Our latest editorial on this issue is here.
Our powerpoint presentation on the 2012 bond package can be downloaded: here.
"The Austin City Council returns from their break in August for further deliberations on the Bond Development process. This includes refining a list of proposed projects and determining the bond propositions and amount of bond funding to present to voters on a November 2012 election ballot. The bond proposal would likely include funding for City infrastructure, facilities or other capital improvement projects or programs. Details on final propositions and community engagement opportunities will be posted to the City’s website as they become available.
As always, Austinites voices will be part of the bond process. In addition to the Summary of Community Engagement for the Bond Development Process report, which highlights the more than 3,000 comments and survey responses from Austinites during the bond development process, City Council will be presented with comments submitted to City staff since the initial report’s completion. Comments will be submitted to Council until a package has been agreed upon and voted to be placed on the ballot.
Upcoming Important Dates:
August 2: City Council Public Hearing - Austinites may address the Council regarding a potential November 2012 bond election;
August 7: City Council Work Session – Council will discuss the bond package and work through potential bond proposition language;
August 9: Special-Called City Council Meeting – City Council will consider setting a bond election for November 6, 2012 and approving ballot language for the bond propositions.
On June 26, City staff presented Council with the final recommendations of the Bond Election Advisory Task Force, as well as those from City staff. Recommendations included the Task Force’s $575 million and $400 million proposals as well as $400, $385, $300 and $200 million bond proposals from staff. City staff confirmed that Austin’s bond capacity remains at $385 million for a “constant debt service tax rate” program meaning no tax increase would be necessary to fund projects under this amount. With that in mind, and building on the Task Force’s recommendations, staff recommendations included a $385 million program for a November election.
The Bond Election Advisory Task Force report, staff recommendations and contact information are available at www.AustinTexas.gov/BondDevelopment"
Please notice the City's recommendation for $385 million is still on the table!
Please read our editorial or download the powerpoint to see why this is NOT cost cutting. It is the Council playing the same shell game and moving monies back into downtown projects.
Please take a few minutes and let City Council know it is past time to spend the money where Austinites need it - not where City Council wants it:
Mayor Leffingwell, 512-974-2250, email@example.com
Chris Riley, 512-974-2260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Martinez, 512-974-2264, email@example.com
Sheryl Cole, 512-974-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Spellman, 512-974-2256, email@example.com
Kathie Tovo, Kathie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Morrison, email@example.com
Marc Ott, 512-974-2200, City Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org