I support Proposition B on this November 5th city ballot. Here’s why.
Proposition B directs Austin city government to use hotel taxes – taxes paid almost exclusively by out-of-town visitors - to generate economic activity, create jobs, and build basic tourist infrastructure. Proposition B will provide those hotel tax dollars to areas like our Eastern Crescent – among other areas – by challenging the expansion to the downtown Austin Convention Center.
1. Gives voters the final say on any major investments in the Convention Center, including the proposed $1.2 billion expansion,
2. Divides those hotel tax dollars: about 1/3rd to the Convention Center and 2/3rds to the city’s cultural arts, and
3. Prioritizes spending those hotel tax dollars to promote and invest in all the things we love about Austin: local businesses, the arts, pools and preserving Austin’s history. Sample projects in the Eastern Crescent could include the Travis County Expo Center, the Six Square African American Cultural Heritage District, development of Colony Park and John Trevino, Jr., parks and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park.
Proposition B would still allow improvements to the Convention Center. It just chooses not to invest all hotel tax dollars in the downtown Convention Center.
I support Prop B. Gonzalo Barrientos and Nelson Linder also support Prop B. Please decide for yourself on how Austin’s hotel occupancy tax dollars are spent.
To find out more go to www.unconventionalaustin.org
Election Day is November 5.
Early voting starts October 21.
Remember to “go down the ballot” and please vote for Proposition B.
!! October 9th is the last day to register to vote in the November election !!