The July 15 episode of the Austin Breakdown dives into Austin’s plan to reduce speed limits and lower the number of local traffic-related fatalities, San Marcos City Council’s support for a proposed film and production studio and more news from across the metro.

San Marcos City Council reconsiders Hill Country Studios deal

In June, San Marcos City Council voted to proceed with a Chapter 380 agreement with Hill Country, LLC that provides financial incentives to build a film and video production facility in the La Cima development.

According to city documents, capital investment in the 820,000-square-foot project is estimated at $267 million, with the city expected to retain around $11.5 million in taxes over a decade.

However, the agreement has been met with environmental concerns about the project’s location over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and the possibility of groundwater contamination.

Community Impact Newspaper editor Eric Weilbacher shares the latest on the studio’s proposal and its continued reassessment by San Marcos City Council members.

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Pflugerville City Council works on a long-term solution to provide emergency medical services to residents; Austin Public Health gives an update on monkeypox; developers plan to reconstruct a stretch of West Sixth Street; and more.