This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on April 28, 2015.
On Monday, the Texas Intergovernmental Affairs Committee heard Senate Bill 710, which would allow Texans in unincorporated areas to protect their freedom from big-city taxes and regulations by incorporating “liberty cities.”
What is a liberty city? Simply put, it’s a city whose primary objective is the preservation and protection of the rights of its citizens. If Senate Bill 710 passes, a new type of city would be available to choose from for citizens in unincorporated areas who wish to create a city.
Fields is a senior policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former College Station City Council member.