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Austin TIF: warehouse or high school – 2

The Austin Community Education Network will hold a press conference tomorrow morning (Wednesday, June 11) at City Hall prior to a 9:15 a.m. meeting of the City Council Finance Committee.

A hundred parents, students and community leaders supporting a new Austin High School attended a June 6 finance committee hearing, said Virgil Crawford of the Westside Health Authority. Testimony was overwhelmingly opposed to a TIF subsidy for a warehouse project on the site proposed by the Austin Community Education Network for a new high school, he said.

But the committee recessed without voting. Crawford predicts a quick vote in favor of the TIF tomorrow so the matter can be considered in a full council meeting later in the morning.

“We will continue to fight,” he said. “We’re very concerned about the parliamentary procedure when the finance committee can reconvene and move the item to the full council without proper public notification.”

He said other sites on the Northwest Industrial Corridor could accommodate the warehouse project, but Ald. Ed Smith has been unwilling to discuss alternatives.

“We’re dealing with a very stubborn alderman who thinks he knows what’s best for the community despite hundreds of people who have called and written him to oppose the subsidy,” Crawford said. “Instead he’s supporting an outside developer with taxpayer dollars to build a warehouse that is not going to bring any benefit to the community.”

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