At no point during the negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures did the city of Austin reach out to Travis County, said county spokesperson Hector Nieto.
The commissioners also voted to approve the pursuit of negotiations with the city and other local taxing entities on expectations for preserving taxable value in the redevelopment of publicly owned real estate.
“I have been concerned about another governmental entity negotiating away taxing authority from the county,” Commissioner Brigid Shea said at Tuesday's commissioners meeting.” So many people are struggling to pay their own property taxes and stay in their own homes. We should be supremely careful about any kind of a deal that negotiates away property taxes and shifts that burden onto taxpayers.”
County staff will begin reaching out to the city of Austin and other government entities with taxing authority over the coming weeks and months.