The Austin City Council voted late Thursday to create an independent board of public-power experts to oversee Austin Energy, putting a buffer between the city’s elected officials and the publicly owned electric utility.
A unanimous council directed City Manager Marc Ott to work out the finer points of the change and bring it back in a month for final approval. Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who championed the change, wants to complete the transition by the end of the year.
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