City Paring Down List of Bond Projects
How would you spend a few hundred million dollars of taxpayer money? The city of Austin is trying to narrow down a list of projects to include in a bond referendum this coming November. It includes everything from parks to transportation to affordable housing. For this week’s Changing Austin, KUT’s Matt Largey talked with Frank Fernandez, who heads the task force responsible for paring down the list of projects, which originally came in at $1.5 billion.
It’s going to be a much smaller amount, and so we’re really going to have to cut that list and pare it down to the bare essentials, and think about what kinds of projects we need to be funding, what are our highest priorities, thinking about things like what part of the city are these investments going to be in, and trying to have some geographic fairness to it, and just really looking at multiple factors as we evaluate what makes the most sense.