Phillips fails to show why taxes must rise
Re: Aug. 16 commentary, “Phillips: Is Patrick lieutenant governor or viceroy? Let voters decide.”
Viewpoints writer Alberta Phillips presents an illogical argument regarding tax rates. There is no inherent reason why a city should have to increase its tax rate because of growth. The increase in the tax base should itself take care of the needed increase in revenue to support it.
That’s how things work in the private sector. It doesn’t take twice as many administrators to manage a city when it doubles in size. The real reason the city of Austin wants to increase tax rates and annex wealthy suburbs is because its management cannot say “no” to frivolous projects. The change in the annexation law might finally impose some much-needed discipline on the City Council. KENT DOUGLASS, AUSTIN