Protecting Your Tax Dollars
In August the Austin City Council will begin working on the $3.5 billion budget for 2015 - 2016. The general fund budget alone is more than $903 million. The general fund pays for public safety, planning and zoning, municipal court, animal services, health and human services, parks and recreation and libraries.
Council Member Gallo will do everything she can to reduce the property tax burden, set a reasonable tax rate and reduce or minimize rates charged by the City of Austin, all while maintaining an emphasis on funding core city services. Our District 10 office will be reviewing expenditures for each city department and scrutinizing policy initiatives which impact our budget.
The graph below gives you an idea of how different taxing jurisdictions impacted your 2014 tax bill.
The City's Budget office has prepared the following chart of proposed increases to various rates. Council Member Gallo's goal through this budget process is to do everything she can to eliminate or minimize any rate increases for the 2015 -16 budget cycle.