AUSTIN – Yesterday, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) filed an amicus brief in In re Ed English, which is currently before the Supreme Court of Texas. The brief argues that the city of Austin should submit to a third-party, independent audit of its budget and operations. Further, the brief argues that the city’s proposed ballot language does not accurately reflect the intent of the petition ordinance, which will go before Austin voters in November.

“The city of Austin is home to crushing property taxes, a massive budget, and an enormous debt,” said Bryan Mathew, a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance. “These are all warning signs that the city’s finances are headed over a fiscal cliff. Rather than sit idly by, Austinites are fighting to better understand the city’s many problems and come up with tailor-made solutions. The high court would do well to let this process unfold as intended so that residents can better hold their city government accountable.”

For more information, please contact Alicia Pierce at apierce@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.    

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