A voter-approved tax increase designed to deliver better health care in Travis County is now days from being implemented.
In a 4-0 vote, Travis County commissioners gave final approval Tuesday. Precinct 1 Commissioner Ron Davis abstained.
Beginning October 1st, Central Health will receive $219 million to serve the county’s poorest of the poor. That's a $59 million increase over the previous budget.
In November of last year, the tax was raised from 7.8 cents to 12.9 cents per $100 of appraised property value. The raise amounts to an average increase of $118 per property.
“The community came behind us in November and said yes, 'we want to see local healthcare transformed,'" Christie Garbe, Central Health Vice President of Planning and Communication.
Last year, Central Health served 85,000 patients across 315,000 visits.