"The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender."
Earlier this month, TPPF released some observations about the City of Austin's upcoming budget; TPPF's piece also contained this gem lifted directly from page A-15 of the City of Austin's Budget:
This is the first time we've heard about a potential Travis County bond election in May 2015. $300 million for a new courthouse is, to put it mildly, ridiculous. With public debt already pricing people out of the county, yet another bond election for such a frivolous cause should be a non-starter.
Upon learning about this proposed bond election last week, this website reached out to both candidates in the surprisingly competitive race for Travis County Judge: Democrat Sarah Eckhardt and Republican Mike McNamara to gauge their support for this boondoggle.
McNamara replied with this statement:
“Now is not the time to burden Travis County and City of Austin tax payers with more debt in bonded projects. Every day that I speak with property owners, they express their deep concerns about the livability of Travis County, especially in Austin. As Travis County Judge, I will work to stop increasing taxes and find ways to cut wasteful duplication and unnecessary expenditures in local government.”After 5 days, multiple phone calls, tweets, and e-mails, we have yet to hear back from Sarah Eckhardt. This leads to one of two conclusions: either Sarah Eckhardt supports $300 million in new debt for a courthouse, or she doesn't care enough about the issue to respond to a routine press inquiry. Neither conclusion is flattering....
We can't afford Sarah Eckhardt.
Author's Note: If Sarah Eckhardt decides to respond, we'll update accordingly; for now, concerned citizens can contact Sarah Eckhardt via Twitter: @Sarah_Eckhardt.