Resident Headlines http://www.choujiao9.com/nodequeue/1 en Austin City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget http://www.choujiao9.com/news/austin-city-council-approves-fiscal-year-2019-2020-budget <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New budget goes in effect October 1, 2019.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Austin City Council has adopted a fiscal year 2019-2020?Budget.</p> <p> The all-funds budget, which includes enterprise departments as well as the core services provided by the General Fund, totals $4.2?billion and maintains quality services while making targeted investments in core programs and City infrastructure.</p> <p> Citywide expenditures for FY 2019‐20 are 3.8% higher than the prior year.</p> <p> The 2019-20 General Fund budget is $1.1 billion, and supports public safety services as well as our parks, libraries, neighborhood health centers, and animal shelter. The Capital Budget includes $1.2 billion in planned spending.</p> <p> The approved budget assumes a property tax rate of 44.31 cents per $100 of taxable value, an increase of 0.28?cents from the FY 2018-19 tax rate and an 8% increase above the effective Operations and Maintenance rate. The property tax rate is expected to be formally approved on September 25, after property tax rate hearings on September 13 and 19.<br /> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????<br /> With a property tax rate of 44.31?cents the City tax bill for the typical homeowner - defined as the owner of a median-valued ($353,265) non-senior home - would be $1,408.78?per year or $117.40?per month. This would be an increase of $91.71?per year or $7.64?per month.</p> <p> Typical financial impacts from all-but-two?of the City’s core group of broad-based rates and fees, such as water and the Clean Community Fee, have been held steady. Taken together, the combined impact of tax, rate and fee changes would represent an increase, for the typical ratepayer, of 2.9% - an additional $115.47?per year or $9.62?per month.</p> <p> “This Budget will get us closer to where we want to be on our shared citywide priorities, and will help us advance on the critical issues that will determine our future,” said Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk.?“Thanks to Council and the community for taking this important step towards our goals.”<br /> ?<br /> “In the coming year I plan to launch several initiatives to help us determine how we can best avoid a long-term structural imbalance in our budget as a result of the property tax cap, while continuing to provide the exemplary services that our community values and expects.”</p> <p> Tuesday's approval of City tax and spending plans for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 comes after several months of stakeholder engagement.</p> <p> This is the second year in which the proposed budget was organized by outcome area, and not strictly by City department, to reflect the priorities of the Austin community, using Council’s adopted <a href="https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faustintexas.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c%26id%3D38e30b29e9%26e%3De70aa4c24c&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAndy.Tate%40austintexas.gov%7C6f0b74a546214b7ab22008d736364f0f%7C5c5e19f6a6ab4b45b1d0be4608a9a67f%7C0%7C1%7C637037479191588222&amp;sdata=3YIHjU4x1zpu5Nolr8uyK6mvqxuiUy9fOgvzN7oGvxs%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://austintexas.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=38e30b29e9&amp;e=e70aa4c24c" shash="CxcLbJCTH7hVlhhxbzQ5MOdVctFAWKk0kc9t6saW2y8Phg+MF48JOaAahMHfkPz8bJ/qt3J4x6oG/boMGaeQSZRR6yJypCED3bsyBxkpjeh5j9lCX+wwOYRIeiTxH8JKbZFPxsV7OM5GSA7BAuuvorH/tdgvwuu3MdNLYmlnXV4=" target="_blank">Strategic Direction 2023</a> as a guide. The outcomes are Culture &amp; Lifelong Learning, Economic Opportunity &amp; Affordability, Government That Works for All, Health &amp; Environment, Mobility, and Safety.</p> <p> Council began their deliberations on Tuesday working from the Manager’s?<a href="https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faustintexas.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c%26id%3D9728767fe5%26e%3De70aa4c24c&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAndy.Tate%40austintexas.gov%7C6f0b74a546214b7ab22008d736364f0f%7C5c5e19f6a6ab4b45b1d0be4608a9a67f%7C0%7C1%7C637037479191588222&amp;sdata=JKa5TtzoZVVVDztAIf9gRERy254eSQT6FnIfpIqfOu0%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://austintexas.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=9728767fe5&amp;e=e70aa4c24c" shash="AF8StfoZwow4cftnigo8aL6LxoALtCbh3OX61MYLkQQlI7q6Au5iY6y+5DKWNvLIFXpq6G7nkWBnjaiN9Y7rhjtk0ntL9Q876sBMuGxLWVJHFBjWNHr8g/2vMEF46m0gC4Hmff0yPf1OV6j4NCkZqSiTy1CsePHiWBn4mvVMa3k=" target="_blank">proposed budget</a>, (snapshot summary <a href="https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faustintexas.us5.