Austin City Council will decide whether to put a $1 billion transportation bond on the November ballot. $600 million of that would go to a proposed 9.5 mile urban rail line.
The federal government is expected to match Austin's investment. The rail project costs $1.38 billion.
If the bond is approved in November and the federal funds don't come through then the city will not spend that $600 million.
The city will spend the $400 million on other road projects around Austin.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell says he's optimistic. However there are groups that do not support this plan.
The $1 billion bond would have about a $15 impact on homeowners.
Mayor Leffingwell says, “The city's share of that cost is $600 million. There are a lot of folks moving here and when you spread that cost out over the households it averages out to about the same per household as going to one movie a month -- maybe with popcorn.”