Vote YES on Proposition B

Help us preserve and invest in the things we all love most about Austin.


UnConventional Austin is a grassroots group of concerned citizens who love what’s unique and authentic about Austin. We’ve developed a commonsense approach for investing in our city without incurring the huge public expense of an unnecessary convention center expansion. Your support helps us pass the most important ballot initiative in a generation.

We would like to send you, very occasionally, updates on our efforts to pass Proposition B.

The City wants to spend $1.2 billion to demolish, rebuild, and expand the Convention Center. Proposition B offers an alternative plan that simply reallocates a portion of the Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue to provides millions of dollars more to support music, promote cultural tourism, and address homelessness without the expansion expenditure. 



1. Prioritizes public funds to promote and invest in all the things we love about Austin, many of which we are at risk of losing — music, arts, parks, pools, local businesses, and preserving Austin’s history.

2. Gives Austinites a vote on the expansion of the Convention Center

3. Requires transparency in how public dollars are spent by the multinational hotels who run Visit Austin (the Convention Center’s marketing arm).


1. Public Voice – You deserve to vote on such a major public expenditure. 

2. Invest in Austin – Promotes and invest in live music, events, parks, and local businesses that generate tourism instead of transferring wealth from those things to the downtown Convention Center, which benefits the multinational hotel corporations, such as Hilton and Marriott.

3. Fairness – Despite generating less than 4% of tourism, the Convention Center gets 72% of all tourism funding ($70 million annually).

4. More for Music – All the benefits of an expansion, touted by the proponents who are funded by multinational hotels, could be achieved, and more, without a $1 billion+ expansion.

5. Failing Business Model – The center loses more than $34 million annually ($93,000 per day) and the expansion will cost more than $1 billion, funds that could be spent on important needs.


proposition b supporters

  • Waterloo Records
  • Austin Independent Business Alliance
  • NAACP – Austin Chapter
  • Save Our Springs Alliance
  • Planet K
  • The Bumper Sticker Shop
  • Cosmic Coffee
  • Gonzalo Barrientos,
    Former Texas State Senator
  • Bill Aleshire, Former Travis County Judge
  • Ora Houston, Former Austin City Council Member
  • John Kunz, Owner of Waterloo Records
  • Bill Bunch, Executive Director, Save Our Springs Alliance
  • John Riedie, Tourism Commission Member
  • Brian Rodgers, Tourism Commission Member
  • Nelson Linder, President, Austin NAACP
  • Heywood Sanders, PH.D, Professor of Urban Policy, Author of Convention Center Follies
  • Kevin Russell, musician
  • Rebecca Melancon, Executive Director, Austin Independent Business Alliance
  • Bill Oliver, musician
  • Steve Speir, Precinct Chair, Travis County Democratic Party  
  • John Inmon, musician
  • Peck Young, Architect of Citizens for Geographic Representation

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