A regular reader asked us the other day if there was a report that showed the amount of the tax increases our local governments have imposed on us during the last few years.
As it turns out The El Paso Times published an article on September 16, 2016 that did just that. You can read it here.
The numbers do not include the majority of the quality of life bonds, nor the bonds for EPISD and some of YISD since most of the projects are still in the planning phase.
The numbers show the percentage of increases (for that “average” home–somewhere around $115,000) for the period beginning in 2006 and ending in 2016:
- City 46.7%
- County 50.0%
- County Hospital 81.0%
- Community College 43.4%
- YISD 14.6%
- SISD 3.5%
Much to our surprise, the El Paso Independent School District showed up with a negative 1.3%.
While we applaud EPISD for their results, we still cannot see the wisdom of investing over $600 million to build new schools in a district whose enrollment is declining every year.
Recent reports indicate that the City and the County are each targeting another 8% increase in taxes this year.
We deserve better