Central TX Interfaith Position Statement Opposing City of Austin Proposition F

Central Texas Interfaith is opposed to City of Austin Proposition F, that would change our form of city government from a “Council-Manager” to a “Strong Mayor” system. The current system in which 10 district council members and a mayor have an equal vote in setting policy allows citizens the best opportunity to have their voices heard through the democratic process. A “Strong Mayor” with a veto power over council decisions would take power away from council members who are accountable to the constituents in their districts. Also, since a “Strong Mayor” would also run all city departments, they may be inclined to reward their supporters with appointments to city department positions, rather than those most qualified. Under the current system the City Manager is already accountable to the Mayor and Council, including performance of City departments under the Manager’s supervision. We understand that Austin faces many challenging issues, but the answer is more democratic engagement, not less. Central Texas Interfaith will be discussing Proposition F with its members congregations, schools, and non-profits, and promoting opposition through a non-partisan Get Out The Vote effort in these institutions and surrounding precincts. Central Texas Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue coalition of 50 religious congregations, schools, unions, and civil organizations who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community. https://www.austininterfaith.org
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