By Bill Oakey
March 16, 2014
Taxpayers across the City still have time to stop the Tuesday vote by the Austin City Council to dip into the $14.2 million budget surplus and start spending it. If they follow last year’s procedure, nearly the entire surplus will be gone, even if they don’t spend it all this week!
Email All 7 City Council Members With A Single Click:
mailto:Kathie.Tovo@austintexas.gov, email@example.com, Mike.Martinez@austintexas.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
You can either use your own words, or simply copy and paste these two requests that we will be making at the Taxpayers Press Conference on Tuesday morning:
1. Please delay beyond this week any action on spending the budget surplus, or on establishing a policy on budget surpluses, to allow more time for public input.
2. Please make a unanimous commitment not to spend any of the budget surplus. Send a clear, positive message to the community on fiscal responsibility and affordability.
What Else Can You Do To Help?
Forward this blog posting to all of your email contacts, all of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Then, hang onto to your wallets and purses and hope for the best! Ask your friends to follow this blog for the latest updates and action alerts on Austin affordability issues.
What Is The City Manager’s Recommendation?
City Manager, Marc Ott, recommended to the City Council not to spend the budget surplus! Instead, he recommended leaving it in reserves, or applying it to next year’s budget to provide property tax relief.
Do We Know Where Each City Council Member Stands?
Not for certain, yet. But each of them will be sent an email inquiry early Monday morning. This blog will post their responses, or any lack of responses, after the close of business on Monday.