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Midland Council Pushes Ambiguous Tax Extension, Excludes Tax Relief

Midland Council Pushes Ambiguous Tax Extension, Excludes Tax Relief

The 4B tax, established in 2000 for the repayment of debt issued to build the Scharbauer Sports Complex, is scheduled to end Spring 2015. However, Midland City Council hopes to keep the tax and instead re-purpose it to fund the complex while using additional revenue on other projects.

Sunset on the Tall City’s TIRZ

Sunset on the Tall City’s TIRZ

Midland City Council voted last August to cast a one-year sunset provision on a long-winded, and relatively unproductive, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). Established in March 2001, the TIRZ was created by the City of Midland in an effort to use taxpayer...

Steroid Testing Program Fails the Test

Steroid Testing Program Fails the Test

After spending millions of dollars based on claims of rampant steroid use in high schools, the Texas Legislature has been advised to shut down the six-year-old random testing program it began with great fanfare in 2008. Supporters of the program, however, say that the...

GOP & NAACP: Eliminate The Lottery

GOP & NAACP: Eliminate The Lottery

When the Texas Lottery was proposed in 1991, Texans were told proceeds would go to public education; that wasn't true, of course -- the money just went into went to general spending. Twenty years later, two big groups are calling for the Lottery to be shutdown: the...