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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 and longtime residents are moving out citing rising property taxes. Some have also cited homelessness as an impediment to business. 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? One example of the request of more funding is to expand social service contracts to meet needs, including to provide more supportive housing programs. How do you balance less taxes and increased demand for social services? Please explain.

Amit Motwani

City Council, District 3

Improve coordination of them (services). We have a largely private (and therefore fragmented—i.e. 6000+ nonprofits in Austin) non-profit social service system that is only partially funded by the City, among manifold other funders. NOBODY has a bird’s eye view of where there is or isn’t capacity, and funding decisions are often made on who has the best grant writers or makes the fanciest presentation. We need to put a finer point on need with relation to capacity and fund that way. I thin investments in City-funded navigation, referral, and appointment setting service would be a first step to collecting this insight. Secondly increasing funding in social services, when done right, yields high economic returns in economic inclusion and also reduced long term health care costs as many issues can be caught “upstream.” ROI on efficiency through coordination is also helpful. This is my work at United Way, and I have plans with numbers around all of this.