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Barton Springs University Postponed 
 
We are saddened to report that BSU has to be postponed again. The pool is flooded and clean up has not been started due to the continued rain forecast into next week.  We are working with the City of Austin|Parks and Recreation Department to reschedule the event for the Spring. 
 
This is very disappointing to all of us but unfortunately, we too are faced with extreme weather patterns that are being experienced all over the planet.   

SOS Staff and all of the sponsors, presenters, educators, musicians and vendors are determined to make BSU happen in April or May.   It is more important than ever that we educate our youth and the public about the fragile world of our aquifer and its springs and how we all can live lightly on the earth.

Stay tuned for new date!  

Save the date:
SOS Holiday Party December 7th 

According to NASA, “a black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out.” If gravity was limited to pulling in money and light, then the Austin Convention Center is the biggest black hole in Travis County.

The downtown black hole is pulling in so much money, barely a spark of light can emerge on the true fate of $75 million in City funds sucked into the Convention Center hole this year alone.

If you ask the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) or the Austin Convention Center Department (both funded by the City of Austin’s hotel occupancy tax, or “HOT” tax) they will tell you the Convention Center is a roaring success, and we need to expand it with another $400 to $600 million expansion in order to keep visitors coming to Austin. If you ask them to show their success and where all the money is going, they hide the ball, change the subject, or claim the information is “private.”

Thankfully, KXAN TV’s investigative news team began to shed light on the Convention Center black hole with an in-depth report that aired last Friday evening.

So what does this have to do with saving Barton Springs and keeping our home waters clean and flowing?  By state law, the HOT tax must be used to support and promote tourism. This includes supporting the arts, historic and cultural preservation, tourism promotion, transportation that primarily serves visitors, and, yes, convention centers.  But fewer than 2% of Austin visitors come for conventions at the convention center, yet the convention center collects over 70% of the HOT tax. That’s over 70% investment for less than 2% of the return. The people and places that attract tourists to Austin—the arts, musicians and music venues, iconic local businesses, cultural festivals and events, historic preservation, parks—get about 15% of the money--for all of those areas combined.  Barton Springs is reported to be the number 2 tourist attraction next to the State Capitol. Barton Springs preservation gets zero ($0) from Austin HOT tax revenues.

Become a member of the SOS Alliance by donating online today. You can contribute any amount at any time.creditcards

We process payments online with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit cards. We offer one time donations as well as weekly and monthly options.

You can also donate to S.O.S. by calling our office at 512-477-2320 ext. 301 or by mailing a check to:

Save Our Springs Alliance
4701 Westgate Blvd, D-401
Austin, Texas 78745


CONTRIBUTE AT LEAST $25, AND WE'LL SEND YOU ONE OF OUR
NEW BARTON CREEK GREENBELT MAPS!

PLEASE CHECK THE BOX BELOW YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO REQUEST YOUR FREE MAP


 Donate Now!

Become a member of the SOS Alliance by donating online today. You can contribute any amount at any time.creditcards

We process payments online with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit cards. We offer one time donations as well as weekly and monthly options.

You can also donate to S.O.S. by calling our office at 512-477-2320 ext. 301 or by mailing a check to:

Save Our Springs Alliance
4701 Westgate Blvd, D-401
Austin, Texas 78745


CONTRIBUTE AT LEAST $25, AND WE'LL SEND YOU ONE OF OUR
NEW BARTON CREEK GREENBELT MAPS!

PLEASE CHECK THE BOX BELOW YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO REQUEST YOUR FREE MAP


 Donate Now!

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