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Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County looks at legal community for public defender office task force

Using data from the Planning and Budget Office and the Justice Planning Department, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission recently studied the feasibility and benefits of having a public defender office in Travis County.Geoff Burkhart, executive director of TIDC, presented the…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County faces a future of frequent, heavy storms

As anyone who has sat for hours in Austin traffic knows, city infrastructure is often built to meet the needs of the present, not the needs of 15 or even 10 years down the road. This is a problem when…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County dedicates $3M to permanent supportive housing

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday morning to dedicate $3 million to permanent supportive housing for repeat users of the criminal justice and health care systems.The county’s $3 million, comprising $600,000 annually over five years, is roughly a fifth…

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Travis County moves Sendero forward with fingers crossed

After much back-and-forth over the fate of Sendero Health Plans, Central Health has presented a strategy to leverage its funds in hopes of saving the insurance company from being terminated. The Travis County Commissioners Court admitted the precarious nature of…

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by DaLyah Jones

Travis County commissioners expected to vote on Sendero budget

The Travis County Commissioners Court is scheduled to vote this morning on Central Health’s budget, which includes money for the nonprofit Sendero Health Plans.Central Health’s board of managers voted Saturday to allocate $26 million to Sendero Health Plans in Fiscal…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

Commissioners Court considers its options, postpones Central Health budget vote

Public protest and confusion surrounding the Sept. 12 Central Health Board of Managers vote to dissolve Sendero Health Plans has the Travis County Commissioners Court questioning how to move forward.Central Health President and CEO Mike Geeslin presented its Fiscal Year…

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Travis County gets slow start to $185M bond program

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt isn’t ready to hit the panic button, but she is expressing concern about the amount of time it’s taking for the county to get going on the $185 million of projects that voters approved in…

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Payback

Adler strikes back… Mayor Steve Adler returned fire at Travis County Thursday over commissioners’ threat to challenge Austin’s authority to allow McKalla Place to be tax exempt after Precourt Sports Ventures takes over the 24-acre parcel to build a soccer…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

County commissioners eye legal options on city’s soccer stadium deal

Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to preserve their option to challenge the city of Austin’s deal to make a piece of North Austin land tax-exempt to facilitate the construction of a professional soccer stadium.The unanimous decision came in the wake…

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Travis County delays approval of extended hours for Waterloo Music Festival

Waterloo Music Festival is scheduled for Sept. 7-10 this year at Carson Creek Ranch. The new festival will have camping and music five minutes north of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.Event promoter David Machinist with Jam Fest LLC appeared in the Travis…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Travis County approves new voting system

The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a new electronic voting system for Travis County Tuesday morning. The $8.2 million contract with Election Systems and Software’s (ES&S) ExpressVote system was recommended by Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir after 15 years…

Monday, July 30, 2018 by Ryan Young

Dell Medical investment begins to pay dividends

Dell Medical, the University of Texas’ new medical school, wants Travis County residents to know it is spending their tax dollars wisely – and equitably.In 2012, voters approved $54 million of new property taxes to build Dell Med in conjunction…

Friday, July 27, 2018 by Ryan Young

County commissioners see SH-45 development as key to more affordable housing

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court received an update on Turner’s Crossing, a proposed mixed-use subdivision that would be located about 15 miles south of downtown Austin. The project will make use of a public improvement district to fund…

Monday, July 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s new transit plan includes buses, other odds and ends

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a three-year transit development plan that aims to bring a variety of transit and transit-adjacent services to parts of the county where no buses currently operate.The 10 transit gap zones identified in…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County reveals proposed location for new courthouse

Travis County is negotiating with a private development group to build a brand-new civil courthouse at West 17th and Guadalupe streets.The location was revealed after County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting that she had signed off…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Go Spurs go

What’s in the box… As City Council spends the next few weeks on vacation, let’s take a moment to reflect on the hardest-working body in local government, the Travis County Commissioners Court. Sure, the court took the first half of…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Deece Eckstein

This week, Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Deece Eckstein joins Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano. Listen in below to hear predictions about the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature and a review of some of the…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Elfant updates Commissioners Court on Tax Office troubles following arrests

The Travis County Tax Office says that the first of four satellite offices that closed down after a fraud investigation netted seven arrests last month won’t reopen until late July at the earliest.Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant delivered that news along…

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court goes for Green Line

The Travis County Commissioners Court gave the green light last week to advance a study of a potential commuter rail line extending from downtown Austin out to Manor and possibly Elgin.The court voted 3-2 to approve the financial consulting firm…

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court tackles Tax Office troubles as disturbing audit is released

Travis County will have to face “some honest and possibly difficult conversations” during the upcoming budget process if it wants to avoid a repeat of the alleged crimes that have rocked the Tax Office, according to Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant.Elfant…

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