In a recent poll, residents of Austin cited rising property taxes as a major issue they face, iconic business are having to close their doors citing rising property taxes. How would you slow or stop the increase in City property taxes, encourage other taxing entities to do the same, and balance the requests for more funding coming from the City Departments and the public?

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

I would want to set expectations differently for departments and require that they provide budgets with a
reduced percentage. That way, Council would be forcing them to find efficiencies where they are able to
and provide us with a better starting point.