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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 5.28.15

Monday, June 1, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Tick Tock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from Council day. Simply click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding. Votes are color-coded: Green for yeas, red for nays, et cetera. It’s embedded below.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

MKanin 85
slmcdonald77 2
HGerbracht 1

Thursday, May 28, 2015 10AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil chambers where the AE committee continues its meeting until 11. #atxgov May 28, 2015 10:26 AM
Checking in from #atxcouncil chambers where the AE committee continues its meeting until 11. #atxgov May 28, 2015 10:26 AM
Should note: low income advisory task force suggested that the body’s first meeting would Nov of 3014. #typo? #maybejustthepaceofthings May 28, 2015 10:28 AM
#atxgov implications, natch https://t.co/fbXFdJmgJZ May 28, 2015 10:51 AM

Thursday, May 28, 2015 11AM

#atxcouncil meeting is underway May 28, 2015 11:03 AM
#atxcouncil meeting is underway May 28, 2015 11:03 AM
sounds like #atxcouncil will hear public input on appraisal item at 4pm #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:06 AM
#atxcouncil quickly votes on AE turbine left over from last week. it passes. yeas: 8 #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:07 AM
Item 1
#atxcouncil moves along to item that would extend large-scale AE contracts for hospitals, item 1 on yr agenda. #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:09 AM
.@annkitchenatx moves approval, @GregorioCasar offers substitute that would deny #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:10 AM
.@gregoriocasar would also dedicate dollars to improve AE customer assistance program (he casts savings on contracts) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:12 AM
CM Zim reverses vote, supports hospital contracts cause St. Davids against cent health tax increase #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity May 28, 2015 11:13 AM
HGerbracht ".@MKanin you mean *not before* 4 pm…"
@HGerbracht right May 28, 2015 11:14 AM
.@mayorsteveadler worries about ad hoc policy-making in re extension of hospital extensions. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:15 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: Among the questions we’ll apparently never know the answer to: how much money does @austinenergy get from its largest cu May 28, 2015 11:16 AM
.@mayorsteveadler supports primary site contract extensions, wont support secondary (the ad hoc, he suggests) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:18 AM
.@gregoriocasar back over reasons 4 no on hospital extensions. argues its inconsistent w rate case, takes away frm CAP #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:21 AM
.@d3forpio will, like @mayorsteveadler, support primary not secondary. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:22 AM
.@oraatx1 will, like @gregoriocasar not vote for any of it. says its time to get hospitals on rates. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:23 AM
#atxcouncil vote on primary and secondary hospital site AE contracts fails. yeas: 2 (CM Zim, @annkitchenatx) #atxgov #zimcity May 28, 2015 11:25 AM
nays: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:25 AM
#atxcouncil passes hospital primary site extensions yeas: 7 #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:26 AM
nays: 3 (@gregoriocasar, @kathietovo, @oraatx1) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:26 AM
Item 4
#atxcouncil formally moves along to item 4. this is the appraisal challenge. #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:27 AM
#atxcouncil will hear any input now, will also take input at 4pm, then vote. #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:27 AM
#atxcouncil will hear any input now, will also take input at 4pm, then vote. #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:27 AM
Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell goes first. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:28 AM
Powell refs letter 2 #atxcouncil. CP supports ultimate goal of fair taxation, but timing of challenge as increadibly problematic #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:29 AM
Powell suggests that other (taxing) entities share timing concerns. looking for longer view on issue #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:30 AM
.@mayorsteveadler wonders about filing challenge so the door doesnt close but consider whether to follow thru later. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:31 AM
.@mayorsteveadler signals that hell support filing of challenge today. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:32 AM
Powell thanks @mayorsteveadler, cites increasing cooperation btwn CP and CoA #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:32 AM
MPT @kathietovo asks Powell to explain connection btwn challenge and potential CP bond election #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:33 AM
Powell: no certified role means no budget, no tax rate. makes it tough to go for bonds. would have to draw off balance #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:34 AM
CM Zim hears worries from munis, but puts taxpayer cash flow concerns ahead of muni cash flow concerns #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity May 28, 2015 11:36 AM
Powell keeps referencing good political relationships w #atxgov. makes one wonder if hes implying something…#atxcouncil May 28, 2015 11:38 AM
.@sherigallod10 notes that w.out firm bill, escrow taxes get very complicated. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:40 AM
.@poolforaustin asks Mayor Powell how many CP residents live in TravCo. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:41 AM
Powell doesnt know, but says the number is irrelevant as the city cant certify just one part of tax roll #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:42 AM
Powell suggesting WilCo cant certify rolls w.out TravCo portions being certified. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:43 AM
.@annkitchenatx pulls notion that WilCo might be okay to certify, but Powell underscores notion CP cant set budget, tax #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:44 AM
#atxcouncil tables appraisal challenge until 4. #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:46 AM
#atxcouncil moves along to pick up items 9 & 10 #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:47 AM
9 & 10 are for the Waller on Swede Hill issues. items have been withdrawn, so no #atxcouncil vote necessary #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:47 AM
however, staff has update on historic zoning on house in area #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:48 AM
however, staff has update on historic zoning on house in area #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:48 AM
staff will move forward with historic zoning case on property. owner does not, at this time object. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:49 AM
sounds like owner of house may look in future for different zoning post historic hearing? #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:50 AM
agreement also includes demo permits for four other cottages. staff casts solution as one that all sides are ok wth #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:50 AM
RT @HGerbracht: .@MKanin @SheriGalloD10 I’m SOO grateful she did. My lender won’t pay my taxes w/out a bill, & I dont have $1000s lying aro May 28, 2015 11:51 AM
RT @HGerbracht: .@MKanin @SheriGalloD10 not to mention, even if challenge is upheld, the $ saved by homeowners wldnt come near the amount o May 28, 2015 11:51 AM
RT @HGerbracht: .@MKanin @SheriGalloD10 (not that I think a challenge would be upheld.) May 28, 2015 11:51 AM
#atxcouncil wondering if it can/has to take action on case. staff: you cant, its been w.drawn. adds that hz coming back anyway #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:53 AM
.@oraatx1: Something happened in this process that really feels wrong to me in re: historic zoning embedded in case. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 11:54 AM
staff: #atxgov for no multiple zoning cases on same property. hz came after other zoning change request. all part of deal. #atxcouncil May 28, 2015 11:56 AM
.@oraatax1 asks what happens if owner accidentally demos hzoned property. #atxgov staff: wed go after em. #atxcouncil May 28, 2015 11:58 AM

