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Local Government Code Chapter 372 allows counties to create Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) to help spur economic development by providing a means to improve infrastructure and promote economic growth. Moreover, PIDs provide for the financing of the costs of public improvements or services that benefit a definable part of the County with the costs borne by those landowners within the PID boundaries who receive special benefits from the public improvements or services.

PID petitioners are encouraged to meet as many of the community benefits goals as possible. Travis County Commissioners Court is interested in furthering the following Community Benefits:

      • Generate primary employment or other long-term economic development benefits
      • Increase affordable housing opportunities
      • Advance approved Master Plans
      • Create or enhance parks, hike/bike trails, rec facilities, open space
      • Improve environmental protection, stormwater quality and flood control benefits
      • Increase or enhance mass transit, bicycle, pedestrian, carpooling
      • Improve public educational programs and/or facilities
      • Provide innovative, exceptional benefits to improve the public roadway network in the County
      • Ensure superior land uses within the PID
      • Incorporate more than minimal green building standards

Travis County’s PID policy outlines the review, creation, and management of PIDs. The current PID petition filing fee is $55,000. This fee serves to cover the County’s cost to review the petition. On March 31, 2020, Travis County Commissioners Court placed a moratorium on applications for new PIDs. This moratorium is in effect until further notice.

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Planning & Budget

700 Lavaca, Suite #1560
Austin, Texas 78701 (Map)

Jessica Rio, County Executive for PBO

Travis Gatlin, Budget Director

Diana Ramirez, EDSI Director

Budget Staff

EDSI Staff

Phone: (512) 854-9106
Fax: (512) 854-4210

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 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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