KUT Morning Newspod June 8, 2011
Travis County Kicks Off Redistricting Process
As state lawmakers work on congressional redistricting, Travis County has launched its own redistricting process. It will change the boundaries of the precincts for the Travis County Commissioners Court, justices of the peace and constables.
Redistricting happens every ten years after the Census. Travis County grew by more than 26 percent over the last decade. Public hearings on the Travis County redistricting process are planned for the last week of June.
Some Austin Pools Could Be Closing
Summertime is budget time at City Hall. The Austin City Council and city staff are trying to find ways to fill a $10 million budget gap. One of the proposed cuts includes closing about seven city pools. For some neighborhoods, the pools are the only swimming option. KUT’s Erika Aguilar has more on today’s podcast.
City Runoff Candidate Forum
Early voting continues for the Austin City Council runoff for Place Three. So far about one-and-a-half percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast ballots. Early voting runs through June 14th. Election Day is June 18. Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo will answer questions at a candidate forum at City Hall on Friday night. It’s open to the public and will air live on the city’s Channel Six. Find Travis County early voting information here and Williamson County voting information here.