents on…

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners Court annual retreat expands to include community expertise

On a to-be-determined Friday in February or March, the Travis County Commissioners Court will convene to consider its vision and purpose on a larger scale than is appropriate during its weekly Tuesday morning voting sessions. Near the beginning of each…

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