Fort Worth Council Member Brian Byrd,

As a strong supporter of your campaign, I am frustrated with how you have governed in your short time on city council.  I supported you because you promised to fight for conservative principles, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility and budgeting.

Fort Worth still has one of the highest property tax rates in DFW. Just last year, you voted to reduce the tax rate, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Due to skyrocketing appraisal values, your vote still raised property taxes on existing residents by $19.6 million.

The budget you voted for increased property tax revenue by 8 percent in total, and now you’re supporting two massive bond packages, which will raise property taxes even more. Excessive local debt is something you specifically campaigned against.

The fact that you donated $5,000 to the ‘Our Community, Our Future PAC’ – which is pushing these two bonds totaling nearly $650 million – is appalling. Why should your actions not be seen as a betrayal of your campaign pledges?

More than $81 million in new debt you’re asking voters to approve is for Parks and Recreation alone. And the PAC you’re funding is also promoting the outrageous water district bond known as Prop A. It asks taxpayers for a $250 million loan for “flood control,” but that’s misleading. It’s simply more slush money for the opaque “Panther Island” project that’s been limping along for 12 years.

You should instead be calling for a forensic audit to determine where more than $400 million in taxpayer money has been spent by the Trinity River Vision Authority, before even considering giving the project another cent.

Someone who sincerely campaigned against wasteful local debt wouldn’t even consider funding their pro-bond propaganda, plain and simple.

I cannot get back the time I dedicated to helping your campaign.  I block walked, and contacted voters in my neighborhood, and the surrounding precincts. Instead, I’d like to ask for a refund of the contribution I made to your campaign.  I want my money back so I can give it to a real conservative champion, not someone who pretends to be.

Sincerely,

Matthew Spano

Matthew Spano

Matthew Spano, a Texas Torchbearer, is a small business owner and political activist from Fort Worth. He is married to his wife, Kristina, they have two children.

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