Two new courts proposed in Travis
Expense to taxpayers is estimated at $4.2 million per year.
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