Tag Archives: city budget

Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

2015: An Austin Monitor review

In 2015 the shift to single-member districts was finally realized, leading to big changes at City Hall. Now, almost a year later, the Austin Monitor is taking a look back at the past 12 months from our admittedly selective point…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Health committee discusses new spending plans

Before adopting the city’s proposed budget in September, City Council added more than $6.5 million in spending for health, human services, social services and quality of life programs. With the new fiscal year in full swing, Shannon Jones, director of…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin’s most dangerous intersections to get fixes

There may not be a silver bullet that will fix Austin’s increasing traffic fatality problems, but the city is taking a leap forward by funding safety improvements to its five most dangerous intersections starting in October.With little fanfare, City Council…

Monday, September 21, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Ott, auditor, clerks get cost-of-living raise

With its three conservative members dissenting by abstaining, City Council late Thursday gave City Manager Marc Ott and three other employees who report directly to Council the same cost-of-living adjustment given the previous week to all civilian city employees. Mayor…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Pay raises for Ott, other appointees likely this week

City Council is likely to vote this week to give 3 percent pay raises to City Manager Marc Ott and three other employees whom Council appoints directly.For Mayor Steve Adler, it’s only fair. After Tuesday’s work session during which the items…

Friday, September 11, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Video: Kanin budget wrap, or the taco index, 9.11 (KXAN)

Monitor Publisher Mike Kanin heads to KXAN for his weekly Council wrap. This week: The budget. Clip is embedded below.

Friday, September 11, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Council adopts budget based on lower tax rate

By Jo Clifton and Tyler WhitsonCity Council adopted a balanced $3.5 billion Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget on Thursday that reduces the anticipated property tax burden for owners of median-valued homes by about $14. With an overall jump in utility rates…

Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Tovo finds an apparently painless $2 million cut

After its second day of budget deliberations and numerous additions for quality-of-life programs, City Council still needed to find or trim an additional $1.2 million to $1.3 million in order to balance the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. A city…

Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council changes energy demand charge policy

Following weeks of buildup, City Council has amended a contentious Austin Energy policy in an attempt to help small businesses avoid potentially costly demand charges.Rather than adhere to an Electric Utility Commission recommendation that Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo proposed,…

Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zimmerman plan to “rebalance” transportation spending splits Council

City Council Member Don Zimmerman would like to see a change in Austin’s transportation infrastructure spending.His proposal, which would mandate at least $2 million per district for mobility Capital Improvement Projects, won varying levels of support from Council Members Ora…

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council finishes budget adoption Day One

City Council dove into the Fiscal Year 2015-16 city budget reading process on Tuesday, making some progress toward its goal of adopting the budget by the end of Thursday.Though there is still a long way to go before Council reaches a…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Department dives into future of Austin pools

Next week signals the close of many Austin municipal and neighborhood pools. Diving boards active throughout the summer months will be hushed as the kids who once tumbled from them head back to school.During these final days, volunteers with the…

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council argument about pay raises begins

As Austin’s unemployment rate goes down, the city’s employee turnover rate goes up, Acting Assistant City Manager Mark Washington told City Council at Monday’s budget work session. Currently, Austin’s unemployment rate is about 3.3 percent, and the projected turnover rate…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Lone Star Rail not in city budget but still on track

Although there is no funding for the Lone Star Regional Rail Project in the proposed city budget, the Georgetown-to-San-Antonio passenger rail plan can still get up to speed in due time.Lone Star Rail District Rail Director Joe Black told the…

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Council resolution would cut wage hike for most employees

City Council members Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair have crafted a resolution that would cut the proposed salary increase for the majority of city employees and save the city an estimated $6 million in next year’s budget, according to their…

Friday, July 31, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council talks budget affordability and city services

There are some things that the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-16 city budget does and some things that it does not do.Aside from raising the property tax rate, along with utility rates and fees for many homeowners, one of the major…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Proposed city budget includes tax, fee hikes

City management is proposing a budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that includes 85 additional police officers, 12 new paramedics, 19 new 911 call takers and 27 new employees for the beleaguered Development Services Department.Under a proposal presented this morning to…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council cuts 2.3 city positions

City Council approved cuts to long-vacant city positions Thursday, but the result didn’t come close to the budget savings first envisioned.The effort to eliminate positions that had been vacant for more than a year was led by Council Member Ellen…

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Closed captioning costs city $10,000 per month

Austin’s switch to a 10-1 government is costing the city money in unexpected areas.At a budget work session Wednesday, the city’s Support Services Department forecasted a $131,000 expenditure increase to fund ATXN, the city’s government access channel, as a result of the…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council adopts six percent homestead exemption

Despite the fact that views among City Council members run the gamut as far as implementing a homestead tax exemption, they opted in a 7-4 vote to meet in the middle early Friday morning, approving a 6 percent exemption for…

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