“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.
“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
I’m really just bringing this to your attention for this quote alone.
If only it was just the liberals who were forced out of Texas after voting for higher and higher taxes. Unfortunately, everybody gets hurt.
I wish there were some way to arrange for the burdens of high taxation to fall only on those who vote for high taxation. That would be my idea of a “Fair Tax.” Spend your own damned money, not mine.
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