Questions about the Panel

What will the Panel do?

The Panel will review all applications for the Commission and select the most qualified 60 applicants. The Panel will select applicants based on their analytical skills, ability to be impartial, and appreciation for Austin’s diversity. The Panel will also make sure members of the selected pool reside in various areas across the city.

What is the time commitment of the Panel?

The Panel will set its own schedule and do the majority of its work from November 2020 to mid-January 2021.

For the Panel, do the five years of auditing experience have to be consecutive?

No. The five years of auditing experience do not have to be consecutive and do not need to be immediately before applying to the Panel.

How does the Panel determine the most qualified applicants for the Commission?

The Panel will select Commission applicants based on their analytical skills, ability to be impartial, and appreciation for Austin’s diversity. The Panel will also make sure members of the qualified applicant pool reside in various areas across the city.

Questions about the Commission

What is the time commitment of the Commission?

The first eight commissioners selected will review the remaining applications and select six additional commissioners. Once the full Commission is determined, the Commission will have its own meetings and will also hold public meetings. The Commission will determine where and how often to hold its own meetings. The Commission is required to have a certain number of public meetings across the city. The time commitment will vary each week and will increase when the Commission is holding public meetings. Most work will likely be done on evenings and weekends when the majority of commissioners can participate.

What will the Commission do?

The Commission is required to have a certain number of public meetings across the city. The Commission will use this public input and certain criteria to draw the boundaries. The Commission will be able to hire its own staff.

What will commissioners be expected to do after the boundaries are drawn?

Commissioners will serve a ten-year term. However, the majority of the Commission’s work will be in the first year when they are drawing the district boundaries. After the boundaries are finalized, the Commission will be considered inactive. The Commission will meet after the first year if the City needs the Commission to weigh in on the district boundaries. For example, the Commission may need to meet if the City annexes additional territory.

How can I check my voting history?

Travis County:

You can check your registration and find your Voter Unique Identification (VUID) by visiting the Voter Lookup on https://www.votetravis.com/vexpress/display.do  

Email TaxOffice@TravisCountyTX.gov and request your personal voting history. If you submit a request via email, your voter history will be printed and mailed to you.

You can also submit a request in person at the Travis County Tax Office.

Williamson County:

You can check your registration and find your Voter Unique Identification (VUID) by visiting https://apps.wilco.org/elections/default.aspx

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:

You can check your registration and find your Voter Unique Identification (VUID) by visiting https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Contact the Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar at (512) 393-7310 or email elections@co.hays.tx.us and request your vote history information.

General questions

Can I request materials in another language?

The website and applications for the Commission and Panel are available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Vietnamese. If you need information or an application in a different language, please email us at redistrictatx@austintexas.gov. If you are selected to serve on the Panel or Commission, you will be able to request translation services at that time.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the commission online here

You can apply for the panel online here

You can also apply for the Commission and the Panel with a paper application:

  • Commission application
  • Panel application

Please complete the application and mail it to P.O. Box 1088, Austin TX, 78767

Why is the City Auditor involved?

Austin City Charter tasks the City Auditor with widely publicizing an application process for the Panel and the Commission to ensure the applicant pools are diverse. The Auditor will ensure that panelists and commissioners are selected through a process that follows Charter requirements. Also, the Auditor follows professional standards that require independence and objectivity. The Office of the City Auditor is committed to bringing those values to this process.

Can I apply to both the Panel and the Commission?

Yes, you can apply to both the Panel and the Commission if you meet the requirements of both. However, if you are selected to serve on the Panel, you will no longer be eligible to serve on the Commission.

How can I check what district I am in?

You can check what district you are in here.

  1. Click the blue “I want to…” button.
  2. Click “Find My Council District”
  3. Type in your address

Will I be compensated?

No, but commissioners and panelists may receive reimbursement for some expenses. The Commission will determine which expenses are reasonable and necessary for the City to reimburse.

Will my application be removed from the pool of eligible applications if I do not meet the eligibility criteria?

Yes, your application will be removed if you do not meet the eligibility criteria. We will email you if your application is removed. Your application and eligibility status will be posted online even if your application is removed from the pool of eligible applications. If you think your application was removed in error, please contact us at redistrictatx@austintexas.gov.

Will my application be public?

Yes, all submitted applications are public record. We will post all applications and eligibility status on our website. We will not post your email, phone number, or address on our website. However, this information will be provided in response to any public information requests received.

If you submit a paper application, we will post an image of the application online with email, phone, and address information removed.

Will you consider late applications?

No, all applications for the Panel must be submitted by September 1. All applications for the Commission must be submitted by September 30. We will not consider incomplete applications.

Once I have submitted my application, how can I check that it meets the minimum requirements?

Go to the “Applications Received” section on the Panel or Commission page. Once we have reviewed your application, your name will appear in the table under “All Reviewed Commission Applications.” If you click on your name, you can pull up your submitted application. At the bottom of the application, there is a note about if your application meets minimum qualifications.

If you have any questions about the qualification status of your application, please email us at redistrictatx@austintexas.gov.