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c%26id%3D6f1dde337d%26e%3De70aa4c24c&amp;data=02%7C01%7CAndy.Tate%40austintexas.gov%7C6f0b74a546214b7ab22008d736364f0f%7C5c5e19f6a6ab4b45b1d0be4608a9a67f%7C0%7C0%7C637037479191598220&amp;sdata=lZEKUreoUsXpIlZbd5wPis0%2FR3GMd%2FxQ3%2B4TMLYh2n4%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://austintexas.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=6f1dde337d&amp;e=e70aa4c24c" shash="bZyZon8m9T1Qwji4N7wnOqM/BcxFI2Loqs4JVPrQCkG2clFCsFR8M28ZpmkDQHJvox3029N49/sJP/y7qhHnILAGGYVM1/ULVe18ApbSlqM9aOXooadygHYgy/uX6Y5CFC1UdYQWBGdh8IoCyU6bxKXde3u1bEdYbwUi4wLH7xE=" target="_blank">here</a>) which included:</p> <ul><li> Historic $62.7 million budget in support of ending homelessness in Austin</li> <li> 30 extra police officers and a new Fire/EMS station</li> <li> $42 million of planned spending from the 2018 affordable housing bond</li> <li> Hotel Occupancy Tax spending of $12.8 million in support of cultural arts and another $11.9 million spent in support of historic preservation.</li> <li> $12.8 million for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics program, including $4.1 million for ongoing maintenance and $1.8 for capital improvements</li> <li> Final phase of the Curbside Compost Collection Program rollout with a budget of $4.5 million</li> <li> $10.8 million for sidewalk improvements</li> </ul><p>Over the course of today, Council added to the City Manager’s Proposed Budget?an extra $4.6 million in new spending - including an additional $550,000 towards tackling homelessness. This was offset by $2.5 million in new property tax revenue resulting from certified tax roll and elimination of $2.1 million in funding for Austin Fire Department’s proposed Command Tech program.<br /> ?<br /> The additional Budget commitments included funding for:?</p> <ul><li> Additional community health paramedics, expansion of EMCOT, and dispatcher training to improve responses to 9-1-1 mental health calls</li> <li> A pay increase for City open-water lifeguards to $16 per hour</li> <li> Extra resources for homeless encampment cleanups</li> <li> Logistical and support services for Austin residents seeking abortion care</li> <li> Outreach to help get a complete count in the 2020 Census</li> <li> Relationship violence crisis intervention</li> <li> Increased investment in Austin’s workforce training</li> <li> Wildfire mitigation</li> <li> Earlier staffing for a?fire station in Del Valle/Moore’s Crossing while permanent station is completed</li> </ul><p>Council also added an additional $90,000 to the reserve fund.</p> <p class="rtecenter"> ###</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 21:38:37 +0000 tatea 59200 at http://www.choujiao9.com More Algae Tests Positive for Neurotoxins http://www.choujiao9.com/news/more-algae-tests-positive-neurotoxins <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Testing reveals increasing levels of neurotoxins in algae at more locations.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Additional testing has revealed increasing levels of neurotoxins in algae at a greater number of locations. Samples were taken on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Auditorium Shores, at Red Bud Isle and at Barton Creek. Samples at Barton Creek were taken just below the pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. All the samples contained greater amounts of neurotoxins than found the previous week.</p> <p> Red Bud Isle remains closed. The public should not allow their dogs to swim anywhere in Lady Bird Lake. In addition, they should keep their dogs out of Barton Creek where algae is present.</p> <p> In addition to swimming, dogs should not be allowed to drink the water in these locations. People should avoid handling the algae and minimize their exposure to the water. Boating and paddle-boarding is still allowed at your own risk. Pets and people who come into contact with the water should rinse off. If symptoms develop, they should seek immediate medical attention.</p> <p> “Barking Springs” at the spillway of Barton Springs Pool is upstream of this area. Water at Barking Springs is cold and flows from Barton Springs and Barton Creek. At this time, we believe people and pets can continue to swim in this area at their own risk. They should avoid going downstream to areas with floating algae. They should be aware that bacteria is always a concern in smaller waterways where there is a high concentration of dogs.?</p> <p> Previously, algae in Barton Creek downstream of Barton Springs appeared to be a mix of harmless green algae. However, the most recent samples showed a low presence of blue green algae in the Barton Creek area of Lady Bird Lake. These samples did test positive for neurotoxins. This is a reminder that the situation is evolving and can change rapidly.