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"...That's one takeaway from the FY 2019 proposed city budget formally presented by City Manager Spencer Cronk Monday afternoon at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Although the budget staff continues to track revenues and expenditures traditionally, by individual city departments, the proposed budget will also be macro-organized by six City Council-defined "strategic outcomes":..."
"...Late last week, shortly after City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, we asked Council members if they had any brief post-mortem thoughts on the new budget, and if their own priorities had been fulfilled/partially fulfilled/not fulfilled. Not all members responded; the following are the (very lightly edited) answers we received...."
"...City Council resumes budget deliberations today, Sept. 8, planning a nearly full day of work around a midday meeting of the Audit and Finance Committee..."
"...It's still very early in the city's budget process, but last Wednesday, April 22, city budget staff presented to City Council the city's five-year financial forecast, with an emphasis on the anticipated budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning Oct. 1)..."
"...The city budget returns, and with it, all the perennial questions accompanying the annual ritual...."
"...City Council completed three days of "budget readings" at around 10pm last Wednesday, and thereby dodged an extra day of deliberations tentatively scheduled for Thursday. The latter was a late addition, as two days earlier it began to seem likely that council members wouldn't be ready to make final decisions in the three reading days historically allotted for formal budget approval – indeed, not too long ago (pre-10-1), the three officially required readings were accomplished on Monday morning, with the rest of the day defaulted to R&R. [inset-1-right]..."
"...The budget process has changed under Marc Ott to become more open – traditionally called the City Manager's budget, Ott was quick to note "we've all had a hand" this year; is that to spread credit or blame? Still, some of the old razzle-dazzle persists – as this morning's reveal of the proposed 2008-09 City of Austin budget showed. Take for instance the stage-managed closure of an earlier-predicted $25.3 million "budget gap"..."
"...I'm writing this column with the reassuring drone of ATXN.TV in the background, as the city's budget administrators deliver the annual financial and budget forecast to the new City Council. It's a fairly elementary presentation – not only because this Council is virtually all rookies, but because these are very preliminary numbers, and the firmer ones won't arrive for some weeks..."
"...UPDATE: You can find the city's proposed budget online here. There's no one in City Hall chambers for the budget presentation! No one! Where's Debbie Russell? Alright, more folks have filtered in. Toby Futrell, clad in an intense purple, seems a little subdued, having just returned from the Executive Session where they discussed her replacement..."
"...City Council gathers today, Thursday, Sept. 6, for a special called budget meeting, hoping to give final shape to the fiscal year 2019 budget..."
"...Around 7pm last night House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said he doubted the House could pass the state budget all in one day on Friday...."
"...On Wednesday morning, a somewhat diminished City Council heard the formal presentation of City Manager Marc Ott's FY 2017 city budget. (Mayor Steve Adler and Council Members Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, and Sheri Gallo were out of town.) There were no major surprises – the big numbers haven't shifted much from the April forecasts, and the staff budget even manages a bit of wiggle room for at least a few of Council's wish-list priorities...."
"...As the Texas Legislature prepares to reconvene tomorrow, there's some good budget news from Comptroller Susan Combs with a healthier-than-expected budget revenue estimate...."
"...With budget-reading days looming – Sept. 12-14 – Council spent Thursday afternoon reviewing final possibilities for cutting, increasing, or moving funds..."
"...Low-income, insured women would no longer be able to turn to Planned Parenthood for state-supported breast and cervical cancer screenings, under a recently negotiated state budget compromise...."
"...Times are tough all over – school funding is in peril and who knows what'll happen to health care for low-income children. But there is at least one budget item that seems not only safe, but also that the Senate would like to see get a sizable funding boost...."
"...The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted Monday night to approve a $1.4 billion budget for the upcoming school year – about $11.9 million less than last year. Key provisions include: funding an across-the-board raise of 1.5% for district employees, at a cost of $8.1 million; funding for 75 nurses and 48 clinical assistants across 130 campuses (meaning not every campus will be staffed with a full-time nurse, and nearly half of the campuses with on-site mental health centers will lose their therapists); five more AISDPD officers, an officer specializing in mental health, and other security measures at a cost of $1.7 million..."
