On election day, Travis County voters approved Proposition 1, which will raise property taxes and help fund a new medical school in Austin.
The measure passed with 55% of the voters casting their ballots in favor of the tax hike.
Proposition 1 will create a $.05 property tax hike for the Central Health District that would raise about $54 million annually. Of that money, $35 million of would go toward operating a new medical school in the city. None of that money would be used in the actual construction of the school.
The remaining funds raised would be used to enhance current medical services in Travis County for the uninsured and under-insured, according to Healthy ATX.
For the average property owner, the annual health district tax bill would go from $150 to around $276—about $24 more a month. Supporters of the proposition said the little bit of extra money a month could make a big difference in the quality of local health care.
Opponents said the increase will put more strain on low-income families who are already over-taxed in Austin.