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Letters From Leaders

Capitol Metro’s Rail Plan: Project Connect or Disconnected?
By Gonzalo Barrientos

On November 3, Austin taxpayers will be asked to approve $7.1-billion in taxes for Project Connect, a massive expansion of Capitol Metro’s rail system. As Senate sponsor of the legislation that created Capitol Metro, I have a particularly strong interest in this expansion.

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The open letter below was received by Voices of Austin from former Travis County Judge and former Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, Bill Aleshire. Mr. Aleshire currently practices law and is an advocate for government transparency and accountability. In his letter, Mr. Aleshire speaks to his experience as a County Tax Assessor-Collector and the dangers he foresees should “Proposition A” pass this November election.

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