Boot Adler and His Sucker Stadium!Sign the petition
Imagine this, Austin!
Imagine that the City of Austin wants to increase fees for swimming pools, which are part of the city park and recreation system. The City says it doesn’t have the money to repair and maintain pools.
Fee increases for adults are increasing from $3 to $5 — a 67% increase. For youth, pool fees will increase from $2 to $3 — a 50% increase. For children, pool fees will increase from $1 to $2 — a 100% increase, and for seniors from $1 to $2 — a 100% increase.
Now, you might also imagine that Mayor Adler’s pet Soccer Stadium deal with Precourt Sports Venture (PSV) will force taxpayers to subsidize ticket prices by exempting PSV from property taxes and charging them no rent for 5 years, and less than 25% of market rent thereafter.
But it gets worse.
Imagine the city can’t afford to maintain city pools but in the 6th and 7th year of Adler’s stadium deal, the city is kicking in $437,500 per year and $125,000 every year thereafter to a capital expense fund for the stadium.
The city can’t repair city pools but they can kick in money for Adler’s soccer stadium.
But it gets even worse, folks.
Imagine that to make capital repairs to pools, voters have to approve a bond issue on the ballot this November. But the massive land and tax giveaway, and capital expense contributions to Adler’s soccer stadium, is NOWHERE on the ballot.
This is why IndyAustin is petitioning for a public vote AND urging that all Austin voters stop being suckers!
Read the press release for more background information.
Detailed Explanation of the Petition “No Stadiums on Public Land Without a Public Vote!” This ordinance by petition – if passed by the voters in 2019 — will prevent this kind of distorted use of public land and public dollars – behind closed doors — from happening again to Austin without a public vote.
Ensuring Equal Taxation to Address Local Needs
Without the petition ordinance in code, the stadium’s for-profit owners think they can pay zero dollars in taxes for decades—meaning hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue for the City, AISD, Central Health, Travis County, and ACC. With the petition ordinance in code, however, the stadium owners would be required to pay their fair share of property taxes, or an equivalent amount. This is the fair thing to do, and it ensures we don’t shift the tax burden away from for-profit stadiums onto local business owners and homeowners.
Will of the People
The petition is about government responding to the will of people rather than to the desires of a California billionaire owner of a for-profit, private soccer club. This is also about the people having a voice in what is otherwise designed to be the biggest taxpayer subsidy in Austin history. The process to give away city land for the stadium was rushed based on a bogus deadline, and unless we pass this petition, the people’s voices will not be heard on this issue, short of voting the mayor and offending council members out of office.
Austin deserves a fully transparent and open government. The petition ordinance would help achieve that by making sure that all records held by the city about any transaction regarding a stadium will be open to the public. It will also ensure that the city and any profit-making sports or entertainment stadium wanting public land can’t abuse state law to hide public information behind closed doors.
Our Council should be focused on what matters to us, especially affordable housing. City Council voted to give away 24 acres of public land for the stadium, even though the city said that the very same property was the best place for it to build affordable housing!
Even worse is this. The stadium deal is designed to pilfer millions of dollars of tax revenue and avoid payments into the Housing Trust Fund. At the same time, taxpayers are being asked to approve a bond measure to spend millions more of taxpayer money to purchase property for affordable housing—properties like the one that the City just voted to give away for basically nothing.
Fair and Equal Tax Treatment for Local Businesses
Local, iconic businesses are struggling due to out of control property taxes—think of Threadgill’s, Maria’s Taco Xpress, Hill’s Country Cafe, Uncommon Objects, Ruby’s BBQ, Nubian Queen Lola’s and our Red River music venues. Incredibly, Council voted for a deal that they hoped would help this California billionaire team owner (and son of a former Halliburton board member), to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.
Have we told you enough yet, dear Austin!?
It’s time to take our city back from these scalawags!
Sign the petition and get your neighbors and Austin friends involved.
Remember, you must get signatures on a hard copy – this is not an internet petition, as they are not legally recognized.
Online petitions for public votes are not allowed in Texas.
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