The Times reported the other day that El Paso’s average wage was 23.5 percent below the national average.
On the other hand we have the third highest property taxes of America’s 50 largest cities.
What does it take to be in third place? Our property taxes are 193 percent of the 50 city average.
Some will observe that Texas does not have an income tax. A state income tax might lower property taxes, so if we just look at just the Texas cities on the list of 50 we compute that the El Paso tax rate is 120.5 percent of the Texas average.
With wages 23.5 percent lower than the national average our citizens have less money. Yet our property taxes are 20.5 percent higher than the other high tax rate Texas cities.
That does not add up to a good economic situation yet we are told that “It’s all good”.
We deserve better