Dear Editor, Proposition 2 needs our “for” vote. This means that citizens don’t want tax subsidies supporting a luxury retail development “out of touch” and “out of bounds” for Austin. A “for” vote corrects a very unwise decision made by the City Council years ago. It is our right to do so. Such an action would be similar to shareholders of a corporation overturning a reckless decision of its board of directors. Rarely do we as citizens get a chance at a “do over.” And, we thank Brian Rodgers and many others for their persistence and diligence in getting this issue rightfully to the voters. Up until this election, most people had no idea of the millions in tax subsidies supporting the center in North Austin. When we ask our customers if they have been there, some say yes. When we ask what they thought, the answer is it is not Austin. When we ask further if they knew that tax dollars are subsidizing it, they are aghast. As longstanding and well-known retailers in Austin, we are not against appropriate development under the right circumstances. It is vital. The old Mueller Airport comes to mind. But the Domain was unnecessary. We believe passage of Prop. 2 will not damage other efforts to develop Austin in a thoughtful manner consistent with our communitywide values. But our values were not considered when the unnecessary subsidies were granted to national developers greedy on turning Austin in to Dallas or Houston.
Tom and Connie Quilter, Owners, Clarksville Pottery & Galleries