AUSTIN – On Saturday, the citizens of Kingsbury, TX approved by 97 percent the incorporation of the City of Kingsbury. The Kingsbury Incorporation Committee indicated it would follow the principles of a Liberty City, seeking to protect residents’ rights, provide basic services, and keep taxes as low as possible. In addition, as an incorporated community, the City of Kingsbury cannot be annexed by neighboring municipalities.
The Liberty City concept has received international attention for using local government as a bulwark against big government, protecting and preserving the rights of individuals while doing the basic things that people expect a city to do. The Texas Public Policy Foundation has worked to encourage the Liberty City concept, including publishing a study, The Liberty City: A new Concept for Self-Governance, and supporting a bill in the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 710, to create a new kind of city called the Liberty City in Texas law.
Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Local Governance Senior Policy Analyst Jess Fields and Director James Quintero issued the following statements:
“Congratulations to the people of Kingsbury, Texas’ newest Liberty City. Truly, people want to live where their rights are secure and where government does what it is supposed to do. The Liberty City is developed with limited government policies in mind from the get-go, and that is why it has sparked such interest around the world.
“We live in a time when government at all levels is steadily encroaching upon our fundamental, God-given rights, spending our money frivolously, and shackling future generations with the chains of debt. The opportunity to get it right, one community at a time, is what the Liberty City is all about. We’ll keep promoting this idea across Texas and around the world, because eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and our work to protect it is never done.”
“Liberty Cities are an exciting new governing tool in the fight to restore liberty at the local level,” said Quintero. “As more people come to learn about Liberty Cities, their popularity and use will only continue to grow.”
To schedule an interview with Mr. Quintero or Mr. Fields, please contact Caroline Espinosa at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
James Quintero is director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Honorable Jess Fields is the Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former College Station City Councilman.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.