This page provides information related to the development of the 2018 GO Bond Program. The process kicked off in December 2016, and the Task Force formally presented their recommendation to the City Council on April 10, 2018.

Bond Election Advisory Task Force

The Austin City Council formed the Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) in August 2016.  It was composed of 13 members- 11 appointed by the City Council and the Mayor, 1 appointed by the Planning Commission, and 1 appointed by the Zoning and Platting Commission.  The BEATF was tasked with identifying and prioritizing bond funding for projects to be included in a 2018 Bond Referendum.

Bond Election Advisory Task Force Working Groups

The BEATF created 5 working groups to deliberate on and make recommendations to the full Task Force regarding the 2018 Bond. 

Per City Code 2-142, a Working Group is not subject to the requirements of the Texas Open Meeting Act, nor is it required to keep minutes of the meetings. You may access the Code here.

Working Group Day* Time Location* Recommendation
Stormwater Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm Varies

Stormwater Recommendation


Affordable Housing Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm Carver Library

Affordable Housing Recommendation


Parkland & Open Space Wednesdays  12:00-1:30pm Varies Parkland & Open Space Recommendation
Transportation Infrastructure Mondays 12:00-1:30pm  Varies Transportation Infrastructure Recommendation
Reinvestments in Facilities & Assets Fridays 11:00am-12:30pm Varies

Reinvestment in Facilities & Assets Recommendation


*Some dates and times differ, see individual Pages

2018 Bond Public Testimony Opportunities

The Bond Election Advisory Task Force scheduled a series of interactive town halls and listening sessions to receive feedback from the public regarding the community's priorities for a potential 2018 bond.  Below is the historical information related to these town halls/sessions.

 Visit the SpeakUp! Austin page to learn more about the community engagement performed and access related reports.

Listening Sessions

Following on the successful town hall meetings in 2017, the Task Force has scheduled four additional opportunities for the public to comment on the 2018 bond development program. Below are the dates, locations, and times of the meetings. The public will be given 3 minutes each to address the Task Force directly.  Sign up will be available at the beginning of each meeting.

To access the meeting materials online: CLICK HERE

Provea sus comentarios sobre el paquete de bonos para el 2018

La Ciudad de Austin ha programado en enero cuatro reuniones adicionales para escuchar el testimonio del público sobre un paquete de bonos para el 2018. En las reuniones, cada miembro del público contará con tres minutos para hablar. Solicite la asistencia de un intérprete en español llamando al (512) 974-1380 al menos 24 horas antes de la hora de inicio de la reunión a la que desea asistir.

Date Location Address Time Audio
Jan 9th, 2018 Little Walnut Creek Library 835 W Rundberg Lane 6:30pm Link
Jan 11, 2018 Yarborough Branch Library 2200 Hancock Drive 6:30pm Link
Jan 17, 2018 Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex 1156 Hargrave Street 6:30pm Link
Jan 18, 2018 Austin Community College- South Campus:       Room 1315 (3rd Floor) 1820 W Stassney Lane 6:30pm Link

Interactive Town Halls

While the Task Force continues to develop its recommendation to Council on a 2018 bond package, the members of the Task Force want to better understand what City infrastructure needs are more important to Austin residents.  Toward that end, the Task Force has created several community engagement opportunities to receive direct input from the public.  The Task Force has scheduled a series of interactive town halls throughout the City, launched a short survey regarding citizen priorities for the bond, and created a bond simulator. The town halls are designed to allow the public to interact one-on-one with members of the Task Force, "spending" bond dollars on the five bond categories, while discussing bond projects and programs with the Task Force members. 

Date Location Address Time
Nov 13, 2017 Dove Springs Recreation Center 5801 Ainez Drive 6:30pm-8:00pm
Nov 16, 2017 Little Walnut Creek Library 835 W Rundberg Lane 6:30pm-8:00pm
Nov 28, 2017 University Hills Branch Library 4721 Loyola Lane 6:30pm-8:00pm
Nov 29, 2017 ACC-South Campus 1820 W Stassney Lane 6:45pm-8:00pm
Nov 30, 2017 Carver Museum 1165 Angelina Street 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dec 4, 2017 Spicewood Springs Library 8637 Spicewood Springs Road 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dec 5, 2017 Northwest Recreation Center 2913 Northland Drive 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dec 7, 2017 Hampton Branch Library at Oak Hill 5125 Convict Hill Road 6:30pm-8:00pm

Community Updates

Information related to public outreach / Council updates / publications


2018 Bond Project Updates

In order to ensure the best strategic allocation of bond funds a team was formed to help facilitate this bond package. Each department submitted their list of needs in priority order. After cross referencing with other departments and City staff the Bond Development team constructed a list of which projects with highest priority.