Dripping Springs ISD officials want voters to approve half a billion dollars in property tax-backed bond debt on the November ballot.
The county commissioners are raising your taxes next year—and they just raised their own salaries.
Former Keller City Councilman announces mayoral campaign, stating, “We must follow through on our promise to protect taxpayers.”
Steven Michael Denny files treasurer appointment for possible bid for Seventh Court of Appeals.
Taxpayers in Greenville are facing a massive hike in their property tax bills from the city.
The mayor’s questionable tweet has since been deleted.
State representative released in time to start the next legislative session.
Slate of candidates who promised big reforms take office.
Gov. Greg Abbott has weighed calling for the state to intervene in Houston ISD.
Conservative activist Sharron Albertson leads the way through involvement in pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government groups.
The list of Amarillo mayoral candidates grows as Potter County JP throws his name in the hat.
With the start of the new year, a new Harris County administration was sworn in.
The initial appeal of short-term rental services are the savings. Operators don’t have to deal with overhead costs, labor costs, and taxes that hotels do. And operators pass the savings on to tourists. But thanks to the city council, operators now get a taste of some of those expenses.
Citizens of Round Rock, your city council is giving away a pile of cash.
The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of three anonymous right-wing students who are afraid to express themselves at risk of punishment from the administration.
The Abilene Reporter-News has a revealing piece today discussing how Abilene taxpayers support revenue and appraisal caps while local officials are frightened by the prospect.Â The most eye-opening quote is:
Taylor County Commissioner Chuck Statler likened the county's situation to his personal budget at home: ''If your expenses continue to increase, why would you want to reduce your income?''
The Galveston Daily News reported this month that the board of the Galveston Independent School District voted to pay the Austin consulting firm Moak, Casey & Associates up to $15,000 to lobby the Texas Education Agency (TEA)Â on their behalf.Â The specific purpose of this arrangement is to get TEA to agree to a swap between the money the district will receive to buy down school property taxes and the money they will owe the state in Robin Hood payments.Â Suffice it to say, the article states that some questioned why district officials just don't call TEA themselves to find out whether this is feasible.
State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) is quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as saying that he'd rather "something wrong than do nothing." The sad thing is that in this case,Â the "wrong thing" he'd rather do is raise local taxes to pay for more wasteful mass transit spending, than "do nothing" which apparently includes making local governments squeeze more effiency out of their spending programs.
The Houston Chronicle's Janet Elliott noted in her blog this week the creation of TFR.
As we reported earlier on this blog, we have urged the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to adopt growth in gross state product instead of total personal incomes as the index for measuring growth in the state's economy for purposes of calculating the constitutional spending limitation.Â Making this change would mean that Texas politicians could increase stateÂ spending by at least $3-$6 billion dollars less in the 2008-09 biennium than they could otherwise.
DallasBlog.com contributor (and editor of the Lone Star Report) Will Lutz noted the formation of TFR in a posting this morning. You can read his post here.
On the "Postcards from the Lege" section of the Statesman's website, reporter Mike Ward noted the formation of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Check out his actual posting here.
New organization offers vision, leadership on tax relief, spending reforms
Advocacy efforts focused on promoting sound fiscal policy among lawmakers, taxpayers
AUSTIN, Texas â€“ Unveiled in Austin today is a new organization, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, developed to promote government accountability to taxpayers and citizens. The mission of TFR is to create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of state government that serves to empower all Texans.
Board chairman and Midland businessman Tim Dunn announced that the organization will be headed Michael Quinn Sullivan. Sullivan comes to TFR from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he served as vice president and director of media and government relations. TFR was originally founded in early 2006 as Empower Texans.