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Leander considering cutting ties with Capital Metro

July 17, 2019 - 8:54 am
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LEANDER, Texas (Talk1370.com) -- Could Leander be on its way out of Capital Metro?

Leander's City Council will debate an agenda item during Thursday night's meeting that, if approved, would authorize the city to hire an outside attorney to advise the city on its options regarding a "possible withdrawal" from the transit authority. Leander is one of the charter members of Capital Metro, first established in 1985.

A one percent sales tax funds CapMetro operations from Leander and all of the other jurisdictions that are members. During the last fiscal year, Leander contributed more than $5.1 million in sales tax revenue to the agency.

Currently, the authority provides bus and rail service in Leander. Ongoing construction on the MetroRail line has temporarily disrupted rail service on Saturdays, but Capital Metro officials say bus services have been added to provide alternatives. Officials say those construction activities are expected to wrap up in late 2019.

If the council does eventually decide to move ahead, CapMetro officials say any withdrawal would have to be approved by voters. Leander would also have to "pay back" capital improvements made in the city, which could add up to more than $9 million.

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