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The Chips Are Down
Budget balancing picks up speed – and it's anything but fun and games
"...public input on two very touchy topics: the eventual property-tax rate and prospective pay for city employees, especially the..."

June 26, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Running the Government on a Shoestring
"...Dear Editor, Brady Bragg stated in his "Tax Revolt Time" letter printed in the June 12 issue..."

June 16, 2009 Postmarks

Point Austin: The Cost of Community
The city budget is where Austin decides how to live
"...income, last year's optimistic local revenue projections (especially of sales-tax receipts) failed to hit their marks. (On the other..."

Aug. 8, 2008 News Column by Michael King

Political Realist
An Interview With Ben Barnes
"...president, he followed the Republican formula of no new taxes. He cut taxes twice, took [billions] out of the..."

July 7, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Judge Dietz Finds School Finance System Unconstitutional
Court ruling ends five-week trial with a mandate to Legislature to design a new system
"...requirement to provide "an adequate suitable education"; 2) the property tax system, under which an increasing number of districts..."

Sept. 17, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Endorsements
State Constitutional Election, Sept. 13, 2003
"...Proposition 13: Permit local taxing districts to freeze property taxes on homesteads of the..."

Sept. 12, 2003 News Feature

Endorsements
State Constitutional Election, Sept. 13, 2003
"...Proposition 13: Permit local taxing districts to freeze property taxes on homesteads of the..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Feature

A Decade at the Lege
"...the so-called "Robin Hood" school finance law, which required property-rich school districts to share tax revenues with poorer districts...."

Jan. 7, 2000 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Road Shows
Are County Bond Proposals Good for the Long Haul?
"...because although Travis County does have a relatively high property tax rate compared to other Texas counties, residents in..."

Oct. 17, 1997 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

It's a Good Economy, Stupid
Austin Plays Weak Catch-Up in Boom Times
"...a windfall of rapid-growth revenue with a nearly invisible tax increase to achieve some modest, but important, increases in..."

Aug. 23, 1996 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: Other People’s Money?
Actually, it's yours. Do you know where it's going?
"...– is in some cases going instead to wealthy property owners, and to subsidize wasteful consumption...."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council Wrap-Up
Council passes a budget, 10-1 – no, wait, make that 9-2
"...the "enterprise" (income-generating) departments, not only those funded by property and sales taxes. Most of the sweating and straining..."

Sept. 18, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Eastward Expansion
Surfing the wave of gentrification on the Eastside
"...years, East Austin residents have decried gentrification. As Austin property values appreciate exponentially, developers have descended upon the city..."

April 10, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

The Mayor's Story
Three contenders try to write a personal tale that will convince the voters
"...He made his fortune here, in property law – primarily eminent domain cases seeking sufficient compensation..."

Oct. 10, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

On the Lege
Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat is leading charges to protect both seniors and children this session
"...who rode herd on lawmakers to approve a promised property-tax cut. You would think that doing the right thing..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...times before – reform public school finance. Lawmakers cut property taxes, yes, but did they fund the schools? Well,..."

May 19, 2006 News Feature

The Perry-Sharp Plan
Smokers and businesses will bear the tax brunt
"...The Texas Tax Reform Commission, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and chaired..."

April 14, 2006 News Feature

School Finance Bill Heads for the Floor
Republicans pass HB 2 out of committee over educator objections
"...considered HB 2 to be a bill that puts property tax relief, rather than school funding, first. Rep. Harold..."

March 4, 2005 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...political campaigns, lest you see like-minded phrases like "cut taxes," "increase funding for education," "protect the middle class," "save..."

April 30, 2004 Column

On the Lege
Legislators offer school finance proposals, but find no consensus.
"...including not just the slots, but: a uniform state property tax; increased and expanded sales taxes; vehicle, boat, and..."

April 30, 2004 News Column by Michael King

The Budget's Downhill Slide
"...Total expenditures$459.39$461.00$494.87$517.23 Revenues$445.96$461.00$465.75$482.98 Deficit($13.43)($0.00)($29.12)($34.25) Beginning Balance$41.33$29.56$29.56$0.44 Ending Balance$29.56$29.56$0.44($33.81) Assumed tax rate0.45970.49280.52690.5269 Nominal EffectiveEffectiveNominal City Manager Toby Futrell proposes to..."

Aug. 8, 2003 News Feature

Naked City
On May 6, voters will choose how AISDwill send tax dollars to property-poor school districts under Chapter 41 of the state education code.
"...the state education agency, AISD officials are worried that taxpayers may not select any method at all, believing that..."

April 21, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

The Numbers Game
Read Council's Lips: No New Taxes
"...bang ("We're rich!") followed by a promise ("No new taxes!"). The local economy is apparently so strong that nothing..."

May 29, 1998 News Column by Jenny Staff

Budget Blackboard
Write 100 Times: AISD Needs More Money
"...financial prospects, that they were able to project a tax rate, school officials said. AISD Budget Director David Rastellini..."

June 20, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...While the state economy continues growing, gas and oil tax revenue has dropped as prices plummeted. Lawmakers also passed..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Council Approves Three Homestead Preservation Districts
Impoverished parts of East, North, and Southeast Austin receive affordable-housing protection
"...The specially qualified districts are a step toward reinvesting property tax to promote housing affordability, by either building or..."

Dec. 25, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Point Austin: Moths to a Flame
If it's Friday, we have a budget
"...meaning if the overall budget is to meet its property tax target (2.16 cents lower than the current rate,..."

Sept. 11, 2015 News Feature

Davis vs. Rodriguez: Who Do You Trust?
Commissioner questions intent of land trust
"...State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez's long-standing goal of providing tax breaks to help ease gentrification concerns in East Austin..."

May 13, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Adventures in Can-Kicking
Austin ISD approves 2010 budget, avoids tax fight
"...to approve the 2010-11 budget and set the new tax property tax rate to cover that budget. It was,..."

Aug. 24, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Taking Budget Mountain by Strategy
To balance the city's long-term accounts, financial discussions need to climb beyond the General Fund
"...entirely focused on the General Fund, which includes only tax-financed city services – a not inconsiderable amount at about..."

July 23, 2010 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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