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Travis County eyes 2017 bond election

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

If you love mobility bond campaigns but haven’t had anywhere to turn since November, Travis County just might have you covered. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted 4-0-1, with Commissioner Ron Davis abstaining, to move forward with its own bond election in 2017, and transportation projects are thus far at the front of the pack of priorities. While the county generally holds bond elections roughly every four years, this time around promises to be slightly different. Given the volume of potential projects, staff is looking at ways to shift priorities and funding sources. The proposed model “improves cost efficiency, and provides a more reliable election schedule for voters to (consider) smaller, targeted and shovel ready projects,” according to a staff memo. To vet potential projects for inclusion in the bond proposal, members of the court will each appoint three members to a citizens bond advisory committee that will begin meeting early next year.

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