City Bond Breakdown: $385 Million
Seven bond proposals for capital improvement projects near the bottom of the ballot
12: Transportation and Mobility
Less-favorable projects ($3 million for design* of a new Emmett Shelton Bridge on Red Bud Isle, with no contribution from West Lake Hills) are bundled with popular ones. Multimodal traffic projects include sidewalks, trails, bicycle lanes, and accessibility features, corridor improvement fixes for I-35, MoPac, North Lamar/Burnet, East 51st, and East Riverside. Also Phase 2 of the Violet Crown hike-and-bike trail from Central to Southwest Austin.
Piece of the Pie: East 51st Street Vision Plan ($3.5 million, I-35 to Old Manor Road) includes traffic-calming and walkability features, bicycling improvements, and better connectivity between neighborhoods.
13: Open Space and Watershed Protection
Acquiring additional water quality protection lands in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.
Piece of the Pie: Precise city real estate targets are confidential, but the priority sites are in the Hays County aquifer recharge zone, near existing protection lands.
14: Parks and Recreation
Perennially starved PARD needs new parks and facilities, and renovations to existing parks, trails, and greenbelts, plus five city-owned cemeteries: Oakwood, Oakwood Annex, Austin Memorial, Evergreen, and Plummer.
Piece of the Pie: A new Montopolis Park community center as a joint bond project of PARD ($11.8 million) and Health and Human Services ($3.7 million).
Covering a broad spectrum of housing needs: transitional and permanent supportive housing, affordable rental units, home repairs and retrofits for low-income seniors; a new housing development Downtown; home-ownership opportunities in the urban core.
Piece of the Pie: More than 13,000 low-income homeowners – most of them elderly – need housing repairs. Proponents say investment would translate to a savings of $30,000 per year in tax-funded nursing home care.
16: Public Safety
New construction and improvements of police, fire, and EMS facilities; a new facility for park patrol officers (to replace a borrowed trailer).
Piece of the Pie: design and prep work* for a new police Northwest substation ($5.8 million), addressing overcrowding and increasing response time in the northern sector.
17: Health and Human Services
Infrastructure improvements to the Betty Dunkerley Campus on Levander Loop (Austin Animal Center), more parking spaces for the Montopolis and Far South health clinics.
Piece of the Pie: Improvements to the overcrowded Women & Children's Shelter – emergency shelter, counseling center, and childcare and educational services.
18: Library, Museum, and Cultural Arts Facilities
Eight neighborhood libraries are in line for overdue repairs; also $5.4 million for Austin Film Society's conversion of the Texas National Guard Armory at Mueller into production studios and office space for creative small businesses.
Piece of the Pie: The Austin History Center is due for some 21st century improvements with wheelchair lift replacements, restoration of worn finishes, lighting retrofits, and aesthetic fixes ($1.2 million*).
*This story originally stated that $3 million of the Prop. 12 funding would be used for the replacement of the Emmett Shelton bridge; rather, those funds will pay for the design and prep work for a new bridge. We also reported $5.8 million of Prop. 16 funding will pay for a new Northwest Austin Police Substation; rather, the funding will pay for the design and prep work for a new substation. Also, the Austin History Center will receive $1.2 million, not $1.7 million as we originally reported.
For more detail on the bond package, see www.austintexas.gov/department/2012-bond.