Author Archives: JGA

Council Grades 2015

How did Council do this year? A review of their policy-making. Priorities word cloud from MAPA Summer survey

Posted in Energy, Fiscal, Housing, Public Safety, Transit, Transportation

Judging the Courthouse

The pros & cons of the proposed Civil & Family Courthouse.

Posted in Fiscal, Travis County

Hailing Van Eenoo – Part 2

The City’s Deputy CFO responds to my suggestions for improving budget presentations.

Posted in Fiscal

Hailing Van Eenoo

My letter to the City’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer requesting changes to budget presentations. An example: this much-reported chart from the City budget office doesn’t include sales tax impacts.

Posted in Fiscal

City Budget Day 2015

The most important policy themes going into the adoption of the new City budget. The City’s general fund spending has increased faster than resident income.

Posted in Fiscal

Police Ratio

The proposed 2015-2016 City of Austin budget increases the number of sworn police officers per capita.

Posted in Fiscal, Public Safety

Better Budget

A budget proposal that lowers new taxes while enhancing affordability and equity.

Posted in Fiscal