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Plan to help with Onion Creek buyouts falls through

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A plan to let Austin voters decide if bond money should be used to buy out more homes in a notorious flood zone fell through late Friday.

City Council members feared the $78 million proposition would be rejected at the ballot box.

The goal is to buy up to 240 properties along Onion and Williamson Creek. The areas were hit hard by the flood Halloween night.

Council members are searching for a way to finance the buyout after a drainage fee hike idea was put in doubt by a recent legal opinion.

Some of the flood victims who are waiting for a buyout offer urged city leaders to step up their efforts to find a solution.

“The food was ... I live in the 100 year flood plain ... the greatest trauma for me since then has been dealing with the city," flood victim Yevette Greago said.

"There is no doubt we can find it, we did this last year. We've lowered the tax rate 4 years in a row, last year we gave city employees a raise, we gave the Parks Dept. an additional $4 million, there is no doubt in my mind we can find it," Councilmember Mike Martinez said.

Some residents in Onion Creek, who have gotten an buyout offer say they will stay because the amount wasn't enough.

Volunteers with a non-profit group called "rebuilding together" are currently helping 10 low income families in Onion Creek rebuild.

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