Austin City Council Elections: District 10

City Council Election: District 10

AUSTIN, TEXAS - During her time as an Austin Council Member, Sheri Gallo said she's most proud of her dedication to the people of District 10.

"The constituent services that we've focused on and that means giving people a voice and so allowing them to have the exposure to me, the opportunity to be able to set appointments with me, for me to actually be in the neighborhoods and understanding what the issues are," said Gallo. 

But not everyone is pleased with the former real estate and mortgage lender's performance.

"I was recruited to run by a number of District 10 members who were very upset with the current council member's role," said Alison Alter. "Particularly with respect to certain developments that are happening in our district."

Philanthropic Adviser Alison Alter is one of three people running to take Gallo's place.

"I believe that our city government should be solving problems and creating an environment in which everyone can thrive," Alter added. 

Also on the ballot is  International Tax CPA Rob Walker.

"When I saw things going on with our council, I've just been, I've just felt that they haven't dealt effectively with issues. The number one issue being traffic and then we also have a serious issue with our taxes going up at triple the rate of inflation in the last 10 years," said Walker. 

Real Estate Market Analyst Nick Virden rounds out the ballot. 

"I'm trying to bring that younger, millennial voice to the city council and I think that city council hasn't been doing a lot in terms of tech innovation and, or they've been a little tech-adverse," said Virden. 

Still, Gallo said the time she's already spent on council makes her the best choice. 

"I think that's an expertise and an experience that is not replaced by somebody that's new on council." said Gallo.

"We have some really serious issues facing us immediately. We're in the process of hiring a new city manager," she added. 

All four candidates have different opinions on what's the biggest issue facing District 10 residents. Virden said it's affordability.

"We just need to stop increasing property taxes. We need to extend the homestead exemption. We need to make sure that, you know, if we're going to add spending to the budget, we're not going to increase property taxes on people. We need to find cuts in certain places," said Virden.

Walker believes the biggest issue is traffic. He's against the mobility bond and is proposing a traffic relief and flood control bond of his own.

"It's a $500 million bond that will be, will not raise our taxes, because it will be funded out of out city's current debt capacity, bond debt capacity. And 70 percent will be for traffic congestion relief," he said. 

Gallo said the biggest issue is a combination of transportation and affordability, especially for seniors. 

"Many of our seniors are forced to move out of the homes they've lived in for decades,  they've raised their families in because they can no longer pay the property taxes or the utility bills. And one of the ways we as a city can be committed to helping seniors age in place is to increase the homestead exemption," said Gallo. 

While Alter believes its growth.

"The real big issue is how we're going to manage growth responsibly. Where and how we're going to grow, who benefits from that growth and who sits at the table," Alter explained. 

Four candidates, four visions for District 10 for voters to consider when casting their one vote.

Click here to watch the District 10 Candidate Forum


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