DEBT at a Glance
City of Austin
% Change Population, 2004-2013
+27.0% Austin +18.1% Texas
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Austin in Travis and Williamson Counties was home to 885,400 Texans in 2013. Its residents had a median income of $52,431 in 2008-2012.
The data on this page is provided as of the date indicated and may not reflect debt, population or other data as of any subsequent date. In addition, the debt is shown for the city only, and not for other political subdivisions that may have outstanding debt, taxing powers, and the same boundaries as the city. Debt of a controlled non-profit corporation is included as debt of its sponsoring city, even if non-recourse. See other explanations.
For more information on the types of debt, refer to our Debt Glossary.
Current Debt Obligations
Debt Outstanding Austin, Texas as of August 31, 2013 [What's this?]
|Type of Debt||Amount|
|Tax Supported Debt
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Tax-supported debt is backed by a pledge of property taxes levied within the issuer's boundaries. Some tax-supported debt may be secured by a combination of property taxes and other revenue sources. It generally must be voter-approved (with exceptions for COs, tax notes, school district maintenance tax notes, and certain county road bonds and contractual obligations for personal property.)
|Revenue Supported Debt
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Revenue-supported debt is secured by non-property tax revenue such as sales tax, tuition, admissions to athletic events, tolls, or water, gas, or electric municipal utility charges. As used in this site, it does not include debt that is also payable from property taxes. Revenue-supported debt generally does not require voter approval.
|Lease-Purchase Obligations [ ? ] |
Lease Purchase is financing the purchase of an asset over time through lease payments that include principal and interest. Lease purchases can be financed through a private vendor.
Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Sales Tax Rate in Fiscal Year 2013
Property Tax Rate in Calendar Year 2012
(Per $100 Valuation)
How Austin Compares
Tax-Supported Debt Outstanding for Cities of Similar Size, as of August 31, 2013
|City Name||Tax Supported Debt Outstanding||Tax Supported Debt Outstanding Per Capita||Population|
Source: Texas Bond Review Board, U.S. Census Bureau
Note: The table includes Austin and nine cities with closest population numbers based on 2013 U.S. Census Bureau population data. Tax-supported debt does not include revenue debt and lease-purchase obligations. For cities with municipal gas and/or electric utilities, regional airports, or other capital assets not common to cities generally, Tax-Supported Outstanding Debt may include debt for infrastructure that in other cities is carried by private enterprises, a public facility corporation or not at all.
Certificates of Obligation Issuances [What's this?]
Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Note: Amounts are absolute and have not been adjusted for inflation or population growth. The Bond Review Board has reconciled Certificate of Obligation issuances from 2003 through 2013.
Most Recent Bond Election
City of Austin Bond Election:
|11/2013||Prop. 1||Affordable Housing||$65,000,000|
Source: City of Austin
Note: Does not reflect authorized but unissued debt, if any, approved at earlier elections.
Proposed Bond Issuances
|11/2014||Prop. 1||Urban Rail, Transportation||$600,000,000|
Note: Reflects only referenda currently known and verified by the Comptroller's office at this time.
For a full list statewide, see the Upcoming Bond Election Roundup.
Tax-Supported Debt per Capita
changed by -14.3%
from 2004 to 2013.
City of Austin Tax-Supported Debt Per Capita Outstanding at Fiscal Year End: 10-Year Trend
Sources: Texas Bond Review Board, U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: Some debt issued before 2002 may not be reflected. Reflects debt in 2013 dollars divided by estimated population in the relevant year.
Authorized But Unissued Tax-Supported Debt
After voters approve tax-supported debt for a local entity in an election, the entity applies to the Attorney General (OAG) to approve issuance before debt is issued. Typically, the entity does not apply for the OAG to approve the total debt package at once, but rather over time so that it can manage the projects and reduce interest expense. Authorized but unissued tax-supported debt totals are the remaining voter approved tax-supported debt that the entity has not issued yet and may be issued in the future.
|11/2012||Prop. 2||Watershed Protection||$145,000,000||$130,000,000||$15,000,000|
|11/2012||Prop. 3||Parks & Recreation||$84,700,000||$78,890,000||$5,810,000|
|11/2012||Prop. 4||Cultural Arts||$31,500,000||$27,500,000||$4,000,000|
|11/2012||Prop. 7||Health & Human Services||$58,100,000||$53,100,000||$5,000,000|
|11/2006||Prop. 1||Street & Drainage||$103,100,000||$9,466,000||$8,440,000|
|11/2006||Prop. 2||Flood Control||$145,000,000||$130,000,000||$15,000,000|
|11/2006||Prop. 3||Parks & Recreation||$84,700,000||$78,890,000||$5,810,000|
|11/2006||Prop. 4||Cultural Arts Facility||$31,500,000||$27,500,000||$4,000,000|
|11/2006||Prop. 7||Public Safety Improvements||$58,100,000||$53,100,000||$5,000,000|
Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Note: Reflects authorized but unissued tax-supported debt as of August 31, 2013. Some debt authorized prior to 2002 but still unissued may not be reflected. The 2012 and later tax-supported debt data reflects cash defeasances.
An Introduction to Understanding Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
When you’re ready to learn about a public entity’s fiscal health, you’ll find a great deal of information in comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) and other yearly reports. Often posted online alongside other financial information, CAFRs report an entity’s accounting statements, debts and other key information for the past year.
But sometimes that information can be tricky to find – and tough to understand. Because of that, our office compiled some tips for locating an entity’s CAFRs and for understanding them. You’ll learn how all CAFRs have certain similarities and when and why different entities’ CAFRs will differ in key ways. Plus, we detail strategies for pinpointing the debt, expenditure and revenue information you need to hold a government entity accountable.
Note that the data in the following publications is presented as of the dates indicated in the publications and may not reflect debt, population or other data as of any subsequent date. For further or more current information, see the applicable entity’s web site or its most recent filings at Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®). The Comptroller does not control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of any such site. When you access any such site, you will be leaving the Comptroller’s website.
To learn more about the finances of public pension plans that may operate in this jurisdiction, please visit our public pension search tool.