November 13, 2012
If you’ve been reading the Watson Wire at all over the past few months, you probably know how hard I’ve worked to pass Proposition 1.
So, yes, its passage last week means a lot to me. But it will mean even more to generations of Austinites and Central Texans who will benefit from the better health care and economy it’ll help create.
Today, more than anything, I just want to say thanks. I’m enormously grateful to all of you who supported Prop 1 and voted for it. And I’m so proud of Travis County for passing it. We live in a great place, and the benefits Prop 1 brings will soon be a part of the community fabric that makes Austin special.
Voters should be proud of themselves, too. The investment that Prop 1 will make is reasonable and it’s smart, but it isn’t small. But neither is this step we’ve taken to create a healthier community and stronger economy. Our work isn’t over yet – not by a long shot – but this vote makes it possible to create truly transformative change across Travis County.
As this editorial discusses, Prop 1 affirms our past and energizes our future; it will “help the community flesh out the image it has of itself: of a community with a passion for education and a compassion for people. The results affirmed the community’s belief in itself.”
Over the 15 months we’ve been working to establish my 10 Goals in 10 Years, I (along with a number of others) have talked with as many people as possible about the challenges and opportunities facing our community. I came away from almost every one of these conversations feeling like folks had a better understanding of what this effort will mean for Travis County. It was an extraordinarily rewarding experience – one of the best times I’ve had in public service.
And it will continue to pay off. Because while Prop 1 represents a huge step, it’s still just one step. Our efforts to create better health care in Travis County aren’t over, and the challenges we face aren’t going anywhere. So neither can we.
But I’m excited to move forward, and I hope you’ll continue to be a part of this effort. Your community needs you, and it’s lucky to have you.
Thanks for all you’ve done, and God bless you for all you’re going to do.