Like most billionaires, Red McCombs is used to getting his way.
After handing out big bucks, the big-time car dealer got part of the UT football stadium and the entire business school named after him. And, after getting a huge tax subsidy from Texas taxpayers, he helped convince a majority of the Travis County Commissioners Court (that didn’t include me) to hand over local tax dollars for his Formula 1 racetrack.
And McCombs gets really upset when he doesn’t get his way.
For example, Red didn’t agree with UT’s decision to make Charlie Strong the first African-American to coach any men’s sport at UT. I know little about football, but it was easy to see that his statements were, to say the least, insensitive.
And he was unhappy when Bruce Todd — my replacement on the Commissioners Court — had the temerity to suggest money for a driveway to his racetrack’s front gate would be better spent helping Travis County flood victims rebuild their homes.
McCombs was also unhappy with the tax appraisal for the racetrack. So, his business is suing the Travis Central Appraisal District, claiming the tax bill for his racetrack will be too high.
I think it’s pretty cheeky to ask the county to spend property tax dollars — paid by local homeowners and businesses — to help his race track and then turn around and sue the county so he can pay less taxes.
When corporations came asking for tax breaks, I didn’t ask for endorsements or campaign contributions. I took tough votes.
We need a Travis County Judge who is willing to stand up to billionaires and giant corporations that don’t want to pay their fair share like the rest of us. I’m the only candidate in this race who has a long track record of working for the people instead of the special interests.
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p.s. The difference in this race is clear. Check out the recent debate between my opponent and I, where I won decisively: www.saraheckhardt.