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Physicians join TCTU opposing Prop 1’s unnecessary tax increase for med school




October 3, 2012

A concerned group of Travis County community members, including numerous locally-renowned physicians, have joined the Travis County Taxpayer Union in publicly denouncing Proposition 1.  David L. Berry M.D., David T. Butler, M.D., Mark D. Akin, M.D., Paul S. Bushart, M.D., and numerous other physicians, who wish to remain anonymous, staunchly oppose Proposition 1, an effective “triple-tax” to the Travis County taxpayers by increasing federal, state and county spending.

Proposition 1 was designed and is being sold as the solution for affordable health care for the citizens of Travis County by increasing property taxes through the already-established Travis County Hospital District.  This $4.1 billion medical school project has been touted as a boon to Austin’s economy which will, supposedly, increase access to healthcare and prevent a shortage of physicians in the future.  In fact, this new tax will support further bureaucratic spending and increase the bloodletting of the taxpayer by incrementally and unfairly placing the burden of a state-sponsored medical school with unneeded, local taxpayer dollars.  Any additional jobs would be temporary or governmental in their very nature.  Additionally, the rush for federal “matching funds” ties Travis County to the ever-increasing national debt.

Responsible leadership mandates responsible management of our tax dollars.  In a time of increasing assessed values of property, increased water and electrical utility costs, inflation of consumable goods, increased gas prices and looming default of municipalities and counties nationwide due to unrestrained spending, enough is enough.  Travis County property owners are exhausted from the endless “investments in the future” which have never paid off.

Although the members of the Union are not strictly opposed to a medical school in Austin, we agree that Travis County should not be in the business of doling out hard-earned taxpayer income and thereby disproportionally paying into a losing investment.

Let the private investors, philanthropists and multi-billion dollar institutions and the State of Texas invest in the future of one more medical school.  Leave Travis County’s citizens out.

NOTE:  Dr. David Berry will present the case against Proposition 1 at the Wed., Oct. 10th noon Forum on Prop 1 at the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse.

For more information, contact
ROGER FALK, 512-258-5953,, TCTU Advisor and Analyst
Don Zimmerman, 512-577-8842,, TCTU SPAC Treasurer

The Travis County Taxpayers Union,, was created in 2012 to represent the political interest of Travis County taxpayers.


7 Responses

  1. David Raines

    We do not need a wasteful research hospital or any additional taxes.

  2. David Raines

    I love Austin but I am voting *against* the research hospital and * against * *all* the bonds.
    Renovating an existing building will almost allways cost more than building a new building.
    If The University of Texas wants a new research hospital, they need to pay for it with the
    Perminant University Fund.


  3. David Raines

    I took advantage of early voting and voted AGAINST Travis County Prop 1 (Research Hospital)
    as well as AGAINST *all* the City of Austin Bonds. We do not need any more taxes.
    Government Spending and Taxes do NOT create jobs or economic development.

    The government can only create make work scemes because government does not
    produce anything .

  4. brian berger, MD

    you can count me as a doctor against prop 1.

  5. David Raines

    The Travis County tax office is supposed to send out Property Tax Bills by October 31st.
    I have noticed that in prior years that the tax bills were somehow conveiantly sent out after the election-when county officals were running for reelection. Maybee the county politicans
    do not want to upset voters about the amount of property taxes before voting and could
    infulence the outcome of the election.
    I would not be surprised that the tax bills will be somehow delayed untill after the election so that
    voters do not realize the impact of the amount of healthcare district taxes before voting on Proposition #1 to raise taxes further.
    It might be a good idea to make an issue if tax bills are mailed out late this year. Further,
    those who owe money on thier property often have an escrow account so that they never
    recieve the actual tax bill..

  6. David Raines

    I remember former mayor Carol M. who was appionted by former Gov Mark White so her
    true colors are not conservative. She loves big spending and just pretends to be a ‘tough
    grandma’ on government waste and spending. We do not need any new taxes and the government cannot
    ‘invest’ in anything.
    Private Businesses can only invest in somthing. Higher Taxes discourage private business investment and jobs for Austin’s future (children and grandchildren)

  7. David Raines

    This Tax Increase WILL hurt everyone. The price of goods and/or services will increase
    because businesses will have to pass the increased overhead expense of property taxes that they pay on
    their buildinds (businesses that lease thier building and/or land pay the increased taxes in
    higher rents or inaddition to rents) . Businesses also have personal property taxes on thier
    equipment and fixtures besides invetory which will be passed along to the customer in
    higher prices. This alo can discourage businesses from locating in Austin or expanding
    in Austin which would provides JOBS and increased economic activity.
    The supporters of the research hospital do not look at how many jobs that a tax increase will cost as well as the lost economic activity.
    The government cannot create jobs. The can only create ‘make work’ scemes.
    Only private businesses can create jobs because
    private business provide a good or service of economic value.