FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Austin, TX — The Travis County Taxpayer’s Union (TCTU) is holding a public press conference to announce opposition to the Austin ISD’s $1 Billion Bond “without limit” tax increase, while the District continues to lose students to Public Charter Schools, and small business and families to tax-driven gentrification.
TCTU invites other opposition grassroots groups to attend the press conference:
WHAT: Public Press Conference announcing AISD $Billion Bond opposition campaigns
WHERE: Austin High School, 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703 (public road side)
WHEN: Tuesday, October 3rd (2017) at 12 noon
TCTU agrees with former Travis County Judge Bill Aleshire: “You can’t borrow a billion dollars without paying more in taxes than you would pay without this new debt”.
Karen Flanagan, Founder of Austinites Against AISD’s 2017 Bond: “Voters should reject this expensive tax increase because it’s unjustified even based on AISD’s own projections. AISD should better manage utilized campuses instead of raising our taxes.”
Mike Lee, Founding President of Austin Area MLK Association: “The AISD community, and especially the east side, is being shortchanged and fleeced. We’re voting AGAINST”.
TCTU lead analyst Roger Falk: “AISD’s attempt to conceal this bond’s tax increase is deception. Voters are owed more honesty before more debt.”
TCTU director Don Zimmerman: “We ask voters to READ THE BALLOT, which clearly states Bond taxes are, legally, WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO RATE OR AMOUNT. This ‘truth in lending’ statement, required by state law, is the result of a 2013 TCTU lawsuit against AISD’s illegal ballot language. The District employees are still violating the election code by illegally advocating FOR the Bond with official District website and other resources, because they’re deceiving voters about the cost. They even illegally added advocacy to the ballot language.”
ACTUAL BALLOT LANGUAGE:
PROPOSITION A, AUSTIN ISD The issuance of $1,050,984,000 school building bonds for the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, improvement, modernization and equipment of school buildings in the district, including (i) technology systems and equipment, (ii) safety and security systems and equipment, (iii) improvements to address overcrowding and safety concerns, (iv) improvements for students with special needs, and (v) reinvention programs for twenty-first century learning; the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings; and the purchase of new school buses, and the levy, pledge, assessment and collection of ad valorem taxes on all taxable property in the district, sufficient, without limit as to rate or amount, to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and the costs of credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.