AUSTIN - Taxpayer costs are soaring for a new Austin habitat for an endangered salamander that lives at one of the most popular swimming holes in Texas. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the price tag for a 75-foot waterway at Barton Springs pool has climbed five fold to roughly $1.7 million. That's roughly $7,000 a square foot. The tiny salamander is only a few inches long and has been on the endangered species list since 1997. Environmentalists want to create a small stream between Barton Springs pool and Eliza Spring, which is home to about 300 salamanders.
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