Commissioners have not yet settled on a dollar amount for the bond issue, but the project currently has an estimated price tag of $294 million. Some estimates say the county could ask for as much as $300 million. According to county consultants, the longer it takes to build the new facility, the more it will cost.
Leading up to the choice of a November election, Commissioner Brigid Shea expressed concern about the possible political atmosphere in Travis County during May.
“One of the concerns I’ve had about an election in May is that it would follow on the heels of several months of legislative conversations about the need for appraisal caps, revenue caps and high local debt,” she said. “That may not be the best atmosphere for us to go to the voters and ask for a big ticket.”