Texas real-estate magnate David H. Bermuda has a reputation as one of the most conservative Republican governors in the nation.
But in the state’s most populous city, he has built a reputation for taking a decidedly liberal stance on social issues.
On Sunday, Bermudas new-home tax on the value of single-family homes sold by developers in the Austin area totaled more than $3.5 billion.
Bred by his wealth, the property is among the priciest single-story homes sold in Texas in the past two decades.
The median price of a single-room occupancy apartment in the city is $2.8 million, according to the real-tor site Zillow.
The Bermuds new-house tax will apply to nearly 3,500 single-detached homes in Austin that were built or remodeled between 2006 and 2022.
The average value of a Texas home built in the last 20 years is $3,835, according the Real Estate Board of Texas.
Bembry and Bermude’s home in Austin is one of just a few such homes sold on the Bermudi’s property.
On Wednesday, Bembrys wife, Laura Bembrey, wrote a blog post on the company’s blog called “The Bermus are Back” that praised the Bremins new tax.
“This tax is going to pay for many projects and services that have not been funded by the state before and are sorely needed by Austin,” she wrote.
The blog post, which Bembries father wrote in 2006, has since been removed from the company website.
Brembs son, John Brembois, wrote that Bembys plan to build his own home on the property “has a good chance of working out.”
He said that the Bemus will have a $1 million deposit to pay off the tax and that the city of Austin will provide $150,000 to offset the cost.
On his blog, John said the tax “would help us pay down the outstanding debt on the city’s books” and would allow him to buy a smaller home for himself.
“I know that if you are a homeowner, you are going to be very excited about this tax and if you can, I would encourage you to get involved and help get it passed,” he wrote.
“You will not be disappointed.”
In August, Brembets wife Laura Bremba, who is now the governor’s wife, wrote an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman calling for the tax.
The property, which is just south of the state Capitol, was purchased in 2003 for $1.3 million and is located on the southwest corner of the city.
A real-tourism brochure for the property said it “gives Austin a very unique location, allowing for a lot of opportunity for our business and the people that work there.”
The property is listed for $2,959,000.
According to the property’s listing, the Bembuds are “the sole owners of this property.”
The listing is dated Sept. 19, 2021 and includes a listing price of $1,995,000 for the home.
The listing includes a letter from the city saying the tax was passed with a 7-0 vote in the House of Representatives and that a bill is pending before the Texas House Finance Committee.
The tax will take effect in January 2021.
Bummers wife, Lyle, was a co-chair of the House Tax Committee in the 2014 session, but he has not been confirmed as a member.
He has not commented on the new tax since the tax passed.
A spokesperson for the Texas Legislature did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bemby and Bremois sons, John and Joe, declined to comment on the tax or Bremby’s blog post.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Laura said that “we’re very grateful for the support we have received.”
“We have been so blessed and blessed to have a great family,” she said.
“The real-life experiences we have been having are not only for our children but for us as well.”
The new tax will go into effect at the end of January 2021 and can be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.