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General Overview

Executive Summary

Travis County issued a Declaration of Local Disaster on March 6, 2020 to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to the novel COVID-19 virus. On March 13, 2020 the Governor of Texas issued a Declaration of State of Disaster to take additional steps to address the spread of the virus to protect the health and welfare of Texans. Since those declarations, Travis County has worked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, aid communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative economic impacts, and address the disparate impact of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency on local communities.

Travis County has split its funding from the LFRF into four components, called Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, and Supportive Housing. Track 1 consists of projects that continue emergency assistance programs begun during calendar year 2020. Such projects used funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) provided as part of the CARES Act of 2020 to quickly respond to the effects of the ongoing health emergency and Track 1 resources continue that response as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Track 2 funding includes projects prioritized by the Travis County Commissioners Court for long-term planning purposes. Track 3 provides resources for the County’s immediate emergency response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency by funding personal protective equipment, facilities modifications to promote social distancing, and vaccination provision to disparately impacted communities. Finally, the Supportive Housing component has earmarked $110,000,000 in resources from the LFRF for projects that provide non-congregate shelters to individuals experiencing homelessness within the community.

As of June 30, 2022, Travis County Commissioners Court has allocated or earmarked $187,914,573 of its total $247,450,630 allocation from the U.S. Department of Treasury. As the table below shows, available resources fund all four components of Travis County’s program list. The remaining balance of $59,536,057 will be considered by Travis County Commissioners Court at a future date for allocation to new or existing projects and programs that respond to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Description

Amount

Percent of Total

Total Allocation from LFRF

$247,450,630

100.00%

Track 1 Projects

$41,241,512

16.67%

Track 2 Projects

$807,062

0.33%

Track 3 Projects

$35,000,000

14.14%

Supportive Housing Projects

$110,865,999

44.80%

Budgets as of June 30, 2022

$187,914,573

75.94%

Remaining Funds

$59,536,057

24.06%

 

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 8.7 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $22.42.

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