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in County Commissioners: Blame County Property Tax Increase on Texas Legislature
Are you people kidding? $300,000 is for the ENTIRE county, not just the Commissioners from my understanding. The State mandates that training be done so you don't have idiots handling the County. Treasurer's Office, Indigent Health, Courts, DA, County Attorney, Adult and Juvenile Probation, Sheriff's Office, CASA, Jail. All require new materials every time laws, rules and regulations, etc change and those materials are not cheap. When a new system is installed to streamline, do you think that it's easy to convert to a new system without training? Get a grip.
in Taxpayers have a Final Chance to Rant on Proposed Tax Rate Increase
Says you are a former County Commissioner. Why would you put the ridiculous quote in from Precinct One Commissioner? Do you think that is what might happen? No, it wouldn't, would it???
Well said! I think its past time for a change. Administrative perks need to be shut down...... I agree on that! They should be accountable for what and how they spend the taxpayers money. It really blew my mind when I read 300,000 for educational and travel! Nope way too much money. I think its time to cut their wages by half and just see how they like it and then maybe some of their views will change, if not lets cut their wages again and let them get a second job. These fat cats are just getting fatter on the taxpayers money.
Why can't the county learn to live within its means? We all have to learn to do so, whether our "means" go up or down. They need to learn to do so as well.
I have been waiting for a long time now for someone on the school board, city council or county commissioners to publicly say our property taxes are too high, for someone to use their platform to speak against that trend. Every one of them have been mum because they all want more tax money to spend and every one lie in public about the source of the increase while in private agreeing with the citizens. These boards talk about getting money from a variety of places but we all know it only come from one place, the people. There is always the option of cutting back and spending less.
in Will Governor Call Another Special Session for Redistricting Congressional Maps?
If Straus is the one to be thanked for stopping the embarrassment on the state that would have come with the bathroom bill, Thank you sir. Those in favor of legislation for non-existent problems can hang their hat on the bill that was passed to outlaw Sharia Law in Texas, we will have to wait for other non-existent problems to be legislated against like the bathroom bill and the Chupa Cabra.
I understand making copays reasonable for retired teachers. Now why don't we make insurance in the form of a PPO available instead of the HMO that no one take at any Shannon facility in town so the rest of of us could go to the doctor. Now that would be a change!
The reason Property Tax Relief didn't pass is because our liberal Speaker of the House, Straus, blocked it. Ditto for the transsexual bathroom bill, defunding Planned Parenthood and allowing school vouchers for Private Schools. And, Mr. Darby supports Mr. Straus. We need to change the way we elect our Speaker. Currently every representative in the Texas House gets to vote on the Speaker (both Republicans and Democrats). Mr. Straus (a RINO Republican from San Antonio) always garners 100% of the Democrat vote. We should adopt a system like we have in our U.S. House of Representatives whereby the majority party elects the Speaker and the minority party elects the Minority Leader. Here in Texas, our current system is broken and needs to be fixed if our House is ever to reflect the will of the majority of voters.
in Details on How Five Individuals Conspired To Commit the Murder of Eric Torrez
These individuals deserve the death penalty and nothing but the death penalty in my opinion, but I'm sure DA Palmer will see it different as in all the other murder cases around here and let them off with some kind of plea bargain because it's easier and cheaper.
Local Tax Assessors offices have Carte Blanc to set valuations based on sales in neighborhoods. Local taxing entities like school boards, county management boards, etc keep getting more money from rates assessed and that money is too often used for pay raises rather than road and bridge maintenance. Pay raises and administrative perks need to be shut down! These actions are in no way "conservative!"
these people deserve a public hanging
I know what your talking about. they are going to vote for an increase on their salaries!!!!! OMG! TOO MUCH! WAKE UP SAN ANGELO! We the people need to do something and not sit on our butts and gripe. This has gotten so out of hand. What ? 300,000 for travel and education? no way!!!! We need to stop some if not all the ""travel and education"" we have been lax in not paying attention .
LOL..... As I have said before, get rid of al of them and put someone in there that will do the job correctly . Give them 90 days, if the public does not like what and how they are doing, give them the pink slip.
Demand a budget and publish what, who and where they spend the money, no working lunches, how many of us take a sandwitch? Get down to the basics. They use the taxpayers money too freely.
Taxes with this tax increase this year have gotten out of hand. Last year unfortunately we were able to file a disability exemption of our taxes which decreased them around 450.00 per year. Now with the increase they are back up. Needless to say I don't see our income doing up. The people next door also filed a protest against the higher rate and lost that battle also. There house was appraised for more by the appraiser with the real estate agency than what they could even sell it for but they ended up selling it for the tax appraisal value of $175,000. Now that is after he paid 177,000 it and put in all new appliances, all new hardwood floor, new landscaping, new paint, a water softner and RO system and a alarm system. They lived there less than a year before they had to move. So no one can tell me the tax appraisal value are fair. He sold it for 175,000 and took a HUGE loss. I feel sure if I were to sell mine it would not appraise for what it did in 2015 nor would it appraise for the tax value. Land does not just jump up $10,000 in value when there are not lots in the area for sale to compare to. I wish I could get a 2% raise and wish I had medical insurance too. So for the County employes,count your blessings.
regarding the automatic tax rollback election proposal hilarious. Either they are stupid or they think we all are.
First, they argue that it somehow violates the voters will to give the voters a say in whether tax rates should go up. Excuse me? Letting the voters vote on it and express their will, violates their will? How many of them ran on a platform promising to jack tax rates to the sky and won? That's what I thought.
Second, in many areas tax appraisals are increasing at the 10% maximum allowed every year. Anybody here seeing their wages increase 10% per year? On top of that elected officials feel they need the ability to raise tax rates an unlimited amount as well? That's ridiculous. With a 10% increase in appraisals and a 4% increase in the tax rate, they are bringing in 14.4% more revenue without having to get approval as it is. If your economy is growing at 2% and your government at 14.4%, you have a problem.
I'm pretty sure none of us voted for that.
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