5:36 PM Jul 14, 2020 CDT

Travis County approves 20-year incentives deal with Tesla for potential gigafactory

Travis County County commissioners voted July 14 to approve millions of dollars in possible tax rebates for the electric carmaker.


12:55 PM Aug 19, 2020 CDT

COVID-19 shifts Leander and Cedar Park sales, hotel revenues

Texas hotel occupancy tax revenue dropped 63% in April, 86% in May and 61% in June when compared to year-over-year revenue. The May hotel tax decline is the steepest drop in state history for the tax.


From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.



Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.


TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.



Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Over 19,000 jobs retained in Cedar Park, Leander due to first round of PPP loans

The federal loans kept over 19,000 jobs and aided 2,245 businesses in Cedar Park and Leander.



Travis County updates Tesla incentive package, pushing for $1 billion-plus investment from the company

Poised for a possible July 13 vote, Travis County has released a refined incentives structure proposal with electric carmaker Tesla.


DATA: Leander sales tax revenue jumped 40% in May; Cedar Park stayed steady

Leander sales tax revenue spiked 40% in May 2020 compared to May 2019 data.


Cedar Park OKs $61.5M in 3 ordinances for bonds, certificates of obligation

The bonds and certificates of obligation will fund the planned library, parks, street improvements, drainage projects and the Brushy Creek wastewater plant expansion.


Del Valle ISD approves Tesla incentives, paving way for possible Travis County agreement

The school district's July 9 vote could yield Tesla around $46.4 million in tax abatements if the company chooses Travis County as its next factory site.



As Williamson County small business grant program ends, nearly $34M distributed

More than 3,500 businesses have received funding from the Wilco Forward program.


Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.


Work search requirement paused for Texans on unemployment benefits

Texans receiving unemployment benefits will have a little extra time before they have to prove they are actively looking for work to continue receiving state assistance.


More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott's recent shutdown order

The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District Court by Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who has led previous legal efforts opposing Abbott’s other shutdown orders during the pandemic.



Texans on unemployment benefits will soon be required to apply for new work, state says

Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.


State releases April sales tax revenue for Cedar Park, Leander

Leander experienced a year-over-year increase in sales tax revenue in April, while Cedar Park had a slight drop during the same period.


Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


Williamson County helps nearly 3,000 businesses with small business grant program

As of June 9, Williamson County’s Wilco Forward small business grant program has approved funding for 2,891 businesses in the area.



Coronavirus pandemic drops Austin-Bergstrom usage by more than 96% in April

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost nearly all of its passenger flight usage in April as the region dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.


Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.