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Point Austin: Squeezing the Schools
Failing all its courses, the Lege sends a love note to Highland Park
"...from the moment last January that the governor declared "property tax relief" his own special priority for the 79th..."

July 15, 2005 News Column by Michael King

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

The Cost of Government?
Local public spending outpaces local incomes – but not local needs
"...than a fiscal year, so "2003" refers to the property tax rates in effect now, for fiscal 2004, for..."

Aug. 13, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Tunnel project may be more expensive, less lucrative than once thought
"...bit dimmer following the latest financial projections on anticipated property tax revenues along the Downtown corridor...."

June 25, 2004 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

A Special Agenda
The leading proposals focus on cutting taxes and finding substitute funds
"...Property Tax Cuts..."

April 23, 2004 News Column by Michael King

City Budget: Same Song, Second Verse
Just like last year, City Hall is grappling with a $70-million-plus projected budget gap.
"...year's General Fund budget. (The General Fund, where your taxes go, is what pays for public safety, parks and..."

Jan. 31, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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

Council Watch
Live From Council Chambers...
"...The flash point this year is a pro-posed property tax increase of about half a cent. The boost..."

Sept. 8, 1995 News Column

Are You Typical?
Council's first look at FY 2016 budget
"...Austinite." The budget staff annually estimates the effect of tax and fee changes on the "typical homeowner" – generally..."

Aug. 7, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

School Lawsuits Multiply
Three groups of Texas school districts are suing the state over the public school finance system
"...sue the state as one bloc, or would the property-rich and property-poor districts file separate suits? Well, guess one..."

Nov. 4, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Hall Hustle: Discount Government
That beeping you hear is the rollback rate, backing up
"...themes rise to the surface: perennial hand-wringing over setting property taxes at a rate that can actually address Austin's..."

Sept. 4, 2009 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Budget Buzz
Unexpected good news on the budget front means better prospects for city employee incentive pay
"...2010 budget continues to come into focus as higher-than-expected property values and an extra $1 million transfer from Austin..."

Aug. 21, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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

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

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

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