KUT Morning Newspod September 13, 2011
Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Bastrop
Starting today, people affected by the Bastrop County wildfires can meet face to face with state and federal disaster recovery officials. Representatives from the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will help people get registered for aid. The new Disaster Recovery Center is at Bastrop High School’s 9th Grade Academy.
Bastrop County Re-Entry Continues
The Bastrop County Complex fire is now 70 percent contained. More residents will be able to return home at 10 a.m. Areas north of Highway 71 between Bastrop and Smithville are opening including: Alum Creek Road, Cottle Town Road, Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park. The south part of ColoVista is also opening, as well as Ponderosa Road. Here’s a map of the re-entry areas.
Austin City Council Adopts 2012 Budget
The property tax rate and water fees are going up for Austinites. The City Council approved the city’s budget for 2011-2012 Monday. The property tax rate will increase to 48.11 cents per $100 of assessed property value. It will cost the owner of a median-priced home about $34 more a year.
Starting November 1st, fees will increase for Austin Water Utility customers. The average customer will pay $7.80 cents more per month.
Gov. Perry’s Tampa Debate
Governor Rick Perry started the week with another poll showing him at the head of the crowded GOP presidential candidate pack. But as Ben Philpott reports for KUT news and the Texas Tribune, staying there may be harder than he expected. That story is on today’s Newspod.