Elizabeth Findell

City Hall reporter

Elizabeth Findell covers Austin government for the Austin American-Statesman. A Colorado ski town native, she’s been in Texas six years. She worked previously for the Dallas Morning News and, in the Rio Grande Valley, for The Monitor.

Latest from Elizabeth Findell

Austin candidate Lewis Conway’s run asks when a criminal sentence ends
 In mid-2017, Lewis Conway Jr. had some political questions. He wanted to understand, really understand, the forces behind people of color slipping away from East Austin neighborhoods. So the black Muslim socialist called the only person he could think of: a white nationalist libertarian tax consultant he had once served time with in prison...

Posted: 23 hours ago

In mid-2017, Lewis Conway Jr. had some political questions. He wanted to understand, really understand, the forces behind people of color slipping away from East Austin neighborhoods. So the black Muslim socialist called the only person he could think of: a white nationalist libertarian tax consultant he had once served time with in prison...
Council members set maximum city tax increase at 6 percent
 During their regular meeting Thursday, Austin City Council members set the maximum tax rate at 44.2 cents per $100 of property value, a rate that will increase exisiting tax revenue 6 percent in 2019. The move doesn’t mean that will be the adopted tax rate, but the rate cannot exceed that figure. A draft budget proposed by staff members...

Posted: 7 days ago

During their regular meeting Thursday, Austin City Council members set the maximum tax rate at 44.2 cents per $100 of property value, a rate that will increase exisiting tax revenue 6 percent in 2019. The move doesn’t mean that will be the adopted tax rate, but the rate cannot exceed that figure. A draft budget proposed by staff members...
Report: Mayor’s aide received cut of nonprofit’s contracts with city
 When the nonprofit founded by a former staffer for Austin Mayor Steve Adler won a contract with the city, the aide received a cut, according to an independent investigation. Documents show the aide was paid $37,110 by the nonprofit over the first two years he worked for Adler. Frank Rodriguez served as executive director of the nonprofit...

Posted: 7 days ago

When the nonprofit founded by a former staffer for Austin Mayor Steve Adler won a contract with the city, the aide received a cut, according to an independent investigation. Documents show the aide was paid $37,110 by the nonprofit over the first two years he worked for Adler. Frank Rodriguez served as executive director of the nonprofit...
NAACP voices discrimination concerns amid city Equity Office inquiry
 Austin’s NAACP chapter announced Thursday it will investigate “harassment of African American employees at the city of Austin.” Among its concerns is a pending city investigation centered on the city’s Equity Office, which has brought strained relations between groups representing minorities. RELATED: Investigation...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin’s NAACP chapter announced Thursday it will investigate “harassment of African American employees at the city of Austin.” Among its concerns is a pending city investigation centered on the city’s Equity Office, which has brought strained relations between groups representing minorities. RELATED: Investigation...
Revealed texts and racial tension prompt Austin office probe
 An investigation centered on the city of Austin’s Equity Office has sparked strife in City Hall circles, with groups representing minorities strongly weighing in with different viewpoints. The city used an outside firm to investigate a complaint filed last spring by former employee Nadia Kalinchuk, who alleged that the Equity Office&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

An investigation centered on the city of Austin’s Equity Office has sparked strife in City Hall circles, with groups representing minorities strongly weighing in with different viewpoints. The city used an outside firm to investigate a complaint filed last spring by former employee Nadia Kalinchuk, who alleged that the Equity Office&rsquo...
Proposed Austin budget increases taxes, but less than it did last year
 Austin residents will see a tax increase in 2019, but under a proposed city budget unveiled Monday, it could be the smallest in years. The city staff has recommended setting the tax rate to increase revenue just under 5 percent, not the 8 percent maximum allowed by state law, which Austin typically hits. That means an estimated increase to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin residents will see a tax increase in 2019, but under a proposed city budget unveiled Monday, it could be the smallest in years. The city staff has recommended setting the tax rate to increase revenue just under 5 percent, not the 8 percent maximum allowed by state law, which Austin typically hits. That means an estimated increase to...
Austinites will see a smaller than usual tax bump under draft budget
 Austin residents will see a tax increase in 2019, but under a proposed 2019 city budget unveiled Monday, it could be the smallest increase in years. City staff have recommended setting the tax rate to increase revenues at just under 5 percent, not the 8 percent maximum allowed by state law that Austin typically hits. That means an estimated...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin residents will see a tax increase in 2019, but under a proposed 2019 city budget unveiled Monday, it could be the smallest increase in years. City staff have recommended setting the tax rate to increase revenues at just under 5 percent, not the 8 percent maximum allowed by state law that Austin typically hits. That means an estimated...
Rematch: Susana Almanza will again face brother for City Council spot
 Susana Almanza, director of the advocacy group PODER, will run against her brother, City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria, for East Austin’s District 3 seat again. Almanza, who had remained coy about a possible run, appointed a treasurer and filed for a place on the ballot at City Hall on Friday. Her candidacy sets up...

Posted: 12 days ago

Susana Almanza, director of the advocacy group PODER, will run against her brother, City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria, for East Austin’s District 3 seat again. Almanza, who had remained coy about a possible run, appointed a treasurer and filed for a place on the ballot at City Hall on Friday. Her candidacy sets up...
Michigan city hires Austin Assistant City Manager Mark Washington
 Less than a week after new Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced a shakeup of his executive team, Assistant City Manager Mark Washington is taking a new job in Michigan. City commissioners in Grand Rapids voted 6-1 Tuesday to hire Washington as city manager, according to MLive. Commissioners there touted him for his experience in Austin...

Posted: 15 days ago

Less than a week after new Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced a shakeup of his executive team, Assistant City Manager Mark Washington is taking a new job in Michigan. City commissioners in Grand Rapids voted 6-1 Tuesday to hire Washington as city manager, according to MLive. Commissioners there touted him for his experience in Austin...
Austin city manager will replace executive team after open recruitment
 Austin’s new city manager, Spencer Cronk, will eliminate the positions that form his executive team and replace those with five new roles oriented to City Council-endorsed goals, he said Friday. As part of the changes, the existing five assistant city managers will have to join other candidates in applying for the new positions. Cronk...

Posted: 21 days ago

Austin’s new city manager, Spencer Cronk, will eliminate the positions that form his executive team and replace those with five new roles oriented to City Council-endorsed goals, he said Friday. As part of the changes, the existing five assistant city managers will have to join other candidates in applying for the new positions. Cronk...
Protesters and supporters square off at Southwest Key headquarters
 Protesters and counterprotesters faced off Thursday outside the headquarters of the Austin nonprofit Southwest Key, clashing over the organization’s operation of facilities for immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Protesters yelled that Southwest Key’s leaders are getting rich by...

Posted: 21 days ago

Protesters and counterprotesters faced off Thursday outside the headquarters of the Austin nonprofit Southwest Key, clashing over the organization’s operation of facilities for immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Protesters yelled that Southwest Key’s leaders are getting rich by...