"...City Council resumed budget review this morning, with the presentation of City Manager Marc Ott’s proposed FY2016 budget: $3.5 billion All Funds (1.1% increase); $906.7 million General Fund (6.2% increase); and a 48.14 property tax rate (up from 48.09)...."
"...Gov. David Dewhurst announced his appointees to the Budget Conference Committee, the five senators that will join five state reps to finalize the 2012-13 biennial budget..."
"...It's official: House Bill 1, the draft state budget for the next two years, will kill almost 150,000 private sector jobs...."
"...Maneuvering has begun on the Capital Metro budget, which will be discussed by the full Cap Met Board Monday, with publication of the proposed FY2010 numbers to happen the next day and final approval to take place in late September. One board member and the Cap Met staff have each made major pitches to be considered at that meeting...."
"...Ahead of adopting its 2017 fiscal year budget, Central Health is fielding questions related to transparency and accountability...."
"...So here we are – about to start adoption of the final Fiscal Year 2007-08 Budget for the City of Austin. But, despite there being three days scheduled to do so, odds are your boy won't be typing that long..."
"...When is a budget raise not a budget raise? When you're the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Under its latest budget, the agency has $182 million extra for state and local parks. However, the guardians of Texas' wilderness have had their budgets slashed for years, including a 5% cut in 2006-'07, and while they're happy at the cash, it may not really mean any percentage increase. "A percentage based on what?" said TPWD spokesman Tom Harvey..."
"...The proposed Trump administration federal budget – described variously as "dead on arrival" or "dead before arrival" (and that's by Republicans) – has been roundly denounced, as it should be, for cutting basic social safety net programs and undermining public schools, while spiking military spending. But the draft features other Trumpian surprises – for example, buried in an appendix is a provision that would rewrite federal immigration law to tighten the screws on alleged "sanctuary cities." Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grudgingly acknowledged that Immigration and Customs Enforcement "detainer requests" are exactly that, and not binding on local jurisdictions – so the budget asks Congress to rewrite the law to require local law enforcement to comply with any requests issued by ICE, and to enable the Department of Justice to sanction (through funding denials) any jurisdiction that fails to comply with such "requests" (thereby making a mockery of the term itself)..."
"...City Council’s April 20 agenda was relatively light, and the regular meeting adjourned at a merciful 8:30pm. But the week carried plenty of business, with CodeNEXT on Tuesday, budget preview on Wednesday, and Thursday's advocate and activist pressure on policing...."
"...On Thursday, Sept. 10, Council (finally) passed a budget for FY 2016...."
"...Budget rubber met the spending road this week at the House of Representatives got its hands on Senate Bill 1, the Senate's draft budget for the next biennium. In the proposals out of both chambers, Texans saw what they expected: A legislature that has seemingly never heard of inflation, and forgot about its 2011 cuts...."
"...Data from the Department of State Health Services shows that from December 2011 through May 2012, the state's family planning program contractors served half as many clients as they did during the same period the previous year. A decline was expected after last year's budget cuts, but advocates say the drop does not bode well for the health of Texas women...."
"...Slashing funding to education, public services and healthcare – all the lifelines a community needs to thrive – is what the 2012-2013 budget has in store for Texans. Even at this late date, there are some groups, however, continuing to raise their voices for a more reasonable solution...."
"...Capital Metro is in the early stages of planning its FY 2011 budget and wants the public's feedback on how it should spend agency money (including your tax dollars, the 1% sales tax it collects from businesses within the Cap Met service area). It will do so at a series of workshops in early June; press release from the agency follows:..."
"...Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus released a letter on Friday asking state agencies to submit plans to cut five percent from their biennial budget, approved back in June..."
