Tag Archives: city budget

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Committee IDs employment, accessibility among priorities for next budget

The city board overseeing services for the disabled wants funding for better accessibility at City Hall, improved street crossings and more employment opportunities included in the next city budget.Last week the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities moved forward with…

Friday, April 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

No hiring freeze for public safety employees

While most city departments are exploring how to do more with fewer employees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Austin’s public safety departments are currently on track to continue hiring as previously budgeted.Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Captain Christa Stedman…

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Forecasters size up city’s lost tax revenues from sales, hotels, alcohol due to Covid-19

Early analysis shows the city will lose $1 million per month in mixed beverage taxes while the local bar and restaurant industry is shut down, with a forthcoming economic model expected to give a picture of the loss in sales…

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City, county taxes could climb 8 percent under emergency declaration

A provision included in the Texas Legislature’s “property tax transparency” bill could offer jurisdictions across the state, including the city of Austin, the financial flexibility necessary to deal with some of the economic impacts of COVID-19.According to an update from…

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Jo Clifton

$7.7 million added to housing trust fund

Council agreed during Tuesday’s budget meeting to more than double the funds in the city’s housing trust fund, by adding $5 million for rental housing development assistance and $2.7 million for a new home repair program. The trust fund now…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council adopts $4.2 billion budget

For the second year in a row, City Council has adopted its fiscal year budget in a single meeting of discussing and adopting amendments.With the budget passing 10-1, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan said his vote against the budget came down…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Cronk promises employee pay raises next year

Austin city employees were expecting a 2.5 percent pay raise for Fiscal Year 2020 from the time staff’s proposed budget was revealed. But many of them, after reading about the 3.5 percent tax cap imposed by the state Legislature, were…

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council looks at police, fire department budgets

At Council’s final budget work session on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo told Council members he had learned that the city would have about $2.4 million more than anticipated when staff prepared the original budget of $4.2…

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council sets differing expectations for homeless strategy officer

While Lori Pampilo Harris, the city’s newly hired homeless strategy officer, packs her things and prepares for her journey from Orlando to Austin, City Council is making big plans for her first day on the job.The first order of business,…

Friday, August 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council looks beyond the budget

City Manager Spencer Cronk sat down with Council members at a special called work session Thursday to give an overview of four budget-related topics that have come up in recent weeks: the Hotel Occupancy Tax; an emergency-response report by the…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

$2.8M earmarked for land use rewrite

The rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code is expected to account for approximately $2.8 million in the next budget, all of it coming from funds put on hold when City Council canceled the process known as CodeNEXT last year.Consultants…

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Budget, tax hearings coming soon

Budget and tax rate season is upon us once again. As Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo told City Council at Tuesday’s work session, the city will hold three public hearings on the $4.2 billion budget, beginning today at…

Monday, August 19, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: At what cost

Where’d you go, Harper-Madison?… After District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison filed her mid-year campaign finance report in July, it turned out that she raised $3,695 in campaign funds in January, February and March and spent $3,589. As Council members…

Monday, August 5, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Cronk proposes $4.2 billion budget, more help for homeless

“This year, our mission is to build on these successes while at the same time bracing our city’s budget against the future impacts of the state’s decision to lower the cap on local property tax revenue growth,” City Manager Spencer…

Friday, May 3, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Watching Legislature, city delays financial forecast

Without final action on the property tax bill moving through the Texas Legislature, Austin budget planners are holding off on presenting the city’s financial forecast to City Council. At this point, however, legislative watchers expect final passage of SB 2,…

Friday, April 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks and Recreation lacks $2.4 million in funding, potentially faces more cuts

As the question of property tax caps continues to loom in the state Legislature, city departments are wrestling to pare down their budgets in anticipation of what management expects to be a $51.7 million gap in funding for the entire…

Friday, April 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Access to health care, transit among top budget priorities for Austin seniors

With the city paying closer attention to the needs of its fast-growing senior population, staff and commissions involved in issues for the aging are hearing a lot of familiar concerns heading into the early stages of budget talks.An emphasis on…

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Public safety departments cite $3.5M in unmet needs

At Monday’s Public Safety Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to send a memo to City Council recommending an additional $3.5 million in funding for the 2020 fiscal year. The money would fund initiatives including a $10,000 raise for future police…

Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Jack Craver

Should the city move to a two-year budget?

Every week that City Council holds a Thursday meeting, Council members meet Tuesday for a “work session” to discuss items that they plan to vote on at the meeting. In recent months, however, Council has also begun setting aside an…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Many, but not all, development fees to climb

Last year, Rodney Gonzales, director of Austin’s Development Services Department, asked Council to fund an additional 50 employees to increase his department’s efficiency in dealing with a multitude of permits, reviews and inspections. Council killed the plan by postponing it.However,…

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