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.

Bobby Levinski

City Council, District 8

As stated above, I generally do not supporting using tax incentives to recruit businesses to Austin, and I have been a long proponent of ensuring our impact fees match actual costs of service for new growth. If additional cost of service studies are needed, I will sponsor the actions necessary to move forward with that; otherwise, the City Manager simply needs to be giving direction to ensure that the City’s budget is not subsidizing developers’ business models.

Rate your support: 10