Press Advisory – Travis County Taxpayers Union Urges Austin Voters to Reject Unlimited Taxes and Unsustainable Debt from School Bond Propositions
Thurs., May 1, 2014
Austin, TX —
TCTU asks voters to reject Austin area school bonds in another attempt to reign in unaffordable debt and taxes.
As a probable consequence of the TCTU lawsuit against AISD last year, the Round Rock ISD heeded a demand letter from TCTU and complied with Texas Education Code — the subject of a drawn-out legal challenge presented by TCTU attorney Stephen Casey against AISD in 2013.
Texas law (Texas Education Code Chapter 45.003) mandates the words “…the levying of a tax sufficient, without limit as to rate or amount…”, and for the first time in more than a decade, those words appear on a school bond ballot.
TCTU Founder and Treasurer Don Zimmerman adds, “We are pleased that the Travis County GOP Executive Committee unanimously passed a Resolution against the unlimited taxes of the Round Rock ISD Bond, and also opposed other Bonds. We note that affordability is now a non-partisan issue in the Austin area.
Parents cannot afford unlimited spending on their kids, in spite of loving them far more than the government school does.
The government school must reign in debt and taxes, pay teachers more, pay bureaucrats less, and learn to live within a reasonable budget which doesn’t demand ‘unlimited taxes’.
TCTU urges renters, home owners, and small businesses to vote AGAINST increased taxes and debt; higher rents and taxes are driving many people out of the city.”
REFERENCE: Travis County sample ballot:
“Round Rock ISD Proposition No. 1
The issuance of $234,155,000 of school
building bonds for acquiring, constructing and
equipping school buildings and purchasing
necessary sites therefor, including acquiring,
constructing, renovating, improving and
equipping school buildings, constructing a
middle school and an elementary school,
acquiring technology replacements, upgrades
and improvements and acquiring school buses;
and the levying of a tax sufficient, without limit
as to rate or amount, to pay the principal of and
interest on the bonds and to pay the costs of
any credit agreements executed or authorized
in anticipation of, in relation to or in connection
with the bonds”