Tag Archives: city budget

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City planning departments talk budgets

As the city’s budget process gears up, each department is making its way to City Council with its budget for the upcoming year. And in the wake of the Zucker Report, eyes are on what was once the Planning and…

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin General Fund forecast strong

Austin’s sales tax revenue is up 7.2 percent this year compared with the previous fiscal year, and city financial officials are forecasting that the city will bring in $2.1 million more than was budgeted, for a projected annual growth rate…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Concerns about concerns about concerns

Queen of Zoning exits City Hall stage… Betty Baker, the chief author of Austin’s historic preservation program as well as the first and only chair of the city’s 14-year-old Zoning and Platting Commission, said goodbye to her friends at the…

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council moves towards higher minimum wage

The city of Austin inched closer to a higher minimum wage for its employees Thursday. City Council members voted to direct City Manager Marc Ott to consider a minimum wage raise when he sits down to craft the coming year’s…

Monday, May 18, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: gates, pies and tracheotomies

Council ponders homestead exemption, pie… City Council members may have been craving pie Wednesday afternoon, having tossed the metaphor around while discussing ways to fairly distribute the costs and benefits of a proposed homestead tax exemption on residents. Council Member…

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council weighs homestead exemption equity

City Council is facing an array of difficult choices as it attempts to balance potential increases in the city’s homestead exemption tax with its upcoming budget needs. Following a Wednesday budget work session, Council members can add possible impacts on…

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council begins to define budget priorities

Despite needing to fill a 5 to 6 percent hole to bring the city’s revenue in line with what it spends, City Council members continued to bat around a mix of ideas Wednesday about how to generate that money.At the…

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City puts a price tag on planning backlog fix

Austin is looking at solutions to fix its plan review backlog, but the fix is going to cost the city.Since the publication of the Zucker Report draft, the Development Services Department has worked to create strategies to eliminate the backlog.…

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council wades into 2016 city budget

City Council took its first look at next year’s budget Wednesday and got a glimpse of how its members’ campaign promises might cause some complications.The city forecasts that in 2016, the average homeowner will be paying $6.63 more in property…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Why your speeding ticket doesn’t pay for what you think it does

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Price of Council changes still unknown

Though there are no hard numbers yet, Austin’s budget office has begun to review the potential fiscal impacts associated with proposed changes to City Council’s committee and meeting structures.According to a Jan. 23 memo from Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed…

Monday, January 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members consider cutting their own pay

On Thursday, as one of their first official acts as an elected body, City Council members will consider taking an action that could reduce their salaries.Specifically, the resolution on Thursday’s agenda directs the city manager to change the current office…

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Rules are rules

A no-endorsement endorsement, and other missives from the campaign trail . . .  Austinites for Equity, a political action committee for the local AFSCME organization, has supported numerous progressive and Democratic candidates. So observers were surprised when they noticed a…

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