- The Prop A ballot language only asks one question – should the tax rate be increased?
Prop A does not ask if light rail is helpful. Prop A does not ask if Austin traffic is good or bad. Prop A only asks to approve a significant tax rate increase.
Prop A is not a vote to fix Austin traffic, Prop A is a vote to increase the tax rate, which increases rents and costs of living for everyone.
People have good points for the benefits of light rail, but the question is: should we significantly raise our cost of living to get those benefits?
The City of Austin has a $4.2 Billion yearly budget. We can use existing budget to save up and fund light rail, without increasing our cost of living.
The Prop A tax rate increase will increase rent at a time when many Austinites can’t work and pay rent. To raise the cost of living now is unfair and unreasonable.
Prop A is a vote to permanently displace members of our community.
Prop A is a vote to put an extreme financial burden on minorities, poor people, elderly retirees, and minimum wage workers.
Prop A is a vote to devastate our creative class of musicians, chefs, and artists who are already struggling to afford rents here.
Before the pandemic many Austinites already struggled to get by, so pushing rents even higher will force them to leave town.
Austin is already ranked as the #1 Least Affordable City for Minimum Wage Workers. The Prop A rent increase adds an extra burden on minimum wage workers.
Retired Austinites made comparatively lower wages in the 80s and 90s, and their savings cannot cover this cost of living increase.
Homelessness is a current topic in city politics. Increasing rent makes it even harder for a homeless person to afford paying rent in Austin again. Increased housing costs will force more people to become unhoused.
Austin is already one of the whitest cities in America. This higher cost of living makes it even harder for minorities to live here.
The wealthy people pushing for this change can absorb the cost increase, but it is a significant burden to poor people.
With a higher cost of living, Austinites have less money to spend at local business, music venues, and restaurants. The Prop A tax rate increase transfers money from our Austin economy into a light rail line.
Prop A is a vote to increase everyone’s cost of doing business in Austin. Local businesses have to pay more rent, and that cost increase is passed onto the consumer. That overpriced $15 burger becomes an overpriced $18 burger. It’s a cycle that leaves Austin consumers with even less money to spend.
If we do approve Prop A, will it be done right?
Will the rail lines go to destinations that are useful for you?
A train will run from the Airport to the Convention Center, but how many Austin residents need to travel from the airport to a convention?
How long before mass transit is safe from pandemics again?
How will the new “work from home” economy change road congestion?
A vote for Prop A is an unjust vote to raise our cost of living, excessively burden the poor, displace people and devastate our community. Please, please, please Vote No!