81% of Austin residents believe that the City should conduct a thorough audit to ensure our tax dollars are being spent most efficiently.

More than 33,000 Austin residents signed the petition to ask the City to undergo an independent third party audit.

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Election Day Countdown to November 6th:

DAYS HOURS MINS SECS

APRIL 2018

Austin voters begin organizing and collecting signatures for ballot access to let voters decide whether or not to hire an external auditor

JULY 12, 2018

Petition with signatures from over 30,000 Austin voters is filed with the City Clerk

AUGUST 3, 2018

City Clerk certifies petition signatures. The Ballot initiative will be listed as "Proposition K"

OCTOBER 22, 2018

Early Voting Begins

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Election Day

With an affordability crisis and an evolving set of community priorities, it has become imperative that the City of Austin find a way to provide the best services at the lowest possible cost.

We believe that the City of Austin should hire an independent, third party auditor to perform a complete evaluation of the city’s operations and finances, something that our city has never done. The resulting benefits could save the city and taxpayers millions of tax dollars annually.

Thousands of Austinites agree with our vision.

Saves Us Money

Ensure our tax dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently.

Uncover the Truth

Taxpayers deserve transparency at every level of government.

Make History

Vote for the City to undergo the first ever comprehensive audit of the Austin budget and operations.

Supporters

Frank Rodriguez

Former City of Austin Budget Director

Susan Spataro

Former Travis County Auditor

Ora Houston

Austin City Council Member District 1

Ellen Troxclair

Austin City Council Member District 8

Nelson Linder

President of the Austin Chapter - NAACP

Bill Aleshire

Attorney and Former Travis County Judge

Bill Bunch

Environmental Lawyer and Citizen Leader

Fred Lewis

Progressive Activist and Attorney

Bill Worsham

Former Public Safety Commissioner

Roger Falk

President of Travis County Taxpayers Union

Hoover Alexander

Owner of Hoover's Restaurant

Stephen Shepard

Executive Director of BOMA

Ellen Wood

CEO of vCFO

Keri Juarez

Former Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Austin

Rebecca Melancon

Central Austin Resident and Advocate

Kathy Mitchell

Criminal Justice Reform and Public Trust Advocate

Arthur Turner

Windsor Park Neighborhood Advocate

Ed English

North Austin resident and advocate

Bill Oakey

Author of Austin Affordability Blog

In July of this year, over 33,000 Austin voters rallied together and signed a petition calling upon the City to let voters decide during the General Election this November whether or not to hire an external auditor.

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Will an Independent Efficiency Audit Work?

Government efficiency audits have been performed all across the United States, resulting in millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

This is a non-partisan issue that has been embraced by a multitude of governmental organizations.

$227.6 MILLION

After the State of Wyoming hired an external auditor to perform a government efficiency review of just 4 cabinet agencies, they identified savings and revenue enhancement opportunities worth $227.6 million.

$65.7 MILLION

The Rhode Island Department of Administration hire an external auditor to review 5 state agencies for potential efficiencies. The auditor identified $65.7 million in potential savings opportunities among different agencies.

$53 MILLION

Detroit Public Schools hired an external auditor to deploy a five-year financial plan. The plan streamlined departments, improved internal budget processes, and identified cost savings strategies that achieved $53 million in annual cost savings.

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"It's not something we've ever been asked to do. But there's also something to be said for someone outside giving it a fresh look... If the citizens want an audit, perhaps there should be an audit."

~ Corrie Stokes, Austin City Auditor

FAQ

When was the last time the City of Austin had a comprehensive external audit?

Never. As far as we can tell, a comprehensive external audit of the City of Austin’s finances has never been conducted in all 179 years of Austin's existence, and certainly not in modern times.

Will an external audit cost a lot of money?

The City believes a comprehensive external audit would cost $5 million or less. For perspective, the annual City of Austin budget is roughly $3.9 billion, meaning the audit would cost 0.1% of the annual budget or less. The potential cost-savings to the City far outweigh the upfront cost.

Long story short, the external audit doesn't cost the City money, it saves money.

What will the audit actually do?

The audit will identify areas that can be improved or made more efficient. Areas include:

  • Service Levels – areas where the current level of service potentially exceeds what is necessary and could be reduced to decrease costs
  • Service Delivery – current service delivery models and opportunities to deliver services more efficiently, including citizen-centric service delivery models
  • Consolidation – opportunities to combine departments, programs or services to realize economies of scale, eliminate redundancies and improve efficiency
  • Shared Services – common functions across the City departments and other area local governments that could be incorporated into a shared services model to improve efficiency
  • Technology– opportunities to digitize services, automate processes, or otherwise expand the use of technology to improve both efficiency and effectiveness
  • Human Resources – areas where the structure, capabilities, or incentives for the City’s workforce could be improved including review of employee benefit and retirement programs
  • Contract opportunities – opportunities to contract for functions the City’s currently performs
  • Facilities – opportunities for the City to make more efficient use of its facilities and other real assets
  • Economic Development – economic development programs to assess the value such programs provide to the City and identify areas for public-private partnerships to improve the City’s use of existing assets
  • Revenue Enhancements - examine whether the City processes revenues efficiently, evaluate cash collections, identify new revenue opportunities and utilization of external revenue sources (e.g., grants, foundations, etc.) based on peer analysis
  • Long-Term Debt Restructuring Options – review the City’s current long-term debt and identify restructuring opportunities
  • Real Estate – review of current public asset and land holders and determine opportunities for the monetization of underutilized and abandoned land, rights of ways and facilities

Doesn’t the city already have an internal auditor and an additional independent auditor?

The internal city auditor is not independent and only performs program-level audits. The existing external financial audit is an annual accounting of finances, not an efficiency audit. Perhaps the real question that should be asked is, what is there to hide?

Where can we read the text of the ballot proposition and the entire proposed ordinance?

Here's the text of Ballot Proposition K:

"Without using the existing internal City Auditor or existing independent external auditor, shall the City Code be amended to require an efficiency study of the City's operational and fiscal performance performed by a third-party audit consultant, at an estimated cost of $1 million - $5 million?"

Read the actual ordinance here: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=303145

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