AUSTIN (KXAN) - The city of Austin's $3.1 billion budget took effect Monday -- and with it the start of quite a few utility rate hikes.
Austin Energy bills for October will bump up by $6.53 per month for the average residential customer.
New Austin Water rates will have retail customers adding another $6.77 a month, on average.
And Austin Resource Recovery, the trash division, has a new rate structure as well to encourage more recycling and less waste.
The property tax rate will increase from 48.11 cents to 50.29 cents per $100 of property valuation. Some will pay and additional $20, others $100 and more.
The approved budget includes funding for:
- A 3 percent wage increase for all city employees
- An additional 22 police officers and six paramedics
- three positions in the Austin Fire Department to create a Wildfire Mitigation Division
- three positions to create a Short-Term Rental Program in the Code Compliance Department.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
The long-awaited Thinkery Children's Museum opened Saturday in the Mueller Development.
Two people are dead in Lee County following a one car rollover crash on FM 696 Saturday morning, DPS confirmed.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.