Tag Archives: City of Austin

Friday, February 28, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Hey, small businesses: The city wants to give you money

The city is seeking small businesses of all kinds that want to learn how to take home some of the tens of millions of dollars in city contracts for goods and services each year.Wednesday marks the second annual Small Business…

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditors say city’s website needs improvement

The Office of the City Auditor has found that although the city’s website, AustinTexas.gov, offers residents numerous online services, the website does not meet accessibility guidelines, so it is difficult for people with certain disabilities to find and use those…

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin loses appeal of appraisal district lawsuit

Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals on Thursday firmly rejected the city of Austin’s attempt to get a judicial ruling on whether the alleged disparity between appraisals for residential property and commercial property meets constitutional muster.Led by Mayor Steve Adler, City…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

City wins lawsuit despite appearance of loss

On Wednesday, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel invalidated the city of Austin’s prohibition on collecting campaign funds outside the six months prior to a City Council election. However, the city’s outside counsel on the matter, Renea Hicks, says the city won…

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County, city shake hands on sobriety center agreement

Both Travis County and the city of Austin have ratified an agreement that will form the basis of a new venture aimed at both battling substance abuse and unclogging the county’s central booking facility.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted 3-0-1…

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Sobriety center advances, but location still up in the air

Everything is falling into place for an innovative facility designed to battle addiction and substance abuse, except for one key detail: where to put it.The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday heard from members of the working group tasked with…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County ponders partnership with city on one-stop justice shop

With a pair of aging courthouses between them, Travis County and the city of Austin could find a solution to their problems through mutual cooperation.That idea was part of the focus of a Thursday afternoon work session at Travis County…

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Both sides satisfied as campaign finance trial ends

Federal Judge Lee Yeakel gave no indication of how he might rule at the end of the trial on Tuesday. But he told the lawyers involved in City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s lawsuit against the city of Austin over its…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Judge pondering appraisal district suit

After a three-hour hearing Wednesday, Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak told approximately a dozen lawyers involved in the lawsuit between the city of Austin and the Travis Central Appraisal District, “I’m nowhere close to making a decision on the…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Jo Clifton

City, Junk Yard Dogs to fight in court today

Although the city of Austin has sued the Travis Central Appraisal District over its valuations of commercial and vacant properties, the first test of the lawsuit’s merit will come in court today not from TCAD, but from the commercial property…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: The 84th Lege and local municipalities

TravCo IGR honcho Deece Eckstein joins Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about the local municipal impact of laws passed (and not) by the just-ended 84th Texas Legislature.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis Commissioners ponder drunk-tank proposal

The Travis County Commissioners Court took another tentative step toward establishing a sobriety center in partnership with the City of Austin at its regular voting session. Perhaps better known colloquially as a drunk tank, the proposed sobriety center would serve as…

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…

Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Local witnesses urge legislators to reject TNC bill

The House Transportation Committee heard numerous witnesses Thursday both supporting and opposing HB 2440, which would designate the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles as the state agency charged with issuing permits and overseeing rules for transportation networking companies such as…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council discusses legislation that targets Austin

With the Texas Legislature’s March 13 filing deadline behind them, city staff are busy tracking the 6,400 or so bills that state legislators have filed this session. They joined City Council at a work session Tuesday for an update on…

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Mark Richardson

GOP wants to restore Secure Communities program

A recent agreement between the City of Austin and Travis County over booking services at the county jail could be in jeopardy if congressional Republicans succeed in reversing President Obama’s executive orders on immigration policy.House Republicans voted out a bill…

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin, Travis get ready for 84th Texas Legislature

With the specter of dealing with a Texas Legislature that has become even more conservative — if that is possible — with the Nov. 4 election, the City of Austin and Travis County reviewed and approved their respective legislative agendas…

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