Jimmy Flannigan

Jimmy Flannigan was elected to represent Austin's District 6 in November 2016.
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James "Jimmy" Flannigan began serving a four-year term representing Austin’s District 6 in January 2017.  

Flannigan campaigned on improving Austin traffic by not simply building roads, but investing in public transportation, bike lanes and sidewalks. He also advocated for building housing where infrastructure already exists and closer to where people work, shop and spend their time. 

Flannigan was born in San Antonio and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems and an MBA in e-Business. While in college, he started a business developing websites for student, nonprofit and other small-business organizations.

Flannigan got involved in municipal issues that affect small businesses – like permitting, code enforcement and traffic – while running the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. 

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Austin City Council voted Wednesday to raise the maximum rate at which it can tax homeowners, as it considers a "tax swap" plan that would divert that extra money to the Austin Independent School District.

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Dozens of activists and affordable housing residents gathered on the steps of City Hall on Saturday to speak against proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

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For many Austin artists, finding affordable space to create is an enormous concern. The Austin City Council is set to consider a plan Thursday to help them out.

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For much of her life as a homeowner, Joan Reames never noticed the drainage charge on her monthly utility bill. Then the city revised the system in 2015. 

Reames said the monthly fee for her condo complex suddenly increased by more than $2,000. The city bills her homeowner’s association and then the cost is split among the residents.

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City programs that aim to improve affordability may bring down costs for some Austin residents, but for others, they could make the cost of living even higher. That’s according to a draft report released Tuesday by the city auditor’s office.