Tracking the promises of Steve Adler
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During his campaign for Austin mayor, Steve Adler called for change and offered specifics: A 20 percent homestead exemption; a pre-kindergarten initiative; incentives for the creation of middle-class jobs; even free bus service for seniors and free concerts for everyone.
The Austin American-Statesman and PolitiFact Texas mined Adler's campaign website, listened to mayoral forums and re-read newspaper articles to compile a trove of key promises Adler made on the campaign trail. Through the Adler-O-Meter, we’ll be watching through his four-year term to see which promises he’s kept or broken.
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On the meter, we rate the status of a promise as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate the vows either Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Adler-O-Meter page for more details.)
The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.
Promises we’ve rated recently
Wants to "provide a 20 percent across-the-board tax exemption for homesteads."
"Reform the policies for granting incentive subsidies to reward creation of middle class jobs, as well as training local residents for those jobs." Mayor Steve Adler also wants to allow small businesses to participate in order to incentivize growth of small businesses.
"Require Austin Energy and the Austin Water Utility to initiate long-term changes in their business models that will better accommodate affordability."
City of Austin staff "vacancies that are funded in the budget should be limited to no more than five percent of staffing. Funding for these vacancies should be held in a centralized provisional account."
"Conduct a review of all city holdings to see if any could or should be sold. Consider using the potential revenue to pay other one-time expenses that might be incurred."
"I think this is something we can afford to do for some of the most challenged of our fellow Austinites. The government can be lean without being mean."
"I believe we should expand communications support for as many Asian languages as possible, particularly languages widely used in Austin such as Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese and Bangla."
"There must be free, large- and small-scale, high-quality, family-friendly concerts and events that make sure great music of varying types and cultures is accessible to all."
"Improve the development review and approval process by providing computerization...improved training and management, creation of Expedited Review Teams and a strong emphasis on streamlined and consolidated reviews to improve customer service."
"Appointments to our boards and commissions, and staffing in the mayor’s office, must reflect the diverse makeup of our city."
The Austin City Council "needs to meet more often and hold additional work sessions if necessary to allow the new council greater public discussion of issues."
“Every new council member should lead the entire council for a day in their district, allowing from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They decide where we go, what we see, and who we talk with in their district."
"As mayor, I will launch a pre-kindergarten initiative aimed at helping to institutionalize pre-K for three- and four-year-olds in our city as one of the Mayor's Education Outreach Coordinator's highest-priority projects."
"I will create the position of Education Outreach Coordinator in the Mayor's Office. This coordinator will facilitate community focus on critical shared policies as well as programs such as those described below."
"I will also work with other local taxing authorities in the area to demand that all property is assessed fairly and at 100 percent of full market value as prescribed by state law. I will also stand prepared to initiate legal action, if necessary, to ensure this statutory requirement is met in Austin."