<br /> Watershed Protection will be taking more samples for testing tomorrow.</p> <p> The algae will naturally die off when cooler weather returns in the fall. At this time, the City of Austin has not identified a safe and effective way to treat or remove the algae, and it is likely that Red Bud Isle will remain closed for the next several weeks.</p> <p> On Sunday, August 4, the City of Austin warned residents not to allow their pets to swim in or drink from Lady Bird Lake after being told that a dog had died from possible exposure to harmful algae. Since then, the City has been told about three other dogs who have died after swimming in the lake.</p> <p> On Monday, August 5, the City was able to confirm the presence of algae that could produce a neurotoxin. ?</p> <p> Drinking water remains unaffected by this situation. Austin Water regularly looks at algae levels on Lake Austin and Lake Travis and has not seen levels of concern for drinking water.?Austin Water does not currently use Lady Bird Lake as a source for drinking water.<br /> ?<br /> Dogs who ingest water contaminated with this toxin could have a number of symptoms. On the severe end, it could result in respiratory paralysis and death. Look for these signs in your pet within minutes to hours of exposure:</p> <ul><li> Excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea</li> <li> Foaming at the mouth</li> <li> Jaundice, hepatomegaly</li> <li> Blood in urine or dark urine</li> <li> Stumbling</li> <li> Loss of appetite</li> <li> Photosensitization in recovering animals</li> <li> Abdominal tenderness</li> <li> Progression of muscle twitches</li> <li> Respiratory paralysis</li> </ul><p>?<br /> The amount of toxins the dog ingests and licking of the fur are factors.<br /> ?<br /> In people, possible health effects include:</p> <ul><li> Dermatologic signs or symptoms such as rash, irritation, swelling, or sores</li> <li> Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms</li> <li> Respiratory signs or symptoms</li> <li> Fever</li> <li> Headache</li> <li> Neurologic signs or symptoms</li> <li> Ear symptoms</li> <li> Eye irritation</li> </ul><p>?Austin Public Health routinely tracks emergency department visits. We have not seen any increases in unusual conditions that may be related to exposure to the water. APH will continue to monitor.<br /> ?<br /> If members of the public have questions or concerns, please have them call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. For more information and updates, visit <a href="https://austintexas.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=ef97628257&amp;e=574c2e8748" target="_blank">austintexas.gov/Algae</a>.<br /> ?</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/files/HSEM/Testing.png" style="width: 450px; height: 275px;" /></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:58:37 +0000 bencivengob 58745 at http://www.choujiao9.com Continue to keep pets away from Lady Bird Lake http://www.choujiao9.com/article/continue-keep-pets-away-lady-bird-lake <div class="field field-name-field-news-release-date field-type-date field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Release Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2019-08-09T00:00:00-05:00">August 09, 2019</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>No Toxins Found in water of Lady Bird Lake; low levels at Red Bud Isle</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Low levels of a neurotoxin have been found in two samples of algae near Red Bud Isle. However, the toxin was not found in any of the water samples or in other algae samples. Additionally, the sampling has shown that much of the algae in other parts of Lady Bird Lake are presently harmless varieties.<br /> ?<br /> Samples of water and algae were taken from eight locations on Lady Bird Lake. Additional samples were taken at the Walsh Boat Ramp on Lake Austin and downstream of Longhorn Dam.<br /> ?<br /> Based on these test results, the toxin appears to be localized at this time to the algae near Red Bud Isle, and Red Bud Isle remains closed. Signs were placed on Red Bud Isle Sunday evening to warn pet owners.<br /> ?<br /> However, be aware the algae can move and because there may be potentially harmful algae in other areas of the lake, people should continue to minimize their exposure to the water and avoid all contact with algae. Pet owners should continue to keep their dogs out of Lady Bird Lake.<br /> ?<br /> Additional algae samples are being taken today at the mouth of Barton Creek to identify the type of algae at that location.<br /> ?<br /> Algae is naturally occurring, and most of the time it is harmless. It is not uncommon for there to be algae, including blue-green algae, in Austin’s lakes. Algae tends to be more abundant near shorelines and in areas with low water flow. We have not previously been aware of any effects from neurotoxins in the algae in Lady Bird Lake. Algae that can produce toxins can only be identified through laboratory testing.