Statements about City Government
Says 55 percent of council members have come from area where only 10 percent of Austinites live.
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 no Austin City Council "member lives south of" Lady Bird Lake "or north of 45th Street."
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 he banned texting while driving in Austin.
"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."
Says that several times in the last 15 years, Austin City Council candidates have won seats after trailing by more than 4,000 votes in the election prompting the runoff.
"The turnout on May 14th was just 7 percent -- the lowest turnout in decades."
"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.
Says four-year terms for City Council members are "the norm in most cities of our size."
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