Austin Disannexation

Leaving Austin, but going nowhere!  In May, six groups of voters will determine if they want to remain within the city limits of Austin or disannex themselves.  In the last legislative session, a law that was narrowly tailored opened the doors for it.  The largest neighborhood that is voting is Lost Creek, which was instrumental in pushing for the new law.  It also impacts the Malone neighborhood and four very small areas with just a few voters each.  The narrowly drawn law allows areas to leave a city with a population of at least half a million if they were annexed by the city between March 2015 and November 2017.  If they leave the city of Austin, they’ll get their services from the county as they did before.  Any debt incurred by Austin during this time will be paid back by the residents.  I expect we may see a push in the next legislative session to expand the areas permitted to do this – I’m thinking of River Place as a prime example.

**Update:  Lost Creek voted overwhelmingly to disannex while Malone voted overwhelmingly to stay.  Two of the small areas voted to leave by votes of 3-0 and 1-0.  The final two small areas had no votes cast so they remain part of Austin.

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