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Code Department commercials raise questions

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Questions about the use of Code Department funds arose during the Neighborhood Issues policy deep-dive at City Council on Thursday. After remarks about allocating resources to expand the number of code compliance officers, Council Member Sheri Gallo asked whether the department paid for recent commercials about code enforcement officers. Code compliance spokeswoman Candice Cooper confirmed that the department paid for the ads as part of a public education campaign. The city’s official YouTube channel, austintexasgov, hosts a Code Department playlist with 12 videos. Gallo’s comment followed a panel discussion that encompassed short-term rentals, occupancy limits and accessory dwelling units. The Code Department regulates concerns related to those housing units, including parking, noise complaints and trash.

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