City bud­get­ing tar­gets nu­mer­ous ne­ces­si­ties

Hous­ing, home­less­ness, trans­porta­tion among items to be ad­dressed.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By El­iz­a­beth Fin­dell efind­ell@states­ Bud­get

Don’t ask how much money the Austin City Coun­cil can give your de­part­ment. This year, ask in­stead how your de­part­ment can con­trib­ute to the coun­cil’s goals.

As Austin reaches the bud­get­ing sea­son for fis­cal 2019, which be­gins Oct. 1, city de­part­ments have put in re­quests for $46 mil­lion in ad­di­tions be­yond the fi­nance de­part­ment’s draft bud­get. A year ago, that would have meant in­di­vid­ual de­part­ment pre­sen­ta­tions to coun­cil mem­bers, with de­part­ment lead­ers giv­ing over­views of their roles and ask­ing for ex­tra staff and equip­ment.

Now, it means re­quests for bud­get ad­di­tions are tied to 10 con­cerns coun­cil mem­bers have said they most want to ad­dress: Hous­ing Home­less­ness Skills and ca­pa­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity’s work­force

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity to qual­ity health care ser­vices Cli­mate change and re­silience Ac­ces­si­bil­ity to qual­ity parks and recreation

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity and eq­uity in trans­porta­tion choices

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