Developers use state-sanctioned Municipal Utility Districts to finance services to new neighborhoods outside Austin city limits, circumventing voters' desire to keep growth off the environmentally sensitive Barton Creek Watershed.
I think what we were challenged with in Austin, and what continues to be a challenge, is the realization that what the City of Austin decides, and what this community decides, is not always the way it’s gonna be.
— George Cofer, Co-Envisioner Violet Crown Trail, Founder, Hill Country Conservancy
Protestors single out Robert Dedman and Gary Bradley for their development interests located over the Edwards Aquifer. Dedman was involved in developing the Barton Creek PUD and Gary Bradley for the Circle C Subdivision. Both used Municipal Utility Districts to finance infrastructure to serve their developments.
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library