<br /> ?<br /> Watershed Protection staff test Lady Bird Lake nine times a year for possible pollutants, water chemistry, and other indicators of water quality. Staff also tests the bottom sediments of the lake once a year for metals and other pollutants. Based on the current blue-green algae event, staff is working on a testing protocol to continue monitoring algal toxicity on Lady Bird Lake.<br /> ?<br /> Drinking water remains unaffected by this situation. Austin Water regularly looks at algae levels on Lake Austin and Lake Travis and has not seen levels of concern for drinking water.?Austin Water does not currently use Lady Bird Lake as a source for drinking water.<br /> ?<br /> Dogs who ingest water contaminated with this toxin could have a number of symptoms. On the severe end, it could result in respiratory paralysis and death. Look for these signs in your pet within minutes to hours of exposure:</p> <ul><li> Excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea</li> <li> Foaming at the mouth</li> <li> Jaundice, hepatomegaly</li> <li> Blood in urine or dark urine</li> <li> Stumbling</li> <li> Loss of appetite</li> <li> Photosensitization in recovering animals</li> <li> Abdominal tenderness</li> <li> Progression of muscle twitches</li> <li> Respiratory paralysis</li> </ul><p>?<br /> The amount of toxins the dog ingests and licking of the fur are factors.<br /> ?<br /> In people, possible health effects include:</p> <ul><li> Dermatologic signs or symptoms such as rash, irritation, swelling, or sores</li> <li> Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms</li> <li> Respiratory signs or symptoms</li> <li> Fever</li> <li> Headache</li> <li> Neurologic signs or symptoms</li> <li> Ear symptoms</li> <li> Eye irritation</li> </ul><p>?<br /> Austin Public Health routinely tracks emergency department visits. We have not seen any increases in unusual conditions that may be related to exposure to the water. APH will continue to monitor<br /> ?<br /> We recommend people and dogs rinse off if they are in contact with the water and if symptoms occur, seek medical attention.<br /> ?<br /> If members of the public have questions or concerns, please have them call 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000. For more information and updates, visit austintexas.gov/Algae.</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 20:32:14 +0000 bencivengob 58710 at http://www.choujiao9.com Officials advise keeping pets out of Lady Bird Lake http://www.choujiao9.com/news/officials-advise-keeping-pets-out-lady-bird-lake <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Owners strongly advised to keep pets out of Lady Bird Lake.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 14px;"> <p>The City of Austin is advising pet owners to not allow pets to swim in or drink water from Lady Bird Lake after being notified that two dogs have died after swimming in the lake. The City cannot confirm the cause of either death.</p> <p> On Sunday, City of Austin scientists investigating the water quality noted the presence of clumps of algae in Lady Bird Lake. Preliminary results indicate the algae is a type of blue green algae of the genus Oscillatoria. This type of algae can release a neurotoxin. The neurotoxin in this type of algae can be harmful to pets and people if a sufficient quantity of water or algae is ingested.<br /> ?<br /> The algae is especially prevalent near Red Bud Isle, covering up to 40% of the water surface in that area. It also tends to be more abundant near shorelines and in areas with low water flow. The situation is evolving. We have not seen any impacts to aquatic species at this time.<br /> ?<br /> There have been blue-green algae blooms in Austin in previous years, but we have not been aware of any effects from neurotoxins. Algae tends to be more prevalent in late summer and early fall and when flows are low.<br /> ?<br /> Austin Water regularly looks at algae levels on Lake Austin and Lake Travis and has not seen levels of concern for drinking water.?Austin Water does not use Lady Bird Lake as a source for drinking water.</p> <p> The current algae bloom appears to be confined to algae growing on the bottom of the lake and then floating in clumps to the surface. Scientists have taken samples of both the algae and the water near the algae in Lady Bird Lake. Results from the analysis for the actual presence of the toxin should be available early next week.<br /> ?