Austin’s budget forecasters are declaring a long-term fiscal outlook that is partly sunny, with a good chance of labor friction.
Austin’s economy might be among the nation’s strongest, but as contract negotiations between city management and public-safety unions enter a key stage, the city’s budget office is drawing a bright red line — either hold employee pay raises to a minimum or start scaling back city services.
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Marty Toohey has written about local government since 2005, and has reported on Austin City Hall since 2009. He has taken in-depth looks at how Austin Energy revenue supports the city budget, the rise in government pension and health care costs and the combined burden of various local tax entities on area property owners.