Do you agree that Austin desperately needs a united front of officeholders, local businesses and voters to “make growth pay for itself?” (Note: An example is the passage of full water impact fees implemented on new developments in 2013. See the huge benefits below. Mind you, these benefits would have disappeared had the “Pilot Knob fiasco” been allowed to stand.) $300 million collections years 1-10 (already raised $150M in first 5 years) $45 million less debt service Fiscal Year 2018 15% lower customer bills Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Justin Jacobson

City Council, District 3

I don’t want to subsidize the profits for anyone at the expense of our city’s limited resources. However, I think it is more than reasonable to seriously evaluate projects on their merits as they are presented. With that approach, it is entirely possible that we will always make growth pay for itself, or find in those situations that some other tangible benefit is being offered, it could be permissible to provide some kind of incentive.

I’m not opposed to you above statement at all, but I really want to see us coming at growth with as open of a mind as possible. It’s coming despite whatever hard held beliefs we hold, if we force ourselves into either side of a this or that view point, I don’t think that’s what is going to serve the entirety of the population or preserve Austin’s core values.

Rate your support: 7