Friday, October 10, 2014

Citizens for Tax Relief NOW releases Austin Taxpayer Protection Pledge

"But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God."
Nehemiah 5:15

No doubt you're feeling the strain of how expensive a place Austin has become. The good news is, in a few weeks you can change the balance of power at Austin City Hall. You'll finally have the chance to see Austin become a more affordable city.

Citizens for Tax Relief NOW is a citizen-led grassroots group that wants to make sure people like you get REAL tax relief on Election Day, not more hyperbole.

Right now, we are sending out a candidate pledge to all 78 City Council candidates asking them to sign if they agree that tax relief will make Austin more affordable.

The pledge says:

I, _________________, pledge to support and advocate for a more affordable community as a member of Austin City Council. Greater transparency and financial accountability will ultimately result in a more affordable, thriving community, and in order to achieve this, I pledge to support and advocate for the following actions:

1. Audit the City of Austin
Support and advocate for an independent operational and financial audit of all city departments and functions.

2. Enact a 20% Homestead Exemption

Support and advocate for immediate tax relief for homeowners by implementing the full 20% Homestead Exemption.

3. Budget at the Effective Tax Rate

Support and advocate for annual operating budgets that do not exceed the effective tax rate and for zero-based budgeting for all operations.

If you agree with this message, please forward it to every Austin voter you know. Then, "LIKE" our Facebook page -- we'll keep you posted on City Council candidates who sign the pledge so you who will take REAL steps to lower your cost of living.

Don't use Facebook? Then go to our website and click on Candidate Pledge to see who has signed.

DON'T FORGET! Election Day is November 4, and early voting runs from Oct. 20-31.

To see who's on the ballot in the Council District where you live, CLICK HERE.

Thank you, and God bless!

Cindy Mallette

Organizer, Citizens for Tax Relief NOW
As of the time of this publication, Laura Pressley (District 4) and Ed English (District 7) are the first two candidates to sign.

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