<br /> Dogs who ingest water contaminated with this toxin could have a number of symptoms. On the severe end, it could result in respiratory paralysis and death. Look for these signs in your pet within minutes to hours of exposure:</p> <ul><li> <p>Excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea</p> </li> <li> <p>Foaming at the mouth</p> </li> <li> <p>Jaundice, hepatomegaly</p> </li> <li> <p>Blood in urine or dark urine</p> </li> <li> <p>Stumbling</p> </li> <li> <p>Loss of appetite</p> </li> <li> <p>Photosensitization in recovering animals</p> </li> <li> <p>Abdominal tenderness</p> </li> <li> <p>Progression of muscle twitches</p> </li> <li> <p>Respiratory paralysis</p> </li> </ul><p>Until we have more information, we strongly advise that pets stay out of the water. At this time, we have no reason to believe that boating is unsafe. However, people should not be swimming in Lady Bird Lake. It is illegal. When out on the lake, people should take care to avoid ingesting water or coming into direct contact with the algae.?The degree of risk to human exposure, such as through accidental swallowing of lake water, cannot be known until the tests results are available and analyzed.</p> </div> <div style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;"> ###</div> </div></div></div> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 23:00:39 +0000 parkss 58618 at http://www.choujiao9.com City of Austin announces hiring of Chief Animal Services Officer http://www.choujiao9.com/news/city-austin-announces-hiring-chief-animal-services-officer <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Don Bland will begin his new duties on August 19, 2019.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Following an extensive recruiting process, the City of Austin has identified Don Bland as the top candidate for Chief Animal Services Officer position. Mr Bland will begin his new duties as Chief Animal Services Officer on August 19, 2019.</p> <p> Don Bland currently serves as the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Central Texas, a position he has held since 2012. Before that, he was the Major Gifts Officer at Scott and White Healthcare Foundation from 2010-2012 and Development Director at Providence Hospice from 2006-2009. Mr Bland was the Major Gifts Development Officer at Methodist Children’s Home from 2003-2006 and Vice-President of Operations for Red River Solutions, LLC/Medtech Insurance Services, Ltd. from 1998–2003. From 1983-1998, he was a Manager at Olan Mills. Mr Bland has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree from Baylor University.</p> <p> <img border="0" height="217" id="_x0000_i1025" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c/images/a97d44ad-8694-4b9c-b246-85a829677c4a.png" width="300" /></p> <p> The Chief Animal Services Officer (CASO) will report to Assistant City Manager Christopher Shorter and is responsible for the day to day operations of all programs and initiatives of the Animal Services Office. The CASO will be expected to lead the Animal Services Office’s programs and initiatives while continuing to expand on the City’s nationally recognized successful efforts to reduce animal intake and increase positive outcomes for rescued animals. Austin has been a leader in the live outcomes/no-kill movement and recently raised the No Kill benchmark from 90% to 95%.</p> <p> “I look forward to working with Don. He is a dedicated leader who will continue to expand the City’s progressive and collaborative approach to animal welfare,” said Assistant City Manager Christopher Shorter.</p> <p> Recruitment efforts began with input from Austin community members who developed a profile of qualifications and characteristics that the next Chief Animal Services Officer (CASO) should have to be successful.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 23:03:54 +0000 tatea 58631 at http://www.choujiao9.com Proposed Budget ‘Laser Focused’ on Community Priorities http://www.choujiao9.com/news/proposed-budget-%E2%80%98laser-focused%E2%80%99-community-priorities <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Goal to build on successes while bracing for State’s revenue cap.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk today, Aug. 5, 2019, presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget to City Council.<br /> ?<br /> At an event at LifeWorks’ Youth and Family Resource Center in East Austin, Cronk presented the highlights and key themes of his proposals for City tax and spending for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019.</p> <ul><li> <a href="https://assets.austintexas.gov/budget/19-20/downloads/2020_Proposed_Budget_Snapshot.pdf">Proposed Budget Snapshot</a></li> <li> <a href="https://assets.austintexas.gov/budget/19-20/downloads/2020_Proposed_Budget_Addressing_Homelessness_in_Austin.pdf">Proposed Budget Addressing Homelessness</a></li> <li> <a href="https://assets.austintexas.gov/budget/19-20/downloads/2020_Proposed_Budget_Tax_Payer_Impact_Statement.pdf">Proposed Budget Taxpayer Impact Assessment</a></li> <li> <a href="https://assets.austintexas.gov/budget/19-20/downloads/2020_Proposed_Budget.pdf">Proposed Budget Full Document</a></li> <li> <a href="https://assets.austintexas.gov/budget/19-20/downloads/2020_Proposed_Budget_CM_Message.pdf">Proposed Budget Speech</a></li> </ul><p>Proposals to prepare for the State’s recently adopted 3.5% revenue cap and to address housing and homelessness were all featured in Cronk’s speech, which was broadcast live and will be available to view again shortly at ATXN.TV.