The Mayor's hand-picked Central Corridor Advisory Group is going to make a 1 billion dollar decision on rail this Friday. This decision could raise property taxes as much as 15% for Austin taxpayers - and they are doing it while claiming the CCAG cannot be hold to the state's Open Meetings Act.
This is of course, the same Mayor who had to sign an agreement to avoid being indicted for not abiding by the Open Meetings Act:
Here is the email that was sent to CCAG members:
The meeting this Friday is ON!
The 5/2 CCAG #12 meeting agenda was posted after 11 am today, following the Clerk’s office daily website update. It is available here.
While this posting was less than 72 hours before the meeting, the CCAG is an “advisory group” and is, therefore, not subject to the Open Meetings Act. That said, the project team has committed to the community that our study process will be “open and transparent” and does regret this oversight.
This Friday’s meeting does not have any action planned, does include Citizen Communications, and will be televised and available on demand on ATXN (formerly Channel 6).
Scott Gross, P.E.
Austin Transportation Department
Project Connect: Central Corridor
209 West 9th Street, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701"