Statements about City Budget

"The majority of Austinites rent" the places they live.

San Antonio has seen "67% growth" in water customers "in the last 25 years, 0% more water used."

Says Lee Leffingwell "raised property taxes 20 percent in three years."

Says since 2000, Austin’s "tax burden" rose more than 40 percent while family income rose more than 20 percent.

Says "Austin has the lowest property tax rate by far of the five major cities in Texas."

"Invested $90 million in traffic fixes without raising taxes."

Says "we brought crime rate down by 30 percent" when he was mayor of Dallas.

"Ten years ago the Austin Water Utility used a total of 240.3 million gallons. Every summer since then our peak day of water use has been lower."

Says that under City Council Member Randi Shade, Austin had the "highest city debt per person in Texas."

Says the Austin City Council "may give $4 million a year to subsidize a race track."

Says opponent Kathie Tovo "believes that Austin invests too much in the cops, firefighters and paramedics that protect our families and neighborhoods."

"Austin Energy is considering its first rate increase since 1994."

Says one of Austin City Council Member Randi Shade’s biggest contributors is the lobbyist for the Formula 1 racetrack planned outside Austin.  

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