Application Guidance

PANEL ONLY 

Will you have at least five years auditing experience by October 2020?  

The five years do not have to be consecutive and do not have to be immediately before the application date. Auditing experience includes public practice, private entity, governmental, and not-for-profit entity auditing experience.


COMMISSION ONLY 

Check your Voter Unique Identification (VUID) number:

Are you applying as the student member of the commission?

There will only be one student member on the commission. Students do not have to meet the same voting requirements as general commissioners. See the question below for the requirements to be a student.

Are you a student enrolled in a community college or university in the City of Austin?  

A student must be actively enrolled at a community college or university on the date of the application to the commission. A community college or university in the City of Austin is a degree-granting post-secondary educational institution, accredited by a recognized accrediting agency under the Education Code, that grants one or more of the following: an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or a doctorate and that regularly conducts classes where the instructor and two or more students are physically present in a physical location within Austin’s city limits.

Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the five years immediately before submitting the application?  (does not apply if you are a student)

You are eligible to vote for city council if you live in the full or limited purpose jurisdictions of the City. You are not eligible to vote for city council if you live in the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. You can check if you live in the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction here. If you live in a recently annexed area, you are only considered to have been registered to vote in the City of Austin from the date the area was annexed.

How to check your voting history: 

  • Travis County:
    • Email TaxOffice@TravisCountyTX.gov and request your personal voting history. If you submit a request via email, your voting history will be printed and mailed to you.
    • You can also submit a request in person at the Travis County Tax Office.
  • Williamson County: 
    • Email this form to susan.langley@wilco.org. Put your name and date of birth on the “District” line and state you want your voting history in the comments. 
    • You can also call the Elections Department at (512) 943-3719.  
  • Hays County:

Please indicate whether you voted in the following City of Austin elections or corresponding runoff, if applicable (does not apply if you are a student)

Commission applicants, except for the student applicants, must have voted in at least three of the last five City of Austin general elections held before the date you submit an application. The general election and the runoff, if any, are considered a single election if you voted in both and only count as one of the three required elections. However, if you voted in only the general election or only the runoff election, but not both, you can still count that vote as one of the required elections.

Eligible City elections:

  • 2018 November general election or December runoff for districts 1, 3, and 8
  • 2016 November general election or December runoff for district 10
  • 2014 November general election or December runoff for mayor and districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
  • 2012 May general election
  • 2011 May general election or June runoff for place 3

BOTH PANEL AND COMMISSION 

Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? 

A domestic partner is someone who lives in the same household and shares the common resources of life in a close, personal, and intimate relationship. They may be of the same or different gender.

In the last City election, did you or your spouse/domestic partner contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office?

This includes all contributions to candidates for mayor and city council and contributions to specific purpose political committees supporting or opposing those candidates. This also includes raising money as an intermediary for a council candidate by soliciting contributions on the candidate’s behalf.


Within five years of the application date, have you or your spouse/domestic partner…

Been appointed to a state or city office?

For state office, this includes the office of Secretary of State, an office of a state agency subject to appointment for a term of office specified by the Texas Constitution, an office subject to appointment with the advice and consent of the senate, the executive head of an agency, or a state office subject to election but filled by appointment because of a vacancy.

For city office, this includes a municipal court judgeship and membership on a commission, committee, board, task force, or other City body appointed by the mayor or city council.

Been elected to a state or city office?

For state office, this means a seat in the legislature, an executive or judicial office filled in a statewide election, a judgeship of a court of appeals or of a district court, membership on the State Board of Education, or the position of district attorney or criminal district attorney.

For city office, this includes the office of the mayor and city council members.

Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party?

  • A political party in this context is one that had a candidate appear on the ballot in any of the last three general elections for state and county officers.
  • An officer of a political party is a precinct chair, county chair, or member of a party executive committee.
  • An employee of a political party is a person who was paid a salary by the political party.
  • A paid consultant of a political party is a person who was paid for providing legal, accounting, public relations, statistical, polling, political, or campaign related services.

Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office?

  • An officer of a campaign committee is the campaign treasurer of a candidate or a specific purpose political committee that supported or opposed a candidate for state, county or city election. An officer of a campaign committee is also an officer or director of an incorporated specific purpose political committee, incorporated for liability purposes only that supported or opposed a candidate for elective state, county, or city office.
  • An employee is a person who was paid a salary by the committee. 
  • A paid consultant is a person who was paid for providing legal, accounting, public relations, statistical, polling, political, or campaign related services.
  • A campaign committee is a specific purpose political committee supporting or opposing the candidate.
  • A candidate is someone whose name appeared on a ballot or was a declared write-in candidate in a general or primary election. County refers to counties in which the City of Austin has territory – Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, and Hays counties. County elective office is an office voted on county-wide or an office voted on by the voters of a precinct drawn by a commissioner’s court. For state office, this means a seat in the legislature, an executive or judicial office filled in a statewide election, a judgeship of a court of appeals or of a district court, membership on the State Board of Education, or the position of district attorney or criminal district attorney in the state of Texas. 

Been a registered state or local lobbyist?

A state lobbyist is someone who is required to register with the Texas Ethics Commission under Ch. 305 of the Texas Government Code.

A local lobbyist is someone who is required to register under Chapter 4-8 of the City Code.


Within three years of the application date, have you or your spouse/domestic partner been…

A paid employee of the City of Austin?

A paid City employee is someone on the City payroll, including a temporary or part-time employee. It does not include an independent contractor.

A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin?

A professional services contract with the City means a non-competitively bid contract for services which are mainly mental or intellectual rather than physical or manual.

A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin?

A personal services contract means a contract whereby services are performed personally by the individual contracted to perform them.

A professional or personal services contract includes providing expert advice or personal services related to a council member’s duties. It also includes providing advice about campaign activities or any service that would be reportable on the council member’s campaign and officeholder filings. This does not include a contract solely for the sale of goods.

A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council, any member of the City Council, or the City of Austin?

A controlling person is an officer, director, manager, principal, or a shareholder or member owning at least 10% of a legal entity.

For example, this provision would apply to you if you are a business owner and you employ or contract with someone to perform paid personal or professional services under a contract to any member of City Council.