Council Grades 2015

How did Council do this year? A review of their policy-making.

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Priorities word cloud from MAPA Summer survey

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

Judging the Courthouse

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

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Posted in Fiscal, Travis County

Hailing Van Eenoo – Part 2

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

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Posted in Fiscal

Hailing Van Eenoo

My letter to the City’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer requesting changes to budget presentations.

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An example: this much-reported chart from the City budget office doesn’t include sales tax impacts.

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Posted in Fiscal

City Budget Day 2015

The most important policy themes going into the adoption of the new City budget.

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The City’s general fund spending has increased faster than resident income.

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Posted in Fiscal

Police Ratio

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

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Posted in Fiscal, Public Safety

Better Budget

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

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Posted in Fiscal