Powers: Prop 1 Passage Huge Step for UT, Texas Health

The first University of Texas medical school class in Austin could be in place as early as 2015 or 2016, Provost Steve Leslie said Wednesday morning.

Leslie, President Bill Powers and several college deans thanked Austin voters who approved Proposition 1 Tuesday night. The measure will raise property taxes to help fund a UT-Austin medical school. Those tax dollars will account for the last needed chunk of funding for the school.

“It’s a historic vote for Austin and Central Texas, and it’s certainly a historic moment for our University,” Powers said at a press conference.

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