"...The House just blew its perfect record on unanimous budget votes after Reps. Joe Crabb, R-Atascocita, and Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, voted nay on the final version of Senate Bill 1..."
"...City Manager Marc Ott has just released a memo to all city employees with the subject line Budget Challenges that lays out a pretty bleak future for city spending and hiring...."
"...Low-income, insured women would no longer be able to turn to Planned Parenthood for state-supported breast and cervical cancer screenings, under a newly released budget compromise...."
"...On Tuesday Republican Speaker Joe Straus told the House Appropriations Committee that he is looking for "a balanced, no-new-taxes state budget." However, committee member Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, warned that when it comes to filling an $18 billion budget hole, "It needs to be a balanced approach..."
"...The consensus opinion about how the Texas House of Representatives handled Friday's budget debate is that it was an object model in passing major bipartisan legislation. More than one lawmaker confided that it was like the good old days of Speaker Pete Laney, or even Gib Lewis..."
"...Lawmakers in the House are now debating amendments to House Bill 1, that chamber's budget bill. And, at present, lawmakers are considering amendments to Article II, health and human services funding – including amendments that cut services for family planning and preventative health services for women, children and families...."
"...Newsdesk previously mentioned Capital Metro's budget workshops being held around town. Well, based on last night's very poor attendance (four) at the workshop held at the Little Walnut Creek Library, not many of you are jumping on the chance...."
"...Although it's been out of the headlines for a week or two, City Council remains knee-deep in deliberations over the fiscal year 2017 city budget. In its largest incarnation, that's the $3.7 billion "All Funds" octopus, which includes not only the operational expenses or "General Fund" budget, but the "enterprise" departments, which are income-generating and essentially self-funding: most prominently, the utilities Austin Energy and Austin Water, but also the airport (Aviation) and the Convention Center..."
"...The current city budget predicament has a fairly simple frame: For the coming fiscal year, 2018, costs are expected to rise about 5%, and incoming revenue is anticipated to rise by less than 5%. That's an oversimplification – in budgetary matters, the devil is very much in the details – but that was the base message delivered on April 29 by Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo..."
"..."We don't play games with the budget."..."
"...AISD Superintendent Jim Fox photograph by Alan Pogue When it came to making the budget for 1997-98, officials of the Austin Independent School District say they were forced to put the cart before the horse this time out. School officials on May 29 released a proposed budget for the 1997-98 school year of $457.5 million, representing a little more than a 10% increase, or $45.9 million, in spending over last year's budget of $411.5 million..."
"...The initial City Council budget work sessions ended with a flourish on June 1, an all-day meeting that spent most of its time, strictly speaking, off-budget. Beginning at 9am, Council spent roughly five hours discussing not the draft primary budget issues that occupied the first four work sessions – but the possibility of a November transportation bond package, and what it might contain..."
"...Attempting to "take the mystery out of city finances" has been an oft-declared goal of City Manager Marc Ott, one he reiterated once more at the city's sole town hall on this year's budget, held in a Convention Center ballroom in June...."
"...Considering the 2010 city budget process began months ago, back in May, it's hard for a jaundiced City Hall observer not to meet City Manager Marc Ott's final proposed budget with any more than an anticlimactic shrug. Austin's sales tax woes – down almost 10% since January – have been out in the open all year..."
"...Last week's city budget presentation began in tears – those of interim City Manager Elaine Hart, who choked up as she thanked her budget staff for their hard work in preparing her proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. "Budget staff, you know I love you," she told Budget Officer Ed Van Eenoo, then turned to Council..."
"...Not too long ago, conventional wisdom held that once City Council received the city manager's proposed budget – that annual assessment of local revenues and expenses, timed to coincide with the city of Austin's fiscal year turnover in October – the heavy lifting was largely over, and council would comb through the crumbs come budget adoption. The budget process has become less opaque over the years, with City Manager Marc Ott releasing dozens of metrics, survey results, and spending proposals each season..."