CEO defends VisitDallas, asks for time to make changes, In Austin, it’s waste not, pay more — and rates could go higher, Tiny school district in Wichita Falls has big problems

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The CEO of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday that the agency brings $260 million in economic activity every year in exchange for the $30 million it receives in public money, a success rate that warrants its continued contract with the city.

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, criticized for years for lack of transparency in its practices and less than adequate disclosure of board members’ financial conflicts, apparently has agreed to do better in both those areas as a result of a push by the state’s Sunset Commission.

Austin Resource Recovery runs the most expensive waste disposal program per customer in the state and takes pride in the environmentally conscious services the city provides.

After receiving blistering fire from top state officials for spending $20 million on a learning center featuring a water park, the La Joya Independent School district may be in for a wholesale shakeup of its leadership, including a buyout of the superintendent’s contract.

The City View school district in Wichita Falls has struggled with financial problems for years. Now the district’s longtime tax collector has been charged with theft of more than $300,000 and is out on bond following an apparent suicide attempt.

 

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