While UT is moving forward with plans to build a new medical school after voters passed the Prop 1 Health District tax hike, the battle over Prop 1 is moving from the ballot box to the courtroom.
There are currently only two major iconic structures at the University of Texas. The construction of a new med school could bring a major change to the landscape on the 40 acres.
University President Bill Powers announced Wednesday, with voters approving the Prop 1 tax hike for the Central Health District, they will move forward with plans to build a medical school.
"I think for the University this is a Legacy moment a Mile-stone moment," said Powers.
An on-campus site for classrooms and a research center has not yet been selected. The existing UMC Brackenridge Hospital tower may be torn down or remodeled as part of the project financed by Seton.
CEO Greg Hartman says the new teaching hospital could be located between the Erwin Center and UMC Brackenride.
"But we're hoping to be breaking dirt fairly soon as well too," said Hartman.
Hartman admits there is the possibility the new teaching hospital may not open in time for the first class of 50 students in 2015.
"Before ground can be broken- some unfinished business has to play out in federal court."
In late October, the Travis County Taxpayers Union filed a lawsuit claiming the Prop 1 ballot language was an illegal sales pitch.
With a hearing set for Nov 14, the group Wednesday morning filed a motion for preliminary injunction to keep the votes from being finalized.
The Taxpayer Union motion was not the only one sent to the federal court. A motion to dismiss the lawsuit was also filed by the Prop 1 support team and as a result, the final vote in this fight may not come from a ballot box but from a judge.
If the Taxpayer Union wins its lawsuit, the tax plan could come back up for a vote in May.