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Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Friday, January 5, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt’s watchword for 2018: Teamwork

Christmas came early for Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt when, on Dec. 11, no one from either of the two major parties stepped up to challenge her for her seat.That means Eckhardt will skate to a second term without the…

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Daugherty, the odd man out, finds ways to make it work (mostly)

Commissioner Gerald Daugherty is the only Republican on the Travis County Commissioners Court, but as long as that body maintains its track record of financial prudence, he’s okay with that.In 2017, the court lowered the county’s property tax rate, the…

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Rare drama for persistent optimist Gómez

Commissioner Margaret Gómez, generally the most unassuming member of the Travis County Commissioners Court, will start off 2018 with an unusual amount of attention on her and her alone.The Precinct 4 commissioner is the only one among her colleagues to…

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travillion’s first year set a brisk pace for continued advocacy

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion hit the ground running in his first year as the representative of Precinct 1, a role that he sees as an opportunity to reverse decades of repressed opportunity east of Interstate 35.“Every day that I…

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Criminal justice, conservation and CAMPO keep Shea engaged

2017 was the year that Gov. Greg Abbott, in particular, opened fire on Travis County, hacking state grants for key criminal justice programs after Sheriff Sally Hernandez softened her office’s policy on dealing with federal immigration enforcers.For Commissioner Brigid Shea,…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Stadium proposal renews talk of hotel taxes for Expo Center revamp

Travis County officials appear ready to push for some of Austin’s growing pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax money to be used to pay for an ambitious expansion of the Travis County Exposition Center site, which is also where a group…

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County adopts sidewalk fee-in-lieu program

Developers in unincorporated Travis County will now pay the price for not building sidewalks.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court approved changes that will establish a sidewalk fee-in-lieu program similar to the one operated by the city of Austin.Chapter 82 of the…

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County officials launch inmate tablet pilot

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will launch a pilot program in 2018 that will put tablet computers in the hands of inmates at the county correctional complex in Del Valle.On Tuesday, deputies briefed the Commissioners Court on the progress of…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County braces for new annexation law

The state’s new law that will make municipal annexations more difficult will also bring new complications for Travis County, the Commissioners Court learned on Tuesday.Scheleen Walker, long-range planning manager at the Transportation and Natural Resources Department, told the court to…

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…

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