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Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The ABCs and 123s of Your Ballot

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. There are also 14 statewide propositions on the ballot this year. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November

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Prop 14
Essays
Amy Stansbury

$1 Billion For State Parks? Explaining Prop 14

There  are 14 proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. One of them, Prop 14, would create a $1 billion centennial parks conservation fund to grow our state parks system.   To tell us all about it, host Amy Stansbury sat down with

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Explaining Your Ballot Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Props A & B

If you live in Travis County, you have two very important propositions on your ballot this year – Prop A (which is all about roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks) and Prop B (which is about parks).   To help you understand exactly what you’ll be

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Travis County Prop B - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Prop B

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November 7th. If you live in Travis County, you’ll get to vote

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Prop A - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining Your Ballot: Travis County Prop A

Summary Travis County voters will have two important propositions on their ballot this year – Prop A & Prop B. Action Box Vote! Early voting starts on October 23rd and Election Day is November 7th. If you live in Travis County, you’ll get to vote

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Vegetation Management - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Is Austin Energy’s Vegetation Management Plan Working?

About The Office Of The City Auditor This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Office of the City Auditor, an independent city department that conducts audits and investigations to help find ways for the city to improve. Action Box Click the badge above

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Animal Services Audit - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Is The Austin Animal Center Being Run Effectively?

About The Office Of The City Auditor This post is sponsored by our community partner, the Office of the City Auditor, an independent city department that conducts audits and investigations to help find ways for the city to improve. Action Box Click the badge above

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Curbside Composting
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Composting Could Be Coming To Multifamily Residences In Austin

About The Author This post was written by Kaiba White and sponsored by Public Ciitzen Texas, a local nonprofit advocacy organization that fights for clean energy & the environment. Action Box Click the badge above to learn more about Public Citizen Texas. This post is

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Composting Tips - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

If It Grows, It Goes… Into Your Green Composting Cart!

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery, and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Playing With Legos
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Playing With Legos To Explain The City’s Budget

Summary It’s budget season for the City of Austin! In August City Council will approve next year’s multi-billion budget. Action Box Have thoughts on the city’s budget? Click the badge above to email your Council member and let them know! Where do your property taxes

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Zero Waste Business Rebate - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Ditch Single-Use Plastics… And Earn Money Doing It!

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery, and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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