Dated data

The Times published “Tax bills still rising steadily in El Paso” on their front page last Sunday.

They cited information from a 2010 study and wrote “El Paso’s median property-tax bill ranked 299th or in the top half of 805 of the nation’s largest counties, in a Tax Foundation report using 2010 data, the latest report available from the organization.”

Not current

In Climbing to the top we wrote that the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence places El Paso as having the third highest tax rate among America’s 50 largest cities.  The report was based on 2015 taxes.  You can’t get more current than that.

We know that people at the Times read this blog.

Was this article written to help the EPISD bond?  Were they trying to convince us  that El Paso’s tax rates aren’t that bad?

We deserve better


6 Responses to Dated data

  1. Haiduc says:

    Quit beating ’round the bush. We are #1 in highest Taxes!


  2. The Oracle says:

    The different articles compare Apples and Oranges.
    Yes. . . . El Paso Property Taxes are lower “Per house” because the average home/ Median home value is about HALF the Nation’s Median home prices.

    Apples: Many and the majority of homes in El Paso are worth about $100,000, for a 1100 sq. ft. 3 bedroom home, so the Property Taxes are LOWER than the majority of LARGE cities where the average/ Median home price/ value is $200,000. – 300,000 for the same size 1100 sq. ft. 3 bedroom home.
    Median value -vs- Median value

    Oranges: The Property Taxes in El Paso, for a $100,000. home are HIGHER than a $100,000. home most anywhere else.


  3. ManintheMoon says:

    It’s the some old failed tax our way to prosperity plan. Hell the city has bankrupted it’s self and the county is working on it. With the more than a 10:1 ration of duty at the city there is no coming back but only pushing it out until tomorrow which they are good at but one day the chickens will come home to roost and let see if a ball park, a trolley system and a Hispanic cultural center saves the tax payers of the city of El Paso. Nope it ain’t going to happen. Hey enjoy the progressive Democratic paradise while it last.


  4. Old Gringo Guy says:

    You have to consider.. The Times main focus is not reporting current news, as damn near everything in the paper was on the Intenet yesterday or the day before. The Times main function/focus is selling advertising space. That can be seen be comparing the amount of advertising compared to the amount of (old) news.


    • Dan Wever says:

      43% (Forty Three Percent) of El Paso ISD 8th Grade students or 1,608 students could not score at least 50% correct on the STAAR Test and therefore failed the test. .
      But they want the taxpayers to give them $669,000,000 dollars to modernize the district.
      VOTE NO!


      • Reality Checker says:

        So, who’s to blame for the low test scores? Teachers? Students? Parents? Maybe all of them?

        Based on what I see, a lot of UTEP graduates can’t even read or put together a complete sentence. They don’t even know the difference between the “me” or “I”.


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