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Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

‘This is the hammer’: Residents bring lawsuit in fight against Central Health

On Tuesday afternoon, after Fred Lewis declared new financial rules imposed on Central Health were inadequate, the Austin Monitor asked the attorney, activist and reliable thorn in the hospital district’s side if he had a lawsuit in the works.His response:…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New rules for Central Health don’t satisfy critics

The Travis County Commissioners Court has concluded another chapter in the extended controversy over Central Health, but one of the hospital district’s lead critics says he is not ready to quit.On Tuesday, the court amended the district’s financial policy framework…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Sticking with what we know

Such a tease… Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion’s recent appointment to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors was probably all but guaranteed given the circumstances – his avowed interest in transit on top of the need to politically…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County bond election

This week, Mike Clark-Madison and John Langmore join Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the county’s upcoming bond election. The show is embedded below, and more information about the election is available on the county’s website or…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County no longer suing surf park

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to bail on its legal challenge against the state’s first artificial surf park.After a relatively short executive session during their regular weekly meeting, the members of the court returned to the…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Animal protection

Pine Forest still driving up Bastrop’s legal bills… During the past year, the city of Bastrop has paid an additional $106,308 to the lawyer representing the city and Bastrop County in their continuing legal battle with the Pine Forest Investment…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

STAR-Vote collapses

Lack of interest from the private sector has sunk Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir’s plans for a proprietary new voting system.On Tuesday, DeBeauvoir told the Travis County Commissioners Court that STAR-Vote is all but dead.The news marked a major disruption…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

County sued over lease information

Even though Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled that Travis County must provide a copy of the 99-year lease of 308 Guadalupe St. between the county and Lincoln Property Company, the county has not yet done so.In response, real…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Racially tinged comments spark controversy for Capital Metro’s vice chair

Update: Beverly Silas, vice chair of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors told the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning that she is resigning.“I most humbly apologize to the community, to you the Travis County Commissioners Court,…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Lower county tax rate will bring higher bills

In its last regular voting session before the deadline, the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a $1.04 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18.And, despite the court adopting a nominally lower tax rate, property owners will pay slightly more…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

First progress and then postponement as Central Health returns to Commissioners Court

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday signed off on Central Health’s proposed $238 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, but came up short on reaching an accord between the hospital district and activists who demand more transparency from it.State…

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Prostitution court falling short of county expectations

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Tuesday revealed that a justice program aimed at helping residents charged with prostitution is falling short of expectations.“Relying on the criminal and civil justice system to boot-strap these individuals who are in such serious…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health concerns continue to stymie Commissioners Court

On Tuesday the Travis County Commissioners Court once again failed to reach a compromise that could satisfy all parties involved in the seemingly interminable controversy over transparency at Central Health.Before the court was a review of the new financial policies…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Central Health discussion once again dominates Commissioners Court meeting

Central Health’s annual budget presentation to the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday brought with it a fresh round of familiar complaints from activists about the level of transparency displayed by the hospital district.Freshly installed President and CEO Mike Geeslin…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Court settles May-November dilemma on bond election

After a short week of suspense, it turns out that Travis County voters will get to decide on a $185 million bond package sooner rather than later.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted 4-0, with Commissioner Gerald Daugherty absent, to send…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Crucial uncertainty remains after Commissioners Court chooses bond projects

After a morning and afternoon marked by high pique and dudgeon, the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a $280 million slate of transportation, parks and drainage projects to be funded by taxpayer-backed bonds.The list is split between projects…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Daugherty set to ruffle feathers with Reimers-Peacock push

Tuesday could be a bumpy ride for Reimers-Peacock Road.The long-planned connector between Hamilton Pool Road and State Highway 71 is set to play a featured role in the Travis County Commissioners Court’s expected final discussion of project recommendations for a…

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…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County bond proposal continues to evolve

A roiling public hearing at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday muddied the waters on an already complex bond package, part of which voters could decide on this November.More than two dozen speakers signed up to air their thoughts on…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Use your judgment

Judge judging the judge… It seems not everyone is a fan of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s iron-fisted management of Travis County Commissioners Court meetings. Her refusal last week to allow Commissioner Jeff Travillion to interject a question in the middle…

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