Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#atxcouncil: #TROXROX CodeNEXT, property taxes...and taxpayer funded lobbying!

"in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him."
Ephesians 3:12

We attended an event last night where Ellen Troxclair spoke last night about several topics related to both council and the current special session:

Part 1:

  • Council hasn't kept their word on homestead exemption.
  • City is hitting the full 8% increase every year.
  • In time of unprecedented growth, city manager still having to use recession tactics on budget.
  • Broke with TML on property taxes.
  • It's not the state's responsibility to protect local officials.
  • Leffingwell testified in favor of the Senate property tax bill.
  • Hopefully CodeNEXT will bring increased supply online.
  • Lots of people in her district would LOVE to live in Central Austin, but council policies make it impossible for them to afford to live there.
  • Austin spends $1 million per year on lobbyists at the capitol.
Part 2 (Note: There's about a one minute gap between part 1 and part 2):

  • Explains the evils of taxpayer funded lobbying.
  • Nothing much happening on implementing the corridor component of the 2016 transportation bond.
  • No final candidates on city manager.

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