City of Austin about to raise tax rates, still has deficit

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Well, what a shocking development. The city of Austin ran out of money and is going to raise taxes and do it by just 3% because that way they don’t have to put it up for a vote. It’s mind-boggling, partially because the city spends money on stuff like a freaking boardwalk by the lake for $17 million. Why, that’s your 3% tax increase and some right there.

Of course, compared to school district’s brutal assault on taxpayers’ wallets, extra $50 a year seems somewhat innocent, but the real question is, why such projects aren’t canceled when there’s a budget cut? I understand not wanting to cut public transit budget — people could argue that despite all the inefficiencies, for some low-income citizens public transit is the only option. But a boardwalk? Really?


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