In October 2011, City Council passed resolution 20111006-057, which began a yearlong initiative to develop general obligation bond propositions for citizens to vote on in November 2012. The City’s goal was to develop propositions that reflected the public’s priorities and would support needed rehabilitation of the City’s existing infrastructure and facilities while also making investments in new initiatives outlined in Imagine Austin.
In October 2011, City Council authorized the creation of a citizen Bond Election Advisory Task Force to identify and prioritize bond funding for projects that would advance the vision identified by the Imagine Austin planning process. The Task Force was composed of two appointees by each of the seven City Council members and one appointee from the Planning Commission. Download the Task Force’s bylaws here.
The Task Force held 15 regular meetings, 24 committee meetings and hosted two public forums – all of which provided citizens the opportunity to speak directly with Task Force members.
The Needs Assessment Project and Program Report was the result of the process City of Austin staff conducted to apply the Guiding Principles approved by Council to the Capital Needs Assessment projects.
City staff launched an extensive public engagement campaign and collaborated with the Task Force to ensure public opinion was appropriately infused in the Bond Election Advisory Task Force’s recommendation to City Council. This campaign took on a variety of avenues in an effort to achieve the greatest inclusivity of citizens and diversity in commentary.