(warning - opinion piece)
"Greetings Residents of Travis County,
As you may be aware, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to place the Civil & Family Courts Complex on the November 3 ballot. The current Hemann Marion Sweatt Courthouse is 84 years old and no longer serves our county residents in an efficient and productive manner.
Several open house events have been planned to educate our community on the need, cost, location, and safety aspects of the new facility. Let me emphasize that Travis County is prohibited by state statue from advocating; therefore, these open house events are for sharing information and answering questions you may have about the new facility, so that you are better informed before November 3.
Attached is a flyer with the dates, times, and locations of the open house events. Please feel free to share this information as you deem appropriate and we look forward to seeing you at any of the events."
Beverly S. Silas
Travis County Civil & Family Courts Complex Project Team
The only meeting for North Austinites is:
Saturday, September 19 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Northwest Recreation Center 2913 Northland Dr. Austin, Texas (Precinct 2)
The County has set the price tag at $287 million:
We would like to remind readers these are same commissioners who voted to sit on the sidelines, while Austin City Council tries to do something about the very broken tax appraisal system:
Travis County Commissioners voted on Friday to do nothing.
That was the decision in a rare special voting session called to address the city of Austin’s decision to challenge commercial property tax appraisals.
The commissioners had before them three options: file their own challenge of the appraisals, direct county attorneys to participate in the city’s challenge or do nothing. In the end, on a motion floated by Commissioner Ron Davis, they voted 3-2 for option No. 3. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Commissioner Brigid Shea voted against the substitute motion, which replaced their own attempt to allow county attorneys to help the city. Commissioners Gerald Daugherty and Margaret Gómez joined Davis in opting to keep the county on the sidelines....
After the meeting, Shea slammed the choice for inaction and told the Austin Monitor that the decision left her “appalled.”
“This community is in absolute pain over the skyrocketing cost of living, the most pressing being housing,” Shea said. “And one of the structural flaws that’s contributing to a higher cost of living is the fact that commercial properties are not paying their fair share, so an unfair burden is being pushed onto homeowners. I cannot fathom why my colleagues would vote to do nothing.”
Good to know that the Comissioners are taking their role as servants of the people seriously.
~Mary Rudig, editor - Love North Austin