I would like to see a "vanishing deductible" applied to city utility services. The longer you pay into the services as a resident of Austin the less your energy rate would be. This would counteract gentrification, property taxes, and energy rate increases for the poor and elderly where the pennies on the dollar hit hardest. This could be offset by setting example for nation and allow persons to transfer their "credit rating" to the new utility service group they move under. Companies that wished to relocate people to Austin could make their incentive packages to include the new utility user increase in demand. This would create more support for local ownership, community responsibility, progressively fruitful ideas over market stability driven ones.
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