Austin tax burden severe
I would like to commend the American-Statesman for it’s reporting on the rising cost of living in Austin. After comparing notes with relatives who live in other parts of the state, I was able to deduce that I have the oldest, smallest, and crummiest house of anyone in my immediate family, yet pay the highest property tax. I just received my 2013 tax bill, and it was even higher than the estimate I was sent earlier this year.
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Due to an editing error, the editorial published in Saturday’s print editions contained an error. The first paragraph should have read: Mayor Lee Leffingwell hit the nail on the head this week when he expressed concerns that proposed revisions to the urban farm ordinance will further commercialize single family-zoned neighborhoods. That is true. And it is not surprising, given that the rewrite of the ordinance was conceived, controlled and drafted mostly by advocates of urban farms.