While I have come to enjoy the intellect of Mr. King, I would like him to answer a few questions that did not quite make his column last week [“Point Austin
,” News, June 15].
I moved here 16 years ago and live less than a mile from the town of Bee Cave. I picked this location because
it was not in the Austin city limits. I was convinced then and now that the small number of people who actually run Austin are a bunch of tree-hugging idiots who would eventually bankrupt the city and I had no intention of going down with them.
So it is with some consternation that I learn that this "progressive" city is going to put 20 years of stealing from the utility to fund silly boondoggles on the backs of me and 50,000 others who do not live in the city limits and have no vote in the matter.
So, Mr King, is this a sign of your small "d" democracy? Do you think it was proper for Austin to raid its monopolistic utility to fund city projects rather than having the balls to ask for a straight-up vote on taxes from its citizens? What right does Austin have to force me, a noncitizen, to do business with their monopoly? Are informed progressives like yourself comfortable with taxation without representation as long as it pays for one of your pet projects?
All this is going to play very well when the Lege opens in January. I am willing to bet that you will have plenty to write and cry about then.