Q & A with Steve Adler

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Today we have something very exciting to share with you. We had the opportunity to interview Austin mayoral candidate Steve Adler about what he would do if he was elected mayor. We asked him a few questions about some hot-button topics. Here are his answers:

Q: A lot of homeowners in Austin are saying their taxes are going up, and they are having issues getting permits in order to build. What steps would you take to improve affordability in Austin?

A: It's tough, because we absolutely have an affordability crisis in Austin. A $250,000 home in Austin is a $140,000 home in Houston. This happens in part because of supply and demand, but is also determined by utility prices determined by the city council. That's where we have to start.

Q: How do we fix the traffic problem in Austin?

A: Well, it begins with the government becoming more pro-active. In 20 years, our population will double. We can't build our way out of this, but we can pick better places and practices to grow our city. Staggered work hours and more telecommuting could help a lot in solving our traffic problem. 

Q: Why did you decide to run for mayor?

A: I was concerned for Austin. I want to hold on to the spirit of our great city and I want our local government to do things differently in the future. Our government needs to grow up and right now, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the culture. 

Thanks for joining us today. To see our full interview with Steve, watch the video above. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.