Review of Austin Energy’s Spending

Review of Austin Energy’s Spending

Public Utility Spending on Employee Outings and Travel
Scrutinized Amid Ongoing Rate-Hike Debate

by Rebecca LaFlure
© The Austin Bulldog 2012
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:57am

A private movie screening at Alamo Drafthouse, an end-of-the-year celebration at Dave and Busters, and an outing at Main Event Entertainment to bowl and eat barbecue are among the publicly funded events held to recognize Austin Energy employees over the past two and a half years.

As City Council members grapple with a proposed electric rate increase for Austin Energy customers, The Austin Bulldog paid $281 to obtain hundreds of documents through open records requests submitted in March outlining how the city-owned electric utility company manages spending for employee parties, business dinners, and travel.

The records indicate that Austin Energy spent at least $123,065 related to holiday, retirement and employee appreciation events from October 1, 2009 to February 29, 2012.

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