New direction, art gallery presentation for 2019 Austin City budget

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the first time since he started as Austin’s City Manager, Spencer Cronk will present a budget to the city council. And, he is trying to do things differently. 

Cronk is taking council out of city hall and will present the 2019 budget for them at an art gallery. It will all happen starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Mexican American Cultural Center at the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery. 

The city also said that the way the budget is designed will be a big shift from how things have been done before. 

The 2019 budget will be built around 6 priorities:

  • Economic Opportunity and Affordability 
  • Safety
  • Mobility
  • Cultural and Lifelong Learning
  • Health and Environment 
  • “Government that works for all of us”

The city and other organizations plan to measure things like employment, homelessness and the state of city facilities to see how Austin is doing in each of those areas

These priorities were guided by a city survey this year of more than a thousand residents, framed around Council’s new Strategic Direction 2023. 

The city council will take up discussion on the budget on Aug. 15, then head into Budget and Tax rate public hearings on Aug. 22 and Aug. 30. Final budget adoption will happen in September 2018 the city says. 

For anyone hoping to attend the budget presentation, the city notes that Rainey Street will be closed between River Street and Davis Street for construction activity. The city expects backups in the area and recommends planning ahead or taking alternate routes. 

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