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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Clarke Hammond passes away at 66

Clarke Hammond, 66, a larger-than-life figure in the Austin community, died Saturday following liver surgery. His friend, former Mayor Lee Leffingwell, described Hammond as a man “who lived life large. He probably crammed more life into 50 years than most…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Vote moves ‘downtown puzzle’ forward, with amendments aplenty

City Council voted Thursday to move forward with the “downtown puzzle,” a package of possible tax increases and assessment mechanisms seen as a way to fund a variety of public works projects and other community needs.The 10-0 vote – Council…

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Look at all these rumors

Film Commission rumor not confirmed… Louis Black, who is retiring as publisher of the Austin Chronicle, emailed City Council last week claiming that the recent vote to allocate a portion of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax from Visit Austin (previously…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Downtown puzzle’ plan sets aside millions for Austin music

City Council endorsed one new plan for hotel occupancy taxes last week. At the end of this month, it will take up another. Last Tuesday’s release of Mayor Steve Adler’s Initial Financing Framework for Downtown Investments – known colloquially as…

Friday, September 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council supports reducing HOT funds for convention center, visitors bureau

After a lengthy public hearing featuring scores of public speakers on all sides of the issue, City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday night in support of diverting millions of dollars generated by hotel occupancy taxes from the Austin Convention…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Adler attacks plan to move hotel tax money

Mayor Steve Adler made clear at Tuesday’s work session that he would try to derail Council Member Ellen Troxclair’s plan to reallocate money from the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue when it comes up for City Council consideration on Thursday.Without…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council debates best use of HOT dollars

Some City Council members are clearly more convinced of the role that the Austin Convention Center plays in driving the city’s tourism industry and economy than others.The day after several Council members signaled support for a proposal by Council Member…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Troxclair: Hotel tax plan separate from Adler’s ‘downtown puzzle’

Today’s City Council budget work session will almost certainly feature discussion about a proposal from Council Member Ellen Troxclair that seeks to reallocate money from the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax to pay for more expenses for Austin’s parks, which she…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Taxes from unregistered short-term rentals sit unused

Millions of dollars in tax revenue from unregistered short-term rental properties sits unused because the city cannot collect it, according to Visitor Impact Task Force Chair James Russell.In 2016, City Council passed an ordinance to phase out Type 2 short-term…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council takes long view on convention center, with eye toward spring

A decision on whether City Council will opt to expand the Austin Convention Center likely won’t come until spring 2018, based on discussions at Tuesday’s Council work session.That time frame came from Mayor Steve Adler after more than two hours…

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Increased support outside ARCH to target crime, help homeless

Four months after city officials called on the Austin Police Department and other public safety departments to address a spike in drug use around the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, the next phase of help is about to begin.Starting…

Friday, July 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County still wants a piece of the ‘downtown puzzle’

Travis County got cut out of Mayor Steve Adler’s so-called “downtown puzzle” plan, and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has let it be known that she eventually wants back in.On Wednesday, Eckhardt sent a letter to Adler and City Council conceding…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts Commission encourages artist collaboration to save funding

The Arts Commission is encouraging collaboration among Austin artists not only for a sense of community but also to safeguard its cultural arts funding process.Commissioner Richard “Bears” Fonte said artists have double-dipped in the cultural arts fund by splitting into separate…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotel taxes key to ‘downtown puzzle’ to help area homeless

For all the interlinked pieces of the “downtown puzzle”-solving plan that Mayor Steve Adler unveiled Monday morning – and in a 20-minute speech he name-checked just about every relevant downtown Austin presence – the ambitious and far-reaching policy gambit boils…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Jack Craver

Can an expanded convention center solve the ‘downtown puzzle’?

After months of research, city staff has come up with a few ways that City Council can find money to begin solving the so-called “downtown puzzle,” the expression used by Mayor Steve Adler to describe a host of potential downtown…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt sends Adler a HOT letter

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has put Mayor Steve Adler and Interim City Manager Elaine Hart on notice that the county is still keeping alive its interest in levying a tax on tourists.In a letter sent to both city officials…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission has a HOT debate

As the city of Austin scrounges for money to hire more police officers, firefighters and paramedics, it shouldn’t look to the tourism industry for help.That was the message delivered to the Public Safety Commission Monday by Bill Worsham, a member…

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Visit Austin contract included lobbying Council

When the CEO for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently renamed Visit Austin, signed his employment contract with the organization last May, the contract included an addendum directing him to develop a strategy for lobbying City Council to enlarge…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Conspiracies

Think before you speak… As we reported, last week’s final meeting of the Visitor Impact Task Force was a marathon affair. After nearly six months of meetings, the group kicked off the final round of bargaining over the details of…

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