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Austin City Council gets a peek at what the City Auditor will be up to this next fiscal year.

In an effort to foster transparency and accountability in city government, the auditor will probe affordable housing tenant selection to make sure developers are meeting city goals. They'll also look into how the city coordinates right-of-ways to maximize traffic flow and how cops respond to people with special needs. Seven more new audits will be conducted and ten from last year will be completed, most of which deal with affordability and economic opportunity.

The folks who try to entice visitors to Austin are getting some attention at Austin City Council today. 

The council has been considering the marketing plan and budget for Visit Austin, the marketing name of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. A little over $15 million is available with a portion coming from the Hotel Occupancy Tax and the rest coming from private sector revenue and even donations. Of that 15 million, most of it would go to their marketing plan with the rest going as a one time security allocation during springtime events such as South By Southwest.

As the community continues to sort out CodeNext the land developement code re-write, Council re-ups with the firm putting it together.

Opticos Design, Inc. the Berkeley, California based urban planning firm got an additional $2.2 million for additional services in the CodeNEXT revision. Those  include architectural and engineering services in their planning. That next draft is due out in November. Opticos is also working on the city's Strategic Mobility Plan in conjunction with CodeNEXT for a total amount of nearly $8.5 million dollars. 

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