Former mayors join PAC to sway voters against Lakeway charter propositions – Austin American-Statesman

Former mayors join PAC to sway voters against Lakeway charter propositions – Austin American-Statesman

Citing mismanagement by city officials, all living former mayors of Lakeway created the Save Lakeway political action committee on Sept. 8.

“There’s some ethical issues that we’re concerned about and we think that people are making decisions that aren’t in the best interest of the community,” said former Mayor Joe Bain, who serves on the committee. The other former mayors on the committee are Dave DeOme, Steve Swan, Gerry Astorino and Charles Edwards.

The city’s secrecy around the resignations of former City Manager Steve Jones and Building and Development Services Director Charlotte Hodges, and the proliferation of the council’s extensive executive sessions that continue through early morning hours, prompted the endeavor, Bain said.

In support of the committee’s formation, he said that should the council approve an increase in Lakeway’s property tax rate this year, the action would mark the first time in a decade that the maintenance and operations tax rate has been raised, although city taxes have increased over the past two years due to higher property values for residents.

Mayor Sandy Cox refuted that claim, and said city property taxes, in total, had been raised in fiscal years 2018 and 2016 when Bain was mayor, as well as in 2015 and 2010 when DeOme was mayor.

The city’s total tax rate includes two components: the maintenance and operations rate used to fund the city’s general operations and the rate used to bring down its debt service. Cox said residents aren’t concerned with whether an increase in tax comes from the
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