Two new courts pro­posed in Travis

Ex­pense to tax­pay­ers is es­ti­mated at $4.2 mil­lion per year.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Farzad Mashhood fmash­hood@states­ Courts

With Travis County fac­ing an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of crim­i­nal court cases, com­mis­sion­ers said Tues­day that they want a pair of new courts es­ti­mated to cost tax­pay­ers $4.2 mil­lion per year.

The pro­posal comes with an un­usual con­di­tion: Com­mis­sion­ers want the state to give them dis­cre­tion on when the courts open.

The county wants the lee­way be­cause Texas law­mak­ers have filed bills to tighten caps on how much lo­cal gov­ern­ments can raise taxes with­out trig­ger­ing an elec­tion. County of­f­cials say if that cap drops sig­nif­i­cantly it would threaten the county’s abil­ity to pay for op­er­at­ing the new courts while still

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