Starting Monday, Austin area voters can cast their ballots on a bond package that includes $500 million in funding for roads and parks.

Early voting in the 2023 Travis County Bond election, held in conjunction with a state constitutional election, runs Monday, October 23, through Friday, November 3. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.

Two propositions to direct $500 million to roads and parks are on the ballot. The projects were selected based on a report from the 2023 Travis County Citizens Bond Advisory Committee.

The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved adding the bond to the November election on Aug. 15.

Proposition A (Roadway Capacity and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety projects) would issue $233 million in road bonds for safety projects, acquiring land for right of way, road drainage, bike lanes, sidewalks, shared use paths, and replacement and improvement of roads, bridges, and culverts.

Proposition B (Parks and Conservation Easements projects) would issue $276 million for projects to improve county parks, including the acquisition of land for new parks and conservation easements, and the construction of new recreational facilities.

The road capacity projects include Blake Manor Road from Taylor Lane to Burleson Manor Road ($16.9 million), Texas Department of Transportation right of way ($25 million), Rowe Lane from State Highway 130 to Hodde Lane ($31 million), Cameron Road east of SH 130 from Pecan Street to Fuchs Grove Road ($38 million), Arterial A construction ($33 million), Bee Creek Road from Lakehurst Road to Highland Boulevard ($16 million), South Pleasant Valley Road from Austin to SH 45 ($29.9 million), and Pyramid Drive and O’Reilly Drive substandard roads ($15 million).

Active transportation projects include an $11 million Howard Lane shared-use path and the $15 million Patterson Road sidewalk.

The parks and conservation easements projects bond directs $201 million to strategic parkland acquisition and conservation and projects such as the Onion Creek Greenway ($15 million), the Gilleland Creek Greenway ($30 million), Southeast Metro Park improvements ($15 million), the Arkansas Bend Park Community Building ($5 million), and the Bee Creek Sports Complex ($8 million).

The anticipated property tax bill impact resulting from the passage of the bond propositions is $12 per year (about $1 per month) to $57 per year ($5 per month), depending taxable property value.