AUSTIN - On a sunny day, the low water crossing at Spicewood Springs Road is picturesque. But when it rains, the road is one of the first to flood.
Travis County leaders want to address the issue by putting in a bridge, along with improving numerous other roads across the county. And they're asking taxpayers to foot the bill through a bond.
"In an urban county that grows as much as ours and as rapidly as ours, you've got to keep up with the infrastructure needs and we kind of fell behind decades ago," said Sam Biscoe, former Travis County Judge.
Biscoe is stepping back into the public eye as Chairman of Travis Forward, the Political Action Committee supporting two bond propositions.
"Of that long list of projects there is at least one in every part of Travis County," said Biscoe.
Proposition A focuses on roads and includes projects to improve bicycle safety, drainage, pedestrian safety and roadway capacity. It totals $93,445,000.
Prop B is all about parks. The $91,495,000 package would be used to acquire more parkland, complete park improvements plus new construction, including a sports complex.
The propositions total of $184,940,000 which would cost the average homeowner ($305,173) $24 a year or $2.01 a month for the projects.
"Travis County did a very good job in laying out the bond and spending on this. And it's very specific and I think there's a lot of things that have merit there," said Roger Falk, an analyst for the grassroots group Travis County Taxpayers Union.
The Union traditionally oppose bond propositions. While the group doesn't endorse any props or candidates in elections, they aren't raising any red flags. And Falk said this package is well intended and contains good ideas.
But the final say on the projects lies with the voters. The election is Tuesday, November 7 and early voting begins October 23.
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