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What policies do you support to make Austin a more affordable place to live for all residents?

Rich DePalma

City Council, District 8

Affordability is a concern for many and we need to enact a comprehensive but common sense strategy to address the challenges. Looking at the housing data, in order to address affordable housing we must address: (i) housing supply, (ii) land prices, (iii) cost of construction and permitting, (iv) property taxes, and (v) housing funding. Ultimately, one of the main reasons for our high taxes is the broken public school funding formula. I’m the only candidate in the race who has testified at the state legislature on the impact the funding formula is having on affordability and on our facilities.