“Local governments will take every opportunity they can to expand their powers, and the Legislature needs to make it clear that when that happens, they are willing to act.”
Establishment and newcomers vie over skyrocketing school property taxes and board members’ deference to school superintendent.
Tax-funded mailers only show voters the sunny side of proposed $807 million bond.
Amarillo Matters launches mailer attacking challengers ahead of the May 4 municipal election.
Mayor Newton expressed his support for property tax reform and relief, including Gov. Abbott’s plan that would give Texans a say on city, county, and school taxes.
Fort Worth is using taxpayer dollars to fund free screenings of left-wing movies, despite having a supposedly conservative Republican mayor.
Texas’ Third Court of Appeals has halted Austin’s mandatory paid sick leave ordinance.
Amarillo City Council members are saying “never mind” to their 7 AM meeting time proposal.
McLennan County officials raise property taxes despite skyrocketing property values and a massive budget surplus.
Canyon ISD voters will be faced with a major decision this November as the district seeks a $200 million bond, the largest in its history by a long shot.
Early voting is underway in school districts across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex asking voters to approve higher property taxes in low-turnout special elections.
Hays residents have reason to be wary of their local press.
During public testimony this week, Jamee Jolly claimed the chamber’s member businesses support the city’s proposed property tax increase.
Crosby ISD’s financial struggles are forcing its Superintendent and Board Members to take a second look at its budget.
A joint investigation by Direct Action Texas and Empower Texans reveals Lancaster ISD employees advocated for a tax rate proposition at “back to school” parties inside polls.
State Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth wants it both ways. While he doesn’t want his constituents to know about his anti-taxpayer ways, but he also says he isn’t to worried about being seen as a government-growing spendoholic. ScoringÂ just 45% on the TFR Index, Geren was the second-worst Republican on taxpayer issues (only Longview’s Tommy Merritt scored worse, with a 38%). In order to obfuscate his record, Geren is now playing fast and loose with the facts. But that should not surprise us, given that he plays fast and loose with our money.
My travels took me to Del Rio for a speech this week, a border town in Val Verde County. I had the good fortune to chat with the sheriff, D’Wayne Jernigan. Heâ€™s true West Texas lawman who has earned the ire of the left-leaning establishment for doing his job well and right. He is going to face a tough re-election battle this year. We need more sheriffs like him, on the border and elsewhere.
Supporters of â€œlight railâ€ and â€œcommuter railâ€ consistently over-sell and under-deliver. Not only does mass-transit fail to reduce congestion, but it is always fraught with cost-overruns and implementation delays. Such is the case in Austin, where the new toy train is going to cost taxpayers a third more than promised.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that new National Federation of Independent Business radioÂ ads assail the business tax that will take its first toll in May.Â The ads note some small businesses will see their tax burden rise by 1,000 percent over the current franchise tax.
A lawsuit designed to stop counties from using taxpayer-money to lobby against taxpayers is still brewing in Williamson County.Â The judge last month gave taxpayers a partial victory, but those who brought the suit are hoping to convince His Honor to make modifications to the ruling that would ensure justice.
No title makes conservativesâ€™ skin crawl like â€œtax assessor/collector.â€ Itâ€™s just not a job most of us hope our little conservative bundles of joy grow up to be. But thank goodness someone does, because itâ€™s a critically important position.
Speaking in Farmersâ€™ Branch this week I saw a familiar face in the audience â€“ one of my upper-classman from Texas A&M. It turns out that Steven Autry is now seeking to serve as the judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court #4. He was a positive influence on me as a cadet 20 years ago, and I have no doubt heâ€™ll serve the people of Dallas with distinction. Good luck, Mr. Autry, sir!
Hard to believe, but true, we do have a strong number of fiscally conservative lawmakers in the Texas Legislature. While outnumbered, they fight the fight for our values and principles regardless of political pressure. But doing the right thing comes at a cost. One of the taxpayersâ€™ champions in the legislature is State Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale of Harris County.
Confronted with not getting 100% of the money, the city of Nederland (near Beaumont) is backing out of their red-light camera contract.
This storyÂ shows just how dysfunctional big government can be.Â The Texas Historical Commission is taking $80k from Blanco County taxpayers because the County, following a hail storm, replaced its wooden courthouse windows with acrylic windows that are virtually indistinguishable but considerably less expensive.Â