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Susan Spataro, Retired Travis County Auditor, challenges Mayor’s 4% property tax increase narrative

Susan Spataro, Retired Travis County Auditor, challenges Mayor’s 4% property tax increase narrative 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Updated 10/27/2020 with the official Travis County table showing the average Prop A tax increase  on a homestead property is $423.53 or 24.6%.) This op-ed was received by Voices of Austin from Susan Spataro, retired Travis County Auditor (1988-2012) and retired CPA and CMA. In this piece, Spataro proves that if Project…

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Project Connect and Uncertainty

Project Connect and Uncertainty 150 150 Voices of Austin

By Barbara Cilley There is an ancient saying, “All roads lead to Rome”. This could equally apply to Project Connect, “All roads lead to the Central Business District (CBD)”. The bottom line for Project Connect is that it is a CBD-centered plan. It clearly envisions a future where employment in Austin is centrally based. There…

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Culture of Misinformation

Culture of Misinformation 150 150 Voices of Austin

By Barbara Cilley

We now live in a culture of misinformation. Do we need vaccinations? Are you sure we can trust their safety? Are masks effective or not? Should we go to restaurants or not? Every day all of us are stressing out about how we survive the next headline. And whether we believe it or not. Then Austin City Council passed ballot measure language for Proposition A that does not accurately reflect the reality of a 24.6% tax increase. 

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A History of Property Taxes in Austin and Travis County.

A History of Property Taxes in Austin and Travis County. 150 150 Voices of Austin

White paper prepared by Morrison & Head, LP. Published in 2018.

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Austin passes record $3.9B budget, increases tax rate.

Austin passes record $3.9B budget, increases tax rate. 150 150 Voices of Austin

By Christopher Neely

Prop A in 2020 is the largest proposed tax rate increase in over 100 years. But the record was broken recently.

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Austin property taxes jump 38% over past decade.

Austin property taxes jump 38% over past decade. 150 150 Voices of Austin

By Marty Toohey

Austin property tax trends between 2000-2012.

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