Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman is careful to note what a Thursday vote about how to run Austin Energy will be, and what it will not be.
“It’s the first act” of a two-act play, Spelman said, describing a proposal that would place Austin Energy under the supervision of an independent board of public-power experts, with only the biggest matters subject to council approval. Relinquishing council control over most Austin Energy matters is a proposal that Spelman and a majority of council members support — but they add that the proposal they are scheduled to consider does not go far enough for their liking.
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