Drainage pro­jects add to cost of bond pack­age

Sev­eral res­i­dents speak out against Reimer­sPea­cock Road project.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Tay­lor Gold­en­stein tgold­en­stein@states­man.com

Travis County staffers on Tues­day rec­om­mended a $28 mil­lion in­crease to the pro­posed roads and parks bond pack­age, bring­ing the new to­tal to $185 mil­lion, just one week ahead of the fi­nal Com­mis­sion­ers Court vote to place the item on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

The lat­est re­vi­sions come after the staff an­nounced last week that new es­ti­mates caused the cit­i­zen bond ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee’s fi­nal rec­om­mended pack­age to­tal to rise by about $12 mil­lion.

The largest bump came from the staff ’s rec­om­men­da­tion to add $26.9 mil­lion for im­prove­ments to low water cross­ings. All but a cou­ple of the cross­ings were iden­ti­fied in a 2009 drainage basin study as need­ing im­prove­ment; the oth­ers have been known to cause road clo­sures.

The staff also rec­om­mended $8.3 mil­lion in im­prove­ments to North­east Metropoli­tan Park in Pflugerville, which was ranked eighth-high­est pri­or­ity by staff but wasn’t in­cluded in the bond com­mit­tee’s list.

The staff pro­posed about $7 mil­lion in re­duc­tions, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing the Braker Lane North road­way ca­pac­ity project as well as the Austin to Manor Trail bi­cy­cle safety project, both of which it can both be cov­ered by other means.

The re­vi­sions the staff rec­om­mended Tues­day would add about $5 to the av­er­age tax­able home­stead’s bill, if vot­ers ap­prove the pack­age. The original bond pro­posal wouldn’t have raised the tax rate, though as prop­er­ties

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