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Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Lack of fire station pushes some insurance rates up

Some Southeast Austin homeowners have been receiving bad news from their insurance companies – the rates on their homeowners insurance are projected to rise as much as $1,000 this year.District 2 Council Member Delia Garza told her colleagues at Wednesday’s…

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council braces for another tight budget cycle amid threats from Legislature

City Council will have to raise property taxes by 5 percent in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget just to continue funding existing programs, according to a financial forecast prepared by the city budget office.In a presentation to Council members on…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Adding more cops part of APD planning

The Austin Police Department currently has 69 vacancies, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told City Council Tuesday, but with so many officers retiring each month it is nearly impossible to catch up.In addition, the Matrix Consulting Group recommended in 2016 that…

Monday, February 26, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Reasons for beauty

Where the sidewalk bends… Austin badly needs to fill in the large gap of missing sidewalks across the city, but simply making each stretch of sidewalk longer than it has to be probably isn’t the most efficient solution. On Saturday,…

Friday, February 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council tries ‘outcome-based’ budgeting

Last year, City Council talked about the idea of doing “outcome-based” budgeting. 2018 is the first year that it is giving it a try.The idea is based on six strategic outcomes that Council developed last year: Having economic opportunities and…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

After a successful first year, the Art Space Assistance Program will not continue

The Art Space Assistance Program that is aimed at assisting creative-focused nonprofits facing permanent displacement, those previously displaced, or those facing lease renewals at substantially higher rates did not receive funding from City Council for 2018.Council approved $200,000 of General…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

How much do Council members spend on travel?

Late last Wednesday, as City Council neared the end of its wrangling over the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, Council Member Ellen Troxclair made what she framed as a modest request of her colleagues.The budget presented by staff included a $6,000…

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves $3.9 billion budget

Twelve hours after kicking off its final day of budget deliberations, City Council gave approval to a roughly $3.9 billion budget, including approximately $1 billion of General Fund spending.Council approved a 7.9 percent tax rate increase, just below the 8…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council faces hard choices on final budget day

City Council went through another meandering, confusing and at times tense all-day budget discussion Tuesday and still has tough decisions left to make today, when it is scheduled to give final approval to the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.The Council debate…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council begins final slog through budget today

After hours and hours of budget work sessions, including two such sessions last week, today City Council must at least start to make the hard decisions of what to fund and what to leave for another year. Today is the…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin sales tax revenue lower than expected

City Council has known for months that it would struggle to come up with the money needed to cover many of the programs its members hope to put in place in the coming year. However, the most recent data on…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Budget: Austin weighs in

For the past month or so, City Council has been working through the details of this year’s proposed budget. At their most recent meeting, Council members heard from Austinites in a 2 1/2-hour public hearing that focused on the shape…

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Jack Craver

City employees likely to see raise in 2018

Good news for city employees: City staff wants to give them a raise, and some members of City Council are interested in pushing for an even bigger pay hike.On Wednesday, the city’s human resources director told Council members that she…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Fine by APL

We’re thunderstruck… Into the apparent state Democratic vacuum for next year’s governor’s race steps Austin musician – and owner of an absolutely superb and bitchin’ beard – Thor Harris. The news came last week via Twitter when Harris, holding a…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council moves toward tax swap with AISD

In an effort to help the Austin Independent School District lower its tax rate and send fewer dollars to the state under the so-called Robin Hood plan, City Council voted 6-4 Wednesday to begin consideration of raising the city’s property…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Adler bashes Texas over ‘state property tax’

During Wednesday’s budget presentation to City Council, Mayor Steve Adler spoke passionately about the state’s system for funding public schools, calling the current system a “state property tax.”It is not city taxes that are out of line, Adler said. If…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Budget proposal would raise Austin property taxes, increase permitting capacity

Austin homeowners could see higher property tax bills next year.Under the city’s proposed $3.9 billion budget, most residents with a median-value home ($305,510) would pay an additional $118 in property taxes compared to last year. Utility fees would rise, too…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Budget: Staff says higher taxes needed

Even though Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo has already held 13 separate budget sessions and several retreats with City Council as well as numerous other meetings with boards and commissions and interested citizens, budget season begins in earnest…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We have questions

Not a priority… When it comes to more transit priority lanes, Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar is not running any red lights. At the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Traffic Jam last week, Spillar talked about the tricky nature of dedicating…

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