Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City Address scheduled for April 17

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Fresh off a trip to South Bend, Indiana, to introduce and endorse Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign, Austin Mayor Steve Adler will make the annual State of the City Address on April 17.

The event comes a couple months later in the year than previous versions of speech, which have typically been made in January or February.

Tickets are available for the address, which will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. inside City Council Chambers at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Doors for the event will open at 4 p.m.

According to a spokesperson from the mayor’s office, the speech is still being finalized; however, looking at the local news cycle and city action over the last several months, there is a plethora of topics on which he could touch.

Austin recently revamped its efforts to rewrite its land-use rules, a now six-year effort that saw a collapse last summer; last week, City Council approved a comprehensive mobility plan that aims to reduce reliance on cars, and the state Legislature is discussing a property tax revenue cap bill that could result in a $51.7 million budget shortfall for Austin. There have been issues with classifying rape cases and use of force at the Austin Police Department, and Austin Water has been hit with instances of both foul-smelling and contaminated water in recent months. The city is still grappling with a housing affordability crisis and rapid population growth.

The city has also made moves on its $925 million bond passed by voters last November, highlighted by a record-setting public investment of $250 million in affordable housing. Apple, Amazon and Google have recently made large investments in the growing Austin economy, and construction is set to begin this year on a stadium for Austin’s forthcoming Major League Soccer team, Austin FC.

For those who cannot make it to the address, tune in to watch on ATXN.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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