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TipSheet: Travis County, 2.28.17

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website.

5. Approve proclamation recognizing March 2017 as “Public Purchasing Month” in Travis County. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: For the average Austinite, March means South by Southwest and the beginning of the spring festival season. But for we whacky wonks, the real party this time of year is in celebration of Public Purchasing Month. If you happen to catch Travis County Purchasing Agent Cyd Grimes out there at any upcoming showcases, give her a high-five for all the gnarly procurement she makes possible.

15. Consider and take appropriate action on FY18 Budget Guidelines. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: Just as the spring brings forth the animals and plants from their winter slumber, so too does it awaken that beloved species so near to the hearts of civic enthusiasts: the budget cycle! The court in fact discussed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process at a work session last week, and this item is the fruit of that discussion. As forewarned by County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, this year’s installment of budget writing could lead to a rare tax increase, estimated by staff to be worth $36 for the average homeowner.

20. Consider and take appropriate action on the following regarding the 2017 Bond Referendum: a. Appointments to the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee for the 2017 Travis County Bond Referendum. b. Providing charge to Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (Commissioners Shea & Travillion)

Monitor’s Take: The applications are in and now the court will decide who will get a seat on the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee that will pare down a billion-dollar list of potential projects for a comprehensive bond package this November. Some familiar names among the pool of nearly 50 applicants for the 15-person committee include former Commissioners Court candidates James Nortey and David Holmes.

30. Approve donation of Travis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Tex” to Travis County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association, pursuant to Texas Local Government Code § 263.152(a)(4). (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: After eight years on the force, the K-9 officer known as Tex is riding off into the sunset. According to a memo from Sheriff Sally Hernandez, the deputy dog has been diagnosed with “an intervertebral disc disease” and can no longer fulfill his duties. The good news is that the Travis County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association has stepped up to help find Tex a permanent home to retire to. Good boy. 12/10.

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Travis County Commissioners Court: The legislative body for Travis County. It includes representatives from the four Travis County Precincts, as well as the County Judge. The County Judge serves as the chair of the Court.

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