In Favor of Proposition 2

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 16, 2008

Dear Editor, tells it straight on why the "word" of opponents of Proposition 2 at "Keep Austin's Word" is unreliable, at best. Prop. 2, if passed, will stop the city from giving $64 million in tax rebates to high-end luxury mall the Domain.
    Now, the Chamber of Commerce along with various big developer interests are trying to hide this ridiculous voluntary subsidy to the largest mall developer in the U.S. – Simon Properties – behind claims that it will hurt Mueller.
    Give us a break! The city has done absolutely nothing to address their supposed concerns about Mueller even though Stop Domain Subsidies has been certified for the ballot since Feb. 19. One can only assume they aren’t really worried and are using this as a political football at the last moment.
    If the city was really concerned, they could have easily taken care of this since last February, and still can, with a minor contract change or any number of other mechanisms. The Mueller sales-tax bond they question is only $12 million. If the city’s concern is genuine, then they could pay it off early with money saved from the Domain.
    The citizens of Austin need to ask the council why they're covering for certain interests, who continue to feed from the city trough, while they cut libraries and institute a backdoor hiring freeze.
    Who owns the council? Right now, it's not us. We hope to see a sea of people at our outdoor music and art auction this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, 5-9pm at 2200 S. Lamar. You can RSVP on our website.
    Join us to rock the city and tell them who's supposed to be the boss!
Brian Rodgers
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