The new Austin Mayor and City Council wants to hear from Austinites about their new proposal to change how council meetings and committees work.
Residents are invited to share feedback during a special-called City Council meeting Jan. 22. Austinites can participate in person or by phone. The City Council is scheduled to vote on this proposal at their Jan. 29 meeting. Comments will be collected through Jan. 26, 2015.
City Council Proposal
The full proposal, outlined by Mayor Steve Adler and members of the new City Council on Jan. 8, was designed to meet the following goals:
- Increase public engagement.
- Assure a more deliberative and thoughtful decision-making process.
- Increase the efficiency of city council meetings.
In the past, long public hearings have caused Council meetings to carry on very late at night, and sometimes into the early morning hours. The inconvenient hours make it difficult for residents to attend and voice their opinions on major City decisions. The restructuring would emphasize the use of Council committees to hold these public hearings before items reach the full City Council.
The proposed changes include:
- Learn more about the proposed changes:
Read the memo regarding restructuring proposal input here. Feedback on the proposal was gathered in a variety of ways: