AUSTIN (KXAN) — Newly elected Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants to add to the number of staff members in his office. At last Thursday’s city council meeting, he laid out two options: private funding through a non-profit organization or adding additional money to the city budget for the new positions.
“The staffing for city council right now is the same staffing that city councils have had for years but our system of government has changed,” Adler said. “We’ve now gone to a 10-1 system with now all parts of the city participating.”
If new staff members come through private funding, Adler wants to contract with The Mayor’s Better Austin Foundation. The mayor would raise money for the organization, which would then fund the additional workers.
“It’s a lot of people that just live in the community, work in the community, want to invest in our city,” Adler said.
Our partners at the Austin Monitor say council members expressed concern those employees may not be subject to open meeting laws.
Adler’s second option is to add money for the additional channels, meaning the new employees would officially work for the city of Austin.
“His point is that he doesn’t have enough staff to cover the city,” Mike Kanin, publisher of the Austin Monitor said.
Council members tabled the idea. It will comes up again at the February 26 council meeting.