"I just wanted to send out a quick update... all three resolutions passed, with some amendments. ...The most notable amendment is that they are not going to challenge the appraisals for this tax year, but are directing city staff to gather the information needed to do so next year. "
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Dear Austinites for Fair Taxes Team:
I just wanted to send out a quick update on last night's city council meeting, which ended at 3:30 a.m. this morning. I believe Brigid Shea may have a fuller report later, which I will forward, but all three resolutions passed, with some amendments.
The most notable amendment is that they are not going to challenge the appraisals for this tax year, but are directing city staff to gather the information needed to do so next year. I spoke to many of you last night but couldn't tell how many of our supporters were there - it looked like the Pets Alive folks had the largest number of folks, but that could be because they were so visible in their green shirts.
I know several folks spent the day, the evening, and then the early morning hours there, and for that I am very appreciative. I don't have all the names of people who testified, but I know Brigid Shea, David King, and several people from Austin Interfaith, along with Frances McIntire from the League of Women Voters all did fantastic jobs. You can view their presentations at:
The fact that all three passed is very good news, but it doesn't mean that our work is done. We have a meeting on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church, 2701 S. Lamar to strategize about next steps. It is right next to Matt's El Rancho if you want to grab some food on your way in. Beverly Ortiz with Real Values will be our invited speaker.