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City Council knowingly passed an illegal ballot for the Prop A election

City Council knowingly passed an illegal ballot for the Prop A election 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Ballot for Prop A violates State Law by not properly disclosing the details of Project Connect to voters despite the Mayor and entire City Council being notified of this problem by a former City Council member! Specifically, section 451.071 of the Texas Transportation Code requires “a general description of the fixed…

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Too few cops means we are less safe because of Council cuts

Too few cops means we are less safe because of Council cuts 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Reduced personnel means many calls to 911 are going hours without answer proving fewer cops does not make Austin safer. The aftermath of City Council’s cuts to the Austin Police Department (APD) has arrived. Ken Cassady, Austin Police Association President, has reported that APD officers are taking jobs elsewhere, leaving remaining officers…

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City Hall says Prop A’s 25% tax increase “is true but misleading”

City Hall says Prop A’s 25% tax increase “is true but misleading” 150 150 Voices of Austin

“When the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) asks both sides to come explain the light rail plan to its members … you show up. Realtors have a big voice when it comes to housing and taxes and they are a significant political force.  You ignore them at your own peril. “Gerald Daugherty … who’s the…

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Spoof of Prop A advertisement

Spoof of Prop A advertisement 150 150 Voices of Austin

From the Austin Morning Line: “We can’t help it. We get so excited when the pro-transit folks send us another piece of mail. The colors are so pretty. The graphics are expensively professional. It’s slick. And the words … All. Those. Words. Very few which make much sense. “So … here’s our version! Copyright ©…

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Prop A PAC buying election for Big Money Developers

Prop A PAC buying election for Big Money Developers 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE How much does it cost to buy a city election these days? Over $1M? Elected officials and Capital Metro are ‘gaslighting’ voters with a lavish marketing campaign disguised as social justice and equity, and they are doing it with big money invested by big land developers and other special interests. City government…

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Read the Op-Ed the Statesman doesn’t want you to see

Read the Op-Ed the Statesman doesn’t want you to see 150 150 Voices of Austin

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. It…

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Project Connect PAC reports nearly $1M raised, mostly from real estate

Project Connect PAC reports nearly $1M raised, mostly from real estate 150 150 Voices of Austin

Project Connect PAC reports nearly $1M raised, mostly from real estate Mobility for All, the PAC associated with Transit Now, the group run by Dem operative Mykle Tomlinson to support Prop A, reported raising $970k through September. There were about 150 individual contributions. I saw quite a few of my own subscribers pop up with…

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Proposition A (Project Connect} would raise the city’s property tax rate permanently

Proposition A (Project Connect} would raise the city’s property tax rate permanently 150 150 Voices of Austin

Austonia answers: How much has Capital Metro spent on Project Connect ads? Emma Freer | Austonia | October 7, 2020 “In FY 2020, which ended Oct. 1, Capital Metro spent $772,000 on such messaging [advertising]. The sponsored content varies, but one thing is always missing: the cost of the project. “Jeffery Bowen has lived in Austin…

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CTRMA survey shows post pandemic commuting patterns will reduce traffic more than multi-billion-dollar Project Connect

CTRMA survey shows post pandemic commuting patterns will reduce traffic more than multi-billion-dollar Project Connect 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pre-pandemic ridership studies show that Project Connect will only serve 0.88% of the Austin population.  When coupled with a post-pandemic 5% reduction in transit, Voices of Austin must question if this is the time to make a $7.1 billion initial investment in a transit system with a reduced commuter base. With less…

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Austin taxpayers should beware of the “PROP A” tax increase – an open letter from Bill Aleshire

Austin taxpayers should beware of the “PROP A” tax increase – an open letter from Bill Aleshire 150 150 Voices of Austin

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…

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