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November 4, 2015

Yesterday, Travis County voters defeated a bond proposal to fund a new civil and family courts complex by 1,064 votes. While this narrow defeat removes our ability to fund the construction of the new building today, it does not erase the dire need we have for space for our civil justice system.

The 84 year-old Heman Marion Sweatt court house simply does not meet our current and future needs, and is deficient for the well-being and safety of families, staff, and others who have business with the civil courts. Therefore, Travis County will begin work immediately to explore all options available to us to provide, as soon as possible, safe, suitable, and sufficient space for the efficient operation of our civil justice system.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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