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Council Closer to Setting November Election

Wells Dunbar, KUT News

The Austin City Council is focusing on the November election in a work session today.

The council is set to consider putting another option on the ballot for voters who want council members to be elected from geographic districts. The so-called “8-2-1” plan would allow for eight council members from geographic districts. The mayor and two additional council members would be elected at-large.

If approved, the option would be one of two on the November ballot. Under the competing “10-1” plan, which was placed on the ballot by petiotion, only the mayor would be elected at-large. Currently, all council members are elected at-large.Council members are also scheduled to vote on placing a charter amendment on the November ballot that would create an independent board to oversee city owned utilities like Austin Energy.

The council will also discuss the proposed November bond election today.

The meeting gets under way at 9 a.m. And if you can't make it to city hall, you can watch the meeting online

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