Tag Archives: city budget

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,…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Cuts to arts groups brings call for changes to funding mechanism

Local arts groups facing dramatic cuts in their funding levels from the city could get some relief this budget year, and possibly an earlier heads-up in future budget years if their funding allocations appear headed for a decrease.The city’s Arts…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The meatloaf index

Don’t tell your constituents… During a Cap Metro board meeting at the Austin Convention Center attended by City Council members, transportation consultant Jeffrey Tumlin bemoaned the current state of transportation planning in most American cities, which prioritizes minimizing “vehicle delay…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

City boosts spending on homelessness, but advocates still disappointed

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget approved by City Council on Tuesday includes a $3.4 million increase in funding for homelessness services. City staff estimates that the new funds come on top of more than $26 million in annual city spending…

Friday, September 7, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Mental health team faces funding crisis

Mental health professionals accompany police officers to all SWAT calls in Houston and Seattle, but Austin’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, which operates alongside the Austin Police Department, does not accompany officers on high-risk calls, such as when a weapon is…

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