Thursday, May 28, 2015 12PM

#atxcouncil descends into legal, notice issues on Waller at Swede Hill case. #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:01 PM
.@poolforaustin points to posting issues, also wants to ensure no demo can happen. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:01 PM
#atxcouncil being VERY careful here. seems there is some amount of concern about process, end result #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:05 PM
wow is this one tangled. see @austinmonitor article here: http://t.co/ynm5yIcDuB #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:13 PM
Louisa Brisbane w nh contact team up. urging hzoning. also drops that there is a new buyer offer (rejected by owner) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:14 PM
Brisbane: cluster of homes reps culture of their community, asking #atxcouncil to give time for buyer to get an acceptable offer in #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:15 PM
next nh rep calls for ppd of demo (presumably cottages). says, no plans for property no purpose in tearing it down #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:16 PM
oh, and #atxgov legal says #atxcouncil cant do HZoning today, and cant take action on demo permits. May 28, 2015 12:17 PM
Dev rep Cesaro: no firm purchase offers made. reminds #atxcouncil that HLC has twice determined that cottages not historic #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:19 PM
Dev rep Cesaro: no firm purchase offers made. reminds #atxcouncil that HLC has twice determined that cottages not historic #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:19 PM
CM Zim asks dev rep about value of dirt on cottages vs value of improvements. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity May 28, 2015 12:20 PM
CM Zims point: that the dirt is worth more (costs more in taxes) than units. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:21 PM
.@oraatx1 burns CM Zim on definition of historic structures. suggests that value isnt in structure, but who lives there. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:22 PM
.@oraatx1 really laid into CM Zim there. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:23 PM
.@poolforaustin agrees w .@oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov also notes tangled, conveluted nature of case. again, wants to ensure no demo May 28, 2015 12:24 PM
slmcdonald77 "@MKanin Special called meeting doesn’t show up on http://t.co/eBbQNJ8PlB. Told PIO. Help."
@slmcdonald77 i think its up there, both calendar and CC information center. May 28, 2015 12:25 PM
slmcdonald77 "@MKanin It is now. Wasn’t this morning."
@slmcdonald77 really? we had it up here at 10. know if it was up last night? May 28, 2015 12:27 PM
CM Zim pulls up tax rolls for property. +$400k (rough kanin math). Zim: staggering 4 property n such condition. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity May 28, 2015 12:29 PM
MPT @kathietovo underscores notion that #atxcouncil cant take action. .@oraatx1 thanks for conversation. no action taken May 28, 2015 12:31 PM
#atxcouncil will now break for exec for Auditor discussion, will then come out & vote official appointment. appraisals at 4 or later #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:32 PM
that, i believe, is the @austinmonitors lunch cue. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 12:32 PM

Thursday, May 28, 2015 2PM

a bit of stirring on the dais here at #atxcouncil. should be back soon. #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:43 PM
#atxcouncil is back. May 28, 2015 02:45 PM
MPT @kathietovo moves to remove the acting from in front of acting City Auditor Corrie Stokes title. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:46 PM
MPT @kathietovo: we are extrememly fortunate that Stokes wants the permanent position. #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:47 PM
.@mayorsteveadler i think that everybody on the dais feels the same way; seems thisll sail thru #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:48 PM
…and it does. yeas: 8 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:49 PM
off the dais: 3 (CMs Gallo, Kitchen, Garza) #atxcouncil #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:49 PM
#atxcouncil recesses to return to AE committee agenda. theyll be back at 4 to handle the appraisal item. #atxgov May 28, 2015 02:50 PM
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