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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 pandemic’s negative economic impacts, and address the disparate impact of the ongoing public health emergency on local communities.

Travis County has split its funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund into three components, called Track 1, Track 2, and Track 3. Track 1 funding consists of projects that continue emergency assistance projects begun during calendar year 2020 with funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) provided as part of the CARES Act of 2020. Track 2 funding will include projects or programs prioritized by the Travis County Commissioners Court and considered through an extensive community engagement process, as well as pre-planning dollars for such programs. Finally, Track 3 funding is for the County’s immediate emergency response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

On June 29, 2021, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved allocating an initial set of the LFRF for Track 1, Track 2, and Track 3 projects. Projects primarily address the pandemic’s negative economic impacts and include the County’s direct and joint (with the City of Austin) response to address the public health impacts of the novel COVID-19 virus. The initial allocations to Tracks 1, 2, and 3 total $73,875,040, approximately 30 percent of Travis County’s total LFRF allocation of $247,450,630. The remaining portion of the County’s LFRF allocation will be included in Track 2 funding and proceed through the community engagement process to ensure funds are used to best meet the needs of the community. A detailed Recovery Plan, including allocations approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court as of July 31, 2021, can be found at the link below.

ARPA Community Engagement Calendar

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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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