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Council Votes on Billion Dollar Bond Item

The Austin City Council votes in favor of putting a billion dollar bond item on the November ballot.  After an hour of listening to dozens of people voicing their opinions, the council then tried to better clarify its explanation.  If  voters pass the bond in November, it will mean a tax increase for property owners.  The roads and rail proposition includes 600-million dollars for light rail, while 400-million dollars will be for road funding.  Those in opposition say the language is confusing.  Those in favor of light rail say there isn't another option for a city that has been ranked as the fourth most congested city in the country and the 12th most congested in the world. The city would rely on getting a federal grant to pay for the rest of the urban rail.  Only if the bond passes, would construction begin.

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