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Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

DNA lab concerns test Travillion’s patience

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion put his passion on display Tuesday when he stormed off the dais during a discussion of the Austin Police Department’s shuttered DNA lab. Travillion had attempted to ask a question early on in the briefing…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court closes in on bond proposition

Travis County voters could weigh in on a pair of bond propositions worth a combined $144 million this November. The Citizens Bond Advisory Committee formally floated that recommendation to the Commissioners Court on Tuesday after months spent trimming down a…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s clean air programs in question after Abbott’s vetoes

A pair of Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes has Travis County once again scrambling to clean up the aftermath, this time involving two air quality programs. On June 23 12, Abbott blasted out of the state budget bill all future…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Another Montopolis Negro School clash at Travis County

Opponents of a plan to redevelop a chunk of land in Southeast Austin upon which sits a former segregation-era school for African-Americans were handed a pair of setbacks on Tuesday. After a heated discussion, the Travis County Commissioners Court declined…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Praise pours in for county’s downtown deal

Late Tuesday afternoon, the county formally announced its deal with Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company to ink a 99-year ground lease at 308 Guadalupe St., the empty block that was once eyed as the site for a brand…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County prepares to strike lucrative deal for failed courthouse site

Instead of a new civil courthouse, how about a massive, privately financed mixed-use development that will pour millions of dollars into public coffers? That’s the direction Travis County is close to clinching for its hyper-valuable piece of downtown property at…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

District attorney isn’t making a mountain out of some mold here

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is downplaying concerns over the hundreds of Austin Police Department rape kits stored inside boxes that were recently found to be covered in apparent mold. Along with representatives from the Austin city manager’s office,…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt sends Adler a HOT letter

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has put Mayor Steve Adler and Interim City Manager Elaine Hart on notice that the county is still keeping alive its interest in levying a tax on tourists. In a letter sent to both city…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court considers controversial variance request

A platoon of concerned residents showed up to Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday to try to put the brakes on a proposed development near their homes. Live Oak Springs would deliver 85 new homes near FM 1826 and Zyle…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: County Commissioner Jeff Travillion

Travis County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Travillion sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about affordability, transportation and other pressing issues facing the county’s northeastern quadrant. Audio embedded below:

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County looks to get into the transit game

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could soon expand its transit operations into unincorporated parts of the county thanks to a vote at the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. The court’s unanimous decision to begin crafting a transit development plan…

Friday, June 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Overriding staff reservations, Commissioners Court OKs affordable housing project

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday gave its blessing to a low-income apartment project despite reservations from staff and a nonprofit that advocates for fair housing. At question was the proposed Del Valle 969 Apartments, a development planned to…

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court looking for a bond bundle that is just right

Travis County is taking the Goldilocks approach to planning a potential bond package to put before voters this November. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to instruct the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee to cobble together three separate bonding scenarios:…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

HOT talk at Commissioners Court

The proposal to expand the Austin Convention Center could not only gobble up several downtown blocks, it could also swallow whole an untapped revenue stream worth millions of dollars each year for Travis County. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court took…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TravCo bond talk takes explosive turn

Travis County is quietly but quickly approaching a major deadline in its runup to a potential 2017 bond referendum and if Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting was any indication, members of both the court and a citizens advisory council are deeply…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Years after deadly storms, city still lacks comprehensive flood policy

In the wake of devastating flooding over Memorial Day Weekend in 2015, City Council established the 22-member Flood Mitigation Task Force to examine the city’s flood preparedness and come up with a list of recommendations for how to better prepare…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Key justice programs survive fight between county, governor

Crucial county programs that lost funding over a row with Gov. Greg Abbott will be able to stay online through at least October thanks to some deep budgetary scouring. On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved a proposed package…

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County undaunted in North Campus planning

True to the word of staff and elected officials, Travis County is moving ahead with plans for a mixed-use development that unexpectedly came up short in a competition for state funding. Last Tuesday, April 18, Economic & Strategic Planning Director…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court approves 20-year vision for juvenile justice complex

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday on a plan that could expand the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center at an estimated initial cost of $73.3 million. The court unanimously approved the Juvenile Probation Master Plan, a lengthy document that maps…

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Jack Craver

Travis County leaders hope to spread social service dollars across region

As rising housing prices force low-income people to flee the urban core in search of cheaper living, Travis County leaders worry about the county’s ability to provide services to the area’s neediest residents in an era of steep federal and…

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