May 2 Election
SMART GROWTH PROPOSALS
On May 2, voters will be asked to consider these three propositions:
Prop. 1 (see p.24)
Authorize an increase in the Hotel Occupancy Tax by 2% to pay for bonds to expand the Austin Convention Center, and build related infrastructure on nearby Waller Creek to enhance flood and erosion control.
Prop. 2 (story at left)
Authorize $65 million in utility revenue-supported bonds for the purchase of property, including fee title and easements, in the Barton Springs contributing and recharge zones to protect a portion of the city's water supply.
Prop. 3 (see p.22)
Authorize $10 million in general obligation and utility system revenue-supported certificates of obligation for flood, water quality, and erosion control improvements in the East Austin portion of the Walnut Creek Watershed.
Also on the ballot are six of the nine places on the Board of Trustees of the Austin Independent School District - the President and Vice President, who are elected district-wide, and representatives from four of the seven districts (asterisk indicates incumbent):
Pres.: *Kathy Rider, Diana Castañeda
V.P.: Doyle Valdez, Jennifer Gale
Dist. 1: *Loretta Edelen (unopposed)
Dist. 4: Ave Wahrmund, William Newberry
Dist. 6: Jeff Jacks, Patricia Whiteside
Dist. 7: Olga Garza, Pascual Piedfort, Scott Bransom
These races will be covered next issue.
BS/EACD'S FUTURE AND DIRECTORS
Voters in the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, which includes portions of South Austin, along with southern Travis County, Northern Hays County and areas of adjacent Bastrop and Caldwell counties, will be asked to decide on the dissolution of the district. City voters in South Austin will also vote on a new director for the District's Pct. 5. Attorney Craig Smith faces John Stratford, a business development manager, for the seat being vacated by Director Sue Johnson.