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Austinites vote; Prefer 10 council members

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With just over 90% of the precints reporting, it appears Austin residents have voted in favor of creating ten single member districts to represent them on the Austin City Council.

Proposition 3, which would divide Austin into ten districts with one council member representing that district, was leading with 60% of the vote when the election office closed.  The plan would also call for the city's mayor to be elected at large.

Voters also appeared to approve Proposition 4, 51% to 49%.  That plan would create eight single member districts, two at large council members, and a mayor elected at large. 

However, Proposition 3 will end up winning if it is able to secure more total votes.

Currently, all city council members are elected at large by the entire city.

CLICK HERE to see the latest voting results from the Travis County Clerk's Office.

Props 12-18 on the ballot for Austin residents is a $385-million bond. They are broken up into categories.

Prop 12 is asking voters to approve $143 million for transportation and mobility. It would fund improvements on IH-35, Loop 1, North Lamar/Burnet Road, East 51 Street and east Riverside Drive as well as provide funding for sidewalks bridges and bikeways. It would also provide funding for traffic signals, signal synchronization and control systems, and public works buildings and related facilities needed for conducting transportation and mobility improvements.

Prop 13 is asking voters to approve $30 million which would allow the purchase in land in Barton Springs Watershed contributing and recharge zones for water quality protection. The City could also work with landowners in this area to create water-quality-management areas by purchasing conservation easements.

Prop 14 is asking voters to approve $77 million in funding for designing, constructing, acquiring, improving and equipping public parks, natural areas, trails, recreation centers and other park buildings or related facilities.

Representative projects may include:

  • Colony District Park
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Gus Garcia Neighborhood Park
  • Republic, Brush and Wooldridge Squares
  • Rosewood Neighborhood Park
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt
  • Veterans Pocket Park
  • Waller Creek Trail and Park Improvements
  • Zilker Metropolitan Park

Prop 15 is asking voters to approve $78 million in funding to allow the city to continue to fund the development of affordable rental and ownership housing, preserve existing affordable housing stock, and create transitional and permanent supportive housing for the homeless. The proposition would allow the City to provide funding for construction, renovation and repair of affordable housing, including infrastructure design and development.

Prop 16 is asking voters to approve $31 million to allow the City to provide funding for designing, constructing, improving and equipping police, fire and emergency medical services facilities. Facility projects could include renovations, expansions and new public safety facilities.

Prop 17 is asking voters to approve $11 million to allow the City to provide funding for designing, constructing, improving and equipping health and human services facilities. Facility projects could include new facilities to accommodate under-served areas of the community as well as renovations and infrastructure improvements at the City's existing health and human services facilities.

Prop 18 is asking voters to approve $13 million to allow the City to provide funding for designing, constructing, improving and equipping library, museum and cultural arts facilities. Representative projects may include:

  • Austin History Center
  • University Hills Branch
  • Cepeda Branch
  • Will Hampton Branch
  • Milwood Branch
  • Windsor Park Branch
  • Pleasant Hill Branch
  • Yarborough Branch
  • Zaragoza Technical Support Warehouse

CLICK HERE to see more info on the rest of the City Propositions and Bonds.

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