<br /> ?<br /> “This year, our mission is to build on our successes while at the same time bracing the City’s budget against the future impacts of the State’s decision to lower the cap on local property tax revenue growth,” said Cronk. “Although the daunting challenges posed by the revenue cap are real, we can mitigate much of the damage through careful financial management and by remaining laser focused on our highest community priorities while continuing to create further operational efficiencies.”<br /> ?<br /> Doing these things would afford us time to seek new revenue sources and “to have the difficult conversations as a community about where services can be reduced or possibly cut,” he added.<br /> ?<br /> The City Manager announced several initiatives intended to help develop a path to long-term fiscal sustainability in the era of the 3.5% cap. For Fiscal Year 2019-2020 he proposed setting the tax rate at the rollback threshold to “better position the City to contend with the financial challenges ahead”.<br /> ?<br /> He also proposed a “historic commitment” to achieving the “moral imperative” of ending homelessness in Austin. Citywide spending on homelessness-related services, support, and facilities would increase to nearly $63 million — $17 million more than in the current year.<br /> ?<br /> Spending proposals include:</p> <ul><li> Historic $62.7 million budget in support of ending homelessness in Austin</li> <li> 30 police officers for year 2 implementation of the Police Department staffing plan</li> <li> $42 million of planned spending from the 2018 affordable housing bond</li> <li> Hotel Occupancy Tax spending of $12.8 million in support of cultural arts and another $11.9 million spent in support of historic preservation</li> <li> $12.8 million for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics program, including $4.1 million for ongoing maintenance and $1.8 for capital improvements</li> <li> Final phase of the Curbside Compost Collection Program rollout with a total operating budget of $4.5 million</li> <li> $10.8 million for sidewalk improvements.</li> </ul><p> This is the second year in which the proposed budget was organized by outcome area, and not strictly by City department, to reflect the priorities of the Austin community, using Council’s adopted Strategic Direction 2023 as a guide. The outcomes are Culture &amp; Lifelong Learning, Economic Opportunity &amp; Affordability, Government That Works for All, Health &amp; Environment, Mobility, Safety.<br /> ?<br /> The City Council has budget work sessions scheduled on Aug. 20, Aug. 29 and Sept. 4. Final budget adoption is scheduled for September 10.</p> <p> Today’s event, the culmination of several months of stakeholder engagement, was hosted by LifeWorks, which provides affordable housing facilities for youth and young families with the help of City investment.<br /> ?<br /> “The City of Austin is committed to ending youth homelessness by supporting the programs and services LifeWorks provides to youth and young families who need it most,” Susan McDowell, LifeWorks CEO, said. “Our work is made possible by an increasingly collaborative effort on behalf of many City agencies and departments.”</p> <p> Budget in Brief</p> <ul><li> This year’s proposed budget of $4.2 billion maintains high‐quality services while making targeted, high‐value investments in core programs and City infrastructure.</li> <li> Citywide expenditures for FY 2019‐20 are 3.8% higher than the prior year. The FY 2019‐20 General Fund proposed budget is $1.1 billion, which supports public safety services as well as our parks, libraries, neighborhood health centers, and animal shelter.</li> <li> The Capital Budget includes $1.2 billion in planned spending.</li> <li> The proposed property tax rate is $0.4386 cents per $100 of taxable value, a slight reduction from the current rate of $0.4403. The tax rate is set at the rollback threshold – 8% above the effective Operations and Maintenance rate.</li> <li> No net change to enterprise base rates (including Austin Water, Austin Energy, and Austin Resource Recovery rates).</li> <li> Increase of 2.5% to the typical property tax bill – equivalent to $8.32 per month.<br /> ?</li> </ul></div></div></div> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 19:55:44 +0000 ivyj 58612 at http://www.choujiao9.com City Manager Announces Deputy City Manager http://www.choujiao9.com/news/city-manager-announces-deputy-city-manager <div class="field field-name-field-tagline field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde joins the City's executive team.