Statement on Council approval of Austin Energy rate relief

AE ratesToday was a good day.
We lowered electric rates for everyone in a way that supports conservation, cleaner air, better business practices, and local control of our utility. The Council voted to approve this agreement, but it would not have come together without so many people representing a broad array consumers and businesses, environmental groups and industries in the community achieving a nearly unanimous consensus to find common ground. A lot of people in Austin deserve credit today for something that will benefit everyone in Austin for a long time.
Today was a very good day.


Today the Austin City Council approved an ordinance on third reading the $720-million Smart Corridor mobility bond that contains transportation projects that would address traffic congestion, improve public transit, and increase safety and convenience for pedestrians and bikes.

shelf“Today the Council took an important step to address traffic congestion and our other mobility challenges. These corridor plans have been sitting on the shelf long enough. It’s time to do the work,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “The Smart Corridor mobility bond reflects the widespread support in the community and on this Council to address traffic congestion, improve transit, increase safety, and build walkable neighborhoods. We have our congestion level in Austin because we have chosen not to invest in our infrastructure. This is a down payment on a better future for Austin’s traffic.” Continue reading