City Council, District 3
First and foremost we need to take a more aggressive fight to the legislature to do something about school finance. We can’t have a serious talk about the local tax burden without talking about how our state leaders are failing us year after year to get school district taxes down. The city has need after need that is not being met, public safety to transportation to park maintenance, but we can’t omit those folks sentiments that are buckling under the pressure of overheating property values that lead to higher property taxes. Obviously not everyone has equally experienced the growth dividend of Austin’s tremendous boom over the past decade and a half, or less folks would be feeling the pressure to have to leave. We owe it to taxpayers to seek savings as much as possible, yet on the other hand they deserve a strong functioning city. This means the council must be diligent in making sure to allocate resources with great efficacy and communicate effectively the worth of their decisions.