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Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County considers matching Austin with $15 livable wage

Between the tax revenue ceiling regaining momentum at the state Legislature and ongoing affordability concerns, Travis County is looking for a way to increase its livable wage for county employees before the imminent property tax caps take effect.Todd Osburn, compensation…

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County to acquaint itself with puzzling Pretrial Services

Despite its ongoing effort to keep Travis County defendants connected to their communities and out of jail whenever possible, the county Pretrial Services Department has not always been included in the county’s many recent discussions about reducing jail population and…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Jack Craver

A big problem for low-income homeowners: septic tanks

For the most part, living in rural Travis County is cheaper than living in the city of Austin. Land values, property taxes and rents are all significantly lower. Sewage, however, often costs significantly more.The problems and costs associated with aging…

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County already has a public defender’s office – for juveniles

Amid the contentious public debate over the creation of a public defender’s office in Travis County is an oft-neglected fact: Travis County already has a public defender’s office. It just doesn’t serve adults.The Travis County Juvenile Public Defender, founded in…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County celebrates major renovations of affordable housing communities

The Housing Authority of Travis County hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration Thursday morning to honor the completion of the $10.4 million rehabilitation of two of its affordable housing communities.The project involved improvements to 51 units at Alexander Oaks in Oak Hill…

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Indigent defense work group gets new chance to find common ground

Yielding to the expertise of Amanda Woog, chair of Travis County’s indigent legal services work group, the Commissioners Court swiftly appointed two private defense attorneys to the group during its voting session Tuesday afternoon.Local attorneys Paul Quinzi and Michael Watson…

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County ready to consider options for designated behavioral health authority

After bouncing the idea around for several months, Travis County is ready to start exploring options to dedicate a local behavioral health authority as an overlay to its existing local mental health authority under Integral Care.The local behavioral health authority,…

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Eckhardt delivers State of the County address

Like the Wonder Woman mug of tea sitting on the podium before her, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says Travis County is filled to the brim.With an unprecedented number of infrastructure projects in line for construction, a contentious array of criminal…

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County indigent defense grant still on the table

Austin is currently the largest city in the country with no traditional public defender office. Travis County wants to change that, but efforts so far have been unraveled by personal and political disagreements within the Indigent Legal Services work group,…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Sendero misses enrollment target but breaks even

After Central Health’s board of managers gave up on Sendero Health Plans with a vote to disband the health maintenance organization on Sept. 12, 2018, a final effort to leverage more federal dollars has managed to save the nonprofit from…

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

In search of the best ‘yes’ for indigent defense

In the search of a best path forward, Travis County is at risk of losing momentum toward better indigent defense if the various interested parties can’t find a middle ground.The county’s Indigent Legal Services work group has composed a draft…

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Legislature traditions keeping revenue caps at bay, for now

Travis County has a lot to lose if the Texas Legislature decides to discard tradition for the sake of passing the four property tax relief bills that have been filed this session. After Sen. Paul Bettencourt’s Senate Bill 2 was…

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Del Valle PID moves forward, but county is not done negotiating

The petition to create the Velocity Crossing Public Improvement District in Del Valle was unanimously approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court Tuesday morning after its third and final public hearing.As the county’s first commercial PID, the development has raised…

Friday, February 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County stands firm on new construction standards for low-water crossing

Some Travis County voters are regretting having approved over $4 million to fix a low-water crossing at Great Divide Drive in Bee Cave as part of the 2017 bond. Listed alongside two dozen other projects under Proposition A, the project…

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County says affordable housing should be priority in Del Valle PID

Public improvement districts are becoming more prevalent in eastern Travis County, but commissioners are worried that not enough is being done to ensure that lower-income residents will benefit from the opportunities PIDs bring to their communities.Before voting next week on…

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Western Travis County overlay ESD may provide critical revenue to struggling area

Emergency Services District 8 in western Travis County will soon be giving voters a chance to pay more taxes in exchange for much-needed service improvements.Following a public hearing Tuesday morning, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved ESD 8’s petition to hold…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Group forms to mediate conflict over sexual assault cases

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis held a press conference Tuesday announcing their partnership in the creation of a Travis County Sexual Assault Prevention and Healing Work Group. Eckhardt and Davis were joined in…

Friday, January 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County pushes for progress amid state’s political battles

Travis County has already filed bills for a third of its dozen legislative priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature since the session began Jan. 8.One of these priorities is to ensure that sobering centers are authorized to assume responsibility for…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

No opposition to county food inspection frequencies update

In the absence of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, the Travis County Commissioners Court talked food Tuesday morning.Following the city’s implementation of a risk-based food inspection system last November, Austin Public Health is now asking Travis County to do the same.…

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County to issue non-voter approved debt for courthouse

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved the use of Certificates of Obligation to fund its new civil and family courthouse Tuesday morning.“This is not something that we just want,” said Commissioner Jeff Travillion. “This is a statutory responsibility that is…

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