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has selected Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde as Deputy City Manager, completing his final step in reorganizing his executive team to align with Austin’s Strategic Direction.</p> <p>Rivera-Vandermyde will oversee departments and projects focused on Government that Works for All and will advise the City Manager in carrying out City Council policies.</p> <p><img alt="City of Austin Deputy City Manager Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde" src="/sites/default/files/files/Communications/medium_Nuria-Rivera-Vandermyde.png" style="width: 120px; height: 120px;" />?Rivera-Vandermyde currently serves as the City Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, after serving previously as the City’s Deputy City Coordinator.? In her role, she helps ensure major citywide projects are aligned across the organization and reflect the business needs of all City departments. ?Key highlights of her accomplishments during her tenure in Minneapolis include leading the City’s Minimum Wage and Safe &amp; Sick Leave ordinances, creation of a Division of Race and Equity for the City of Minneapolis, passage of the City’s first Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan, overhaul of the City’s performance management program, development of the City’s comprehensive tiered licensing system, establishment of the Transgender Equity Council, and successful transition of homeless encampment to a service-rich Navigation Center.<br /> ?<br /> An attorney by profession, Rivera-Vandermyde brings over 20 years of executive experience in both the public and private sectors.? Rivera-Vandermyde earned her B.A at Amherst College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.? Prior to entering the public sector, Rivera-Vandermyde’s experience included international consulting specializing in judicial and regulatory compliance, oversight of the correctional system in Puerto Rico as Deputy Commissioner, CEO of a non-profit healthcare corporation charged with providing healthcare services to over 14,000 inmates, and private practice experience as a corporate litigator in Boston, MA.? Rivera-Vandermyde will start her new role on October 1, 2019.?<br /> ?<br /> “Nuria brings a wide array of experience and I am confident that, based on her numerous accomplishments, she will be able to work collaboratively across our community and the organization,” Cronk said. “As the Deputy City Manager overseeing government that works for all efforts, Nuria will be instrumental in helping us expand upon our efforts to make our city government ethical, innovative, equitable, and accessible to all.”<br /> ?<br /> The process to restructure the City Manager’s Office around Strategic Direction 2023 outcomes started in July 2018. ?An open recruitment was conducted for four Assistant City Manager positions and one Deputy City Manager.</p> <p> The City released a survey asking the community?what skills and characteristics they?felt were most important for City leaders to possess. Cronk also solicited additional feedback from the quality of life commissions and community groups related to the areas of responsibility of each Assistant City Manager. Survey responses combined with commission and community group feedback helped build the job posting and candidate profiles.</p> <p> The selection of Rivera-Vandermyde as Deputy City Manager completes the final vacancy on Cronk’s executive team which includes Rodney Gonzales, Assistant City Manager for economic opportunity and affordability; Chris Shorter, Assistant City Manager?for?health &amp; environment and culture &amp; lifelong learning; Gina Fiandaca, Assistant City Manager for mobility; and Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager for safety.<br /> ?<br /> “I am proud of the team I’ve assembled,” Cronk stated. “I believe my team embodies the knowledge, diversity, and skills necessary to serve this community and advance outcomes articulated in Strategic Direction 2023.”<br /> ?<br /> Since taking over as City Manager, Cronk has filled a number of key vacancies, including Brian Manley as Austin Police Chief, Joel Baker as Austin’s Fire Chief, Jackie Yaft as Aviation Director at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Farah Muscadin as the Director of the Office of Police Oversight, Stephanie Hayden as Director of Austin Public Health, and Veronica Brise?o as Economic Development Department Director.?</p> <p> Elaine Hart, currently serving as both the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, will remain a critical member of the City Manager's Executive Team and will continue in her role as Chief Financial Officer until her planned retirement.</p> <p>?</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 02:14:50 +0000 yelvertond 58548 at http://www.choujiao9.com 做爱视频网站