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.

In order for Austin to be an affordable city, it is imperative that our growth pays for itself. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and if developers don’t pay their share of fees to the city, then those fees fall squarely on the tax payer. Increased property taxes lead to an increase in rent, which is how cities become unaffordable. Having developers pay their share of property taxes, along with other fees to the city is literally the only way to keep Austin affordable for the general public.

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