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Omnibus resolution breezes through Council

Friday, March 4, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

As expected, City Council passed a resolution dubbed the “Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution” yesterday. The resolution essentially asks the city manager to return in 90 days with an action plan on a wide range of topics intended to help Austin’s creative sector in the face of decreasing affordability in the city. Council approved the item in a vote of 10-1, with only Council Member Don Zimmerman voting in opposition. By way of an explanation for his vote, Zimmerman read from a list of items that account for about $2.6 million of the Economic Development Department’s music and cultural expenditures over the past year. “Nobody is opposed to growing and enhancing Austin’s music sector. What our constituents are opposed to is an unaffordable city, and this is how we make the city unaffordable,” said Zimmerman. “I think where this is headed is that we are going to have two types of musicians – we are going to have subsidized musicians and artists, and the rest of them will be driven out of the city.”

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