ISSUES

Cost of Living

Every election year we hear we need more "Affordable Housing." Yet every year more and more people are being taxed out of their homes that they've lived in for 10, 20, 30+ years. Property taxes don't just impact homeowners. That cost is also passed on to renters.

When it comes to building new single-family homes builders are seeing a 20% increase in construction costs due to delays in ATX permitting and inspection process. These delays impact builders as the cost of materials are constantly changing due to supply chain issues and inflation. Creating a streamlined process for new construction in single-family homes will drastically help in reducing the cost of new builds.

✅Lower Property Taxes
✅Lower City Fees
✅Lower Utility Costs
✅Balanced Budget (Cut wasteful spending and redundancies)
✅Reduce the number of redundancies required to build single-family homes by streamlining the permitting process and reducing building fees.

Government Transparency

There should be no reason to withhold information, rush items through to a vote, only to find many things withheld or suppressed that would affect it from passing:

I support the following:

✅Open Source Budget. All funds must be tracked down to the dollar in how they are spent and available to the public.
✅All measures that the council vote on must be posted 30 days prior for the public to review.
✅Require Council Members to schedule 1 Town hall meeting every other month for open comments 5-10mins per person.
✅Require a plan of action on each item that is being voted on:
- Who originally proposed the item and all who coordinated in drafting the proposal
- How they've come to the total requested amount of funds
- How will it be implemented
- Quarterly after-action report. If it fails to meet the expected outcome, how will it be changed and/or end the program due to failure? Instead of continuing to fund failing programs.

Safety

If you live in ATX, you've either read, experienced, or witnessed the increase in crime. Our current mayor who eagerly waits for the day we no longer need police will tell us the increase in crime is due to city growth.

The “Defund The Police” movement drastically impacted the staffing numbers within Austin PD. When you add the fact our city officials continue to allow individuals with mental health and/or drug addiction issues to camp on the street this creates an unsafe environment not only for those who are homeless but also for everyone else. There are 3 building blocks to decrease crime.

✅ Shelter/Treat Homelessness & End Panhandling
✅ Setup Temporary Shelter w/ requirement of at least nine (9) months proof of residency in Travis County
✅ Coordinate w/ Community First Village, Austin Salvation Army Rehab Center, Central Health, Austin's Free Vocational Training (if needed to get back into the workforce), local non-profits, and church leaders who help those facing homelessness & w/ addiction/mental health issues to get these individuals the services they need to get back on their feet and self-sufficient.
✅ Enforce the camping ban. Sue cities/states who provide funding or a bus ticket to their homeless to Austin
✅ Set up financial assistance programs for those who are only weeks or months away from becoming homeless. Requiring them to work with a social worker and take financial literacy courses to improve their budgeting to avoid future mistakes or misshapes that may lead to them ending up potentially homeless in the future.
✅ Restaff Police Dispatchers, EMS, PD Patrol Units, Narcotics Division, Detectives & Organized Crime.
✅ Enforce the laws we have (46% of the solved murders for 2021 were by individuals put back on the street after previous charges were dropped, reduced, or allowed out on low bail after a violent crime)