CITY BUDGET HEARING City Council is all ears today, so tell 'em what you think about the city's proposed budget, including proposed increases in property taxes and utility rates. 4pm. Council chambers, 301 W. Second. www.cityofaustin.org.
ELECTRIC RATE HEARING As a kickoff to the Electric Utility Commission review process, Austin Energy will present its Rate Analysis and Recommendations Report to the EUC. A 13% base-rate jump is on the table. 6pm. 721 Barton Springs Rd., Assembly Room 130.
TxDOT PUBLIC MEETINGS The Texas Department of Transportation hosts simultaneous meetings on future transportation projects at two Austin locations. 5-6:30pm. 7901 N. I-35, and 200 E. Riverside, Bldg. 200, second floor CST Conference Room 2-B. www.txdot.gov.
AFL-CIO LABOR DAY FISH FRY EVENT This is one of local Democrats' most sacred traditions, drawing political officeholders past and present, newbie candidates, and anyone else who supports labor issues. 5:30-7:30pm. AFL-CIO headquarters, 1106 Lavaca. $7 donation, available at registration table.
TSEU LABOR DAY BBQ Today's a special holiday; why not observe it by chowing down on some barbecue with the folks at the Texas State Employees Union, the organization that represents the very workers sharing the pain of unemployment, thanks to our Legislature. 2-6pm. TSEU headquarters, 1700 S. First. 448-4225.
AUSTIN INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK Austin's water future is the topic of the evening, with guests Bill Bunch of the Save Our Springs Alliance and George Cofer of the Hill Country Conservancy. 7pm. Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr.
WORKERS COOPERATIVES Political activist Carl Davidson speaks on Mondragon and the Workers Cooperative Movement. 7-10pm. 5604 Manor Community Center. $5 suggested donation.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REBATE BONUS To access Austin Energy's new (temporary) rebate increase, call for an estimate: 482-5346.