Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Monday, July 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court considers allocating relief dollars to Baylor Scott & White

Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit hospital system in the state of Texas, and like many other businesses, it has been footing the bill for unanticipated Covid-19 related expenses since March. Jay Fox, the president of Baylor…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Discussion about Tesla tax break drags into second day of discussion

The debate surrounding the proposed incentive package designed to coax Tesla to make its new home in Travis County will continue at the Commissioners Court on Wednesday.After taking public testimony for the item on July 7, the commissioners unanimously recessed…

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County development incentive for Tesla sees more support

This Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court once again opened the floor to public testimony regarding the development incentive package for Tesla’s proposed “Gigafactory” in southeastern Travis County. The court took no action on the matter.Over a dozen speakers expressed…

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County considers 80% tax break to coax Tesla

Electric vehicle company Tesla is considering moving to southeastern Travis County to build its “Gigafactory” where it will construct its much-hyped Cybertruck.To entice the California company to make its home in Texas, Travis County is proposing giving the company an…

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County’s small business grant program sees $2.5M in requests in three days

In April, Travis County approved $10 million in grant funding to aid small businesses affected by the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. However, it was only last week that Travis County businesses outside of Austin had their first chance to…

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County $10M mortgage and rental assistance program to go live June 29

After spending a month working through the details of a proposed rent and mortgage assistance program for Travis County residents impacted by the economic fallout from Covid-19, the Commissioners Court unanimously voted to allocate $10 million of the county’s $61…

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County plans to reopen facilities but with masking requirements

After nearly three months of quiet hallways and locked doors, Travis County facilities will begin reopening at the end of June.To ensure the continued safety of employees returning to the workplace as well as residents accessing county services, the Travis…

Friday, June 12, 2020 by Jo Clifton

County judge selection up to precinct chairs

When Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced in March that she would resign from her job as the leader of the Commissioners Court in order to run for Senate District 14, it set in motion a series of events that will…

Friday, June 12, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Updated: Travis County extends moratorium on evictions until July 25

In a new order issued Thursday, Travis County announced it will continue to push back issuing notices to vacate until July 25. This order is applicable countywide and includes the city of Austin.Previously, the county extended a similar order until…

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County’s small business grant program to go live June 15

Small businesses have waited nearly a month and a half to apply for $10 million in grant money set aside for Travis County’s small business grant program, designed to help companies affected by the Covid-19 economic downturn. After weeks of planning…

Monday, June 8, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County settles on $7.3M in direct assistance to smaller cities

Travis County will no longer be solely responsible for portioning out the $61.1 million to assist in disaster relief efforts during the pandemic. On June 2, the Commissioners Court unanimously voted to allocate $7.3 million, or $55 per Travis County…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves its first climate action plan

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a comprehensive climate action plan that outlines how to reduce the county’s environmental footprint through 82 recommendations.Commissioner Brigid Shea, who called the plan a “big deal,” told the Austin Monitor that…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County considers direct financial allocations to smaller cities

Twenty-one municipalities in Travis County did not receive direct allocations of financial assistance either from the state or the federal government to help temper the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. To help fund relief efforts for their residents, those…

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County to fund Las Lomitas pipeline

Las Lomitas, a subdivision of 30 homes in southeastern Travis County, has functioned for decades without access to water or wastewater service. Now Travis County, in partnership with Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Company, a private water utility, is working to change…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County regroups, contemplates upcoming budget

Budget season is well underway at Travis County. However, since the Travis County Commissioners Court approved budget guidelines in February, the coronavirus crisis has upended the initial projections from the county’s Planning and Budget Office.Three months ago, the budget forecast…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County plans for 75% of eligible county employees to telework permanently

Currently, 2,300 employees of Travis County telecommute to their jobs. Most of these newly minted teleworkers started working from home following the Stay Home-Work Safe orders issued by the city and county on March 24.Now the county is exploring ways…

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves nursing home emergency staffing

People who live or work in nursing homes and senior living centers are some of the hardest hit by Covid-19. Austin Public Health has said both staff and residents are particularly vulnerable to the virus with 17 percent of the…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves $10M for direct rental and mortgage assistance

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the allocation of $10 million for direct rent, mortgage and utility assistance. The rental assistance will be available to Travis County residents.This one-time cash assistance was complemented by a $2.4 million…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City and county consider long-term telecommuting strategy

When the city and county issued Stay Home-Work Safe orders on March 24, Austin became a community of teleworkers virtually overnight. Although there was minimal preparation for the change in work environment, the effort has been sufficiently successful to prompt…

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County directs $10M toward small business grant program

Despite the federal government authorizing $659 billion in small business aid, many small enterprises in Travis County are still in need of funds in order to survive the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. To help those business owners, the Travis County…

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