Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Friday, January 17, 2020 by Jack Craver

Travis County confronts tricky process in reforming pay for law enforcement

Travis County leaders are determined to reform the pay scale for the county’s 1,450 public safety employees, but they’re not quite sure how to do it.The county has long had separate pay scales for civilian employees and law enforcement workers,…

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Jack Craver

County puts more money into Manor ride-hailing program

In response to higher-than-expected ridership, Travis County is putting more money into a six-month-old ride-hailing program in Manor.The Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to authorize up to $25,000 to help purchase a third bus for the Manor Pickup service, which is…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Jack Craver

Travis County takes action to eliminate ‘water colonias’

While it’s accurately referred to as an urban county, roughly half of Travis County does not fall within the limits of any municipality. The population in these rural, unincorporated areas is growing rapidly, driven in part by a lack of…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Jack Craver

County sets up new committee to put pressure on city leaders over Expo Center

Travis County leaders want to put pressure on the city of Austin to help them rebuild the aging exposition center.On Tuesday the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to set up a nine-member committee tasked with “engaging and educating Travis County residents…

Friday, January 3, 2020 by Jack Craver

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt sees a future of tough decisions and tax referendums for Travis County

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has plenty of good news to report as she looks back on 2019.Her greatest achievement is the county’s new public defender’s office, for which she was the lead champion on the Commissioners Court. While her…

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Jack Craver

After quarter-century on court, Gómez sees pros and cons in change

Margaret Gómez has served on the Travis County Commissioners Court for 24 years, representing a precinct whose boundaries roughly correspond with the southeastern quadrant of the county, including nearly all of South Austin east of South Lamar Boulevard.Her career in…

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Jack Craver

Gerald Daugherty, Travis County’s last Republican, fears for county’s fiscal future

Gerald Daugherty has long said that this would probably be his last term in office. However, for a couple of days at the beginning of December, there were whispers that the Commissioners Court’s lone Republican might try for another four-year…

Friday, December 27, 2019 by Jack Craver

Jeff Travillion says it’s time to pay attention to eastern Travis County

Jeff Travillion believes it’s time for the east side to get some love from local leaders. While private dollars are transforming the look and feel of much of East Austin and making it increasingly hard for many longtime residents to…

Friday, December 27, 2019 by Jack Craver

As the planet warms, Brigid Shea is planning Travis County’s response

Commissioner Brigid Shea may have been elected to handle issues at the county level, but her focus is global.“My major focus in running for reelection, I believe very strongly as community leaders that we have to do more to prepare…

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by Jack Craver

On third try, Commissioners Court approves controversial RV park near Hamilton Pool

For the third time, about two dozen residents who live on or near Stagecoach Ranch Road came to plead with the Travis County Commissioners Court to block plans to build an RV park that would accommodate up to 80 vehicles.After…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Exception for RV park near Hamilton Pool put on hold

The Travis County Commissioners Court still hasn’t found the middle ground it’s looking for to grant a platting requirement exception for the Bentree RV Resort, a recreational vehicle park that would be developed less than a mile southwest of the…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Daugherty will not seek reelection

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty announced his retirement Thursday.“It has been a privilege and honor to serve my neighbors as their commissioner,” said Daugherty. “I’ve done my very best to deliver on the promises that I’ve made over time. I’ve…

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Jack Craver

Residents near Hamilton Pool up in arms about proposed RV park

The Travis County Commissioners Court spent all morning Tuesday discussing a proposed RV park on Stagecoach Ranch Road in Southwest Travis County, near Hamilton Pool. The court still hasn’t come to a decision on the matter and will take it…

Friday, November 22, 2019 by Jack Craver

County hopes to block new waste facility in Northeast Austin

County leaders are unanimous in their hope that the Austin Community Landfill closes as soon as possible. They are united in their opposition to the landfill operator, Waste Management, adding a transfer station to the existing facility.It’s not clear whether…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Jack Craver

Eckhardt offers the city Palm School in exchange for expo center, hotel tax

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt says that she and her colleagues on the Commissioners Court are willing to give away the Palm School to the city of Austin. But they want a couple of big things in return.In a letter…

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County opts to ‘Energize the Expo,’ but it could be years away

Updated: 10:48 p.m.: Travis County voters have decided to energize the expo.More specifically, residents voted in favor of County Proposition A, which authorizes the county to levy up to a 2 percent tax on hotel guests to fund a renovation…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Austin and Travis County voters will decide the future of hotel tax revenue: Here’s what that means

Expansion of the Austin Convention Center and the Travis County Expo Center could be on the line with two local ballot propositions this November. At the center of those two propositions is tax revenue from hotel stays – and how…

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Jack Craver

Court approves Palm School protections but future of property uncertain

The Travis County Commissioners Court easily approved a set of restrictive covenants aimed at preserving the Palm School building if the county sells the property that is home to the historic structure.The court voted 4-1 in favor of a set…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by Jack Craver

County hears pleas to preserve all of Palm School property

The future of the Palm School property remains unclear after a public hearing where activists implored the Travis County Commissioners Court not to sell any part of the land to a private developer.While the court voted unanimously in June to…

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…

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