Travis County

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Daugherty, the odd man out, finds ways to make it work (mostly)

Commissioner Gerald Daugherty is the only Republican on the Travis County Commissioners Court, but as long as that body maintains its track record of financial prudence, he’s okay with that.In 2017, the court lowered the county’s property tax rate, the…

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Rare drama for persistent optimist Gómez

Commissioner Margaret Gómez, generally the most unassuming member of the Travis County Commissioners Court, will start off 2018 with an unusual amount of attention on her and her alone.The Precinct 4 commissioner is the only one among her colleagues to…

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travillion’s first year set a brisk pace for continued advocacy

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion hit the ground running in his first year as the representative of Precinct 1, a role that he sees as an opportunity to reverse decades of repressed opportunity east of Interstate 35.“Every day that I…

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Criminal justice, conservation and CAMPO keep Shea engaged

2017 was the year that Gov. Greg Abbott, in particular, opened fire on Travis County, hacking state grants for key criminal justice programs after Sheriff Sally Hernandez softened her office’s policy on dealing with federal immigration enforcers.For Commissioner Brigid Shea,…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County officials launch inmate tablet pilot

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will launch a pilot program in 2018 that will put tablet computers in the hands of inmates at the county correctional complex in Del Valle.On Tuesday, deputies briefed the Commissioners Court on the progress of…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County braces for new annexation law

The state’s new law that will make municipal annexations more difficult will also bring new complications for Travis County, the Commissioners Court learned on Tuesday.Scheleen Walker, long-range planning manager at the Transportation and Natural Resources Department, told the court to…

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