Irony Located

RECEIVED Wed., June 5, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I find it very ironic that our mayor (local politician) Steve Adler isn't happy when our elected state politicians pass much-needed laws that decrease the annual cap of property taxes to a more affordable 3.5%, instead of the previous unreasonable annual increases of 10% in Austin/TCAD. 10% annual increases are outrageous and Mayor Adler is defending that policy.
    Obviously, Austin property owners don't agree with his bad policy. Approximately 142,800 owners (~33%) are filing appraisal protests! This is a new record. Policymakers and citizens constantly discuss sustainability and fairness, so tell me, how is the mayor's policy (that have been going on for many years) of 10% annual increase either sustainable or fair? Government is removing too much money from the pockets of everyday residential and commercial property owners as it is, and this is growing year by year.
    Politicians like Adler keep talking about a housing affordability problem here in Austin and his policies are at the root of the problem. Adler is complaining that the city budget is under stress when 10% increase are not allowed. Really? Everyone wishes their annual budget/available funds would increase by 10% ad infinitum to combat these tax increases (and probably most would be happy to just see the after-tax income go up by 3.5%) I guess some government policies work until to run out of other people's money ….
    I have to thank our state Legislature for understanding to need for more sustainable and fair policies/taxes.
Paul Jacobson
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