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City and county exploring ways to shack up

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to enter into talks with the city of Austin to put each jurisdiction’s courts under one roof. The unanimous vote came after City Council passed its own version of the measure on Thursday. The interlocal agreement opens formal discussions of long-whispered plans to co-locate Austin’s Municipal Court inside a future county civil courts complex, should that project ever become reality. Under the terms, the city will reimburse the county $62,000 to cover consultant services the county has already procured. In the meantime, county planners are still toiling away in talks on a potential site for the civil courthouse as well as the fate of the formerly planned site at 300 Guadalupe Street. Staff members told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday not to expect those items to come before the Commissioners Court until June at the earliest.

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