| In the November 2013 constitutional amendment election, Burnt Orange Report endorses a vote FOR the Austin Affordable Housing bonds.
This is an important measure that will provide funds within the City's current bonding capacity for constructing and improving affordable housing for low-income Austinites, acquiring land and property for affordable housing, and funding existing non-profit affordable housing programs.
This will help families, senior citizens, those with disabilities, and a wide variety if Austinites who are having difficulty keeping up with the rising cost of living in our city. The programs supported by this bond are already doing wonderful work to help low-income Austinites find housing, but the challenge of addressing our crisis in affordability is so great that these funds are necessary to help keep pace with the growing need.
This bond will fund programs focused on addressing affordability through a wide range of initiatives. This bond will not raise taxes, as the funds are within the City of Austin's existing bonding capacity. For those who oppose "government hand-outs," (and who probably do not read this blog anyways) it's worth noting that all residents of housing supported by these bonds pay rent or put some of their own money into purchasing their homes.
It is a good program that deserves the support of Austin voters.
We enthusiastically and unanimously endorse a vote FOR the Austin Affordable Housing bonds, listed on the ballot as "City of Austin Bond Election."
Early Voting: October 21-November 1, 2013 | Election Day: Tuesday November 5
Travis County voting locations can be found HERE.
Photo Voter ID is required to vote. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.