Do you agree that increasing housing supply is only one side of the supply-demand equation for beating back Austin’s affordability crisis, and that Austin should refrain from subsidizing growth during times of rapid growth so as to reduce demand growth to levels that can be met with new supply? If so, in the Candidate Response section below, please tell us your ideas for ways to make Austin’s growth pay for itself. (Hint: You can refer to any of the materials parked on this page from the years of work conducted by local developers, Brian Rodgers and Ed Wendler, Jr., especially the power point at the bottom of the page Total Accounting and Impact Fees.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Susana Almanza

City Council, District 3

The city of Austin should not be subsidizing growth. The market builds for profit. The private market cannot or will not produce housing that families of average means can afford, it is the responsibility of government to promote the general welfare and to provide this basic human right. The supposedly “free” market will continue to do what it has always done – build for profits.

Rate your support: 10