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AUSTINITES ARE STRUGGLING WITH AFFORDABILITY

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  1. Ole Cowboy

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    For you Austin folks this is gonna CURL your hair:

    AUSTINITES ARE STRUGGLING WITH AFFORDABILITY, BUT THE AUSTIN CITY MANAGER IS NOT

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    by JAMES QUINTERO, MICHAEL GALYEN
    Jun 8, 2018

    Many Austinites are struggling with affordability right now, but there’s at least one person who’s not—the Austin city manager.

    In addition to his $325,000 base salary, $7,200 annual executive allowance, and other health and retirement benefits, the city manager is also the beneficiary of a very generous $4,500 per month housing allowance. If you’re curious what that’ll get you in and around Austin, check out KUT’s article: Here’s What Spencer Cronk Can Afford to Rent on a $4,500-A-Month Allowance.

    As if that’s not infuriating enough, the Austin city council will next week vote on whether to extend Mr. Cronk’s temporary housing allowance, which has been in place since February. The current measure is set to expire in August and, if the extension is passes, the allowance will continue till next February.

    CBS Austin reached out to the city for comment and were told that he hasn’t found housing yet because “he has been busy since starting the job”. While running a large city like Austin may indeed be a busy job, it is a poor excuse for taking from the public coffers. Especially when there are so many other higher important priorities.

    For example, that’s money that could be put toward the city of Austin’s almost $10 billion in debt. Or its $2.4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Or its heavily congested roadways and thoroughfares. And the list goes on.

    There are countless better ways to spend this hard-earned taxpayer money. Neither Austin officials nor taxpayers should not support renewing this kind of administrative excess, especially when so many others are struggling just to make ends meet.

    https://www.texaspolicy.com/blog/de...ordability-but-the-austin-city-manager-is-not
     


  2. TAZ

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  3. busykngt

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    I feel quite sure he got into “public service” because he had a sincere, heart-felt need to help his fellow man. Not to get rich as Cooter Brown!

    Local CBS station [DFW] just did a spill last week about several of the ISD heads and their ridiculously high salaries (& benefits)! Hell, a good number of ‘em make more for running a school district than the governor does for running the whole state! Just obscene!
     
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  4. Big Dipper

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    Of course he wants to help “his fellow man”.

    When asked about his understanding of the distinction of Austin, within Texas, on LGBTQ issues – Cronk is openly gay, and married – he answered, "I am thrilled to be in a community that embraces all perspectives. ... I am proud, as a gay man, to be able to enter this space and reflect on the opportunities I have been given, and I want to open doors to everyone else to be at the table."
    https://www.austinchronicle.com/new...er-spencer-cronk-engagement-and-transparency/
     
  5. busykngt

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    ‘splains a lot.
     
  6. easy rider

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    Is this any different from other California cities that the liberals have modeled Austin after?
     
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  7. roadrunner

    roadrunner Well-Known

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    The city motto of Austin is 'Keep Austin Weird'. So nothing there surprises me.
     
  8. AustinN4

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    It does!

    This isn't weird, it is theft of taxpayer $.
     
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  9. Dawico

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    So the .gov and its members are corrupt and greedy?

    When did this all start?
     
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  10. AustinN4

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    When the largely passive voters let them.
     


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