After much consideration and encouragement from community members across Travis County, I have decided to run for Precinct 2 on the Travis County Commissioners Court. In the last year, it has been a real privilege to hear from people all across our community about their hopes, dreams, and very real fears for this place we love. Fears that they will not be able to keep up with skyrocketing property taxes and may have to sell their homes; fears they will be forever stuck in traffic with no practical alternatives; and fears that we may run out of water and be threatened by wildfires.
As 25 year resident of Austin and a 12 year resident of the Allandale neighborhood, I’ve established myself as a proven reformer with a long record of getting things done. I don’t just talk about change, I go out and work for it. You know me from my work to preserve Barton Springs, my successful efforts to stop the sale of Austin’s electric utility in the 90’s, my passage of tough campaign finance reform laws, and my strong opposition to unnecessary public tax subsidies.
County government affects all of our lives. Each year the Commissioners Court sets the tax rate, spends $800 million in revenue and creates policies that affect more than 1 million people, including over 5,000 employees. It is heavily involved with protecting our environment and our quality of life.
I am running to reform a broken property tax system that has put an undue burden on homeowners and small businesses. Residential property appraisals have more than doubled in the recent decade, causing homeowners tax bills to go through the roof. The process is broken and I will make it my business to fix it.
We must have a comprehensive approach to protect our dwindling water supply. Hoping for rain is not a plan to deal with our increasingly dry weather. I will push for greater water conservation and to improve water quality.
We must deal with the fact that Travis County faces a growing threat of wildfires. I have a plan to pursue federal grants that will allow us to create the best preparedness program in the nation. We have all the talent and knowledge in Travis County to design a model program. We can both preserve our natural resources and keep our residents safe.
All we need to accomplish these things is someone to take the initiative. I stand ready to do that and I ask for your support.
Democratic Candidate for Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2