We Want Real Independence from Unfair Taxation

On the Fourth of July, we celebrated our nation’s Declaration of Independence from the British, sparked by unfair taxation.  How ironic then, that Austin’s celebration took place at a business that is suing to avoid paying it’s fair share of property taxes!  According to the Statesman (7/1/14) Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is arguing in court “the $7 million plus property tax bill they receive in January is more than 2 1/2 times higher than it should be.”  As one protester’s sign at the fireworks said “COTA= Cheap On Tax Appraisals”.

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Brigid's Blog: Making a Difference on Appraisals

At the Austin City Council VoteThere has been so much energy and many developments this week in Austin around property tax fairness. Both the city and county have taken up the issue and awareness is growing. Click to read about how we are making a difference on appraisals!

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Brigid Voices Support for Ruling Declaring Texas’ Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Brigid Shea welcomed today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia that Texas’ ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Shea has been an advocate for LGBT rights for years. While on the Austin City Council in the 90’s, Shea pushed to create city employee domestic partner benefits, including same-sex couples.

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Guest Post: Don't touch Austin's eggs

This column was originally published in the Austin American Statesman and was republished with permission from the author.

Is Austin protecting our nest eggs? Austin sold our 700 acres in Mueller for $0 and gave away the tax revenue for years. Austin would have used the most costly contractor to demolish the Holly Plant were it not for great reporting by the Statesman. To develop the Green Plant, the city selected a developer based on a best and highest bid. Several years later it allowed that developer to retrade the deal without rebidding to see if someone would offer more. Austin leased Seaholm to a developer for $1 a year, threw in more than $4 million for renovations, and paid for the streets and environmental cleanup.

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Stacy Guidry Blogs for Brigid

I’ve known Brigid for 10 years and during that time I’ve seen many of the issues she’s tackled by using her position as a highly respected, action-oriented and visionary member of our community. She has made a direct and positive impact on policies and the quality of life in our area.

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Voting is "Pretty Cool"

Brigid, John and Eamon at the pollToday my husband John, my son Eamon and I Early Voted. It was an event I won’t soon forget. At the very beginning of the day, when I realized my son was going to vote for me (I finally won him over) during his first time voting, I actually got a little teary eyed. After all, he and my younger son Charlie are a huge part of why I am running.

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My First Presidential Election Vote

Brigid SheaWith early voting starting tomorrow (2/18), Brigid took time from her busy schedule to celebrate Presidents Day by sharing a little about who the first Presidential candidate she voted for and why! 

The first President I voted for was Jimmy Carter in 1976. He had been an outspoken leader on the environment, particularly working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and encourage renewables.

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Brigid is My Valentine

brigidfam.jpgBrigid and I first met a quarter century ago, both of us involved in environmental activism.  In the years since, we have lived through many changes - Brigid serving on the City Council, raising two boys, seeing Austin grow at an ever faster pace, and now a candidate for the Travis County Commissioners Court.

One thing that has NOT changed is Brigid's commitment to her community and her passion for public service. Since I first met her, she has never hesitated to step forward to right a wrong or give a voice to those that have none.   Public service may seem old-fashioned to some, but right now it is needed more than ever.

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Voters Explain Why They Support Brigid

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Erin Foster Blogs for Brigid

It’s because of her experience that Brigid understood how critical this situation was.  It’s because of her compassion for the working poor that she wanted to help and it’s because of her vast network of contacts that she was able to get something done quickly. That's why I am committed to helping Brigid win and I hope you will join me by signing up to volunteer, attending and event and/or ordering a yard sign!

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