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Election Day Already?
HD 50 runoff election
"...believe it or not. This Tuesday, Jan. 28, is election day in the Texas House District 50 race to..."

Jan. 24, 2014 News Feature

AISD Weighs Tax Increase
District considers joining already crowded election ballot
"...the Austin Independent School District asked voters for a tax increase – four years of statewide cuts and local..."

June 29, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bowing to Business Wheels, AISD Cans Tax Hike
Board passes new budget but drops ballot proposal
"...the business community against a proposal to raise the tax rate, which the board scrapped...."

Aug. 27, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD: Fall Election Drought?
Board balance in question as few candidates step up
"...Independent School District voters used the board of trustees election as an indirect referendum on Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. This..."

Jan. 10, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Property Tax Time
Choosing a reasonable tax rate, what the voters say, and important dates
"...making up nearly 40% of General Fund revenues, property tax is by far the largest contributor to the city's..."

June 25, 2010 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Could Tax Swap Address Spiking Property Taxes?
City collab with AISD could aid homeowners
" budget staff presented to City Council a potential "tax swap" with Austin ISD, as a means to address..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

'Surely We're All Worth a Nickel?'
Will AISD flinch from tax election?
"...Austin Independent School District has one of the lowest tax rates in Central Texas and in its own recent..."

Aug. 23, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Taxes for People or Taxes for Buildings
AISD trustees ask long term funding priority question
"...of Trustees meeting: Will the district go for a tax election to cover operating costs first, or a bond..."

March 29, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AISD Trustees: Bond, Eastside Headline Agenda
Bond target creeps up to $892 million
"...Tonight's meeting will include approving a $892 million bond election, planning for Eastside Memorial High School, and a new..."

Feb. 25, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 11 AISD Bond Election
"...intended to tide schools over until 2012, so this election has in fact been a long time coming. The..."

April 26, 2013 News Feature

Except for Eanes, Area School Bonds Win Big
Low turnout election sandwiched between primaries
"...In case you missed it: The May 10 municipal elections came and went without much of a fuss or..."

May 16, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
Dais division brewing over hotel tax spending, tourism industry
"...uncertain prospects, Mayor Steve Adler has dropped his AISD “tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding..."

Aug. 28, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Another Day, Another Hearing
City Council listens and chats on budget
"...inconclusive “Concept” conversation, City Council set the "maximum” property tax rate – at the new rollback rate of .4609..."

Aug. 28, 2015 News Post by Michael King

A Mission To Communicate
Austin ISD's new multicultural, multitasking outreach director has a big job ahead: telling the district's story and getting the district to listen to the response
"...PR firms to remain important in projects like bond elections, but he offered his own "two cents on consultants...."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Found Money
Certified tax rolls increase city income: "Growth Dividend"
"...above earlier estimates, following Monday’s certification of the property tax roll by the Travis Central Appraisal District. “There is..."

Aug. 26, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Naked City
Carstarphen calls for cuts; Education Austin proposes different solution
"...› Time for a Tax Rollback Election? Austin Independent School District Superintendent Meria Carstarphen..."

Feb. 25, 2011 News Feature

Meet the AISD Bonds
A thumbnail introduction to the $890 million bond package on the May 11 ballot
"...district is already addressing by pointing out that the tax impact (3.5 cents per $100 assessed property value) is..."

April 12, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

'Chronicle' Endorsement
"...Chronicle editorial board's endorsement for the Jan. 28 special election run-off, for which early voting runs Jan. 21-24. Texas..."

Jan. 17, 2014 News Feature

Adventures in Can-Kicking
Austin ISD approves 2010 budget, avoids tax fight
" 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

AISD: Budget Covers Raises, Benefits
District approves third deficit budget
"...its money in its pocket and voters wary of tax increases, Austin ISD has passed its third successive deficit..."

Sept. 6, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Looking for a School Chief
AISD zigzags its way to a new superintendent
"...ate the board up." Then came the May bond election. Then it was the summer, when it's basically impossible..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Perry Versus School Boards
Governor punts blame for teacher layoffs
"...of their own finances by asking voters for a tax raise...."

March 9, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Mayor: What, Me Negative?
Election '97 Coverage
"...Ronney Reynolds was itching to fight on election night, but changed his mind two days later and..."

May 9, 1997 News Feature

Louis Malfaro and 18 Years of AISD Politics
The teachers' union veteran looks back as he moves forward
"...the simple threat from business interests to oppose a tax rollback election was enough to make the board dump..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Education Stories
Mack Brown, Meria Carstarphen, and the rest of the gang
"...Now the question is, will voters back a long-delayed tax rollback election, tentatively planned for next November?..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Braces for Lege, Court Action
School finance likely to hang fire for several months
"...of serious state relief, the district will hold a tax rollback election this November. Last year, the board approved..."

Jan. 25, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

From Second Street to Carruth
AISD and city relations improving with concrete results
"...her launch speech, she also railed against high property taxes: Be interesting to see where she will stand when..."

Feb. 9, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

End of the Road for AISD Exigency
AISD is still in the red, but threat of mass firings has lifted
"...raise, it will need to ask voters for a tax rollback election...."

Feb. 3, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Perry Poisons Education Funding
How will Texas schools fare without federal education money?
"...its spending. When they decided not to risk a tax rollback election on this Novem­ber's ballot, they discussed instead..."

Sept. 17, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

What Will New AISD Budget Mean About Next Year's?
After struggles over staff pay, the budget is ready – and Carstarphen's ready to look to the future
"...anticipated and trustees increasingly disheartened about holding a successful tax rollback election before the economy recovers, revenue may stagnate...."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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