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Welcome to the Edwards Express

Welcome to the first issue of the Edwards Express! We want to keep you up to date on our campaign for Houston City Council At-Large Position #4.


Amanda Is on the Move!

We all know Houston is a large, sprawling city, and Amanda's citywide campaign is taking her all across town! Recently, Amanda has attended a number of events for a variety of organizations, including:

  • Sheet Metal Workers, Local 54
  • Latin Women's Initiative
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University
  • Houston Urban Debate League
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Annie's List
  • Kingwood Area Democrats
  • American Heart Association
  • Greater Houston Partnership's State of the City Luncheon
  • Change Happens
  • Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Scenic Woods Civic Club
  • LULAC
  • Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce
  • HBAD
Amanda is committed to listening to the concerns and issues of constituents across the City of Houston in order to promote long-term solutions that move our City forward. If there are events you want the campaign to know about, please contact us!

It's Budget Time at City Hall

Houston City Council, after a lengthy discussion of many amendments, just approved the budget for the City's upcoming 2016 Fiscal Year, which begins on July 1, 2015. The total City budget is about $5.1 billion, with about $2.4 billion going to the General Fund, which is used to operate the City on a day-to-day basis.

 

As the Mayor and City Council weighed their budget options, there were a number of factors exerting pressure on City revenue. First, the slowdown in the energy industry creates budgetary tension. The City receives nearly three quarters of its General Fund revenue from a combination of sales and property taxes. Houston's quick recovery from the recent economic recession, which led to big gains in sales and property tax revenue, was driven in large part by growth in the red-hot energy industry. As the energy industry has cooled in recent months, fluctuating tax revenue may adversely future City budgets.
 

Second, the voter-approved tax rollback (commonly referred to as the revenue cap), will also affect the budget. Proposition 1, enacted by voters in 2004, limits the City's property tax revenues to the lower of the prior year's cap plus population and inflation growth or the prior year's revenues plus 4.5%. Recent property tax gains mean the City has now reached that cap, which will mean that the City may not use revenue in excess of the revenue cap, and the tax rate will be slightly lower. Mayor Parker and the Council were able to shrink the revenue in excess of the cap for 2016 by raising the senior citizen exemption. Revenue caps are likely to continue affecting the budget in future years.
 

This downward pressure on revenue runs directly against the needs of a growing city, and will mean tough decisions for the Mayor and City Council, now and in the future. As your next Council Member, I am prepared to face these challenges and find workable solutions to keep Houston moving forward.

Our Support Is Growing!

We are taking our campaign to every Houston neighborhood, and I am honored to have the support of a wonderful group of Houstonians, reflective of our city. Various organizations are just beginning the candidate screening process, and I am pleased to announce early endorsements from the Harris County AFL-CIOMomentum PACUniteHere! Local 23 and CWA Local 6222. I am very grateful for their support and hope to announce more endorsements very soon!

Flood Relief

The torrential rains that fell in Houston over the Memorial Day weekend resulted in several deaths and extensive property damage for thousands of Houstonians. I have great faith in this community to come together and help our neighbors in need, and communities are mobilizing all across our City. If you are a victim of the recent floods, you can find information about recovery at www.houstonrecovers.org. If you were not directly affected but want to assist those who were, please visit the Red Cross or the organization of your choice to help our fellow citizens recover from these devastating floods.  

First Campaign Milestone Is Approaching.

Our campaign for City Council At-Large Position #4 is off to a great start, and our first important deadline is just a few weeks away on June 30th.

 

All candidates for City office must report total funds raised as of June 30th, and that fundraising total will be a very important indicator of our campaign's viability. Our fundraising efforts are going well, but we need your support in order to finish this reporting period strong.

 

Can you help us reach our goal?  Please make your contribution today! 

Announcement


 

 

Thank you for your well wishes in connection with my receipt of the Future Leader Award at the 2015 Chambers Women in Law Awards, USA!

Thank You!

 

I am so grateful for the support I have received early in the campaign. Each of you is vitally important to our success in November, and I sincerely thank you for all that you have done and continue to do!

Pol. Ad. Pd. for by Amanda Edwards Campaign, Frank W. Donnelly, III, Treasurer.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 56386  Houston, TX 77256

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