Travis County plans May 2015 bond election for courthouse

Travis County Commissioners Court will consider calling a bond election in May 2015 for the construction of a new civil and family courthouse.

During its Jan. 21 meeting, the court unanimously approved changing the proposed election date.

The county had originally considered a November 2014 election, but decided against it because of other elections taking place, including the first Austin City Council elections using the new voting districts as well as a planned urban rail ballot initiative.

If voters approve issuing bonds to fund the new courthouse, the county would have a goal of opening the new courthouse in the first quarter of 2018.

In a separate motion, the court decided that the proposed courthouse would face Republic Square Park and that the building's parking would be constructed underground.

By Joe Olivieri
Joe covered Southwest Austin news for Community Impact Newspaper from January 2011 to April 2015. His reporting focused on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. He was named the paper's managing editor in April 2015. Joe hails from New Jersey.


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