Council candidates talk affordability, traffic and growth

December 2, 2014

District 8 candidates Ellen Troxclair and Ed Scruggs faced off in a city council runoff debate hosted by the Austin League of Women Voters on Nov. 21. Affordability, traffic and population growth were among major topics of discussion during the forum.

When asked about the number one issue facing District 8, Troxclair said the increasing cost of living is the most pressing issue facing Southwest Austin residents.

“Overwhelmingly the biggest issue we are facing is the rising cost of living, including skyrocketing property taxes,” Troxclair said. “We’re paying a huge amount of the city’s property tax burden but we’re not necessarily getting a return on that investment in the form of road infrastructure or public safety resources.”

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