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Commissioners order Central Health performance audit

(Austonia)

The Travis County Commissioners Court last evening voted 5-0 to unanimously approve Commissioner Margaret Gomez’s motion to order that Central Health undergo an independent performance audit and pay for it.

In effect, this will initiate a revolution in financial accountability for an organization that has collected $2 billion from Travis County taxpayers since it was created in 2004. Much of that money has been distributed to a variety of providers through a nonprofit subsidiary whose records are not accessible under the Texas Public Information Act.

Click here to read the full story from The Austin Bulldog.

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TCAD board hammers ARB chair over costs, delay
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Storey Cordelle was appointed chairman of the Travis Appraisal Review Board (ARB) June 1, 2020. After just six months in charge, Cordelle came under heavy criticism from the Travis Central Appraisal District's board of directors at its December 3, 2020, virtual meeting.

The main thrust of the criticism centered on costs that already exceeded the 2020 budget for ARB operations and on top of that Cordelle's request for an additional $88,425.

Read the rest at The Austin Bulldog.

Austin scores high on reducing mobility, but it may not be enough
graph via University of Texas

According to a March 26 report from UT, residents of the Austin area must reduce movement by 90% to avoid exceeding the capacity of local hospitals

Last week, data and analytics firm Unacast launched a social distancing scoreboard using public datasets as well as data from tens of millions of devices. The company, which is based in New York and Oslo, collects cell phone location data and sells its analysis to various industries. (The Washington Post called it "part of a shadowy world of location tracking.")

According to its analysis, Travis County has decreased average mobility—based on distance traveled—by between 55% and 70% and has decreased nonessential visits by more than 70%. As a result, on March 28 the company graded Travis County's response to the pandemic as an A-, second in the state only to Cameron County, and a higher score than Texas' overall C.

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