Category Archives: Fiscal

Money Shift

Achieving a 50% sustainable commute mode share requires a boost in local transit operating funding sources and a focus on productivity-enhancing transit capital projects. A system-wide route productivity summary, courtesy of the Connections 2025 plan.

Posted in Fiscal, Transit, Transportation

There’s no free kicks

City-owned land should maximize resident happiness. The City of Austin’s Hancock Golf Course, located in central Austin. Image courtesy of Brandon Tucker. 

Posted in Development, Economics, Fiscal

City Bond 2018

My proposal for the City of Austin’s 2018 infrastructure bond.

Posted in Fiscal, Housing, Transportation

Corridor Correction

How to turn the Mayor’s $720 million bond proposal into a political winner that actually helps improve mobility.

Posted in Fiscal, Transit, Transportation

Corridor Prospectus

Where the dollars get spent by each of the City of Austin’s Corridor Programs.

Posted in Fiscal, Transit, Transportation

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