Austin voters will likely be asked to approve a series of big-ticket ballot measures over the next year and a half that, if all OK’d, could add more than $300 to the typical property tax bill, according to an American-Statesman analysis.
Public officials pledged last year to coordinate spending initiatives as they try to keep pace with the region’s rapid population growth. But there are more proposals in the pipeline than upcoming election dates.
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Staff writer Marty Toohey compiled a list of spending initiatives being considered for voter approval from all five jurisdictions that tax a typical Austin home (the city, Travis County, Austin school district, Austin Community College and Central Health). Not all the proposals have a final cost, but most come with a general estimate. Many of the assumptions about these costs are based on a forecast that the budget offices of the various local taxing entities presented in summer 2012. In some cases, the forecast was updated or expanded at the American-Statesman’s request.
From there, Toohey calculated the approximate tax rate of the various proposals and determined the effect on the property tax bill of a typical Austin home with a projected median value of $189,027. Homestead exemptions, offered by several taxing entities, were taken into account.
Marty Toohey has written about local government in Travis County since 2005 and has reported on Austin City Hall since 2009. He has taken in-depth looks at how Austin Energy revenue supports the city budget, the rise in government pension and health care costs, and the combined burden of various local taxing entities on area property owners.