The City Council won’t place Austin Energy under the supervision of an independent board any time soon, reversing course on a decision that had appeared all but made as recently as February.
At the council’s Tuesday work session, Mayor Lee Leffingwell said he was pulling his support for a board because, in crafting its responsibilities, council members had effectively neutered the board and “muddled (the proposal) up into an almost unrecognizable mess.” The council might vote Thursday to give an existing volunteer advisory board a somewhat more significant role, but council members tentatively agreed Tuesday to drop the board idea and simply create a council subcommittee to give Austin Energy matters more attention, including whether to place Austin Energy under a board sometime in the future.
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