Tag Archives: city budget

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Cate Malek

Stagehands at ZACH Theatre ask city to step into wage fight

Although they’re used to being behind the scenes, the stagehands from ZACH Theatre are going public with their requests for more equitable pay.On Sept. 1, representatives of the stagehands asked City Council to put stipulations on cultural organizations like ZACH…

Monday, September 12, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Cash rules everything around us

In for a penny… This week, City Council will OK the city’s budget. So, it’s understandable that the conversation last week was dominated by budget discussions – particularly given the $1.6 million or so that City Council is left looking…

Friday, September 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council bickers over proposed budget cuts

The only thing clear from City Council’s most recent discussion about the budget is that there remains plenty of disagreement among the 11 members over where to cut. Mayor Steve Adler kicked off Thursday’s budget work session with a list…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City budget: Austinites say their piece

In just about a week, City Council will approve its Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. After hours of public testimony, it is clear that there are a lot of tough decisions left to make.Council closed the public comment portion of the…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council confronts tough budgeting decisions

City Council members were faced with the grim reality Wednesday that the city’s financial situation is going to force some tough spending choices in the coming years.A budget overview presented by the city finance department projected the city would face…

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council members want more social services spending in budget

A number of City Council members voiced surprise and disappointment at the 2017 budget proposed by city staff, saying it fell woefully short of the commitment to health and human services called for in previous Council resolutions.Council Member Delia Garza…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin police short-staffed and underprotected, advocates say

In the aftermath of two shootings in Austin last weekend, City Council should increase police numbers as well as invest in better body armor, advocates say.Those shootings, along with a fierce national debate over the role police should be playing in…

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Jack Craver

How do Austinites want the city to spend their money?

As Austin grows, so does its government.City staff unveiled a proposed budget Wednesday that would increase general fund spending by $56 million, or 6.1 percent, for a total of $969.2 million.The increased spending is made possible not because of a…

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Budget strives to address Council directives

The non-senior Austinite who owns a median-priced home and uses an average amount of water and electricity can expect his or her bill for taxes, fees and utilities to increase by about $12.48 per month for the 2017 Fiscal Year,…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Push to expand city composting continues

Austin has made major progress in its efforts to reduce the amount of trash it sends to landfills, but the city will have to make a big change if it wants to realize the ambitious goals it has set through…

Friday, July 1, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

APD response times continue to increase

According to the city of Austin’s latest annual performance review released on June 22, the time it takes Austin police officers to respond to high-priority calls has been steadily increasing over the past five years.During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the department…

Friday, July 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec budget bogged down by golf

The Parks and Recreation Board is concerned that expenses from Austin’s city golf courses will overshadow the other needs in its already tight budget.At their meeting on June 29, board members looked over a budget forecast that predicts an increase…

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

By slim margin, Council approves an 8 percent homestead exemption

In a vote that pitted representatives of the city’s lowest-income districts against their colleagues, City Council members Wednesday narrowly approved an 8 percent homestead exemption — an increase of 2 percent over last year’s exemption. To a resident with a…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Budget process could calm employees’ fears

At the end of a very long City Council budget work session last Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler asked his colleagues to weigh in on a budget process proposal that he, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and members of the city’s…

Monday, June 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Fire Department to seek new stations

Wednesday was the 100th birthday of the Austin Fire Department, so, naturally, the members of City Council had to sing “Happy Birthday” to AFD Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr during their work session.Kerr noted that the department started with 27 men,…

Monday, June 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: True Facts

Über Uber… Avid Whispers readers will note that, last week, we reported on an erroneous Uber claim that the Circuit of the Americas racetrack was outside of the Austin City Limits and drivers “could earn BIG” by driving people to…

Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Chief praises assignment change for detectives

Although the president of the Austin Police Association has criticized the department’s decision to deploy detectives from their usual assignments to work patrol shifts for three weeks each on a rotating basis, Police Chief Art Acevedo told City Council during…

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Tough choices ahead on human services spending

After hearing from the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday about the community’s many needs, several City Council members had questions, but only Council Member Delia Garza said she would like to add to the upcoming budget the $8.3…

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Staff urges more funding for maintenance

City Council heard an urgent plea for more money for maintenance of city buildings and facilities Wednesday as part of staff’s series of budget presentations. During that presentation, Building Services Officer Eric Stockton and representatives from the Parks and Recreation…

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council kicks off budget season

At its budget season opener on Wednesday, City Council heard again of Austin’s two cities: one that suffers from widening economic divisions and another that is “an economic star.”“This is extraordinary growth,” economic consultant Jon Hockenyos told Council members as…

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