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Progressives Against Project Connect held rally in front of Capital Metro's East Austin headquarters September 30, 2020.

It's a well-worn cliché in American politics that Progressives want to raise your taxes whereas Conservatives want to cut them. But the reality is more e nuanced. At least in Austin this fall, where some Progressives are taking a stand against a tax increase known as Proposition A.


A self-described group of "Progressives Against Project Connect" held a press conference September 30 to air their grievances about the proposition, which asks voters to approve a property tax rate of $0.5535 per $100 of property valuation before exemptions. That rate is $0.0875 higher per $100 valuation than the voter-approval tax rate, a 20.4 percent increase over the current level.

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