In November 2012, the voters of Travis County decided that the University of Texas at Austin should have its own medical school and teaching hospital. They approved a property tax increase that will generate $35 million a year in new revenue for the Austin school. Although state medical schools in Texas receive local support in the form of bond money, free land, and other assistance, this was the first time creating a school hinged on voter approval of higher taxes. That was the last piece of a funding pie that also includes millions from the UT System’s endowment and the Seton Healthcare Family, the area’s largest hospital system.

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