Two Sides to the Courthouse Proposal: Vote Today!

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legal scales postWhile the Austin Board of REALTORS® has not taken a specific position on the Travis County Courthouse proposal on the ballot this November, we strive to educate our members about the proposal so that they may make an educated decision.

On the ballot is a proposal by Travis County to issue $287.3 million in bonds for the purpose of constructing a courthouse on County-owned land in downtown Austin.

What Supporters Say

Proposal supporters say the County is in desperate need of a new courthouse due to dilapidated and unsafe conditions at the existing 84 year-old complex. They believe the proposed county-owned location, just south of Republic Square downtown, is ideal due to its close proximity to bus routes and legal services. The proposed location also serves a dual purpose, providing the opportunity to leverage private investment on retail/office space at the same site.

Visit these sites to learn more about supporting the Travis Courthouse proposal:

New Courts for Families

Statesman endorsement

What Opponents Say

Opponents of the proposal say that the condition of the existing courthouse, while poor, have been exaggerated, and Travis residents can wait a little longer while better alternatives are examined. They believe there are better site options for the courthouse proposal, such as an East Austin siting, that would save taxpayers money, and therefore, allow valuable downtown land to be further developed. According to opponents, East Austin property would be cost efficient and contribute to economic development in an area, where it’s needed.

Visit these sites to learn more about voting against the Travis Courthouse proposal:

Travis County Taxpayers Union

Community Impact article on RECA opposition to courthouse

 

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