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City Council Approves $385 Million Bond Package

The Austin City Council unanimously approved a $385 million bond package for voters to decide on in November.

The package had not changed any since council’s initial vote on Wednesday, but council members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo – who had both previously voted against the proposal on its first two readings – joined their colleagues in blessing the final package.

“I just was optimistic that after a good night’s sleep somebody was going to be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and come up with some miraculous way that we could all agree on shifting some funds  that would make everybody happy,” Morrison said. “But that didn’t happen.” 

As KUT News previously reported, Morrison had been looking for extra funds for park improvements, open space acquisition and additional initiatives.

Below, an itemized breakdown of spending by category. KUT News will update later as soon as we receive a breakdown of spending by individual project.

  • Transportation and Mobility $ 143,299,000
  • Open Space & Watershed Protection $ 30,000,000
  • Parks and Recreation $ 77,680,000
  • Housing $ 78,300,000
  • Public Safety $ 31,079,000
  • Health and Human Services $ 11,148,000
  • Library & Museum and Cultural Arts Facilities $ 13,442,000

TOTAL $ 384,948,000

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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