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City Council oppose state oversight of city issues

Post Date:08/11/2017 10:25 a.m.

City Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting that Travis County and Williamson County delegations to the Texas State Legislature assist the city with specific legislative proposals of interest. Council expressed concern in areas where the state is getting involved in local government responsibilities and discussed efforts of other cities statewide to pass resolutions against these legislative actions.

 "Local control should remain in the hands of our local communities, not state legislators who are removed from the heartbeat of our city," Mayor Victor Gonzales said. "The City Council is elected to exercise responsibility over local issues and ordinances that make our city great. We as a City Council, with input from residents, make the decisions that are in the best interest of our community."

The Council opposed legislation that is harmful to the city's ability to govern its own affairs and opposes the State Legislature imposing partisan ideology.  The discussion included opposition of property tax changes that reduce local control of procedures, limits on annexation and tree protection. The city is a member of the Texas Municipal League and is represented at the State Capitol by lobbying partners.