Tag Archives: Austin City Council Audit and Finance Committee

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Gene Davis

AISD funding situation dire, panel hears

On the second day back in school for students, Austin Independent School District Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley briefed the Council Audit and Finance Committee on the severe financial challenges the district is facing.Or, as Council Member Laura Morrison put…

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Biz alliance wants more help for small firms

The Austin Independent Business Alliance is both optimistic and frustrated about the City of Austin’s current efforts to assist small local businesses. The discussion took place at last week’s Council Audit and Finance Committee meeting, following a progress report on…

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members angry over lack of notice on salary overpayment

Members of the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee expressed frustration and disapproval Wednesday over the city’s $239,000 overpayment to a city employee and the failure of City Auditor Kenneth Mory to tell them about it.   Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl…

Friday, May 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council members concerned about handling of employee overpayment

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Bill Spelman, who both sit on the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee, as well as a local attorney with expertise in employment law, have expressed concern over the city’s handling of an…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Audit finds Parks Department lax in managing safety hazards

City Auditor Ken Mory reported to Council members Wednesday that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department “is not effectively managing hazards related to patron safety” and, further noted that “there is limited assurance that hazards identified are corrected promptly.”  …

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City’s General Fund ends fiscal year 2013 with $14 million surplus

The City of Austin’s General Fund ended fiscal year 2013 with a $14.2 million surplus. That figure amounts to a roughly 1 percent variance from projections made by city staff.   Despite the positive figure, Austin’s Chief Financial Officer Elaine…

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council members approve $15 million in bond funds for housing

Austin City Council members Thursday signed off on $15 million in bond funds for the city’s Neighborhood Housing Department. Their approval marks the first use of the $65 million in affordable housing bonds approved by voters in November 2013 to…

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Gene Davis

City management increases restrictions on employee gifts

Sparked by a case where city employees walked away with $11,000 in prizes from a work-related convention, Human Resources Director Mark Washington has outlined a new policy that places stricter limits on the gifts city employees can receive while on…

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Lone Star Rail presses City of Austin over tax increment funding

Officials with the Lone Star Rail District continue to push Austin City Council members to approve a tax increment financing deal between the two parties. If consummated, such an arrangement would use a portion of City of Austin property tax…

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Fleet Services says it needs more staff, bays to service vehicles

The head of the city’s Fleet Services Department told members on the Council Audit and Finance Committee last week that his department has numerous unmet needs, noting that department is short 60-80 repair bays for the city’s vehicles, including nearly…

Monday, September 30, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Cole, Morrison question use of employee criminal background checks

An audit designed to examine the effectiveness of the city’s approach to criminal background checks has raised the ire of two City Council members, who thought they had removed such checks from city hiring protocol in 2008.   At last…

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Audit: EMS personnel report high fatigue rate

An audit performed by the City Auditor’s Office suggests that Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service rank-and-file employees are overly fatigued. The document also hints that a policy of allowing patients to decide which hospital they are delivered to adds to…

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