Deployed military members could get Austin city fees waived

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WIESBADEN, GERMANY – MAY 10: Soldiers of the U.S. Army V Corps salute during a color casing ceremony to mark the departure of V Corps headquarters from Europe on May 10, 2012 at the U.S. Army base in Wiesbaden, Germany. The U.S. Army V Corps, whose headquarters have been based in Germany nearly continuously since […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Here’s a quick rundown of items we’re eyeing on Thursday’s city council agenda.

Compensation and benefits

Items 51-54 on the council agenda have to do with approving compensation and benefits for the city manager, city auditor, city clerk and municipal court clerk.

Zoning for mobile home residences

At the Aug. 23 meeting, council members adopted a resolution that directed the city manager to “identify all remaining properties currently being used as mobile home residence park or mobile home subdivision, but not zoned mobile home residence (MH) district and submit the properties to Council for initiation of the appropriate zoning cases.”

City staff have since identified 20 properties meeting that description. Council Member Greg Casar has said this is needed because current zoning can encourage mobile home parks to be replaced by other establishments, which would end up displacing tenants.

Reduction or waiver of fees for full-time active duty military personnel

Council Member Pio Renteria is sponsoring this item that would direct the city manager to bring back possible provisions to Austin Resource Recovery’s current administrative rules. The idea is to reduce or create a waiver of fees for full-time active duty military personnel whose homes are unoccupied for extended periods of time during their deployment. The resolution would also call on the city manager to take a closer look at other city fees, such as the Clean Community Services Fee, Drainage Fee and Transportation User Fee, to consider a possible reduction, cap or exemption.

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