Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Jack Craver

Expo center supporters hope voters don’t confuse the two different Prop A’s

Ballot propositions can often be confusing – especially when there are multiple propositions with the same name.This is exactly what concerns those campaigning for Travis County Proposition A. The measure they support would authorize the county to levy a 2…

Friday, October 11, 2019 by Jack Craver

Zyle Road residents still have doubts about development

Residents of rural southwest Travis County have succeeded in getting a neighboring landowner to significantly reduce a proposed development they feared would cause safety issues in their isolated community. However, they continue to worry that a major development with inadequate…

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners debate future of Palm School property

Four months after voting to put in place restrictions on the Palm School property that would prevent the main building from being redeveloped, members of the Travis County Commissioners Court continue to display differences of opinion about the property’s future.On…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners approve landfill changes over TDS objections

On Tuesday the Travis County Commissioners Court opted to readopt changes to a county ordinance regulating landfills despite pushback from an influential local waste management company.Representatives of Texas Disposal Systems told commissioners that ordinance changes the commissioners approved last month…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

County commissioners approve Central Health budget

Shortly after approving the county budget, the Travis County Commissioners Court OK’ed the $291 million fiscal year budget for Central Health, the county’s public hospital district.Central Health is a public authority funded by local property taxes that is charged with…

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County Commissioners Court approves $1.2 billion budget

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $1.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and a corresponding tax increase.The average Travis County homeowner will pay $126 more in county taxes this year as a result of…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners Court dismisses pay pleas from disgruntled employees

On Tuesday, members of the Travis County Commissioners Court responded to claims from two groups of public safety workers who feel unappreciated due to the amount of pay they receive. In both cases, commissioners made it clear that they didn’t…

Friday, September 13, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Travis County considers how to recoup revenue

As the deadline for Travis County’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget draws near, the Commissioners Court is grappling with how to appropriately price county fees and services in anticipation of the 3.5 percent property tax increase cap that will go into…

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners Court OKs small pay hikes for law enforcement

After approving raises for the county’s civilian workforce, the Travis County Commissioners Court wants to boost pay for the region’s 1,300 sheriff’s deputies, park rangers, jail guards and constable officers. However, members of the court are opting for a more…

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commissioners must find replacement to head family violence court

It’s probably not a position most voters spend time thinking about, but members of the Travis County Commissioners Court stressed the importance of County Court #4 as they discussed appointing somebody to fill the vacancy created by departing incumbent Judge…

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Jack Craver

Despite high arrest rate, county leaders give high marks to jail diversion program

A majority of criminal defendants who participated in a county pilot program aimed at getting people with mental illness out of jail and into treatment were rearrested within a year of their release. Yet, many involved in the criminal justice…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County agrees to take Hays County prisoners

Hays County has a prisoner problem, and it’s looking to its neighbor to the north, Travis County, for help.Hays is in the process of expanding its jail to house more inmates. In the meantime, it’s asked to send some of…

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County considers nonpartisan redistricting

In contrast to most elected officials around the country, members of the Travis County Commissioners Court say they don’t want to be in charge of picking their voters. At their Aug. 20 meeting, the commissioners discussed setting up a nonpartisan…

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Jack Craver

County to advocates: Don’t just tell us where to spend, but where to cut

With revenue caps on the horizon, members of the Travis County Commissioners Court have the unenviable task of telling groups calling for increased funding of critical services, from social programs to law enforcement, that there simply may not be the…

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County asks voters to approve future hotel tax for expo center

Travis County isn’t giving up on getting a taste of the hotel tax.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted to put a measure on the November ballot that, if approved, would authorize the county to levy a 2 percent tax on…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County increases support for child care

Funding authorized Tuesday by the Travis County Commissioners Court will provide day care for 92 low-income children.The $285,000 funding was recommended by county staff to address a growing number of children on the waiting list for federal child care subsidies…

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Jack Craver

Despite sparse data, county court moves forward on mental health jail diversion program

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to enter into an agreement with Integral Care, the local mental health authority, aimed at getting criminal defendants with serious mental health problems out of jail and into treatment. The agreement will expand…

Monday, August 12, 2019 by Jack Craver

City, county look to private investors to help on homelessness

Travis County commissioners are cautiously optimistic about the county’s participation in a multi-jurisdictional program aimed at helping some of the county’s most destitute residents.The program, Pay for Success, is a collaboration between the county, the city and a number of…

Friday, August 9, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council approves hotel tax increase

Despite requests from Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and commissioners Margaret Gómez, Brigid Shea and Jeff Travillion, Austin City Council voted early Friday to approve a 2 percent increase in the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax, which will allow the city…

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Showdown over hotel tax increases could put city and county at odds

A week after the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to explore tapping a 2 percent increase in the local Hotel Occupancy Tax for its own uses, Austin City Council appears set to claim the same tax increase to fund an…

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