AUSTIN (KXAN) – In Austin City Council’s first regular meeting back from summer break, the ongoing MLS saga is expected to come to a head.
MLS – What happens now?
Council is expected to take up items 19 and 109 together after the dinner break, around 6:30 p.m. at the earliest. Item 19 would authorize the negotiation and execution of agreements with Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC, “related to the construction, lease, and occupancy of a sports stadium and associated infrastructure and development on a city-owned site located at 10414 McKalla Place, under terms outlined in a term sheet.” In other words, to make it happen. Precourt is the owner of the Columbus Crew soccer team.
That said, some council members have expressed a desire to authorize the negotiation, but have city staff come back to council before fully executing the agreement. Item 109 is related to possible action on plans submitted in response to a resolution regarding other development on the city-owned site.
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Adopt maximum proposed property tax rate – approved
Though City Council members will not vote on a budget until September, they first have to set the maximum proposed property tax rate, and agree not to go above that in budget talks. City Manager Spencer Cronk is recommending 6 percent, but the state allows them to go up to 8 percent.
Officially scrap CodeNEXT – approve
Council is expected to approve a resolution directing the City Manager to come up with a new plan to determine a new land development code. This comes after more than five years of work went into updating the code. The agenda item states, “CodeNEXT is no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve its stated goals,” and directs the City Manager to come up with a new process that achieves city goals outlined in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, the Strategic Housing Blueprint and the Austin Strategic Direction 2023 Plan.
City efficiency audit
This item puts the ball in council’s court on whether to adopt a citizen-initiated ordinance, supported by a petition, related to a study of how efficiently the city operates and spends money – or put it on the ballot.
Call for a November election
Council could approve an ordinance Thursday, ordering a general election for Nov. 6. According to the agenda, this would be for the purpose of:
- Electing a Mayor
- Electing City Council members (Districts 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9)
- Ordering a special election to submit to the voters proposed charter amendments
- Ordering a special election to submit to the voters a proposed citizen-initiated ordinance, certified sufficient on April 23, 2018, regarding whether there must be both a waiting period and subsequent voter approval before any comprehensive revisions of the City’s land development laws may go into effect
- Ordering a special election to submit to the voters a proposed citizen-initiated ordinance, certified sufficient on August 3, 2018, relating to an efficiency study of the city’s operational and fiscal performance
- Ordering a special election for the purpose of authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds
Vehicle booting – approved
This item would get booting regulations in place, authorizing fees and creating offenses. A KXAN Investigates reported in June that, if passed, the ordinance would cap booting fees at $50. Right now, the typical charge in Austin is $150 and there’s no limit in place. This is important because come Sept. 1, current state oversight will shift to the local level.