AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin school board Tuesday passed a budget that approaches $1 billion and would keep the 3 percent pay raises adopted last year for district employees and provide a more modest boost for the year ahead.
The rate to pay the district's bond debt would be set at 16.3 cents per $100 of property property value. That rate is 4 cents higher than the present rate.
The homestead and senior citizen exemptions would lower the tax burden for qualified residents.
Also Tuesday, the school board is scheduled to vote on a plan to extend health insurance benefits to domestic partners and same-sex couples.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen made the announcement last week.
She said the district will offer benefits to "qualified individuals." It's a legal term used to stay in line with the Texas Constitution.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.