The Wednesday, August 17, 2016 front page of The El Paso Times was a doozy.
All of the articles were about potential tax increases from local governments.
Our city council wants a 5.29% tax increase. The mayor vetoed their motion.
Our county hospital wants to raise their tax rate the maximum amount they can without triggering an election that would require approval by the voters. Even with that increase they are projecting a $19 million deficit. Keep in mind that this is a situation left to us by our former hospital administrator. The new guy has only been on the job about a month and is the inheritor of this mess.
The El Paso Independent School District is calling for a $668.7 million bond election because of declining student enrollment. Elrichiboy pointed out in Count Your Blessings how fortunate we are that enrollment has not reached zero. If the bond issue passes school taxes will go up 15.25%. At least we get to vote on this one.
We deserve better