City budgeting targets numerous necessities
Housing, homelessness, transportation among items to be addressed.
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