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City leaders are considering a change that could add more affordable housing throughout Austin using the state’s Homestead Preservation District (HPD) designation.

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This article is written by KUT's Austin City Hall reporting partner, the Austin Monitor (formerly In Fact Daily). The City of Austin’s General Fund ended fiscal year 2013 with a $14.2 million surplus. That figure amounts to a roughly 1 percent variance from projections made by city staff. Despite the positive figure, Austin’s Chief Financial Officer Elaine Hart told members of the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee Wednesday that management was not planning on coming forward with a mid-year budget adjustment.

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Only 3 percent of Austin voters cast ballots in this city council matchup, but tonight, the two candidates in the runoff race for Place 3 will go head-to-head in an hour-long debate at City Hall. Incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo square off at 6:30 pm. You dont even need to hunt for downtown parking to watch it. The entire forum will be streamed live online and broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 6.

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Early voting starts today in a runoff for a seat on Austins City Council. Elections were last month, but in the Place Three seat, challenger Kathie Tovo was three percentage points shy of the simple majority needed to oust incumbent Randi Shade. Now its headed to a runoff vote , a process notoriously ignored by voters. The last runoff had a whopping five percent turnout. If you are one of those 95 percent of Austinites asking yourself, Why should I care? here are five reasons: 1.