Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

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…

Monday, April 27, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County releases unemployment and financial transparency tracker

In addition to its toll on public health, Covid-19 poses an economic threat both to individual finances and to businesses. In Travis County, the Economic Development & Strategic Investments Department has rolled out a public dashboard to track the pandemic’s…

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court discusses ‘oscillation strategy’ to exit quarantine

As the county’s May 8 end date for its stay-at-home order draws near, the Commissioners Court began to discuss the next steps in the battle to flatten the curve.“There is no return to ‘normal,’” County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said at…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court approves community-generated emergency food contract

In an effort to simultaneously cut down on food waste and increase community access to food, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved a contract to provide supplemental emergency prepared food to Travis County residents.The $160,000 contract is the result of a…

Monday, April 20, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County commissioners send admonishing letter to CAMPO

After weeks of debate, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to send a letter to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization criticizing its planning process for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.However, despite concerns from commissioners and the public about the…

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County freezes hiring for remainder of the fiscal year

In search of steadier financial footing amid the economic turmoil triggered by Covid-19, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to authorize staff to pursue an immediate hiring freeze for nonessential personnel. Commissioners will permit county staff to return on…

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County commissioners to write ‘harsh’ letter reprimanding CAMPO planning process

After considering asking for a delay, the Travis County Commissioners Court agreed not to obstruct the scheduled adoption of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. Instead, the commissioners intend to communicate their displeasure with the planning process through a letter they…

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

County Commissioners Court looks toward economic recovery solutions

The financial figures representing the economic repercussions of self-isolation and shuttered businesses are beginning to surface in Travis County.Diana Ramirez, the director of Travis County’s Economic Development & Strategic Investments, told the Commissioners Court on April 7 that although local…

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

County considers asking CAMPO for delayed Regional Transportation Plan adoption

Plummeting oil prices and sales tax revenue have prompted the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department to request a delay in the scheduled adoption of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.Scheleen Walker, long-range planning manager with the department, says a delay…

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

County to pause construction on some inessential public works projects

Travis County plans to pause construction on some of its public works projects to slow the spread of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.As a general rule, residential and commercial construction has been put on hold since the county’s Stay…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court to facilitate talks in disagreement between ABoR and TCAD

TCAD Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler told the Travis County Commissioners Court on March 10 that despite receiving a cease-and-desist order to stop collecting third-party sales data, her office is still working to acquire the necessary data to accurately appraise home…

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Eckhardt resigns, declares for Texas Senate

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt resigned her position on the Commissioners Court Tuesday, launching her campaign for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Kirk Watson. Eckhardt wiped away tears as she told her colleagues, “I really love Travis County.…

Monday, March 9, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The race is on

Biscoe looks like the answer for Travis County… Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s name moves from the “very likely” category of contenders to take over Austin state Sen. Kirk Watson’s seat at the Legislature to the “almost certain” category with…

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