Shady Hollow neighborhood considers being annexed by City of Austin

August 19, 2013  

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Shady Hollow is a neighborhood of 1,623 homes that stretches east and west of Brodie Lane south of Slaughter Avenue. If the area is annexed, the neighborhood’s residents will become citizens of Austin, possibly by Dec. 31, 2020.

by Tony Tucci

The Shady Hollow Municipal Utility District (MUD) has scheduled the second of two public hearings for Tuesday, Sept. 3, to begin proceedings for the annexation of Shady Hollow by the city of Austin. The first meeting was held August 11 at the Shady Hollow Community Center.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Shady Hollow Municipal Utility District Office, 3910 Capistrano Trail.

Shady Hollow is a neighborhood of 1,623 homes that stretches east and west of Brodie Lane south of Slaughter Avenue. If the area is annexed, the neighborhood’s residents will become citizens of Austin, possibly by Dec. 31, 2020.

The purpose of the public hearings is to work out a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with the city of Austin. Ron Stried, president of the MUD, said the two parties have been in negotiation ever since the city announced its intention to annex Shady Hollow several months ago.

Austin always has had the option of annexing Shady Hollow within three years by placing Shady Hollow on its annexation plan.  Development of a SPA would extend the date of annexation to 2020 to allow more time to ensure that residents receive the same level of services they are now receiving. Meanwhile, the MUD would turn over operations of its water and wastewater systems to the city on April 2, 2018.

The MUD would continue to provide other services, such as Constable’s patrols, fire protection and maintenance of drainage areas until 2020. After 2020, the city will provide all services, including police and fire protection, emergency medical services, solid waste,  street and transportation services and drainage.

The city will not acquire or maintain any of Shady Hollow’s parks or recreational facilities, because these are owned by the Homeowners Association. After annexation, residents will have the right to vote in city elections and will be subject to pay city taxes.

The MUD will have the right to sell its office building on Capistrano Trail and use the proceeds for any authorized purpose.

 

 

 


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  1. By Tom Gates, August 14, 2013

    This sounds like a really bad deal for the people that live in this subdivision. I do not live in Austin but the sixteen hundred houses should hire an attorney and fight this.The only thing they will get is higher taxes and nothig else. The whole annexation option that cities have is just another credit card to max out after they screw up their finances to the point that they need more money. I just read that Austin will need to cut out some of the positions that were staffed in the past because the budget is out of control. What gives them the right then to take these people into their mess. I believe the only way for any city to annex is to have their budget and finances in control and to allow the people that are affected to vote to allow themselves to be annexed. This law needs to be overturned and soon as cities will continue to take over peoples lives, forever, and not have to be responsible. It is as though I have good credit and then I have to give access to my cards to someone who has rotten credit, and the law commands it. This is taxation without representation if I ever saw it. So who cares if you can vote in the city elections; apparently the people to be annexed live out of the city by choice.Leave them alone!!!!

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